Saturday, March 17, 2018

Screaming Blue Messiahs - Bikini Red

Quirky with a kick. That's how I would describe this three-piece from the UK. Bowie was a big enough fan to request they open for him on tour in the mid-80s. One of their songs was used as the theme music for MTV's "120 Minutes" show. The great Vic Maile (The Godfathers, Motorhead) produced their first two proper albums, "Gun Shy" and "Bikini Red," which spawned the novelty almost-hit "I Wanna Be A Flintstone." Despite that song, there's nothing cute about the propulsive opening track "Sweet Water Pools," which sounds like driving a dual-carb muscle car through a desert highway at 120 mph after a sleepless 3-day bender.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Still In A Dream - A Story Of Shoegaze 1988-1995

Still In A Dream: A Story Of Shoegaze 1988-1995 is a 5-CD box set that gives a decent overview of the shoegaze era.  I might have chosen different songs, but all the major bands are here, with the exception of My Bloody Valentine.

Monday, March 12, 2018

To The Outside of Everything - Post Punk 1977-1981

To The Outside of Everything - UK Post Punk 1977-1981 is a nice 5 x CD box set, which serves as a great introduction to the genre.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Simple Minds

Simple Minds have been releasing albums since 1979. Their early years contain a lot of really inventive music, a moody kind of new wave influenced by Krautrock. Then they moved into some edgy, still moody rock albums before finding mainstream success. They're still at it, too, putting out consistently high quality stuff.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

The Fall - RIP

The wonderful and frightening world of the Fall, indeed. By the time you've finished reading this, there will undoubtedly be a new Fall record. They've darn-near put out an album a year since 1979. Some are completely mediocre... except for that one track that is pure magic. And, thus, it's very hard to simply recommend one single album. You're going to have to dig.

EDIT: RIP Mark E Smith

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Modern Eon

Modern Eon's lone full length album from 1981 never made the transition to the digital world. It's very post-punk with a bit of early shoegaze sound.  From my vinyl rip, tried to clean it up as best I could.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Aztec Camera

Aztec Camera were essentially a vehicle for Roddy Frame. They scored some big hits in the UK, but only made a minor splash in America, via college radio.  Do check out the final AC album Frestonia, one of the forgotten gems of the '90s.