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is fucking incredible
I last played Mall Monarch by Compulsion on 15th December 2013. Wow, that is ages.
After discussing bands who played The Venue in New Cross.
The Astoria 2. Rub Ultra and Skunk Annie were support acts. It was around June 1994 during my A'Levels.
Blessed Ethel was my first gig with the Wishplants (my own pick for this thread!) at the Windsor Old Trout....decent them both. The latter had a large crusty following I recall. I also saw compulsion at the venue and later SMASH (my wife to be was also there a couple of years before we met). Good thread, this.
The Strange Death Of Liberal England
Mower get mentioned on a Ricky Gervais XFm show
planik said she loves 'feels so good'
thought about them 2 years ago I reckon.
I just listened to Come Back Around! Tune.
It was literally about half an hour before I started reading this thread and saw your post.
One Minute Silence
with new haircuts
Got an email asking me to put on their singer doing an acoustic thing a couple of months ago.
He's really entertaining and gets bums on seats wherever he goes - win/win.
they had posters for him and also the guy from the Bluetones solo and the guy from the Subways solo and someone else I can't remember.
Their latest album is part one of a trilogy and they still tour the UK and play at festivals, so still doing bits.
Of a band who actually got a lot better after everyone forgot about them
Which of the latest stuff have you liked?
Herald Moth in particular did a great job of mixing technical metal with huge choruses. Their lyrics are as terrible as ever though.
Dave does include some utterly brilliant lyrics at times but the clangers typically stand out more.
HM is a wet dream for both actual and air guitarists and I really liked 3/4 songs from The Pride (which is a solid effort throughout in ay case).
Thought new single Hymn: Ivory Elder was them turning a new page - catchy as fuck, uncomplicated production. And, again, on new album Trilogy: Dawn there is a run of 4 songs in a row that I've had on repeat recently.
They are doing a mini-tour playing the first two albums back-to-back in September - nostalgia fest!
Thought about them a couple of weeks back
Resist was a really defining album for me at 13, so I come back to them periodically and think 'hey this is actually quite good'.
13 was mostly Jurassic 5. I had a Lamacq Live on tape that I used to absolutely rinse. That and Seal. Lots of Seal. Don't club his pups etc.
and every time I listen to it I think she sounds like Lene Marlin.
Also, I think of her every time anyone asks what the first album I ever bought was.
Thought about him last week when looking at an old FB thread where I tried to win my ex-girlfriend tickets to an XFM competition to win a private gig with him (lol).
played Naxalite and Taa Deem to myself the other day, ironically, to remind myself of them.
So were mentioned multiple times in their mail-outs.
This was in 2012. Who the fuck discovers fucking Millburn in 2012?!
Mentioned them in a review I read recently.
Like the way this thread is basically V98 though!
The Towers of London
I'm sorry to hear that
to impress an attractive girl who asked me if I was in a band, during my first year of uni
Touring in October, troops.
Did you know they have split in two: Tucker/Evans' Tank and Algy Ward's Tank?
Choose your favourite:
part of the horrible novelty UK Garage throwback trend sweeping London (via Essex and the Home Counties, I can only assume)
it's been a thing here for about four years too, thanks to the same two promoters
she keeps popping up all over the place
although obviously way after I left.
who wanted to know? nobody.
I think of Jimmy Ray reasonably often - any time I hear someone say who wants to know or whatever.
I asked the guy who sits opposite me if he was Jimmy Ray the other day.
I listen to Washed Out all the time, and have bits of his tracks as my ringtones. so definitely not.
And you know why? Because I doubt there's anyone here who even knew about them in the first place.
Made me annual joke about them performing on the OtherS tage at Glastonbury only last week.
early 00s brit rock along these lines
like a crap placebo
can't remember the name
maybe this should be a thread
That's all I got
Annoyingly someone mentioned them the other day.
i think it was one word that wasn't a real word but was trying to sound dead clever like
(sorry Seymour, if you're reading)
was in a bar where there was a poster for their TWO NIGHT RESIDENCY
$20 per night
I have been listening to them quite regularly over the last few weeks. Thought I'd dig that album out. It's still pretty good imo.
about homages and transparent influences, where someone was complaining that clap your hands say yeah were crap when they didn't sound like a talking heads rip
I came to post Compulsion but someone unbelievably got there first.
Good one, had genuinely completely forgotten they existed.
I think Xylo posted them on fb a few weeks ago. Which lead to talking about Kinesis.
christ it's awful
this is still a banger
Really not a fan of twee Scottish indiepop (which makes me somewhat of an outsider up here), but Aberfeldy were great! Riley Briggs still seems to appear every so often to do live sets in random pubs in Edinburgh. Will need to check him out sometime.
he is always all over Twitter. and i always have the ATR live album going round and round in my head.
but this is DiS, so
whenever anyone mentions stockton...
heard them mentioned a couple times recently
see also: the sleepy jackson
I listen to The Open and Longview all the time, love 'em. The Blueskins though, they were shite. I wish I could forget them.
Also, I accidentally this'd your post.
Another one I was a big fan of.
What a tune:
Swedish punk pop band that had a couple of songs on the Evening Session in late 90's.
first album on my iPod!
brilliant band on Fierce Panda around the same time as Easyworld.
Seem to be so forgotten (apart from by me) I can't find anything on youtube apart from this one song
while deleting some albums from the mp3 player to create space for a couple of new ones. Killings From The Dial was allowed to stay, obviously.
I think I might've seen them for the first time at an Easyworld show actually. Seem to recall Mark and Lard playing them on Radio 1 a couple of times - Killings From the Dial is a full-on overlooked gem.
Medium 21 actually released 'new' stuff this year: https://play.spotify.com/album/25riVxAXIwtlUUA2GOEZ6l
It's really good too.
(mentioned upthread, shut this shit down)
(mentioned in Eric's thread).
Would've loved to have at least stick around long enough for a second album.
Intermittently think about these
talked to him once and said i'd bought his records and he went 'you got ripped off'
so think of them often.
Both albums were solid gold
as another great band from that era but I think about them all the time.
All the time.
Decent-ish lp on Sub pop back in the day
Mainly I want to hear them and then get frustrated that they aren't on Deezer. They are an amazing band though,
of the earlier band stuff
that no one has thought about for so long that their name has literally disappeared.
Something to do with ponies.
Debbie Googe's post-MBV band from 1997-ish.
great band, still going, Sarah Jones yo.
what an awful name for a band.
think about them everytime i see a performance of hot chip on tv/internet
had literally totally forgotten their existence
One of my favourite bands, had one of their albums on yesterday.
said he was writing/recording with Ulrika again, but that was last year and it didn't sound like anything was imminent. The Debt Collection was superbly ramshackle.
I've never heard of The Shortwave Set.
(they've cocked up the tracklisting on Spotify, typical)
saw the at Porto Primavera last year.
Think one of them is in Factory Floor now.
I was listening to Norwich/Norfolk bands for half a day.
Pebble in my shoe is regularly in my head -though far from their best tune its like a modern day nursery rhyme - and I've regaled it to my non plussed offspring on many an occasion
the original version of LP2 is supposed to be released soonish.
If not, surely Moby?
Think about him every time I listen to Eminem.
Eminem would be a great answer.
If not, Terris!
if only so they can say 'no-one remembers Terris do they? They were on the front page of the NME you know! Crazy days...'
LOL apart from all those poor pledgers AmIRite?!
Remember when they used to be huge.
Pre-Aqualung band of Matt Hales. Also the band that followed them, The '45's. I had a live DVD of them supporting Suede (I think).
Just saw that Colin Macintyre is doing a talk and a live gig at Edinburgh Book Festival.
listen to him all the time, soz
viet cong. they really should have handled the name criticism better.
and ...kaiser chiefs?
On almost a daily basis
Shut Your Eyes and You'll Burst Into Flames
Me and Him Call It Us
Listen intermittently to them. Scrape the sky is a strong pop tune and I genuinely love Everything in life.sleepwalking has some good moments too.
I listen to We Be On Fire and Drop The Bomb fairly regularly
The Academy Is...
Boy Kill Boy
From a 99p store
you utter clor.
think about phantom planet at least once a month, mainly because of california
was a bit disappointed.
I think they still play in Weymouth....
9/10 DIS superstars
listened to What I Always Wanted the other day
First band I ever interviewed back in the day while they were on their first ever headline tour of UK, just after they'd played a few dates with Slipknot of all bands
that always makes me think Kittie has a new album out.
the late 90s/early 00s is probably a goldmine for this thread.
(til I read an old review of something else today that referred to them)
everyone tried to forget they ever liked them
Can't believe this got 1 million vues...
His last album ISAM was a lot of fun.
Listen to Love + Pain about once a month.
All time for me.
(this is the band I was actually trying to remember)
when the libertines did glasto everyone probably was reminded of all the stuff lumped in with them/rode on their coatails. just been on their last.fm page. yeti, wolfman, queens of noize, the others, special needs and the paddingtons, littlans.
i guess all of the bands that were lumped in with/came after the arctic monkeys too.
what's the equivalent today? are there bands who are desperate to be the new mumford and sons?
people still talk about cajun dance party and remember other bands that people were in before they got more famous (the one little boots was in, the one fat white family used to be, les incompetents etc.).
also a genuine answer can't be bands like the long blondes always were a bit/are now cult.
i reckon one of them myspace bands that added everyone and toured loads would be a legitimate answer.
They were also stylistically more influenced by 60s sounds then the Libertines Still pretty average though.
To answer your question, there is no smiler band right now. I think part of the reason why The Libartines had many copy-cat bands is because they inspired a generation, of not particularly talented teens, to pick up a guitar and join a band. With the industry in full swing the A&R men were only happy to sign as many bands as possible to cash in on this wave of garage tinged landfill indie. That whole movement had completely run out of steam by 2008. When those teens grew up and the quality had deteriorated to the point that the Pigeon Detectives were leading figures of the movement.
Music has now changed, being more diverse, but with a bit less money in it for guitar groups. NME and Q no longer have the power they once did.
Weren't Mumford & Sons really just copying the moderate success Noah & the Whale? (had members from the same public schools coincidentally). But apart from them the major radio stations are hardly filled with banjo playing groups. Artists like Sam Smith, Sam Ezra and Ed Sheeran are better examples to see what sort of sounds are selling.
As for copycat teenagers in indie bands, most of the amateur gigs I have been to in the last few years have at least 1 act trying to copy the Foals or Wild Beasts. But they are unlikely to be signed as there just isn't the same market there once was for guitar bands with floppy hair cuts.
Sorry I've had a bad day.
I love Papa and Found
Scissors for Lefty
a compilation tracklist on a website this morning
the reynolds girls
Do Me Bad Things
sometimes rehearsed at the same place I did with my various band - bloody nine of them gadding about!
Saw on Twitter over the weekend that DMBT have reformed and played The Lexington.
though I long for the day when Ferment is recognized as being clearly superior to Ride's Nowhere.
That are in entrenched my personal top 20...ferment and chrome definitely due the reissue treatment with some of those amazing b sides and EP tracks. I also wore my Catherine wheel t shirt the other day.
always worth having them on the 'pod
The Shout Out Louds
Saves The Day
The Starting Line
New Found Glory
spectacularly shit band
always about ten used 7" singles by them in my nearest record store
How bad they were. All of those new radioheads/new coldplays were so bad. South. Jeez.
and to a lesser extent new found glory on the reg
and Best of Me by Starting Line often makes an appearance
as they were the first band on supporting The Bluetones. Geneva were the second.
known mostly for the singer getting his ass beat by Jack White.
and a gig at the Camden Palace.
Within the first minute Dez is out with a fucking eagle on his arm and an American flag over his shoulder - I thought Hacksaw Jim Duggan had replaced him!
...other early 2000s R&B also rans.
Official Secrets Act
The Rumble Strips
bar maximo park and art brut
Next big thing aint they.
and pretty much 90% of the "nu-rave" bands
I think there might be a new record on the way too.
They did some gigs last year iirc but don't think many here would recall them frequently.
listened to Say It Like You Mean It today
the other day - 'Sunshine'.
It's more about someone being their sunshine - it's pretty bland, so can't recollect off top of my head.
by these lads.
"Boops" - lost classic
Also, who remembers that shit band Catch from the 90's.
watching a video of her tearing down the video and song for friday
was one of those moments where you think to yourself 'i should really go to bed' but you're compelled onwards
flat out classic
there's always someone here who is their biggest fan ever and will defend them to the death
not even joking
I still maintain their second album was an overlooked gem.
went n saw them a couple months back, they were good
it was shite
I met Martin Tomlinson at a friend's 30th last year.
Good guy, very passionate, with some fetching floral jumpers.
half-decent album AND a christmas album last year
but i can't remember their name, maybe tre_cools_sticks will know
it was a female fronted nu metal band and the singer had blonde dreadlocks and i think the band's name was her name
but they were a blonde dreadlocked female fronted nu-metal band...
are Arch Enemy, In This Moment and Rayna Foss had blonde dreads for a spell while in Coal Chamber (I think in at least one video).
Sure it wasn't just Blondie with the volume turned right up?
i'll try and find them
but couldn't recall her with dreads. Good work!
A canadian kid who transferred to my high school was obsessed with them. Fairly sure they fit the bill...
By the X (as no one calls them) is incredible - one of the very best shoegazing tunes. Wendys had strong moments. Love the one about pulling fingers off. Sleep Freak was the one strong moment I recall from heavy stereo before Gem joined an obscure outfit I can't recall the name of.
- the occasional dusting off of 'Bodies' does not count ;-p
Loved these - got all the singles, the EP and the full-length album.
what was that one song
at least once a week, usually much more, ever since I first heard it. Not sure the tune is right and everyone finds it really annoying.
or his cover of Psycho Killer
that's the one
Had a song called Drew Barrymore played on the Evening Session in late 90's. I picked up their two albums for pence years ago, weren't bad in a 90's indie kind of way.
Drew Barrymore doesn't seem to be on youtube, this was another single:
Another late 90's Evening Session one hit wonder with Kirsten's Beach. Great song though.
did they get a bit done over or something?
Lost track after their second album but I'm pretty sure there was a third
Leila and Toby formed Roman Remains and played some gigs last year. Ollie is the drummer in F.U.R.S. and Mark was loking after Gary Numan's US Tour last year. Luke was busy decorating!
I couldn't even think of her name at first
Seriously what the hell? Is he in hiding still from the United Nations fiasco
That everyone made a massive deal about the Verve reforming.
It's amazing in its own special way
I won't lie. Really love listening to a bit of Enigma. File under Mike Oldfield's Songs of Distant Earth.
I listen to Katie W probably once a week.
Give their stuff a listen every summer.
thanks guys i'll be here all week
Smashing! A couple of years ago I shouted at the radio, when he appeared on the 6music roundtable talking shit about Steve Mason.
"Nobody should be making music like that in 2013", he drawled in his posh punchable voice that's so posh, and so punchable, he might as well be called Tristan.
"Who made you the arbiter of what is and isn't allowed, Patrick?" I screamed.
...unlike Steve Mason who was a gem and a gent.
When liking them actually earned indie points
An Emotional Fish
Voice of the Beehive
Biggest band on earth for about five minutes then not only forgotten about but seemingly erased from history.
Audioslave not so much...
and follow them on Twitter
Mostly when I've been going for 3 hours and have ran out of songs people actually know. See also: about half of Alkaline Trio's back catalogue, ditto Smashing Pumpkins (though they are obviously more famous and go down quite well).
They don't know what their missing tho.
this thread is a roaring success
is beyond my wildest dreams
where's sean when you need him to confirm some stats?
Specifically if I could find their unreleased second album anywhere (I couldn't).
(Heretic, what a song).
I have a Fields pencil case so actually think about them sometimes. Plus they sent out mix CDs with loads of AMAZING bands on in the mid-00s. Got into loads of stuff via that. So good.
and should have been much bigger given the label they were on. I was a fan of the EP's but thought the album lacked something.
I thought their best song was Isabel which wasnt on the album either
I quite liked the album actually.
about crappy soundtracks to marvel movies.
Donnas albums on my iPod.
Meet them at a Tower Records signing once - my mate and I saw the bass player browsing the shelves and he said "Excuse me, are you the bass player in the Donnas?" and she ran away!
due to getting tendonitis from holding the drumsticks incorrectly.
You can tell she wasn't the most technically proficient player in the world - by that I mean she never looked relaxed, sometimes struggling to maintain fast punk-y beats live. I know what that is like from experience; I learnt how to become more relaxed in my playing but I assume she didn't and sadly did herself a shoulder or arm mischief (can't remember specifically).
She once dated a certain Mr Tre Cool for a while - her playing on the Donnas album recorded around that period certainly had her displaying a more intricate playing style. Friends with benefits indeed!
Unless dan_thw has thought about them lately (Hi Dan!).
As in, "I can't believe an EP released in 2015 by Young Knives is this good".
It sounds like Gang of Four covering King Crimson.
Pretty Girls Make Graves
And thought of Queen Adreena (of course)
We Smoke Fags
Every day I use the lyrics of "That Boy That Girl" as a search string on Craigslist
Kerrang's great white hope to be the next Muse. Arrived on shitloads of hype. Toured with everyone; Biffy, Oceansize, Milo, etc and absolutely no-one gave a fuck.
Their album kind of shrugged its way onto the shelves and vanished without a trace. I found one on ebay and bought it out of morbid curiosity more than anything.
Still find it hard to believe that a band can come out, get A-listed on all the music video sites, release high profile singles and literally vanish. It was almost magic. That isn't to say they were good - but even folks like InMe left some impression behind. These kids? nada.
Music For Nations were bought out by Sony weeks after releasing it, and Sony gave not one fuck to do any promo for XisLOADED.
Same thing happened to Amplifier.
xil were my first thought for this thread too.
It's still amazing.
THE DEATH OF TWO SINGER-QUASARS
When a person gets into their 70s, as I did in 2014, celebrities from the worlds of the movies and television, from the music world, indeed, from many worlds of popular culture, begin to die like flies. That metaphor may be a bit too strong, but their deaths are periodic occurrences which begin to dot the landscape of one’s life-narrative. I write below about the lives and deaths of two famous people in the last four months, people from popular culture, people who were out on the distant periphery of my life experience, my life-narrative.
Percy Sledge, who recorded the classic 1966 soul ballad When a Man Loves a Woman, died aged 73, at his home in Baton Rouge Louisiana. I remember that song which was released in April 1966. That was the last month of my three year B.A. degree in sociology. I was 21, a member of the Baha’i community of Dundas Ontario, and about to get married and pioneer to the Canadian Arctic for the Baha’i community of Canada.
Sledge died early on 14/4/’15. He had been diagnosed with liver cancer in early 2014. Sledge’s first recording took him from being a hospital orderly to a long touring career averaging 100 performances a year. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005. Between 1966 and 1968, Sledge used his forlorn, crying vocal style to record a series of southern soul standards. While his first hit When a Man Loves a Woman was by far his most famous song, other popular singles included Take Time to Know Her and It Tears Me Up.
By 1968 he had largely fallen from commercial favour, though songs like Take Time to Know Her continued to be revered by soul fans. By 1968, I was living on the 5th biggest island in the world, Baffin Island, and teaching Inuit children. Sledge, who had been only a faint light on my event horizon, had completely disappeared into one of the many black holes into which so much of popular culture disappeared during my lifespan. In later years, Sledge continued to be in demand as a performer in the US and Europe. When a Man Loves a Woman has continued to pop up in movies, including The Big Chill and The Crying Game. But Sledge had gone, until a news-event in April 2015 brought him back onto my event horizon.
Cilla Black, a 1960s pop star championed by The Beatles, became one of Britain's best-loved television presenters. She died yesterday, as I write these words, on Sunday 2 August 2015, in Spain. The 72-year-old was found at her home near Marbella Spain. The Daily Telegraph and Daily Mirror newspapers reported the event quoting Spanish police.
Big hearted and full of laughs, this working-class redhead from Liverpool was a fixture on British television screens for more than 50 years, known just by her first name. She started out working in the cloakroom at the Cavern club, where fellow Liverpudlians The Beatles were first spotted, before taking to the stage as a singer herself. The band championed Black and introduced her to their manager Brian Epstein, who signed her.
Black released her first single in 1963 and the following year had two Number One hits, "You're My World" and "Anyone Who Had a Heart". The former Song was number 1 in the UK at the end of May 1964. I was just completing the first year of my B.A. degree at McMaster university in the lunch-pail city of Hamilton Ontario.
She went on to release 14 albums. In 1968 she began hosting her own television talk show, beginning a broadcasting career that saw her present some of Britain's most popular programmes over half a century. I knew little to nothing about TV in the U.K. and little about TV in Canada since these were the years in which I had no TV.
Actress Joan Collins was one of the first to pay tribute, saying on Twitter that she was "sad and shocked" and adding: "She was a resplendent and rare talent." Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon described her as "one of my childhood idols". "My earliest memory of having a tantrum was over Cilla. I wanted her album. My mum and dad said no — my grandad said yes. I was 4," the Scottish nationalist leader said.
Black was made an OBE in 1997 and last year was given a special award from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), which called her an "icon". In its citation, BAFTA said she had hosted more than 500 television shows and made around 400 guest appearances on others, regularly drawing audiences of 18 million people. Black was married to Bobby Willis, who became her manager and who died in 1999. They had three sons as well as a daughter who died in infancy.
These two names were completely
unknown to me until their deaths
were announced in the print and
electronic media: 4/’15 to 8/’15.
There are so many names now from
popular culture & academic culture,
people who have come into my life
like distant stars in a far-off galaxy,
or exploding quasars1 of immense
luminosity, but here today & gone
tomorrow into a hole for those who
speak no more or even sing no more.
Perhaps, though, like quasars, they
will go on emitting light for billions
of years in a world beyond this world
only to merge over time into one of the
black holes in, say, 3 to 5 billion years.
1 Quasars, or quasi-stellar radio sources, are the most energetic and distant members of a class of objects called active galactic nuclei (AGN). Quasars are extremely luminous and were first identified as being high redshift sources of electromagnetic energy, including radio waves and visible light, that appeared to be similar to stars, rather than extended sources similar to galaxies. Their spectra contain very broad emission lines, unlike any known from stars, hence the name "quasi-stellar." Their luminosity can be 100 times greater than that of the Milky Way. Most quasars were formed approximately 12 billion years ago caused by collisions of galaxies and their central black holes merging to form a supermassive black hole.
that and I'm always hearing people go on about that song and that one Len song as being some sort of greatest of all time, which just strikes me as really sad.
Greatest one-hit wonder of all time? Quite possibly.
I like how including a former member of Third Eye Blind was their claim to fame.
Lotion (full Isaac got 9/10 in NME in the days it was worth reading and VILLAGE voice LP of 94) - in my all time top 10
Madder Rose - considering how amazing they were and they headlined second stage of Reading they are quite overlooked. Bring it down in my all-time top 3. Saw them and Lotion play a great gif at the Astoria too. And I'd also choose the below bands Scarce (v good), mambo taxi (can't recall but riot grrl ish maybe), Cell (good and fact fans jonny greenwood wrote their t shirt on Pop is dead photo), Adorable (brilliant - please reform and due reissue treatment!), State river widening (early music is a post rock hidden gem), Film School (acclaimed but overlooked - still love their debut), Foreign Born (another strong 00s post punk influenced act).
I have a glorious 7" by them (desertesque) , and an LP which is great too. One was in Ellis Island Sound who i also have a nice 7" by, but no LP.
The 2nd album would have been amazing.
Soup was an incredible album. Was never into much of the later stuff though.
Gescom too while we're at it.
Listen to Soup at least once a month
The Bell Rays
All those 2002 new rock You Cock revolution bands.
on Tuesday and he mentioned revisiting them earlier that same day.
poorman's Sugar Ray
Only made one album which was a bit of a belter - then split up about a year later.
If we ain't got that then we ain't got much, and we ain't got nothing.
as it was revealed Katy Perry sang back-up for them back in 2006 - incredible scenes, but not when considering both start off in christian rock.
Came out with this single, 'Like A Feather' in 2001 and disappeared after that.
?uestlove, Pino Palladino and Billy Preston played on her album (released the year after D'Angelo's 'Voodoo', featuring ?uestlove and Pino) and no-one I know has ever heard of her.