Posts Tagged ‘Echo & the Bunnymen’

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Heavy Rotation Vol. 45

May 23, 2010

Hey, readers. Sorry about the lack of insightful yet hilarious intro. Instead, please enjoy this.

http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Make-Something-Cool-Every-Day-2009/171640

It will keep your eyes busy while your ears are otherwise occupied. And remove at least 4-5 hours of your previously free time.

Like intros? Most of these have those:
The Heavy Rotation Archives

The Fall – Serum.mp3
From 2002’s underrated* The Unutterable, a heavily electronic album that seems to be stealing pages from several different electronic artists (var. Big Beat artists, some swing/samba distortion a la Foetus). This track in particular seems to be quoting (of all bands) Infected Mushroom**, I shit you not. It’s all densely layered breakbeats and acid squiggles, with Mark E. Smith’s overenunciated Mancunian drawl coloring in the spaces, ranting-uh and raving-uh about godknowswhat.

* (Let’s be honest, when you release something like 1,300 albums over the course of 3.5 decades, you’re bound to end up with a few labelled “underrated.” It’s just simple math.)
** (If you’re not familiar, and there’s really no reason you should be, Infected Mushroom are an Israeli trance group that travels the harsher, more psychedelic side of trance. Many labels have been carelessly applied to their pounding, acidic trance. Psytrance and goa are the ones that have stuck.)

Echo & the Bunnymen – Proxy.mp3
Apparently, the Bunnymen are back together. Despite all my musical expertise, I thought that they had pretty much said the hell with it after 1997’s Evergreen, which would have been the last album of theirs I purchased.

I have since been informed (by MEK and Wiki) that a.) they’ve been releasing albums every four years or so for the past 12 years and b.) the world does NOT revolve around me and my CD purchases. So… good for them!

This track is all kinds of bouncy fun, full of sixties-ish piano and harmonizing. In fact, it’s so great you’ll swear they never missed a beat all these misinformed years.

James – Dr. Hellier.mp3
Speaking of bands that have reformed (or not), here’s James with a timely body-as-world analogy that speaks in metaphors about disease-as-international-tension, which is then completed through the titular Dr. Hellier’s invasion of the body/country via a Fantastic Voyage-esque capsule in an effort to save it/them/everyone from themselves/himself/itself.

Speaking of things we’ve spoken of before, James released an album in 2008, so it could be argued that they’ve been back for at least two years already. Not only that, but this mysterious MEK also recommended this tune and told me (more or less) to hijack his “Fantastic Voyage” description and claim it as my own.

Blancmange – The Game Above My Head.mp3
This track is everything good about the 80’s: huge, lush synthwork, chilly overtones, the faux-est of faux handclaps and minimal, oblique lyrics. It’s like an audible Nagel print. Not only that, but it was released in 1984 (on their second album, Mange Trout), the eightiest year of the 80’s.

It’s the kind of electro-perfection that’s bright enough to snare the pop tarts, yet dark enough to engage the goths.

 

Moullinex & Xinobi – Discotexas (Digitalfoxglove Mix).mp3
You absolutely know the title came first. And with a title this kickass, you have to follow through. Moullinex, in conjunction with Xinobi (with valuable support from Digitalfoxglove) do exactly that, laying down a vintage 909-ish 4/4, some big-as-Texas strings and anchoring the whole ball-o’-disco to some sexed-up slap bass.

-CLT

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Heavy Rotation Vol. 7

July 19, 2009

Much like the wheel in the sky, the heavy keeps on rotating. Another set of songs which will now be listed in no particular order. Feel like you’re missing out? Check out the previous entries here.

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Alabama 3 – Speed of the Sound of Loneliness
Best known for the Sopranos theme, this group of blues/country/electro wastrels turn in a superb bluesy track with some lovely steel guitar and (wouldn’t you know it) a shuffling electronic backbeat. Great for when you’re not feeling great.

Here’s a choice quote on their power:

“This is the first band I could ever dance to in the daytime hours without chemical assistance…and that says a lot.”
Irvine Welsh, author of Trainspotting

Come home late, come home early
Come home big when I’m feelin’ small
Come home straight, come home fucked-up
Sometimes I don’t come home at all

Chorus:
What in the world has come over me?
What in heaven’s name have I done?
I’ve broken the speed of the sound of loneliness
I’m out there running just to be on the run

You’ve a heart that burns with a fever
You’ve got a worried and a jealous mind
How can a love that’ll last forever
Leave me so damn far behind?

Tell me now

Chorus

It’s a mighty mean and dreadful sorrow
[Heartbreakin’s what it is]
It’s crossed that evil line today
[Let’s cross it together, hand-in-hand]
I can’t think about tomorrow
[Well now, who can?]
I ain’t got one word to say
[Now sing along]

 

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Death in Vegas – Dirge
Beautiful in a very dark way. Nothing but a very slow build and some haunting vocalizing by electronic go-to chanteuse Dot Allison. Has the feel of a song in search of a soundtrack, perhaps adding some impending doom to a penultimate scene, leading to a tragic denouement. Or perhaps I just like throwing around a lot of big words.

 

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Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Punk Song (Whatever Happened to My Rock and Roll?)
Not actually a punk song. Full-on, actual rock from a group who greatly resemble a younger, shaplier  Jesus and Mary Chain. All tight black pants and leather, layering on cynicism and humongous riffs like the coolest friends you never had. Another nail in rock’s coffin, asking rockandroll itself, why’d you sell us out, man?

You want a part of me
You want the whole thing
You want to feel something more than I could ever bring
You want it badly
You want it tangled
I want to feel something more than I was strangled

I fell in love with the sweet sensation
I gave my heart to a simple chord
I gave my soul to a new religion
Whatever happened to you?
Whatever happened to our rock’n’roll?
Whatever happened to my rock’n’roll?

She wants it hallow
She wants it tainted
She wants to feel something more than she was naked
You want to hide away
You’re scared to touch it
I want to feel something more than I care to take

I fell in love with the sweet sensation
I gave my heart to a simple chord
I gave my soul to a new religion
Whatever happened to you?
Whatever happened to our rock’n’roll?
Whatever happened to my rock’n’roll?

You know you never decide.
Why you can’t trust their lies.
It’s so much pain you can’t describe.
There’s got to be another reason for living.

She wants your image
She wants your kiss
She wants to get inside your head and tell it like it is
You want it badly
You want it so complete
I want to feel something more cos I can’t fuckin’ breathe

 

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Echo & the Bunnymen – the Cutter
Classic British 80’s music, from back in the day when “alternative” actually meant something. Broke out late in their careers with a hit single, Lips Like Sugar and grabbed a few American fans with their cover of Jim “Van” Morrison’s People Are Strange for the Lost Boys soundtrack. This is an early single of theirs, catchy as fuck, with some tempo changes and a little string work.

Who’s on the seventh floor
Brewing alternatives
What’s in the bottom drawer
Waiting for things to give

Spare us the cutter
Spare us the cutter
Couldn’t cut the mustard

Conquering myself
Until I see another hurdle approaching
Say we can, say we will
Not just another drop in the ocean

Come to the free for all
With seven tapered knives
Some of them six feet tall
We will escape our lives

Spare us the cutter
Spare us the cutter
Couldn’t cut the mustard

Conquering myself
Until I see another hurdle approaching
Say we can, say we will
Not just another drop in the ocean

Am I the happy loss
Will I still recoil
When the skin is lost
Am I the worthy cross
Will I still be soiled
When the dirt is off

Conquering myself
Until I see another hurdle approaching
Say we can, say we will
Not just another drop in the ocean
Ocean

Watch the fingers close
When the hands are cold
Am I the happy loss
Will I still recoil
When the skin is lost
Am I the worthy cross
Will I still be soiled
When the dirt is off
Am I the happy loss
Will I still be soiled
When the dirt is off

 

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Helios Creed – Pigs on the Wing
Former member of Chrome and all-around good guy, Helios Creed presents a very well-done and truncated cover of Pink Floyd’s Pigs on the Wing. Not nearly as spacey as most of his hard-charging space rock, and without the tape manipulations and interminable 8-minute riffing common to the genre. From the Cleopatra compilation, A Saucerful of Pink: A Tribute to Pink Floyd, which is actually quite good and features some excellent covers of some of the more rare items in Pink Floyd’s catalog. And, if for no other reason, the only way to get another rare Alien Sex Fiend track (their cover of Echoes).

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Heavy Rotation Vol. 7 

-CLT

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