23 January 2021
Band: GENERATION X (London UK)
Active: 1976–1981, 1993
Album: KISS ME DEADLY
Released: 23 January 1981 – 40 years ago today
AllMusic said: “Billy Idol and bassist Tony James rehearsing
for their post-Gen X careers, respectively as a solo artist and
as the leader of Sigue Sigue Sputnik.” Score: 3/5.
Billy Idol: “The biggest misconception people
have about me is that I’m stupid.”
Key single: Dancing With Myself
Billy Idol solo…
GENERATION X: Bio
Swedish punks stunt with The World’s First World Wide Web World Tour. All info here.
THE HIVES: Facebook
22 January 2021
Band: TINDERSTICKS (Nottingham, K)
Active: Since 1992
Album: DISTRACTIONS – 13th LP
Out: 11 February
Info: Tindersticks sounds fresh again. ‘Distractions’ is an album of subtle realignments
and connections from a restless, intuitive band. Rich in texture and atmosphere, it lives between its open spaces and details, always finding new ways to connect with a song.
The LP isn’t untouched by the lockdown, but it’s not a lockdown record.
Stuart A. Staples (frontman): “I think the confinement provided an opportunity
for something that was already happening. It is definitely a part of the album, but
not a reaction to it.”
– MAN ALONE (CAN’T STOP THE FADIN’) –
Trippy & spacey, brill bass, pretty surprising!!
– YOU’LL HAVE TO SCREAM LOUDER –
Funky score! You can dance to Tindersticks now!!
Glastonbury Festival in the UK canceled for the second year in a row.
“With great regret, we must announce that this year’s Glastonbury Festival will not take place, and that this will be another enforced fallow year for us. In spite of our efforts to move Heaven & Earth, it has become clear that we simply will not be able to make the Festival happen this year. We are so sorry to let you all down.
As with last year, we would like to offer all those who secured a ticket in October 2019 the opportunity to roll their £50 deposit over to next year, and guarantee the chance to buy a ticket for Glastonbury 2022. We are very appreciative of the faith and trust placed in us by those of you with deposits, and we are very confident we can deliver something really special for us all
We thank you for your incredible continued support
and let’s look forward to better times ahead.”
Michael & Emily
22 January 2021
Artist: SAM COOKE (Clarksdale, Mississippi, U.S.)
Known as the King Of Soul. He was
born on 22nd January 1931. Happy 90!
He passed away on 11 December 1964, only 33.
Single: WONDERFUL WORLD
Written by Lou Adler, Herb Alpert, and Sam Cooke
Released: 14 April 1960
Score: No 2 in the USA
What a wonderful world this would and could be…
SAM COOKE: Bio
Rolling Stone Magazine
Photograph by David LaChapelle. Produced by Coleen Haynes at Maavven. Executive production by Creative Exchange Agency. Hair by Chris Appleton. Makeup by Samantha Lau. Styling by Lorenzo Posocco. Bodysuit, gloves, and tights by Rui Zhou.
Her highly acclaimed 2020
album FUTURE NOSTALGIA…
Interview with Rolling Stone right here.
22 January 2021
(photo by Alessandro Raimondo)
Who: Hailing from Yorkshire, now South London rooted, this band channels
the droll fury of The Fall and the lopsided rhythm of Gang of Four into a strain
of vehement post-punk, exploring the darker side of existence through
a lens of narrative-driven levity.
Pick: FALL OF THE BIG SCREEN
Zac Lawrence (frontman): “We are being sold free choice at the click of a button
when in reality our options are shrinking as monopolistic corporations haunt every
item of consumption, as we are algorithmically given a narrow margin of preference
which blinds us to any true alternative. The Fall of the Big Screen is imminent, and
this is our cry of understanding.”
Score: Imagine George Orwell fronting The Fall back in Nineteen Eighty-Four
scaring the world with a grim, futuristic vision of humankind about to collapse
in 2021 due to a deadly virus. Would we have believed those post-punk visionaries?
I don’t think so. But here we are today, with Deadletter confirming the science-fiction
like predictions coming true with a somber psych drone that moves and grooves like
Big Brother on a destructive mission.
It’s 1984 all over again…
Also on Spotify…
21 January 2021
Artist: DAVID BOWIE
8 January 1947 – 10 January 2016
Album: STATION TO STATION – 10th LP
Released: 23 January 1976 – 45 years ago
Score: #5 in the UK, #3 in the USA
David Bowie when working on the LP and doing tons of cocaine:
“I hate sleep. I would much prefer staying up, just working, all the time”
Rolling Stone wrote: “An album that was both musically accessible and lyrically
elliptical, a transition between the plastic soul of Young Americans and the chilly
electronic hum of the Berlin trilogy that followed – and Bowie’s highest charting
record in the U.S. until The Next Day, in 2013. Pioneering critic Lester Bangs, an
outspoken Bowie skeptic, wrote that the album “has a wail and throb that won’t
let up. A beautiful, swelling, intensely romantic melancholy.” Bangs concluded,
“has finally produced his first masterpiece.” Score: 5/5.
Turn Up The Volume: Cocaine years for The Thin White Duke.
Key singles: Golden Years
DAVID BOWIE: All Albums
22 January 2021
Faith No More frontman Mike Patton teamed up again, after almost 8 years, in the studio with Mr. Bungle’s Trevor Dunn, the Jesus Lizard’s Duane Denison, and John Stanier of Helmet and Battles. Under the name TOMAHAWK they love to produce tons of illegal decibels.
A new album, titled Tonic Immobility will be unleashed on 26 March.
“Tonic Immobility could just be something in the air we’re feeling. It’s been a rough year between the pandemic and everything else. A lot of people feel somewhat powerless and stuck as they’re not able to make a move without second-guessing themselves or worrying about the outcomes. For as much as the record possibly reflects that, it’s also an escape from the realities of the world. We’re not wallowing in negativity or getting political.” says the band in a statement.
Here comes lead-single Business Casual.
A fierce hammer blow. “A mocking look at the life of work in America.”
TONIC IMMOBILITY out 26 March – via Ipeac recordings