Thursday, October 20, 2016

Intended Play: (Matador & True Panther 2011-2012) (2012)

On the upper right corner of the record jacket is the phrase: "PAY NO MORE THAN $1.98." When I bought the LP, the sticker price was $1.99, but that was in Canadian dollars, so that translated to way less than $1.98 US. On top of that, I got it at 40% off, so I really only paid $1.19 CDN, or about five cents American. That's a deal.

This is compilation of Matador recording artists, as follows:

Side 1
The Young - Don't Hustle For Love
Kurt Vile - Life's A Beach
Girls -  My Ma
Ceremony - Hysteria
Tanlines -  Brothers
Lee Ranaldo - Off The Wall

Side 2
Fucked Up -  Into The Light
Esben And The Witch - Hexagons II (The Flight) 
Perfume Genius - All Waters
Cold Cave -  Confetti (Edit)
Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks - Polvo

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

In Harmony 2: [Various] (1981)

As I wrote in reference to an earlier record in my collection: "I own this record because I went through a major Springsteen phase (more on that later)." The same applies here. I bought this record simply because there is a Bruce Springsteen song on it, and it's a bad Bruce Springsteen cover version. I hate Christmas music, and this track is no exception. Bruce Springsteen's version of Santa Claus Is Coming To Town is the last track on this record. Oddly, that track might be the highlight on this LP. I suppose the Dr. John track is OK, but most of this record sucks. I think kids hate it too.

Side 1
Billy Joel - Nobody Knows but Me
James Taylor - Sunny Skies
Lou Rawls And Deniece Williams - The Owl and the Pussycat
Teddy Pendergrass - Reach Out and Touch
Janis Ian - Ginny the Flying Girl

Side 2
Crystal Gayle - Here Comes the Rainbow
Dr. John - Splish Splash
Kenny Loggins - Some Kitties Don't Care
Carly And Lucy Simon- Maryanne
Bruce Springsteen - Santa Claus is Coming To Town

Images In Vogue: Call It Love (1985)

The 12" single for Call it Love contains Call It Love (Extended Mix), Call It Love, and The Swim. A 12" and 7" version were also pressed in Germany.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Images In Vogue: In The House (1985)

The debut LP from IIV was released in Canada and Australia. It contains Call it Love and Save It, originally released on the previous EP, plus a bunch of other tracks. It's pretty good new wave stuff from Canada.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Images In Vogue: Rituals (1984)

Rituals -- again, an EP pressed only in Canada -- contains five tracks, the most familiar of which is probably Call it Love (or perhaps Save It), both of which would appear in reworked versions on the band's debut LP in 1985. The other tracks are Rescue Me, Everything About You, and Calling My Name.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Images in Vogue: Images in Vogue (1983)

This five-track self-titled EP was only released in Canada. This record contains one of the band's best known tracks, Lust of Love: "Don't mistake my lust for love." We've all been there. I like this track very much.

I feel that the band should have had more success than it did. I guess the band felt that way too, and they started bleeding members. For example, the drummer eventually left to form Skinny Puppy, one of my favourite Canadian bands. The band has been compared to Depeche Mode and Japan, but I am not sure about that. There's a little Peter Murphy in the lead singer's voice, to my ears anyway.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Billy Idol: Charmed Life (1990)

What happened to sides seven and eight. This record has sides nine and ten. Charmed Life has sides five and six. Someone, please tell me where I can find sides seven and eight?

It took four years since the last release, but Billy Idol finally greeted the new decade with Charmed Life, a reasonably good record probably most notable for his cover of the Doors' LA Woman. The record was a bit deeper than that, with tracks like Prodigal Blues and Cradle of Love. If you listen to this record and think that something is missing, that something would be Steve Stevens, who had worked with Idol since the early days. Without Stevens, the record is probably just not as good as it could have been. Still, it's not terrible.

I lost track of Mr Idol after this record.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Billy Idol: Whiplash Smile (1986)

I never understood why it took three years for a new Billy Idol record to be delivered after Rebel Yell. One would have thought that the record company would have pressured him to follow up Rebel Yell as soon as possible. You know, otherwise, the music buying masses might forget about him.

When this record finally arrived, it was a mixed bag. On the one hand, it contains the very good To Be a Lover. However, the rest of the album doesn't really equal what he did previously, but there are a number of good cuts, like Sweet Sixteen and Don't Need a Gun.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Billy Idol: Rebel Yell (1983)

This record was a huge one for Billy. I didn't own a copy at the time, mostly because everyone else did, or so it seemed. His videos were all over TV, and several tracks from this record could be heard almost everywhere. One day, I acquired a really beat up copy of this record for next to nothing, and later, found an equally cheap copy in fabulous condition.

A curious thing about this record is that side one and two are labelled as sides three and four. Billy continued this numbering system after this record with sides five and six on Whiplash Smile.

I'm not a huge fan of this record, but I think that the songs were well put together and it works as a pop/synth record. It's not punk by any means. In fact, it seemed that Billy wanted to capitalize on the new wave sound, but it missed the mark a bit in that respect.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Billy Idol: Billy Idol (1982)

You can easily find versions of this record with different covers and with different track listings. The record company swapped covers, exchanging the image of Billy in a Hawaiian-looking shirt (tied around the mid rift) for an image of him wearing a leather-looking vest that had the added bonus of exposing a tattoo. I get why they did this. The leather makes Billy look a bit more masculine and expresses a more punk attitude.

On some copies, Congo Man was dropped for Dancing With Myself. I guess it made sense to add the most famous Gen X track to the record. I have the original cover with the track Congo Man. This LP is also notable for containing White Wedding (Part 1) and Hot in the City. This is a pretty good record, though I still do not believe that it can be labelled as punk. It's pop, but it's a pretty good pop record, even though there's not much of interest beyond the three tracks just mentioned, though Come On, Come On is not bad.

I have to argue that Billy probably enjoyed more fame than perhaps he would have, like many other artists, because of the advent of music television (MTV, and the rest). That's not meant to detract from his success. The smart recording artists invested in video and it paid off for them.

Friday, October 07, 2016

Billy Idol: Don't Stop (1981)

The first post-Gen X release from Billy was an EP that contains one Gen X track, one cover song, and two originals. The tracks are: Mony Mony, Baby Talk, Untouchables, and Dancing With Myself (Long Version), by Billy Idol With Gen X. Yes, Mony Mony, that song you like to curse along with at weddings, etc., was originally recorded by Tommy James & the Shondells. Just check it out, if you don't believe me.

I resist labelling Billy Idol as punk, because there is overarching pop sound to my ears. I'm not sure that Mr. Idol is someone I would have chosen to listen to had it not been for my very good friend, who was a big fan.

Thursday, October 06, 2016

The Icicle Works: Blind (1988)

The US version of The Icicle Works' fourth LP (the one I have) is radically different from the original UK, and other versions. The artwork is different, the track listing is different, and even some of the edits are different.  

Blind has a different sound, as the band clearly moved away from new wave to something else. It's not bad. I think the word different describes everything about this record.

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

The Icicle Works: If You Want To Defeat Your Enemy Sing His Song (1987)

My Canadian pressing of this record was bundled with a 12" bonus sampler. The bonus LP contains two tracks each from The Icicle Works, Pierce Turner, The Go-Betweens, and Passion Fodder. Both tracks from The Icicle Works appear on the record, so that is odd. Wicklow Hills from Pierce Turner really brings back the memories. It is a really great song.

Again, I think I can say that this is not as good as the debut record, but it's a fine record. Understanding Jane was a hit, as I recall.