IN CONCERT: The Pretenders at Rockpalast 1981.
2. The adultress
3. Message of love
4. Talk of the town
5. English roses
6. Birds of paradise
8. Stop your sobbing
10. Jealous dogs
11. Day after day
12. Up the neck
13. Tattooed love boys
14. Bad boys get spanked
16. Brass in pocket
THIS IS OUR MUSIC: The Go-Betweens – “Was There Anything I Could Do?”.
Song taken from the album 16 Lovers Lane (1988).
16 Lovers Lane is simply breathtaking; it is a deeply moving, aurally sensual collection of songs about relationships and the broken side of love that never lapses into cheap sentimentality or cynicism.
UNDER THE RADAR: Astronauts – “Skydive”
Soft melancholy, psych-folky dynamics and bubbling electronic textures.
Official video for the single ‘Skydive’, released by Lo Recordings on June 2nd, 2014. Concept and filming by Michelle Deignan.
PHOTO: Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore
PHOTO: Elvis Costello, London, 1978
UNDER THE RADAR: The Dodos – “Transformer”.
A San Franciscan duo craft a stunningly rich, expansive sound.
PHOTO: New Order, NYC 1981 by Eugene Merinov
PHOTO: Colin Newman – Wire
THIS IS OUR MUSIC: Throwing Muses – “Dizzy”.
A fairly blatant bid for semi-mainstream acceptance, “Dizzy” was by far the most straightforward song Throwing Muses had yet recorded.
Kristin Hersh’s lyrics for once tell a coherent story (Indian girl runs away with white boy) and the song features the catchiest and most traditional chorus the group had ever attempted up to that point.
Although the southwestern-themed lyrics don’t quite convince (in a 1990 interview on MTV, the New England-bred Hersh admitted that she’d gone to the library to research the geography and culture of the Texas panhandle), “Dizzy” is an undeniably tuneful and memorable tune that proves that unlike some of their peers, Throwing Muses weren’t being deliberately obscure and angular out of an inability to write a proper pop song.