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Just thought they deserved some discussion. I could listen to Secondhand Daylight forever.
They're brilliant, of course. The first three albums are phenomenal, and they were still storming when they reunited recently. Likey.
Wonderful band, incredible synergy, so influential in so many ways. I actually believe that they kept on getting better throughout that trilogy, insofar as TCUOS is the tightest, most fat-free of the records*, but there's all-time material throughout. I think if I had to pick one Magazine song it'd be off the first album, namely the unimpeachable Motorcade, although there are genuinely 15 songs off albums 2 and 3 that run it fucking close (closest? probably Back To Nature, You Never Knew Me and Song From Under The Floorboards). And 'My Tulpa' is the best song Roxy Music never wrote.
*also the most devastating break-up album ever, as I once discovered to my cost. Sweetheart Contract was especially grim/fantastic
I imagine it would be a great break up album though! It is my favourite of the trilogy, I also really like The Peel Sessions. So well recorded. My favourite track is probably Model Worker.
and I pray you never have to hear it in that context :P
I always thought bands like Magazine, Joy Division and The Sound were kind of meant to be heard in a certain context though. Pretty much just those that find happiness in misery.
Along with Peter Hook. I love the sound of chorus and plectrum on a Rickenbacker 4003. Give Me Everything is THE song to learn if you want to play sweet bass.
is a source of wonder and joy for me
That's a good'un.
Howard Devoto's cameo in 24 Hour Party People is very good.
is probably my favourite album title.
I think they were far better than Joy Division (who I also love).
they're the third-best, as proven by science - if they'd stayed good for longer, who knows?
4th-best then - but for some reason I don't think of The Fall as post-punk - they're post-William-Blake if anything
As much as I hate the guy. Fuck him and his songs about self-reliance. But yeah it goes Joy Divsion > The Sound> Magazine > Echo and the Bunnymen for me.
It's called No Thyself and sounds like it was recorded in 1980, which is obviously a good thing. Don't expect Real Life part two but it's probably the best thing Devoto has done since Magazine broke up (apart from the glorious Mansun collaborations anyway...)
It's so strange that it hasn't had any attention.
in that it sounds like a deliberate attempt to capture the sound and feeling of the first two albums rather than being any kind of different beast. It's good, but it sounds a little...calculated.
I didn't know at all. Thanks a lot for this.