That song still pains me you know. That was the moment that people either GOT Arab Strap, or sentenced them to a life of obscure gigs and generic reviews, and few people other than Mark & Lard in the press tried to help out it seemed.
Had they succeeded... who knows...
I got my mate into Arab Strap by doing him a 90 minute tape of all my favourite songs of theirs. Then I missed all the others I'd left off, and did another. I had enough left over for another side, and that was 3 studio albums, several e.p.s and a few dozen live favourites ago
Truly one day I hope, no pray, people give this band the respect they are due...
The best band of my generation
I love the record, and its standout moments were also the sets better points (like "cathkin braes")
could be our new arab strap!
and it was the best song of the evening, imho, which is saying something...
for my fanzine. it's here should you wanna relive the glory days...
Probably some supergroup featuring ex-members of Arab Strap, Mclusky, Ikara Colt, KaitO, Sleater Kinney and DFA1979...
came out in 2001?????
next you'll be telling me there isn't going to be another Ikara Colt record!
4 years and counting...
the best album of 2006 was by Muse?
guys... we need to talk
and thought to myself:
pop music is in a very healthy state right now...
muse - ridiculous 70's video one
amy winehouse - rehab
girls aloud - something kinda ooh
justin timberlake - both singles
outkast - idlwild
jamelia - personal jesus...sorry.. it's just a sample...
great stuff, all of it! at least 5 of my singles of the year have gone top 5 in these last 12 months...
"the twat in the hat"
bit harsh, as i love his collected output. but there's some things that even celebs can't get away with...
I miss them so much - didn't get a booklet though - whats in it???
and is there another version of "girl i loved before i fucked" around then? Thought it was a new track for this record...
probably the best band in the world ever
bugger. foolish ol' me
well it was still the best thing i heard DURING September! Hah!
For a start, 2/3's of those albums physically CAN'T be listened to on buses as they're so bloody quiet. So to block out the sound of local yoofs bombarding my local vicinity with their awful sub-standard garage anthems played through their fecking phones, you need some dirty electronica...
And I mean REAL dirty...
My, he's a multi-talented guy...
thats pretty harsh.
its got 3 fillers on it, and they're not worthy of the devotion some people are giving them, but it's a damn fine party record.
w.a.y.u.h is great fun
and "the sunshine underground"? better?
means that surely you have to reach a modest level of performance in the first place?
that first track was off the new record eh?
i've got it, and listened to it about 3 times now, but never recognised it when i heard it live or listened to the lp since.
i'll go check it out again...
i reviewed it too on my mag:
arab strap albums in order of merit you say?
1. the red thread
2. mad for sadness (live record)
3. monday at the hug and pint
5. the cunted circus (live album)
6. the last romance
7. elephant shoe
8. the week never starts around here
thier site has some great from mp3's, rarities and videos on it btw
i got sent it to review for the fanzine, had no real interest in it initially and then realised about 6 weeks later that i hadn't been listening to anything else during that period
8 is fair though as a couple of tracks do drag, and it can be a bit monotonous
it it "oh my gosh" part 2
thankfully the album is a bit better than that
check out fujiya & miyagi
they're class as well, and maybe even better
like the best bits of xtrmntr, miss kittin and justice whacked together
are the finest set i have seen since the heady days of mclusky / arab strap / mogwai / idlewild / radiohead at their best
what ever happened to that notion eh?
meaning its usually shit, by orson or both of the forementioned. but for once they got it bang on
actually, in all fairness to the dj's they often plug good sotw's, its merely that they have to surround it with 57 piss weak feeder, rhcp and keane tracks
much like a whole heap of bands that the media loved at the time (keane, magic numbers, razorlight, darkness, glc), i can see some serious caning's ahead for these folks come second album time...
actually from DiS? I recognised some of the names, but didn't know you all actually got to share the music around. on our mag, we all just have a copy each and deal with different labels independently
they're full of comments like:
"And I love the album"
"The album's even better"
"The album is one of the years best"
Hello???? It's not out for another 3 weeks yet, and my advance promo copy of it only got here 2 days ago. Are you all time travelling Doctor Who companions with a CD rack the size of the TARDIS???
You're all wrong anyway. The Radiohead album due out in 2011 is the best album. EVER.
and worlds apart, three tracks apart, sucked ass
gave it about 15 listens convinced i'd love it one day
i'd advise signing up to the underworld live site. there's loads of off-cuts, early demos, video's, photos and about 40 live tracks, 2/3's of which have never been released elsewhere.
i luv this band. i went to glasto to see blur in 1998. on the way there, i felt like i just HAD to hear "rez" live. i then danced my ass off in 3 feet of mud and rain for 2 hours and nearly cried when they left the stage...
3 albums in, same subject matter, only this time over the top of a sub-standard "Annie" tune (who is much better)
thank god he came on when he did.
until then, i didn't think i was going to get a chance to nip down the pub for some grub...
"the woods" was probably their best album to date too. gutted...
you guys should check out "quasi" if you get withdrawl symptoms from janet ("the best drummer / harmonica / singer all at once" person ever)
"stop crying your heart out' was the most poignant moment of the last world cup, and they're clearly perfect for an england tune:
know 4 chords, write stomping choruses have a limited vocabulary. they'd have done a cracker...
i don't think i could handle going out with a fellow national, arab strap and art brut fan
that'd be like snogging a mirror?
that looked best with her short, swept over hair in that slow ballad of theirs that goes "if you ever see the day / heartache leads astray"
cheryl tweedy is the one who goes out with ashley cole and looked most lush in the "love machine" video
nadine coyle used to be the best looking one during the first album phase, but has recently been overtaken by...
kimberly, who came into her own around the time of the "love actually" tie-in release that was "jump". as did
nicola (aka "the ginger one" - she has a name you know?), who has the best legs out of all of them
looks aside, it should also be noted that girls aloud have made approximately 87% of all the good pop music since the turn of the millennium...
and they could kick the shit out of "the like", who are just plain crapola on every level
kenickie were 1000 times better than 98% of anything else ever created
she was asked before she got "ill", so it was always on the cards
you want something a bit party-ish on a sunday too otherwise you flag and bugger off early.
give me kylie, the foo fighters or the fucking red fucking hot fucking chilli fucking peppers fucks, and i know who i'll be drooling over...
but aren't tracks 4-7 terminally dull?
if jack white wasn't in the band, i doubt any of us would have got round to spinning it twice
i thought at first it was a rip off of those old 70's bands, but i think its cleverer than that and somehow manages to avoid cliche / pastiche a la the darkness
i'd give it a go. gets better with every listen. not amazingly new, more of a solid move on from those iconic bands i'd say
"So that was the first big theft of the weekend, starts Thursday as usual sitting in Nick's Roast Beef Restaurant, where again no one gets extra Yorkshires. Later on I do my sound-bloke routine by approaching some Red-neck waitress about the possibility of a shag.
Shouldn't have bothered....."
was (arguably) their best record yet.
10 tracks for Â£4, all of them new (or new versions) and bridging that dangerous void they teeter on of obscure honky tonk weirdness and timeless pop classics
"gallowsbird.." was great too, so hope they're a bit more in that territory than that one they did with their nan...
that was years ago - get over it!
"Don't... give... up, you GOT the music in you!"
the "more content" to the right of this piece read:
Frank Skinner and Robert Smith triumph at the Ivors
Now that would've been a story....
5. sound of the underground
3. no good advice
2. grafitti my soul
1. the show
is quite blatant isn't it?
just that i got in trouble from a friend for saying it sounded like "iggy pop" fronting a track with bits of "muse" guitar wank thrown in...
which i thought was fairly appropriate?
you could go to their myspace page and listen to the whole ecord there?
it does get better after a few listens, but i'm still not 100% won over
i saw them at the 100 club, and they blew me away - and thats before i got addicted to the record - so god only knows just how amazing they'll be at ATP
did you catch kaitO, or is that another night?