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Author:  Julie Travis [ Wed Nov 12, 2014 2:51 pm ]
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Mastodon is an excellent name for a metal band! Although I've never knowingly heard them, their album covers look the business.

Inspired by the recent 'Goth at the BBC' show - and very surprised to see Sex Gang Children's* appearance from Riverside on it - I've been listening to some of their early stuff again. Very, very dark and different to anything else vaguely within the 'goth' genre. Good music to write to, methinks!

*Edited to add this: some of you may be put off checking out SGC due to their name. And I'm not going to justify it - they made that particular bed and they've got to lie on it, but a bit of context: they came from a time (early 1980s) where they were often playing to stupid/macho/violent punk/skinhead audiences and they wanted to provoke them regarding sexuality. In my view, they did this perfectly well in the way they looked, especially androgynous singer Andi, and didn't need that name. They were more like an arty, dark cabaret punk band than Goth, the nearest reference point I can name is early Adam & The Antz.

Author:  Tony Lee [ Mon Mar 09, 2015 12:55 pm ]
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White City Fighting
My favourite song by Pete Townshend (with Dave Gilmour on guitar).

There's also a book and a film, too - so nobody can say PT doesn't get full mileage from this (autobiographical?) material.

What's your favourite song about London?

Author:  Andrew Hook [ Tue Mar 10, 2015 9:23 am ]
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I guess it would have to be "London Calling" by The Clash. A bit obvious, but true all the same.

I'm currently listening to all three Vampire Weekend albums. Although not at the same time.

Author:  Julie Travis [ Mon Mar 16, 2015 2:06 pm ]
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Favourite song about London? I can only narrow that down to three, rather obscure, tunes:

King's Cross - Charge

King's Cross Etc - The Apostles

Lost Rivers of London - Coil

I would be amazed if anyone here has heard any of these!

Author:  Andrew Hook [ Tue Mar 17, 2015 9:17 am ]
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I've heard of the band, Coil, but don't think I've ever heard their music. The others are too obscure for me - and I thought I was obscure!

Looking forward to buying the new Bjork album.

Author:  Julie Travis [ Wed Mar 18, 2015 11:43 am ]
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As you'll probably know, Coil were pals with Clive Barker and recorded the original soundtrack to the first Hellraiser film (and if it weren't for them, Pinhead would never have existed). I prefer their version, which thankfully they released after the film makers went with a more Hollywood-friendly soundtrack. Think about your worst nightmares and weirdest dreams: Coil provided soundtracks to them all.

I'm hoping to get hold of the new Bjork album myself soon. She's blooming marvellous.

Author:  Andrew Hook [ Tue Mar 24, 2015 9:24 am ]
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Got the Bjork album at the weekend. You may be aware it's a concept piece written about the breakdown of her long term relationship. It's intense. Two tracks in particular, "Lionsong" and "Black Lake", are devastating emotionally and musically. A lot to process in one listen, I'm looking forward to playing it again.

The bonus for me was that I spotted a new Blonde Redhead album, "Barragán", alongside it in HMV. Another of my favourite bands whose music has been getting softer since their initial No Wave-style albums. It's likely to be a grower (and great to write to).

Author:  Julie Travis [ Tue Apr 07, 2015 3:27 pm ]
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My sister was kind enough to burn me a copy of the new Bjork album and I'm playing it for the first time now. It is indeed intense, but I'm finding it strangely uplifting. Odd given the nature of it. However, since I've finally got hold of Joy Division's 'Unknown Pleasures' on cd and am thoroughly enjoying hearing it in full for the first time in many years; perhaps it's pure misery that makes me feel good.

Also got hold of 'Salvor' by False Lights, folkie Jim Moray's new venture. I do like it. It's been affectionately described as a 'socks and sandals moshpit' due to the folk-rock crossover style. I've not heard of Blonde Redhead so will look them up...

Author:  Andrew Hook [ Wed Apr 08, 2015 8:29 am ]
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I agree about the Bjork album - it isn't depressing but more a celebration of music coming out of the sad situation. It's something I can relate to as a writer - no matter how awful something might be, it's not long before I think 'I can get a story out of that'.

I'm not familiar with Jim Moray. If you're starting with Blonde Redhead I think "Misery is a Butterfly" is the best album to kick off with.

Author:  Ian H [ Mon Apr 13, 2015 1:09 pm ]
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Been listening to Ryley Walker's "Primrose Green" album which has a folk/jazz vibe running through it. I like it, and he's touring Europe soon, but not Scotland - rats! The album has been likened to Tim Buckley, whom I've never heard, so who knows, not me.

Author:  Ian H [ Wed Jun 10, 2015 2:54 pm ]
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Been listening to the new Faith No More album over and over again in the car as they are playing Download this weekend so I can recognise, and sing along badly to, the new stuff.

Author:  Julie Travis [ Mon Aug 03, 2015 11:41 am ]
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A lot of people raving about the new Faith No More album!

In contrast, I've got hold of J J Burnel's 'Euroman Cometh' album on cd and can't stop playing it. Got it on vinyl on its original release in 1979. Not your average 12 year old's listening, but I loved it then, too, it's only now I'm thinking how ahead of its time it was.

Author:  Andrew Hook [ Tue Aug 18, 2015 9:15 am ]
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"Euroman Cometh" is a great album! - I haven't heard it in years as I only have it on vinyl (and no longer have a turntable) - but it's one of my favourites (The Stranglers were always my favourite band). I've been meaning to get it on CD for a while. I would also suggest that Hugh Cornwell's "Nosferatu" from 1979 is a perfect accompaniment. Musicians at the height of their experimental phases!

NB: I was also 12 in 1979 and bought it on release :)

Author:  Julie Travis [ Wed Aug 19, 2015 10:36 am ]
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Agreed – Nosferatu is a classic. I play it often and find it good to write to. The Stranglers were my favourite band for years – my first gig experience was seeing them at the Rainbow Theatre in 1980. No Hugh, due to him being in gaol, but it was still quite a night.

Nice to know, too, that I wasn’t the only youngster listening to such stuff as Nosferatu and Euroman. A friend of my brother (one of the Bigger Boys) climbed into our school one night and painted FREDDIE LAKER in huge, white letters on one of the walls. As graffiti goes, it probably confused a few of the teachers!

Author:  Andrew Hook [ Wed Aug 19, 2015 2:03 pm ]
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That would have been interesting graffiti!

My first single was "5 Minutes", first album "Black and White". I didn't get to see them until the La Folie tour in 1981 which was also my first gig. That Rainbow gig must have been interesting though - so many different musicians (I had a tape of it once).

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