Friday, November 17, 2017

Love and Rockets: Earth Sun Moon (1987)

The third album from Love and Rockets produced a genuine hit with No New Tale to Tell. It's a good song, but I wonder why there wasn't a hit from either of the first two records. Also, there are better songs on this record than the hit, but that is usually the case.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Love and Rockets: Kundalini Express (1986)

This single seems not to have been released in Canada. This UK pressing contains the title track, plus Lucifer Sam (again), and Holiday on the Moon.

It looks as though the band loved the cover art for All in My Mind so much that they simply recycled it here.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Love and Rockets: All in My Mind (1986)

I'm not sure if this is an EP or a 12" single, for it contains six tracks. There are two version of the title track, Inside the Outside (once again), Angels and Devils, Holiday on the Moon, and a cover of Syd Barrett's Lucifer Sam. It's a cool record.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Love and Rockets: Express (1986)

I have a bit of a Frankenstein copy of this record. The jacket on my copy is from a Canadian pressing, but the vinyl is the US pressing. As such, the pressing contains Ball of Confusion, a tune that is not on the Canadian pressing, and not listed on my jacket, probably because that track was included on the Canadian pressing of Seventh Dream of Teenage Heaven. So the US pressing of the LP has nine tracks, while the Canadian has eight. I have no idea how or why the jacket or record was swapped with another. I guess these things happen. This LP also came with a two foot by three foot poster.

My favourite track from this record has always been Yin And Yang The Flower Pot Man. I've always loved that song. The LP version clocks in at over six minutes. The single version is two minutes shorter. I also love Kundalini Express, but all of the songs are great. Even Allmusic agrees.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Love and Rockets: Seventh Dream of Teenage Heaven (1985)

The word that would best describe this feeling
Would be haunted
I touch the clothes you left behind
That still retain your shape and lines
Still haunted
I trace the outline of your eyes
We're in the mirror hypnotized
I'm haunted
I find a solitary hair
Gone and still I reminisce
I'm haunted

I have two pressings of this LP. The first is the original UK pressing, which lacks the first single, Ball of Confusion. That UK pressing contains only seven tracks. On the Canadian pressing, which I also have, Ball of Confusion was added as the first track on side two. This is a really great record. I especially like Haunted When the Minutes Drag. This track is also included on the soundtrack to She's Having a Baby. Oddly, that mediocre film has a pretty good soundtrack.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Love and Rockets: If There's a Heaven Above (1985)

Oddly, there is a Canada Mix of this tune, but my Canadian 12" pressing contains the US Mix. Oh well. The video is the album version. The flipside, as it was with Ball of Confusion, is Inside the Outside, once again.

Thursday, November 09, 2017

Love and Rockets: Ball of Confusion (1985)

In May, 1985, the remnants of Bauhaus delivered a new record under the name Love and Rockets. Love and Rockets is really Bauhaus without Peter Murphy and without goth, or most of the goth. The band is comprised of Daniela Ash, Kevin Haskins, and David J. They explored more pop territory, but with an interesting approach. This single, which was released a few months before the band's first full-length LP, contains Ball of Confusion, a Motown classic, written by Norman Whitfield and Barret Strong. Old people might know the Temptations version or maybe even Tina Turner's version.

The flipside of this UK 12" single is Inside the Outside.

Ball of Confusion was not included in the original UK pressing of the band's first LP, but it appears on some regional pressings, including the Canadian release.

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Lost in the Stars: The Music of Kurt Weill (1985)

This is a tribute record to Kurt Weill, and it contains an interesting array of artists, like Sting, Tom Waits, Lou Reed, Stan Ridgway, Van Dyke Parks, Marianne Faithful, Chris Spedding, Richard Butler, John Zorn, Todd Rundgren, Aaron Neville, and a few others I know far less about. It's quite a cast. To me, the highlight has always been Lou Reed's version of September Song.

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Loscil: Sketches From New Brighton (2012)

Loscil is really Vancouver's Scott Morgan's ambient/electronic project. This LP, spread over 2 LPs,  was released on the Kranky label. As a note, I pretty much love anything released by Kranky, so I love this record very much. That's all I will say.

I just happened to note the current sale prices on Discogs. Recent copies have sold for between $23 and just under $50, but there are four currently for sale ranging from $31.90 to $77.55. I paid less than $10.

Monday, November 06, 2017

Los Lobos: By The Light Of The Moon (1987)

I've never studied Spanish, but even I know that Los Lobos means The Wolves. It' s too bad that the band's major breakthrough came well into the band's career with La Bamba. It's also too bad that the collaboration with Paul Simon on Graceland ended in a lawsuit that Los Lobos ultimately lost. It seems that they should have won.

Friday, November 03, 2017

The Lords [aka, Lords of the New Church]: The Method to our Madness (1984)

On the cover of the Canadian pressing, the band's name was shortened to The Lords; however, on the spine, it reads: Lords of the New Church. I guess they could not decide. I suppose you could call this band a goth supergroup. It features Stiv Bators (from The Dead Boys), Brian James (from The Damned), Dave Trgunna (from Sham 69), and Nick Turn (from The Barracudas).

Thursday, November 02, 2017


LNZNDRF, pronounced Lanzendorf is a sort of supergroup. Well, it is if you are fans of the people who formed it. It features two members -- the twins Scott and Bryan Devendorf -- of The National, one of my current favourite bands, plus, Ben Lanz, of Beruit. The first LP is self-titled. the most fascinating thing is that Lanz is, among other tings, a trombonist. Perhaps I gave up too soon. I love this LP. I love it even more because I paid less than $10 for it. Evidently, it's a limited edition on clear vinyl, but I have no idea how many copies there are.