4/29/17

Buzzcocks - Complete BBC Sessions (1977-79)



















I'm not really sure this compiled the complete BBC sessions the band recorded between 1977 and their first separation in 1981, but I didn't find any other one so I conclude it's complete. The 14 tracks recorded for the Peel sessions were issued in the famous Peel Sessions Albums series whereas 4 tracks recorded in various other radio shows were issued on an album called BBC (The Archive Series) in which most of the sessions were from the reformed band (from 1993 to 1997). So I did this Complete BBC Sessions album with tracks in chronological order. The reason why there's 2 versions of "Sixteen Again" one after the other one. It's fascinating to see how the band matured over only a time span of 3 years and became a dark and deep musical machine when they began as bouncy pop-punkers. The cover sleeve I did is not a real success but I was a bit lazy tonight. Sorry. The importance is elsewhere, in the music, in the historical dimension of this compilation. Catch it here. I suppose none of you needs any video below to verify whether this is interesting to dl.


4/26/17

Sparks - Wunderbar fake EP (2003)



A long awaited re-up I forgot for unknown reasons. But since there's a new Sparks on the way (release next September under the title of Hippopotamus), it's an opportunity to re-up this incredible fake EP. Note that the Deluxe edition of Lil Beethoven it is driven from is now quite expensive and it's another reason to make it available again. I didn't find the credit for the pictures of the ceover sleeve I created although these images are now rather easy to find. Catch it here. I did a small video with other images of the Asian soccer models playing in the mud since the song was not on Youtube. Maybe it will be deleted because of lack of copyright but I'm trying anyway.

My fave song on the great Lil' Beethoven album... is a bonus track on the Deluxe Edition. It's called "Wunderbar" and it is not sung by Russell Mael (and not sung at all actually) but taken from a certain Gunter Koch, a German radio football commentator. Apparently, this song could be only anecdotical, but, as often with Ron Mael, it becomes impressive and somewhat "inquiétante" (take a dictionary, I can't find a better word in English). Yes this piece of strangeness is addictive even in its ability to distillate a poisoning atmosphere due to the music, not so funny and giving to this song a kind of military flavor reminding the darkest hours of German history. It would have magnificiently fitted in a Cabaret style film. Maybe one future day. The 2 other bonus tracks (on the virtual B-side) are fine too. One is a kind of explanation of the Lil' Beethoven concept by Ron Mael. The last one is an instrumental version of "The Rhythm Thief" and it's a delight. I truly like Russell's voice, but the instrumentals Ron create can stand by their own. Honestly this man is a genius, even if in the past, he often lost the touch, Sparks being for example quite embarassing to hear in the nineteies. But these dark times are over now, and with Lil' Beethoven they became again the great band they had been long ago. For the sleeve, I chose a fantastic series of pictures of young asian girls in underwear playing football in the mud. It is, Sparks fans will admit, exactly in line with a Sparks imagery. Unfortunately, although these pictures are easy to find on the web, none credit the photograph and since I don't speak Korean (I'd say these girls are Koreans but nothing sure) I can't give the credits I would have liked to find. I post this one as Sparks are releasing their 22th album, based around Ingmar Bergman, and I hope this will add another gem to their long career.



4/25/17

Buzzcocks - The Harmony In My Head Session fake EP (1979)






















Weird but I re-up this fake EP 2 days after I posted it the first time. Here's why. Actually, the 2 songs that made it on the single exist in their demo versions and were released on the Mute double CD version of A Different Kind Of Tension. So it's more consistent to substitute them to the finalized and highly produced versions from the single. So, if you dled it in the last 2 days, take this one, you'll have 2 more demos ("Something's Gone Wrong Again" is the instrumental backing of the song). Catch it here.

This is the first of a small series of fake EP consisting of demos recorded in a specific session by Buzzcocks. I begin with this one cos' Steve Diggle specified that it was at this session that "Harmony In My Head" was recorded. Unfortunately, there is not the demo version of the song. My idea was then to put the A and B-sides of the single (without being sure that "Something's Gone Wrong Again" that is on B-side was actually recorded at this session), and to add the other songs recorded at the session. What's interesting is that you have 4 tracks that were never finalize and that you may listen for the first time (except if you have the album Chronology) 2 from Diggle, 2 from Garvey. I changed a little bit the cover sleeve of the single to create this fake EP. Hope you'll like it. More to come. I'm posting this 1 hour now from the result of French election and I fear that I'll say soon that something's gone wrong again, too often it is the case in the damned country.


4/19/17

Morrissey - I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris 7" (2009)



A requested reup. I'm not in Morrissey these years but it's a fact this is a great song and a great period in his career. Since then, he didn't release anything I found of enough interest to buy or even listen more than once. Maybe he'll do it in the future but he (and I, since we have the same age) is becoming old and time is running away. Catch this gem (about the town I used to live) here.

When the time will come to vote for the best songs of the year, I hope nobody will forget this one by Morrissey, one of the most wonderfull he wrote since the Smiths disbanded. The metaphor is gorgeous and inspired. Similar to the old Smiths period, this is moving without being "niais" (sorry I did not find an English term for this word). I've not followed with much curiosity the career of Morrissey after Johnny Marr and him separated their ways, because it was hard to listen to his new material after such an achievement, but I was wrong and he composed some great tunes with superb lyrics even after. Only the stylish options often bothered me. But with Years of Refusal this year, something made it again for me. And the B-sides album Swords issued this month confirms that I'm still higly receptive to the songs and the voice of this man. This single, released at the beginning of the year, did not find the way to the top of the charts I thought it will find. It does not matter but it shows how the public taste got some dysgueusia these days. I must admit that the present 7" does not exist actually since it is the 2 CD version that contained both B-side tracks I post here, the single having a live version of the great Smiths "Death of the Disco Dancer".



I’m Throwing My Arms Around Paris. In the absence of your love And in the absence of human touch I have decided I’m throwing my arms around Around Paris because only stone and steel accept my love In the absence of your smiling face I traveled all over the place and I have decided I’m throwing my arms around Around Paris because only stone and steel accept my love I’m throwing my arms around Around Paris because only stone and steel accept my love I’m throwing my arms around Paris because Nobody wants my love Nobody wants my love Nobody needs my love Nobody wants my love Yes you made yourself plain Yes you made yourself very plain

4/15/17

Buzzcocks - Parts 1-3 (1980)




















It might sound weird, but as a "first-hour" Buzzcocks fan, the period I cherish the most in their discography is the second side of A Different Kind Of Tension LP released in September 1979, and these 3 singles released as Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3, with reversed A and B-sides (one by Pete Shelley, one by Steve Diggle) according to samples, and that were maybe supposed to provide a longer series (but this will surely be explained a near-to-be-published biography written by Tony McGartland). What is so remarkable in this series is that the band has left his lightweight approach of punk for darker, harder and oblique options. Buzzcocks always had this little more class-touch compared to other bands issued from the punk movement (even compared to Wire) and here, allied with a denser and deeper music, full of new instruments (horns, cello) and a harder visual, they reached the top of what could be expected by punk. Moreover lyrics are no more about romances but about psychic distorsion or mental confusion in Shelley's ones, and down-to-earth everyday living condition in Diggle's ones. Released in August, October and December 1980 respectively, these 3 part-singles were the epitome of the band grandeur. Unfortunately it was too their swansong since they soon disbanded the next year, Pete Shelley beginning a solo career (with Martin Rushent helping for production) which, on paper, should have been a triumph but was not, either musically (although the 2 first albums have their moments, but too much synthetic for me) or commercially. So, here are these 6 great songs. Note that among them, only Diggle's "Why She's A Girl From The Chainstore" is regularly played on stage to this day (saw them recently in Paris and it was). But in 2016, it seems they played for the first time since 1980 "Strange Thing" and "Running Free", 2 of the bests of the load. Catch this gem here. Below I posted the front and back cover sleeves (note that sometimes the front and back were reversed) and a video from the song, with one clip (not really good) that was shot for "Why She's A Girl From The Chainstore"

















4/14/17

Nikki Sudden & The Jacobites - Jangle Town / The Last Bandit 7" (1986)




















This 6th single/EP from Nikki Sudden was released under his name and the Jacobites. Actually, his association with Dave Kusworth appeared to be short-lived, only 2 years (but they would play again together, and much longer, in the nineties). Driven from the wonderful album Texas (his best for me), recorded in June and July 1986, the A-side was not really able to catch enough attention on a single. The B-side was a non-album track and would even become some years later the name of a compilation, and a classic stage song. All this is enough to consider interesting to post this single (that was not released in an EP version such as it was the tradition in the eighties). Catch it here. PS. The sleeve is a picture of mine since I have bought this 7" when it was released.


4/12/17

The Jacobites (Nikki Sudden & Dave Kusworth) - When The Rain Comes EP (1986)




















I've been out of blog activity some days due to holidays taken with my babe (now that I have one I can spend time with) but now I'm here again with this new Nikki Sudden stuff, the 5th single/EP of the series, but released under the Jacobites entity, without any name associated. Consisting entirely of songs that were not kept for the purposed double Robespierre's Velvet Basement (finally released in this format by Secretly Canadian in 2002), this is a stunningly good EP with no less than 6 songs on it. The title track is excellent, even if it's more than influenced by Hendrix's version of Dylan's "All Along The Watchtower". "Country Girl" is a wonderful Kusworth's song, and it's true that in this duo, we had the same pleasure to listen to his songs than to Sudden's ones, which was not a small challenge. I won't give a word for each of these songs but you'll see that they deserved not to be forgotten after all these years. Catch them here.