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Namespaces Article Talk. Views Read Edit View history. Help Learn to edit Community portal Recent changes Upload file. Download as PDF Printable version. Moontown  . In the beginning of they added some more musicians and settled on a new, taking it from their female vocalist who was also just beginning to forge a name for herself as an actress. By late Flip, there had been further line-up changes with only Joel Bogen remaining from the earlier line-ups and the decision was taken to focus on a more pop-orientated sound.
The formula worked and the band had huge mainstream chart success in with three Top 10s and one further Top 20 appearance, all of which, thanks to being released on Safari, were eligible for consideration in the indie chart and between them they spent 13 weeks holding down the top spot.
Just for the record, I never bought any of these at the time of release nor are they in the collection nowadays. Worth also mentioning that when the band went out on a sold-out tour of large venues across the UK at the end ofthey took along Fad Gadget as the support act.
I wonder what the mums and dads and kids made of his slightly leftfield music and mannerisms…. I understand they are some sort of interactive electronic games.
Love the sleeve which is the work of someone called Angry Johnny. Enjoy warning…. This piece was inspired by a recent lengthy article written by Bill Drummondpenned in the aftermath of the death of Pete Burns. I know that some of it would have been the fact that I was there on a date with a girl who I had long been besotted with and that she too was a big fan of the Bunnymen.
In the end, we went out just one more time in earlyboth realising it would be better to stay friends than fuck things up completely. That and the fact that I was blown away by the fact they did such a storming final encore of Paint It Black before sending us all home. It turns out to have been the final gig the band played that year and it was on Sunday 22 December and so they were obviously determined to go out in some style.
The full set list is evidence And probably failing — after all, when Pete De Freitas was in the house, none of the rest of us stood a chance. It is simply the fact that the Bunnymen that night blew everything else out of the water. Sadly, not from the Glasgow gig, but lifted from the Crystal Days box set and a set played on 25 April in Gothenburg, Sweden where the band acted as their own support by playing a set of ten cover versions before coming back on and playing their own stuff.
Listen in particular to Crocodiles which comes in at a storming 6 mins plus which is more than twice the length of the studio version. It was, in those days, that way for Mac to ad-lib all sorts of lyrics and for the band to really go for it and get the crowd going crazy towards the end of sets.
Jimmy Jimmy is one of the finest of all the post-punk singles. The single spent ten weeks in the chart from the end of Aprilincluding a four-week run in the Top 20 without managing to climb any higher than The Cinematics were an alternative rock band founded in and disbanded in The members originally met while at school in Dingwall but the band Flop and Fly - Various - Jazz Giants (Vinyl was formed in Glasgow, signing to TVT Records in after playing at an In the City showcase gig in Manchester.
They would go on to make two albums, the second of which was on Orchard Records after TVT went bankrupt. There was also a handful of singles and EPs. The band never really got beyond cult status in their native city and by had relocated to Berlin where work began on a third LP but it was never released. Which is a bit of an oversight in my humble opinion….
The Rakes never really fitted in with any genre — some thought they were from the post-punk art scene like Franz Ferdinand, Maximo Park or Bloc Partywhile others thought they were just another London band like Razorlight or The Libertines who owed their success to a lazy, fawning media.
I first heard the band through seeing some of their videos on MTV2 and thinking that they were infectiously catchy songs. But in due course, maybe about a year after it came out, I picked up a second-hand copy of their debut LP and gave it a listen.
Eleven brilliant pop songs in just over 30 minutes — and a record that really should have gotten a lot more critical acclaim at the time. And then blogging sort of took over and bands like The Rakes, The Libertines and The Futureheadsall of whom had released some cracking stuff over a two-year period, were sort of forgotten about as I delved further and further back in time and listened to loads of old vinyl for the first time in years.
The band released their third LP in — Klang — but it proved to be a flop and the band called it a day this time seven years ago. The sum of their career was nine singles and three LPs, none of which ever hit the Top But they were far better at what they did than many others who made money and a career out of it. Loads of great things were said about Prince on LP) sad and untimely death earlier this year, including on this blog from a couple of guest contributors who were huge fans.
The two tracks between them combine to make almost 17 minutes of music. So why not…. Released in February I know for sure that John Peel would have played it as it was performed in session in Januaryone of three such sessions that Wire did for his show. This was in the charts around the time of my 16th birthday in June It was in a Glasgow store of Halfords. I actually told a few white lies to land the post, in that I said to the store manager when I went for the interview that I had decided to leave school at the earliest opportunity, which was on my 16th birthday, when in fact I was always intending to go back in August to sit exams that I hoped I could pass and go onto university.
Anyway, the six weeks that I spent in the shop were great fun. It was mostly lads maybe three or four years older than me, but they seemed awfully grown up in so many ways, especially the fact that they went out to the pub after work every Saturday night — I was always young-looking for my age and stood no chance of getting served. Everyone liked their music, but we all had different tastes, so the solution was to just have Radio 1 on in the background all day long — and the Sparks record was on very heavy rotation.
By the time I had started work, just about everyone had more or less forgotten about Sparks after a bundle of hit singles in and — they were probably regarded as a bit of a novelty act thanks in part to the fact that Russell Mael had a singing voice that hit higher notes than just about any other bloke on the planet, but mainly to the fact that Ron Mael when appearing on telly stared intensely at the camera and freaked everyone out. Oh and he also had a moustache and haircut that made him look awfully like Adolf Hitler….
The only way you could tell it was Sparks was the distinctive vocal — but what LP) was warbling over was something mind-blowing and astonishing. Sparks went for it in a big way, deciding to recruit Giorgio Moroder into the band — an act of absolute genius. I was sure this was a truly massive hit, so I was surprised to learn that in fact it only reached 14 in the UK charts, although it did hang around the Top 40 for almost two months which was why it was on heavy rotation on the shop radio.
So there you have it. The celestial song which cleared the decks for the likes of Soft Cell, Pet Shop Boys, Human League and Heaven 17 as well as many other inferior versions of electro-pop to come along in the 80s and make a fortune.
Bylabels like Cherry Red, Rough Trade, and Mute had started up, and a support structure soon followed, including independent pressing, distribution and promotion. These labels got bigger and bigger, and by were having top 10 hits in the UK Singles Chart.
Chart success was limited, however, since the official top 40 was based on sales at large chains and ignored significant sales at the scores of independent record shops that existed. Iain McNay of Cherry Red suggested to the weekly trade paper Record Business the idea of an independent record chart to address the problem, and the first independent chart appeared inpublished in Record Week, and later Flop and Fly - Various - Jazz Giants (Vinyl to Sounds.
To be included in the indie chart, a record had to be distributed independently of the corporate framework of the major record companies; the genre of music was irrelevant. The first weekly independent chart was published on 19 January But it does make sense to begin at the beginning with the first ever 45 that made the top of the chart. It does somehow seem apt that this particular 45 was on Rough Trade as it was, without any argument, the best-known indie label in the UK during the late 70s and 80s.
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