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venta is officially the coolest person in the world for, ooh, at least all the rest of this afternoon. :-) The reason for this accolade: in the course of her excellent (recommended, readers!) Friday afternoon Boogie at your Desk feature, she has just successfully identified a song that I loved every time they played it at PANIC but never managed to find out what it was.

The song is "Time Bomb" by Rancid. If it's at all representative of the band's output, then they're much better than the rather inauspicious name would suggest!

It's not as if I needed more CDs to add to my wishlist, but it would be really churlish to complain about discovering more good music. :-) Talking of which, I should also probably take this opportunity to thank acronym for constantly recommending Pink Flag by Wire, which I finally got round to buying (£5 in Fopp at the moment!). It's great: now a) I know where Elastica got that fantastic riff that kicks off "Connection", the thieving so-and-sos, and b) I can say "they sound a bit like Wire" about all the good-ish new bands instead of having to flounder around somewhere on the Cure / Joy Division axis (AXIS OF GOFF).

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boyofbadgers From: boyofbadgers Date: October 7th, 2005 03:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
If you like Pink Flag, I can heartily recommend their next two albums (Chairs Missing, where they go poppier, and 154, where they go weirder).
verlaine From: verlaine Date: October 7th, 2005 03:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
I need all of those like crazy - if they have any of them at Fopp for £5, I'm *there*, skint or no skint.
j4 From: j4 Date: October 7th, 2005 03:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm happy to compromise my otherwise oh-so-strict morals (*guffaw*) and burn a copy of "Pink Flag" for you to save you from financial ruin!
verlaine From: verlaine Date: October 7th, 2005 03:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
Birthday present for verlaine - tick!

No, no, perish the thought; I couldn't possibly be instrumental in making a FALLEN WOMAN of you, Janet...
j4 From: j4 Date: October 7th, 2005 03:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
I couldn't possibly be instrumental in making a FALLEN WOMAN of you, Janet..

Sadly not, which is why I'm only offering to burn CDs for you. ;-)
rysmiel From: rysmiel Date: October 7th, 2005 04:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
At risk of repeating last year's joke, surely that should be Autumnal Woman ?
burkesworks From: burkesworks Date: October 7th, 2005 04:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
What Ricky said. I can happily burn both of these for you if you like.
Also; if you like Wire, then chances are you'll love Gang of Four, who were in a way better by dint of them being at Leeds University roughly the same time as I was. And I'll bet the drummer out of Gang of Four tribute band Franz Ferdinand won't end up like his counterpart Hugo Burnham; to wit, turning up on Top Of The Pops "drumming" for Samantha Fox and causing me to drop a whole roast dinner on the floor in surprise.
covertmusic From: covertmusic Date: October 7th, 2005 05:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Go4 rule; I can lend you (j4) Entertainment! which makes the entire career of most punk-funk/funk-metal bands entirely redundant. :)

- A (he fills his head with culture)
rysmiel From: rysmiel Date: October 7th, 2005 04:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
Duly noted, though this coming month I have lots of books to buy and am unlikely to get more than one CD, which will be whichever Warren Zevon best-of looks most interesting, redbird has hooked me on Zevon. Pink Flag can go on the longer list.

Also: Sheet music, but not as we know it. [ sheck down through comments for second page ]

burkesworks From: burkesworks Date: October 7th, 2005 04:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
the Cure / Joy Division axis (AXIS OF GOFF)

No. That is the axis of proto-GOFF. Back in the days when I was a goff it kind of oscillated between Bauhaus and The Sisters Of Mercy.
j4 From: j4 Date: October 7th, 2005 04:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
If it dresses like a goth, dances like a goth, mopes like a goth and smells like a goth*, it's probably a goth.

* mmmm, clove cigarettes.
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rysmiel From: rysmiel Date: October 7th, 2005 05:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
Bauhaus will be here November 15th and I have a ticket. *squeebounce*
burkesworks From: burkesworks Date: October 7th, 2005 05:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Blimey, when did they reform, and has Pete Murphy still got the cheekbones?
rysmiel From: rysmiel Date: October 11th, 2005 01:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Tell you November 16th, I suppose.
covertmusic From: covertmusic Date: October 7th, 2005 05:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
(<- acronym as a DJ/musician, for those of you at the back.)

<mjg59>I GLORY IN MY INTRINSIC CORRECTNESS.</mjg59>

Seconded on Chairs Missing and 154, BTW, and don't bother with the Ideal Copy (they went weird-80s-electropop in their second incarnation, I like bits of it loads but there's a lot of acquired taste there) but I'll burn you the Snakedrill EP which is entirely excellent;

"I'd rather make furniture than go to Midnight Mass...
y'tulip, y'pea-brained earwig,
y'punk, y'silver-tongued SHNAKE!" (A Serious of Snakes)

"we're milling through the grinder, we're grinding through the mill,
if this is not a false alarm,
then this must be a...
this must be a DRILL!" (The Drill)

Actually, a very quick 80s-Wire playlist;

Snakedrill EP:

A Serious of Snakes
The Drill

The Ideal Copy:

Ahead ("Bring on the special guest / a monkey caught stealing...")
Ambitious ("CIA, KGB, PLO, IRA, IMF, PPK, SAS, RUC, ICI, ITT, H2O, 12XU, DDR, NYC, F1-11, 007, VOU, JFK, S&M, ECG...")
Over Theirs ("Something snapped / over the horizon")

A Bell Is A Cup (Until It Is Struck):
Silk Skin Paws ("I'm just making enquiries...")
A Public Place ("Lies fly in formation / candid fiction spreads its wings / It's deceptive at this angle / Does truth dance? Does truth sing?") - this song has some of my favourite lyrics of anything ever, really; http://www.wireviews.com/lyrics/a_bell_is_a_cup.html
Come Back In Two Halves ("it's not my problem now, everybody loves the mystery / it's not my problem now, everybody loves a history...")

It's Beginning To And Back Again:
German Shepherds ("I saw three dogs flying; there was a man on the end")
Eardrum Buzz ("the Louisville Lip has nothing to say / but one thing remains perfectly clear / the buzzbuzzbuzz in the drum of the ear")

Manscape:
Life In The Manscape ("Free speech and more TV / distribute liberally / I'd like mine to be a true facsimile")
You Hung Your Lights In The Trees/A Craftsman's Touch ("My portrait casts its skin, mile after yellow mile") - this track's particularly jawdropping

Send (their 2003 record), though, is if anything the heaviest and nastiest record they've ever done. It rocks.
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