OK, not done one before so this is new ground to cover.
No particular reasons for these questions, just maybe some variations on what we have done before.
1) I am a big fan of what literature geeks call genre fiction. I love fantasy, science fiction, historical novels, detective stuff, so the first question is;
What is your favourite fiction genre and what book is the epitome of that style for you?
2) I think we have done musical guilty pleasures before, but it is always worth revisiting. Recently I bought Seals and Crofts Diamond Girl album, it was a fave of mine back in the mid ’70s. What is your most recent gulity pleasure music purchase?
3) A food question. What is the earliest “exotic” thing you remember eating that was something completely outside of what you had at home?
4) I am a big fan of Marvel comics and my favourite character is Doctor Strange (hence the pic). Do you like comics and, if so, who is your fave character?
5) Last one. Have you ever wanted to be a character in a novel? If so, who and why?
Grandad gremlinfc playing an old role- any idea who the quotes are from? 1.“The greater our innocence, the greater our strength and the swifter our victory” 2.“Character is victory organized.” 3.”One must start with the impossible in order to reach the possible.” 4.”The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses – behind the lines, in the gym and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights. “ 5.”The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.” 6.”A map of the world that does not include Utopia is not worth glancing at”. 7.”If you don’t stand for something , you will fall for anything”. And finally summat from a true philosafa… “If you live to be 100, I hope I live to be 100 minus 1 day, so I never have to live without you.”
Typical, isn’t it? You wait ages for an Album Of The Week and then two come along at the same time. Sort of …
This is yet another (relatively) obscure album from what is fast becoming known as the ToffeeBoy era. Before I got involved with this strange ‘Spilly thing, it hadn’t particularly occurred to me that so much of the music that I love dates from the 1980s but I can’t deny that it does seem to be the case. Perhaps it’s because I lived and breathed music during much of the decade, playing in bands and working for Our Price. Who knows?
Win were a short-lived band, formed out of the ashes of Postcard-era Scottish indie-popsters, The Fire Engines. Their first single was released in 1985 and they had disbanded by 1990 – if you blinked, you’d have missed them. The entire back catalogue consists of seven singles and two albums. That’s all there is.
The album I’m sharing with the class today, is Win‘s 1987 debut, the strangely (pretentiously?) titled Uh! Tears Baby (A Trash Pop Icon).
It’s not really typical of the sort of music I tend to like – it isn’t full of jangly guitars, it’s not at all fey or whimsical and it’s far more dance-based and much, much funkier than you might expect from an old fogey like me. But what it does have is great tunes, soaring melodies, interesting lyrics and some inventive use of electronic keyboards/synthesizers. More than anything else, it sounds to me like a band having fun.
Some of you (I’m sure) won’t like the production – there’s almost certainly too much reverb for Chris’s liking (whether we’re talking spring reverb or otherwise will have to be left to Abahachi to judge) – and some of you may not like the (admittedly very ’80s) vocals – and you know what? I don’t care. This is an album that’s been part of my life for twenty two years and I love it. And I just wanted to share …
I said on the mothership the other day that I admired Springsteen but am not a fan, as in I find him a tad tedious to listen to for long.
I was surprised to find that The Band had covered his Atlantic City, and I think they help me make my point. To be fair, Bruce’s is from the deliberately sparse Nebraska, which I like more than many others. But the Band’s take stays true to the song and album’s organic roots, so its not like it needed a lot of gimmicking up or anything.)