Alternative Weekend: Digging Deeper into the Repository II
Well what do you know, it's the weekend and I'm posting 'Alternative Weekend' material. More recently it should be renamed 'Alternative Anytime' as the weekend part hasn't been applied.
Timing depends on inspiration and old memories. Can I relate this specific song to something in the past? Simply adding YouTube links makes for dull reading, and there has to be more to it than that.
@steevc kindly sent me a script and the results of my old postings going back to 2018. I don't want to repeat content so was manually looking back and adding the older material to a spreadsheet.
Now I just need to find the bloody script. It's vanished within my file table somewhere.
Duplicating material is a down-voting offence on HIVE, and we don't want any of that shit happening even if the duplication is due to decaying brain cells and unintentional.
As @steevc saved me time (as well as donating the script), I will add him as a 5% beneficiary of this post. Thanks, pal!
Break My Body – The Pixies (Surfer Rosa – 1988)
I do wonder what Kim Deal thought of the ‘Surfer Rosa’ cover. Did she approve of ‘Rosa’ being such an eye-catcher on the front? I can't say I personally disapprove, but it was likely banned from some of the large stores such as HMV at the time.
Surfer Rosa is now acclaimed as one of those ground-breaking albums and is partly responsible for the Grunge era which would hit America and the world several years later.
...'Surfer Rosa is very well thought of; I am a fan but I prefer Doolittle'...
My opinion on the ‘horror-sounding’ Surfer Rosa is that it is patchy. ‘Break My Body’ is one of the more normal songs, and at 2.06 in length set the tone and standard for many of their subsequent tracks on the acclaimed ‘Doolittle’ album which would follow.
The Pixies are reformed and still touring including in the UK. I had my chance to see them live some years ago when Kim Deal was still with the band.
After watching some more recent live performances of the band, with Kim’s departure and Charles not being the vocal powerhouse he used to be, I feel it’s now too late to enjoy the magic they used to wield.
New Born – Muse (Origin of Symmetry – 2001)
I remember getting into Muse very late sometime in 2010. After listening to Absolution and thinking, ‘that was quite accessible’, I was shocked after listening to their ‘acclaimed’ masterpiece album as it had little effect on me.
Like many 'tough to crack' albums it eventually settled and I started loving 'Origin of Symmetry'.
"New Born" is written in the key of E minor' - Source
Many songs are written in minor keys now. If that's the case, why are most of them totally shit.. like Blu.., OK, we've been there before 😀
New Born was a single and reached number 12 in the UK singles charts. It was hardly a blockbusting hit but would have gained enough attention to catapult the band into the future success coming to them.
Now they are too big to see live, filling outdoor events, and besides I have not listened to any of their material post 'Black Holes..' Are they another band that sold out to successful popularity or did my ears not adjust to their new material?
Cocteau Twins - Musette And Drums (Head Over Heels – 1983)
Back to the weird stuff, you say, and I have to agree. In 1983 you would not have caught me listening to this noisy strange concoction of sound; it would have been something very boring such as Duran Duran, The Human League, or Howard Jones. I was quite normal then in terms of musical taste.
The second album by the Twins was a slight change from the horror-filled soundscapes of ‘Garlands’ and marked the departure of bassist Will Heggie. Robin Guthrie filled in on bass and the style in that area I feel is quite similar.
...'many music artists had stuck-up hair in 1983 and hair spray was in much demand, meanwhile yours truly was working at Kwiksave as a slave'...
Musette And Drums kicks off noisily and doesn't let up. The vocals of Liz Fraser appear distant and subdued.. a trait of their early material before all the ambient sounds started.
This one took me a while to appreciate. If you're listening to it for the first time, don't expect the Bee Gees, or else you may be disappointed.
Guitar Image - Source
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