The Aura of the H-Man
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Saw the Longpigs open for Echo and the Bunnymen in San Diego around 1997, and they were pretty good. Really like that first album.
Echobelly has been a long time favorite of mine. I always loved Sonya’s vocal style, and I actually think People Are Expensive may have been their best album. Bums me out that I never got a chance to see them live.
Seven? I count nine. Fuzzy Logic, Radiator, Guerrilla, Mwng, Rings, Phantom Power, Love Kraft, Hey Venus!, and Dark Days/Light Years. Unless you don’t consider Mwng a real album and didn’t care for the last one, which is defensible.
Or maybe John Power’s other band, the La’s, who were actually much better than Cast (thanks mostly to Lee Mavers).
Are they really Brit-Pop? I kind of figured they were of a different era. Though I’d disagree that none of their albums are perfect. I think Rings Around the World is one of the best albums I’ve ever heard. Guerrilla is phenomenal as well, and they did some really great stuff when they started working with Sean O’Hagan (Frequency has probably my favorite string section ever). Really awesome live band as well.
They’re in a completely different class than any of the bands on this list (except maybe Supergrass).
I wonder what the reactions are from people who go to see them at big arenas expecting to hear songs like this and the last album when they bust out Do The Rump or something like that. It doesn’t even sound like the same band. I mean, every band evolves, but this is a pretty stark contrast.
That’s about as Morrissey a title as I’ve heard. I don’t think an album title could be any more Morrissey than that.
Dr. Baker about a hundred more times.
Also, Inner Meet Me.
Awesome that they did Stick Figures. Probably my favorite song off of Mirror Traffic.
So that’s why they call this Black Friday. This really sucks. I’d be willing to live without more albums, because recording is a bit of a chore I’m sure, but I’m really, really gonna miss their live shows.
Or rather #276.