DAVE BERRY – PICTURE ME GONE

DAVE BERRY – “Picture Me Gone” / “Ann” (Decca F 12513) November 1966 – I’m very cross about this. I know it’s not Dave Berry’s fault but I don’t think I’ve ever heard such a ham-fisted backing for a long time – and that girl chorus! SOMEONE must have been joking.

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MAMAS AND THE PAPAS – LOOK THROUGH MY WINDOW

MAMAS AND THE PAPAS – “Look Through My Window” / “Once Was A Time I Thought” (RCA Victor 1551) November 1966 – MAMAS AND THE PAPAS “Look Through My Window” – The fame and success of the Mamas And Papas is a strange thing. Their sound is one of super-high strings, of massed muzzy voices and the feeling that they are singing in a room full of cotton wool.

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LOOP – HEAVEN’S END

LOOP – “Heaven’s End” (Reactor 01) February 2020 – When I decided, a few months ago, to dig deeper into the so called late eighties Shoegaze and Dream Pop scene, a band called Loop were seemingly always mentioned as instigators and pioneers. They seemed to be the ideal combo for me to start my sonic education. I had previously never listened to Loop.

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THE HOUSE OF LOVE – HOUSE OF LOVE LP

THE HOUSE OF LOVE – “House Of Love” (Creation CRE LP 34) May 1988 – The yawn turns to a smile. You told me they were like the Bunnymen, Velvets, Doors, Mary Chain, Lemon Drops, and the entire Creation back-catalogue. I cried, ‘Not another crew of Parisien bathtub corpses in leather troos with pisshole-in-the-snow eyes!’

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THE PRIMITIVES AT THE TOWN AND COUNTRY CLUB, LONDON – MAY 1988

Terminal Crash Fear – The Primitives – That woman looks just like my mum. Same unfloppable hairstyle, same geometrically precise eyebrows, I bet you even her bikini-line’s been waxed to the same level.

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NICO: IRONIC DEATH

Last Of The Bohemians – Nico, ironic death – high priestess of teutonic angst, died in Ibiza last Monday night of a brain haemorrhage. She was found unconscious by the side of her push bike and taken to Cannes Nisto hospital, where she died at 8:00pm.

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THE STRANGLERS – NO MORE HEROES

The Stranglers ‘No More Heroes’ – Daft title from The Stranglers, who are most firmly established heroes of the New Wave. They’re so solidly fixed on their pedestal it seems like posturing false modesty to issue this sort of disclaimer

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THE SEX PISTOLS – SOMETHING ELSE

There really ain’t nothing sadder than old hipsters or anything more obnoxious than louts given free reign while you’re in the room. Anarchy in antiquity

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THE SEX PISTOLS – PRETTY VACANT

As a result of this dilemma, the only positive outlet for their frustrations is the comparative isolation of the recording studio and it’s from there that ‘Pretty Vacant’ – the music, the noise, the intense atmosphere – boils over in sheer anger and desperation.

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THE SEX PISTOLS – ANARCHY IN THE U.K.

Admittedly Johnny Rotten sings flat, the song is laughably naive, and the overall feeling is of a third rate Who imitation, but even so there’s a certain neurotic aggression that distinguishes it from the rest of this week’s insipid bunch and prevents it acquiring good-bad status

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