Ladies and gentlemen, the poet laureate of Pearl Mississippi, the voice of reason of the 60s counterculture, the guy who forced folks into bed with rock, who was born in 70s and then disappeared into a haze of sugar abuse. Who emerged to find Townshend. Was written off as a never-was by the end of the 80s, who suddenly shifted gears and began relasing some of the strongest postings of his career beginning in the late 90s. Ladies and Gentlemen, Barrow Street recording artist: TB!

Aug 102011

Listening to XTC (again). Mummer. It’s a really really good album.

I bought most of XTC’s catalogue when I worked at a local independent record store. Someone must have unloaded their collection and I got them used really cheap. My thought at the time was, “Hey, here is a band I’ve only heard good things about, so I should check them out.” Of course my OCD tendencies do not allow to buy one or two CDs, so I spent about 50 to 60 bucks and bought the whole batch. Looking at their discography, it’s most of their proper albums and all the major ones.

I listened to them then and have given them a spin a few times since. XTC is one of those bands that has just never made an emotional connection with me. I remember enjoying English Settlement, but by the end of it, I couldn’t tell you a damn thing on it. I know Skylarking is supposed to be a masterpiece. The early records have a punkish frantic quality that make for interesting listens. I know the hits and like those songs fine enough.

I know hardcore XTC fans will tell you that they were several bands: a punk group, a new wave band, a pop band. I’m sure they fit somewhere in the vein of Talking Heads and The Cars. I know Andy Partridge is good writer and their records feature some strong production.

So, I am listening to Mummer right now (at work) and thinking, Why I don’t love this band like everybody else in the world does? I am thinking that this a very very good album. And I’ll probably listen to more, hoping they’ll finally stick. Maybe I’ll finally connect with these records and feel compelled to listen to them more than once every 5 years or so.

So, what am I to do? Your help is appreciated…


Feb 152010

Just read the news that Doug Fieger of The Knack died Sunday. I wasn’t old enough to remember the war the rock press had with this band and its success, but I do remember “My Sharona.” Later, when I fancied myself a student of the power pop genre, I discovered that first Knack record and all of its many gems.

So, the questions for you is this: Get The Knack or Knuke The Knack?


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