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inflatable dalek
2013-12-28, 10:50 AM
Well, we've got one for DVD's, games and toys. Lets add music!

I have this week been mainly buying Robbie Williams new album (huge fun but not quite as good as his last swing one. Though the circa-LA is My Lady Sinatra style version of Love Supreme is surprisingly nice). Gotta love any version of King of the Swingers as well. Oh-be-doh.

I've also purchased the huge four CD 50th Anniversary Doctor Who soundtrack set. Some excellent stuff on there, but it is a bit disappointing the "Running-through-Paris-Running-through-Paris-Running-through-France" music from City of Death isn't on there, considering how iconic it is presumably it's one of the soundtracks the BBC don't have the tapes for any more. Shame.


2013-12-28, 08:05 PM
I have bought, of late the following:

Daft Punk 'Random Access Memories' which is quite jazzy and loungey in its stylings, which I wasn't expecting.

The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing 'This May Be The Reason Why The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing Cannot Be Killed By Conventional Weapons'

excellent steampunk punk/metal ... with bonus intro by Slyvester McCoy!

Sleigh Bells 'Bitter Rivals' - Noisy alt rock from spooky old America. And bloody ace it is too.

Future Of The Left 'How To Stop Your Brain In An Accident' - another cracking slab of indie punk rock (best sort of description I could think of. does them a bit of a disservice, really) and probably the greatest band in England that not enough people are listening to. A bit like what you'd get if Charlie Brooker and David Mitchell were a band.

...and from the archives...

The Sebadoh ' The Sebadoh' fine post grunge rock from Lou Barlow's troubadors. Worth it for the incredible 'Flame'

Handsome Boy Modelling School 'So... How's Your Girl?' fun hip hop from Prince Paul and Dan The Automator

Ride 'Going Blank Again' seminal album from ye olde Shoegaze scene from the early '90s

Jane's Addiction 'Ritual De Lo Habitual' to replace my well loved and well worn vinyl version

The Breeders 'Last Splash' - because I bloody love 'Cannonball' off this

Consolidated 'Play More Music' - angry shouty stuff bought mainly for collaboration with the Yeastie Girls 'You Suck' which was a song I used to dance to a lot at a forgotten and much missed (by me anyway) nightclub in Leeds called Le Phonographique.

2013-12-28, 09:18 PM
I actually don't listen to music very often, I've normally got a podcast on instead.
The last album I actually bought was the Frozen soundtrack. I'm not even embarrassed, it's full of absolute tunes. Prior to that was Tinie Tempah's most recent album and before that was Bowie. In between I've been listening to the Game of Thrones soundtrack, particularly the Rains of Castamere.

2013-12-29, 02:57 AM
The last "new" albums were Motorhead's recent Aftershock, Helen Love's Day-glo Dreams, Cher's most recent and Anamanaguchi's Endless Fantasy.

Back catalogue stuff... I've lost track. And am probably not going to buy anything in 2014 until I've ripped and given a listen to everything from this year.

Similar with DVDs and books.

2013-12-31, 12:45 PM
Mostly Metal, Chiptune or some combination of the two for me.

I'm inordinately fond of Rainbowdragoneyes, which is a thoroughly enjoyable slice of catchy 8-bit battle pop. Proper metal songs made using a Gameboy layered with some decent vocals to boot. Dance or mosh take your pick.

The online label Datathrash have a nice collection of thrashy hardcore chiptune/chipgrind on bandcamp that is worth a look.

Plus special mention (and shameless plug) for my brother's band 100HandSlap on the aforementioned label and their ep 'Year One'. A nice chugtune ep mixing heavy rock and chiptune. Good song-writing, Nice riffs, catchy chip and some pretty nice vocals ...plus it's free to download. Not sure about rules around posting a link, so I won't, but it's tremendous even beyond the familial link honest guv.

2013-12-31, 03:47 PM
My wife got me Lecrae's "Rehab: The Overdose" and Andy Mineo's "Heroes for Sale" for Christmas. I never thought I'd be a rap fan, but dang, these guys are fantastic!

Cyberstrike nTo
2013-12-31, 06:33 PM
Garth Brooks: Blame It On My Roots A box set featuring 4 new CDs of Brooks singing the songs that influenced him it's got a Classic Country, Rock, Blues, and a CD called Melting Pot which is a bit of mix of various styles. Also included is The Ultimate Hits a 2 CD featuring Brooks' #1 hits and DVD with about 33 music videos (a good chunk of them are just taped concerts and some are quite good) and a DVD of his Las Vegas show talking and singing about his influences on his music.

2013-12-31, 07:53 PM
Plus special mention (and shameless plug) for my brother's band 100HandSlap on the aforementioned label and their ep 'Year One'. A nice chugtune ep mixing heavy rock and chiptune. Good song-writing, Nice riffs, catchy chip and some pretty nice vocals ...plus it's free to download. Not sure about rules around posting a link, so I won't, but it's tremendous even beyond the familial link honest guv.


Not bad. Prefer chiptune without vocals for the most part, but it grows on ya.

edit: Yeah, a few listens in and with the volume up, pretty damn good. A nice 'Tallica vibe to parts as well.

2014-01-01, 01:57 AM
Not a damn thing.

But I can't get the theme to Elmo's World out of my head... does that count?


inflatable dalek
2014-01-01, 03:02 AM

2014-01-01, 10:35 AM
Tootled into hmv on my way home from work on a day and picked up a few more CDs, yeah check me out with my love of physical format music. There's no joy in a download.

Lady Gaga 'Artpop' - Not quite as good as her last two albums, but then she's the type of pop artist whom whilst visually and conceptually is quite striking (amusingly so here with the modern art style naked posing with a ball sleeve art) turns out just good, solid pop music that isn't particularly ground breaking. I always find the parps of "genius" laid at her door quite bizarre as a result (see also: space cadet Nicki Minaj). Musically, she's not doing anything different to the likes of Britney, Christina and even Girls Aloud were a decade or so before she turned up. I'm sure she's supposed to be having fun with the slightly misogynistic stylings of a lot of US pop as well, but it comes over just as sexist and leery as the rest, so I'm not sure that was as successful as intended. Still, bloody good fun all the same and some good lyrics. The sleeve art, whilst falling on the wrong side of artistic and being a bit too titilating does also show that underneath the explosion in the dressing up box, Gaga herself is beautiful.

Haim 'Days Are Gone' - The NME were jizzing in their drainpipes at the start of the last year about these three musical siblings and their band. This always results in a big red flashing light and a warning klaxon going off in my head as their fanboy hype goes into overdrive. I invariably discover with bands the NME likes a lot that they never live up to the upper echelons of musical originality and awesomeness they prescribe them. This was backed up in the same issue I read where , after a salivating interview/ feature, their album got 7 out of 10. Sometimes, they write their own jokes, that lot. One of the things they were at pains to point out in their review of this album was how much more rawk they are live and that they've over-produced their debut album. I'm not so sure this is the case and the NME are just trying to justify to themselves that they like what is basically, big sunny POP music, and not the usual 'cool' indie grime they go for. They should get over themselves, as when its done as well as this, pop music is one of the greatest things ever. Its just glorious well written , tight guitar pop and there's absolutely nothing wrong with that. There are huge shades of Fleetwood Mac, Kate Bush and Tears For Fears (you can decide for yourselves if thats a bad thing) to their sound (and with the latter influence, perhaps where you can, if you wish lay the argument about being over-produced) which surprised me given how 'abrasive' they've been described. As ever, don't believe the hype and enjoy things on their own merits without expectation or affectation. This is a cracking record with no dull moments.

Bastille 'Bad Blood' - forlorn sounding indie/synth pop that sounds like its come from a grey northern town. Basically, the twenty-first century's take on trenchcoat indie rock (see also: Echo And The Bunnymen, Everything But The Girl, The Smiths). Another hyped to the hilt band, I was rather sold on their mournful but uplifting cacophony having caught their live show at some festival or other on BBC3 (on the rare occasion that channel breaks away from god-awful 'yoof' orientated reality tv shows and puts something decent on). A good album, but one of those where beyond track eight, everything sort of runs into each other and becomes a bit of a blurry forgettable blather. I got the standard version of this album, although there is one of those wretched 'reissues' out now with the album proper and an additional 'mini-album' thrown in. I hate this industry practice "Hey kids, you know that album you bought that you liked by that artist you really rate?, Well they have put out some new stuff, but to get it, you'll have to double dip on an album you've already bought." Oh, f**k off.

And from the archives.....

The Jesus And Mary Chain 'Psycho Candy' Gloriously sharp, spiky and noisy debut from the much feted (at the time) JAMC, the band that established Creation Records. I have a real love for abrasive, scrappy and harsh sounding music that has some rawness in its sound (see also: Queen Adreena, Mclusky, My Bloody Valentine) and I was always told I should like this lot. Turns out I do. So thats alright then. Interesting to read that like a lot of bands in the '80s, the JAMC largely managed to make a go of things whilst on the dole. You wouldn't get away with that now!

2014-01-04, 05:21 AM
Along with the DVDs I bought on discount, I also bought these: Nickelback Greatest Hits, Dido Greatest Hits, Avril Lavigne's self-titled album.

2014-01-04, 04:17 PM

Not bad. Prefer chiptune without vocals for the most part, but it grows on ya.

edit: Yeah, a few listens in and with the volume up, pretty damn good. A nice 'Tallica vibe to parts as well.

Thanks! Yeah with the volume up it's very 'boss fight'. I'll let him know he'll be chuffed, it's probably worth a pint to me too ...spreading the word one niche forum at a time!

I know what you mean about vocals in chiptune, the instrumental stuff sits nicely alongside the C64 and Amiga originals and remixes I still love.

2014-01-05, 11:34 PM
As ever, don't believe the hype and enjoy things on their own merits without expectation or affectation. This is a cracking record with no dull moments.
I think it might depend which you hear first. Caught them on Jools Holland, looked up some gigs on YouTube, just listened to some of the album, and don't feel any inclination to give the studio recorded stuff another listen.

Conversely, currently being disappointed by Paramore at the iTunes festival. Looking forward to listening to the Lady Gaga and Pixies stuff.

2014-01-05, 11:54 PM
I saw Paramore 'live' about two years ago. Hands down the worst thing that's ever happened to anyone ever. Plus they have the heaviest fanbase in the world, pound-for-pound.

Recently been on a bit of a ska revival kick, forgot how awesome Bad Manners are/were.

2014-01-06, 10:17 AM
I like Paramore. They're not as jaw droppingly amazing as everyone makes out though. We Are The In Crowd do pop punk much better.

...Your use of 'live' there Cliffjumper conjours images of these bands (predominantly large stadium acts, it has to be said) that really heavily on pre-recorded instrumentation and , ahem, 'guide vocals' which the performing artist just adds flourishes to.

I bought Porno For Pyro's debut the other day. The sweetly coy sounding 'Pets' aside, its a bit of a drab listen. Perry Farrell's yelps seems a bit lost amongst the meat and potatoes alt rock. Better is to come on second album 'Good Gods Urge', but that's not until 1998.

2014-01-11, 09:55 PM
So, I bought Doctor Who : Series 4 : The Specials soundtrack me do on DOUBLE CD oooh fancy.

I love Murray Gold's music for Doctor Who. I like he tries a lot of new and different things. That said, there isn't too much of originality on show here. The previous soundtrack releases did feel a little bit constrained by cramming a lot onto one disc and its nice to have silva screen give Murray's work room to breathe on a double set.

The first disc is definitely the best. The scores for 'The Next Doctor', 'Planet Of The Dead' and 'Waters Of Mars' are superb - PoD having a remarkably sprightly and fab set of scores that seem to have passed me by on the broadcast show. The trickly menace of WoM is also great and nice and brooding and sinister.

The second disc covering the two - part 'The End Of Time' is a bit of a let down, mainly because it reheats a lot of previously aired themes and motifs, with only Tennant's regeneration piece and the marvellously spiky and bouncy 'The New Doctor' being much to shout about - and the former somehow lacking the punch robbed of the visuals.

Overall, decent but not up to the Standards of 'Series 3' which is still the best of the Tennant era soundtracks.


Pop Will Eat Itself 'New Noise Designed By A Sadist'

Rather amazing not shit 2011 comeback album from England's Finest. Bought to replace the promo disc I've managed to scratch (yay me). Only Graham Crabb remains from the original line-up, with the others now having proper day jobs or being famous Hollywood film composers (Clint Mansell, if you're interested).

In addition to Crabbie, Mary Byker from Gaye Bykers On Acid joins on co-vocalist duties, and boiler room guys Jason Bowld, Davey Bennett and Tim Nicejumper (forgotten his surname, sorry. but he was wearing a very nice jumper when I saw PWEI 2.0 live) are gel remarkably well together. Massive line up changes do seem to work well when they are all involved in an album.

The only real duffer on the album is 'Captain Plastic', which is a bit throwaway and seemingly only there to make up the numbers. The rest of it fits well alongside PWEI's classic material.

Here's hoping for more :)

2014-01-19, 10:41 AM
Still on a PWEI bent at the moment, thanks to Cherry Red (the record label equivalent of IDW) reissuing their back catalogue with the usual 'bonus material'.

'This Is The Day...This Is The Hour...This is This!' second album proper and first for major label RCA, this 1989 album remains remarkably fresh and exciting to listen to. A furious cut 'n' paste mash up of hip-hop, house and rock enlivened by some choice sampling (everything from B-Movies such as 'The Warriors', to 'Transformers: The Movie' and 'Robocop' to curious TV and radio soundbites and cheeky swipes from James Brown and Queen) and some top tunes ('Def Con One', Satelite Ecstatica', 'Radio PWEI' and 'Can U Dig It?') make this one of my favouritist albums ever. One of those records that, production wise, has had more influence on how pop music is made than anything else.

'The Looks Or The Life Style?' fourth album and their third and final for RCA before being unceremoniously dropped. This 1992 album seems a return to the more guitar driven style they'd started their career with. The samples are dialled back (no doubt due in part to any samples having to be cleared and royalties paid by this point) and armed with drummer Fuzz, the Poppies take on a more muscular sound with some smarter songs - although there's still time for a bit of larking about with 'Bulletproof' and 'Get The Girl...Kill The Baddies!'. Its the likes of 'Mother' and 'Harry Dean Stanton' that hint of a more interesting musical future.

2014-01-21, 11:51 PM
I had recently bought the new live High On Fire albums, and a couple $0.50 out of the bin that overall SUCKED.

2014-02-11, 10:31 PM
Had a bit of an epic splurge on CDs lately, thanks to stumbling into Poundbastard and finding a bunch of stuffs of appeal to me.

But First!

Katy B ' Little Red' - second album from the dance-pop chanteuse and very jolly it is too. Its a bit 'coffee table' in places and there is a worrying similarity in pace and tone amongst the entire album (which means the 'deluxe edition' with the album 'mixed' will probably sound like one very long song), but I think its one of those where repeat listens will bring out the subtleties in the sound. Nice to see that Katy hasn't cluttered her album up with guests too.

I'll get the rest...in a bit!

2014-02-11, 11:04 PM
More $0.50 bargain bin stuff. Haven't listened to any of it yet though.

I should start doing reviews for that stuff.

2014-02-12, 09:40 AM
Siouxsie And The Banshees 'The Scream' (1978)

Pretty much Goth's year zero, this spiky and spooky debut is a great claustrophobic clatter of jangly gituars and Siouxsie's distinctive bark. The nice whirlitzer style sounds give this a glorious off kilter feel. This remastered version also adds poppy debut single 'Hong Kong Garden' and its b-side to the running order.

Charli XCX 'True Romance' (2013)

Outwardly sweet sounding, but pretty brutal punchy pop music from big haired Charli. It has that expansive, cavernous sound that a lot of pop music does these days, but it takes that cliché and chucks a hand grenade at it. Probably the smartest pop music made since the Sugababes and Girls Aloud.

Genius/RZA 'Liquid Swords' (1995)

Being a honky, there's no way I can listen to hard edged hip hop like this without feeling a bit bloody silly. My life experiences are a world away from those of the Wu Tang Clan and I can't really 'relate', but Jesus H Jones this is good stuff. This was a largely forgotten, but well respected, record until a year or so ago when suddenly it got resissued with all manner of packaging adornments. I've just got the original and that's enough for me. A great, great record that even clueless white folk like me can get into :)

Cancer Bats 'Dead Set On Living' (2012)

Glorious punk-metal racket. Not much else I can say about this.

Lady Gaga 'Born This Way' (2011)

Terrible sleeve art aside (it really reminds of the airbrushed rubbish you used to get on '80s hard rock albums), this is a good successor to Gaga's debut. Doesn't have quite as many obvious stand out tracks, but is more memorable than most of the stuff on the later 'Artpop'. As with all Gaga's output, her visual inventiveness outstrips her actual music which isn't actually anything particularly ground breaking, its just well written well done stuff. And there's nothing wrong with that.

2014-02-12, 07:13 PM
The Siouxsie and CB sound interesting... Poundland's not nearly as interesting in this area, although some truly random stuff does turn up there.

Ryan F
2014-02-12, 08:47 PM
A few years ago I went to Finland (to watch an HJK game), and whilst there caught a bit of their MTV equivalent.

It made me a fan of the Finnish group PMMP, whose style ranges from brash, Pink-esque power-pop, haunting ballads, and just plain bizarre (one of their albums was just covers of Finnish nursery-rhymes. With accordions.)

Because they're splitting up, they just released an album of re-recordings of their greatest hits, which I got from Scandinavian CD outlet CDON this morning.

Here's my favourite track by them, Viimeinen Valitusvirsi ("last wailing")

(Can't do proper links cos I'm on my phone...)


2014-02-13, 11:33 PM
Shed 7 'A Maximum High' (1996)

Quintessential Britpop album. Bears all the hall marks of the era. Guitars? Check. Needless Brass Section? Check. Anthemic Ballad that drunk blokes in Kappa Tracksuits can tunelessly bellow? Check. All of which does Shed 7 a massive disservice, as this is actually a great little record...its just that they were one of a huge number of bands doing this (see also: The Bluetones, Cast, Proper, Sussed, Oasis, The Boo Radleys etc etc ad nauseum).

Babybird 'Ugly Beautiful' (1996)

Another album from the Britpop era, yet this one stands out for being what I can only describe as tramp pop. An album full of an unfortunate series of small triumphs and a life lived in decline. The most memorable single from the album being the immortal 'You're Gorgeous' which, along with the similarly cheery (ish) 'Cornershop' is at odds with the much better material on show here. Other minor hit 'Goodnight' and the outstanding and arresting 'Too Handsome To Be Homeless' are my favourites. Like a lot of Britpop bands, they set the template for what was to follow in the early twenty first century for many of today's bands - that of burning brightly and slowly fading away.

Radiohead 'The Bends' (1995)

Probably the last time Radiohead wrote proper pop songs. Debut 'Pablo Honey' owed more than a tip of the hat to grunge and this arrived, starting Radiohead's musical odyssey. Easily their most accessible work with just about every track sounding like a potential hit single. If, like me, you feel obliged to enjoy Radiohead because people with flat caps and pointy beards say so, but don't have time for all that arch 'exploring the outer reaches of the sonisphere', then this is the one Radiohead album to go for. It has some early signs of their slightly jazzy and complex nature, but there's enough pop nous here to keep that reigned in and make at an album you might want to listen to more than once, rather than as an 'experience'.

Oui 3 'Oui Love You' (1993)

Desperately right on dance music with a message, this is nevertheless a surprisingly enjoyable dance/pop album that sounds like a sunny day in er, 1993. Hit singles 'For What Its Worth' (a slightly tweaked appropriation of Stephen Stills protest song) and 'Break From The Old Routine' are the obvious stand out tracks, but the rest of the album is no slouch either.

Grid 'Evolver' (1994)

Sometimes I wonder if this lot were an influence on Underworld. Both occupy that similar noodly trance/ dancefloor stomper territory, but it was Underworld that had all the luck thanks to their turn on the Trainspotting soundtrack. The Grid with their slightly more 'novelty' singles ('Swamp Thing' and 'Texas Cowboys' from this album) sold themselves short which was a bit of a shame. Then again, there is a bit of a whiff of this being New Age Floatation Tank Music, the sort of thing ITV put on behind their early morning Jobfinder slot.

Sunscreem 'Change Or Die' (1995)

Sadly for Sunscreem, they failed to do just that and died. After respectable chart success with debiut 'O2' and its attendant singles, they followed that up with more of the same, just as dance music was moving away from the lightweight bells and whistles of the rave era to a deeper house sound. The rise of jungle music and big beat (in the shape of The Chemical Brothers and oh yes they are) quickly dated Suncreem's sound. I 'discovered' this album around 1998, when Virgin were clearing out all the cassette albums they had in their warehouse for a £1 a throw, and found to be actually much better than their debut. Yes, it sounds the same, but the songwriting is much more honed and the record is much more cohesive. It also works as a proper dance work out, shifting from a warm up to full on four to the floor stompers before settling into chill-out territory towards the end.

2014-02-14, 10:04 PM
If, like me, you feel obliged to enjoy Radiohead because people with flat caps and pointy beards say so, but don't have time for all that arch 'exploring the outer reaches of the sonisphere', then this is the one Radiohead album to go for.
Yeah, some bloody good songs on that... High and Dry / Street Spirit made a number of compilations IIRC, and Fake Plastic Trees is lovely. Probably been about ten years since I listened to it as an album, and it's hanging together better than I remember.

edit: Although it does feel a bit Madchester...

I 'discovered' this album around 1998, when Virgin were clearing out all the cassette albums they had in their warehouse for a £1 a throw,
Remind me, when did Virgin/Ourprice close out? Found some fun random stuff in those sales... including this single -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DuAwl5kfbgs -- and oh-em-gee there's more stuff on YouTube/MySpace now... time to go a-stream-ripping...

Ryan F
2014-02-14, 11:41 PM
I had no idea Sunscreem had a second album; I loved their first album, I'll have to check this one out, cheers for the tip!

IIRC they were from my own neck of the woods (darkest Essex) and were quite pally with Braintree's finest export the Prodigy.

I used to love Shed 7 when I was in my teens; I think their third album Let It Ride was their best. Their cover of Sir Cliff's "Wired for Sound" (on the bonus disc of Going for Gold) is brilliant.

I've got a few albums on preorder at the moment, and as it's three of my favourite artists, March can't come soon enough. New albums by Asia, Magnum and Mike Oldfield don't come long that often; all three within a month will be heaven!

On the subject of Radiohead, I find their latter efforts a bit too opaque for my tastes. I remember when I was at uni, Kid A and Green Day's Nimrod were released quite close to each other (maybe even the same day?) They were two of my fave bands at the time (I still adore OK Computer), and I remember excitedly getting them both from Our Price in Norwich and absolutely detesting them. How disappointing.

2014-02-15, 06:48 AM

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh it's been forever since I heard that. :up::up::up: Love it.

2014-02-17, 10:54 PM
Went into a local thrift store(I mainly go in to oogle the hot blonde that runs the place), and I had a mooch through their CDs. Found two I used to have in one form or another(Tubthumping by Chumbawamba and the soundtrack to Die Another Day), one by a band I've really heard only on the radio(Bowling For Soup's 'Too Drunk To Dance'), and one I didn't even know existed(soundtrack to the XBox remake of Conker's Bad Fur Day. Pity the game was edited).

2014-02-18, 10:28 PM
Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh it's been forever since I heard that. :up::up::up: Love it.

Also some cool stuff here, although it's probably fair to say they lead with their best song as a single back in the 90s;

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wonderland/186682904732694 -- https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wonderland/186682904732694?id=186682904732694&sk=app_2405167945


Looks like they sort-of reformed a couple of years ago.

2014-02-19, 08:16 PM
@Denyer - Our Price and Andy's Records didn't make it past the 1990s. I seem to recall them fading away around '96. Virgin made it to the early part of the last decade before Virgin sold the shops off and they were picked up by Zavvi whom went under about 18 months after.

@Ryan F - Sunscreem were dropped by Sony shortly after this album was released. It didn't fare well against the onslaught of Britpop. They found a home at Pulse-8 records and released a single 'Catch' and had begun work on a third album 'New Dark Times'. Pulse-8 collapsed before the record was completed and that was pretty much it, save for the usual best of/ remix albums that have continued to pop up (most recently in 2009 with Love U More - The Very Best Of, comprising stuff from their time at Sony).

Sugar 'Copper Blue' (1992)
What Bob Mould did after Husker Du. Critics go for 'File Under Easy Listening' , but I prefer the FM alt-rock of this album. Singles 'A Good Idea' and 'If I Can't Change Your Mind' are still favourites and the album as a whole is a jolly romp and a welcome antidote to the rest of the flannel shirt brigade.

Transvision Vamp 'Pop Art' (1988)
F**k me, Transvision Vamp were incredible. This firecracker of a debut album is fantastic. Helped in no small measure by Wendy James, purring and shouting her way through this album. One of the best voices in rock, such a shame her solo career never took off.

Saint Etienne 'So Tough' (1993)
Saint Etienne can't put a foot wrong for me. A consistently interesting band, this album saw them add some choice samples to their London-centric outlook. There's a nice house-hip/hop undercurrent to the album too.

inflatable dalek
2014-02-19, 08:36 PM
Yeah, Our Price went a good long while before Virgin.

As I've been listening to the full TF:TM soundtrack a lot this week I was mildly surprised, considering it wasn't written for the film, to hear the tune of Dare to Be Stupid being used on one of the tracks, never noticed that in the film itself.

2014-02-20, 08:09 AM
Pops up a couple of times during the battle on Junk, doesn't it?

2014-03-04, 02:32 PM
Still working my way through the pile of stuff I got a few weeks back...

Amused to see that you can buy most of the musical output of the 1990s at least ten times over in all second hand places.

Spiritualized 'Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space' (1997)
After the hazy, music to takes drugs to vibes of 'Pure Phase' and 'Lazer Guided Melodies', this felt like a bit of a cold shower in the world of Spiritualized. Its a more guitar driven piece of work and traditional song structures lend more of a backbone to this album than anything else Spiritualized had done to date. Unsurprisingly, it was their biggest commercial success, and came to be one of the 'big four' indie albums of 1997 (the others being Primal Scream's 'Vanishing Point', Radiohead's 'OK Computer' and The Verve's 'Urban Hymns' - all of which were envelope pushing albums that transcended the more meat and potatoes noodlings of a lot of Britpop artists of the time). Sadly, this isn't the fancied packaged version that came like an enormous tablet.

Pulp 'This Is Hardcore' (1998)
Pretty much a capstone of the Britpop era, coming out in a year when the public's affections for Brtipop's staple of white guitar pop burnt itself out. Pulp's third album proper for Island (fourth if you count 1992s 'Intro' compilation of EPs) saw the band charting out the seedy and damaging side of fame and excess, inspired by their own lives on the road at the time, following their huge success two years previously, (and Jarvis waving his arse at the Brits during Michael Jackson's nauseating performance) this has the same haunted feel of Scott Walker's stuff. Appropriately enough, they'd go onto work with him on final album 'We Love Life' (2001)

The Shirehorses 'Present The Worst...Album In The World...Ever...EVER!' (1997)
These days, Marc Radcliffe and Mark 'Lard' Riley cut more sober figures with their respective shows on BBC 6 Music. Time was when they were the John Peel you could listen to. Starting out with Out On Blue Six on Radio One in 1993, they gained their own late night slot around 1994 which saw them mix in top quality items alongside poetry from John Hegley and Simon Armitage, as well as sessions from the lesser lights of the musical spectrum (usually The Tindersticks, in much the same way The Evening Session would always have BMX Bandits on). Some occasional musical skits lead to further dabblings gently mocking the mores of the era. East West gathered these altogether as the debut album of The Shirehorses, and even now, its still funny. The packaging is also a treat mocking both the 'best album' series of Britpop compliations and Pete Frame's celebrated 'Rock Family Trees' (later turned into a documentary series on BBC2 in 1999). The band photography is also a hoot, with Marc And Lard dressed to replicate famous shots of the bands they were taking the mick out of. Briliant stuff, although the album does run out of steam a bit towards the end. A tour followed in 1998, with the Levensholme Morris Miner Men as support (Marc and Lard and friends dressed as miners doing morris dancing).

2014-03-22, 11:32 PM
A New Album!!! Woop!

The Pretty Reckless 'Going To Hell' (2014)

TPR's 2010 debut, 'Light Me Up' (highly recommended, by the way) was so good I had overwhelmingly high expectations of this second album. The two lead singles singles 'Heaven Knows' and 'Going To Hell' aren't quite as immediate as 'Make Me Wanna Die' and 'Miss Nothing', but like the rest of the album, reveal themselves to be every bit as equal with repeated listen. The album is every bit as crunchy and punchy as the debut, and whilst not such a strident move away from their LOUD bluesy rock, there's enough light and shade to show that Taylor Momsen is an impressive and vital musician. My top tracks off this album are 'Absolution', 'F**ked Up World' and 'Follow Me Down'. The album artwork is er, interesting. The rest of the band are sidelined in favour of Taylor cavorting wearing nothing but paint. I suppose its fair enough, but does feel a bit label mandated to flog a few more records which seems unnecessary and rather does the music a bit of disservice. Sex sells, I suppose. Maybe Taylor was into this, I don't know...I'm just some silly old fart whom doesn't need some t*tty shots to get me to buy a record by a band I like.

inflatable dalek
2014-04-24, 07:35 PM
I made a music purchase this week without even realising it, I've been working through the Bond audio books (that are avaliable), and am now up to Sebastian Faulk's mildly underwhelming "Writing as Ian Fleming whilst completely missing the point of how Ian Fleming wrote" effort Devil May Care.

Imagine my surprise when the last track turned out to be not a further explanation of the book's deeply stupid twins twist but an attempt at a Bond song.

Imagine being the band the day they got that news, "We want you to do a Bond song!

For the audiobook.

Not for the audiobook of a Fleming novel, one of the crap new ones. And not one of the Benson ones that were actually trying to be like films, for which it would be appropriate, but a very serious pro-faced one. Great hey?"

It's actually catchy, if unmemorable. It does sound like a song the band had laying about they quickly stuck a few shouts of "DEVIL MAY CARE!" into once the call came in though.


2014-04-24, 07:42 PM
With the new Wovenhand album due next Tuesday, I started looking for their first album since I didn't yet have it. That led to an Ebay auction with a bunch of 16 Horsepower CDs, his previous band. Wow!

I had only heard the Amazon samples from 16 Horsepower before and wasn't all that impressed, but they apparently managed to take the worst 30 seconds of each song. Great stuff! You can definitely hear the progression toward the Wovenhand sound in their late albums.

And it worked out well as the CDs were delivered just before a stretch of several long on-the-road days. So much banjo...:)

2014-04-24, 09:40 PM
Actually I got a new CD from a man who needs no introduction.

Stan Bush, The Ultimate

Only 10 songs, but he's still got style and The Touch:)

Auntie Slag
2014-04-27, 03:25 PM
Using up the last couple of quid from an iTunes card I bought 'Pocket Calculator' by Kraftwerk. I first heard it on Radio 6 a couple of years ago and found it so infectious I knew I had to purchase it within two years. I just love the way he says it with his German accent:

"I am the operator of my Pocket CalculaTOR".

Then catching what I think was their last concert as a four-piece on BBC channel 301 at some weird time on a Sunday morning meant I used the last pound on Computer Love.

After not liking it for donkey's years, I now have an ungodly love for clean synth sounds from the 70's/80's, and I blame Daft Punk and their astounding score to Tron Legacy for that.

2014-04-27, 09:07 PM
I keep meaning to check out Kraftwerk, so I shall look into those what you have mentioned...

I've been to a couple of gigs recently with my girlfriend whose into all that '80s metal stuff, you know, the big haired stuff that borders on pop music to see some bands and picked up two cds.

Dust Bowl Jokies - pleasant sounding Swedish bubblegum metal that's lost something in translation. saw these in er, Keighley the other week and got chatting to them afterwards. Lovely chaps. So I bought their album. Its a a jolly blast of Motley Crue, Def Leppard and The Backyard Babies - all that kind of stuff.

We also saw a band called Cheap Thrill at Wakefield's rather excellent alternative music venue Warehouse 23 whom comprise members of Cinderella and White Lion (the latter I dimly recall being one of those 'white metal' bands). They were actaully pretty great, but I was blown away by one of the support bands called Shock! Hazard ("the best thing to come out of Norfolk since Bernard Matthews") and picked up their 'Danger Of Rock' album which is great. Loud, fast shouty punk glam metal. Great live band too and well worth going to see.

A couple of other things bought to fill out some gaps in the music bank...

Stone Roses 'Stone Roses' (1989) - Ubiquitous debut album of "unrivvalled genius" as all and sundry will tell you. Actaully more telling about the state of british guitar pop in the late 1980s, which had fallen into this terrible stew of everyone sounding like The Smiths. No wonder these guys, The Las and T Wonderstuff made such an impact. Perfectly pleasant set of tunes, but to my ears the more raucous and entertaining likes of contemporaries the aforementioned Stuffies, Neds, Senseless Things, PWEI and Jesus Jones were doing far more lively and interesting with guitar music, although I do like the fusion of funk and Led Zep the Stones put together. Its the rather thin and reedy production that lets the album down.

Dexy's Midnight Runners - 'Searching For The Young Soul Rebels' (1978) superb album of rabble rousing folk punk that reminds me how bloody great Dexys were. Such a shame they're largely remembered for feckin' 'Come On Eileen'. Bah.

Rack 'n Ruin
2014-04-27, 10:26 PM
I heartily recommend Kraftwerk's Trans-Europe Express album. Autobahn and The Man Machine would be #s 2 & 3 on my Kraftwerk shopping list. All excellent stuff. :)

2014-04-28, 07:05 PM
Sabaton - Carolus Rex (English version, Ukrainian edition with the Amon Amarth cover as a bonus track) -- damn good stuff.

electro girl
2014-04-28, 10:07 PM
I heartily recommend Kraftwerk's Trans-Europe Express album. Autobahn and The Man Machine would be #s 2 & 3 on my Kraftwerk shopping list. All excellent stuff. :)

Agreed. I got those albums off my uncle when he got rid of his record player and I've since picked up a couple more from charity shops and the like.

2014-04-29, 01:38 AM
Electric Cafe is another great Kraftwerk album. Includes the wonderfully utilitarian "Boing Boom Tschak" as well as the title track which served as the theme song for Sprockets on Saturday Night Live.

2014-05-03, 04:22 PM
My Chemical Romance Greatest Hits.

2014-06-27, 08:34 PM
Emperor - Anthems To The Welkin At Dusk -- more atmospheric and film score type music than metal. Very calming. Currently sidestepped on YouTube over to Dimmu Borgir's Enthrone Darkness Triumphant, which seems to have a lot in common with European pop so far.

2014-06-28, 09:09 PM
Arch Enemy - War Eternal (2014)

Not really familiar with their stuff, read an article on them in last month's Metal Hammer and thought I'd have a punt. They have a new singer, so that's a thing. Its great, lady has a right old growl on her and there's all those widdly-widdly guitars and this pummeling sound. Brilliant.

2014-06-28, 10:22 PM
I had a Jack White kind of birthday and fathers day this year. My family got me his new solo album, Lazaretto, The Dead Weather-Horehound, and the Raconteurs-Consolers of the Lonely. All three are excellent albums, all three are very distinct, yet very clearly Jack White. The guy's amazing.

2014-07-27, 01:03 PM
A couple of new ones for me...

Kasabian - 48:13
Probably the only British band to matter a damn and certainly the last band standing after all their contemporaries from a decade or so ago have long since fallen by the wayside (there's what, Kaiser Cheifs from guitar pop's last resurgence still around, and they had split up in the meantime). I do like well done indie music, and its nice to see Kasabian throwing some electronics back into the mix after they'd mutated into something of a rock monster over their last few albums. Great bunch of tunes and a solid listen from start to finish. For me, their best one since their second album.

Babymetal - Babymetal
This is just amazing. It smells completely manufactured, but I swear to God this is one of the best albums I've heard this year. Its Japanese all-girl pop matched with the heaviest heavy metal and its just brilliant. Amazing fun, shouldn't work, its likely to be complete fad and sniffed at by people into 'proper' music (whatever the f**k that is), but just does and instantly brings a smile to my face. Fantastic.

2014-07-27, 01:28 PM
Yeah, got a copy of that last one a while ago on the strength of a mention by someone and listening to a couple of tracks on YouTube... it's basically J-pop, which I enjoy a bit of, mixed with theatrical power metal, which I also like in moderation. Win-win. Very manufacturered and could probably have been done with any performers picked at random, but eh.

inflatable dalek
2014-08-03, 07:45 PM
The soundtrack to The Living Daylights. It's nice John Barry rounded off his Bond tenure with two classics in the shape of this and A View to a Kill, it would have been a shame if he'd bowed out with the perfectly serviceable but forgettable Octopussy score.

Lots of great hummable music that works as well in isolation as it does underscoring scenes, the music for the Aston Martin chase is especially good. What's also impressive is how Barry succesfully uses the tune of all three songs for the film throughout the score, these days the Bond composers barely manage that with just the title song. The big trumpets and scatty piano that accompanies every use of Where Has Everybody Gone? is especially awesome.

I really like the a-ha tune as well, I was mildly surprised to find out it's unpopular (possibly because of the Barry/a-ha fall out?), sure the lyrics make no sense but that as true of A View to a Kill and everybody likes that.

The only annoyance is the tracks are in a different order to which they occur in the film (apparently due to this being a later reissue with more music, for contractual reasons they had to present the original album material in the same order and put the new stuff at the end), having the gun barrel at anywhere other than the start... wait, was this the favourite album of the people making the Craig films?


2014-08-04, 10:24 PM
This is the last song I purchased. One of my favourites when I'm out clubbing. (http://youtu.be/hiP14ED28CA)

2014-08-19, 09:02 PM
Mastodon 'Once More Round The Sun' (2014)

Cheerful loud album that rocks like a mutha, oh yes.

2014-08-22, 06:33 PM
Does it count as a "purchase" if I reappropriated it from the trash?

2014-08-23, 08:56 AM

electro girl
2014-08-23, 10:02 AM
I got a new record player. Its cool looking, takes up less space than my old one and converts vinyl into mp3.

2014-08-29, 02:15 PM
Royal Blood!

I've been waiting for this album for so long! And its very short. But then this kind of knock about bluesy rock and roll (see also : The Kills, BRMC, The White Stripes, JAMC) tends to be perfunctory. Its a great album, but leaves you a bit like 'oh. its finished.'.

inflatable dalek
2014-08-29, 02:36 PM
The X-Files homage Nick Roche cover to this month's MTMTE put Catatonia's Mulder and Scully in my head (and is that a young Welsh Bloke Offa Notting Hill/Elementary/Anna Friel in the video?), so I downloaded their greatest hits.

I was mildly surprised they had so many, but the Ones People Remember are all good fun and the others (despite some odd pronunciations from Cerys to make words fit the rhythm of the song, "EnDERlessLY") are generally decent in a mid-90's Welsh rock band sort of a way.

And, despite struggling with the lyrics (rhyming sick with... sick and mentioning Delilah twice within a couple of lines as if they'd run out of Tom Jones songs already) this is the greatest song about a Welshman of ALL TIME:


2014-08-29, 03:17 PM
Amazon had Andy Mineo's new album on a slight sale, so I picked it up. I haven't had a chance to hear it all, but I very much like the fact that he rhymes "Sucka" "Wokka wokka" and "Chewbacca" in one of the songs.

2014-08-30, 12:42 PM
I got a new record player. Its cool looking, takes up less space than my old one and converts vinyl into mp3.
Is the casing made of wood or plastic?

inflatable dalek
2014-08-30, 02:18 PM
Now I'm on a '90's Brit pop kick I've gone and gotten Space's greatest hits as well.

Despite all having more hits than I suspect most people would remember (though from looking at Wikipedia in some cases we're defining hit as "Top 60", I suspect it's more a case of "Every single we put out") but I recognised more of them than I did on the Catatonia album in a "I totally forgot this existed but now I'm glad I remember" way.

Though Deadliest of the Species is their best remembered song, I always liked this one:


2014-08-31, 08:02 AM
Thats from second album 'Tin Planet', isn't it?

Speaking of Britpop, my local music festival 'Bingley Live' has had a few acts on from Britpop's heyday - Shed Seven (always a good live band) , Ocean Colour Scene (started life as baggy chancers before turning into Paul Weller's backing band for the 'Wild Wood' tour - the modfather's influence runs deep in their unimaginative '60s pastiche) and Gaz Coombes (off of Supergrass). A line up which has bugger all to do with current trends and relevance, but a rather sad indictment of today's fractured music scene that twenty year old second string Britpop acts are seen as a more bankable draw than some of today's bright young things.

I bought a recent Britpop compliation CD 'Britpop At The BBC' which - usual suspects aside - has a rather lovely disc full of Evening Session er, sessions full of stripped down live versions of stuff from Pulp, Manic Street Preachers, The Auteurs and - cheeringly - Gorky's Zygotic Mynci (these welsh psychaedelics are bloody brilliant and well worth checking out for anyone whom likes this eras more interesting diversions). Frankly, I'd have loved a triple CD* of these rather than another compliation of heard it all before Britpop staples.

*Perhaps a reissued and expanded version of the old Evening Session compliation album that came out circa 1996 - which is a much better snapshot of the era, picking up some of the lesser-known acts as well as the headliners.

2014-09-14, 01:29 PM
Couple of odds and sods from the early '90s again...tg replace some sadly deceased vinyl of mine...

The The 'Dusk' (1992) - final 'proper' album from the one time polemic Matt Johnson. This album beefs up their usual, acoustic musings thanks to the input of Johnny Marr and The Grid's Richard Norris. If I'm honest, I bought this solely for the single 'dogs of lust', which whilst not as 'right on' as their '80s oeuvre is a thumpingly good tune.

Dinosaur Jr 'Where You Been?' (1993) - Minor radio hit 'start choppin' ' aside, this is a marvellous little fuzzy rock album from full time stoner J Mascis. He's probably not really, but with his slightly sleeply drawl and that, he doesn't do much to disuade you otherwise.

Sonic Youth 'Dirty' (1992) - True SY fans will point to 'Goo' as the definitive SY album and the one to go to, but I've always been massively fond of this record. It goes on for ages, the songs sound like someone farting about in scrapyard, but its just somehow great because of this. And I adore 'Sugar Cane' off this. Brilliant.

2014-09-18, 09:27 PM
Some more under 20p bargains from second hand b*st*rds Zoverstocks (the secret identity of Music Magpie):

U2 'Zooropa' (1993) - Long before they turned into a bunch of tax-avoiding so and so's paid millions by Apple to do an album they can give away 'free', U2 were a bloated stadium rock band. At least they were by the late 1980s, after starting life as an interesting shouty post-punk outfit. The early 1990s saw U2 arguably at their creative peak with this album and predecessor 'Achtung Baby' which saw them strip away the bloated waffle you associate with stadium rock for something that was much more lively. These are also the only U2 records I can really get into. 'Zooropa' for all it is feted by taste makers, just begs and borrows from the dance-rock and techno-rock leanings of Primal Scream and Jesus Jones, contemporaries of this era whom also latched onto the meshing of dance rhythms to rock guitars. The album itself was rather overshadowed by the tour that supported it, but in the likes of 'Lemon' and the outstanding 'Numb' it very much has the feel of a band who've earned their cash and are doing something interesting with their music. Shame they followed this up 'Discotheque' before lurching into AOR.

Dead Man Wade
2014-09-18, 09:51 PM
Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack. Hooked on a Feeling was a personal favorite for a very long time, and the opportunity to own it on something other than cassette was too good to pass up.

2014-09-21, 06:50 PM
Madness - Divine Madness (1992)

It's hard to remember what an impact this had on Madness' career. In common with a lot of '80s music since the rise of Acid House, Rave culture, Shoe Gazing and Grunge, Madness had been swept away and largely forgotten (not helped, it has to be said by their ill-judged stint as 'The Madness' c.1988). This compilation landed and seemed to jog the nation's memory to the extent that the inaugural 'Madstock' was announced becoming a semi-regular event throughout the '90s that eventually saw the band writing and recording again (and Suggs launching a solo career). This compilation featured all their hits from 1979 - 1986 and was a reminder of what cracking tunes - and fun - Madness were. I like the vaudeville aspect and slightly haunting nature of a lot their songs and am particularly fond of their later stuff on here, 'The Sun And The Rain', 'Michael Caine', 'Uncle Sam' and '(Waiting For The) Ghost Train' which proved Madness had more to offer than jolly japes. The accompanying video compilation was a favourite of mine - especially for the extra tracks ('Bed And Breakfast Man' and their singles released as The Madness), Japanese Honda City Turbo (hello Skids and Crosscut!) adverts, vox pops and 'where are they now?' segments

The La's - The La's (1990)

Oddly an album that passed me by at the time, ubiquitous single 'There She Goes' notwithstanding and one I've always been a bit put off by (in much the same way I was with The Stone Roses debut) - due to its constant praise and the legend that has surrounded it, with frontman Lee Mavers' singular pursuit of sound ensuring that this album took forever to come out and that The La's slowly faded away. And f**k me, if it isn't genuinely a very impressive record. 'T.S.G' and its Byrds-like jangle really isn't a good advert for the La's whom have created one of the most forward looking guitar pop albums I've ever heard. This has impressed me way more than other more lauded efforts in this sphere. Hooray for being surprised :)

Auntie Slag
2014-09-21, 08:56 PM
I love your CD reviews Skyquake, you should be a music jour no. 'Baggy chancers' and 'unimaginative '60s pastiche' made me chuckle particularly. I was a bit of a closet Shed Seven fan, and Bluetones too. A lot of Britpop I didn’t get into until after its phase had been supplanted, same with Stone Roses and that. Now I’m all a bit electronic, but these things come in fits and starts, and its fun to read reviews like yours and suddenly be reminded; “I should really go get some Auteurs stuff”.

Dead Man Wade
2014-09-22, 01:40 PM
I love your CD reviews Skyquake, you should be a music jour no.

Seconded. You clearly know your stuff, and they're fun to read even if I don't know what the hell you're talking about.

2014-09-22, 09:35 PM
Aww thanks guys :)

I like music. And am fascinated by the stuff I grew up with and impacted on me. I will, at some point get into some more '80s stuff. But with second hand stuff from the '90s and beyond being a pittance, that's what I'm buying the most of at the moment (its kind of hard to lay down £5 on a secondhand Yazoo album when I can buy a pile of '90s tat for the same money!).

Jakatta - 'Visions' (2002)

Honestly, I bought this for 'American Dream' (you'll know that when you hear it - its the one that samples the score from American Beauty) and wouldn't you know it, its a motif that runs through the ENTIRE album. The rest of the record bubbles along somewhere between chill out and house music. It also features Seal (not that you'd know). It's one of those dance music to do the ironing too records, its inoffensive stuff and proof again that not all dance artistes can turn one hit single into an album.

Stereo MCs - 'Deep Down & Dirty' (2001)

One of my favourite telly moments ever is watching Stereo MCs perform lead single (and title track) 'Deep Down & Dirty' on CD:UK. Front man Rob Birch has always looked like he's been sleeping rough whilst taking all the drugs, and seeing him jumping around and looking like a raggedy scarecrow baffling the children in the audience was just brilliant. And they were great too. The album is a great shuffly hip-hop record with dancey bits in and feels grimey and seedy in a way that, well, Grime doesn't. I was actually surprised to see them again, after they disappeared into the long grass after dropping 'Connected' back in 1992. Sadly, after a brief flurry of activity in the early 2000s (including a mix album), the Stereo MCs have crawled back under whatever rock they crawled out of, which is a shame.

Pearl Jam 'Ten' - (1992)

I want to like Pearl Jam. I like the singles off this album ('Alive' and 'Jeremy' and, er the other one) but the rest of it is just so forgettable and their songs are so bloody long! No wonder I got into Stone Temple Pilots, whom do exactly the same thing, but with much more welly (and also with a frontman with a crippling drugs problem that frequently derails both his career and that of anyone involved with him). They've turned into a bunch of super earnest 'Classic Rock' types these days, churning out worthy albums. Still not of much interest to me.

2014-09-23, 02:45 AM
At a second-hand store, I saw a solo album by Fred Schneider for $2. I thought, "B-52s have a good album, and Fred Schneider's fun to impersonate. How bad can this be?"

I want my $2 back. :( I skipped past the first couple tracks halfway into each song on the very first listen, and haven't even finished listening to the whole album. It's all the obnoxious and annoying parts of B-52s without the fun or charm. Inane lyrics, boring and repetitive riffs, poor production, and just an overall irritating album. The only thing I like about it so far is the cover art looks to be a grade-school picture of Fred Schneider, and the title is "Just Fred". But I could have saved $2 and just giggled at the cover in the store.

On the plus side, this album did not make me yell "Stop it!" at the radio like I did the time I accidentally bought a Cardigans album.

2014-10-01, 10:31 AM
God, The B-52s...that takes me back. An interesting and kooky band for many years (c'mon, an album built around the rise and fall of Mesopotania?) before it all went wrong and they ended their career with a rubbish cover of the Flintstones theme for the risable live action film. And fancy Fred Schneider turning out an album best described as irritating...

The Darling Buds 'Pop Said' (1988) as indie music finally stepped out of the shadow of The Smiths (whom cast such a long shadow in the '80s that everyone wanted to be like them. And sound like them, as NMEs 'legendary' C86 cassette will attest) , some rather magnificent guitar pop emerged that caught the attention of the major labels. The Darling Buds are one such band, with their chirpy, upbeat pop which is arguably superior to The Primitives whom had minor chart success with a similar sound. Great stuff.

Placebo 'Without You I'm Nothing' (1998) A sort of bridging album between their early glam punk and their 'goth' phase that was to come with 'Taste In Men'. Best song on this is the superb 'Pure Morning', which unfortunately opens the album. Everything else is pretty forgettable after that, with just various shades of Brian Molko's signature whine to tell you you're listening to a different song. Shame.

And on the news this morning, I learnt that music videos in the UK are now going to have film style classification certificates, after the constant groundswell of moral outrage by concerned parents have forced the industry to do something about it because, God forbid, you can't expect parents to do all the parenting and police the technology their give their infants.

Amusingly, only two labels have thus far signed up for this in the UK and no US labels have expressed an interest in this. Which, funnily enough, is where a lot of the outrage stems from. Miley Cyrus wiggling about in the buff, Nicki Minaj in her-non-too subtle Anaconda video, whatever misogynist rapey video rappers are peddling this week are all beamed in from The Land Of The Free (which, lest we forget, gave us the excellent 'Parental Advisory' label which had the inverse effect it was intended to do as well as censored versions of albums available in chains like Wal Mart), which leaves the UK's offering looking prudent by comparison (Jessie J in trouble because the video for her number 1 features fully clothed ladies dancing and wiggling their bums) - what was our last 'outrageous' music video? The Prodigy's 'Smack My Bitch Up'. And that was in 1998. Hooray!

Great interview on BBC Breakfast about this with John Robb (music journalist and frontman in Gold Blade) and upset middle class parent whom said the immortal words "speaking as a parent".

2014-10-26, 09:01 AM
Tra- La! I have bought some records!

Evil Scarecrow 'Galactic Hunt' (2014)

Evil Scarecrow are proper brilliant. A very silly metal band with songs about robots, Godzilla and being a miserable goth is ('my makeup runs/ my eyes grow sore'). They are one of the best live bands I've ever seen and if you haven't seen them , then you should! They ruled Bloodstock this year with their infectious enthusiasm for heavy metal and how silly it all is and had the entire crowd scuttling like crabs for 'Crabulon' (included in this here album). Galactic Hunt is their third album, and like 2008's Sixty Six Minutes Past Six, contains a joyful mix of nonsense underpinned by some serious technical ability that stops the affair being the sort of 'funny for one listen' of a lot of 'comedy' bands. The difference this time is that the songs are sharper and louder (helped in no part by the excellent production afforded by Russ Russell), and the album holds together a lot better than their previous efforts. Here, obvious fun stuff like Crabulon, Rise and ode to awesome 1980s VR/Fantasy roleplay childrens telly Enter The Knightmare, sits alongside the more whimsical Dance Of The Cyclops and the prog-metal pretensions of Book Of Doom and Flight Of The Dragons without any of the songs dominating over the others. Jolly good fun!

Marmozets 'The Weird And Wonderful' (2014)
Bright young things from just down the road from me in Bingley, West Yorkshire with a frighteningly good debut album. To look at, you're half expecting some sort of Paramore-a-like band, but Marmozets reveal themselves to be a much more interesting and ferocious proposition. They're all loud swaggering Mathcore jerks and twists complimented by Becca MacIntyre's awesome throat shredding bark. There's such life and punch in these tunes and not a dull moment on the album from start to finish. My favourites are the superb slithery throb of 'Move Shake Hide' and the angular and abrasive 'Vibetech'. Cracking.

2014-11-05, 07:50 PM
So hmv (yes, they're still going and I still shop there because I like my local hmv, the staff are all ace) have had a 'black parade' promtion going on throughout October which has brought a lot of old Goth, Metal and alternative records into a rarely seen sales promotion and I have bought up pretty much the entire display... so lets have a look, shall we..?

The Cramps 'Songs The Lord Taught Us' (1980)

Debut album from the band that pretty much invented Psychobilly, with its mix of '50s rock 'n' roll, Link Wray guitars and mix of B-movie horror films. Their debut album is a superb mix of fuzzed up creepy covers of forgotten rock 'n' roll standards, which effortlessly sit with their own original stuff, all of which sound like they are recorded inside a claustrophobic's worst nightmare.

The Damned 'Phantasmagoria' (1985)

Having split with Captain Sensible (whom was bothering the charts around this time with a cover of 'Happy Talking' from the Rogers & Hammerstein musical 'South Pacific' - now that's punk rock!) , The Damned plunged into full on Goth weirdness with this album. A savvy move, and one that has given them a longevity enjoyed by few other bands (they are currently on tour with Motorhead). Anyway, this is a pleasant surprise, I've not really paid much attention to The Damned, but this is great, great record. Whilst it plays with the usual morbid themes of 'Goth', its some how quite cheery and upbeat with it, no doubt due to the soaring sax that punctuates the entire album. And the slightly silly 'Grimly Fiendish'. A good antidote to the po-faced likes of The Mission and Fields Of The Nephilim.

Echo And The Bunnymen 'Ocean Rain' (1984)

Best band to come out of Liverpool since the Beatles? Quite possibly, and this sparkling gem of a record is a strong argument in their favour. I love how lush and dreamlike this sounds, and feels more like a soundtrack to Wuthering Heights than er, 'Wuthering Heights'.

Killing Joke 'Laugh? I Nearly Bought One' (1992)

Tight as you like run through of Killing Joke's singles from 1979 - 1990, with some live odds and sods thrown in. I love Killing Joke. They're a band I've only really discovered for myself in the last couple of years. Frontman Jaz Coleman is perhaps more Alan Parker - Urban Warrior than Mark Thomas, but I do like how angry and riled up they sound. And what a sound! A huge, clanking grimy mix of punk, dub and metal, easy to see why they're largely credited for developing the sound we now call 'Industrial'. They took the unlistenable dirge that Throbbing Gristle pioneered and hammered it into something far more intense and urgent. As a singles compilation, you're hard pressed to find a duff track on here, but for my money its 'Requiem', 'Follow The Leaders' and 'Eighties' that really get the pulse racing. Some nice commentary on the then privatization of the various utility companies towards the end of the album too.

2014-11-11, 09:02 AM
Motorhead 'Ace Of Spades ' (1980)

Brutal debut from Lemmy's lot that goes straight for the jugular with some fast and powerful metal. easy to see why they were so feted by the punks. They have that similar sort of chaotic ramalama speed of sound, but just, well, heavier. Aside from the titular title track, there's some further belters present in the form of 'Fast And Loose', 'Jailbait' and 'The Chase Is Better Than The Catch'. This 2004 re-release of the expanded 1996 reissue also contains Girlschool team up 'Please Don't Touch' which is also fantastic.

Siouxsie And The Banshees 'Juju' (1981)

Highly regarded fourth album from the Banshees that sees them delve into witchcraft and folklore for inspriation. For me, its new gituarist John McGeoch (formerly of Magazine) that makes this record. His superb classical flourishes that he brings to the likes of 'Spellbound' along with the urgency and intricacy of his playing really push the Banshees sound. Spookiness abounds elsewhere in 'Halloween', 'Night Shift' and the brooding 'Sin In My Heart'. Great stuff!

The Cure 'The Head On The Door' (1985)

Easily the most accessible of the Cure's many, many records. More serious music fans poo-poo this as one of the Cure's weaker albums, simply because of its more overt POP stylings, but I think its great. There's a lot to enjoy on here, with the singles 'In Between Days' and 'Close To You' being the obvious touchstones. There's also the impressive gems 'Kyoto Song' , 'The Baby Screams' and superb album closer 'Sinking' that belie the pop sheen of the record. A great starting point, if like me, you're unfamiliar with The Cure's tapestry of weirdness.

2014-11-20, 11:15 PM
Devin Townsend Project - 'Z2' (2014)

Metal's musical magpie returns from a recent dalliance with country music (no, really) to spaff out a double album that serves as both a follow up to 2012's 'Epicloud' and 2007's Ziltoid concept album (think War Of The Worlds, as if done by South Park's Terence and Phillip and you're there). Gotta be honest, although the Ziltoid album does have some decent tunes and a surprisingly engaging story,its stream of poo-related humour wears a little thin towards the end of the record (a bit like listening to Green Jelly's 'Sh*tman' on repeat). Better is the great big sonic overload of 'Z2 disc 1' as my phone charmingly titles it. Full of choirs, really really big widescreen sounds, nice lady singing, crunchy guitars and Devin's glass gargling growl. It's brilliant stuff, with not a dull moment from start to finish. Not quite sure why he paired these two albums together though. It's a bit like following The Beatles with Weird Al. Smells a bit like hedging your bets.

inflatable dalek
2014-11-21, 12:39 PM
So, Band Aid 30. Not a purchase but I thought it might be worth talking about.

Yes, it's a good cause and all, but it's a rather piss poor version of a song that only ever really worked out well the first time they did it, and going to the effort of changing the lyrics to reflect Ebola but leaving in the "Feed the world" chorus that's now nonsensical seems a bit odd.

I can't decide if I'm old for not having a clue who most of the people are, of if it's just a bunch of nonentities.

I am old. :(

Geldof came over as a complete tit in that Sky interview as well. Going "Give us your ****ing money!" when making an impassioned charity plea was fairly understandable and relatable. Going "Bollocks" to considered and serious questions when you don't actually have a good answer to any of the issues raised just makes you seem a dick doing a pale imitation of his 30 year old glories.

A bit like the song actually.

2014-11-21, 11:16 PM
TBH, you wouldn't recognize anyone from the 2008 version either. Or Band Aid II, for that matter.

I'd honestly prefer to give money directly to the ebola cause than shell out for this excerable dead horse flogging exercise... except there's more people dying of Malaria which is more easily treatable, but hey ho. Ebola is the cause du jour, so what would I know?

I think that Sky journalist was spot on - if all involved paid their taxes properly (U2 are notorious tax avoiders , if anyone's interested, taking advantage the usual Luxembourg shenanigans - how exactly does that fit with your responsibility towards your fellow man that you're constantly preaching, Bono?) there'd probably be enough money to wipe out poverty, feed the world and have some change to work on ebola vaccines. Assuming of course, governments spend the money wisely, and it doesn't end up in the hands of various grasping dictatorships, as is sadly the case for a lot of charity money raised for developing nations.

Its all very well to help a good cause, but not when so many involved could actually help more - hell, they could even use it as a tax write off like large companies do through their various community and charity projects they bung money at.

Saying "b*ll*cks" just makes you look like a c*nt.

2014-11-26, 10:28 AM
In other musical purchas news, rounding out my spooky goth purchases...

The Cult 'Love' (1985)

The albatross that is 'She Sells Sanctuary' (a fine, fine tune) dominates this album. Its a a bit of a shame because its such a solid record otherwise. There's just nothing else like 'Sanctuary' that really stands out. Of the rest, its 'Brother Wolf Sister Moon' that really grabs the attention.

The Sisters Of Mercy 'Floodland' (1987)

If you buy one Sisters record, let it be this. Following the split that gave us The Mission after 'First Last And Always', Andrew Eldritch teamed up with Patricia Morrison and Meatloaf songwriter Jim Steinman to produce what is arguably their strongest work. Packed full of huge bombastic tunes - not least the superb singles 'This Corrosion', 'Lucretia, My Reflection' and 'Dominion - and more subtler moments like 'Driven Like The Snow' and 'Never Land (a fragement)' - its a album that very much defines Goth and pretty much eclipses all others in its field. Absolutely fantastic.

2014-11-26, 09:49 PM
Need to give that more listens... it's First and Last that made a big impression on me.

2014-11-27, 08:53 AM
F,L&A is a good record, but personally I like that the Sisters really push their sound on Floodland.

2014-11-27, 05:22 PM
Best Buy had some $2 albums, so I picked up an Alice Cooper Greatest Hits and an Aerosmith greatest hits. I had forgotten how great a lot of those Alice Cooper songs are! And I had forgotten how adequate many Aerosmith songs are.

2014-11-27, 07:52 PM
F,L&A is a good record, but personally I like that the Sisters really push their sound on Floodland.
Feels a bit like an album designed by committee, though -- not as spontaneous as its predecessor. I like Steinman with Meat Loaf and quirky things such as Tanz der Vampire, and This Corrosion's fun enough, but there's not enough punchier material like Lucretia across the disc as a whole. Although having said that, First and Last isn't as strong in the second half as the first until picking up at the end.

I had forgotten how adequate many Aerosmith songs are
Yeah, I Don't Wanna Miss A Thing kind of ruined them for me a bit... but still have fond memories of Get A Grip and Nine Lives, and should probably revisit those.

Can't go wrong with a bit of Alice Cooper.

2014-11-30, 07:59 PM
heh. Alice Cooper. Do y'know, I really like The Last Temptation of Alice Cooper. Its not his best record, but I like it for the concept and the whole Marvel Comics team up.

Went to see him live ...about 9 years ago, I think. He did the full stage show, dancers, blood, snakes, the lot. It was brilliant. Went on for bloody hours as well, so you definitely get your monies worth out of Alice. I really appreciated that he did that. I got so fed up going to rock and metal gigs by US bands growing up and forever hearing about how they have an awesome stage show, only to find out they couldn't be arsed a lot of the time bringing all that stuff with them. Its fair enough, it'd probably cost and arm and leg and when you're touring smaller venues, its totally impractical, but still...

Anyway! What else have I bought recently...?

Ministry 'Filth Pig' (1995)

Honestly, after 'Psalm 69', this isn't quite as strong and its an album more noted for the circumstances in which it was made - AL Jourgenson was divorcing his wife and the FBI raided his ranch off the back of an NME interview - but its still a good listen (and better than 1998's 'Dark Side Of The Spoon') with the superb 'The Fall' at the heart of it.

Machine Head 'Burn My Eyes' (1994)

Still ace debut album that's largely credited with kick starting the modern era of metal (its not really - its just that Machine Head have been on the go long enough that all the contemporaries have largely faded away).

They Might Be Giants 'Flood' (1990)

Thanks to lead single 'Birdhouse In Your Soul', this is the album that propelled the two Johns Flansburgh and Linnell into the limelight. Their, quirky folky alt-rock means the big pop sound of 'BIYS' sticks out like a bit of a sore thumb on this album. Its a favourite of mine for a couple of the songs featuring in an MTV spoof episode of Tiny Toon Adventures.

2014-12-07, 10:46 AM
A soundtrack album ' Doctor Who - Series 5' (2011)

Anotehr double -dip of Murray Gold's stirling work for Doctor Who, this one actually works the doule disc expanded format a lot better than 2010's 'Specials' soundtrack did. I'm putting that down to the galvanising effect of a new Doctor though. This is a great double disc and its again, the episodes that you don't really pay attention to having the better music. The stuff for 'The Beast Below' and 'Vampires Of Venice' is just brilliant. Sadly, the signature Eleventh Doctor tune 'I am The Doctor' just sort of ...doesn't go anywhere and sort of limps to a finish. It has the problems I noticed with some of Gold's 'Master' suite stuff - it builds to a logical crescendo, but then feels the need to carry on with a quieter bit at the end which then sort of half-heartedly tries to build before it just stops - its like listenign to someone getting really distracted by something interesting going on outside. Shame, as I like that piece of music when it shows up for 11 on the telly.

Sultans Of Ping FC 'Casual Sex In The Cineplex' (1993)

Brilliant album of ramshackle indie-punk from Cork's gobbiest exports. Perhaps a little unfairly tarnished with the 'novelty' brush thanks to early '90s indie disco favourite 'Where's Me Jumper?' (sensibly enclosed as the last song on this album), this record shows that amongst the silliness were some proper good tunes - 'Veronica', 'Give Him An Inch And A Yard Of Grass' and 'U Talk 2 Much' all showing the sort of sharp eye for detail as Contemporaries Carter USM. Just without a drum machine. And funnier.

Dead Man Wade
2014-12-19, 03:41 PM
The Very Best of the Rolling Stones (1964-1971) - Picked up cheap at Target because I abruptly realized how much I actually like the Stones. Can't say I'd ever have described myself as a fan, but looking at the track list, I realized how many really good songs they released during this period, and how much I wanted a copy of this CD for the car.

2015-01-01, 11:14 PM
Thought I'd just finished ripping discs acquired in 2014, and then found a bunch apparently from 2013 I'd only gotten as far as getting rid of the cases for.

Taking a break from random Amazon Marketplace purchases. Might start doing quick reviews whilst going through what I've just ripped...


Currently listening to Emma Marrone -- Sarò libera (Sanremo Ed.)

Emma was Italy's entry in Eurovision 2014 with La Mia Città (I'd guess this has been in at least one car advert by now) with a live performance that unfortunately didn't quite live up to the recorded version I'm about to link to and I don't recall getting a lot of support; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Si9K0ChHzDI

Throaty, often belting vocals but there's still a mix of styles in evidence on her 2012 album. Would be equally at home as a soundtrack for working, chilling, cruise ship lounges, respectable burlesque acts, etc.

Sample tracks:
Non E' L'Inferno -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMzNxA81qmE
Cercavo Amore -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DmJBCfPDjlE


Heartless Bastards -- All This Time

The titular track has wonderful building sections, from a slight susurration to ominous rumble that breaks into vocals you could cut glass with and is too good to listen to just once in a session. The opener leads with piano. Despite that, or perhaps because of, it's still essentially gnarly Midwestern rock with a club/garage feel. I think I found out about them via The Word magazine (which used to be a good travelling read), then Fat Possum's website, then going through a downloads folder of odds and ends years later with a fairly methodical intent to either get albums or delete stuff.

Sample tracks:
Into The Open -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Um1auB6nbmI
All This Time -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nw43OsPk854

2015-01-02, 01:33 AM
Just found what I said last year about not buying more stuff to add to the pile in 2014. Well, whoops. Think I averaged a CD or two a week for a couple of years, plus things received from various people. This may take a while to catch up on, but there's some random interesting unknowns collecting in the ripped folder.

Titus Andronicus -- The Airing of Grievances

Picked up on the back of a track played recently on Elementary. Enthusiasticly slurring shouty rock/punk with harmonicas and other wind instruments thrown in. Ignore the more pretentious song titles and lyrics and treat as a party album and enjoyable listen, even if there are a few tracks with slower and longer lead-in or lead-out later in the running time. Probably best saved for when everyone's buzzed or stoned. They sure do love their walls of sound.

Sample tracks:
Arms Against Atrophy -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q7AfEpvKOFY
Titus Andronicus -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KniCoepfBWE

Rockbitch -- Motor Driven Bimbo

Over to Wikipedia: Rockbitch was an expat, British, mostly female, progressive metal/goth band, best known for performing nude and incorporating sexual acts and Pagan rituals into their performances.

And the album's a lot better than you might think from that description. It's very 90s rock night throughout, lots of purposeful chunky guitars, beats and synth. Wanders and gets a bit repetitive and indulgent by the mid-point, particularly Innocence, but picks back up with Essex Girl and closer Diva is a genteel change of style and palate cleanser.

Sample tracks:
SNAFU -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J47gOlIWmfM
The Church -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FC-DZzZgfUA

2015-01-04, 10:11 PM
Rockbitch! They sound awesome :) Always wondered what they sounded like, too much was given over to the stage show in the music press to get a handle on what they actually sounded like. Their newer stuff I've been watching on You Tube seems pretty great too ... their official website seems to suggest they're no longer a going concern though. I'll have to keep an eye out for Motor Driven Bimbo :)


In This Moment 'Black Widow' (2014)

A slightly frustrating album as it starts off so strongly with a few thundering great wallops in the shape of 'Sex Metal Barbie' , 'Big Bad Wolf' and 'Black Widow', but then it veers off into terrible rock balladry ('Sexual Hallucination') and the sort of struggle against the odds banality you get from an X-Factor single ('The Fighter'). The worst are the self indulgent 'Into The Darkness' which features a full minute of crying and 'Out Of Hell', which tells the tale of a joint teen suicide. Or something. ITM are definitely at their best when going for the jugular, as proven on ...

In This Moment 'Blood' (2012)

Blimey. This is a proper ace record. ITM probably wont win any prizes for originality, but I'll take some assured and confident metal over some arty 'challenging' fare any day. There's a glorious pop sheen present throughout the album which more serious metal fans may sneer at, but everything from title track 'Blood' through 'Adrenalize' to closing track '11:11' is killer. Little wonder Atlantic Records snapped them up after this effort.

Taylor Swift - '1989' (2014)

Rightly lauded as one of the best albums of 2014, through just being incredible fun. Its a bold, brassy pop record and I find the singles work better here, as part of the whole, rather than out on their own. Its a savvy move from the former alt-country star Swift, at a time when the charts are getting ever more clogged with folky troubadours of one gender or another, this is a welcome splash of colour in what has become a very drab mainstream music scene full of music to make adverts to.

2015-01-04, 11:29 PM
The documentaries (well, the ones they had creative control over) seem more genuine than sensationalist. Incidentally, Amazon might give the impression that MDB is rare, but there's a couple of copies on eBay at the moment for less than three quid.

Have just found something claiming to be the unreleased second album, Psychic Attack:
http://mir.cr/FTGCHAHB / http://www.multiupfile.com/f/d5149848

Not had any joy finding MT-TV CDs or albums. Hopefully they'll do Bandcamp at some point, it's ideal for keeping cultural history in circulation.

2015-01-05, 10:53 PM
I think that's one of the reasons they kind of fell by the wayside, they were '4 REAL' as Richey Manic would have it, but all people have done is go "ooh naked ladies" and that's bypassed everything else (probably not a huge surprise - its not like GWAR are particularly memorable for their music, either). Always a problem for those whom walk the talk.

Snapped up a copy of Motor Driven Bimbo (so thank you for the pointer) and may give their official site (complete with downloads) a proper going over in a bit. Not sure if that sounds rude.

2015-01-08, 09:46 PM
Second album's a real grower. Much more eclectic. Definite purchase if it makes it to release a decade plus on. Overtones of Wildhearts riffs, dance+metal/indie, etc. as well as quieter bits.

Any recommendations for a GWAR starter album? IIRC the first copy of Metal Hammer I got had, as well as an article on the then-imminent release of Endless Nameless, the Wildies' most wall-of-noise release, an in-brief release of something GWAR had been doing at the time that concluded "unmitigated arse, and the first person to write in can have my copy for nowt". Should dig that out.


Marit Bergman -- 3:00AM Serenades

Had this for a few years but as it's a second favourite album (Baby Dry Your Eye being fantastic, and neither is to say I Think It's A Rainbow is a slouch) I haven't listened to it in ages. Can't understand why she doesn't seem to be better known.

There's a theme here in what I consider easy listening and other people don't necessarily... a lot of it's either rowdy noise (which this isn't... er, mostly) or strong female vocals (which this has). If you only listen to one track, go for the twee buzz of Let's Just Fall In Love from Baby Dry Your Eye, but there's a great streak here of energetic pop/punk beginning with You Did Not Love Me At All (sadly can't find on teh tubes) that kicks back in with Nightlife through to the end. And lovely quieter stuff too.

Sample tracks:
To Brazil -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0dCtlWNG0M
This Is The Year -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0FIXOQuhi_U

inflatable dalek
2015-01-09, 02:18 PM
So after years of being fairly indifferent to him, I've decided to give Elvis a bit of a go, starting with the compilation of all his UK number ones (well, up to A Little Less Conversation anyway, he may have had more since).

His voice really is brilliant, and when he's on form he really sells the song even though, for example, I doubt he ever spent much time in the gheeeeeetto.

The classic songs everyone knows are all good fun, with Jailhouse Rock especially being fantastic (I'm not sure how it works in the context of the film, but it seems to be all about the joys of gay sex in prison. "You're the prettiest jailbird I ever did see". And I thought the King was a right wing nut. No wonder he wants more spunk in A Little Less Conversation), and of the less often played today stuff for some reason I really like Marie's the Name) His Latest Flame as well.

I'd also had no idea he'd sang the Cornetto song. In fact, there's two songs on here that sound quite like the Cornetto song. Which shows up one of the weaknesses of only listening to his hits, there's more than a few songs on here that feel as if someone (the Colonel?) said "Yea hah, people liked that song, let's do it again! Now let's have a barbecue and lynch a black man!". Most obviously Stuck on You just sounds like All Shook Up with different words.

Even when not sung by Gareth Gates, Suspicious Minds is a TUNE. Though, whilst I like the way the single version fades out as if it's ending before suddenly coming back up again as if he's going "No, wait, I'm still pissed about this!", I think I prefer the Fat Elvis live version used for the music video. Mainly for the mad ad libbed bit where it's hard to tell if he's dealing with a heckler or is vamping whilst he tries to remember the words ("Stick it up your nose").

Though I'm amazed that Always On My Mind, regarded by all right thinking people as his best song, wasn't a UK number one. What's wrong with this world? Did people really like the one where he tries to sing in German more?


2015-01-11, 10:50 AM
Any recommendations for a GWAR starter album?

Er, no. They're all pretty terrible death metal style shout-a-thons. Probably not a good analogy for me to have used. Divorced of the costumes and foam and larks of their live shows, their not really worth listening to. It's just humorless 'space alien' metal that's trying too hard, IMO. Green Jelly did this kind of cartoon metal much better.

Also: Endless Nameless is my favourite Wildhearts album. Love it. Shame they've disowned it, as I think its the best thing they've ever done.

2015-01-11, 04:53 PM
They've played odds and sods from it live over the years, I just wouldn't hold my breath for an anniversary tour for it like Earth Vs.

I love it, and looking back on writing about it ten years ago (http://virtualdebris.co.uk/blog/01AAFA9F) not much has changed. Great album, great set of b-sides and hanger on tracks. It's my go-to calming down album.

Last undergrad year of uni a flatmate bought a **** off huge set of speakers, and the floors were made of concrete. The drop in Anthem was like being punched in the gut.

2015-01-14, 09:14 PM
Heh. Brilliant. I'm glad they play some bits of it. When I saw the Wildhearts (c.2003), none of the stuff from this album made it into the set. I know it was a difficult period for the band (as well as Danny's problems, they also had a difficult and unhappy relationship with Mushroom Records), so I can understand that its a chapter they perhaps tend to gloss over.

Well, lately I've been listening to a lot of Big Beat and that hip-hop/ funk inspired breakbeat stuff that was all the rage in the mid-to-late 1990s and that's lead me too finally get around to the following:

DJ Shadow 'Endtroducing' (1994)

One of those 'seminal' albums that everyone does nodding head/ stroky beard nods of approval for, which invariably leaves me a little disappointed as albums that are put on a pedestal rarely live up to the plaudits for me. This album is like that. I dunno, I was just hoping for something a little more fast and furious, and less... pfft, somewhere between the progressive noodlings of Underworld and Lemon Jelly and the hip hop stylings of the Chemical Brothers (whom were doing this kind of thing at the same time under the guise of the Dust Brothers, before the Americans of the same name politely asked that they change their name) and Monkey Mafia. Probably awesome if you're stoned. Don't get me wrong, its a great listen, but not stop the bus amazing.

UNKLE 'Psyence Fiction' (1998)

An album thats undergone a reappraisal in the last 10 years to be now recognised as a work of genius, which probably says more about the sorry state of dance music today than anything else. This team up between James Lavelle (of Mo' Wax) and DJ Shadow has an awful lot of drumming. It's honestly not hard to see why it was panned at the time. Envisioned as a multi-media 'assualt on the senses', it turned out to be less than thrilling, with tuneless mooing from Ian Brown and Richard Ashcroft over some shuffling beats. A lot of the songs are just there, with only the handy signpost of some well placed samples to tell you when one song has ended. Also does that annoying thing of needlessly padding out its running time by featuring a vocal free version of Brown's track, but just gives it a different name. Yeah, you can't kid a kidder.

Freestylers 'We Rock Hard' (1998)

Risable album title aside, this is a solid (if slightly too long) debut. Its busy, energetic and makes you want to dance! I love the big chunky breaks, loops and scratching. Heavily indebted to old-school Electro and early hip-hop, this is nevertheless a great little record that wears its influences proudly on its sleeve. And avoids using samples from Eric B & Rakim, which has got to be a first. Freestylers also chucked out a few cracking mix albums too...featuring some familiar looking giant robots...

Hardknox 'Hardknox' (1999)

What Lindy Layton of Beats International did next. Fantastic noisy cathartic album, which brings some of the aggression and fury of metal and the sharpness of rave sounds to the somewhat cosy sound of Big Beat. Perhaps the most progressive act in the pantheon of Big Beat artists, and the most creative and invigorating. A fantastic record that deserves wider appreciation. My copy is also signed! I was quite chuffed to notice that. They also did a brilliant remix of Faith No More's 'Ashes To Ashes', which is worth checking out.

2015-01-14, 09:37 PM
And in other news...

Rockbitch 'MotorDrivenBimbo' (1999)

Picked up from what Mr Denyer posted, this is another great album from the late '90s UK metal scene (so many great bands that just fell by the wayside from this era, Pulkas, Vitro, Rico, Bullyrag, Tampasm, Dust Junkys, Manbreak...I salute you all). As mentioned upthread, the music and everything else about this band has been sadly overshaodwed by what they got up to onstage, proving that sometimes, you just can't have your cake and eat it. This is nevertheless a cracking little record that predates the sort of halfway house between industrial and metal inhabited by some of today's hot young bands.

Katy B 'On A Mission' 2011

Not sure what Katy's mission is. Bring listlessness to dance music? Dunno. A strangely sedate and understated sounding record. It bobs along nicely enough without going for the jugular. The songs seem to be about the spaces between the sounds, which sounds daft, but I can't think of any other reason why this album sounds as ...sort of intriguing as it does. Lyrics are total pish, all the usual lost love/ i need you cobblers that crown every chart banger the world over.

Little Mix 'DNA' (2012)

Debut from latest group off the production line of Simon Cowell's soulless music factory and possibly his attempt to do Girls Aloud and The Sugababes all in the same band without realizing that already exists (The Saturdays). Its shiny, bright and fun and everything a good pop record should be. Just not particularly memorable. Its one of those albums thats by that band whose song you remember liking and it was pretty popular at the time, but you're f**ked if you can remember whom sang the damn thing. The girls deserve better.

Jamie T 'Carry On The Grudge' (2014)

I've got a lot of time for Jamie T, as he's one of the few male solo troubadours that isn't an insufferable dullard churning out over earnest songs destined to be used on adverts for agreeable small cars or Homebase bank holiday sales. I think this one is a grower, as they say. There's less of the ramshackle charm of his earlier stuff and no obvious stand out singles, just a neat collection of solid songs that sound like someone recovering from being utterly wrecked in a squalid bedsit with just 50p in small change and half a packet of fags to their name, whilst some milk goes off in the fridge. In Croydon. Love the (unintentional) UKIP baiting cover with a lady breast feeding in the gloom.

2015-01-14, 09:50 PM
and to prove I'm not a total misery guts...

Smash Hits '80s Annual (2014)

Listening to this reminds me of being at a school disco, y'know before School Disco happened and became a thing. A few years ago, I bought a big book called 'The Best Of Smash Hits : The '80s' and thought it was such a shame they didn't include a CD of some of the artists covered in the articles reprinted in the book. Good job I am a paitent man, because nearly ten years later, here we are. Although a faultless and unashamed collection of mainstream 1980s pop music, it does feature some annoying ticks of todays compilations by having a third 'themed' disc. Here its songs from the movies of the time - which at least means we get Starship's awesome 'Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now' and shut up because oh yes it is(from in no way creepy wish fulfillment film 'Mannequin', which has got be the oddest song choice - too much cocaine in the office that day that they decided a big rock song was what was to be the signature song on the soundtrack for this queasy love story) - and also having to download the booklet as an annoying PDF file. How is that supposed to work, exactly? I've got a physical thing, but if I want to amuse myself looking at the sleeve notes, I've got to switch my laptop on. Like all old people, technology just leaves me baffled sometimes. Especially where other old people in charge of large corporations have totally misunderstood said technology. Its probably just some thoughtless cost cutting exercise...which makes it all the more miserable.

2015-01-14, 11:44 PM
Freestylers 'We Rock Hard' (1998)

I thought I was the only person who had this album or knew of its existence! I found it in a pawn shop for a dollar, and knew the song Ruffneck from the Zoolander soundtrack (I think). I figured for a buck, it would be worth it, and I was not disappointed. A little generic at times, but good fun and rockin' good beats. Great album to do the dishes by. (Yeah, I'm hardcore.)

inflatable dalek
2015-03-11, 10:24 AM
Britney Spears: The Ultimate Collection.

She's probably never quite topped the sheer pop genius of Baby One More Time (insane to think it was offered to 5ive first. Though that might explain the very British reference to the offside rule) but has had lots of great fun energetic pop hits.

Not hugely keen on the post Toxic stuff or some of the ballads, but still enough entertainment for my ears overall.

Though listening to a lot in row makes you realise she really likes to say her own name at least once in most songs. Helpful if you hear it on the radio and the DJ can't be bothered I suppose. More worryingly, on a couple of them she gives her full name as "Britney Bitch". Must be from one of her marriages, no wonder it didn't last and she really should have thought through the implications of taking it on as he performing name.

I still love you though Bitch.

2015-03-12, 04:33 PM
GooglePlay had Beck's "Morning Phase" for 99 cents. Great album, but just not a Beck album. Very slow and mellow, missing that frantic craziness that I like about Beck. It does sound a lot alike on the first listen, but starts to stand out a little more the more you hear it. Kanye's a moron.

2015-03-12, 11:31 PM
I haven't listened to a Beck album since that one that came with the stickers and had 'Cell Phone's Dead' on it. That was alright, but he still hasn't come close to beating 'Ode De Lay' yet.

I've bought quite a few records lately...some from the supermarket. which is a rubbish place to buy music.

Little Mix ' Salute' (2013)

Excellent second outing from Little Mix, worth it for the title track alone which is great. A big, powerful, soulful blast of a record. It avoids dribbling off into insufferable balladry (a fault of the vast majority of pop music). Great fun and a great pop record.

Taylor Swift 'Red' (2012)

Bought because I enjoyed 1989 so much, this more guitar driven album is actually much better, if a little over-long at 15 tracks (!). Its sometimes nice to get into things after the fact, as it means weaker albums don't disappoint so much if you listen to things in the wrong order. Not that 1989 is a weak album by any stretch, but there's just something richer and more strident about the songs on here. I'm sure some musical snob would point out that electronica cannot replicate the soul you get from classical instruments...

Pulled Apart By Horses 'Blood' (2014)

After the ferocious outpourings of their first two albums, with their daft song titles, this third album from PABH sees them take their foot off the accelerator. As a result, they sound surprisingly trad (shrieky vocals notwithstanding) and not unlike the mighty Turbowolf. Its not a terribly immediate album either. Lacking the shock and urgency of their first two albums, this more restrained affair takes a good couple of listens to get into. Be interesting to see where they go next.

Damon Albarn 'Everyday Robots ' (2014)

Neat little down tempo solo album from Albarn. Has that cosy oddball lo-fi indie feel that's right at home on BBC6 music. Probably has the likes of Jo Wiley proclaiming this to be amazing and so outrageously exciting that listening to it, you wonder what the fuss is about. There's some 'world music' flourishes to make you feel like you're listening to something important, which seems like a desperate need for approval that Albarn, in my book at least, doesn't need.

Lily Allen 'Sheezus' (2014)

Lily Allen! Yeah, I don't care she said she was quitting music forever to run a dress shop (or something) and that she's had the usual 'build them up, knock them down' finger pointing off the back of this not doing as well as her last 2 albums. This is a solid piece of work. Its definitely her strongest work to date, with every song nailing its target and suited to Allen's sweet sounding voice. Its only let down by that wretched cover of Keane's 'Somewhere Only We Know' from one of John Lewis' perishing Christmas advertising campaigns. This needless 'extra' derails all the sharpness and absurdity Allen points out about her contemporaries in one fell swoop as she shows she's not above taking the money and running either. Balls.

King 810 'confessions of a murderer' (2014)

Bleak as f**k tales of homicide and people doing disgusting things to survive, broken up with some intense and slightly scary spoken word pieces. Best metal album (and perhaps best album) of 2014.

inflatable dalek
2015-03-13, 02:15 PM
As an addition to the above Britney Bitch thoughts, it had been bugging me that there was at least one hit not on there (I had a mental image of a video with a nice leather skirt for some reason), and it's finally come to me (the name of the song that is). It's missing Born to Make You Happy! I like that one.

And Don't Let Me Be The Last To Know as well. How essential is this?

2015-03-13, 10:32 PM
Singles collections always have omissions. Especially for artists with a lengthy career, that will tip over the 76 minutes official CDs run to, but wont be enough to fill a second disc. Oddly, digital versions should mitigate this, but they seem to stick to the same run time as the physical format. Probably to avoid consumer outrage and grumblings from folk like me whom hate being encouraged to new formats by the back door by large corporations.

inflatable dalek
2015-03-14, 02:58 PM
Singles collections always have omissions. Especially for artists with a lengthy career, that will tip over the 76 minutes official CDs run to, but wont be enough to fill a second disc. Oddly, digital versions should mitigate this, but they seem to stick to the same run time as the physical format. Probably to avoid consumer outrage and grumblings from folk like me whom hate being encouraged to new formats by the back door by large corporations.

This is a download of a double CD set though, with the first disc basically going to the same place as her original greatest hits (Toxic) which, IIRC, did have those songs on.

Mind, based on what the Popular blog has been saying, she managed at least one UK Number 1 with a single that wasn't released in the States, and if this is based on her American discography that might be why.

EDIT: Ah yes, Born was a UK number 1 but didn't seem to have been released in America. Sort it out Americans!

And damn corporations, inventing a means of fitting all of an artists greatest hits onto an album easily. The bastards. ;)

2015-03-14, 09:56 PM
I know! How very dare they!

inflatable dalek
2015-03-15, 02:45 AM
Though the nice thing about having all my albums on my computer, is I can just buy and then add any songs missing from a compilation myself (as I have done by putting Skyfall on the "Every Bond Song Up Until The Last Film" album and will be doing again for the SPECTRE theme Adele is no doubt going through her rhyming dictionary for that resulted in inspired lyrics like "At the Skyfall, I took a telephone call, it was from Johnny Ball*"). In the old days you either had to rebuy an compilation album once it had reached a critical mass of new material or ask That Mate Everyone Has to do you a copy.
Digital ftw!


*I may have made those lyrics up on the grounds the actual ones are, if anything, even worse. Somewhere Simon Le Bon is laughing.

2015-04-12, 12:26 AM
Not sure if this really fits here, but I just got a Bose Wave SoundTouch music system. I can listen to all kinds of international music stations and the BBC.

But most importantly, I can listen to The Goon Show. :D

2015-04-19, 11:09 AM
While She Sleeps 'Brainwashed' (2015)

Triumphant second album from the Sheffield metalers, following their superb debut in 2011. Good to see they managed to come back fighting, after health issues with their lead singer nearly put paid to their career. Whilst not quite as ferocious as their debut (there's more actual proper singing on this one), this still packs a hefty wallop, with some cracking tracks in the shape of 'New World Torture', 'Kangaezu ni', 'Trophies Of Violence' and the title track. Does sound a little bit like Architects in places, though.

The Prodigy 'The Day Is My Enemy' (2015)

After looking like it was all over for ver Prodge following the childish tabloid bating of single 'Baby's Got A Temper' (about date rape! hilarious! and edgy!) and 2004's underwhelming 'Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned', they bounced back in spectacular fashion with 2009's 'Invaders Must Die', which capitalised on dance music's then-growing obsession with harsh rave sounds to remind the kids how that stuff should properly be done. So it is then, that that neo-rave blitzkrieg of breakbeats and sirens present on 'IMD' is largely kept to on this follow up.

It's a good, solid album with some good tunes on (save for the awful mockney gurning and bellowing of Sleaford Mods team up 'Ibiza'), but its low on originality and perhaps signals something I've long suspected about dance music : it used up all its good ideas long ago. So its sounds sharp and urgent, with the obligatory nods to yoof culture and some brief passing commentary on the state of things, but there's more than a bit of a whiff of some old men trying to be 'down with kids', especially on the toe-curling 'Rebel Radio' with its tired anti-establishment polemic. The six year gap between records will probably mean this goes largely unnoticed, and to be honest, even the re-heated ideas on show here are still more vibrant and lively than anything the moribund dance scene has parped out in the last few years (and yes, that includes Daft Punk and their lounge styled funk drivel).

inflatable dalek
2015-05-01, 04:49 PM
Picked up the awesome tape mix from offa The Guardians of the Galaxy after seeing the film (several dozen enterprising souls on Amazon downloads have put out their own "Awesome Mix Inspired by Guardians of the Galaxy" releases to try and cash in).

It's nice 70's funk, and I had no idea the song I know as "Do You Like Pina Coladas?" actually has the much more pretentious title of "Escape".

Though it has to put "The Pina Colada Song" afterwards in brackets in a resigned "No one calls our song by its proper name!" way.

2015-05-06, 07:10 PM
Mindless Self Indulgence 'You'll Rebel To Anything (As Long As Its Not Challenging)' (2007)

Finally tracked down perpetual earworm 'Shut Me Up' which is by this bunch of sub-Marilyn Manson rabble-rousers. Disappointingly, there's nothing as awesome as 'Shut Me Up' on here, the rest of the album is full of mock-offensive parent baiting electro punk shout-a-longs the kind of which Shampoo used to do. Only not as good.

Awesome!! 20 Massive Hits - Various Artists (1991)

Fab compilation of early '90s pop - I had Awesome 2 for ages, and was aware this existed, but never got around to picking it up. 12p from tax dodgers amazon will do it. I love pop music from this era - it sounds so summery and cheery! So, we've got a bit of KLF, Vanilla Ice ('Ice Ice Baby' is a tune - and don't you deny it!), Soho, Dream Warriors, Jesus Jones, A Tribe Called Quest and er, Yazoo delivering some top quality electric sunshine. Brilliant.

Ryan F
2015-05-06, 08:44 PM
Awesome!!! Was my first ever CD. That and the greatest hits of Tears for Fears, purchased on the same day, from Woolies. For years CD players were something only posh people had, and then suddenly around the turn of the 90s they became affordable.

My auntie was rich and had Brothers in Arms on CD on day-of-release, always crowing about how much better Bryan Adams and Billy Joel sounded in digital. There was me with my cassettes of Kylie and The London Boys, full of tape hiss and whatever.

And then suddenly BOOM, Auntie Posh was posh no longer, I was on the digital bandwagon too, with my Simpsons Sing The Blues and Raw Like Sushi. Now when she espoused the virtues of a remastered Springsteen, I could now counter with, yeah but have you heard the latest by Erasure?

Erasure are still cool.

2015-05-07, 08:17 AM
My mum still occasionally mentions how we were the first in our family to get a CD player. Never upgraded any of their vinyl to CD though, which I found interesting (or sensible).

I can't remember what the first CD was I bought. I remember the first 7" single I owned was Adam & The Ants 'Prince Charming', which my mum bought for me (and I still have, with my name written on the front from when I took it to a disco to be played once!). The first album I bought was by the Wonderstuff - on cassette.

...I've just remembered. First CD I bought was the single 'March Of The Pigs' by Nine Inch Nails. Thats 1994! Wow. That's later than I thought.

2015-05-10, 12:17 AM
My very first CD purchase was Sisters of Mercy "Some Girls Wander by Mistake". I didn't even have a CD player, but it wasn't available on cassette, and I assumed at some point I might get a player. (Turns out I was right.)

2015-05-16, 09:38 AM
Some exciting stuffs from the bottom of the amazon marketplace...

Awesome 2 - 20 Devastatin' Hits (Various Artists) (1991)

Bought to replace an album I thought I still had, but turns out I don't. Another solid jumble of early '90s pop with hits from one hit wonder Zoe ('Sunshine On A Rainy Day' - as featured in a Commodore Amiga advert in 1992 which was desperately trying to shore up the desktop PC as a sexy games machine in the face of the rise of Sega and Nintendo in the UK, fact fans), Erasure's finest single ('I Love To Hate You') as well as Lenny Kravitz and PM Dawn. Also includes the first signs of Rave culture impacting the charts with The Shamen and Utah Saints. Brilliant.

Cud - 'Asquarius' (1992)

Along with Senseless Things, Cud were much beloved of Tank Girl's Hewlett & Martin, their work in Deadline peppered with these two bands lyrics and logos and lead to me getting into both bands. Cud are the less immediate band, but have some great wit (C'mon, whats not to like about a band with a string of EPs with names like 'Donkey With A Fez On' ?) and in Carl Puttnam, a cracking vocalist. Sadly, this major label debut on A&M (remember them?) is let down by some thin and reedy production that sucks all the life out of Cud's songs. Its like listening to some C86 indie band played through a mobile phone speaker. Boooo.

Dream Warriors 'And Now The Legacy Begins' (1991)

Heavily indebted to De La Soul, this is nevertheless a decent slab of sunny hip-hop tentpoled by the magnificent singles 'My Definition Of A Boombastic Jazz Style' and 'Wash Your Face In My Sink'. Like a lot of hip hop albums, there's an awful lot of time wasted on pointless interludes and songs that drift off into nothing after two minutes. After about 30 minutes of Daisy Age sunshine, suddenly we take a wrong turn into a bad neighbourhood and things get serious for the last run of tunes. A very odd album that seems to want to show that the Dream Warriors have grit and are proper, whilst simultaneously appealing to a pop crowd. A bit like a sequence I remember from some awful romantic comedy about turning 40 where the mum and her kids are dancing to Nikki Minaj's 'Roman's Revenge' (with its 'Rar Rar/ Like a Dungeon Dragon' refrain) and I'm thinking, any minute now, Eminem is going to drop into that song doing his usual cheerful violence against women rapping.

Human League - 'Dare' (1981)

Bloody hell, you forget what a great band Human League once were. A marked departure from their earlier claustrophobic and oppressive sounding (and more serious) 'Reproduction' and 'Travelogue' - a change necessitated in part by Martin Ware and Ian Craig Marsh leaving to form Heaven 17 - this is one of the finest synth-pop albums ever. Tbh, the huge pop fart of 'Don't You Want Me' does kind of kill the album, which is actually kind of bleak and sinister sounding - especially on the fantastic 'Seconds' - despite sounding pretty jolly so its good that's kept to the end. There's better singles for my money in 'Sound Of The Crowd' and (my favourite) 'Love Action'.

inflatable dalek
2015-05-16, 09:46 AM
Speaking of compilation albums, I got the download of the Smash Hits 80's album that Skyquake waxed lyrical about upthread. It is, the bomb.

2015-05-16, 10:33 AM
Good man, for it is indeed a good listen :) Especially for the £5 or less you can find it for.

Yazoo - 'Upstairs At Eric's' (1982)

Kitchen sink electro pop from the frighteningly prolific Vince Clarke (also late of Depeche Mode at this time before moving on to form Erasure with Andy Bell in 1985, following an ill-fated dabbling as The Assembly) , matched by Alison Moyet's fantastic boombing voice and mournful stylings. Its a shame a lot electro from this era is drowned out by the make up of New Romanticism, as this is actually bloody good stuff. There's a fantastic nightclub throb to the entirety of this record, which makes it no surprise that this duo were a big influence on the development of House music. There's not a dull moment on this record and its highly deserving of all the critical acclaim it garnered on release and over subsequent years.

Magazine - 'Real Life' (1978)

I love Magazine, they're kind of creepy, slightly disturbing and have a set of albums that have really stood the test of time, thanks to some fantastically beefy production which is uncommon for this era. This debut is fantastic, I recommend it to anyone with a passing interest in the post-punk New Wave era. As well as the magnificent single 'Shot By Both Sides' (which I unimaginatively have playing in my head when reading Death's Head # 7) there's some awesome slinky menace in the likes of 'My Tulpa', 'Recoil' and 'The Great Beautician'. Its the combination of Devoto's oddball artschool sickliness matched with the great John McGeoch's gituar playing and Barry Adamason's rumbling bass that really drive the band, although I do like the sharp sounding drums of Martin Jackson which are really crisp and precise. Bob Dickinson's keyboards - like those of Pulp's Candida Doyle - add some neat atmospherics, although they're pushed a little too far in the background here.

ABC - 'The Lexicon Of Love' (1982)

Fabulous brassy gituar pop from Martin Fry and the boys. They did so well with this album that they struggled to beat it, matching it only with 1987's 'Alphabet City'. It's a really great pop record from start to finish and one of the best examples of early '80s pop music you'll find (or any pop music, for that matter). This 1996 reissue extends the albums run time by adding on six extra tracks which are all disappointing remixes that outstay their welcome.

Eurythmics - 'Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)' (1983)

Eurythmics really latched onto the slightly sinister sounds of electronic music and nowhere it that more evident than on this album. Whilst their songs are largely jolly toe-tapping pop confections, I do like the undercurrent of menace present in their sound. Its probably not what they were aiming for, but something I've always noticed and enjoyed about their stuff. And here, that is in abundance.

Guns N'Roses - 'Appetite For Destruction' (1987)

Having owned this on cassette for what feels like forever, I thought it was high time to pick up a CD copy. One of the most lauded rock albums of all time, I find it interesting how their songs are structured. Even the big hits really don't have the sound and feel of obvious single material, being quite dense and sprawling epics. Whilst there's power and immediacy in the songs, they're not as punchy as you perhaps expect and there's more of a sort of driving vibe to the songs. They start, pick up, and then kind of cruise along. Probably where someone got the idea for all those awful drive-time rock collections from.

Auntie Slag
2015-05-17, 12:52 PM
... Erasure's finest single ('I Love To Hate You')

Whoa now, them's fighting' words, Slick!

For my money, Sometimes is where its at. Fantastic synthy intro with the the singer going "Woooo0aaaaaarrooowhooooaaa", and the drums. That song is the best and really should have been what Optimus Prime leapt into the air to while gunning down the Decepticon fodder in the movie.

2015-05-17, 04:52 PM
...that would be the gayest thing ever! And I have just tried playing that along with that clip - and its BRILLIANT!!!!!

I just love the cavenous echo and huge thump that 'I Love To Hate You' has - it sounds like its being belted out at a festival or something. Fantastic.

inflatable dalek
2015-05-17, 06:13 PM
I won't risk naming my favourite Erasure song as it'll likely turn out to be The Pet Shop Boys.

2015-05-17, 10:11 PM
Always. That is 100% solely due to Robot Unicorn Attack.

2015-06-12, 06:59 PM
La la la more musical pickings from the back of the interwebs....

Bomb The Bass 'Unknown Territory' (1991)

Why Bomb The Bass never matched the Prodge and Chemicals for chart superstardom is a mystery to me, as they are AWESOME!!! This second album (containing minor chart hit 'Winter In July') is fab, and has a lovely low end rumbly bass sound and some beefy tuneage going on. Well worth a listen for anyone into Leftfield, Nightmares On Wax and Death In Vegas.

Airhead 'Boing!!' (1992)

Charming indie band sadly swept away by the baggy tide reminiscent of Haircut 100 and Orange Juice. The album isn't quite as cohesive as it should be, thanks to the involvement of three different producers and the annoying problem some albums suffer from being too quiet (this one has a terrible mix of quietly produced songs and then BIG LOUD ONES), but the quality of the likes of 'Funny How', 'Counting Sheep' and 'Wish You Were Here' shine through. Lovely stuff.

Nirvana 'In Utero' (1993)

Quite how its taken me 22 years (f**k me) to get around to buying this is beyond me. Its a frickin' amazing album, much more dense and engaging than major label debut 'Neveremind'. I love how it sounds quite unlistenable in places, and matches the scabberous comedy bird flipping of 'Radio Friendly Unit Shifter' with great singles like 'Heart Shaped Box'. This is brilliant, brilliant stuff. Its like I suddenly understand what all the fuss was about.

Sleeper 'The It Girl' (1996)

Assured indie-pop from the height of the Britpop era. Not really much else to say! Its a good, solid record and one of the staples of the time, but wont blow you away with any bold artistic statement, but sometimes, you don't have to and good tunes are good enough. Good.

2015-06-12, 07:46 PM
"Tourette's" is ****ing ace. Destroys your throat singing it at volume, but I used to be able to do it with enough noise behind me. Twenty tw... ****.

"What Do I Do Now?" is also ace. Some really strong songs on that album. Wener's auto-biography is worth a skim.

Auntie Slag
2015-06-12, 08:06 PM
****ing hell Skyquake, how cool is your music taste!

I love that Bomb the Bass album. Bought it a few years ago. Winter In July is beautiful, Dune Buggy is great and the one that um... I forget the title but it has this sample from a film that repeats "Tell me you have never been one of them". I adore that one, needs to be on loud so you can really feel the bass tunnelling through the floor.

Bomb the Bass are superb. And they also provided the soundtrack to Amiga shoot-em-up Xenon II, but I'm sure you already knew that :smokin:

2015-06-13, 01:59 PM
I actually did not know they did Xenon II! How cool is that? I've been meaning to get 'Unknown Territory' for aeons, as I love their third one, 'Clear' (from off of 1994) and its breakbeats and whatnot (and, er, collaboration with Will Self!).

2015-06-17, 07:27 PM

Cut La Roc 'La Roc Rocs' (2000)

God bless Skint, and all who sailed in her. Another magnificent Big Beat album from the label that brought you Bentley Rhythm Ace, Midfield General, Fatboy Slim, Indian Ropeman et al. Cut La Roc's heavy blend of beats and scratching might very possibly my favourite Big Beat album, its aces! And also cost 99p from Oxfam in Otley where I got served by a grumbly lady whom was annoyed I wanted to buy a thing 2 minutes before they closed.

We Are Harlot 'We Are Harlot' (2015)

Jolly old-school hair-metal inspired...well, metal from Danny Worsnop, taking time off from Asking Alexandria to indulge in an ill-advised Teddy-boy look and ginger quiff and his love of '80s bubblegum glam metal. Scoffing aside at fashion faux pas (and I'm not one to talk, wearing as I do black, black or er, black on most days), this is actually really great stuff. Its fast, its fun and it gets the job done. Perhaps too quickly. The 37 minutes run time feels too short.

Asking Alexandria 'From Death To Destiny' (2013)

And what better time to compare and contrast We Are Harlot with Worsnop's day job? AA are funny band, they've sort of quietly got massive, not being as pervasive and all consuming as Kerrang! fodder like You Me At Six, Black Veil Brides or All Time Low (a band I know only from the lead singer's haircut). Not being familiar with their ouvere (but been on my list 'to check out at some point), these guys are what I would call a 'bridging band' one of those metal bands that can act as a stepping stone to much heavier fare. There's the brutality of the jagged guitars and the pounding drums throughout, but there's a keen sense of melody that shines through all the razorbombs. A great listen from start finish, although there is a pointless bonus track which is a 'rock remix' of 'The Death Of Me' (it sounds the same). Will have to check out the remix album version of this, see if its as good as the one Bring Me The Horizon did a few years back.

2015-06-27, 10:21 AM
Prince 'Sign O' The Times' (1987)

Slightly bloated double album from the man Melody Maker once described as "a dwarf dipped in a bucket of pubic hair", key singles 'Sign O' The Times' and 'U Got The Look' interrupt what is quite a mellow, jazzy bit of sunshine funk that just sort of passes you by. Probably the first worrying signs of how over-indulgent the prolific Prince could be if left to his own devices.

Blur 'Magic Whip' (2015)

Solid return for Blur. A lot of the music press has claimed this to be a work of genius. Its not. Its just a good, solid indie record. I think its just the most consistent record Blur have made since 1997's 'Blur' and that's what's making the difference. That and the dilution of time, as there isn't anything I'd say was exceptional on here, there's just some neat borrowing of Japanese culture mixed into their indie sound. Good, but not great.

Magazine 'The Correct Use Of Soap' (1980)

2007 reissue that does the reissue stuff properly for my money - no scratchy sounding demos and nonsense like that - by including the B-Sides to the three singles off the album. Hooray! This third album was the last to feature John McGeoch, whose star was in ascendance and after collaborating with Visage, he went off to join the Banshees. This album is perhaps a little less aggressive and more obviously attuned to mainstream pop sensibilities, but it still has that strange oddness that defines a lot of Magazine's outsider rock. My favourites are 'I'm A Party', 'A Song From Under The Floorboards' and 'Because You're Frightened'. Listening to this on shiny CD for the first time in forever (my vinyl was well worn to the point of being utterly f**ked), I can see something of a lineage that can be traced to Pulp. Unsurprising, since the Sheffield oddballs were also on the go at this time. It's just took them a lot longer to get where they were going.

Public Enemy 'Fear Of A Black Planet' (1990)

Best Hip-Hop album ever. Its, bold, sharp and brutal and has none of that terrible 'interlude' type pissing about that clogs up every other hip hop artists albums (you can tell this when they have 20 tracks or more and about 12 of them are a minute long and just some random crap). It's just full of fantastic beefy tunes '911 is a joke', 'Welcome To The Terrordome', 'Fight The Power'...just all of them. Easy to see why this album was such an influence on the Chemical Brothers - just add some dance beats and you're not so far off. If you don't own a copy of this album, you owe it to yourself to get a copy! Its the shizzle, fo' real y'all.

Slaves 'Are You Satisifed?' (2015)

Probably my favourite album what I have bought so far this year. It's nothing spectacularly ground breaking, just some very well honed and fun oiky indie-punk shoutiness. Songs like 'Cheer Up London' , 'Despair And Traffic' and 'Do Something' capture that sort of terrible malaise that's swept modern society where people are happy to have a gripe , but have no sense of being responsible for themselves and that they might have to do something that involves more than tapping an 'App' on a smart phone, expecting far more from political and corporate institutions, as well as society than they're likely to get. Adorable cover artwork too.

Menace Beach 'Ratworld' (2015)

I'm still on the fence with this one. Seemingly part of the current fondness for shoegaze, this woozy load of feedback is doing nothing particularly imaginative with the form, merely repeating the fuzzed up drone sounds Juicifer and Joy Zipper were peddling fifteen years or so ago. But apparently because that sound's hip again, this lot have got a free pass. Its good, I just can't get into it. It's just sort of ...there, and I don't know if that's good enough.

2015-06-27, 10:48 AM
Fight Like Apes - Fight Like Apes

More of a chill out album than Mystery of the Golden Medallion, more focused than The Body of Christ and the Legs of Tina Turner (which I didn't find anywhere near as riotously enjoyable as Golden Medallion)... Fight Like Apes seem to be on a wind down now, but after some delay have put out this crowd funded offering as a welcome return to form. Put it this way, Amazon's music player seems to have a bug where it loops the last track in an album playlist, and this was on whilst reading and I didn't notice for half an hour or care for another hour or two. Parts are quite hypnotic.

Sample tracks:
Pop Itch - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eqWP8DxbGi0
Carousel - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v7rI65LNeJY

Bonus... Pretty Keen On Centrefolds (almost a spoken word radio performance)

2015-08-23, 10:20 AM
Japan 'Oil On Canvas' (1983)

I meant to replace my tatty copy of 'Tin Drum', but chanced upon this 'live' album and thought I'd give it a whirl as its held in high regard. I have no idea why. There's nothing you don't get listening to the studio albums. Like INXS, Japan sound so good live that there's little to distinguish between the studio and live versions. There's sod all in the way of interaction with the audience either, and with just some polite applause at the end of each song, little in the way of any kind of 'live' atmosphere. Japan have always made music to stroke beards by, so this isn't a great surprise, but it just makes it sound like Japan would have been the dullest band to see live. This also commits the sin of many a live record - its a cut and paste job from three different live shows. Boo.

Ultravox 'Vienna' (1980)

Not being overly familiar with Ultrvox outside the obvious hit singles, I was surprised by how much of a rock album this actually is. The title track actually sticks outlike a sore thumb as its unlike anything else on this record. Its been a pleasant surprise and there's also the first tentative steps musically here that would lead to the likes of Big Audio Dynamite and Jesus Jones, with the way the keyboards are used less as a flourish and more along the lines of gituar/drum combo to pack some punch. Good work, fellas!

Talking Heads 'Remain In Light' (1980)

I'm always a bit suspicious of 8 track albums (as in 8 songs long, not as in er, 8-Track the format) as there's two ways they go - a set of moderately long pieces or a bunch of short ones and one that's so long it defies all sense and reason. Thankfully, this album happily sits in the former category. As well as the superlative 'Once In A Lifetime' (still brilliant after all these years), there's more gold in 'Crosseyed And Painless' and 'Seen And Not Seen'.

The Cramps 'Off The Bone' (1987)

Stop gap singles collection full of spooky rockabilly that sounds like its recorded in Satan's bar. Brilliant stuff.

Neds Atomic Dustbin 'God Fodder' (1991)

Beloved Grebo album from the halcyon days of the early '90s indie scent, when British guitar pop had a bit more wit and verve about it. Its a big colourful swirly stew underpinned by the fantastic double bass attack that was Neds signature sound (thats doule bass as in two bass players, to avoid confusion). Features key single 'Kill Your Television'.

Cypress Hill 'Black Sunday' (1993)

If you were stoned at someone's house during the 1990s, then this would be your soundtrack. The whiny, nasally rapping does get a bit of getting used to, and does make Cypress Hill come over as sort of gangsta-lite, but this is a great great record and again, one of the few hip hop albums that's great from start to finish. There's no bloody filler crap and it doesn't run on for hours with no need. There's just some sharp and blackly comical tunes on show 'Insane In The Brain', 'I Ain't Going Out Like That', 'When The Sh- Goes Down' , 'Legalize it' are all great great tunes. The immediacy of the sound is no doubt part of the reason why this lot, perhaps more than contemporaries, went down so well with a white audience (*waves*).

Little Angels 'Jam' (1993)

Funny band, Little Angels. They were one of those British bands that were forever on the cusp of being absolutely massive, but never quite got there. After a lot of faffing about and some frustratingly middling albums, 'Jam' for me, represents their attempts to seriously step into the big leagues 'Womankind', 'Soapbox' and 'Too Much Too Young' all signpost a band really stepping up and not being afraid of being the big stadium band they could be. Sadly, it was not to be with things rapidly falling apart not long after this album was released.

Kasabian 'Velociraptor!' (2011)

This fourth album isn't as immediate as their previous 'West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum' and is a little more mechanical in places, but what I like most about it is that it sounds like the soundtrack to the best 1960s cop/spy show there never was. That's probably not what they were aiming for, but it sounds brilliant nonetheless.

2015-10-04, 10:00 AM
Crikey, been a while since I posted in here, so lets catch up with what I've been listening to ...since March this year.

Pop Will Eat itself 'Anti Nasty League' (2015)

After their return in 2011 and the fair to middling reception of comeback album 'New Noise Designed By A Sadist' (it used a number of re-worked songs that had been circulating over the last ten years under side-project Vile Evils), this is a much more strident and focused album. Its, loud, sharp and punchy and does the sort of politicking hinted at on 1994's 'Dos Dedos Mis Amigos' with much more conviction and wit. There's not a duff song on this from start to finish, although some of the song titles do sound like something a bedroom anarchist would come up with ('Set Sail For Death', 'Sacrifice & Pain'). The production, by the band and noko440 is clean and sharp, with everything have a nice spark and crunch to it.

Wolf Alice 'My Love Is Cool' (2015)

Current darlings of the indie scene and heralded as 'grunge revivalists' , which does their wistful, feedback-y sound absolutely no favours at all. There's a restraint in their sound which I really like, in amongst all the sweetly growling rage and ire. I think this my possibly be my favourite album what I have bought this year.

Chemical Brothers 'Born In Echoes' (2015)

Hmm. Previous album 'Futher' took me a little while to get into, and I think its going to be the same with this one. Its the noodly, psychedelic end of the Chemicals sound, but it doesn't have the same sense of melody that its predecessor did. I'm just not seeing in this album what everyone else is that makes it so amazing.

FFS - 'FFS' (2015)

Collaboration between Franz Ferdinand and Sparks that's so seemless, you can't see the joins. Probably the finest meeting of minds committed to record, with a nice line in how rubbish these things can turn out. Its not a mind blowing album by any stretch, but just a very good, slightly sleazy late night guitar pop record.

Fear Factory 'Genexus' (2015)

I love Fear Factory, but they have become a band that is becoming something of a one note enterprise. They are definitely one of those bands that once you've heard one album, you've heard them all. Their dogged mining of the whole man vs technology thing has churned out some very good work along the way, but it really is time they moved on. Whilst this album again delivers some brutal blast-beat driven techno-metal, its not doing anything new and imaginative. Worse, its not even as good as 2012's 'The Industrialist'. Its also odd to consider that - in a year where they have a new album out - their focus for touring is the twentieth anniversary of 'Demanufacture' , which will only highlight further how little the band have moved on. Overawed by futurity indeed.

Bullet For My Valentine 'Venom' (2015)

After the slightly more radio-friendly nature of 'Temper Temper' (which I really liked), this sees the band dial up the metal again. Still struggling to escape the long shadow cast by debut 'The Poison', this is nevertheless the sound of an invigorated and band that feel they've something to prove. The songs are tough, fast and like being caught up in street brawl with some unsavoury characters at 3 in the morning when you're just trying to get a taxi home.

Myrkyr 'Myrkyr' (2015)

Enchanting and beguiling black metal album (really?) that is equal turns wistful and bleak. One of the more surprising metal albums I've heard this year, with it bordering so heavily on folk music, which adds an interesting dynamic to the usual deathly growls and fast guitars one usually associates with this sort of music. A triumph.

2015-12-13, 10:10 AM
Killing Joke 'Pylon' (2015)

Man, Killing Joke are awesome. Since 2011, they've not put a foot wrong with a series of consistently excellent albums. Pylon ramps up the 'oh my God, civilisation's utterly ****ed' paranoia and retoric, backed by some right old BOOM. The second disc descends into dub remixes, which are fine, Killing Joke's sound lending itself well to dub, but it'd be nice if they branched into breakbeat to match the urgency of the work.

New Years Day 'Malevolence' (2015)

This lot have been toiling away for a few years now and are starting to make a name for themselves. They're the latest Americans in make up band (see also: Black Veil Brides, Motionless In White) playing cheery FM friendly metal, and there's absolutely nothing wrong with that, especially when its as hook-leaden and fab as this. They don't bring anything new or ground breaking to the table, but are just great all the same and is really good to do housework to. Would be up for seeing them live at some point.

Meta-Stasis 'The Paradox Of Metanoia' (2015)

Terrifically shouty, noisy maelstrom of chaotic tech-metal. It's a bit like being in a blizzard of cheese graters. As with all metal of this ilk, its so OTT as to be slightly comical, despite the serious intent.

Evil Scarecrow 'Playing Dead Trees : The Acoustic Session EP' (2015)

At only three songs long, this is far too short - I'm left wanting more, so good do Evil Scarecrow's tunes sound stripped back. The acoustic version of 'Crabulon' actually trumps the plugged in version for me, thanks to its silly Robin Hood intro and the band bursting out into laughter whilst playing this. Good times.

Roots Manuva - 'Bleeds' (2015)

F**k me, this is brilliant. It really is. Roots Manuva is awesome, and if you don't own at least one of his many fine albums, then you're missing out. Legend.

Once Human 'The Life I Remember' (2015)

Brilliant record from Lauren Hart and Logan Mader, one of the more arresting metal albums I've heard this year. There's a nice soup of sounds going on here and the album has a nice balance of shouty rifferama and more mellow synthy ventures. Good stuff.

Sumo Cyco - 'Escape From Cyco City' (2015)

This lot left me agog at Winter Rocks last weekend, and cut through the legions of hairy arsed AOR going on. Bouncy and brutal songs abound, with a lovely off-kilter vibe, with their mix of punk, metal and dancehall. Remind me a bit of Skindred, if they were stuck in a haunted fairground. One of the best live bands I've ever seen, so if you get the chance, do check them out live (they're currently on tour with Fozzy - also pretty decent - Ryan F would approve of their Def Leppard stylings). As ever with amazing live bands, I'm always worried that the recorded output would be a bit lacking. Thankfully, they've managed to recapture their beefy fun sound on record too! Hooray! I bought mine after they'd played and have to admit to being a bit starstruck and couldn't manage more than a few sentences when I met them after.

Auntie Slag
2016-02-16, 10:09 PM
Nirvana - Unplugged in New York (1994)

Little known three-piece with terrible dress sense howl their way through a slew of their back catalogue; including Marshall Ward, Littlewoods and Jesus Doesn't Want Me for a Sunbeam.

The pre-recorded audience soundtrack from a Little Angels concert are wonderfully on form here, and the set dressing fits the mood nicely.

Kurdt Kobaine takes his voice to alaric venementist protathics on tracks like Lake of Fire and Plateau, and his rendition of Elton John's The Man Who Sold The World deserves special mention for igniting Capella's career a year later.

The album weighs in at just under 40 grams and the disc is great for protecting your seedlings from garden birds.

Sadly the band have been quiet of late but that probably means they're planning an epic comeback to rival the likes of Earth, Wind and Five Star, and Crystal Gale.

Auntie Slag
2016-02-16, 10:10 PM
You see? You see what happens Skyquake?

2016-02-17, 05:12 PM
DEADPOOL: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Saw the movie, loved it, got the soundtrack.

2016-02-17, 06:53 PM
You see? You see what happens Skyquake?

I'm waving an NME fiercely in your direction, you cheeky madam!

Auntie Slag
2016-02-17, 07:02 PM
I dance with the NME, I've got a remedy.

You made me reference a crap song, you cunning bastard!

2016-02-17, 07:05 PM
Ha! I am cunning. Like a weasel.

2016-02-28, 07:51 PM
Unleash The Archers - 'Time Stands Still' (2015)

Do you pay attention to 'recommended for you' on You Tube? I usually don't, I watch such varying stuff on there, the recommendations are usually always awful, but this lot caught my eye with a song called 'Test Your Metal'. Its the most hilariously OTT song I've heard in some while. Basically, UTA are trying to out-Maiden Maiden. Widdly guitar solos, soaring vocals, tunes and a lot of fist pumping are all present and correct. They are good, but I don't think they realise quite how silly they are. This album is pretty awesome, but I don't honestly think I'll be visiting them again any time soon. Their sound is so entrenched in the 1980s that any change in direction or musical growth will defeat the object of what this band are about.

Panic!At The Disco - 'Death Of A Batchelor' (2016)

PATD are one of those odd alt-rock bands that are like moss. They're just there, festering in the background. One of those bands that popped about 15 years ago with an achingly arch name (see also : Death Cab For Cutie, The Boxer Rebellion) and sort-of post-grunge but thank f**k not emo or like bloody Live or Bush sort of sound. Basically, they're cut from the same cloth as JSBX, Sebadoh and Julianna Hatfield Three, that sort of indie-rock that America does passably well from time to time. This is all my way of saying that I've no real idea about PATD, just that they exist and fill half a page in Kerrang! every now and again when its a slow news week. I was in faded high street retailer HMV (the only record shop in town. Or at least my town) and heard this blaring out and thought it sounded pretty fun. And it is. As a piece of work, its got that sort of big late '80s pop/rock sound - think Flesh For Lulu, Transvision Vamp - married with some squally electronics (like early Jesus Jones). Wont blow you away with some super cutting edge sounds, but a nice enough start to the year whilst we wait for something more interesting to come along.

inflatable dalek
2016-03-04, 01:24 PM
So since seeing it at the theatre a few weeks ago, I've basically been listening to the Book of Mormon soundtrack on a loop. As you'd expect from the South Park people, great funny and filthy songs that manage a serious message at times as well. The show is hilarious as well for any theatrical types who might be in a position to see it.

Oddly my favourite song doesn't even have any swearing in it:


Ryan F
2016-04-14, 09:56 PM
The Heisenberg Diaries Book A: Sounds of Future Past
By Docker's Guild

Proggy space-AOR band do overproduced cover versions of classic sci-fi theme tunes. We have Space: 1999 (Year One and Year Two themes), Flash Gordon Suite (some Queen stuff), Barbarella, "Suspension" (Buck Rogers theme tune), David Bowie's When the Wind Blows, The NeverEnding Story, Red Dwarf Theme, a selection of music from Babylon 5, Doctor Who, UFO, The Black Hole and Dune.

It's interesting rather than brilliant, but it's a nice selection of music from some of my favourite films and shows.

2016-05-09, 07:55 PM
Hacktivist - 'Outside The Box' (2016)

Awesomely impressive grime/ tech metal mash up that RULES. That is all you need to know. Hacktivist are boss and I am thankful they exist.

The Qemists 'Warrior Sound' (2016)

This is a properly mega album, its everything the Prodigy wish they were now, instead of recycling 'Experience' to diminishing returns. Qemists are basically Hadouken! with much more welly and TUNES. Every song on here, from 'Our World', through 'Push The Line' and the title track is friggin' ace and if you get the chance to see them live, grab it with both hands! They were the last band on at Hammerfest in March and they kicked ass and I danced like a lunatic and jumped up and down in the crowd and everything! I haven't done that since... Curve in 1998. Bloody hell.

The Struts - 'Everyody Wants' (2014)

"'Ooh doesn't he sound and look a bit like Freddie Mercury?' says every unimaginative music journalist ever, thus undermining the glorious thundering night on the town getting up to shennanigans that The Struts are. Precision crafted full blooded rock 'n' roll thrusting its crotch in your face and dressing up in your mums clothes like a pissed Noel Fielding.

Of Mice & Men - 'The Flood (Deluxe Reissue)' (2012')

Standard bearers for the modern style of metal that is all tattoos and neatly trimmed beards, all squally guitars in a hurricane cut with singing that scrapes and shouts its way through the chaos of JUST BEING ALIVE IN THE WORLD RIGHT NOW MAN. First four songs are totes amazeballs, 'The Flood' , 'The Calm' , 'The Storm' and 'The Depths' are all incredible pieces of work , all brooding drama and thoughtful shouting. The second disc is alright, but suffers weak production which makes a lot of their stuff sound like static, which is a shame.

Die So Fluid - 'The Opposites Of Light' (2014)

One of those curious British bands that do some quietly incredible stuff, but it just gets ignored over here, save for a small, but rabid fanbase. No wonder they stick to poncing around America playing agreeable bars and whatnot. I'm sure playing the C*** & Trumpet in Neasden isn't quite the same as playing the Constellation Room in Santa Ana. So this is album number four, and its a much more bleaker and soulful affair compared to 2010's 'The World Is Too Much For One Lifetime'. Its a bit like being a Goth on Blackpool pleasure beach in mid winter, full of faded revelry and bitterness. Excellent stuff.

PVRIS - 'White Noise' (2014)

Agreeable technologically tinged metal, full of angst and swoonsome bits, punctuated by big stabby rawk. I does like it, as they remind me of Transvision Vamp or Roxette, but just y'know, cooler and down with the kids and 'IMPORTANT'.

inflatable dalek
2016-06-07, 08:03 PM
Overloaded: The Sugababes Greatest Hits.

Bought on a whim after Amazon music recommended it to me, this turned out to be quite a pleasant surprise. I remembered liking most of their songs but I hadn't quite realised how many and how good they were as cheery pop. Indeed, I'd thought it was a post break up cash in album but this is actually early enough to still have one of the original members on the front and as such doesn't have all their hits on it (About You Now and that one which sampled Right Said Fred no one but me liked being the obvious omissions).

The Trigger's Broom approach to membership kind of overwhelmed everything about the band (creating the odd received wisdom the only "Proper" line up was the one that did just one album and didn't have the band's longest serving member on it) so it was nice to rediscover they were quite fun.

2016-06-07, 08:18 PM
Aye, love the Sugababes. Although 'Overloaded' isn't a post break up cash-in. Instead, its "Girls Aloud also have hits compilation coming out - quick sling one out and lets try grab some market share!" released as it was in 2006. The released a further three albums after this one (technically 4, as they re-recorded 'Taller In More Ways' to airbrush Mutya Buena out of that album and slot in latest new girl Amelle Berrabah) 'Change', 'Catfights And Spotlights' and 'Sweet 7' (which hilariously features no original members.).

For further listening ex-Sugababes listening, I highly recommend Siobahn Donaghy's second album 'Ghosts' , Mutya's only album 'Real Girl' is also worth a listen (if only for knowing single 'Out Of Control' and the title track).

I can also highly recommend the Veronicas, if you fancy some other lady pop. Two Antipodean sisters churning out agreeable stomping pop. Start with second album 'Hook Me Up'.

From there, you may also enjoy New Young Pony Club, if you haven't tried them already...

Quick links to some top tunes...


2016-06-22, 07:17 PM
So I has been to the shops and the bins in Poundland and have also recently purposely bought some tapes off the interweb on purpose so have a right stack of stuff to bore you all with over the coming weeks and months! Hooray!

Babymetal 'Metal Resistance' (2016)
I'm just not feeling this one as much as the debut. Maybe its that the novelty has worn off (probably) or that this has opened the floodgates for a legion of immitators (it has), this just isn't grabbing me so much. It is a good album, there's just not enough development of their sound for me, so it just comes over as more of the same. Still good fun, just not as much fun as I was expecting.

The Kills 'Ash & Ice' (2016)

Yay! The Kills! I bloody love the Kills and was actually scared they'd split up, but no, Jamie had bust his hand and had to learn to play the guitar all over again. The break actually has done them some good, as there's a refreshing change in their bluesy rifferama, which sounds a lot more sunny than, well, their last four albums (which , tbh, do all sound the same. They're like a modern day JAMC!).

Garbage 'Strange Little Birds' (2016)

I often forget quite how much I like Garbage. This is a good reminder as it ACE and you should all go out and buy five copies each its that good. Might even be their best album too!

Ryan F
2016-06-23, 01:01 PM
Babymetal 'Metal Resistance' (2016)
I'm just not feeling this one as much as the debut. Maybe its that the novelty has worn off (probably) or that this has opened the floodgates for a legion of immitators (it has), this just isn't grabbing me so much. It is a good album, there's just not enough development of their sound for me, so it just comes over as more of the same. Still good fun, just not as much fun as I was expecting.

I found the first one to be a bit more kooky and outré, whereas this one just sounds like generic melodic power metal-type stuff. First one definitely had more character to it. It was zanier and innocent, whereas the follow-up feels a bit more homogenous and grown-up.

2016-06-23, 06:54 PM
Yes. Like a big soup of metal and squeaky ladies.

2016-06-24, 03:18 AM
Thank you for reminding me that Babymetal exists. :up: I was going to check them out at one point and then promptly forgot.

2016-06-24, 01:21 PM
Ditto. With everything else going on, didn't notice this one. Need to sort out the last 2-3 years of music acquisitions and do some ripping/listening.

2016-07-16, 11:55 AM
So, i few weeks ago i was rummaging through the eclectic left overs you can find at Poundland, and so I present for you delectation and amusement...

The Jam 'Beat Surrender' (1993)
Not at all cheap cash in sort of 'best of' from Spectrum music not all timed to coincide with Weller's early '90s resurgence from the doldrums of Style Council with 'Wild Wood', oh no. Except it is. Interesting for including The Jam's version of the '60s Batman theme (!), and not as many of the hits as you might imagine.

Sheryl Crow 'Tuesday Night Music Club' (1993)
A ubiquitous album back in the day, thanks to FM radio airplay hogging single 'All I Wanna Do', this is a surprisingly ace album that belies the pop-country the singles taken from the record. A very pleasant surprise.

New Order '(the best of) New Order' (1994)
Decent compilation of New Order's career to '94 and the one with blue squiggle on the front (got the remix album treatment with a pink squiggle called '(the rest of)'). The mighty 'Blue Monday' and indie club favourite 'True Faith '94' still dominate much of their output (even today), but more interesting are the less obvious hits like 'Vanishing Point', 'Shell Shock' and 'Thieves Like Us'.

Alanis Morissette 'Jagged Little Pill' (1995)
Much imitated (and mocked) but never bettered, Morissette's debut album is one of the finest rock albums of the '90s. A great set of sharp, punchy tunes, despite 'Ironic' having no grasp of irony (Irony is ten thousand spoons when all you need is a knife, only to find out you could have managed with a spoon in the first place.).

Spice Girls 'Spice' (1996)
I can't stand 'Wannabe', horrible sub-Shampoo shout-a-long that's more Vanilla ('no way/ now way' - oh yes oh yes, unfortunately) that leads off the album and standard bearer for what the Spice Gilrs are all about (guhh) . Rest of the album is pretty damn fab, with 'Say You'll Be There' (the ultimate friend zone song) , 'Who Do You Think You Are' and 'If You Can't Dance' being my favourites.

Spice Girls 'Spiceworld' (1997)
Accomplished second album that basically hits all the same beats as the first one, just with better tunes. Not sure about the inclusion of Pepsi flogging 'Move Over' as a legitimate album track, rather than the B-Side fodder it so obviously is. Hadn't realised how much I liked the clatter and cacophony of 'Spice Up Your Life' till listening to this.

N.E.R.D 'fly or die' (2004)
Disappointing syrupy R'N'B dirge that lacks any focus. Or decent tunes. Anyone who's enjoyed Daft Punk's recent output will probably enjoy this though.

The Chemical Brothers 'push the button' (2004)
Crikey, the Chemicals were all at sea in the last decade weren't they? Whilst this isn't a bad album, it follows the template they'd mapped out nearly ten years previous on 'Exit Planet Dust'. Like a lot of dance music since the turn of the century, it doesn't quite know what to do with itself, so just sticks to what it knows and hopes it'll turn out alright. 'Galvanize' is a fantastic CHOON though.

The Dykeenies 'nothing means everything' (2007)
Fantastic skinny jeans punk flavoured indie rock, makes a heck of an impression with not a duff tune from start to finish. No wonder they were widely tipped for big things. Sadly, it wasn't to be and they, like so many bands from the last decade, fell by the wayside finally calling it a day in 2012. Shame.

Operator Please 'yes yes vindictive' (2007)
Lovely swirly, jerky oddball guitar pop. I bought a few singles by this lot at the time, but never got around to picking up the album (silly me). Better late than never, right? Another great band that haven't managed to stay the distance. At least they gave us the excellent 'Just A Song About Ping Pong' ,without which the world would be a sadder place.

We Are Scientists 'with love and squalor' (2007)
Something of a big deal, I've never quite got what eveyone says is so totes amazeballs about this lot. They place competent indie rock. Maybe its because their American, so its alt-rock and therefore so much cooler. Probably that. Decent album, but nothing stands out much beyond lead single 'Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt'.

2016-07-31, 02:43 PM
Simple Minds 'Sons And Fascination / Sister Feelings Call' (1981)
Fantastic synth-driven rock that's aged remarkably well, thanks to some ahead of its time production. Contains my all time favourite tune of theirs 'Love Song'. Whats great about this, is that so much of the stuff on show here is streets ahead of that drippy cobblers from The Breakfast Club for which they are best remembered these days. Which is a shame, because The Breakfast Club is balls. Altogether now "America/ America/ American OHHH!"

The Specials 'The Specials' (1979)
From the days when the fusion of white boy punk with '50s Jamaican Ska was a genuinely exciting development and a breath of fresh air. And less likely to induce the sort of seizures that so much US ska/punk induces. I love how spectral (Spectoral?) this sounds, and is one of those records that - cliche alert- really does transplant you to the time and place of its making. In this case, a very grim and run down Britain full of tribes and razor blade fights.

Prince And The Revolution 'Music From The Motion Picture Purple Rain' (1984)The album that probably best defines Prince and the one to start with if you'rethinking of dabbling your ears into Prince's bewildering back catalogue. Featuring a proper band this time reins a lot of Prince's self-indulgence creating a taught and focused record. With four of the nine songs on here mined as singles which became monstrous hits, the album does feel a bit uneven listening to in hindsight. When those singles are the likes of 'When Doves Cry', 'Lets Go Crazy', I Would Die For You' and pompous over the final credits ballad 'Purple Rain', its hard to complain. Best of all, you can almost smell the dry ice.

Soft Cell 'Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret (1981) 1996 Reissue
A slightly sickly, seedy album full of odes to the sort of grim and dead-eyed places where prostitutes and drug dealers ply their trade. Its lacking in much of the way in emotion, but I kind of like how cold and detached it all sounds, like someone resigned to their disgusting fate and blocking the pain out with dancing and barbiturates. The '96 version throws in 8 B-Sides, including the excellent 'Memorabilia'.

Fun Boy Three 'Waiting' (1983)
I bought this purely for 'Our Lips Are Sealed' which is a frickin' masterpiece of understatement in pop, turns out the rest of the record is pretty ace too, so hooray for that.

Killing Joke 'Whats This For..!' (1981)
Man, Killing Joke just blow me away. This second album builds on the stark mechancial thrashings of the first. Its not much of a development, in all honesty, just the sign of a band honing their craft and there ain't nothing wrong with that when its this ace.

Gary Numan 'The Pleasure Principle' (1979)
Having tired of being in the (Tubeway) Army, the Numanoid sets out his stall with this brittle sounding record. In a way, its not that far removed from the clanking misery of Joy Divison. Its just the synths make things sound more glacial and distant. 'Cars' sticks out, as you might expect, but I do like that this sounds like the soundtrack to the dystopian future we're living in now. And if you seek out the reissue, you can treat yourself to the hilariously po-faced reading of 'On Broadway'.

Blondie 'AutoAmerican' (1980)
Yes yes, Blondie may not be 'punk' in the truest sense of the word, having only vaguely sounding something like on debut 'Blondie', but who cares when you can turn out pop that's as funky and sleek as this?

Auntie Slag
2016-07-31, 04:25 PM
Really brilliant stuff once again, Skyquake. How do you get hold of all this stuff? And when you do, is it exclusively one format, say CD... or do you go for anything:Vinyl, Cassette, download?

2016-07-31, 06:16 PM
I mostly buy CDs these days, and just from anywhere, really. Although I notice that MusicMagpie have a lot of the second hand market sewn up these days. Great for me, bad for anyone hoping to make any money out of their music collection. I generally buy new stuff from actual record shops, and second hand stuff from Amazon/ Play/ebay/ That's Entertainment!/ Charity Shops etc.

I had a huge vinyl collection which I'd cribbed from many a second hand shop/ charity shops, but I had to sell a lot when I moved house 11 years ago. There just wasn't the space. I like vinyl, and I've still got a bunch of 12" stuff that's really important to me (mainly Curve, PWEI, Jesus Jones, Adam & The Ants, plus some other bits) and a load of 7" singles (they're small enough I could keep them), but I don't tend to go for it these days. Especially as its now a thing people buy to look hip, so the prices are ludicrous.

I did willfully buy about 20 cassettes a month or so ago. I have a cassette radio/ stereo in the kitchen, and I'd pretty much exhausted listening to the handful of tapes I had and like to have something tootling away whilst I'm cooking when I'm fed up of the radio.

2016-08-13, 05:17 PM
Love Autoamerican, it's the sort of album only a bored band at the peak of their success could really make. Reggae, rap, torch songs, all just thrown in. Personally find Blondie's other albums tend to fall into the trap of killer singles and unmemorable filler. Blinding cover too.

2016-08-21, 10:24 PM
So, while all of y'all where at TFNation, I went to ArcTanGent in a field south of Bristol where I saw a lot of post/alt/noise/math core bands. I have no idea what any of those genres are, but I did find a new favourite band and a new favourite song. And here it is:


2016-10-09, 03:15 PM
Lets check out some Cassettes wot I got :

The Mission - 'Children' (1988)
I'm a little bit lukewarm on The Mission, tbh, but there's no denying this a great album with some great pompous sweeps of sonic majesty. I love Goth music for its general overwrought nature and that its not afraid of looking silly whilst standing on a windswept beach looking broody. Or on a hill. All of which imagery this album conjures up. Excellent stuff.

Transvision Vamp - 'Little Magnets versus The Bubble of Babble' (1991)
The 'lost' third album from Transvision Vamp that saw the band jettisoned from MCA. So little faith did the label have in this record that it didn't get a domestic release in the UK, being lost to the wilds of the global market. Shame really, as its actually pretty good. Its a lot more mellow, and has that sort of soft squelchy sound a lot of early '90s pop music had. So anyone expecting the brash bubblegum FM rock of their first two albums will be disappointed.

Pop Will Eat Itself - 'This Is The Day, This The Hour...This Is This!' (1989)
Fantastic major label debut from the Poppies. The budget afforded by BMG really allows the band's magpie approach to music to be properly realised, with a dense collage of hip-hop, choice film, advertising and TV samples informing the shape and sound of the album. Packed with kick-ass tunes and a sense of world watching television whilst it burns, this is a great great record.

Ruby - 'Salt Peter' (1995)
Excellent grimy 'trip-hop' (remember that?) from former Silverfish frontwoman Leslie Rankine. One of the great 'lost' albums of the Britpop era, it being largely overlooked on release, which is a great shame, and perhaps one of the reasons it took so long for a follow up to emerge. The singles from this 'Paraffin', 'Hoops' & 'Tiny Meat' are all excellent slices of scaberous dance music, in the frame of an album which is a scuzzy, desperate, crawl through the despair of willing subjection of giving up and finding yourself living through all kinds of filth and horror. Its basically the soundtrack to Hellblazer.

Audioweb - 'Audioweb' (1996)
One of the few breakthrough indie bands of the Britpop era to try and do something different with the form, chucking in some sampling and dub to the traditional white-boy rock template. Everything off here has single potential and only a pointless cover of The Clash's 'Bankrobber' derails things.

P.M. Dawn - 'Of The Heart, Of The Soul, And Of The Cross' (1991) Stoners who've found God make enjoyable blissed-out pop music. Pretty much all there is to say about this. Its good, floaty-light stuff but doesn't linger in the mind. Odd clattery mix of 'Reality Used To Be A Friend Of Mine' which isn't a patch on the single version used here.

Bomb The Bass - 'Clear' (1995)
If the dance music landscape for 1995 wasn't dominated by Massive Attack, Tricky and The Chemical Brothers, I think this would have made much more impact than it did. A tough, punchy fuzzed up album that fizzes and crackles with polemic (and er, Will Self) and is a jolly engaging listen.

inflatable dalek
2016-10-21, 02:26 PM
After some random Youtubage I came across some Sophie Ellis-Bextor songs on Youtube which reminded me both how awesome she was and how much her symetrical face and smooth skin made her look like a Russian doll with several smaller Sophie Ellis-Bextors inside her.

I really enjoy both the song and video to Take Me Home, where she gamely carries on despite being attacked by Autons during the shoot:


And probably her most famous song, Murder on the Dancefloor, is made even more awesome by one of my favourite "Hey that guy!" bit part actors as one of the judges. Yes, it's President Winters from offa that John Simm Master story in Doctor Who! Or the sceptical American from Ghostwatch! Or the "Do you mean like the Dev-ON-shire?" guy from Tomorrow Never Dies (called Dr Dave Greenwalt according to IMDB, surely named after the future Angel co-creator?)!


So inspired by that I bought her first album and it is indeed awesome. She's actually had a longer musical career than I expected so I will have to check it out...

Also, and more importantly, why did no one tell me the William Shatner version of Common People is unironically actually quite good?


2016-10-21, 06:41 PM
Sophie's whimisical folky album from around 2014 is probably her best and well worth a listen. She's reverted to turning out mid-'80s themed pop this year, which is fine, but its clear she's got the chops to do more than that.

...I still miss her old band theaudience

2016-12-07, 09:18 PM
Crikey, how is it nearly the end of 2016? I has bought a bunch more stuffs over the last six months, so for your delectation...

Purson 'Desire's Magic Theatre' (2016)
Glorious doom/ stoner/ '70s flavoured metal that sounds surprisingly fresh and vital. Not lumpen and dull like Orange Goblin or any of that lot. I like retro stuff like this that's done with an eye on modernity.

September Mourning 'Volume II - The Hand Of Fate' (2016)
Interesting project that's a collaboration between comic book artist Marc Silvestri and musician Emily Lazar. Sounds a lot like In This Moment, which is a thing (and probably why I like it), but its a jolly old listen all the same. Theatrical, Melodramatic and FM friendly.

Devin Townsend Project 'Transcendence' (2016)
More overblown kitchen-sink heavy metal theatrics from DTP. I like it, but it doesn't do much to move DTPs sound on from this HUGE sound that he's currently got going on. In a way, its a bit like the intensity of Strapping Young Lad, only with choirs and production, rather than piles of guitars.

MSTRKRFT 'Operator' (2016)
Bought on a whim as I've heard good things about this lot. Wonder now if I should have picked up Metronomy's new one instead. Sigh.

Warpaint 'Heads Up' (2016)
Awesomely woozy sounding fuzz-rock. Sounds like it should be the soundtrack to an indie film somewhere. If it isn't already.

and speaking of soundtracks... (seemless, this, isn't it?)

Cliff Martinez - 'The Neon Demon OST' (2016)
My favourite film of the year also produces a fab soundtrack - great icy slabs of electro, that pulse and parp away. There's a nice sticky sickliness to some of these tracks and some crawling, scratching menace that throbs away on some of the later tracks - which are in sequence with the film! Hooray. Love it. Highly recommended, even though SIAs on it at the end.

Honeyblood 'Babes Never Die' (2016)
I bought their debut earlier this year, which I'll write about in a bit, and liked it a lot. This delivers more of the same clattery garage stuff, which is fine, but nowhere near as totes amazeballs as everyone else seems to be making out. Maybe I'm missing something, or I dunno, I listen to things more than once and don't have them shoved on some quickly forgotten jumble of guff on a phone or Spotify.

Lacuna Coil 'Delirium' (2016)
Solid mental-asylum based theatrics from the Italian melodic powerhouses. Not sure shouty singer man adds much to proceedings, tbh. Christina has a fair set of pipes on her to do without moustache shouting away in the background.

Sleigh Bells 'Jessica Rabbit' (2016)
After three cracking albums, which raced along at a fair old pace and made a right old racket, here we have something of a pause. There's a lot less urgency to the songs and a lot of the rough edges have been shaved off which brings a lot of the melody and pop suss to the surface, which makes for a nice change of pace...just maybe not one I was expecting. A grower, I think.

Slaves 'Take Control' (2016)
Slaves made one of my favourite records of last year, and they top their impressive debut with a superb second album which blows away the cobwebs. I love punk when its like this, cathartic and with some substance and thought to the usual anti-everything rhetoric. My favourite tune is defintitely the childishly simple and silly 'F*ck the Hi-Hat' which is two minutes of that being shouted whilst a drum kit is pushed down the stairs. Brilliant.

Auntie Slag
2016-12-08, 10:04 PM
Gunship 'Gunship' (2015)

This is a side-project by a few of the guys from Fightstar. They attach Charlie thingummy's voice to a track or two (the tall one with the eyebrows from Busted), but for the rest they do their own vocals.

They call their music style Synthwave, it uses many authentic synths from the late 70's and 80's, and it really does feel like a musical interpretation of Blade Runner and The Terminator. They even get John Carpenter to voice an intro to the track below.

Its so awesome. I love it it to bits, and there's some great videos to accompany, like this:


2016-12-10, 03:47 PM
That is ace. I has boughted.

2016-12-11, 04:20 PM
Cassette Fun Times Part 94!

The Mission 'Carved In Sand' (1990)
This is good stuff. Lovely sweeping melancholy with some BIG sounds. 'Amelia', 'Grapes Of Wrath' and 'Deliverance' are my favourites. I'm convinced by the Mission having listened to the couple of albums I've picked up. Well, except for 'Masque' (1992) which I used to own some years ago on 12". That was rubbish.

Curve 'Cuckoo' (1993)
I was asked at work recently if I was stuck on a desert island and had just one album to listen to, which one would it be? Couple of guys just said 'I'll have my phone - its got everything on' (boring!), but I plumped for this. Its been one of those records that's been a touchstone in my life and even though I must have listened to it a bajillion times, it still holds that same sense of discovery as when I first listened to it. Love it.

Transvision Vamp 'Velveteen' (1989)
Still love this. Great FM stompy glam-pop-punk-rockarama.

Jesus Jones 'Perverse' (1993)
Another all time favourite album of all time, this is easily Jesus Jones best album. I wrote a review on Amazon ages ago that still sums up how I feel about it. Mike Edwards desire to be taken seriously as a credible artist and push JJ sound into more experimental territory is undone by his knack for songwriting which creates some interesting friction in the sound. Even though it does times sound like a ZX Spectrum arguing with a Fax machine, its still a belter of an album.

The Cranberries 'Everyone else is doing it, so why can't we?' (1992)
Ah, The Cranberries. Such promise on this and second album 'No Need To Argue' and then it all went a bit wibbly. This is a surprisingly great record, full of calm and understatement, like a lot of folk. Its not short on whimsy and innocence either, which one always finds surprising given how ballsy and outspoken singer Dolores is.

Suzanne Vega '99.9F degrees' (1992)
Love this record, especially the title track and the excellent clanking 'Blood Makes Noise'. From the time Vega was enjoying some chart success off the back of the DNA remix of 'Tom's Diner' that appeared in that film about a cafe and some fella with an animal's heart or something (I may be mis-remembering this).

One Dove 'morning dove white' (1993)
Lovely trippy dance music that's full of uplifting good vibes. Bit of a shame in some ways that its clogged up with so many remixes of 'White Love' and 'Breakdown' which are all largely interchangeable and scream of padding. They are good tunes though, so I don't mind too much.

Senser 'Stacked Up' (1994)
Has to be a contender for one of the greatest hip-hop/metal albums of all time. Not a duff track on here, and peppered with the excellent singles 'The Key', 'No Comply' , 'Switch', 'Eject' and 'Age Of Panic' (the latter not as impressive on the album compared to the single's git-o-rama mix). Urgent, powerful and danceable stuff, this puts cobblers like Limp Bizkit in the shade. The band split after this album, with half of them going off to form Lodestar and although they later reconvened, they'd lost a lot of ground and Nu-Metal had been and gone in the meantime, making them sound like curious throwbacks, which is a great shame.

Salad 'Drink Me' (1995)
If The Cardigans hadn't got there first, this lot might have made more of an impact. Key single 'Drink The Elixir' aside, this slightly twee folky stuff doesn't linger long enough in the memory to make you care overmuch, unfortunately. Singer Marijine used to be an MTV VJ you know.

Terence Trent D'Arby 'Introducing the Hardline According To' (1987)
He ultimately succumbed to his own arrogance and proclamations of genius which he subsquently failed to deliver on, but here, on this debut album is the sound of a raw and promising musician. 'Wishing Well' is my favourite off here.

EMF 'Schubert Dip' (1990)
Pretenders to Jesus Jones techno-rock throne, the Epsom Mad Funkers nevertheless turned out some creditable pop welly on this debut album. In addition to the evergreen 'Unbelievable', there's some good stuff in 'Children', 'Lies' and 'Girl Of An Age'. The live version of 'E.M.F.' tucked away as a bonus at the end of the record is also a belter.

The Disposable Heroes Of HipHoprisy 'Hypocrisy Is The Greatest Luxury' (1991) Po-faced right-on Music With A Message that's trying hard to be Public Enemy but is more Back To The Planet. 'Television, The Drug Of The Nation' is still awesome though.

another tf fan
2017-01-20, 09:28 PM
Bought Lionel Richie's greatest hits called Back To Front and a greatest hits record of the S.O.S. Band

Auntie Slag
2017-01-20, 09:42 PM
That's awesome! Did you know he originally wrote 'My Destiny' to be the '86 movie's Unicron theme?

another tf fan
2017-01-20, 10:24 PM
Nope. Didn't know that.

2017-03-31, 06:19 PM
I has bought some records recently! I got some old ones, but aside from Credit To The Nation and Fun-Da-Mental, I can't remember who else I'd bought and listened to, so they'll have to wait.

Hellyeah - 'Undeniable' (2016)
Going to see these with a chum in the next couple of weeks, so thought I'd best familarise myself with their oeuvre. This is really good!I love the groove and swagger of this lot. Really looking forward to seeing them and I've already forgotten that Chad Gray used to be painted up like a cow in third-rate Slipknot wannabes Mudvayne! Hooray!

Ming City Rockers - 'Lemon' (2016)
Aces grungey/ garagey rock 'n' roll by a band with a terrible name. Which was a good job, as this was a record I bought just because I liked the cheery rubber duck on the cover.

Misty Miller - 'The Whole Family Is Worried' (2016)
Nice bit of alt-rock not a million miles from early PJ Harvey / Manics, by professional Brian Molko look-a-like Misty.

Babymetal - 'Live At Wembley' (2016)
Currently found at giveaway prices at record shops up and down the land, and I can kind of see why. The live show is utterly faultless, to the point that it's a bit lacking in life. Although it is great to hear a load of burly metalheads singing along :)

Pete Tong with the Heritage Orchestra - 'Classic House' (2016)
Oh my God this is awesome.Everyone should have a copy. Its such a simple and obvious idea, playing all those cracking house records that had sampled orchestral sounds ... and having an actual proper orchestra play them. Sounds magic. Best this would be the most awesome thing live. If you're not convinced, look up 'Good Life' (sung here by Katy B) which is the standout tune off the album.

Once Human - 'Evolution' (2017)
Brutal second album from OH which is even more ferocious than the first. Good start to 2017!

Depeche Mode - 'Spirit' (2017)
I have spells of flitting in and out of listening to Depeche Mode. For me, they weren't much good until the pairing of 'Violator' and 'Songs Of Faith And Devotion'... and then I just wandered off until 'Exciter' and and hadn't though much about them since, but this caught my ear. Its a good album, but I do find the anti-establishment theme and trying to whip up support for a revolution slightly comical. Only because its Depeche Mode, who are a bit silly. Best description of them I ever heard was 'Goth music for Mondeo drivers', and that holds true here.

Pulled Apart By Horses - 'The Haze' (2017)
I had to ask a music shop bod who this was playing over the PA, as it sounded familar but I couldn't put my finger on it. And was then a bit embarrassed to be told it was PABH, who I like. I think because their last outing was a bit low key by their standards, this caught me off-guard. Its not quite back to the full throttle ramalama of their earlier stuff, but a nice fuzzed-up middle ground.

The Charm The Fury - 'The Sick, Dumb & Happy' (2017)
Neat crunchy sounding metal from Amsterdam. Very heavy, but with plenty of hooks and melody. The album could have done with peppering the singles out a little more evenly, as the back half of the album is a bit forgettable, but otherwise this is pretty mega.

And because there seems to be a metric tonne of these everywhere, I picked up....

Top Of The Pops 1990 - 1994
Funny that you forget mainstream pop of this era was a right old mish-mash of stuff. Hi-NRG dance tunes, Gangsta rap, boy bands (Let Loose!) and hairy arsed rock balladry that sounds out of place in the day-glo era of the early '90s. Minus points for including the B-52s 'Love Shack' (from 1989) , not including Bryan Adams 'Everything I Do (I do it for you)' and the inclusion of Heaven 17s 1993 remixed and re-released 'Temptation' (couldn't they have picked something else?).

Top Of The Pops - 1985 - 1989
The third disc in this set is brilliant - so much overwrought power balladry in one place!This is where all those 'drivetime' albums originate!Don't think there was any need to include two Robert Palmer songs though. Although why didn't they pick 'Americanos' for Holly Johnson, rather than the forgettable 'Love Train' ? Funny business, compilations....

2017-06-03, 08:09 PM
Lets have a look at what finds I've plucked from the bins of thatsentertainment!

Chris Isaak 'Wicked Game' (1991)
I've got a lot of time for Chris Isaak, his mournful crooning and rock-a-billy tendencies struck a chord and he's always good value when interviewed. This then timely 'greatest hits' put him well and truly on the map. Good, solid hits package, although there's not much variety, truth be told.

Slowdive 'Just For A Day' (1992)
Wallflower indie-rock with not as much woozy feedback as you'd expect from one of the lynchpins of the whole 'Shoegaze' thing. Slightly disappointing.

Peter Gabriel 'US' (1992)
Probably scoffed at by Genesis fans and types who like Gabriel's later 'world music' phase, this great glorious gob of chart hogging POP is fantastic. Just don't watch the slightly creepy CGI videos that accompanied the singles. They're weird and not in a sort of good-weird way.

Swervedriver 'Mezcal Head' (1993)
Love Swervedriver. Noisy, loud and one of the bands that made indie music interesting before Britpop came along and spoilt it for everyone. Mezcal Head is a bit patchy as an album, but its still worth the effort for 'Duel' , 'Last Train To Satansville' and 'Girl On A Motorbike'.

Credit To The Nation 'Take Dis' (1993)
Fab hip-hop album (albeit slightly US-flavoured) with Nirvana sampling 'Call It What You Want' as an obvious touch stone.

Fun-Da-Mental 'Seize The Time' (1994)
Fantastic double album and one of the best British hip-hop records ever. I love the mix of east/west sounds and polemic that underpins this record. Great stuff.

Mazzy Star 'So Tonight That I Might See' (1993)
Debut 'She Hangs Brightly' gets all the praise and critical acclaim, but this with the incredible 'Into Dust' is easily the better of their early releases for my money. The title track is ace too. Although I still can't listen to 'Fade Into You' with a straight face, thanks to its comical use in a fight scene in, er, Starship Troopers.

2017-06-25, 08:56 PM
Yes, some of us still buy CDs, and I figured why not start a Latest CD Purchase threat.

Band: Linkin Park
CD: One More Light

Eagerly awaiting Stan Bush's new CD due out in late 2017.

2017-06-25, 09:30 PM
Because there's already a big "latest music purchases" thread?

Dead Can Dance - The Serpent's Egg


2017-07-02, 11:20 AM
Circa Waves 'Different Creatures' (2017)
Fantastic jolly indie riffarama! Proof that there's still some life in guitar-pop and it doesn't all have to be the morose noodlings of the XX or Bastille. Hooray!

Royal Thunder 'Wick' (2017)
Mightily heavy swampy blues-metal. Love this. Got to be one of the metal albums of the year. It's f**king awesome, feels like the soundtrack to some film that's got that heavy saturation going on and is about a bunch of badasses up to no good.

Blood Command 'Cult Drugs' (2017)
Who knew Norweigan electro-punk could be so good? I'm left cold by a lot of the stuff you get at Slam Dunk, all that perennial uplifiting two-tone take on punk that the Americans seem to churn out from some factory in southern California. So it's great to have a nice antidote to all that, with this icy and zappy sounding lot.

Ho99o9 'United States of Horror' (2017)
These rapscallions with their mix of punk and hip-hop are definitely onto something. It's not quite there yet, but there's some cool stuff going on and I like their message of challenging the society we live in today, without going full on Public Enemy. It's like those pricks you see dress up in Guy Fawkes masks spouting 'TRUTH' if they had half a clue.

Stormzy 'Gang Signs & Prayer' (2017)
Rather ace debut from the current darling of Grime. Like a lot of his ilk, it'll be interesting to see if he retains his street smarts, all we he too struggle to remain 'authentic' in the glare of the mainstream? For now, we have this, a blunt set of tunes with some of the smartest rhymes around.

While She Sleeps 'You Are We' (2017)
Staking their claim for independence and self-control with their most accessible album to date. It's a bit bubblegum in places, and there's the clear influence of Architects on this outing, but its easily their most accomplished album to date and one of my favourites so far this year.

Royal Blood 'How Did We Get So Dark?' (2017)
Second album that does the same as the first - awesome rock 'n' roll that's over a bit too quickly. There's nothing in the way of pushing their sound on, or development, but honestly, I don't care. They do good tunes, these boys and that's more than enough.

2017-09-09, 05:26 PM
Madness 'Absolutely' (1980)
Superb second album from the Los Palmas 7. As ever, its the album tracks that really show how great Madness are. The jolly singles are fun, but there's more interesting stuff to be found in the likes of 'Shadow Of Fear', 'Disappear' and 'In The Rain'. This fancy deluxe 2CD release also packs in 7 bonus tracks (B-Sides and single versions), plus the accompanying videos for the 3 singles ('Baggy Trousers', 'Embarrassment', 'The Return Of The Los Palmas 7') and a splendid live show from Hammersmith Odeon from 23/12/80. Being recorded by the BBC, the sound is fantastic and would make for a good release on its own merits.

Adam And The Ants 'Kings Of The Wild Frontier' (1980)
My 94th purchase of this album, here with the B-Sides from the singles, four demos and two rough cuts. This is easily Adam And The Ants' best album, so is deserving of the deluxe treatment, it's just a shame they've chucked in a live show that whilst, decent, feels like it's been recorded through Adam's mic and the rest of the band feel a bit squeezed out in the sound.

Alien Sex Fiend : Original Albums Collection (2015) 'Who's Been Sleeping In My Brain?' (1983)/ 'Acid Bath' (1984)/ 'Maximum Security' (1985)/ 'IT' (1986)
I've been after picking up Alien Sex Fiend's back catalogue for years now, having owned various 12" singles and a best-of from 1995 and found the easiest way is to go for this box-set (the first of two). Each album comes with some remixes, b-sides and - cheeringly - the Peel Sessions done at the time. Best of all, by getting this direct from the band, the sex came signed by Nik Fiend and Mrs Fiend :)

Of the four albums, 'IT' is definitely my favourite - it's a creepy, brooding piece of work which irons out some of the more indulgent, almost prog stylings of 'Maximum Security' (and album which does go on a bit). Debut 'WBSIMB?' is an exciting clatter of ideas and enthusiasm which sets out ASF's stall (its a weird stall, full of spoiled meat and objects at once strange and familiar) and 'Acid Bath' does more of the same.

2017-10-06, 08:53 PM
I got Change The World By Stan Bush.

This is where it becomes a too cool moment. I ordered it off his website directly, guess who signed the waybill and sent it?;)

Not as good as a signed copy, but still a cool moment!

2017-12-03, 06:45 PM
The Prodigy 'Experience' (1991)
Whistles and glo-sticks at the ready!Man, takes me back this album. Pre-Criminal Justice Act larks attending illegal raves, flyers for allsorts of odd events and this; a great debut from The Prodigy. Although later efforts 'Music For The Jilted Generation' and 'Fat Of The Land' were tougher and more muscular sounding efforts, this is full of power and alarm. 'Everybody In The Place' , 'Out Of Space' and 'Fire' are great great tunes and the rest of the album is also excellent. Novelty rave -tune 'Charly' gets the Alley Cat treatment, jungling it up a bit. Good stuff.

Salt 'N' Pepa 'Blacks' Magic' (1990)
I love these girls. They're fierce and their songs are so so sharp. Love the rapping, the beats and breaks. 'Doper Than Dope', 'Negro Wit' an Ego' and 'I like To Party' are all great, and the album just fizzes with hard-edged POP. It's a great record and well worth a listen. Single 'Let's Talk About Sex' does stand out but this doesn't diminidhe the whole.

Haircut 100 'Pelican West' (1982)
Jolly summery sounding guitar pop from the Haircuts. Not really a lot to say, it's a good, solid album tentpoled by the singles 'Fantastic Day', 'Favourite Shirts' , 'Love Plus One' and 'Nobody's Fool'. This 1996 reissue adds in some terrible 12" remixes.

2017-12-03, 08:11 PM
Apache Indian 'No Reservations' (1993)
Major label debut that's a little overlong and feels a bit like a compilation. The singles 'Arranged Marriage' and 'Chok There' have the most life and energy, which is a shame as Apache, when he's on form, is great.

Tindersticks 'Tindersticks 1st Album' (1993)
Grand proponents of 'mumble rock', and a difficult band to get into, thanks to the impenetrable nature of the vocals. Their debut is nevertheless not without charm, thanks to some understated beard-stroking loveliness throughout. And 'Marbles' is a right tune.

Madder Rose 'Bring It Down' (1993)
Neat US alt-rock that's nice and sharp, and a product of the grunge era which, if that was America's true 'punk' (not Green Day and all that shizzle), makes the likes of Madder Rose their 'new wave'. Like Belly, they're kind of folksy, but make as pleasant a racket you'll hear this side of Julianna Hatfield Three.

Spiritualized 'Lazer Guided Melodies' (1993)
After Spacemen 3 imploded in a fog of marijuana haze, J Spaceman came out firing on all cylinders with Spiritualized's debut. Which is ace. It's noodly and woozy and brilliant, has only 6 songs and takes up about an hour of your ears.

Shampoo 'Girl Power' (1995)
Ah, Shampoo. Love these girls. Perhaps a bit too raucous, shrill and punk to truly win over the notoriously fickle pop-scene,they were nevertheless great fun. 'Girl Power' dials down the racket a little and smooths out their sound somewhat. It's a really great pop record, but it failed to do the business for the girls, which is a shame. And then the Spice Girls happened and pretty much stole their thunder. As well as their album title.

2017-12-13, 04:23 PM
Black Sabbath! And I got the deluxe expanded editions of them all which throw in an additional CD with live tracks, studio outtakes w/ alternate lyrics or no lyrics at all, etc.

Paranoid - actually has three discs, disc 2 is a DVD with the quadrophonic mix - unfortunately I don't have the equipment to try it out, even to find out how they actually got a 5.1 channel audio out of a 4 channel recording - I'm guessing they just didn't use the center speaker and subwoofer. Disc 3 entirely just alternate lyrics and instrumentals, with the former being particularly weird if you've memorized the song and you half-expect the words to come up but instead get something else entirely.

Master of Reality - includes a song called "Weevil Woman '71" which was apparently recorded under some kind of studio pressure but got dropped, and I can see why, it's really not very good, but that mostly has to do with Ozzy not sounding like he's got his heart in the performance. Half the time I can't even tell what he's singing, which plays to an unfortunate stereotype regarding this genre.

Past Lives and Live at Last - the former actually includes the latter on the other disc, but I didn't actually know this when I placed the order - also Past Lives sounds absolutely terrible. I know live recordings aren't exactly hi-fi, but did they have to screw it up even further by compressing the crap out of the dynamic range? The sad thing is that apparently the standalone, official "Live at Last" disc is slightly better, but nowhere as good as the "original" bootlegs from the 80's!

Heaven and Hell - pretty standard stuff, mostly just live tracks. There's a 7" mono single edit of Lady Evil, but I don't know what the actual difference is compared to the regular version outside of being mono. A different take maybe?

Mob Rules - the second disc is mostly a re-release of the "Live at Hammersmith" disc which was a limited edition and long since out of print, so it's nice to have here in a more affordable package. There's also an earlier take of the title track which was sent to the producers of Heavy Metal as a demo but instead they ended up using it in the movie; apparently the band feels it's a better take than what ended up on the album, but the weird thing is, I actually own the soundtrack and I never noticed a difference. And the sad thing is, that probably says more about me than the track.

Born Again - it's great to finally have an official release of "Fallen" that so far has only been blessed with bootleg versions of an alternate studio mix of the whole album. We don't get that here, instead we just get the one track, along with an extended version of "Stonehenge" and a bunch of live tracks - which include "Smoke on the Water" which I've heard some refer to as sacrilege because of Sabbath performing a Deep Purple song, but the audience doesn't agree since you can hear them singing along in the background!

2017-12-26, 08:28 AM
That's a lot of Sabbath! :)

I bought a few things about a month ago, so lets have a look...

The Best Of Teenage Dirtbags - Various Artists (2015)
Jesus, a compliation series with a 'Best Of'. There's something hilarious about the hubris of such a thing. I bought this from a service station on the way down to Hard Rock Hell, just as an antidote to the po-faced AOR the weekened was going to bring. So this is all the bright breezy late '90s / early 2000s US punk-pop that Kerrang! has built itself on over the last two decades and basically gives you all the big obvious hits from Blink 182, Weezer, Fall Out Boy, New Found Glory and so-on. It's a good jog through the genre with some odd diversions (Hole, Puddle Of Mudd).

Grave Pleasures 'Motherblood' (2017)
Oh my God, this is just fantastic. It sounds like every '80s Goth band that ever there was but is somehow quite refreshing because of that. Absolutely cracking stuff that doesn't feel derivative as these sorts of bands sometimes can (hello Interpol).

The Defiled 'Daggers' (2013)
Furious second album from one of the UK's best metal bands who are sadly no more. Not helped by people like me, taking their sweet time to pick up albums! Whatever, love them! Such a brilliant sounding band, with a fresh, punchy take on modern metal.

Skarlett Riot 'Regenerate' (2017)
After the almost bubblegum metal of their debut, this sees a welcome shift in gear. The melodies and Skarlett's fantastic voice are still present and correct, but there's a tougher, darker more urgent sound on show. The years stuck touring small venues and the line up changes have really pushed Skarlett Riot into new waters, which is great. I just hope it's matched with an increased profile for one the UK's most promising bands.

Trivium 'Ascendancy' (2005)
I was quite curious to try out Trivium, their ouevre having passed me by and I like what I've heard off their new one, but thought I'd hedge my bets and go for their debut to start with. It's a great record, full of the quiet/loud, screaming/ singing set up that's become standard over the last decade. I like very much that it feels complete as an album and holds your attention from start to finish. I approve!

Fire Red Empress 'Black Morphine' (2017)
One of those forward thinking hard rock bands that are more the sort of thing I like about attending Hard Rock Hell with my girlfriend and about the only band that have stuck in my memory from that weekend. Halestorm are perhaps the obvious and lazy comparison, but there's something more immediate and pop about this lot that have grabbed me from the get go. Their fantastic live sound is well captured on record too, and despite some slightly flabby moments, this is a good, solid record.

Evanescence 'Synthesis' (2017)
Fantastic orchestral reworking of their back catalogue, which whilst brilliant to listen to gets me excited for where Amy Lee will take her band next. I'm hoping that new single 'Imperfection' is a signpost of things to come, as it sounds enormous and I love the mix of sounds they have. Really looking forward to seeing these live next year having played this pretty much to death since I bought it.

Jesus Jones 'Perverse' (Bonus DVD) (1993) 2017 Reissue
Presumably to help bolster their recent crowd-funding to put together a new album, Jesus Jones have licensed their strongest body of work - their first four albums for Food Records- to Rhino, who've repackaged them with b-sides, remixes, demos, radio sessions and videos. Iain Baker provides some nice sleeve notes charting the life and times of the band at the time of recording. As ever with these things, it's the squeezing out of more worthy actual b-sides in favour of some demos that we wouldn't have missed that causes the most puzzlement, but as its stands, its nice to have the bulk of the contemporary material and recordings collected together. The live footage enclosed on the DVD is, as Baker notes, not great due to the limitations of personal recording equipment of the time.

2017-12-27, 07:21 PM
It's been well over a year since I last went to a flea market and maybe it's just my lack of childlike infatuation with trinkets that I used to have, or maybe it's just the more tech savvy people of today taking their sales online, leaving flea markets as the outlet of the less technologically inclined and/or old people, so you don't really make any good "finds" like you used to. I still get a kick out of seeing some old household consumer goods like clock radios or kitchen apparatuses still in the original, now very dated looking, boxes but even those are slowly fading away.

Not wanting to leave empty-handed, I bought to records. Despite not even owning a turntable. I sort of have access to one, but it's in my parents' storage and there's pretty much no place for me to set it up and I doubt it's gonna work so well in the cold.

Swept Away - Diana Ross - I got this one for just one track that I recognized, which you might or might not guess.

Can't Slow Down - Lionel Ritchie - the same, but with two tracks!

2018-03-11, 09:18 PM
Well, I'd written some stuff, but managed to lose it all. So yaaay me. Basically, I bought some records and they were all great. Except for Taylor Swift's most recent effort. More later. When I can be bothered going back over everything...

Auntie Slag
2018-03-11, 10:09 PM
Olafur Arnalds 'For Now I Am Winter' (2013)

Plinky-plonky piano full of feeling and darkness that makes me wish I could be deep and brooding, sat before a grand piano whilst it snows out the window, I'm wearing a thick turtleneck jumper, sporting designer stubble and a cat is staring at me with seemingly dark intent as I play.

Arrnalds wrote the soundtrack to ITV's Broadchurch, so you'll know what to expect if you've seen that: sparse Scandinavian ditties often so soft they won't even wake your cat, if you have one. Good album to soundtrack a murder to.

Talking Heads 'Little Creatures' (1985) & 'True Stories' (1986) (Double Album)

Mid-80's jangly guitar. David Byrne being David Byrne. I got it because of the song 'Wild Wild Life' which I must've heard on a film many years ago. A fair few uninspiring duds across both albums. I was hoping for a lot more, but for £1.50 from a charity shop I can't complain. Also contains 'Road to Nowhere' and 'And She Was'.

Smashing Pumpkins 'Melon Colie & The Infinite Sadness' (1995)

I love the track '1979' so much. All this time I've made do with a low bitrate .mp3, so I bought this album to make amends. Previous album Siamese Dream is awesome, even now!

This... isn't like that album, but its got some decent tracks and its worth buying Melon Colie if you can find it cheap. It contains tunes like 'Zero' (which features in The Simpsons' lollapalooza episode), and 'Bullet with butterfly wings'.

I don't think it wears the mid-90's on its sleeve too much. I might have bought it because there's so many people walking around these days with ripped jeans, and Kurt Cobain's daughter is starting to appear in the media, and there's Transformers films in the cinema... makes it feel like we really don't have to be specific about what year we're in anymore, just round it up or down to the nearest two decades.

Muse 'Madness' Single (2012)

This song is about lead singer Matt Bellamy having a barney with his then wife Kate Hudson, realising she was right, but was too stubborn to admit it.

I love pulsing, repetitive beats and songs that don't take themselves too seriously. Madness by Muse does this really well, and it makes me zone out, like when I'm transfixed by a lava lamp. Its also got a wonderful, cheesy guitar solo in the middle that reminds me of Prince when he did 'Kiss'. This is an addictive tune that I can never play just once.

I'm glad to know this song came about despite Matt risking a savage beating from in-law Kurt Russell, and I sincerely hope more people defy Kate Hudson in the future.

2018-03-12, 08:40 PM
Thanks Auntie Slag!

'Melon Collie' is a bloated album. Just about every contemporary review of it said there's a really great album buried in there, if they'd have ditched half the tracks. The singles are all great, though. Its an album that signals the last hurrah for grunge. Kurt's death rather put the fire out on the scene* and the Pumpkins themselves turned into Depeche Mode for their next effort.

*I'm sure he'd have loved monstrosities like Bush and - God help us - Moist, let alone bedwetters Live and their terrible ilk which grunge inadvertently spawned.

..might have to look into Arnald's stuff. Sounds interesting...!

So. Stuff I've been boughting:

Tears For Fears 'Songs From The Big Chair' (1984)
The record that catapulted TFF to global superstardom thanks to the MASSIVE singles 'Shout' and 'Rule The World'. Despite how powerful the singles are, they don't dominate the album, which is suitably epic and pompous. This reissue is a piece of work - it's just a straight re-release of the album itself, but Universal have included a sleeve with a bunch of music journo witterings that go on about "looping experimental" song 'Way You Are' which, er isn't included on this release. Yaaay for cheap lazy cash-ins.

XTC 'English Settlement' (1982)
The band that pretty much define british gituar pop. Pretty much every indie band of the last..ooh 30 odd years can be traced back to XTC. This record is always held up as their bestest bit of work, and it's not hard to see why. You've got superlative single 'Senses Working Overtime' and great sprawling things like 'English Roundabout'. It's a marvellous album, even if the production is a little bit thin in places.

Jesus Jones 'Already' (1997) 2014 CD + DVD
An album you can tell has been hobbled by record company indifference/ interference. The onset of Britpop pretty much destroyed their relevance and everything just started to disintegrate for the Jones boys. The resulting album dials back the electronics parps and squelches that were such a staple of their sound, for something that sounds...well, like everything else that was around at the time. It's a shame as the songs themselves are good and it's a solid sounding album. Its Food's odd decision to shovel two of their best songs onto the b-side of single 'Chemical #1' that continue the impression of a band their label no longer understand. The accompanying DVD has some live footage from the short tour the band undertook in 1996 (prior to the release of the album) and you can sense the frustration of a band that have been idling in the studio too long whilst the world's moved on. The sparse audience tells you all you need to know. Iain Baker's sleeve notes pretty much match what you can hear on record, and confirms that the band were dropped after the album tanked.

Auntie Slag
2018-03-12, 10:59 PM
Ooh, Tears for Fears, you glorious bastard, you! There's an obscure BBC channel, I don't know if its Freeview or what, but they've been showing 'BBC Music presents..." and then repeat the same episode all night long.

Their first recorded performance was Tears for Fears (the first performance was recorded late last year I think), and it was pretty cool. It totally got me into 'Head Over Heels', which also got a nice dusting off when it featured in Donnie Darko. I love that song, and the video. Tears for Fears are great, I love Roland's bizarre Jagger-esque mouth and his brilliant mullet!

Auntie Slag
2018-03-12, 11:15 PM
Nine Inch Nails 'The Downward Spiral' (1994)

The first time a roommate played me 'Closer' I was utterly enthralled. Again that harsh, pulsing beat, the throbbing industrial techno-metal and the brutal chorus. Trent is so eloquent.

Sure enough 21 years later I find the album for 50p in a British Heart Foundation shop. They mistook it for a single, I think, because that's the way the album is packaged. So now I love Piggy, too.

Well worth saving for a child's, or Grandparents party.

Everything But The Girl: The Best Of (1996)

Is there anything more beautiful than Tracy Thorn singing 'Protection' with Massive Attack? Well, maybe if Trent Reznor chimed in.

A pretty superb collection of tracks such as 'Driving (Todd Terry AND the Underdog remix), Better Things, I Don't Want To Talk About It etc. You can often find it in Poundland these days, its worth so much more.

Tracy Thorn has just released a new album and was on Radio 6 last week. Her voice has changed quite a lot I think, so it emphasises how wonderful she is on these tracks.

Vampire Weekend 'Modern Vampires of the City' (2013)

Just like a Vampire, this sucks. I thought this was supposed to be a cool album of the time, and that coolness would rub off on me if I played it. No such luck!

The singer has got some annoying ticks and twitches which he must think lends him affable character, but its a load of arse, really. Not even worth it as an ironic tea coaster.

2018-03-13, 10:07 PM
NIN's 'Downward Spiral' is bloody excellent. Best concept album (because oh yes it is) ever. I bought the fancy 'Deluxe' version (mainly so I could get the mental 'closer to god' remix of er, 'closer' and 'dead souls' from The Crow soundtrack and other odds and sods) a few years back and love it. I used to have it on cassette too, which was shite because most of the album was crammed onto side one, leaving you with acres of blank tape on side two. If you're feeling fruity, check out 'Further Down The Spiral' which is a scary sounding remix album (your enjoyment will depend on your love/tolerance of Aphex Twin style weirdness, although Charlie Clouser's remixes of 'Ruiner' and 'Heresy' are proper 'why weren't these massive in clubs?' dancefloor work outs)

Never got into EBTG. I only found them interesting when they got remixed. I think there's a decent remix album of their stuff out there somewhere (also '90s, so it's not rubbish/ weird '80s extended mixes or 'owt).

Vampire Weekend...a band with a name more interesting than they are. See also Teenage Casket Company (not teenage. not a company. and no caskets involved)

Roisin Murphy 'Hairless Toys' (2015)
Mercury nominated (ooh stroky beard) third album which is a lot less four to the floor dance than the excellent 'Overpowered', but is still a great. Its kind of dark and bloopy sounding, like a stoned Ruby (the band, not the gem). It is a bit coffee table in places (hence the Mercury nomination - might as well say 'voted for by right thinking Guardian readers'), but worth checking out if you liked Underworld's 'dubnobasswithmyheadman' and Sabres Of Paradise 'haunted dancehall'.

Mark Ronson 'Uptown Special' (2015)
How does Ronson turn this stuff out? He's the least cool person in the world and he drops this perfectly formed sounding slab of mid-'80s Jam and Lewis type stuff. Watched his Glasto set on the beeb that year and was impressed. The Bruno Mars single is front and centre, which is a bit of a shame (or it would be if it wasn't one of the greatest singles of the last decade), as the rest of the album does kind of blur together.

Epica 'The Holographic Principle' (2016)
Loud and overwrought symphonic metal that sounds like an orchestra in a tornado. It's very BIG sounding and lacking in any kind of subtlety and seems in an awful hurry to get somewhere (despite being 72 minutes long), which leaves no room to breathe. I think I enjoyed it, but I was also left with the feeling that Lacuna Coil and Nightwish do this kind of thing better. Should be good live though!

Auntie Slag
2018-03-13, 10:42 PM
Wow, you’re a proper NIN fan! Perhaps my only claim to fame is that I read about them in a computer magazine back in ’88, by a guy who was into them, Fields of the Nephilim, Skinny Puppy and Front 242. And yeah, that Vampire Weekend is probably the most useless CD I’ve ever bought!

Carole King ‘Tapestry’ (1971)

I bought this 2 years ago, and only now am I getting into it. Its that generation’s Alanis Morrissette, but without so much of the angst, a lot more groove and a really nice attitude. A good album as long as you’re in the mood for it (even if that does take years). I quite like the idea that albums only come into their own at a certain future point in your life. I’ve got that in spades right now for Nirvana’s Unplugged. The sound is so damn good in that!

Leftfield ‘Rhythm and Stealth’ (1999)

I got this ONLY for the tremendous Beast Machines ‘Phat Planet’ tune. The rest doesn’t really do anything for me apart from maybe ‘Afrika Shox’. I count that as a real shame because I was hoping I’d get into Leftfield in a big way, and it annoys me when I just don’t get it. But yeah, its all rather humourless I’m afraid.

Pulp ‘His n’ Hers’ (1994)

Shouldn’t really be writing about this one because I bought it just to have my own material copy of the incredible ‘Babies’. Everybody knows ‘Do you remember the first time’, but I haven’t listened to the rest. Much like the statement above about Carole King, I’m harbouring a hunch that Pulp’ll sweep my off my feet at some future date, and I’ll love them 25 years too late, which seems to be a stupid curse.

2018-03-13, 10:59 PM
Pulp are magnificent, and I get where you're coming from. I liked them when they were active, but it's really only a decade or so down the line that I've realised how brilliant they were. They were one of the greatest bands of the Britpop era, but they're not an immediate listen, outside of the singles. I can highly recommend their last album, 'We Love Life', which is absolutely glorious. 'His 'N' Hers' I prefer over 'Different Class' (their most accessible album) and I've really got into 'This Is Hardcore' over the years, which is a tough and pretty bleak listen.

Never -and I cannot stress this enough- listen to anything they put out between 1981 and 1990 . There is a reason they spent a decade not getting anywhere.

Carole King is cool. My mum had that album on 12" and I loved it. I was a strange child. With terrible hair. Ah, hair. I remember it well...

Oh, Leftfield. Their '95 debut is excellent and their second one is ...its like a box of Black Magic chocolates committed to record, really. And whilst 'Phat Planet' means Beast Machines to you, it means that perishing wanky Guiness advert about horses and surfing or somesuch. Do like 'Afrika Shox' and 'Swords' though.

Auntie Slag
2018-03-13, 11:05 PM
Oh yeah, the Guinness advert: "Like tick follows tock like tick follows tock". That just popped into my head after all these years. Total Recall (and that may even include the Colin Farrell version).

Auntie Slag
2018-03-13, 11:14 PM
Belle and Sebastian ‘If You’re Feeling Sinister’ (1996)

God, what a stupid name for a band! That’s what I always thought, and I dismissed them from that point on. In the intervening years I remember always whistling the end theme to Channel 4’s ‘Teachers’ and wondering who did it.

When I found out recently, I spotted this album in a shop, gave it a go, and have been in love ever since. Well, I say that… only I don’t seem to like anything post 2003 when they started including too many instruments. I like it when its just Stuart playing his guitar and singing softly, like with ‘Get Me Away From Here, I’m Dying’.

They also win a special place in my heart for having a tune that gave me a feeling like love at first sight, that old 'getting hit by a lightning bolt' feeling, and that’s ‘Lazy Line Painter Jane’. The woman who sings on that one, her voice is just so... daaaayamn!

2018-03-14, 08:47 PM
That's Monica Queen, formerly of Thrum.. who had a dreadful name and I can't remember if they were any good. I don't know if she's still singing. I hope so.

Always found BAS a bit twee, personally, and was much more into contemporaries The Beta Band.

Taylor Swift 'Reputation' (2017)
After '1989', this is ... a very clincal, calculated piece of pop that's clearly designed to maintain Taylor's mainstream appeal. It's fine, arena filling pop, but lacks any soul. It is cheering to see that Right Said Fred have contributed to one of the songs on here, though.

Trivium 'The Sin And The Sentience' (2017)
I like this!Its, sharp precise sounding metal. Whilst I'm sure long time fans won't like it, the singing rather than barking is great and really helps drive things along. I don't mind growling and shouting, but it's good to have a bit of light and shade.

Pete Tong And The Heritage Orchestra 'Ibiza Classics' (2017)
More of the same from Pete Tong (whose name I can't say without hearing his old Radio 1 jingle 'Pete Tong got power!' in my head) and the Heritage - dance tunes with proper strings. I love this stuff though. The orchestra bring a lot of warmth to ye olde club classics, and Seal reprises his vocal for 'Killer' and still sounds, well, Killer. Good work fellas!

Auntie Slag
2018-03-14, 10:33 PM
Public Service Broadcasting ‘The Race For Space’ (2015)

Public Service Broadcasting take audio recordings from the BBC archives, usually of a particular time or event and set them to music. I was hooked when I saw the video for ‘Go’ on BBC Breakfast News one morning. Then I heard it on the radio a few times and it was so good, so gripping; the story of the Apollo mission in a song!

Sounds like a bit of genius, right. And it is at first. But then I bought previous album ‘The War Room’ all about the second world war. And I heard some songs from their most recent effort ‘Every Valley’, telling the fall of the Welsh mining communities… and the songs across three albums all start blending into one another, remarkably so on their latest album, which sounds like they’ve re-used the same rhythm and beats from previous tracks. And all of a sudden their USP sounds a bit old hat, especially in light of hearing older bands of previous decades who’ve done much the same thing but with more style, more panache AND musicality.

Public Service Broadcasting, I still like them; they’re just not as clever as I thought they were.

2018-03-18, 10:45 AM
Yeah, bit of a one-trick pony, PBS. Shame really, but I don't know how you'd move what they do on. You start jungling that cut 'n' paste stuff up, you'll sound like a Bill Bailey skit.

Haim 'Something To Tell You' (2017)
Decent follow up to their debut, has that same mid '80s era Fleetwood Mac sheen going on. Good tunes, good vibes, good times. Not really much more to say!

Goldfrapp 'Silver Eye' (2017)
Since 2014's 'Stories Of Us', Goldfrapp seem to have found a happy middle ground between their full on dance sound and their whimsical electronic folk. This is a good thing, as you're less likely to have the kind of jarring lurch you had between 'Supernature' and 'Seventh Tree'. This is a much lighter and less introspective album, and has a nice sort of noodly, prowling sound. Lovely.

Gorillaz 'Humanz' (2017)
This is awesome. Sounds like the future. This would have made a great soundtrack to Blade Runner, it has that feeling of being something that informs a sort of grungy, technological world where things aren't quite what they should be. What I like most about Gorillaz is that they've yet to put out a duff album (although that is because the line-up of 'humanz' helping out changes with each outing) and that this is just light years away from Albarn's old band. To the point that I think this is why Blur's last album didn't work for me - Albarn has moved on and that felt like a step back from the radical departures he's made since forming Gorillaz.

Dua Lipa 'Dua Lipa' (2017)
Good, confident pop music. It is really, really good, and I like it. There's just that sort of homogeneous sound to it that all pop music has these days (see also Jess Glynne, Arianna Grande etc etc); production turned up to 11 on all fronts? Check. Singer with that sort of boxed in sound to her voice with a crack in it? Check.

Myrkur 'Mareridt' (2017)
Easily one of my favourite records of last year. I love her beguiling mix of folk and black metal. This is slightly more accessible than her first album, but pushes the sound a littler farther out of the gloom. Kind of like walking into a clearing in a forest to do some celtic carry on. Fab.

Scream Of Sirens 'Run For Your Life' (2017)
Thumping classic rawk (think Motorhead, Judas Priest, Girlschool) that doesn't feel so beholden to the past that their sound instantly dates them. Opener 'Run For Your Life' feels a bit clumsy and drunk, but once you get past that,the rest of this 8 track mini-album is excellent. Great live band too!

2018-03-25, 11:57 AM
PJ Harvey 'Hope Six Demolition Project' (2016)
Good companion album to 'Let England Shake', and one that is as good a snapshot of what it's like living in England right now as any other snapshot. Of course, I might be reading far too much into this.

3 Teeth 'Shutdown.exe.' (2017)
Brilliant, yet highly derivative, industrial metal. As with a lot of bands of this persuasion, they're somewhere between NIN and Ministry and don't veer too far from that territory. It's still a great listen though.

Echo & The Bunnymen 'The Killing Moon - The Singles 1980 - 1990' (2017)
Cheap round up of the Bunnymen's singles from when they were relevant (cheeky). Got to say, I don't like 'The Killing Moon' myself. Or rather, I'm fed up of it being the go-to song for The Bunnymen. 'The Cutter' is much better. As is pretty much everything else on here - they did do more than one song radio...!

Auntie Slag
2018-05-08, 09:14 PM
Pet Shop Boys 'Discography' (1991)

Got this at a car boot sale for a quid on Sunday. In terms of style l think I'm very 80's... Patrick Bateman powersuits, greed is good, Reaganomics Lambourghini (I love Roger from American Dad).

This is brimming with top tracks now lampooned by Flight of the Concords and others, but I love them; West End Girls, Let's Make Lots of Money, Domino Dancing, Being Boring, Suburbia, Rent, Its a Sin... just superb.

Years ago I missed the chance to see them perform tiny shows around the country. Just the two of them performing in small clubs/bars with synths and a mic. Opportunity missed, but this still sounds like a crisp, ironed five pound note.


2018-05-09, 02:49 PM
Dancing Fantasy "Worldwide"

This purchase most certainly influenced by vaporwave. Smooth jazz, very much a break from the usual faster-paced italodisco that I've been listening to for the past year or so.

Auntie Slag
2018-05-16, 06:30 PM
The Beatles ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ (1967)

This sucks. I had a music teacher in school who insisted on teaching us music via The Beatles. Sounds brilliant, right? All it did was give me an unhealthy association/hatred for them.

Then I watched Backbeat, then I heard some of their earliest stuff and I thought it was quite impressive. Seems it was the more psychaedaelic, trippy stuff that wasn’t my bag.

Last week I decided to give it another try, bought this (again for a pound) on the justification that if the album is awful, at least it contains Ringo’s ‘With a little help from my friends’, which I could pay 99p alone for on iTunes.

And yep, the rest of the album is a big old bunch of arse. Yes, there’s Lucy in the Sky, For the Benefit of Mr. Kite etc. But I’m cold to all that nonsense. I’d definitely be in the Stones camp.

2018-05-16, 07:57 PM
See, I like SPLHCB, and keep meaning to pick up the fancy 50th anniversary version that has 'Strawberry Fields' on it. I think I like the album because you can hear echoes of it in acid house, rave and early '90s pop music (Dee-Lite, Betty Boo etc etc). Er, or at least I can.

ooh! Pet Shop Boys! I love all their early stuff on that '91 best of, when they sounded like New Order. Not so much the later oddball disco they went for.

@Tetsuro - what is vaporwave?

Auntie Slag
2018-05-16, 08:01 PM
Oddball disco, that is EXACTLY the right term! I’d apply that to 90’s Erasure stuff, too (love their early work right up to about 1990).

OooooooooOOoooooOooooo, sometiiiiiiimes!

2018-05-16, 08:22 PM
haha I was listening to Erasure's 'pop' best of recently, it's brilliant. 'Chorus' , 'Blue Savannah Song' and 'Love to Hate You' (LOVE that one especially the way it thumps and stomps along) are all aces.

2018-05-17, 08:52 AM
@Tetsuro - what is vaporwave?
It's kind of hard to describe. It's supposed to harken back to the kind of music you'd find in industrial videos or corporate lounge music with a heavy emphasis on evoking a certain nostalgic feel and it has a specific art style associated with it, with oldschool CGI and the kind of art design you'd find on the cover of a turn of the 90's software packaging - but lot of it is just 80's pop/disco songs slowed down, heavily reverbated and looped a lot and simetimes with that "behind the wall" effect phased in and out. It's also a weird genre because it peaked pretty much the instant it was introduced and then became a joke. Some of this is actually enjoyable, but a lot of it just has the bare minimum of effort put into it.

If you want to check some of it out, this (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0v_p28uti2A) is definitely the best place to start - and end, because like I said, most of it is just kind of lame.

2018-05-19, 07:43 PM
NIN's 'Downward Spiral' is bloody excellent. Best concept album (because oh yes it is) ever. I bought the fancy 'Deluxe' version (mainly so I could get the mental 'closer to god' remix of er, 'closer' and 'dead souls' from The Crow soundtrack and other odds and sods) a few years back and love it. I used to have it on cassette too, which was shite because most of the album was crammed onto side one, leaving you with acres of blank tape on side two. If you're feeling fruity, check out 'Further Down The Spiral' which is a scary sounding remix album (your enjoyment will depend on your love/tolerance of Aphex Twin style weirdness, although Charlie Clouser's remixes of 'Ruiner' and 'Heresy' are proper 'why weren't these massive in clubs?' dancefloor work outs)

Never got into EBTG. I only found them interesting when they got remixed. I think there's a decent remix album of their stuff out there somewhere (also '90s, so it's not rubbish/ weird '80s extended mixes or 'owt).

Vampire Weekend...a band with a name more interesting than they are. See also Teenage Casket Company (not teenage. not a company. and no caskets involved)

Roisin Murphy 'Hairless Toys' (2015)
Mercury nominated (ooh stroky beard) third album which is a lot less four to the floor dance than the excellent 'Overpowered', but is still a great. Its kind of dark and bloopy sounding, like a stoned Ruby (the band, not the gem). It is a bit coffee table in places (hence the Mercury nomination - might as well say 'voted for by right thinking Guardian readers'), but worth checking out if you liked Underworld's 'dubnobasswithmyheadman' and Sabres Of Paradise 'haunted dancehall'.

Mark Ronson 'Uptown Special' (2015)
How does Ronson turn this stuff out? He's the least cool person in the world and he drops this perfectly formed sounding slab of mid-'80s Jam and Lewis type stuff. Watched his Glasto set on the beeb that year and was impressed. The Bruno Mars single is front and centre, which is a bit of a shame (or it would be if it wasn't one of the greatest singles of the last decade), as the rest of the album does kind of blur together.

Epica 'The Holographic Principle' (2016)
Loud and overwrought symphonic metal that sounds like an orchestra in a tornado. It's very BIG sounding and lacking in any kind of subtlety and seems in an awful hurry to get somewhere (despite being 72 minutes long), which leaves no room to breathe. I think I enjoyed it, but I was also left with the feeling that Lacuna Coil and Nightwish do this kind of thing better. Should be good live though!

I love industrial, dark ambient (http://en.WIKIPEDIA.org/wiki/Dark_ambient) and just about all other forms of electrofunk (http://en.WIKIPEDIA.org/wiki/Electro_(music)), experimental and electronic (dance) music too. I enjoy all types of heavy metal, punk and rock 'n roll too. About the only stuff that I don't really care for are glitch music (http://en.WIKIPEDIA.org/wiki/Glitch_(music)) (?), danger music (http://en.WIKIPEDIA.org/wiki/Danger_music) (?), any type of fascist music, modern-day 'gangsta rap', seapunk (http://en.WIKIPEDIA.org/wiki/Seapunk) (?) and modern-day pop music. Other favorite types of music that I listen to are (chill/lounge) house music; classic disco, funk and soul; go-go (http://en.WIKIPEDIA.org/wiki/Go-go) music (http://www.BuzzFeed.com/azafar/24-songs-that-will-make-you-love-go-go?utm_term=.ckv8dVm2XR#.vsXpo1WBDY); folk/country/bluegrass; all types of classical and baroque/patriotic (http://en.WIKIPEDIA.org/wiki/American_patriotic_music) march (http://en.WIKIPEDIA.org/wiki/March_(music))/big band (http://en.WIKIPEDIA.org/wiki/Big_band) music and zydeco (http://en.WIKIPEDIA.org/wiki/Zydeco), blues and jazz - of course. My tastes are very diverse; I'm open to just about anything. Right now, I'm not really buying any music; I'm just listening to lots of stuff from folks on YOUTUBE like DeepSpaceHouse, DJ Dimsa, JaBig and the Jazz and Blues Experience. Everyone of these guys just keeps me going!

inflatable dalek
2018-05-25, 12:55 PM
I'm getting my brother's spare LP player, meaning I've bought my first LP! Ziggy Stardust.

I have no idea how to play one of these things. What fun!

2018-05-25, 07:17 PM
That just makes me feel horribly old (albums play at 33 and singles, generally, at 45 rpm).

2018-05-25, 08:50 PM
Managed quite a few purchases in recent weeks... it's been a long time since I've bought any new music! All rock stuff, most of which is from my home state of Michigan:

Ember - Breaking Benjamin: One of my wife and my's favorite bands. Really want to see them live sometime. Nothing groundbreaking, just good, solid BB.

Defy - Of Mice and Men: Didn't know anything of them until recently. They're opening for Five Finger Death Punch, who we're seeing live next week. This album is really good, if you like metalcore bands (which I do).

Lifelines - I Prevail: Bought this one a long while ago. Good metalcore group out of Southfield, MI. And they do a killer Blank Space cover.

Pop Evil (Self-titled): Another MI band, this time from Muskegon. Good clean rock music, but I hear a ton of different bands influencing this one, mixed with some typical Pop Evil stuff. Not too shabby.

From the Fires - Greta Van Fleet: MI band too, this time from Frankenmuth. If you like early Led Zeppelin, these guys are hard to not like. The lead singer's voice is almost a dead ringer for Robert Plant.

Vol.'s 1 & 2 + Rainstorm - Here After Six: A little known band from where I grew up in MI. Went to high school with these guys, and they're pretty good. A first listen seems like typical hard rock, but it grows on you with more listening.

inflatable dalek
2018-05-27, 01:48 AM
That just makes me feel horribly old (albums play at 33 and singles, generally, at 45 rpm).

The amazing thing is I ended up getting three brand new albums on LP to go with the player, and one of them was ****ed to buggery from the start. That's not a great sell.

Unless Elton's new greatest hits is supposed to open with a most mash of all of side A.

2018-05-27, 10:14 AM
If it's the new Elton John one, where it's modern pop star reinterpretations of his back catalogue, then yeah, it's probably supposed to sound like that...

The Slits 'Cut' (1981)
Still the only Slits album to ever get reissued (annoyingly, since 'Return to the Valley of The Giant Slits' is brilliant), this is nevertheless a decent entry point into The Slits wild and chaotic sound. Budgie's solid drumming underpins everything, stopping the record veering too far off into weirdness. I love Ari Up's almost barked vocals and the sort of swirly, kaleidoscope sound they have.

Duran Duran 'Rio' (1982)
The album with probably the most '80s looking cover ever - pop art as done by Athena. It's a spot on pop record, unashamed of its superficial nature and all the more joyful for it. There's a bit of pathos with 'The Chauffeur' which closes the album, but othewise it's pop glory all the way. This 2005 reissue chucks in some US remixes of the singles, which aren't sufficiently different enough to make them feel essential.

Killing Joke 'Fire Dances' (1983)
Setting into a fine groove on this, their fourth album, Fire Dances is a glorious thundering beast of an album. Whilst their output to date had been great, this just dials things up a notch. Brilliant stuff, smoldering, clattery and broody. Its the sort of sound that I can hear in a lot of the style and production that came to characterise metal in the US - that clean, sharp, expansive (and, whisper it) radio friendly sound that certainly British metal lacked in this era. This 2008 reissue chucks in non-album single 'Me Or You', it's b-side and versions of 'Dominator' and 'The Gathering', plus a few Peel Sessions.

Dream Wife 'Dream Wife' (2018)
Excellent fresh-sounding indie/punk. Hasn't been off my stereo since I bought it, it's such a good album. Absolutely love them. Smart, funny, take-no-shit songs lit up with some excellent perfunctory playing. Direct, to the point and FUN.

Ministry 'Amerikkkant' (2018)
Much like George Bush Snr's gung-ho presidency was ripe for satire on their excellent 'Psalm 69' (probably not what the album's called, but most folk refer to it as such), so the antics of Trump are firmly in Ministry's sights here. It seems to have given the band a shot in the arm too, as they seem much more relevant again. Although I say this as something of a lapsed fan, as I tuned out around the time of 'Dark Side Of The Spoon'. Sonically, not much has changed in the world of Ministry, which is kind of comforting and there's not much in the way of development from their early '90s heyday, but its still a well honed and well delivered album that carries an air of embarrassment and frustration at current US politics.

Paradise Lost 'Medusa' (2017)
Fantastically doomy gothic opus that received rave reviews last year. Not hard to see why, this is probably PL's most assured album for sometime. I like that it's one of those albums where you can't pick out a favourite song because they all hang together so well, and the titles, man 'Gods Of Aincent', 'The Longest Winter', 'No Passage For The Dead' - all brilliant, full on goth. Love it.

Belly 'Dove' (2018)
Oh my God. I was so excited to find out Belly had got back together. Easily my favourite band of the whole grunge / US alt-rock explosion hearlded by Nirvana. Second album 'King' was my favourite thing ever and used as a great antidote to the tide of same-old same-old Britpop was churning out. And I had a massive crush on Tanya Donnelly, I'm not ashamed to say. I was sad when they broke up, and this album here... well, it just rolls back the years. It follows straight on from where the band were at in '95. Lovely, glorious shimmery, melancholic sounding pop. Fantastic.

2018-08-05, 11:04 AM
The Human League 'Reproduction' (1979)
Brilliant, sinister sounding synth music, that's more industrial and bleak in its out look. Phil Oakey's monotone barritone seems right at home on this soundtrack to a scarred post-industrial world.

Tubeway Army 'Replicas' (1979)
Perhaps a bit overlong, but the narrative thread of surveillance, stifling conformity under the rule of a technology that has birthed replicants makes this a great, immersive listen. One of the greatest pieces of work of Numan's career.

The Cure 'Seventeen Seconds' (1980)
I love how dark and 'other' The Cure sound on these early records, their sound setting the template and standard defining 'Goth' as a genre, but something they seem oddly apart and distant from. Whilst never a super-uplifting band to listen to, I like the bleakness and fragility in their records. This one sounds like ghosts and zylophones blowing through a skeleton hanging from a gnarled old tree in a darkened forest. Which is appropriate, given that 'A Forest' tentpoles the album.

X-Ray Spex 'Germ Free Adolescents' (1978)
Poly Styrene's rather unique voice takes a bit of getting used to, so shrill and harsh does she sound, but this is wonderfully offset by a punch and brassy sounding band who deliver some pointed barbs at the commodification of youth culture and crass commercialism. And without being a bunch of preachy dicks about it. Shame it all fell apart and we ended up with the band turning into Classix Nouveaux.

Chic 'C'est Chic' (1978)
Thumpingly majestic funk-disco that, at 8 track long, doesn't outstay its welcome and is one of the best dance albums, never mind disco, out there. Chic are bloody ace and that's really all there is to say.

Joy Divison 'Closer' (1980)
More clanking misery from the excellent Joy Division. Never an easy listen, but I love their marvellously cavernous, and strangely insular sound. It's funny how bands like this sound more metal than a lot of, well, metal.

Siouxsie And The Banshees 'Kaleidoscope' (1980)
More haunted fairy tales and suburban gothic from The Banshees, here with a record that ups the creepyiness and pop-suss. A really great, fresh sounding dark pop record.

The Cure 'Faith' (1981)
Never a cheery day in the world of The Cure, here with such jolly ditties as 'The Drwoning Man' and 'The Funeral Party', but there's something engrossing about their tangental world view. A beautifully cracked record. Love it.

OMD 'Organisation' (1980)
Always found Andy McClusky's foghorn like voice a bit hard to get past, but once you do, you're rewarded with some belting synth pop. Huge hit 'Enola Gay' dominates, so its good that's on first and you can get to the proper business of the album after that. Which is fantastic. Not too sweet, not too sour just great great pop.

Cocteau Twins 'Garlands' (1982)
I love the Cocteau Twins wistful, layered pop. Garlands isn't quite as ethereal as their later work, here sounding almost as bleak as Joy Division. I bought a ridiculous Rhino records Goth compilation some years ago (came wrapped in a pvc lace up cover) and was surprised to see them included. Listening to this, it suddenly makes sense. Great record, stark and sharp but with that lovely reverb and wooziness they'd make their trademark sound.

Visage 'Visage' (1980)
As with Ultravox - many of whom can be found playing on here - the glorious synth anthem 'Fade To Grey' belies a band who were far more rock than you might imagine.

The Police 'Regatta De Blanc' (1979)
There's something deeply uncool about The Police, but you can't deny that they had a cracking run of singles and made some good, if not great, albums. More than any other band that coalesced in the post-punk era, these were the ones that seemed nakedly ambitious in terms of their very commercial and radio-friendly sound.

The Cure 'Pornography' (1982)
Starting the bands full on descent into goth weirdness, this is a seedy, skin-crawly record and is my favourite of these early years. Its a beautiful sounding record, for all its horrors and psychosis.

The Jam 'All Mod Cons' (1978)
Lively and er, mod, flavoured gituar pop that even at this early stage is full of swagger. Easy to see how massively influential they'd come to be on the mid '90s Britpop scene. I like that this is a very cohesive album where anything could have been a single off it.

Auntie Slag
2018-08-05, 12:04 PM
Wow, what a superb selection of albums! Have you heard any of Gary Numan’s most recent stuff, and how do you think it compares to Replicas?

Again, all these bands in your most recent post; are they a mix of vinyl, CD, cassette?

For my part I’m sticking to CD. I’ve been to vinyl shops and heard all the spiel about how wonderful and warm it sounds, but I just remember the crackling. I also remember all the adverts about how CD was a superior sound of perfect digital clarity and what not. I believe that, and find that The Cure, Numan, Soft Cell, Kraftwerk, Jarre, Human League etc sound fantastic on CD.

2018-08-09, 08:39 AM
I like 'Splinter' I picked up a few years ago, that's bloody ace. I bought his most recent one where he's stood in the desert or something, but wasn't so struck with that one. His sound is a lot more beefy, almost industrial sounding these days and I think it suits him.

Yeah, CDs. Since vinyl became beloved by hipsters, it's too expensive and I don't have room for it anyway. That said, I did buy the recent Adam And The Ants 'Kings Of The Wild Frontier' vinyl boxset. But that is pretty special and was worth a punt.

Electronic music generally sounds suited to CDs more than any other format, I find. Especially on a decent stereo.