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  • NEW ORDER - STATE OF THE NATION (1986) Oct 1, 2020

    NEW ORDER - STATE OF THE NATION (1986)

    Included on the CD edition of 1986 album 'Brotherhood', STATE OF THE NATION was composed by all of its members and has appeared on several other NO releases including the singles compilation Substance.

    The 12" version of the song is almost twice as long as the 7" version, and included an additional verse. The B-side was an alternate arrangement entitled "Shame of the Nation", which included, among other elements, backing vocals. This was written and produced with John Robie, marking the group's third collaboration with him.

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  • THE BEAT - I CONFESS Oct 1, 2020

    THE BEAT - CONFESS

    This week in 1982, THE BEAT released their third studio album, SPECIAL BEAT SERVICE.

    Unlike WH'APPEN, third studio album SPECIAL BEAT SERVICE saw a bigger transition from 2-tone to a sound more soulful and one with a firm grip on Latin and Caribbean pop forms. But where the album really succeeded was in managing that winning combination without succumbing to the limitations of a single style.

    The secret lay in not overplaying any one of the band's numerous influences, so that most of the musical attention focused on the hooks. Thus, as much as 'I Confess' and 'Sole Salvation' recalled the rhythmic vitality of classic Motown, they did so while also retaining the subtle lilt of rock-steady. Similarly, 'Pato And Roger A Go Talk' cut dub reggae with Afro-beat for a delightfully fluid pulse, while 'Save It For Later' settled into a groove somewhere close to a Curtis Mayfield lament.

    The album also marked a change in political tone, from cause to effect, from outright government condemnation to songs that spoke of the lives defeated and deflated by the system, to the point where all they had left was anger and resentment.

    "I used to love listening to people's conversations on buses,” said Dave Wakeling. “And in order, I suppose, to make it appear more confessional and more personal, I would often mess with which person it was written, whether it was I, or he, or she.”

    “'I Confess' was only partly autobiographical. A lot of other references point to a story I'd seen in a magazine about how a guy screwed his wife's sister on their wedding night. That was taking it a bit far. But it made me think that how people can get very sorry for themselves in any sort of situation regardless of their own actions. And so two things in it that were really personal for me was that I found that I ruined three lives, but didn't care, till I found out that one of them was mine.”

    The video here is I CONFESS.

    “Just out of spite,
    I confess I've ruined three lives
    Now don't sleep so tight
    Because I didn't care till I found out that one of them was mine.”

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  • THE DAMNED – LIFE GOES ON Oct 1, 2020

    THE DAMNED – LIFE GOES ON

    This week in 1982, THE DAMNED released their fifth studio album, STRAWBERRIES, (October 1982).

    Like its excellent predecessor, The Black Album, The Damned’s fifth album was another exemplary exercise in quality songwriting.

    Over 11 tracks, the magic touch was applied consistently creating a thrilling rollercoaster ride, one as dark as it was dramatic. Blistering guitars, pounding drums, psychedelic keyboards and a lively brass and sax section fused with the peerless vocals of Dave Vanian and Captain Sensible to create an album with razor-sharp wit and intelligence.

    From the dazzling, meditative LIFE GOES ON and the mysterious UNDER THE FLOOR AGAIN to the party-starting thrash of IGNITE.

    From the anthemic STRANGER ON THE TOWN and Reagan-baiting BAD TIME FOR BONZO to the the inexplicably underachieving singles, the mighty GENERALS, reviewed by SOUNDS as “a champion slice of wonder horse pop that simply brays for life as a single” and the irresistible DOZEN GIRLS.

    While STRAWBERRIES failed to deliver any chart-toppers hits, it was up to the fans to recognise a body of music elaborately infectious and rhythmically rich, and arguably one of the greatest records of the 80s.

    The video here is the sublime LIFE GOES ON, one of a number of songs featuring (but pre-dating) the riff used in Killing Joke’s ‘Eighties’ and Nirvana’s ‘Come As You Are’.

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