Fear of Musicthough, is the one where the band left all the others around them behind, and become completely Talking Heads, impossible to copy despite all the attempts that continue to this day. And from this through until True Stories intaking in five studio and two live albums, they never put a single foot wrong.
What else could you need? Tight and inventively produced, Don Van Vliet had more autonomy over these recordings than ever before, and it shows.
With one foot in the novelty Moog records of the late s, Haack tilts between Biblical cant, psychedelic pop, robo-ballads, and whirlers-gone-wrong bleep fare. Nutty as anything, but, in its own shoddy way, years ahead of its time. Like some holy trick of the light, overtones gradually accrue, meld and blur, creating a great shimmering nimbus of sound. In contrast with his eccentric presentational approach he performs in garish outfits, surrounded by stuffed toys Strumming Music is pure as driven snow — piano strings braided into a rope to heaven.
Devo Q. Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! Warner Bros, One of the lovelier dispatches from the tail-end of the late s British folk explosion, Bridget St. His debut sounds like nothing else — a thrilling collection of meanie devotionals, snafu song and fevered goatherd music.
Best give this one a miss, fraidy-cat. Curtom, Zeuhl lives! Quavering troubleman music sung straight from the gut. Many prefer the quiet mystique of his instrumental albums, but Visions of the Country is disarmingly open-hearted; only the sociopathic or the blockheaded will be able to get through it without goosebumps.
Compulsory Salsoul… and this is a very silly record. Only raging bores edit the silliness out of disco — this is shot through with a combination of wide-eyed innocence and drug-mangled wig-outs that still feels very alive.
A glorious folly. Look, for a moment, at the list of personnel we have on Deluxe — apart from the core trio of Dieter Moebius and Hans-Joachim Roedelius of Cluster and Neu! Fusing the motorik throb of Neu! Deluxe was the point where everything just fell into place — a collection of real songs blessed with the depth of then divergently modern soundscapes and ideas that would soon fall into normality. Big seller, too. Almost as essential, yet utterly different, to his solo opus is Babblea collaboration with avant-rock icon Dagmar Krause depicting a troubled relationship in intimate, harrowing detail.
Those rhythms and that shamanic weirdness are why Soft Pink Truth turning anarcho-punk into house worked so well: it was already tripped-out dance music. You can hear echoes of this album not only in subsequent punk albums, but further afield too.
Seventies borderline-mainstream weirdness at its best. Once the white women started to swoon at my performances, their attitudes quickly changed. Proper silk sheets, big moustache, Seventies playboy seduction music.
It was bound to happen. Wizard costumes out, safety pins in. You can turn over a new leaf, but the blots show through. It is a sense of primal contact, an inarticulable calming, a window on the mystery. There is an Earth-bound plaintiveness, soulfulness, and utter lack of calculation in her voice that make it seem more like the emanation of an unidentified natural element — a shimmering connective tissue, vibrating somewhere between wood and water, rock and air.
InJamaica was in economic and political disarray, with Prime Minister Michael Manley declaring a state of emergency. Cue this LP of socially engaged chanting from one of the great Jamaican deejays, delivered in an orotund baritone that penetrates straight to the foramen magnum.
More weight! Compared to some of their peers, their sound was bordering on the inept — crunchy waves of guitar, falling in and out of discernible tune and often covered with a bleak blanket of white noise. Working from a vast catalogue of sound sources, De Natura Sonorum is a creole of organic sounds and electronic textures.
But the results — a multi-part symphony, composed from bubbles, balloons and blinking metal boxes — shimmer and beguile.
Easily the most out-there record in this rundown, and the one most likely to change the way you listen. SoIi left it alone. I mean that wholeheartedly, and sincerely, and I also include myself in that statement. Such terms as genius, amazing, experimental, next-level, astonishing, are all used week in week out to hype, or illuminate another new record or artist. Someone who propels their craft far beyond the boundaries most of us never test. Rightfully so, because it is a work of utter genius.
I remember phoning Sean the week I digested De Natura Sonorumall I could say was that it made half of my record collection redundant, there was no going back in some ways. The sounds and execution are alien, in the very sense of the word, it is the best outsider music there ever will be. Every moment is crafted, in the real sense, cut, edited and placed just so.
The pieces are sculpted to the nth degree, yet contain so much art and content as to make me feel completely inadequate as a music producer. Exhilarating cosmic funk, and even after a couple of reissues, still dismally under-appreciated. This is the Mac at the height of their powers, perfecting a bend-not-break formula for rock excess that would eventually fail on Tusk.
That raw fragility, though, is where Rumours thrives. Sonically, Fleetwood Mac are so totally dialed-in that the songs are stripped bare until only the most important elements remain. Rushmore of rock vocalists. Rumours is simply timeless. Unique to their catalogue, the album is striking in its marriage — or perhaps more accurately, shotgun wedding — of free jazz and fusion funk grooves, proving that order and chaos really can compliment each other beautifully, if the players are sensitive and skilful enough to pull it off.
What do you need to know? Compiled by Brian Eno yet another appearance on our list by the former Roxy Music shape-shifterthe album is both a snapshot of a short-lived scene and a blueprint for the next decade of fringe music, from John Zorn and Bill Laswell to Sonic Youth and Swans.
Scott-Heron made up for what he lacked in range with a voice so rich and lyrics so resonant that the barbs still sting through the speakers today. Son of Hull, Kirchin had sizeable commercial success with his travelling big band The Kirchin Band in the mid s, before turning his hand to frazzled film and TV scores.
Worlds Within Worlds is his magnum opus, a pioneering collection of evocative electronic mood pieces, released in two instalments. Kirchin has been sniffy about these works in retrospect, claiming the label forced him to water them down, but these muggy, murky compositions still sound thoroughly off-road.
At this point, Reed was a veteran on his eighth album, but still sharp-as-a-pin and thoroughly in love with his own barbaric persona and acid Indian Gaz - Gaz - Gaz (Vinyl. Or, wallow with Caetano. As the biggest name in the Tropicalismo movement of the late s, Veloso became something of a national talisman to a Brazil struggling under military rule.
Conrad Schnitzler had his Album) in a lot of pies — an original member of both Tangerine Dream with Klaus Schulze and Edgar Froese and Kluster with Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Dieter Moebiushe found himself at the center of German electronic music in the s, whether he liked it or not. Picture Disc. Other Special Records.
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Scott-Heron made up for what he lacked in range with a voice so rich and lyrics so resonant that the barbs still sting through the speakers today. Son of Hull, Kirchin had sizeable commercial success with his travelling big band The Kirchin Band in the mid s, before turning his hand to frazzled film and TV scores. Worlds Within Worlds is his magnum opus, a pioneering collection of evocative electronic mood pieces, released in two instalments.
Kirchin has been sniffy about these works in retrospect, claiming the label forced him to water them down, but these muggy, murky compositions still sound thoroughly off-road. At this point, Reed was a veteran on his eighth album, but still sharp-as-a-pin and thoroughly in love with his own barbaric persona and acid tongue.
Or, wallow with Caetano. As the biggest name in the Tropicalismo movement of the late s, Veloso became something of a national talisman to a Brazil struggling under military rule. Conrad Schnitzler had his fingers in a lot of pies — an original member of both Tangerine Dream with Klaus Schulze and Edgar Froese and Kluster with Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Dieter Moebiushe found himself at the center of German electronic music in the s, whether he liked it or not.
You see he never regarded himself as a musician, rather as an artist in the grander sense, who just happened to work in a variety of different disciplines. Rot was his first solo album, and saw him ditch the quirky sound-art of his prior work with Kluster, especially in favour of two extended compositions for the EMS Synthi.
These pioneering pieces set a high water mark for electronic music — seemingly formless and improvised, careful listening reveals overlays of rhythm, harmony and even melody. Ecstatic Japrock crunch, and easily one of the most underrated hard rock records of the early s.
The Modern Lovers 2. Saddle up thy beanbag, traveller…. Ambient music if you could even label it thatnever sounded quite the same again. Still most notorious for being sold at the price of a single 50p — those were the daysThe Faust Tapes confused almost everyone who purchased it, which unbelievably was a good 50, shoppers. Part of the reason it sounds the way Indian Gaz - Gaz - Gaz (Vinyl does is down to the process. What resulted was one of the oddest records to invade the homes of the British listening public, and while plenty of the LPs were no doubt returned to the store or dumped in a charity shop after a single play, the seeds of a sound that was truly anarchic and defiant were certainly sown.
The way his voice swerves back and forth from rough to smooth, from bark to croon to delicate scatting, is almost enough to give you a contact high in itself — and the way love, sex, anger, belligerence, tenderness, revolution and spiritual pronouncements blur together in his lyrics into a heady stew of bleary obsession without boundaries can make your head spin.
But Innervisions is a sweeping artistic statement: personal and political, solemn and celebratory, and an all-killer no-filler album where he almost literally does everything. There are polemics against drugs and Nixon, kaleidoscopic ballads and somber lullabies, and where do you start with the singles?
Pure genius. Arriving at an explosive moment in British social history, with far-right oiks on the rise and barging their way into punk with their moronic terrace anthems and Sham 69 patches and bloodlust, The Specials ran on an explicitly anti-racist, anti-Thatcher ticket, introducing their beloved Jamaican ska into the punk milieu and rallying an entire subculture under the 2 Tone banner.
The distrust of women and their bodily functions is depressingly palpable. Meanwhile, first-time producer Elvis Costello wisely takes a light-touch approach at the controls, preserving the raucous energy of a band who were first and foremost a live proposition.
On Phaedra we can hear a band straddling their experimental tendencies and their desire for more commercial acknowledgement — and for many fans it represented the beginning of the end.
The albums that followed Rubyconespecially are also worth grabbing, but the band never again nailed such a perfect collision of harmony and dissonance. And of course the reason for this is that Joni is one of the most powerful personalities in all of posts-counterculture music, not to mention strongest songwriters.
Neil Young? Bollocks — Joni eats them all for breakfast. For me, it usually takes a few intense listens for it to sink in, but once it does I become completely and utterly infatuated. This is definitely one of those records that I have played the shit out of. Originally formed as a Neu! As the legend goes, during a typically acid-fueled recording session, George Clinton instructed Eddie Hazel to imagine he had been told his mother had died, but then told that she was alive.
The New York Dolls were a motley crew of outer-borough troublemakers that made Manhattan their playground, and they tore down the studious bloat of progressive rock with a sloppy kiss and a knowing wink. The job of harnessing the band for their self-titled debut fell to the somewhat-unlikely Todd Rundgren, who somehow managed to hold it all together, capturing their hot transvestite mess of a stage show on tape.
John Carpenter Assault on Precinct 13 film released Mandatory listening, kids. Really, mandatory. To achieve a proper LP, he eventually decided to perform the session in Summer, when Mills College where he worked would be empty, and Automatic Writing was born.
Instead it is various recordings of background music mixed together, guided by the barely-intelligible voice of Ashley himself. It sounds almost alien, like a series of distant transmissions blended into a harmonic soup, and its allure is unavoidable. He wanted to not only document his own spontaneous vocalizations, but he wanted to produce a work that reflected both the unpredictability of his illness, but also his work in opera.
Different voices weave in and out of each other…elements fade away…your attention drifts. You wonder what the recording is that your neighbors are playing…or if the sound of the street has been amplified somehow… It starts to feel like sound is seeping through the floorboards and slowly penetrating your DNA. Nothing about this piece makes sense and it subliminally projects a soft and inviting kind of madness that no other artist has ever even come close to documenting.
Playful and savage, confrontational and contradictory, Cut still sounds as wild and untamed as the mud-caked cavewomen staring us down on the sleeve. The title is perfect here. This is jazz that feels as close to Autechre as it does to Louis Armstrong. This is great for a couple of reasons. First and most obviously, the four long pieces based around Niyabinghi chanting and percussion — the same sound that so inspired London band Cymande, and later the mighty African Headcharge — are pure, heartfelt devotional music.
Also though, this is a brilliant indicator of the diversity of early s Jamaican music. Lloyd Charmers, the producer who gives the whole record a warm glow and dubwise sense of superhuman scale, was as happy working on soul-infused pop songs including some that will appear higher up this chartor his own deeply saucy songs, as on these deep and intense Rasta reflections; the various threads were not so very far apart at all.
Aside from its cover being the most gloriously disturbing glitterball-addled bare-chested French disco sleaze ever, this album is about as good an illustration as any of the high art of disco. Those two tracks are the motherlode of krautrock, both of them sounding as pristine and modernist now as they ever did. The fact that the rest of NEU!
And this record has famously influenced everyone from the biggest arena acts to basement noise freaks. That was the thing that struck me with Neu! You know a Neu! Talk about iconic. Just brilliant. Steve Reich had already proven his worth long before Music for 18 Musicians hit the shelves in On more than one occasion, The Last Poets has been anointed as the record that begat hip-hop — the first LP to set black nationalist poetry and street patter over spiralling, percussion-driven loops.
Once heard, this collection of supercharged political commentary and soapbox sermonising remains seared on the memory. Propulsive, funky, somatic — and fizzing with righteous anger. But really, what it boils down to is this: hit, after hit, after brilliant, inventive, so-simple-it-hurts, clever, dumb, sing-along hit.
And it was all done with humour. Like life is. A series of bootlegs and a keynote release in changed all that; in admittedly small folky circles, Perhacs was swiftly elevated to grande dame status. Marco de Marseille. Oliver Brunetti. Simon Stacey.
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