Saturday, July 18, 2020

The Mighty Lemon Drops

Drawing early comparisons to Echo & The Bunnymen, TMLD created 2 of my favorite albums of the 1980s.  When the '90s hit, they changed to a more Madchester-inspired sound, with very mediocre results.

Friday, July 3, 2020

Pet Shop Boys

Pet Shop Boys are still going strong, with a huge and impressive body of work.

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Talk Talk - RIP Mark Hollis

Such a great band, even their hit singles didn't do justice to the great albums they graced the '80s with before getting quieter and quieter and disappearing with a whisper.

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Wall Of Voodoo

Wall of Voodoo were a quirky LA band, with strange synth sounds and Stan Ridgway's warbly voice.  Ridgway left after 2 albums and was replaced by Andy Prieboy, but success eluded them and they lasted just 2 more albums.

Sunday, June 7, 2020

Youth - Man of a Thousand Mixes

Wrapping up the Killing Joke posts with the most prolific member - Martin Glover, aka Youth. To list all of the artists he's produced, remixed, or collaborated with would be en entire blog unto itself. He's been behind the boards for hit albums by the likes of The Verve, Crowded House, The Cult, Pink Floyd, Peter Murphy, Echo & The Bunnymen, and his own band, Killing Joke. He's collaborated with Paul McCartney on 3 albums. He ran his own trance label, Dragonfly Records, and Liquid Sound Design, which focuses on psychedelic dub and electronic music. Two of my favorite albums are "East of the Ganges" under the name Kumba Mela Experiment, and Dub Trees' 2000 album.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

This Mortal Coil

This Mortal Coil is the name of producer Ivo Watts' project.  He enlisted some of his 4AD friends and created some gauzy melancholia, probably most well known for their cover of "Song to the Siren," with Liz Fraser singing.

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Cocteau Twins

Cocteau Twins created their own musical language around Robin Guthrie's ethereal guitar and Liz Fraser's otherworldly vocals.