The 10 best 4AD LPs, and In the Flat Field only scrapes in at 9. Shocker.
Simon wrote the excellent review of the Cure’s Peel Session bootleg, and he’s now put together a mix (on Mixcloud) of 80’s goth. Next time someone’s looking (or in need of) an 80’s goth primer, point them to his “80’s Goth Mixtape” – 80’s Goth Mixtape by Simon Young | Mixcloud.
Goth for want of a better description….. includes The Cure, Joy Division, Siouxsie, Sisters, Bauhaus, Cocteaus, Bunnymen, Nick Cave, PiL, Tone on Tail, Danielle Dax, New Order, The Glove, Bauhaus, Killing Joke.
Excellent retrospective on the excellent “Head Over Heals” from the Cocteau Twins, via the ever-excellent Quietus.
Such has been the long shadow of influence cast by the Cocteau Twins that it seems strange to think that even they had heroes who’d made a profound and indelible effect on them. Even more curious an idea to consider is that their primary role models were the Dadaist and chaotic car-crash that was The Birthday Party, a band hell-bent on leaving a trail of pandemonium, confusion and destruction in their wake as they dragged the battered and bleeding remains of rock & roll with them by its heels. And yet it’s all there in their 1982 debut album, Garlands. The bloodied finger trails of Roland S. Howard’s cheesewire guitars are daubed all over songs such as the title track, ‘The Hollow Men’ and ‘Wax And Wane’ as conventional notions of what a guitar could and should do in the seismic wake of punk are thrown to the wind like so much discarded garbage.
Listening back to the early Cocteau Twins, and especially their debut LP Garlands (1982), I am surprised that they were not embraced more heavily by Goths. Garlands shares many sonic similaries with Pornography – without doubt the Cure’s finest hour (and yep, I do mean even better than Disintegration) – yet they were never seen as Goth. Maybe Liz Fraser wore one too many cardigans.
Anyway, a good article on Garlands (and its satellite releases) has been published on the excellent Plunder the Tombs blog, and it includes videos for every track on the LP (and some Peel sessions).