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Old 10-12-2008, 10:42 AM   #1251 (permalink)
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Old 10-12-2008, 08:40 PM   #1252 (permalink)
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Apparently a young David Cameron's favourite band ever was The Smiths. I know this because he keeps on going on about it all the time , so much so he decided to visit the Salford Lads Club , as seen on the inside cover of The Queen Is dead. And many LOLS were had when the local Labour party showed up and protested about his visit and stopped him getting a publicity shot outside the building.
I'm sure i'm not the only one who wonders why , if he was indeed such a fan of the band that meant so much to him why on earth he would become a Thatcherite and join the Tory party. Somehow I get the impression he may have slighty missed the point somewhere.
Wonder what Cameron thought of "Margaret On The Guilloutine."

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7 : The Fall

Bet you weren't expecting to see them here.

As a fan of The Fall I am in a constant turmoil. You see there are times when I listen to the band and I really wish they were more like a conventional band. I would love nothing more to see Mark E Smith go out and do a tour where he plays a greatest hits set , records it properly and releases it as a double live album instead of having a constant stream of badly recorded live stuff that only covers about 2 or 3 albums. I wondered why it was that I should have so few Fall bootlegs considering I love the band so much. And then I realised it was because Smith has pretty much released them all officially.
Smith doesn't do looking back into the past. The Fall's live shows are dominated by whatever 2 albums they just recorded plus a load of stuff you won't here till the next album comes out. But he'll tease you by throwing in one classic from the past. Recently it was 'Wings' off Perverted By Language , before that it was 'The Man Who's Head Expanded' and he's been known to throw in 'New Big Prinz' off the Kurious Oranj album as well. It's like teasing you with scraps , he knows people really want to hear this stuff but to him it's what he's doing now thats important , and so it should be. I'd also love to see him do some collaborations , some of the stuff he's done with other people has been brilliant , but he's never done it with The Fall. The whole beauty of the Fall is him finding these musicians off the street , throwing them into the band without even bothering with auditions or practice and just see what happens. It might sound amateurish or ramshackle but it makes them still one of the most spontaneous & compelling bands around still even after 30 years.

But the biggest irony in all this is if they were ever to become a more conventional band it would destroy everything that is special about the band. It would stop them being most uncompromising & unique band around and it would stop them being everything that they go against.
And that is the most frustrating thing at all.
So #7:

"The Fall

I really love them. I wish they did some thing differently, but I totally see why they don't and more power to them. That's what makes them awesome. What was I talking about? I forget. Anyway, the Fall are #7 of best things on Earth (bet you thought they'd be #1)."

Fascinating addition to this list.
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Old 10-13-2008, 12:05 PM   #1253 (permalink)
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6 : The "You Can't Say That About That, It's A Classic" Brigade

I don't care who you are or how good your album or song is , fact of the matter is it has a shelf life. Yes , even the stuff I enjoy myself has a shelf life.

I mean several years ago I used to listen to Elephant 6 stuff on a regular basis. After a couple of years I got bored of it and have hardly listened to it since. Now I don't say anything bad about this stuff because i'm not under a constant barrage of hearing it all the time and I didn't dislike it to start with.

Now I probably hear stuff like Led Zeppelin , Queen , The Eagles , Guns n Roses , U2 or Coldplay much much more than some of the stuff I choose to listen to. If your in a workplace with a radio on you can't avoid this stuff so why the hell shouldn't I be allowed to moan about it once in a while?
I don't dislike Stairway to Heaven or Bohemian Rhapsody or Hotel California or Where The Streets Have No Name or Another Brick In The Wall to appear cool or hip or edgy or to make my own taste in music look superior. I dislike them because i'm bored of hearing them and i'm bored of being told how great they are. I mean i've had to put up with some of this stuff since fucking childhood so can you blame me for wanting to cause bodily harm to anyone playing them. I mean how many fucking times do you need to hear them.

And when someone replied to me 'You can't say that it's a classic'
Just hold me back or have an ambulance standing by.
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6 : The "You Can't Say That About That, It's A Classic" Brigade
Agree. I love Led Zeppelin but if I hear Stairway or Whole Lotta Lovin on the radio I change it to another station.
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Old 10-13-2008, 01:43 PM   #1257 (permalink)
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6 : The "You Can't Say That About That, It's A Classic" Brigade

I don't care who you are or how good your album or song is , fact of the matter is it has a shelf life. Yes , even the stuff I enjoy myself has a shelf life.

I mean several years ago I used to listen to Elephant 6 stuff on a regular basis. After a couple of years I got bored of it and have hardly listened to it since. Now I don't say anything bad about this stuff because i'm not under a constant barrage of hearing it all the time and I didn't dislike it to start with.

Now I probably hear stuff like Led Zeppelin , Queen , The Eagles , Guns n Roses , U2 ....
I have 10 years on you so think how much more these songs I've heard. It's gotten to the point where I despise Classic Rock stations. Songs I used to love I can't stand to hear anymore. Some songs I didn't like to begin with. I usually throw out lines like "that song was good the first 10,000 times I heard it" and I feel this is no exaggeration. I still love the classics but I try to avoid them so I can one day enjoy them again. Don't ever saturate yourself on the same songs of any time period or genre.
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7 : The Fall

Bet you weren't expecting to see them here.

As a fan of The Fall I am in a constant turmoil. You see there are times when I listen to the band and I really wish they were more like a conventional band. I would love nothing more to see Mark E Smith go out and do a tour where he plays a greatest hits set , records it properly and releases it as a double live album instead of having a constant stream of badly recorded live stuff that only covers about 2 or 3 albums. I wondered why it was that I should have so few Fall bootlegs considering I love the band so much. And then I realised it was because Smith has pretty much released them all officially.
Smith doesn't do looking back into the past. The Fall's live shows are dominated by whatever 2 albums they just recorded plus a load of stuff you won't here till the next album comes out. But he'll tease you by throwing in one classic from the past. Recently it was 'Wings' off Perverted By Language , before that it was 'The Man Who's Head Expanded' and he's been known to throw in 'New Big Prinz' off the Kurious Oranj album as well. It's like teasing you with scraps , he knows people really want to hear this stuff but to him it's what he's doing now thats important , and so it should be. I'd also love to see him do some collaborations , some of the stuff he's done with other people has been brilliant , but he's never done it with The Fall. The whole beauty of the Fall is him finding these musicians off the street , throwing them into the band without even bothering with auditions or practice and just see what happens. It might sound amateurish or ramshackle but it makes them still one of the most spontaneous & compelling bands around still even after 30 years.

But the biggest irony in all this is if they were ever to become a more conventional band it would destroy everything that is special about the band. It would stop them being most uncompromising & unique band around and it would stop them being everything that they go against.
And that is the most frustrating thing at all.




I feel the same way. Even with their poppier stuff when Brix joined the band, its somewhat frustating how anti-commercial they are, and yet, that is what makes them great.

Supposovely Wire was the same way in the 70's. After 'Chairs Missing' you never heard them play anything from 'Pink Flag', and nothing from 'Chairs' when '154' came out. They would have a Wire cover band open for them though, and they would play the hits, an interesting way to run a show.
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9 : Special Editions Of Albums That Are Released Just A Few Months After the Original Album

The picture you see above is my own personal copy of Echo & the Bunnymen's Evergreen album. You'll notice if you read the top sticker that the album came with a bonus disc featuring every John Peel session they ever recorded. I should also point out this version came out just a few months after Evergreen was released and it cost exactly the same price as the original album.

Now I don't know about you but had I rushed out and bought the album when it came out ( Like most diehard fans would do) and then walked into a record shop a couple of months later I would have been mightily pissed off at seeing this. Thankfully I hadn't got chance to buy the album before this came out so I was lucky. As it happens the Peel Sessions disc is better than the actual album itself but thats besides the point.

Or course i'm not including all special editions of albums in this , only ones like the above that come out a few months later with a live disc or a remix disc or whatever. I have no problems if they're released simultaneously. Take AC/DC for example. When they released their 1991 'Live' album you had the option of buying a single disc version of the album or a double disc version of the album for a little extra. Had I heard the album before I bought it I wish I could have gone for the zero discs option, but never mind.

I should also like to single out The Who (again). For a band I love they seem to be cropping up in this list rather a lot. As everybody knows the original version of Live at Leeds only had about 5 or 6 songs on it. For the 25th anniversary they released an extended version of the album with about 11 or 12 songs on it. Now I didn't buy it when it came out but a couple of years after so you could imagine my annoyance when I discovered that for the 30th anniversary of the album they'd re-released it again , this time with the WHOLE show. Which makes you wonder why they couldn't do that 5 years earlier in the first place.

And while i'm on the subject of record companies ripping off people i'd like to deliver a big fuck you to the major labels for the practice of releasing one or two *Bonus Songs* on new albums exclusively for the British market so they could justify charging about £4-5 more for the album than the rest of the world and stopping shops from selling cheaper imported versions. Downloading illegally couldn't come here quick enough in my opinion.
At least you guys in the UK get these cd's w/"bonus tracks". Alot of times, we cant get them in the states, but i totally agree w/you. That happened w/the Cure's last disc, you could buy the one disc, or the double disc for like 6 bucks more, and they both sucked.

Been looking for that E&TB disc(w/Peel Sessions) forever, how lucky you are. I just recently picked up their box set, brilliance!!!
Nice to see a feww Bunnymen fan. Saw them a few years back, and they kicked major ass.
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