I was going to write a big long bile filled angry rant about Simon Cowell as a cancer, growing in the belly of music and One Direction as the leiomyosarcoma. But then I thought, so what, in a couple of years nobody will care about this band, there is no permanence to what they do and I shouldn’t get so hung-up about them. Maybe it has always been like this and the fluff and garbage always floats to the top. I think I sometimes see the 1970s as a golden age, but we shouldn’t forget someone like Nick Drake, wofully overlooked during his brief time on this planet while a band like Mud became hugely popular.
I borrowed this from my daughter, to be fair I don’t even think she really likes them, but feels she should like them because her friends do. Maybe the whole thing is based on peer pressure, and nobody actually likes them.
Micro review; In an attempt to get raunchy for the second album, they become an even easier target. Mud for the 21st century, that’s right, that’s right, that’s right, that’s right.
Back before the advent of CDs and then MP3s vinyl bootlegs or, as they are now known, unofficial live releases, were real things of beauty. Of course we had the live tape, but proper vinyl bootlegs were treasure and generally quite pricey. You could easily pay double for the bootleg compared to official live albums. Now it is just so easy, someone bungs you a bunch of MP3s from 1983 and you might listen to them once, then that’s it. When I bought this I played it everyday for a year. You have to remember we were living in the technological dark ages and anything new from your favourite band was cherished, and played everyday, every inch of the cover was scanned for detail (I still do that) and run off grooves were investigated for etchings, we were on a punk rock palimpsest. I never did find Volume 2, the second half of the gig, seeing how volume 1 cost 15-20 quid I don’t think I could have afforded it anyway.
Best track; Baroque Bordello
An aside; Simon Cowell reckons the reason why he doesn’t like rock music is because of The Stranglers, another reason to love this band.