I have received a mail from an old acquaintance of mine, Dennis White, who happens to be the owner and founder of the Seattle Dadastic sounds label. Dennis has been releasing and introducing to us many local legendary punk, pop and R&B bands and artists, one of which is The Spectators, a band Bob Mould called ‘the best unreleased band in America’. The Spectators ‘Call it KAOS‘ was recorded about 1982 at Triangle Studios back when it was owned by Jack Weaver. Dennis hopes to release a Spectators digital album sometime in the near future. In the meantime, Listen to ‘Call it Kaos’, from this inspiring band, especially to the awesome guitar playing of Byron Duff. This is organized chaos though, and to me it sounds like The Talking Heads meets Devo on speed.
Posts Tagged ‘Devo’
I try to post some great music here and as far as I am concerned great music is timeless. So I`m less interested in music as fashion, nor as a gimmick, and decided I`ll take my year end summary on a different route. I have recently came across Pitchfork`s 70`s & 80`s top 100 lists, which reminded me of great music, but the choices made me wonder. Since that`s where I`m coming from -those ancient years and music, I`ll use Pitchfork and it`s young writers as a reference.
First of all Respect, respect, respect… Anyone that loves music as I do would understand that placing David Bowie`s heavy Heroin oriented Berlin period Eno Frippish album “Low” at # 1 knows something about music.
70`s: ( Pitchfork 100 )
# 5 :Bob Dylan “Blood on the tracks”
# 4 :Sly & the family stone ” There`s a riot`s going on”
# 3 :Television “Marquee moon”
# 2 :The Clash “London`s calling”
# 1 avid Bowie “Low”
Kinda strange choices considering some great albums are missing from the top 10. Where are Frank Zappa, Yes, Gong, Emerson Lake & Palmer, Go, Gentle giant, Robert Fripp, Winwood with all his projects, Elton`s Goodbye yellow brick road and many great others you should place before you think about Colin Newman. Seems to me like an odd choice: Pink Floyd at 32 with “The Wall” and “Dark side of the moon” at f….# 70, King Crimson at 72 with “Red”, Genesis`s “Lamb lied down“is completely missing andPeter Gabriel is not even mentioned… Eno`s “Before and after science at 100, Beatles at 28, Talking heads at 45, Sex pistols at 51, the choices seem to be coming from a young writer. With all the respect and love I got for Gang of four and Dave Allen and his Pampelmoose,how could you put Gang of four at the top 10 and Sex Pistols, an album that is a f…. milestone and have changed history of music at #51? ..and then to include every f… Wire album that was released? Not that I have something against Wire & Colin Newman ….
On the other hand there are some great albums you could find there and are truly recommended:
“Before and after science” -Brian Eno
“Rock bottom” – Robert Wyatt
“The Idiot” -Iggy Pop
“Starless and bible black” – King Crimson
“The man -machine” -Kraftwerk
Q:Are we men A: We are Devo -Devo
For Your pleasure -Roxy Music
All -Joni Mitchell
All – David Bowie
Songs of love and hate – Leonard Cohen
All – King Crimson
The Payback -James Brown
All -Pink Floyd
Future days -Can
Bryter Layter -Nick Drake
“Music for 18 musicians” -Steve Reich
“Starsailor” -Tim Buckley
“Live-Evil” -Miles Davis
“More songs about buildings and food” -Talking Heads
“Rumors” -Fleetwood Mac
“Saturday Night fever” -Various
“Fear of music” -Talking heads
All - The Beatles
All - Led Zeppelin
“Here come the warm jets” -Brian Eno
Electric warior” -T rex
“Bitches brew” -Miles Davis
“Maggot Brain” -Funkadelic
“Who`s next” – The who
“Loaded” -Velvet Underground
“Funhouse” -The Stooges
“Exile on main street” -The Stones
“Another green world” – Brian Eno
“Unknown pleasures” – Joy Division
……& thousands more
On the other hand the 80`s was a different animal altogether mainly cause the music world had witnessed two main changes: The first major change was the appearance of MTV and music videos and bands started paying more attention to image and looks and clips and singles rather than to the music and to concept behind albums. The other was the fact that Sony had bought CBS cause they were the # 1 CD player manufacturer and wanted to force CD`s as main format on the record industry. The fact that CBS was the largest company around and had the biggest shelf space in record stores and Sony succeeded and forced a different consumer platform altogether. It was New wave and haircut heaven time now. Not to say we didn’t have some great music around . Another major musical change was the introduction of midi and sequencers and samplers and techniques that had creatednew abilities and new sound for a new generation.
The 80`s choices are excellent and every album of the top 10 is a treat.
# 5 :Rem “Murmur”
# 4 :Pixies ” Doolittle”
# 1 :Sonic Youth “Day dream nation”
And many great great others: The Smiths, The Cure, Tom Waits, Joy Division, Public Enemy, Prince, XTC, Public Image, David Byrne and Brian Eno`s “My life in the bush of ghosts“, The Jesus and Mary chain, Black flag, New order, U2, Husker du, Talk talk, N.W.A, The replacements, The stone roses, Kraftwerk, The Police, Big black, Guns and roses, The pogues, Boogie down productions, The smiths, Cocteau twins, Jane`s addiction and lots more….
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