Monday, April 30, 2012

everything that's deadening about contemporary pop -- stridently empty, oppressively insistent bombast...   nagging numbing melody that doesn't go anywhere...  words, supposedly drawn from her personal life, meaningless

contrast with this

a breath of fresh air in the current shituation 

Sunday, April 15, 2012

coming from the exact same place as this


bonus bits

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Monday, April 9, 2012

another New Wave band that blew my young (impressionable definitely, also easily impressed?) mind, like Punishment of Luxury much played on late night Radio One, but somehow they subsequently completely erased themselves from my life / memory, i sold the singles of "Independence Day" and "Total War" for some reason

after those two singles they went mainstream Big Rock pretty quick, building on the P. Gabriel aspects of their sound

but i dunno, the long fade-out to "Total War" is pretty amazing still i think, shades of i dunno side 2 My Life in the Bush or Bamboo Music

can't find the proper original 7 inch version of "Independence Day" on youtube, not in embeddable form but it's here (avert your eyes from horrible video added to it)

when i was first getting into music, i thought this soooooo weird

"Jellyfish" was the B-side but it got all the play (on late-night Radio 1)

i think this was the A-side

Punishment of Luxury, or Punilux to the fans, were fringe theatre proggish types turned New Wave (cf Split Enz, others)

from the North East

they were working on album #2, a concept album Gigantic Days, when United Artists got bought by EMI and they got dropped