11/9/12

St... - Lay Down / Backside 7" (1972)



This repost cos' I reup-ed several Strawbs singles on rs today (those who wear only on mf since you know my mf account was removed). I'll post more Strawbs rare of unusual stuff later. But I'm cautious since I have been asked to remove files from this band sometimes in the past. Below what I wrote in the initial post about this single

With this one, released in October 1972, Strawbs at last entered the charts (and reached n°12 in UK). Not that this song was really representative of the band's music but during the year 1972 it's clear Dave Cousins wanted to be in the glam-wave and alsmost succeeded, at least commercially. This is these times that we live here through these singles. The forgotten song is not "Lay Down" of course but the B-side, called appropriately "Backside", and said to be played by a band called Ciggy Barlust and The Whales From Venus, a parody of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, but a great song, without anything to do with the rock 'n roll approach the band seemed to favour. It could have been on Grave New World and would have replaced for the better several songs on the uneven Bursting At The Seams LP released some months later. Too bad the lyrics were nothing else than irony based on wordplay with Bowie's gimmicks. The song deserved a better text. However, an unmissable addition to this series. Enjoy it here.




Backside. The boy stood on the burning stage, his back against the mast He did not dare to turn around till Davy Bowie passed The stardust painted round his eyes was really fading fast. Oh but I think I'm going to come again. Oh but I think I'm going to come again. The spiders from Uranus were climbing up the walls With such a space (?) the oddity, his fey libido calls But the people in the front row can only see his smalls. Oh but I think I'm going to come again. Oh but I think I'm going to come again.


11/6/12

Alice Cooper - Elected (1972)

Hi to my  dear American visitors (you are the majority here), and a little gift for your election day (we had ours in France last May and it was a fucking joke too, absolutely nonsense). Eternal fool's game isn't it? Where are the Alice Cooper of our times? Nowhere. Where are parody, sarcasm, derision in today's rock? Nowhere. Some pitiful web jokes, nothing venimous and anarchist as were Alice and his boys or later on Jello Biafra or the Sex Pistols. Shit times. Get me back to the seventies (moreover I was young and it's not a small reason to get back there). Nothing to download. You got all the song don't you? And sure WB would ask for my blog to be shut immediately. That's how things are going in our 1984-like (and not liked) era.

  I'm your top prime cut of meat, I'm your choice, I wanna be elected, I'm your yankee doodle dandy in a gold Rolls Royce, I wanna be elected, Kids want a saviour, don't need a fake, I wanna be elected, We're all gonna rock to the rules that I make, I wanna be elected, elected, elected. I never lied to you, I've always been cool, I wanna be elected, I gotta get the vote, and I told you 'bout school, I wanna be elected, elected, elected, Hallelujah, I wanna be selected, Everyone in the United States of America. We're gonna win this one, take the country by storm, We're gonna be elected, You and me together, young and strong, We're gonna be elected, elected, elected, Respected, selected, call collected, I wanna be elected, elected. "And if I am elected I promise the formation of a new party A third party, the Wild Party! I know we have problems, We got problems right here in Central City, We have problems on the North, South, East and West, New York City, Saint Louis, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Detroit, Chicago, Everybody has problems, And personally, I don't care."