Posts tagged: post punk
Return the Gift | Gang of Four
“Please send me evenings and weekends”
The Classical | The Fall
I remember hearing that during Pavement’s early days, they would cover this, and Stephen Malkmus would end the song saying, “he hates us, he hates us”, in reference to Mark E. Smith. I always thought that was hilarious.
Lola (The Kinks cover) | The Raincoats
“No blind spots in the leopard’s eyes
Can only help to jeopardize
The lives of lambs, the shepherd cries
An afterlife for a silverfish
Eternal dust less ticklish
Than the clean room, a houseguest’s wish
He lies on his side, is he trying to hide?
In fact it’s the earth, which he’s known since birth
Face worker, a serpentine miner
A roof falls, an underliner
Of leaf structure, the egg timer”
I forgot how beautiful this song is.
Here’s a neat (ugh) band I stumbled upon today. If you like bands influenced by The Fall, definitely check them out.
Waking up to The Jesus & Mary Chain is the best way to wake up.
I love so many things about this song. From the short delay effect(?) on the guitar riff at the beginning, to the fantastic (albeit depressing) lyrics, to the twangy guitar sounds around the end of the song. It’s incredible.
“I am a crooked man
And I’ve walked a crooked mile
Night, the shameless widow
Doffed her weeds, in a pile
The stars all winked at me
They shamed a child
Your funeral, my trial
A thousand Marys lured me
To feathered beds and fields of glover
Bird with crooked wing cast
It’s wicked shadow over
A bauble moon did mock
And trinket stars did smile
Your funeral, my trial
Here I am, little lamb…
Let all the bells in whoredom ring
All the crooked bitches that she was
(Mongers of pain)
Saw the moon
Become a fang
Your funeral, my trial”
The other day* a teacher at my school (who doesn’t teach me), came up to me and started talking about a bunch of really cool bands from the 70’s. One of them being this great band that I’ve never heard of before. This is a cover of a Brian Eno song, and it is great.
*And by other day, I mean over two weeks ago.
I love everything about this.
Last night I finally got around to listening to This Heat’s 1981 album Deceit, a concept album based around the apocalypse. (FUN SATURDAY NIGHT!)
And holy shit, this album is easily the most terrifying thing I’ve ever heard. To say it’s chaotic seems like an understatement, I honestly have no idea what to call this. Industrial? New wave? Expiremental? It doesn’t matter, because nobody else could sound like this.
Deceit starts off with a relatively accessible track (compared to any of their other songs), entitled “Sleep”. It gives the album an unsettling feel that only increases the more you listen. Then it takes a more ominous turn, on the next track called “Paper Hats”, where the “singer” chants:
“well, what do we expect
or maybe even roses?
the sound of explosions?
oh no, is this any easier?”
The album continues with this chain of vague lyrics and harsh guitar sounds, up until the final song, “Hi Baku Shyo” which, I guess translates into “Suffer Bomb Disease”. The song is by far one of the scariest for me, which is odd, considering it’s certainly the quietest. It’s not even a song really, it just sounds like wind blowing, a bell chiming, and from what I can tell, the only instrument used is an out of tuned guitar.
This Heat really thought the world was going to end while they were working on this album, and it shows. Everything about this album, from the lyrics to the album cover is sinister, although the oddness of it all does gives it more of a timeless feel. It might not be the most enjoyable album, but any fan of post-punk, or industrial, or even art rock should check it out.