Wednesday, May 6, 2015
For The Price Of A 7" Single...
1988 saw the release of a compilation album on Creation Records, under the title of Doing It For The Kids. 15 tracks for the price of a 7" single. Wouldn't even get you a cup of coffee these days. And what a motley collection of tracks they were - Felt, The House Of Love, The Weather Prophets, Primal Scream and My Bloody Valentine to name just a few. For me, one of the best compilations ever released. Incredible to think now about the indie talent that Alan McGee had on that label in the late 80's. Turns out that most of the bands I was listening to were all on Creation. One of the many great things about this album was that it didn't just focus on the jangly guitar bands of their early days (although they were my personal favourites) but introduced us to some of the more diverse acts acts that had been signed to the label, like the dry wit of The Jazz Butcher and Momus and the beautiful, atmospheric sound of Heidi Berry. Just realised tonight that two of the late 80's finest indie singles were also released on the same day, MBV's You Made Me Realise and The House Of Love's guitar classic Destroy The Heart. This album was in some small way responsible for shaping my music taste for quite a few years. Almost impossible to get hold of these days, but anyone who has a copy will know how good this album is. Today's tracks come from Heidi Berry and Primal Scream. Would be interesting to know what Bobby Gillespie thinks these days of his early recordings with Primal Scream. I still feel that they have a sort of innocent charm to them, especially Bobby's ever so slightly out of key vocals.
All Fall Down