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Lazarus and the Gimp
09-09-2004, 20:06:35
Funny how these things go, isn't it? You worship a band for five of the most formative years of your life, but then watch them go into a sad decline over their last couple of albums- losing touch with the things that made them so great. Then there's the inevitable split, and years of disappointing solo releases as they fade from view.

Then, 10 years after the split, you hear they've reformed. "Yeah, right" you think. "Let's go hump the cash-cow one more time". You're braced for the inevitable lame embarrassment as midle-aged men try to recapture their vigour and miss by light years. Still, you find yourself buying the CD out of a sense of morbid curiosity and slip it into the player, prepared for the worst....

....then discover that after all that time doing "sad" they've suddenly started doing "angry" and it's absolutely brilliant. Bugger it all- I've started feeling good about the world.

Lazarus and the Gimp
09-09-2004, 20:17:48
Bet nobody else likes them. I don't care. Don't wanna share them anyway.

10-09-2004, 00:33:49
Reminds me of the Pixies story...I can't bear to see them again.

10-09-2004, 09:57:18
I was reading this (http://www.guardian.co.uk/arts/features/story/0,11710,1295241,00.html) article about American Music Club getting back together on the Guardian website. I meant to have a listen to some of their stuff. Any recommendations for someone who knows nothing about them

BGH, The Pixies were awesome when I saw them in June. Why don't you want to see them again?

10-09-2004, 10:30:03
Originally posted by Lazarus and the Gimp
Bet nobody else likes them. I don't care. Don't wanna share them anyway.

Can't recall how (a friend borrowed me an LP, or advised me to buy it, or whatever), at the end of '80s I listened for a while to an AMC album, I'm almost positive it was Engine.

I kinda liked them, I remember I thought they were "energetic romantic". I listened to them occasionally tho, and never to anything else from them, as I was still deep in my prog rock phase (which is not actually over yet ;))

Lazarus and the Gimp
10-09-2004, 18:45:52
Originally posted by Debaser
Any recommendations for someone who knows nothing about them

"California" is the best album to start with. "Engine" and "Everclear" are classics too. "United Kingdom" is odd, but has some brilliant tracks. Mark Eitzel's "Songs of Love- Live" is a tremendous album too.

Avoid "Mercury" and "San Francisco". They lost the plot on those.

Lazarus and the Gimp
10-09-2004, 18:53:26
If you're looking for individual songs...

From "Engine"- "Big nights", "Mom's TV"

From California- "Western Sky", "Last Harbour"

From "United Kingdom"- "United Kingdom", "Kathleen"

From "Everclear"- "The dead part of you", "Jesus's hands"

11-09-2004, 17:59:12
I've got one of Mark thingys solo albums but it's a little too shit for my liking

Lazarus and the Gimp
12-09-2004, 16:01:06
They're a bit ropey.