The gig turns into the worst of the tour, with all sorts of mistakes, missed cues and cock-ups, after which Mark E Smith loses his temper with everyone. It proves to be too much for Steve Hanley who was already struggling to keep things going after his first child, a boy, had been born prematurely and was seriously ill for the first few months of his life.
The next day, he gets a call from his brother who tells him that he had just informed MES that he was leaving, deciding that he would take up an offer from some old friends to start up a new band, one free of the control-freakery of MES.
The tour continues onto Europe, with The Fall now being like most other bands and having just one drummer. A call is put into Simon Rogersa classically-trained musician who had become a friend of MES and Brix, and he replaced Steve as the bass player for the rest of the tour. In due course, things did calm down a bit but not enough for Paul Hanley to change his mind. So, it was a five-piece band who met up again with John Leckie early in the year, the fruits of which lead to a new double-A single that was duly released in Junejust around the time Steve Hanley was about to officially re-join.
Having said that, given it was the first ever official release by The Fall of a cover version, it is of historical significance.
It is a quiet-loud-quiet sort of number, but at no point does Album) come across as anything but the band somewhat going through the motions. Maybe everyone was missing the Hanley brothers…. It reached 90, which at the time was the highest chart position achieved by any 45 released by The Fall.
As found on his most recent Album) album, Seven Dialsreleased back in I offer you some tracks from two bands with something, or rather someone, in common. Strachan bowed out after these recordings, but would turn up a few years later in Fence Collective band Northern Alliancein which she took the occasional lead vocal but mostly provided backup to chief wordsmith Doug Johnstone. Although they split Untitled - Walter Lord (2) Read By Martin Jarvis - A Night To Remember (CD than a decade ago, their website www.
Now I think about it, Andy Cameron never turned up in the Scottish songs series either, did he? I Untitled - Walter Lord (2) Read By Martin Jarvis - A Night To Remember (CD an ICA coming on…. His period when backed by The Commotions, between andsaw three hit albums, all of which were fawned over, for the most part, by the music critics. He moved to New York City to write the new material and to find the musicians he most wanted to make the record with. There was also a two-year gap between the last Commotions album and the first of the new material to factor in, so all-in-all, it was something of a gamble, but one he and his record label were very confident of pulling off.
The first solo single, No Blue Skieswas released at the end of January It stalled at 42 in the UK. The self-titled debut album followed a month later, entering the charts at This was quite encouraging as that was a similar outcome as Mainstreamthe final Commotions album which had come in at 9 on its first week of release. The problem was that over the next four weeks before a second single was taken from the album, Lloyd Cole had dropped all the way to 66, and so badly needed a sales boost via a well-received It got no higher than The album continued to plummet, dropping out of the charts after just a Album) stay, never to be seen again.
The planned third single, Downtownwas released but with next to fanfare or promotion. Years later, Lloyd acknowledged that he got it badly wrong. He wrote this song for an album released in Maybe I was just too much of a fanboy back in the day to make a true judgement on things, but I really did like the singles and almost all of the debut album. The article was date 13 th August, Nanci and I parted company sometime after the release of the album Stormsalthough I occasionally popped back into see her, most notably with the release of Other Voices Other Rooms I could never describe myself as a huge fan, I only own 6 of her albums, but reading of her death made an impact.
I Wish It Would Rain0. Most of the albums my parents had were country artists or artists heavily influenced by its charms — I was hooked early on. Not even my love of indie would make me forsake country. Speed of the Sound of Loneliness. I soon became quite the fan and with only a year to wait between albums there was always something to look forward to.
Love at the Five and Dime. I recall a scramble for tickets, given the small capacity, and thankfully I got mine. I lived in Govan at the time, so would be able to take a short stroll home. As the gig grew closer it was announced that Nanci would appear on the Wogan Show, in London on the same night as the Glasgow gig? Eyebrows began to be raised. Wogan started at 7. At the gig an announcement was made that Nanci was running late but that she would appear.
Within minutes, the discontent had been shrugged off as Nanci wrapped us around her little fingers. It was a fantastic night and all the better, somehow, for her lateness — apparently, she arrived by helicopter…. The only other time I would have seen her live was at The Big DayGlasgow subject of recent discussions in basement rooms but I have no recollection of it?
Nanci left a considerable legacy beyond the innumerable cover versions of her songs, not least of which is the mighty From A Distance which charted at number one in the US inBette Midler. Let It Shine On Me. The latter was written by guitarist Peet Coombes, and indeed he was responsible for most of the songs recorded by the band over all three of their albums before the spilt at the end of Eurythmics seemed to come out of nowhere inthanks to them being responsible for one of the most iconic electronica singles during a period where synths really were vanquishing guitar bands.
It really was almost a last throw of the dice to release the title track from the new album in February The UK tour to promote the album was using small-scale venues — for instance the Glasgow date was at Night Moves which had a capacity in the low hundreds, but as the duo made their way around the country, they were doing so on the back of a single which quickly went to 2, leading to all sorts of television appearances and a huge demand to catch the live shows, all of which were now sold out and could have easily still been so if the usual locations with capacities of had been in play.
The decision was taken to re-release an earlier flop single as the follow-up to Sweet Dreams. A few months previously, in Novemberit had spent a few weeks in the lower end of the charts, peaking at Come Aprilit was The b-side was the same track as had been on the reverse of the initial single back in But where most were expecting more of the same, the next album, Touch, which was released in Novemberhighlighted a different sound, one which was far more mainstream in nature.
The next single leaned on calypso music, and the one after that was akin to a mid-tempo power ballad. For those of us who had fallen for the sounds of the hits at the beginning ofwhat emerged before the year was out proved to be a huge letdown.
This is just a wee different. Kind of. It is, of course, nothing of the sort, although the main film has been pieced together does make it seem as if the singers, musicians and dancers are performing on a stage within some sort of post-apocalyptic setting, interspersed with footage of a police car and a fast moving passenger train, and is just the splicing of the three promo videos.
Eternal live at the S. What Time Is Love? Eternal spent two weeks at 1 in February More than thirty years ago? Kirk would have more success penetrating the house scene - and sounded more convincing and compelling - when he partnered with DJ Parrot as Sweet Exorcist, releasing the early Warp classic "Testone".
A pioneer of industrial dance was reborn as a hardcore rave forefather. Read this interview with DJ Parrot aka Richard Barratt, which has stuff on the primitive set-up they struggled with to make "Testone". After that milestone of emaciated minimalism, Sweet Exorcist released a mini-LP of maximalist bleep titled C.
And below just a handful of top tunes. And here is a Tribune tribute to Richard H. Kirk by Owen Hatherleysituating Cabaret Voltaire and Sweet Exorcist in the political and socioeconomic landscape of the post-industrial North. If - and this seems unlikely, knowing the readership - you happen to have never heard any Cabs music, may I recommend checking out Eight Crepuscule Tracks? And yet not quite equivalent - Eight is a expansion of the Three Crepuscule Tracks EP, originally released in - the same year as Slates.
For a cultural and material topography of postpunk Sheffield, check out this interview I did with the late Andy Gil l, the NME 's Sheffield correspondent during this legendary time and friends with the Cabs and most of the other significant musicians in the town. Before the Cabs had a record out, they used to come into Virgin, where I worked. I had hair down to my waist in those days. They came up to the counter and asked 'Have you got any records by Cabaret Voltaire? Wikibooks Free textbooks and manuals.
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