THE COMPANY OF WOLVES (1984) Sep 18, 2020
THE COMPANY OF WOLVES (1984)
This week in 1984 saw the release of THE COMPANY OF WOLVES, a British gothic fantasy horror film directed by Neil Jordan and starring Sarah Patterson, Angela Lansbury, Stephen Rea and David Warner (September 1984)
The film was based on the werewolf story of the same name in Angela Carter's 1979 short story collection The Bloody Chamber.
"The early to mid-’80s was a glorious time for werewolf movies. Between An American Werewolf in London, The Howling, Wolfen, and Teen Wolf, the advances in practical effects created the perfect environment for lycanthropic horror," wrote Meagan Navarro.
"Right in the middle of the werewolf’s prime was Neil Jordan’s The Company of Wolves, released in the UK in September 1984."
"The surreal horror-fantasy made its way to US theaters on April 19, 1985, where it would slip under the radar to become one of the most overlooked horror films."
Based on author Angela Carter’s short story collection The Bloody Chamber, namely the stories featuring werewolves, The Company of Wolves came across as an outsider because of its unique blend of both fantasy and horror.
A strange coming of age story, and the horrors of burgeoning sexuality, clashed with the bloody violence of werewolves. This was Little Red Riding Hood meets carnal werewolves.
The film was too horrific for fantasy fans and too close to Grimm fairy tales with its dreamlike quality for horror fans.
The critics, for the most part, ate it up, but fans weren’t quite sure what to do with it. That it was essentially an anthology film told in a non-linear, disjointed way made it all the more difficult to market.
The visuals and tone would make the Grimm brothers proud, but Jordan never waivered from the gory nature of what werewolves should be.
The transformations change thought it the film. In one story, a young Stephen Rea plays a groom that abandons his wife for the call of the moon. When he returns years later, he literally rips off his skin, before a muscle and sinew transformation sequence.
In another, a wolf emerges from the man’s mouth, shedding its human skin.
The Company of Wolves also featured a young Terence Stamp as The Devil, riding up in a Rolls-Royce in a scene.
Strange eggs that hatch to reveal crying baby figurines, hedgehogs that spook wild men during full moons and giant toys that torment their owners, The Company of Wolves did everything in its power to convey that lucid dreaming feel.
It succeeded too.
The Company of Wolves was a unique addition to the werewolf sub-genre that could use more appreciation.
THE ADICTS – VIVA LA REVOLUTION and GET ADICTED Sep 18, 2020
THE ADICTS – VIVA LA REVOLUTION and GET ADICTED
On this date in 1984, THE ADICTS released the compilation THIS IS YOUR LIFE, (September 19th, 1984).
One of the pinnacles of their early career, The Adicts’ compilation THIS IS YOUR LIFE would not have surprised the seasoned fan with the quality of tracks on offer but for the uninitiated this was as entertaining as any album had the right to be.
With cuts like Viva la Revolution, Straight Jacket, Younger Generation and the mighty Get Adicted, was as powerful and socially conscious as it was one hell of a listen.
The Adicts’ sound was punk with a uniform - Clockwork Orange-inspired droog costumes, adopted not for their ‘ultraviolence’ but as a symbol of teenage angst and rebellion. And, of course, a very singular look didn’t hurt at all, setting them apart from the punk pack.
At the turn of the decade, The Adicts attracted a loyal local following and managed to secure a deal with ‘Dining Out Records’ following their first London gig, leading to the release of 'Lunch With The Adicts' EP in 1980.
This was fiery, brash punk rock n’ roll that bore all the hallmarks of a band that would see out punk's wilderness years. It included two songs still played to this day, 'Easy Way Out' and 'Straight Jacket'.
"I remember the early days as a time of discovery, adventure, and intellectual and artistic awakening,” said frontman Keith ‘Monkey’ Warren.
“Punk rock encouraged people from small towns all over the UK to think differently and to take a different path. My mum wasn't too pleased when I quit my job and came home with purple hair, but it was a personal revolution. I may have been a fashion victim, but I was also a liberated mind ready for anything.”
In 1981, The Adicts released their debut LP, ‘Songs of Praise, an album that explored melodic dimensions far beyond the sustained thrash of some of their peers.
The debut also spawned one of The Adicts’ best known songs, the anthemic 'Viva La Revolution', released as a single in July 1982. The single was backed with two tracks almost equal in stature, 'Numbers' and the wonderfully titled `(My Baby Got Run Over By A) Steamroller'.
You can read more about The Adicts on their website: https://theadicts.net/pages/band
The video here is VIVA LA REVOLUTION (not on the album) and GET ADICTED.
THE CURE - NEVER ENOUGH Sep 18, 2020
THE CURE - NEVER ENOUGH
Released as a single from The Cure's 1990 remix album 'Mixed Up', the guitar-oriented NEVER ENOUGH reached number 13 in the UK and topped the U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart for three weeks.
"The song is about excess," explained Robert Smith.
"Anything I do is not enough, there always has to be something else or you'd stop, and the fact that there is always something else drives you into excess."
Smith wrote this after they had been in the studio 3 days trying to record a single for Mixed Up.
"We recorded 4 songs and they sounded like crap, and I was really depressed. Everyone knew it wasn't working. I wrote Never Enough that night and said, 'Let's record this.'"
According to Smith, this song inspired The Cure to "become a guitar band again" following the "gloomy" sound of their 1989 album Disintergration.