PHOTO: Siouxsie, London, Vortex Club, 31-10-1977
LIVE SESSION: XTC – “Living Through Another Cuba” and “Generals And Majors” – Rockpalast – 1982.
XTC live at Rockpalast – Markthalle – Hamburg, West Germany – February 10, 1982, performing “Living Through Another Cuba” and “Generals And Majors”
XTC played on the German TV show, Rockpalast, on February 10, 1982. The show was held at the Markthalle in Hamburg, West Germany.
Touring in support of their album, English Settlement, this would be one of XTC’s last performances. Andy Partridge would succumb to stage fright and collapse on stage in Paris on March 18, 1982.
SONG of the DAY: JJ Grey and Mofro – “The Sweetest Thing”.
Down-home storytelling with a grimy blend of blues and front porch soul.
Origin: Jacksonville, Florida.
SONG of the DAY: BOAT BEAM – “Sabio”.
Delicate impressionist landscapes of folk, indie pop, and classical music from a Spanish trio.
THIS IS OUR MUSIC: Japan – “Gentlemen Take Polaroids”
Leaving behind the inevitable comparisons with David Bowie and Roxy Music that dogged them no matter where they ducked, 1980’s ”Gentlemen Take Polaroids” focussed on a Japan that sounded more, rather than less, like Japan and no one else.
Putting all the pieces together for this early decade masterpiece, the band brought a sophistication to their sound that did indeed echo the intentions of their mentors, but still bristled with all the hope that this new breed could muster.
”Gentlemen Take Polaroids” flies its most triumphant flag in the buttered cohesion of melody, lyrics and style. There is no dichotomy of style, no dissonance and angular interjection of voice and guitar, keys and drums. Instead, Japan flawlessly blended it all, emerging with an elemental song that boasts of late nights, seedy lights and cocktails for everyone. Grown up, but very much off the beaten path, ”Gentlemen Take Polaroids” laid down the law that bands like Duran Duran and Ultravox could only hope to obey.
SONG of the DAY: THE JAR FAMILY – “Poolie Strut”.
Distinctly British folk music with a loyalty to the roots of North East England.
Origin: Hartlepool, England.