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  • THE WATERBOYS Oct 20, 2019

    THE WATERBOYS – OLD ENGLAND (1985)

    From THIS IS THE SEA, the track OLD ENGLAND, Mike Scott's criticism of Margaret Thatcher's economic policies.

    The video edit is courtsey of MetalGuru:(https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCozAQgH6ryRBQqUA0GjuVbA) that uses footage from Terence Davies’ Of Time And The City’ (2008)

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  • THE POGUES – RAINY NIGHT IN SOHO Oct 20, 2019

    THE POGUES – RAINY NIGHT IN SOHO (1986)

    Featuring the songs LONDON GIRL, RAINY NIGHT IN SOHO, THE BODY OF AN AMERICAN and Jem Finer's PLANXTY NOEL HILL, The Pogues’ POGUETRY IN MOTION EP was the band's first single to make the UK Top 40, peaking at number 29 and the first Pogues recording to feature Philip Chevron and Terry Woods.

    The sweet and bitter brew saw Shane MacGowan weaving stories of instant emotion and saturnine simplicity that treated life and death with equal amounts of respectful abandon. The sound of a songwriter, and a band, in full bloom.

    Produced by Elvis Costello in sessions that delivered the first version of "Fairytale of New York" (with Cait O'Riordan duetting with Shane), Costello didn’t seem to put much of a personal stamp on the Pogues' sound, beyond getting a clean recording. The personality on the record came from the band, and there was plenty of it.

    Though two of the Pogues were originally from Dublin, and though traditional Irish music was obviously their main influence, the Pogues insisted that they were not an Irish band but a North London band, and their records bore out this assertion. Songs like ‘Rainy Night in Soho' and 'London Girl' evoked London people, places and moods. And though some of their instrumentation was folk, the mood of the music was definitely urban.

    At this point in time, they were already developing in new directions. 'A Rainy Night In Soho' owed a lot to the jazzy barroom orchestral sound Tom Waits had pioneered.

    The video here is the glorious and touching RAINY NIGHT IN SOHO.
    “Two recordings and various mixes of the song were made in the studio,” wrote Carol Clerk in ‘The Story Of The Pogues’.

    “… MacGowan and producer Elvis Costello clashed over the final mix of the song, with MacGowan preferring a mix featuring a cornet, and Costello preferring a version with oboe.”

    The cornet version was used, except for Canadian editions of the EP, which used the oboe version.

    Other mixes have surfaced on various compilations and bootlegs, and according to guitarist Philip Chevron there are "something like 13 versions... with different edits of the two recordings"

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  • THE MEN THEY COULDN’T HANG – ISLAND IN THE RAIN Oct 20, 2019

    THE MEN THEY COULDN’T HANG – ISLAND IN THE RAIN

    This month in 1988, THE MEN THEY COULDN’T HANG released the single ISLAND IN THE RAIN, (October 1988).

    The second single from TMTCH’s third studio album ‘Waiting for Bonaparte’, ISLAND IN THE RAIN conjured maritime imagery of my area on the southcoast: shorelines and harbours, from Southampton’s Dock Gate One over to Fawley power station, Netley and the imposing memorial to Alfred, Lord Tennyson, the Victorian Poet Laureate, standing on the highest point of Tennyson Down on the Isle of Wight.

    Such was the power of this band's lyrics that they could turn everyday industrial landscapes into the settings for tales of romance and adventure.

    “The music surges in and out like the breaking tide as the song ebbs and flows from lone mandolin refrains to full blown harmonies,” wrote the Dancing About Architecture blog.

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