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Is "You Gotta Problem With Me" typical of his output?
is it out then?!? i hear its a return to the peggy suicide/post-punky sound rather than being like the run of records before that that were very kraut and doom influenced.
he really has done a big variety of stuff over the last 5 years or so so he's hard to nail down. try listening to some of these:
Kilimanjaro (Teardrop Explodes)
World Shut Your Mouth
i take it you werent impressed?
which is a bitch, as his taste in rock music is fucking rad. all the photos of him playing live make him look like the real deal too. how can someone into Les Rallizes Denudes and Monoshock make such boring records? :(
some albums are complete gash, others pretty brilliant but even those are sometimes inconsistent. he's one of those people who's at least always interesting even if he's not creating really good stuff.
i'll try to hear more.
the reviews on his website are fucking genius though, he'd be better off retiring from music and just putting a book out a year.
i hope i have enough money for Japrocksampler...
i might try and buy as much Japanese psych as i can before that comes out and puts the price up even more.
Les Rallizes Denudes records already cost a mortgage so i'm worried for the future. Seriously, £26 for a single CD that still sells out in a week??!
when is Japrocksampler supposed to come out, anyway?
very cheap to preorder
thanks for the link!
there are a couple of good tracks on there but these seem to get swamped out by overly pretentious monologues and such like
No doom of note on it
didnt realise he was still doing the monologues on record... he does them live quite a bit still, but i think less than he used to. funny man.
you should definitely try to read his 2 volume autobiography, one of the best books ever written about music. gives a very good idea of his headspace and ideas. tis called Head On/Repossessed...
if i dont see you beforehand i'll let you borrow it come Field Day
but he absolutely loves Gong, so he's ok by me
after that it was all down hill. His live shows got longer and longer (3 hours +) and his sleeve notes more and more self-righteous.
he's a formidable writer - 'Head On/Repossessed' is my favourite rock book of all time. In fact, it's possibly my favourite book of all time full stop...
If you're unsure where to start and on a budget, 'Floored Genius' is a pretty good Best Of, it covers his early career (1979-1991, including The Teardrop Explodes) and you can usually pick it up for a fiver or so. It makes a good companion piece to 'Head On/Repossessed' as well, seeing as it covers the same period of time.
Avoid the other, somewhat pointless Teardrop-only compilations like the plague.
If you're going to pick one actual album to get you started... hmmm... I'd actually recommend 'Wilder', the second Teardrop Explodes album, which was pretty much a Julian Cope solo album anyway considering it's the sound of someone going completely insane, disguised as a major label pop record. No-one bought it at the time, but it's now generally considered to be ace.