154 – Wire

One of the few bands who still earn critical respect and manage to release new and interesting content 37 years after forming, did you hear that Rolling Stones? I am listening to this tonight in a place of paralysis and fear, the final ever episode of Breaking Bad is on the horizon and I will effectively have nothing to talk about once it is over. I did get a laugh today though, one of my friends texted me and called it Baking Bad (I love auto-correct) I responded, asking if it were about a group of people cooking a 98% pure meat pie.
I might just be me, but when I heard this at the time I never considered it groundbreaking or ahead of the time, it was just a good New Wave album. But listening to it now in 2013, it sounds incredible, did many bands sound like this in 1979?
Hidden gem; The 15th, showing that they can make pop music too.
Standout track; Map Ref. 41°N 93°W
Micro Review: I have measured out my life with Wire singles, it is an addiction with no known cure.

Bend Sinister – The Fall

I know Liam Gallagher would like to think that he holds the mantel of The Stroppiest Manc in the World. But when you put him up against Mark E. Smith, there is no competition. He makes Liam look like a veritable professional. Never, in the field of musical conflict, have so many been told to piss off by so few. I actually love the guy for it, and just hope that one day I can be told to shut up by the world’s greatest Mancunian.
The mid 80s were a great period for The Fall (weren’t they all?) and was a time when they started to produce hits, including the wonderful Mr Pharmacist. Bournemouth Runner sounds particularly good tonight, classic Fall groove, sounding like rockabilly on mushrooms.
Standout Track; R.O.D
Hidden gem; Living to Late, for me, one of their best singles.
An aside; I would argue that Mark E. is our greatest living sociologist, stick that in yer pipe Talott Parsons.