Posts Tagged ‘Factory Records’

James – Sometimes (1993)

February 21, 2015 Leave a comment

Now, one or two followers have suggested that this blog is a tad to Manchester-centric to warrant the Bestmusicofalltime moniker. To be honest, I do think there is something in this charge but, tonight, after City meted out their traditional thrashing of Newcastle United, it felt right to return to the Mancunian motherlode – to a spiritual record.

I’ve not really been a fan of James since their early releases on Factory and Sire Records. However, I’ve had this track on constant rotation for much of the evening after rediscovering it after a 20 year hiatus …

It turns out that “Sometimes” is a stunning record. Three chords played relentlessly by several guitars makes it simply mesmeric. No surprise to find Brian Eno with the production credits on this one.

The lyrics are superb:

There’s a storm outside, and the gap between crack and thunder
Crack and thunder, is closing in, is closing in
The rain floods gutters, and makes a great sound on the concrete
On a flat roof, there’s a boy leaning against the wall of rain
Aerial held high, calling “come on thunder, come on thunder”

Sometimes, when I look deep in your eyes, I swear I can see your soul
Sometimes, when I look deep in your eyes, I swear I can see your soul

The original video (recorded in Morecambe Bay, surely!) and then a fantastic version recorded for Top of the Pops with the finest massed guitar orchestra since Glenn Branca and Thurston Moore were comparing notes in New York in the early 80s. Finally, live at 6Music in late 2014 …





New Order – Dreams Never End (1981)

February 13, 2015 Leave a comment

To celebrate Peter Hook’s 59th birthday (crikey!), what better way to mark the occasion than to acknowledge the moment when he could have been the contender for lead vocalist in New Order ….

As Joy Division imploded (or dissolved .. ?) in 1980 following Ian Curtis’s suicide, it took a few months for New Order to emerge from the debris. Their debut LP “Movement” was a mixed bag but, for me, this was by some distance the towering, stand-out, track.

Unusually Hooky takes the vocal duties on this one and, while this track is sublime, one gets the sense that he was never a natural … the tension in the shoulders; the shouting; it was always a strain ..

Nonetheless, this is pop perfection. The LP version, the Peel Session, live in 1981 and then live in 1987 …

New Order – The Perfect Kiss (1985) (Fac 321)

July 26, 2012 1 comment

Absolute pop music perfection. If this was the soundtrack to my last 10 minutes on earth, I would die a happy man.

A stunning single and LP track from the stellar “Low-Life”.

The stamp of immortality was bestowed on the record by the video that accompanied the release.

I remember seeing this as one of the trailers to the art-house shenanigans at the recently opened Cornerhouse in Manchester in late 1985 . Along with Betty Blue, I recall this as the finest cinematic experience of its time!

From 6:30, when the cowbell comes in (no, really), the music transcends all space and time to hit the highest of all highs.

The extended video and the LP version in case the video disappears!

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