Content tagged 'Post-punk'
X&Y (Album of the Day)
Echo & The Bunnymen (Album of the Day)
PSYCHOCANDY (Expanded) (Album of the Day)
For their 1985 debut, The Jesus And Mary Chain combined pop melodies worthy of Brian Wilson, echo-laden production worthy of Phil Spector and guitar feedback noisier than The Velvet Underground; alternative rock has yet to recover. Scottish siblings Jim and William Reid (along with bassist Douglas Hart and drummer Bobby Gillespie) grace PSYCHOCANDY with 14 hazy, intoxicating originals that range from amphetamine rush (“Never Understand”) to spectral beauty (“Just Like Honey”). Outlets including Rolling Stone, Pitchfork and Q Magazine have hailed the collection as one of the best of the 1980s, and the Expanded Edition of the seminal set adds a baker's dozen single, demo and alternate versions. It's the perfect way to celebrate the birthday of Gillespie, who went on from PSYCHOCANDY to found Primal Scream.
The Head On The Door (Deluxe) (Album of the Day)
Wild Planet (Album of the Day)
Athens, Georgia's New Wave heroes The B-52's followed up their classic debut with the equally irresistible WILD PLANET. Recorded in the Bahamas like its predecessor, the 1980 Warner Bros. collection blends retro-kitsch, bouncy beats and quirky hooks on nine originals including “Quiche Lorraine,” “Dirty Back Road” and the immortal “Private Idaho.” A perfect disc for partying out of bounds, the gold-certified collection is so much fun that you might not notice the craft that went into it; Kate Pierson and Cindy Wilson are first-class vocalists, and Ricky Wilson's guitar work is superb throughout (check out the riff-driven “Runnin' Around” for an example). Ricky Wilson passed away on this day in 1985 and we'll give WILD PLANET another spin in his memory.
Notorious (Deluxe) (Album of the Day)
Coming three years after the U.K. band's last studio album, NOTORIOUS reflected several changes to Duran Duran; drummer Roger Taylor was out, and guitarist Andy Taylor was on his way out. The 1986 collection also signaled a new musical direction, with the group employing more muscular, R&B-derived grooves – a change facilitated by producer (and Chic co-founder) Nile Rodgers. For all that, it was business as usual in the sales department, with the set reaching #12 on the U.S. album chart on the strength of such singles as “Skin Trade,” “Meet El Presidente” and the smash hit title track. The 2-CD Deluxe Edition of NOTORIOUS adds several single versions and B-sides, remixes of album tracks and the live “Duran Goes Dutch” E.P.
Remain In Light (Deluxe Version) (Album of the Day)
“And you may ask yourself, well, how did I get here?” The amazing “Once In A Lifetime” only hinted at the burst of creativity on Talking Heads' REMAIN IN LIGHT. The 1980 Sire album finds the quartet incorporating African polyrhythms into its music, as well as making innovative use of loops and samples as instrumental tracks. Brian Eno returns as producer (guitarist Adrian Belew and funk keyboard great Bernie Worrell also contribute to the album), helping strike an appealing balance between danceable grooves (“Born Under Punches (The Heat Goes On),” “Crosseyed And Painless”) and more experimental fare (“Houses In Motion,” “The Overload”). The Deluxe Edition of REMAIN IN LIGHT adds four previously unreleased outtakes to the landmark alternative rock album; we'll give the collection a spin now to wish Heads frontman David Byrne a happy birthday.
Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! (Album of the Day)
After seeing Devo's first New York show, David Bowie declared that “this is the band of the future,” and as usual, he was right. Produced by Brian Eno, the band's debut, Q: ARE WE NOT MEN? A: WE ARE DEVO!, was playfully subversive from the smiling image of pro golfer Chi Chi Rodriguez on its cover to the herky-jerky version of “(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction” in its grooves. Though the principles of de-evolution would be further described on future releases, the Ohio quintet lay the groundwork for their skewed vision of reality on such songs as “Mongoloid” and “Jocko Homo.” The critical stature of the 1978 Warner Bros. collection has only risen with time, and both Pitchfork and Rolling Stone have cited the set as one of the decade's greatest. Today we'll give the gold-certified Q: ARE WE NOT MEN? A: WE ARE DEVO! another spin to wish co-founder Mark Mothersbaugh a happy birthday.
SONG OF THE DAY - This Must Be The Place (Album of the Day)
Released 35 years ago this month, Talking Heads' SPEAKING IN TONGUES was the group's commercial breakthrough following a trio of acclaimed albums with producer Brian Eno. The collection includes the quartet's first Top Ten hit, “Burning Down The House,” but follow-up single “This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)” is equally noteworthy. Atypically for the band, “it's a real honest kind of love song,” said lyricist David Byrne. “I don't think I've ever done a real love song before.” The melody is purposefully simple, with group members switching from their usual instruments to play it, and that simplicity may explain its popularity in soundtracks and cover versions. Cited by Pitchfork as one of the 50 best songs of the 1980s, "This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)" is our song of the day.
The Cars (Album of the Day)
A well-oiled hitmaking machine if ever there was one, The Cars worked their way up through Boston clubs but kept their ears open to music on rock's fringes. With one foot in the mainstream and one in new wave, the quintet (frontman Ric Ocasek, guitarist Elliot Easton, keyboardist Greg Hawkes, bassist Ben Orr and drummer Dave Robinson) delivered such high-powered singles as “Just What I Needed,” “My Best Friend's Girl” and “Good Times Roll,” driving their eponymous 1978 album to multi-platinum status. One of the all-time great debuts, THE CARS sounds just as exciting 40 years after its release, and we'll take it out for another spin now in honor of #nationalcarsday.