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Is fucking amazing. I doubt many DiS users give much of a fuck about him, but I just needed to get that off my chest.
and so do quite few others on here if a recent "what album should i buy" thread is anything to go by.
because of his genre hopping and occasional holier-than-thou pronouncement, but that run of albums from 1977 to 1984 or so is unmatched. Apparently his new one is a return to angry rock music (with Jenny Lewis on BVs) in much the same way as the underrated When I Was Cruel but he's chosen to release it early on vinyl only so all the US reviews go "ooh, I have to turn it over!"
I've also been hoovering up his records from Oxfam Music. A lot of his best stuff was released before I was born, but when I listen to the pap that's on the radio now I tend to pine for his bilious lyrics and sneering delivery.
There was a brilliant clip on that Stiff documentary on BBC4 recently of his doing 'Red Shoes' on TOTP. He's playing what is ostensibly a pop song (albeit one with amusingly snotty lyrics), but doing so with such malice that it's utterly captivating.