Magazine - I Love You, You Big Dummy
Damn, how good does this still sound?
To my ears it still sounds as edgy and powerful as it did back in 1978 when it appeared on the b-side to 'Give Me Anything', a single that at the time the band and their label, Virgin, decided not to promote whatsoever, stating that if people want it they will find it, and it worked as it sold about as much as their previous single did in the first couple of weeks.
Back in his Buzzcocks days Devoto and co used to run through this track every now and again, but never recorded it, and I'm so glad. I love the Buzzcocks dearly, but I can't ever imagine them ever playing it like this.
As you may or may not know the track is a cover of a song recorded by the legend that is Captain Beefheart and featured on his and The Magic Band's stunning 'Lick My Decals Off, Baby' LP from 1970. Now I'm not going to get started on them, I'll save that for another time, but suffice to say, you should own this album.
Magazine - A Song From Under The Floorboards
I'm pretty sure this is my favourite ever Magazine song, I say pretty sure as it does have a habit of changing, but more often than not this track will always return to it's rightful place in my heart.
This was released on the Martin Hannett produced LP 'The Correct Use of Soap' from 1980.
This was criminally left of the '(Maybe It's Right To Be Nervous Now)' box set released a few years back, there was a live version and a Peel Session version, the Peel version is remarkably similar, but doesn't quite match the splendour of this here original.
Apart from that little missive, the box set is an absolute joy, and something I've been listening to quite a lot again recently, sadly though it's pretty much unavailable everywhere, but if you manage to get a copy, then love it.
I'm sure you'll need no encouraging though.
Buy - Magazine - Where the Power Is
Buy - Magazine - The Correct Use of Soap
Buy - Magazine - Secondhand Daylight (released 12th March)
Visit - Shot By Both Sides
Now, anyone who is familiar with traveling on trains, tubes, buses etc in the UK will no doubt be very familiar with 'Metro'. For those who aren't, it's a free newspaper that generally makes a dull and long journey a hell of a lot more bearable....
Well, in association with Ask they are running a best blog of 2007 competition thing, and blow me if SVC isn't one of the few they have highlighted in their Top of The Blogs bit...
"With millions of blogs out in the wild, picking out 'the best' is simply impossible (and obviously, we don't want to influence your nominations for the awards)(I do though...!). But here's some British blogs that a lot of people like, that we like, and we think you might too..."
Spoilt Victorian Child
"Wonderful and eclectic mp3 blogger, showcasing weird and the wonderful, the obscure and the upcoming in the music world. Naturally, what started as a blog has now become a record label as well. And it's named after a Fall song, which is always good."
I'm pretty sure that if I get some votes then I'll be in the Arts & Entertainment category...
Now this is where it gets scary....
That category will be judged by non other than the one and only Alan McGee...
Anyway, if you want to see my ugly mug on your journey to work then get over there and vote now, it's pretty harmless, just fill in your email and your name to register. I've already voted for mine (and no it wasn't me... huh!).
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Visit - Metro Blog Awards 2007