Pet hate...slip cases on CDs. The wrap around cardboard things designed to make the customer feel that they're getting a "quality" product....just another piece of paper to get lost under the seat in the car
Friday, November 12, 2004
Thursday, November 11, 2004
Extended Play 101104 on George FM
MFSB-The Right Track-TSOP-1973
The Salsoul Orchestra-Salsoul Rainbow (Danny Krivit Re-edit)-Salsoul-1983
Sins of Satan-Dance & Free Your Mind-Buddah-1975
Jocelyn Brown-I Wish You Would (Dub)-Vinyl Dreams-1984
Undisputed Truth-Undisputable (Carl Craig Dub)-Moxie-2004
Pete Rock & CL Smooth-They Reminisce Over You (Instru
Posted by Simon at 7:46 AM
Tuesday, November 09, 2004
Records, records, records…I’m surrounded by new music and bouncing back to old things that I’ve forgotten or rediscovered.
"Vapour" by Stratus, on the German Klein label is a record I know nothing about but right now its the record I like to put on first thing in the morning when I'm avoiding the tail end of the breakfast radio shows. I keep thinking Can or DAF, and then it goes all lush and goey towards the end.
Locally, Tomorrowpeople's remix of indie Rockers Pluto's track "Dance Stamina" works and is truly inventive, taking the popage of the original to somewhere far more contemporary.
Posted by Simon at 3:34 AM
Monday, November 08, 2004
Nothing like a bit of revisionism to keep the wheels spinning, so on that note, I’m well pleased to see Sony have done a glorious 25th (fuck me…25 years since I pinched the sample from CBS!) anniversary reissue of The Clash’s legendary 1979 album “London Calling”. And what a package it is- a remastered album, a CD of recently found demos and a lovely DVD, which I’m watching as I type, including some quite astounding footage of the band at work with legendary production nutter, Guy Stevens. Rolling Stone named the album as the greatest album of the eighties, despite its
And what a wonderful bloody record it was / is. It still sounds as fresh as it did in 1979, some songs more than others……but, and here comes the revisionism….but, the Clash may be the greatest rock’n’roll band ever, post Beatles (they are…full stop…if you disagree, you’re wrong, sorry) however “London Calling”, as much as it stands head and shoulders above virtually every rawk record released since then, comes nowhere close to being the greatest Clash album. That distinction belongs overwhelmingly to their first album, and thence to the mighty “Sandinista”. I’m not belittling this iconic release, I mean it contains the title track (it took my first trip to
But the Rolling Stone award really sums up the problem…its just too Rolling Stone, too Rawk and, at the time of its release there was a noticeable air of disappointment with it. I remember we played the b side of the “London Calling” single, “Armagideon Time” far more than the a. And as I said above, it still sounds fresh today, but in contrast “The Clash” still sounds revolutionary, and “Sandinista” revels in it’s glorious anarchy which was at the heart of the Clash. The singles that followed “London Calling”….”Bankrobber”, “The Call Up”, “The Magnificent Seven / Magnificent Dance”, and “Radio Clash” dwarf 90% of “London Calling”. It was “Bankrobber” and “Complete Control” I reached for on the news of Joe’s death.
I think the Clash consciously made two American records, “London Calling”, which largely worked, and “Combat Rock” which largely didn’t. But The Clash were the great British punk band, with all that implies including a disaffection for the American rock mainstream, and that’s how I’ll always remember them.
Posted by Simon at 11:31 AM