12/11/14

Kim Fowley - Sunset Boulevard (1978)



Some of you ask for a pooled re-up of all the material I previously posted about one artist/band, but my choice is to re-up stuff one by one (with some new things inbetweens) and make of each re-up a day post. So, sorry, but it'll take some time to have all Alain Kan, Melanie or Kim Fowley songs available again. Here is an excellent and underrated Kim Fowley LP released in 1978. All details are in the text I wrote for the initial post. Catch here this re-up on M that, hitherto, never failed and never caused me or visitors any problem.

Recorded between 1976 and 1978 in Hamburg (the 3 first songs of side 1), London (the 3 first songs of side 2) and LA-West Hollywood (the rest), this album has always been one of my KF fave although I admit that the Hamburg songs are rather weak and dated. But all in all, there's enough to make it a wonderful sonor companion to "International Heroes". Styles are incredibly varied, from a sort of late 70's soul-disco (the Hamburg songs) to the Dylanesque style of "In My Garage", via the splendid rough rock of Earl Mankey's "Negative", the Motownesque "North American Man", the glorious "Teenage Death Girl" (could have been a Runaway track) and of course talk-over experimental pieces such as "Sunset Boulevard". There's also a reworked version "Control" that seems to be directly out of the 'I'm Bad" LP. And you can find a delicately musically backed tale half-sung half-talked "Black Camels of Lavender Hill". One of his best success in this rather risky style. Tom Waits comes to mind when listening to this piece. And the album closes with one of his most extraordinary track, the fast-as-an-evil-car "Blow Up". Released by Illegal Record, it's a shame (and a guilty one) that it had never been reissued in CD version. Here is an official vinyl rip off that can be bought on some commercial sites. Rather better than the ones you can find on the net on various blogs, and better than the one I could have done (I'm not the king of vinyl rip-off I must say). Hope some day, a correct reedition will be out. Meanwhile, you got this if you don't own the vinyl LP. It's, for any KF amateur, an unavoidable link in the long chain of records created by the master of space glam and cosmos madness. I would like to add that all the real KF fans feel clearly than under his provocative fake megalomania and chaotic lyrical world there's a true melancholic and modest way of seeing the world (and himself). Trying to do everyday a larger than life day is the manifestation of how he considers boring usual life. Sorry for the weak resolution of the cover sleeves, my large format scan is out for months and I got no money to buy a new one. If you buy the vinyl, you'll have the lyrics in, and KF's words to explain each song. Below a picture of Kim Fowley with the same girl than on the cover sleeve, actually his then wife Cindy X Fowley, and below with Diane Diamond, who co-wrote 3 songs on the album ("In My Garage", "Love Is A Game" and "Blow Up").








7 comments:

Anonymous said...

brilliant, thank you. you don't need to make apologies for Kim. if they don't like him, fuck em

Anonymous said...

any chance for a reupload on this one please ????
thanks

dkelvin said...

That's done
dk

Timmy said...

Bitchen.... THANX.

Anonymous said...

One of the best albums EVER. I noticed the sleeve pictured is the import version, I had the U.S. copy, same pic but fits the entire cover. No longer have the LP but had it burned to CD years back.

Anonymous said...

Is it possible to re-upload some of these old Fowley albums? They are so difficult to find. Thank you and keep up the great work! Great blog!

Ansina said...

Thanks! I'll try it because you wrote the magic words: "a wonderful sonor companion to 'International Heroes'."