Thursday, May 28, 2020
there is something about Scottish music at this particular point in time
thrilling, the sensation in this music - something unAmerican pushing against the guitar-bass-drums format, taking it outside rock'n' roll and into something else altogether - the jutting, against-the-groove riffs, the doubled chants, the skirling peals of pure-as-a-Highland-stream lead
never knew this video existed - playing on the "be seeing you" catchphrase in the Prisoner, which a year or so earlier would have been repeated for the first time since the original airings in the Sixties. One of those videos that is a lot of fun but really goes against the actual emotional meaning of the song and distracts from its piercing beauty.
okay bit of a shite video really, at least when they start getting togged up in tribal wotnot
okay this isn't much of a tune but how cool to see the Fire Engines in their prime
"Gold" was something of a Scottish buzz term wasn't it?
"New gold dream" - "big gold dream" - "glittering prizes" - "18 Carat Love Affair" (okay that's not gold exactly but proximately in the zone of precious materials)
and then hark at this
Okay this is a bit wet, but a pretty song and a pretty boy
I also liked "Mattress of Wire"
there's plenty that would undermine the "Scots as master race of pop" argument - Wet Wet Wet for starters, and most of the rest of that soul-aspiring Steely Dan-ish stuff .... some C86 dribbles too
the name "Bourgie Bourgie" itself is a crime
and even in the postpunk prime, it weren't all gold - there's this ungainly attempt by former Positive Noise frontman to go New Pop
but why dwell on the negative?
and how could i forget about these