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    Quote Originally Posted by Merl View Post
    As a Mancunian, I saw New Order more times than I could shake a stick at but just missed the Joy Division train. However, as a dark, grim Mancunian soundtrack of the time, Closer is hard to beat (Manchester in the late 70s wasnt nice) . At least the first few times I saw New Order we still got a few JD tracks (Ceremony, etc). Would have killed to hear Atmosphere played live though (even though they only performed it live a few times) . What a track!

    In Canada when New Order released "Power, Corruption, and Lies" there was a sticker on the front of the LP which read "Does Not Contain Blue Monday" - I bought the UK 12" and the LP -





    LP = https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OwZV...5j8ivV1wrfc4Nc

    Great, great band, eh?
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    And then there’s:


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    Apparently starthrower has quite the ECM collection (envy) I used to be a reactionary about ECM (with a few exceptions like the AEC) but I've succumbed to a lot of it lately.

    That Pink Floyd box has a 2CD condensed edition. Would this contain most of the gems you speak of? Two versions of Eugene! All of this is on Spotify so I don't have to buy it all.

    My last post about Pink Floyd reveals some of my confusion about the band, especially how to split my opinion between Gilmore and Waters. I also vacillate a lot about the stuff starting with Animals forward... from space to earth and back again, it's a wild ride... Wire, another of my favorite bands has a similar tension between members, and seems to have some of that PF aesthetic...

    Gonna put this on now while the sun drops
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    Quote Originally Posted by philoctetes View Post
    Apparently starthrower has quite the ECM collection (envy) I used to be a reactionary about ECM (with a few exceptions like the AEC) but I've succumbed to a lot of it lately.

    That Pink Floyd box has a 2CD condensed edition. Would this contain most of the gems you speak of? All of this is on Spotify so I don't have to buy it all.

    My last post about Pink Floyd reveals some of my confusion about the band, especially how to split my opinion between Gilmore and Waters. I also vaccilate a lot about the stuff starting with Animals forward... from space to earth and back again, it's a wild ride... Wire, another of my favorite bands has a similar tension between members, and seems to have some of that PF aesthetic...

    Gonna put this on now while the sun drops
    I didn't know there was a condensed edition—I have the complete box-set.

    I don't care much for the Waters era, though I must say that 'Animals' and 'The Final Cut' are underrated. Never liked 'The Wall' but it's a good album, objectively speaking. I wouldn't bother with any of their output thereafter.
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    "For what it's worth, I think KC is a much better band."

    I'd already perceived that. I'm still stuck in the 80s with them. Maybe I'll catch up with you someday. But we agree pretty much on what PF is best. I think the Wall should have left out the theatrical interludes and it would be great... being the guy who loves all of Sandinista! I know that doesn't make sense to anybody but me...

    "in the Beechwoods" is on right now... I like it...
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    MUSIC IS
    Bill Frisell - electric and acoustic guitars, loops, bass, ukulele, music boxes

    OKeh
    P.M. Summer
    simul justus et peccator

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    Quote Originally Posted by LezLee View Post
    And then there’s:

    Oh, well done, LezLee, well done! -

    For those of you who may not be familiar with Half Man Half Biscuit -

    "Half Man Half Biscuit were formed by two friends from Birkenhead, Neil Crossley and singer, guitarist and songwriter Nigel Blackwell who was (in his own words) at the time "still robbing cars and playing football like normal people do".

    The band's styles parody popular genres, while their lyrics allude to UK popular culture and geography. Blackwell often refers to Wirral and to North Wales, often in the context of hillwalking in Snowdonia; he also appears fond of Shropshire, East Anglia, The West Country, and Oxfordshire. British or international football, Sylvia Plath, Thomas Hardy, and the Bible are referenced in his lyrics.

    As the 1990s progressed, Blackwell's love of blues and folk became more apparent. Bassist Crossley's tastes include late 1970s and early 1980s new wave or post-punk bands, and during live sets HMHB have performed covers of acts as diverse as Joy Division, Magazine, Tim Buckley, The Beach Boys, Tommy James and the Shondells and Ike and Tina Turner.

    In April 2010, the band's song "Joy Division Oven Gloves" from their 2005 album Achtung Bono was the subject of a Facebook campaign to get it to No. 6 on the chart for 12 April 2010, in response to the rumoured closure of the indie-supporting radio station BBC 6 Music.

    The song reached No. 56 on 11 April 2010: this was their first UK Singles Chart appearance. It also reached No. 3 in the Official Independent Singles chart the same week, and was No. 1 in the HMV UK Digital Downloads Top 40 Tracks on 16 April, knocking Ultravox's song "Vienna" off the top spot – itself part of a separate Facebook campaign the previous week.

    Andy Kershaw has described Half Man Half Biscuit as "England's greatest folk band" and "the most authentic British folk band since The Clash". James Dodd on Bido Lito! praised (as many others did) Nigel Blackwell's "uncanny way of chronicling two of his greatest passions in life: television and small-town England". Eliza Carthy praised the band for their "pathos disguised with wit and sarcasm", describing Blackwell as a "genius". Journalist Ben Myers has described Blackwell's lyrics as "the antithesis of most rock songs, and iconoclastic in their total avoidance of cliche".

    Geoff Davies of Probe Plus recalled that after hearing a test pressing of Back in the D.H.S.S, John Peel said "Geoff, what's this, I've just played the first side of this, what is it, tell me, it's just fantastic and all". Other famous Peel quotes about the band include "I've said it before, a national treasure, there's no question about it. When I die, I want them to be buried with me." (14 August 1996) and "In a decently ordered society, members of Half Man Half Biscuit would be routinely carried shoulder high through the streets of every city they visited" (10 July 1997).

    According to music writer Paul Du Noyer:
    "The genius of Half Man Half Biscuit is that they took just enough of Scouse culture to give themselves an edge, but kept their distance too. From their Wirral bastion they issue occasional dispatches of wry hilarity and downbeat, satirical bite. The songs of their leader, Nigel Blackwell, suggest a very real world of people too educated to be on the dole but too luckless or lazy to be anywhere else. They take a witty revenge on the drivel of popular culture, without denying their fascination with it. They seem flintily incorruptible, and scan the London music media with a mocking eye for cant."

    Probably their second best song -

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    Persian classical music at its finest. It's a pity many at TC are not open to other classical music traditions.

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