The Aura of the H-Man
Find Me On:
Only band I’ve ever seen give a legitimate encore. As in, they played the planned encore(s), they left the stage, the lights came on, about a 1/3 of the crowd left, and they only came back to play songs because the 2/3 that remained were aching for it. Really nice guys too from the times I’ve met them. Can’t wait for this album.
By the time the remove the jack, most people will be using bluetooth headphones anyway, or whatever the next generation of wireless figures to be.
Man, that sucks. I missed them in Chicago a couple weeks ago and was really looking forward to their Pitchfork set.
Back of the envelope….
9. Dark Days/Light Years
7. Love Kraft (though it has arguably my favorite SFA song).
6. Hey Venus!
5. Fuzzy Logic
3. Phantom Power
2. Rings Around the World
Not a bad list. Blue and Slide Away are probably my favorite Verve songs. I probably would have found a place on this list for So It Goes as well. Really love the guitar part about half way through that song.
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.