Talking Heads - Fear of Music
Oh man, if 'I Zimbra' doesn't make you wanna dance, I don't think we can be friends anymore.. just kidding! But seriously, this album is full of crazy infectious rhythms 🕺💃
"Two men stand, one's gotta go
One falls down to the ground, one walks down to the road
Momma better call the police
Now he's screaming no
Took a buckshot to the chest with a rock salt shell and he's moving slow"
Was pumped to see this was available on vinyl. Had to grab it up. Entire album hits from first to last song. Big oooooffffffffffs.
One has to try the unknown to find the gems. Here is one, courtesy of Michael @specksrecords , Sly Slick And Wicked, From 1976, released on the Ju-Par label. This is a Gold Star album and the only album released by this group. Great harmony, good lyrics and rhythms. This is the first record in a long time so good I recorded every song into my computer!! A real winner. I have 40-50 artists who, for whatever reason, only released 1-2 albums. I will be posting these under-appreciated artists regularly. Some switched to gospel, some never found an audience, some I don’t know why. If you like hidden gems, this is one. Recommended.
No closer to heaven - The Wonder Years
I have to admit, after The Wonder Years completed their trilogy of albums with 'The Greatest Generation' I really didn't know where the band could go. They had proved they were phenomenal song writers with their previous effort, but an album outside of the trilogy definitely had me a little (stupidly) apprehensive.
I put off listening to this album for a while. I was such a huge fan of 'The Greatest Generation' that I just avoided this album at all costs afraid of being let down. That was until I heard "I don't like who I was then" and all my doubts were squashed.
The albums theme deals with the loss of loved one and moves away from the feelings of being lost and alone that were the main focus of the trilogy of albums before this.
Frontman Dan "Soupy" Campbell has spoken about how he dealt with very severe writers block on this album which led to him believing the band might have to call it quits. Eventually seeking some help from friends of his in other bands and rebuilding his self confidence. It was during the gap between "The greatest generation" and this album though that he went and did his solo project "Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties" and you can definitely hear a massive improvement in the lyric writing. The Wonder Years had always been known for their realist lyrics but there's a huge poetic, story telling aspect to these songs. "You in January" features some of my favourite song writing by Soupy yet. "Stained glass ceilings" is also fantastic and features some amazing guest vocals from Letlives Jason Butler.
This is definitely an album I regret sleeping on for so long. The Wonder Years really proved themselves as the new fathers of the scene with this release and have only gone from strength to strength since. Another flawless entry in a already solid catalogue. - Sam
Stand out track (s) - A song for Patsy Cline, I don't like who I was then, you in January