: confused much? None of the groups featured are No Wave acts. Instead, we have Squeeze, The Police, Joe Jackson, The Stranglers, Klark Kent, The Secret, and David Kubenic, The Dickies, etc. There is no No Wave on this record!
Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Tuesday, May 21, 2019
No Nukes: From the Muse Concerts for a Non-Nuclear Future - Madison Square Garden - September 19-23, 1979 (1979)
Friday, May 17, 2019
Thursday, May 16, 2019
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Virtually ignored upon its 1989 release, Pretty Hate Machine gradually became a word-of-mouth cult favorite; despite frequent critical bashings, its stature and historical importance only grew in hindsight. [source]I bought the CD version of this when it came out, and that CD is now essentially worthless. I didn't pick up a vinyl copy until much later, and it's a later repressing. Oh well: it sounds good. I really like this record.
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Tuesday, May 14, 2019
b this is because, in the words of a Discogs user:
A band with only two studio albums doesn't need a best of, though there's nothing wrong with this set as a collection of Dolls' material. What makes it interesting for serious fans is the presence of "Give Her a Great Big Kiss", a studio outtake that has never appeared elsewhere (as of 2014). (It is not the same version that appears among their earlier demos). It's a bit of a clunky version, but still a worthwhile addition to their catalog.That seems accurate.
Monday, May 13, 2019
The New York Dolls were an American hard rock band formed in New York City in 1971. Along with the Velvet Underground and the Stooges, they were one of the first bands of the early punk rock scenes. Although their original line-up fell apart quickly, the band's first two albums—New York Dolls (1973) and Too Much Too Soon (1974)—became among the most popular cult records in rock. The line-up at this time comprised vocalist David Johansen, guitarist Johnny Thunders, bassist Arthur Kane, guitarist and pianist Sylvain Sylvain and drummer Jerry Nolan; the latter two had replaced Rick Rivets and Billy Murcia, respectively, in 1972. On stage, they donned an androgynous wardrobe, wearing high heels, eccentric hats, and satin. Nolan described the group in 1974 as "the Dead End Kids of today".
According to the Encyclopedia of Popular Music (1995), the New York Dolls predated the punk and glam metal movements and were "one of the most influential rock bands of the last 20 years". They influenced rock groups such as the Sex Pistols, Kiss, the Ramones, Guns N' Roses, the Damned and the Smiths, whose frontman Morrissey organized a reunion show for the New York Dolls' surviving members in 2004. After reuniting, they recorded and released three more albums—One Day It Will Please Us to Remember Even This (2006), Cause I Sez So (2009) and Dancing Backward in High Heels (2011). [source]This two-LP UK set collects the first two New York Dolls' records; New York Dolls (1973) and Too Much Too Soon (1974). Of course, I was too young to have heard of them at the time of the original releases, and tracking these original pressing s down now is not too easy. But, I am happy to have this in my collection.
Friday, May 10, 2019
Anyone who has followed the Kadane brothers over the past almost 20 years first as Bedhead, now as the New Year pretty much knows what to expect from a new album released under their guidance. You're guaranteed chord progressions that start off quietly and build and build until the speakers are overflowing with chiming guitars and your heart swells at the restrained majesty of it all. Count too on Matt Kadane's poignant, almost spoken vocals and glum lyrics. Take it to the bank that your listening experience will be emotional and fulfilling. [source]I like it.
Thursday, May 09, 2019
Monday, May 06, 2019
The artwork for Music Complete was created by New Order's long-time art director and collaborator Peter Saville. The artwork features a montage of lines with the colours red, yellow, green and blue. Depending on the type of format, the colour schemes vary. For the CD, the pattern clockwise from top right is yellow, red, blue, green. The LPs are red, yellow, green, and blue. Digital downloads are the regular format; blue, green, red, and yellow. The deluxe edition's artwork is the same as the album, but all six coloured vinyl sleeves are different styles, and have no colour. The six coloured vinyl range from red to purple. [source]I like this record better that the last two, for sure. It might be the best NO release since Technique.I ended up with a clear vinyl version.
Friday, May 03, 2019
When I played this record for the first and only time, I was not really impressed. Since then, it has been sitting on a shelf. Out of curiosity, I checked Allmusic for a review and was stunned to read this:
Trumpeted in some circles as a New Order rarities collection, Lost Sirens doesn't really fit the bill as such, but it does offer a wealth of bonus tracks from circa 2005 -- call it the second disc of the deluxe edition that was never released for Waiting for the Sirens' Call. [...] Compared to that album's half-hearted songwriting and rote sound, Lost Sirens positively shines -- leading to the customary questions of why this material didn't replace several, if not many, songs on the original Sirens' Call. [source]I'll have to listen to it again. On a sad note, this was the last New Order record to feature Peter Hook. The band is not the same without him.