I was “researching” the year 1912 for a crossword clue and stumbled upon this…scroll down through the months!
I know it’s naff, I know it’s terminally unhip but I still love Crime of the Century.
As much as I love Black and White by the Stranglers, Signals by Rush and Life’s Hard and then you Die by It’s Immaterial, non of which are particularly whiny.
Good fun, this.
On this day in 1980, your boys played their first official gig supporting the mighty Comsat Angels at the Bridgehouse London. Plinky plonky electro pop and brooding proto goth…sounds good to me!
This lovely place is turning into Mojo magazine. Posts on the Beatles, King Crimson, Bob Dylan, 1972, The Weight. I could go on.
Not that I like new music myself.
They’d pretty much jumped the shark with their previous album, Sparkle in the Rain, and this album was where they’d lost the plot. All the imagination and gloriies of New Gold Dream two release previously were buried in bluster.
Well, yes. But I had, for some reason a hankering to play it today, as an accompaniment to a day of tedious cleaning jobs And blasting it out while I was home alone , I absolutely loved it. Plenty of overblown nonsense of course but it was miles better than I recall and than I’d let myself believe.
So, any nice musical surprise for you out there recently?
Prompted by watching that Go -betweens documentary, where the band kept going, kept going, kept going , despite commercial failure and indifference from the public. They must have incurred some quite serious costs over the years, recording, touring, etc. Even just flying between London and Sydney must have cost a pretty penny.
So how do bands survive if they’re not successful ? Other jobs? Parents with deep pockets. Or do they exist in artistic poverty?
Recorded it months ago and finally got round to watching it. 30 minutes in…it’s absolutely brilliant and I can’t really put my finger on exactly why as I’m not actually a huge fan of them, 16 Lovers Lane excepted which is a sublime album.
Anyone else out there seen it?
Did we know this?
Looking forward to it and England are many people’s favourites. Probably rightly so. Not sure why we’re playing Australia so close to the start though.
The drummer has fractured his foot so the forthcoming UK gigs are cancelled. Really gutted, was the highlight of my year.
I have a postal vote and made the mistake of opening the envelope late last night. Clearly I’ve not been paying attention up here in the North West of England as there are any number of Parties on the ballot slip I was unaware of, up to 8 candidates in each Party – most of whom I’ve never heard of – APART from the last (hopefully) candidate on the list…Robinson, Tommy.
I have no idea who is favourite for my region (and it must be a big region, the North West) but I think I need to wake up. I’ve never voted tactically in my life but think this could be a first.
To prove my hypothesis, here’s a live version of “As the Dragonfly flies.” Plus excellent tub thumping from Chris Sharrock.
…but I’ve got this idea.
We know a lot of stuff at this place. A vast range of knowledge on just about every type of music. Whenever I’ve posted something I usually get a reply or response from someone somewhere who likes or knows something about the band or song I’ve posted. And I kind of get the idea that’s pretty much so for most of us.
So is there a track or band out there that no-one on here has heard about? It’ll bring out the real elitists, extremists and obscurists and I’ve no idea how we’ll police it and we’ll have to rely on honesty and no googling.
The track I’m posting is something I heard on Tommy Vance’s Friday Rock Show sometime in the early 80’s. It called The Plague and it’s by Demon. It’s not cool but I still love it.
So , anyone here know this song?
So, all you Kid Dynamites and Pogo Johnnies out there, which album can you honestly say, hands on heart, is all killer no filler?
* “Islands” doesn’t count, it was on a re-issue *
Ok, it’s not current or Christmassy but there’s definitely nothing on TV.
Happy Christmas to you all, this is a pretty lovely place you know!
Watching them on Sky Arts at the moment recorded at Austin City Limits.
I can’t imagine too many here particularly like them and they’re definitely not cool, especially the geeky gawky gauche singer. But they do seem to enjoy being what they are, whatever that is, and don’t seem to care about “coolness,” whatever that is. Some good solid rock (ish) tunes and some weird almost tuneless pop ones. Not too keen on their styled look tbh but I find them…strange.
Shoot me down!
Why has this not been brought to our attention eh?
I’m contemplating treating myself to a new tuner, something I haven’t done in about 30 years or so and guess what, technology has moved on.
So, any recommendations? I don’t play much these days so it doesn’t have to be anything fancy. It’s for a bass, if that makes a difference. What on earth are those things that attach to the headstock…how do they work? I think they spoil the look of the guitar. And what about apps? Why isn’t life simple?
Thanks in advance etc
Only been a couple of years since Silver Bullets but there is a new album out called Snowbound. Only on my second play but it’s sounding pretty fab. Alas, they are no longer on Flying Nun, the world’s favourite record label.
In a couple of weeks I’m due to have an operation on my knee that in all likelihood will lead to 6 weeks on crutches and off work . I have had the same op three years or so ago but that was in summer and I seem to recall there was some sort of major sports event on, possibly the Ashes, that helped fill my time.
So, bearing in mind that I’m going to struggle just to make a cup of tea and the weather will be unwelcoming, does the Afterword have any suggestions of anything that will occupy my time? I’m toying with the idea of having a good session on my bass guitar, providing I can sit comfortably with it, we have Netflix etc and I’ve just signed up to Spotify Premium.
Can you learn a language in six weeks these days for instance . I guess I’ll be doing a lot of reading too.
Any other thoughts?
Three bottles of Aldi’s Steinhaûser Lager and half a bottle of a French Sauvingnon Blanc (Bit of a snob, I much prefer New Zealand Sauvingnon) and a bowl of Singapore Noodles. Wife has the drabs and I can’t see the way forward.
He was some player. This goal against West Brom, THAT goal against Scotland. Could do with him now at Fortress Portman Road.