Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Sunday, December 27, 2020


from the same album as this -

which is my favorite Groundhogs tune

on "You Had a Lesson" there's an angularity that from the very first time I heard it seemed like a bizarre advance whiff of Wire-iness

(then i discovered years later that Groundhogs were one of the few bands pre-punk that the members of Wire all liked)

thinking about it, I might rate Hogwash higher than the preceding better known and better celebrated albums, great as they are

the blues riffage is starker and progger than ever, and there's little moments of electronics and Mellotronics, no doubt a sideways seepage from this Tony McPhee side project

in terms of the earlier commonly-regarded-as peak Groundhogs albums (Bomb / Split / World) - this is one of the most exciting rock songs of the '70s

they must have smoked a few stages in their time

hadn't realised they were quite a commercially successful band, with those three commonly-regarded-peak albums cracking the Top 10

then Hogwash is a bust, doesn't chart at all

and they lick their wounds and come back with Solid, a slight return to commercial form

I've not listened - the title doesn't sound very promising

suggests they scale back their progward tendencies, chastened by Hogwash

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

moth music (astral peaks)


whole album is full of lovely mouthmusik and much else besides

Thursday, December 10, 2020