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The Stooges – 1970 (1970)

October 13, 2012 1 comment

Working my way through the 7 CD version of The Stooges’ Fun House LP and, truth be told, this is revolutionary stuff; the punk rock motherlode.

Looking back, there is one strand of music that makes its way from the blues through Louis Jordan, Wynonie Harris, Carl Perkins, Johnny Burnette, Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly and then The Beatles, Stones and beyond. A wonderful lineage whose influence this abridged cast list can only hint at.

Then there is another strand where the roots are less clear; where the new suddenly asserts itself, apparently without precedent.

If the Velvet Underground are Exhibit A here, The Stooges must surely be Exhibit B. Certainly, there are dozens of wonderful garage, surf, punk, psychedelic bands in the 1960s from The Kingsmen to the 13th Floor Elevators via Link Wray, Dick Dale, The Trashmen, Jefferson Airplane, etc, etc. But compared to these, Iggy Pop and The Stooges seem utterly elemental; fashioning the new while those around can only watch.

The Stooges eponymous debut from 1969 is a remarkable record and I will have to post “I Wanna Be Your Dog” and “No Fun” as soon as I can slot them in. But Fun House, from 1970, raises the stakes further and 1970 sees Iggy Pop at the absolute top of his game.  The lyrics only tell half of the story ….

 Out of my mind on Saturday night
1970 rollin’ in sight
Radio burnin’ up above
Beautiful baby, feed my love
All night till I blow away
All night till I blow away
I feel alright, I feel alright

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Buzzcocks – Love Is Lies (1978)

September 21, 2012 Leave a comment

Clearly, Buzzcocks are one of the greatest singles bands of all time.

I also know that I have been a bit tardy posting examples on this blog to support this view. Though, to be fair, I have posted two tracks from the Spiral Scratch EP here and here.

However, for reasons never completely clear to me, I have always had a major soft spot for this album track from the Buzzcocks seminal second LP “Love Bites” (perhaps better known for the stunning Ever Fallen In Love …).

Love is Lies joins the pantheon of great tracks which feature a strummed acoustic guitar overlaid by a lead on electric. The greatest example of all time of this “genre” is, of course, Queen Bitch by David Bowie (posted here). However, Love is Lies is well worthy of a place on this blog.

First heard this aged 15 or so just after it came out and I seem to recall having to do some scandalously unequal swap deal with someone to get hold of this LP.

A perfect record.

 

Echo and the Bunnymen – Bring On the Dancing Horses (1985)

August 10, 2012 Leave a comment

Always loved this record. Not quite in the same league as “Viliers’ Terrace”, “Crocodiles”, “Stars Are Stars”, etc, but good enough.

“Bring on the Dancing Horses” was released in 1985 as a stand alone single to help promote the “Songs to Learn and Sing” compilation.

Had to be posted today in tribute to the Team GB dressage team (oh yes!) who even managed to eclipse Usain’s Bolt’s magnificent 200m victory in the Olympic Stadium with their special blend of headscratching inducing equine whimsy.

Not sure that Ian McCulluoch wrote this about the equestrian discipline but would be staggered if this hadn’t been his muse …

Here’s the original video.

Blondie – X Offender (1976)

August 1, 2012 Leave a comment

How good was music in the late 1970s?

This was Blondie’s debut single and, from the wonderful 60s girl group opening onwards, it just gets better and better – guitar, bass, keyboards and lyrics perfectly synced. A record to die for.

Some years later, my girlfriend and “other half” of 28 years (and counting), turned up at the door unexpectedly with a Debbie Harry haircut but even better cheekbones …. if only she could sing, I could have retired.

The original video then a killer live version

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!

The Skids – The Olympian (1979)

July 26, 2012 Leave a comment

This was always one of my favourite songs by The Skids.

In normal circumstances, it would always have fallen just short of the standards required to reach the Pantheon of the Bestmusicofalltime. However, with the Olympics nigh and what seems to be a wonderful wave of goodwill and enthusiasm, it deserves an outing.

The usual impenetrable vocals from Richard Jobson but guitar of the highest order by the late, great Stuart Adamson.

The Jam – Strange Town (1979)

July 22, 2012 Leave a comment

The third post on Bradley Wiggins’ “mod night”.

By 1979, The Jam were my favourite band and obsession.

I’m going to make the case for 1979 being their peak year. Sure, 1978 with All Mod Cons (“Down in the Tube Station” and the rest) has a strong claim but the next year is the killer.

“Strange Town” and “When You’re Young” are two of the greatest records of all time and “Setting Sons” never fails to hit the mark (for two examples check here and here).

The original single then an unbelievable live version from Bingley Hall on their last tour in 1982!

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