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Primal Scream – Screamadelica

18 03 2011

Listened: Friday March 4

Screamadelica is one of those albums I bought because it was referenced so often in the 90s as a must-have classic British album. And it is.

It’s also one of the more obviously drug-soaked albums that I own, even more so than some of the albums from the 60s or 70s (though it might be said that back in the day the references simply could not be made as bluntly or as frequently without attracting too much attention from the wrong people). The subject matter is clear just from the song titles like Don’t Fight It Feel It, Higher Than The Sun, Inner Flight, Loaded, and I’m Comin’ Down.

The sound of Screamadelica is also nothing like any other albums I own; it’s the 60s, Britpop, house music, and soul mashed into one beautiful mud pie.

Unfortunately, some years after their peak I saw them open for another band (I don’t recall whom) and they were total crap. It was a mess and they didn’t seem into it at all. I’m sorry I was too young during their heyday; maybe they were better. Or not, if they were too rolled out of their minds!

 

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M83 – Saturdays = Youth

18 03 2011

Listened: Wednesday March 2

I only bought Saturdays = Youth because it was a cheap download and the couple of song snippets I heard I liked. Despite hearing that, I don’t think I quite grasped M83’s sound until I listened all the way through.

Basically they are a band who is very into OMD and other synthy, dreamy Eighties bands, as well as shoegaze. Despite how wrong that could go, it goes totally right. Songs like Kim & Jessie, Graveyard Girl, and Highway Of Endless Dreams are somewhat referential, yet are super catchy and stay with you. The eighties fetishism trend of the last several years can get very shallow and uninteresting, but this album is not that.





ballboy – The Sash My Father Wore and Other Stories

18 03 2011

Listened: Wednesday March 2

Until I heard The Sash My Father Wore and Other Stories, I didn’t know a lot of the lyrics to Born in the USA. Ballboy’s cover of it let me in on lyrics I missed before. It’s a good song! And as everyone knows, it’s not actually very pro-America (someone should have told Ronald Reagan).

The album’s title track has a classic ballboy awesome-refrain of “You’re a big, fat,  bigoted arsehole” and Kiss Me, Hold Me and Eat Me is also a fabulously amusing song about two cannibals-in-love being afraid to kiss for fear they will eat each other (don’t worry – spoiler alert – it turns out OK).

Musically, Sash is pretty mellow (lots of acoustic guitar and cello) and not as rocking as other ballboy albums, but I still love it!