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were fucking great.
I was listening to Club Country this weekend and it just struck me how good it was.
the sulk album is one of the lost gems of the eighties
what a voice
really fascinating band history too. I long to hear Party Fears Two in a club.
Maybe I should just start my own club night that no one would come too just so I can hear this sort of stuff when out. Or, y'know, seek out new club nights.
Tom Doyle's biography on Billy MacKenzie is great, though obviously not exactly happy reading.
but him getting a seperate hotel room for his dogs whilst (not) recording Sulk is sheer genius!
Can you believe that in that one year, we lost Billy, Jeff Buckley AND Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. 1997 sucks.
Billy also inspired two of my favourite songs, "William, It Was Really Nothing" by The Smiths and "Cut Here" by The Cure:
"So dizzy Mr. Busy - Too much rush to talk to Billy
All the silly frilly things have to first get done
In a minute - sometime soon - maybe next time - make it June
Until later... doesn't always come
It's so hard to think "It ends sometime
And this could be the last
I should really hear you sing again
And I should really watch you dance"
Because it's hard to think
"I'll never get another chance
To hold you... to hold you... "
and have been listening to it on and off ever since.
I downloaded their first album "The affectionate punch" last night and listened to it for the first time in decades today.
It's amazing so I'll be handing over a fiver for it in the near future.
Alan Rankine was from my hometown of Linlithgow.
He ended up running the music course at Stow College that led to the release of Tigermilk, and early releases by Snow Patrol and Biffy Clyro.