heard on the wire

I prefer the cherry

According to my good friend @L0fth0use, today is Remix Thursday, which would normally send me scurrying for the fast forward button.

Remixes, more often than not, are a surefire way of making a record sound worse. Though New Order spent the best part of 20 years trying to prove me wrong, I remain convinced that handing a carefully crafted record over to a producer or DJ to do with what they will is a recipe for shite.

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This spoon in my drawer, a reminder of childhood

I do have a spoon in my drawer that reminds me of the kind of spoons my grandparents had. There is only one band on Earth who could possibly have been alive to that fact. They are, quite obviously, among the nominees for 2011’s song-from-each-year-of-my-life.

Any year that sees the release of a new Half Man Half Biscuit LP is a good year. Wirral’s finest released their 13th studio LP in 2011. While 90 Bisodol (Crimond) isn’t as musically inventive as some of its procedures, its lyrics are among the very best that Nigel Blackwell has ever written.

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