Saturday, January 29, 2005

Turning Blue (an excuse for a rant)...

The Associates - Party Fears Two (Extended Version)

This has to be one of the most hysterical pop records ever produced.

In 1982 it was mainstream, Top of The Pops, school disco. My God.

Exactly how were the 80's crap, by the way? The 80's were nutso. Bow Wow Wow. The Mighty Wah. Adam Ant. Sure, there were bad things around, but then the likes of Grandmaster Flash would show up.

All I see these days are diminishing returns: Radiohead retreated after Street Spirit and in jumped Coldplay. That worked, enter Snow Patrol.

Copies from a knackered fax machine, each one a bit more ropey than the last. This year the A & R men will be chasing the next Keane. Expect lots of echoey overblown stuff.

Like Mr Ant said, what's the point of robbery when nothing is worth taking?

Rankine and Mackenzie's take on the sad boy ballad had a lot more to do with dressing up, breaking down, not fitting in anywhere, and not wanting to.

There is no market strategy for stuff like this.

My kind of pop.

Sadly The Associates singer Billy MacKenzie commited suicide in 1997... RIP.

Buy - The Associates - Popera: The Singles Collection

Visit - Billy MacKenzie


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