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Nostalgia, what’s that all about?

Coming back from my lunch today, I was kicking some leaves along the path and suddenly I was reminded of this.



It’s the cover of New Order’s single, True Faith from 1987 (FAC183 for all you nerds out there). I’ve always been drawn to this cover, as I repeatedly claim it’s the first single I ever bought. This is probably not true, but it’s the way I remember it and that’s the story I’m sticking to. The designer Peter Saville, claims that the inspiration for the cover came from a personal experience, while driving his car home shortly after breaking up with his girlfriend. He pulled the car over and stopped, as he was crying uncontrollably. At some point he took his head out of his hands and looked up, to see one autumnal leaf falling from the sky, coming to rest on the windscreen. So there you go, what has it got to do with New Order’s True Faith? Nothing! But I still think the two are intrinsically linked in some way, to me they were both made for each other.

When I was 12, I spent a summer in Rotherham listening to my cousin’s Frankie Goes To Hollywood and Pet Shop Boys singles, and suppressing an irresistible urge to steal a 7″ boxset of Jam singles that he no longer cared for. I finally managed to get some money together and went record shopping, but didn’t really know what I liked, or what I wanted. I was drawn to the cover of True Faith, and never looked back really. It was from this, and my brother’s collection of Factory/Joy Division records that I managed to backtrack through this era of music, and develop an unhealthy obsession for it.

The chances of True Faith being the first record I ever bought are slim, to none. It’s most likely The Wombles, or The Jungle Book OST, but for now I’m running with New Order and the leaf. But if I’m being really honest here, I can also remember the other single I bought that day, not so cool. Hysteria by Def Leppard. Oh well, 1 out of 2 ain’t bad. At least I’m honest! Nostalgia can be a cruel friend.

I wonder will the kids of today look back in the future, and remember with fondness the very first ringtone they ever bought, or the first song they downloaded from Limewire. Hmmm…..doubtful.

Nostalgia part 2.

I got an email from a colleague today, and someone called Jed was cc’ed on it. That immediately reminded me of this, a Grandaddy video made by a fan for one of their tracks, Jed’s Other Poem. I think it’s one of the best, beautiful, most haunting videos I’ve ever seen, and an amazing song too. Again, like above, they seem like they were made for each other.

What was the name of the guy who took a bite of a biscuit one day(a biscuit he ate as a kid growing up), and all these memories just came flooding back to him? He proceeded to write 8 volumes of memoirs as a result of one bloody biscuit! I feel like him today.

November 1, 2007 Posted by | Factory, Grandaddy, Music, New Order, Peter Saville | 4 Comments

Before I was so rudely interrupted


So here I am, trying to catch up on some blogging (especially my irrelevant rant on the state of live music in Ireland), when all of a sudden I’m interrupted by a new album that arrived to my door yesterday.

Ladies and gentlemen, hold off on those end of year album polls, we may have a late contender. I don’t know too much about them yet, but I’m on my third listen already today of the new Le Loup album, The Throne Of The Third Heaven Of The Nations’ Millenium General Assembly, and it sounds really great. I don’t want to jinx it, but it sounds a little bit like Sufjan crossed with a hint of Maps, but in a good way. The singer’s voice is quite similar, and the trademark banjo features heavily. There are some great electronic bits too, lots of bleeps, squelches, soft synths, and vocoders. That’ll do me!

Here’s a link to an mp3 of what I think is the best song on the album, as it’s not on their myspace.

Let’s see if I still feel the same way next month. Anyway, back to moaning about gigs….

November 1, 2007 Posted by | Album, Le Loup, Maps, Music, Sufjan Stevens | Leave a comment

I’m all out of love part 2

I skipped Dizzee Rascal on Thursday night for 2 reasons.

1. I hate Groove Armada

2. It wasn’t down at IMMA, it was moved to Tripod.

Friday night provided another chance to see o’death in Whelan’s. This Brooklyn-based 5 piece played here a few months ago, supporting Goodtime John on a wet Sunday night. They blew me away completely, and I remember leaving the gig thinking they were the best live band I’d seen in a long time. I think the 20-30 people that were there felt the same also, as they were all there again on Friday night.

Their album, Head Home was released a few months back between both gigs. Although great, it fails to capture the energy and sheer chaos of their live show. It’s a tough one this, as I’ve been raving about the band recently, so much so that when people finally cave in and check out their myspace, or buy/download the album, they’re somewhat underwhelmed. I’ve decided to adopt the positive slant and run with this theory instead. o’death live, and o’death on record are two very diferent things. The key here is to check the band out live, and the album will then make perfect sense, whether you’ve heard it before or not. The reason I still feel they’re the best live band I’ve seen all year is that they’ve succeeded in bringing something new and totally different to the o’death experience, and the live experience, and that’s what live music is all about.

We drank, we laughed, we danced!

November 1, 2007 Posted by | live, Music, o'death, Whelan's | 1 Comment

I’m all out of love part 1

 I’ve been so busy for the last week, I haven’t had a chance to write anything here. It’s been non-stop gigs and deadlines, and I’m burnt out! I’m also a drama queen, so the last statement is an exaggeration. I feel like I’m out nearly every night, or there’s an excuse to be out every night, especially with the current crop of live gigs in Dublin. I think I’m all out of love when it comes to gigs, until my liver and/or my wallet recover sufficiently. Saying that, I’ll probably be down at The National tomorrow night. Anybody remember their gig in the Cobblestone all those years ago?

Last week was extremely hectic, probably the busiest of the year. I kicked things off with Arcade Fire on Tuesday night, in the Park. Don’t really know if it was any good, as we were down the back and could neither see or hear the band. These things I do know though.

Beck’s Beer gives you a hangover before you’re drunk.

The visuals looked pretty good, for an indie band.

The drummer seemed to enjoy himself (he was projected onto the backdrop quite frequently, this was all I could see).

The drummer has a tattoo on his right arm, or a large clump of hair (see above).

It was extremely easy to get to and from the Phoenix Park, via the Dublin Bus service (I know, I was shocked too!).

The Bruce Springsteen comparisons are all true.

Wake Up was, is, and always will be an anthem, no matter where Arcade Fire go to from here.

November 1, 2007 Posted by | Arcade Fire, live, Music, Phoenix Park | 2 Comments