Catherine Wheel: Search and Destroy

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When I started getting into indie pop/rock about ten years ago in England the shoegazing movement was around. I liked Ride, Lush and MBV but especially the 1992 debut "Ferment" of Catherine Wheel was my shoegazing record. The song "Flower to Hide" was the first hypnotic psychedelic song I got to know and I loved it maybe even more than the best tracks on "Loveless". Catherine Wheel released other records later on. Maybe they still exist I do not know. To all people who contributed to my first ILM thread on "Your Precious You": Catherine Wheel is not my band :).

alex in mainhattan, Sunday, 8 July 2001 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

For a start, there's no "I" in Manhattan, imposter!

The Catherine Wheel started off as a shoegazig also-ran; a seemingly pale imitation of the more "significant" bands of the "genre," like Lush and Ride. Who'dathunk ten years later, it'd be the Cathering Wheel that was still around. Britain's answer to the Stone Temple Pilots. Yawn. Interesting fact (sorta): Lead Wheel'r Rob Dickinson is cousin to Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden. Wonder what their family cookouts are like.

alex in nyc, Sunday, 8 July 2001 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Search the periods during which they were their own band. Also search the periods during which they copied Talk Talk. Destory their desire to 'conquer the US'. So search the GRATE Ferment, Chrome, and all singles released during and prior to that period, along with Like Cats and Dogs, the b-sides disc. Also search Adam and Eve. Destroy Happy Days, destroy Wishville.

Andy, Sunday, 8 July 2001 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

@alex in nyc: Mainhattan = Frankfurt am Main, the only German city with something like a skyline.

alex in mainhattan, Sunday, 8 July 2001 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

search - ferment and chrome destroy - the rest, wannabe american rawk! destroy jack rabid too as he seems to have an unnatural love for crap like this and swervedriver. i remember the consecutive summers when the two biggest songs on alternateen radio were both by british shoegazers, first it was 'pearl' and then the next year it was 'black metallic', the good old days. i remember the disgust i had that mtv would show an 8 minute version of a guns and roses video but not do the same for black metallic.

keith, Sunday, 8 July 2001 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Crap like Swervedriver? Not so! Crap like Gene, you mean to say. Why Jack even gives them the time of day bemuses me. ;-)

Though for some strange reason I didn't include it on my 136 list, _Chrome_ is actually my favorite -- arguably "Pain" is "Black Metallic" redux, but I enjoy it more. _Ferment_ and _Adam and Eve_ are equally worthy, and while _Happy Days_ is an odd goof, it actually has some good songs lurking here and there. There's all sorts of fun uncollected B-sides lurking out there as well...

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 8 July 2001 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Search: Ferment. Made long-car trips bearable and moody. Destroy: Adam and Eve (went back into the used bins). Sadly, "Black Metallic" is now being used in some skin-creme commercial.

Jason, Sunday, 8 July 2001 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

C. Wheel - a band that I found it uneasy to sit through an entire albums worth of material but did have some fantastic songs on each release. I remember Chrome being very popular at the time of its release. Gene sucks. Swervedriver rocks.

Cash Lone, Sunday, 8 July 2001 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Let me third (or fourth) the notion that Swervedriver deserves nothing but praise (for making fantastic music) & sympathy (for getting dicked over numerous times by record labels of varying stature).

"Black Metallic" never did a damn thing for me. But I never heard _Ferment_ in its entirety. _Chrome_'s a good 'un (from what I recall). "Judy Staring at the Sun" isn't too bad (for it being an alterna-rock duet, which is a scary notion).

And Jack Rabid eats up most anything Britpop - his enthusiasm is boundless (and grating, depending on what side of the bed one wakes up on, and what side of the fence you're painting).

I do believe the Wheel have a NEW album out. Somewhere. Albania, perchance?

David Raposa, Sunday, 8 July 2001 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Their most recent album was _Wishville_, which Andy already described with a vaguely depressing accuracy. It was from last year, and nothing's been heard from them since -- the webpage has been noticeably not updated for over half a year now.

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 8 July 2001 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

this is a joke, right?

gareth, Monday, 9 July 2001 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Gotta go with G-man: Catherine Wheel? Just another crap underarchieving guitar band.

Omar, Monday, 9 July 2001 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Chuck all the bricks you want -- Swervedriver were the best rock band of the '90s.

Andy, Monday, 9 July 2001 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Catherine Wheel at Glastonbury '92: flat out the worst performance I've seen ('cept for maybe Cornershop circa '94). They kept on fucking every song up, stop start, stop start. In about twenty minutes they got through four songs - though with them being a shoegazer band, many in the audience seemed to accept this as the norm - at the end Lead Singer muttered: "Uh, sorry we were shit. Have a good weekend". Haven't been near 'em since.

Can't believe they're the last shoegazer band standing. Whither Moose?

DavidM, Monday, 9 July 2001 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Actually, Moose are still around too. _Highball Me_ came out last year as well. :-)

Ned Raggett, Monday, 9 July 2001 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I never understood why Moose is put into the shoegazer/dreampop drawer. Their music has nothing to do with Cocteau Twins, MBV, Pale Saints, Ride, Lush or Catherine Wheel. It is very boring acoustic- sounding guitar stuff. The AMG article speaks of the influence of Bacharach, T. Buckley, the Byrds and REM. Are those artists proto- shoegazers?:) The only reason for this stupid classification I can think of is that they released records at the peak of the shoegazer movement. Any other ideas and/or arguments?

alex in mainhattan, Tuesday, 10 July 2001 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Saw Catherine Wheel early 97'. Great show, great performance. Only down side; Dickensons voice started to go hoarse towards the end. I would go see them again.

Cash Lone, Tuesday, 10 July 2001 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

The earliest singles had their shoegaze connections, but with the release of "This River Never Will Run Dry" things started to gel in a different direction. Part of it was timing, part of it was the bands they were playing with/namechecked by.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 10 July 2001 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

two years pass...
Well, why not a revive? But more for the fact that, thanks to these links courtesy of fellow CW fan Stripey, Rob Dickinson, who now apparently lives full time in LA, turns out to have a car fetish, and why not? What's fun is that these are from a board dedicated to early Porsche 911s -- I can't remember if this is exactly the model my dad had in the seventies (great green color, not garish, more dark green and understated), but it's close!

Scroll down about ten or so entries to see Rob's Bahama Yellow car.

About six photos down to see Rob and his current girlfriend relaxing with their fellow car fiends.

As for the band, looks to be on permanent hiatus/long dead. Official website hasn't been updated in forever, while this bemusingly illustrated fan page has a link to a new project guitarist Brian Futter and drummer Neil Sims have called 50 Ft. Monster...

Ned Raggett (Ned), Friday, 21 May 2004 16:48 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I still can't listen to anything they did after Chrome. I really don't hear the Talk Talk connections in this stuff despite Friese-Green being present. But I also usually turn around and change my mind about these things three years down the road.

kyle (akmonday), Friday, 21 May 2004 16:51 (twelve years ago) Permalink

One of their most Talk Talk-like songs, oddly enough, is called "Eat My Dust You Insensitive Fuck."

Ned Raggett (Ned), Friday, 21 May 2004 16:57 (twelve years ago) Permalink

They look so old and curmudgeonly (sp?) in those photos.
Otherwise, there's not much I can add that wasn't in the original thread, other than reiterating the sublime greatness of "Chrome".

Barry Bruner (Barry Bruner), Friday, 21 May 2004 17:16 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I lurve this band. Loved them each time I saw the live, and Ferment is one of the greatest albums to do it to.

Je4nne ƒury (Jeanne Fury), Friday, 21 May 2004 17:54 (twelve years ago) Permalink

! Yay for Jeanne!

Ned Raggett (Ned), Friday, 21 May 2004 17:55 (twelve years ago) Permalink

On the "Chrome" Tour i saw them open for INXS (free tix). The thunderous drones of "Ursa Major Space Station" made my then wife just about pass out cold. ...Always knew that bitch couldn't handle the heavy shit. We sat back in the bleachers for headliner, which made me just about pass out from Michael Hutchence's spasticly oblate gaiety. We left early.

christoff (christoff), Friday, 21 May 2004 17:56 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Banana yellow, how vulgar. I would have expected battleship grey.

Billy Dods (Billy Dods), Friday, 21 May 2004 17:56 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Chrome is fantastic, as is the aforementioned Ferment. One time I had this slightly oversized Catherine Wheel t-shirt that was stolen from me.

Gear! (Gear!), Friday, 21 May 2004 17:57 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Bits of that Dykehouse record remind me of super-early CW -- the real dewy/muffled stuff like "Wish," "Intravenous," "Upside Down."

I still stand by my Swervedriver statement upthread.

Stacey Pollen (Andy K), Friday, 21 May 2004 18:16 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Wow, this is a great thread, thanks Ned for reviving.

I must admit Jack's Rabid has grated on my nerves at times over the years. There are just a lot of bands he seems to take seriously that I can't.

I was crazy about Catherine Wheel until a particualarly bad show I saw of them. I think Chrome had come out just prior. I never cared for that album much. After Ferment, that was it. I was more enamoured with their singles prior to Ferment's release, anyway. There was one particular B-side (to "I Wanna Touch You") called "Half Life" that has actually continued to come back into my memory since then despite me mostly ignoring the idea that CW ever existed. I give thanks to this thread, though for making me realize that I desperately need to hear "Black Metallic" again.

The porsches are cool. But they can't touch Minis.

Bimble (bimble), Friday, 21 May 2004 18:58 (twelve years ago) Permalink


"Chrome" is an excellent soundtrack to rip things up to!

Artwork, pillows, love letters, clothes, journals, photos ...

The mood you're in is as important as the music itself in deciding what you'll think of this band, I feel. I'm less charitible towards them when I'm in a good mood, but when there's storm clouds on my horizon, I _adore_ them. Especially "Chrome".

I accidentally met Dave, the bassist, via E-bay. He was selling some Talk Talk ephemera, and I was buying same. (Go figure). When I saw his tag-name, I just thought he was a fan of the band. But when he told me who he really was, and when he found out that I was a fan of the Wheel as well as TT, he sent me an autograph also. Sweet guy! Hope things are better for him now.

stripey, Friday, 21 May 2004 21:27 (twelve years ago) Permalink

They look so old and curmudgeonly (sp?) in those photos.

they always looked old.

keith m (keithmcl), Friday, 21 May 2004 22:15 (twelve years ago) Permalink

seven months pass...
Slight revive to note that Rob D. sings not one but two songs on the Jimmy Chamberlin Complex album that's about to come out, Life Begins Again. (Corgan-haters should note that Sir Billy only sings on one song.) The title track is better than the other one, "Love is Real," but both are enjoyable enough and he sounds pretty good still in the post David Gilmour way.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Thursday, 30 December 2004 21:04 (twelve years ago) Permalink

eight months pass...
"Chrome" is an excellent soundtrack to rip things up to!
You know, I need to try this sometime. I imagine it's quite OTM.



Anyway, there's reason for the revive -- it looks like Rob Dickinson is releasing a solo album on the 13th! Fresh Wine for the Horses is the title, and considering what I've heard people say about Wishville (as I haven't heard it myself), the three songs I've heard are a most likely marked improvement -- they're lighter and with even more of a pop sensibility than I'm accustomed to on initial listen, a sort of matured CW with orchestra, but I imagine I'm going to like the songs more with each listen (as is par for the course with my reactions to Catherine Wheel -- I never really sink into anything of theirs until the second listen).

Ian Riese-Moraine: Let this bastard out, and you'll get whiplash! (Eastern Mantr, Thursday, 8 September 2005 17:14 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Yeah, the record is easily more pop than the CW material was. However, certain bits of it could easily be mistaken for some of their softer stuff.

Bax the Boy Robot (EdBax), Friday, 9 September 2005 02:15 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Frement - Probably really dated but some really good songs.
Chrome - Their best and still pretty good.
Happy Days - I wouldn't recommend it but this album is really angry and I like it for that reason.
Like Cats and Dogs - A b-sides album and that was when they were at their best. I have a bunch of singles by this band and I need to burn them all on one CD someday.
Adam and Eve - Has it's moments but can ignore.
Wishville - Destroy.

BeeOK (boo radley), Friday, 9 September 2005 02:31 (eleven years ago) Permalink

The new Rob Dickinson song is on heavy, heavy rotation on Indie 103.1 and is pretty good. The only other thing I know is one or two members are now in a harder band called Serafin.

BeeOK (boo radley), Friday, 9 September 2005 02:44 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Rob's new record is out today. Makes it more obvious how much of the CW sound was Rob.

There's a Warren Zevon cover (Mutineer), Marty Willson-Piper (of The Church) pops in for a guitar solo (Oceans), and two tracks (The Storm, Towering and Flowering) are de-facto Catherine Wheel reunions (Futter, Sims, & Friese-Greene).

Edward Bax (EdBax), Tuesday, 13 September 2005 17:36 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Ferment - Probably really dated but some really good songs

Nah, it still sounds great, and I actually like it more than Chrome.

Ian Riese-Moraine: Let this bastard out, and you'll get whiplash! (Eastern Mantr, Tuesday, 13 September 2005 18:10 (eleven years ago) Permalink

one year passes...
Search the whole discography!

Ferment is peerless, a hands down classic.

Chrome is fucking fantastic.

Happy Days is less so, but has its standouts.

Like Cats and Dogs is lush and beautiful.

Adam and Eve is a career high, their masterpiece.

And hey, Wishville isn't half bad.

Stephen Bush (Stephen B.), Wednesday, 13 September 2006 04:34 (ten years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Phrasing on "Black Metallic" is the bomb.

roxymuzak, Wednesday, 3 October 2007 01:36 (nine years ago) Permalink

i like chrome

omar little, Wednesday, 3 October 2007 01:38 (nine years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

the opening track on chrome is a very assured, scorching number. i'm a little bit afraid of the the STP comparison way upthread :/... thankfully i don't really hear it, and the guitars are a-wash enough to qualify this as shoegazey.

Charlie Howard, Saturday, 28 February 2009 16:10 (eight years ago) Permalink

Refusing to believe that Wishville is as bad as everyone says it is, I'm listening to it now. It's frustratingly close to being good, while being pretty damn half-assed. The power is out, the fannydangle is in.

This is the day when fisticuffs happened everywhere (country matters), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 00:06 (eight years ago) Permalink

...but, weirdly, no track has flat-out offended me yet, unlike Happy Days, where pretty much every track offended me.

This is the day when fisticuffs happened everywhere (country matters), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 00:10 (eight years ago) Permalink

"Mad Dog" is kinda offending me

This is the day when fisticuffs happened everywhere (country matters), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 00:14 (eight years ago) Permalink

LOVED Chrome as a high school kid. Are the Catherine Wheel's first two LPs tough to find on vinyl? what if i started buying second-tier shoegaze records?? egads.

ian, Wednesday, 11 March 2009 05:23 (eight years ago) Permalink

LIKE CATS AND DOGS IS THE ONLY ALBUM I'VE HEARD OF THEIRS AND IT BORED ME
DO I NEED TO GIVE IT ANOTHER TRY?

turtles all the way down (Face of Wolf), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 05:26 (eight years ago) Permalink

Chrome rules. i never liked anything before or after it as much. Chrome just has that amazing friggin' rock production and that crunch and the coolest songs.

scott seward, Wednesday, 11 March 2009 05:28 (eight years ago) Permalink

sheesh, folks on gemm want $100+ for chrome & ferment :(

ian, Wednesday, 11 March 2009 05:28 (eight years ago) Permalink

I will try this Chrome

turtles all the way down (Face of Wolf), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 05:30 (eight years ago) Permalink

yep. hes such a corny person but i kind of love him for it

jello my future biafriend (roxymuzak), Tuesday, 30 September 2014 20:18 (two years ago) Permalink

would drive

LIKE If you are against racism (omar little), Tuesday, 30 September 2014 20:20 (two years ago) Permalink

would annoy

jello my future biafriend (roxymuzak), Tuesday, 30 September 2014 20:21 (two years ago) Permalink

i can't drive stick tho so back to the honda

LIKE If you are against racism (omar little), Tuesday, 30 September 2014 20:22 (two years ago) Permalink

[wtf you cant drive a stick?!!]

jello my future biafriend (roxymuzak), Tuesday, 30 September 2014 20:24 (two years ago) Permalink

i've been thinking abut it a lot, that rob's way of writing lyrics is so talk talk-esque
like, reading the lyrics as a poem on a page, they're so cringey
but they're great, moving even, when combined with their respective tunes
sometimes it seems obvious that hes just making up things that sound cool and have so real meaning, or contorting words for seemingly no reason other than it sounds nice (like when he says "supeer" in crank when he could have easily just said another word like surreal or ideal or whatever)
i keep wondering if this is purposeful on his part, and thinking about how someone could go about writing lyrics that way
its so different from how i've ever operated, or heard songwriters describe their process
idk

jello my future biafriend (roxymuzak), Tuesday, 30 September 2014 20:32 (two years ago) Permalink

i mean clearly its purposeful, i just dont know if thats his particular purpose

jello my future biafriend (roxymuzak), Tuesday, 30 September 2014 20:32 (two years ago) Permalink

i really should learn to drive stick if i want to fulfill my vintage car dream.

yeah like:

there's a shark
shaped
fin
in the
water
of my dreams
an alli
gator screams
from the depths there

LIKE If you are against racism (omar little), Tuesday, 30 September 2014 20:36 (two years ago) Permalink

"call me crank"

what

jello my future biafriend (roxymuzak), Tuesday, 30 September 2014 20:37 (two years ago) Permalink

lmao

LIKE If you are against racism (omar little), Tuesday, 30 September 2014 20:38 (two years ago) Permalink

it like hes just saying "fuck it, im going to write the words that make the melody sound the most powerful," idk

jello my future biafriend (roxymuzak), Tuesday, 30 September 2014 20:38 (two years ago) Permalink

I love to steal this living steam
My head in someone's dream
I'm tired of sleeping

ok

LIKE If you are against racism (omar little), Tuesday, 30 September 2014 20:38 (two years ago) Permalink

^^^exactly!!

jello my future biafriend (roxymuzak), Tuesday, 30 September 2014 20:39 (two years ago) Permalink

that song is like A+ example of what im talking about. i dont think hes just BSing lyrics, i suspect something else is going on

jello my future biafriend (roxymuzak), Tuesday, 30 September 2014 20:39 (two years ago) Permalink

thats the same song where he says "supere" to rhyme with "ideal" and it is really, really weird

jello my future biafriend (roxymuzak), Tuesday, 30 September 2014 20:41 (two years ago) Permalink

i like the corny lyrics he drops too:

Let's take a rocket ship to Mars
And anchor off the satellite for lonely hearts
Such a special place
In outer space

the corniest! i have to imagine that the song is written from a kid's perspective or something, i have no idea.

LIKE If you are against racism (omar little), Tuesday, 30 September 2014 20:42 (two years ago) Permalink

oh i should also say im def only talking about the lyrics on ferment and chrome

jello my future biafriend (roxymuzak), Tuesday, 30 September 2014 20:44 (two years ago) Permalink

i saw this interview with him once where someone asked what kept him going and he said "at risk of sounding american, its fear"

jello my future biafriend (roxymuzak), Tuesday, 30 September 2014 20:45 (two years ago) Permalink

superboy:

yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
you up there on the screen
I'd be your future boy
my big eyed bird in the movies
I'd be your future boy
because if that is what you need
a cinematic boy like me
who'll come along and set you free
don't fear, superboy is here
and it feels good to me

yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
as the wisdom runs
a boy should know his limitations
but I've talked myself through less
can I be your future pest
because if that is what you need
a sycophantic boy like me
who'll tell you things you really don't need
oh joy, I'm your boy
and it feels good to me
don't fear, superboy is here
it feels good to me

LIKE If you are against racism (omar little), Tuesday, 30 September 2014 20:46 (two years ago) Permalink

yes, they were great live

son of a lewd monk (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 30 September 2014 20:49 (two years ago) Permalink

yeah but thats from adam and eve when the lyrics became less vague and less of a tool or whatever
like however hilarious those lyrics are, and they are, i do think hes trying to sing about a thing

jello my future biafriend (roxymuzak), Tuesday, 30 September 2014 20:50 (two years ago) Permalink

i get what you're saying. yeah i mean chrome is one of my favorite early '90s albums and i will sing every lyric but i'm not sure i know what any single line really means but they sound great and "i get" what he's doing in the moment, even if i don't really get it.

LIKE If you are against racism (omar little), Tuesday, 30 September 2014 20:52 (two years ago) Permalink

from a p recent interview w rob

"I’m ashamed to say this was an interesting example of what happens when you come up with a melody line that can only be sung with certain words (because of how the words are constructed and how they affect the tone). As you can probably tell, the above lyrics do little to strengthen the focus of what the song is obviously about and are there purely as a supporting melodic device."
“Flower To Hide was another song where the lyric was very much dictated by the initial vocal gibberish that come up when coming up with the melody lines. It’s funny when this happens in songs because you feel almost guilty about not constructing a 'focused lyric' that nails in a witty, metaphorical, ironic way a particular slice of life. Songs often are born as an apparent compromise of melody and lyrical straightforwardness. This of course can yield some fantastic results. Flower To Hide is about something but I dare not say what because it might jinx it."

jello my future biafriend (roxymuzak), Tuesday, 30 September 2014 21:14 (two years ago) Permalink

so "born from gibberish" seems otm

jello my future biafriend (roxymuzak), Tuesday, 30 September 2014 21:14 (two years ago) Permalink

Chrome is definitely still the album of theirs for me. It's like they built up, got the fluke American breakthrough and then doubled down.

*checks upthread* Man I was talking about Rob's Porsche fascination ten years ago, who knew.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 30 September 2014 21:15 (two years ago) Permalink

do you like anything after?

jello my future biafriend (roxymuzak), Tuesday, 30 September 2014 21:18 (two years ago) Permalink

not after porsche obsession but after chrome? lol

jello my future biafriend (roxymuzak), Tuesday, 30 September 2014 21:20 (two years ago) Permalink

Chrome is the only one of the first four that I don't really get :/

Ƹ༑Ʒ (imago), Tuesday, 30 September 2014 21:22 (two years ago) Permalink

I mean, Happy Days is half rubbish, half great, but Chrome escapes me somehow - not rubbish, but not really for me. Maybe I should give it a listen

Ƹ༑Ʒ (imago), Tuesday, 30 September 2014 21:23 (two years ago) Permalink

thats because its as american as a pizza without figs

jello my future biafriend (roxymuzak), Tuesday, 30 September 2014 21:23 (two years ago) Permalink

surely Happy Days and A&E are even more US alt-rock

Ƹ༑Ʒ (imago), Tuesday, 30 September 2014 21:24 (two years ago) Permalink

not after porsche obsession but after chrome? lol

There's life after Porsche obsession? Never! (My dad had a 911.)

The first four are all good in separate ways. Wishville kinda falls away.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 30 September 2014 21:25 (two years ago) Permalink

i clearly need to revisit A&E and happy days

jello my future biafriend (roxymuzak), Tuesday, 30 September 2014 21:26 (two years ago) Permalink

i was jk imago. obv its def less american sounding than happy days but its still p damn american alt rock sounding

jello my future biafriend (roxymuzak), Tuesday, 30 September 2014 21:27 (two years ago) Permalink

I'll relisten.

Happy Days...I reckon there's a brilliant 8-or-9-track album in there

Ƹ༑Ʒ (imago), Tuesday, 30 September 2014 21:31 (two years ago) Permalink

ferment is my fave tho, the farther they get from that the less im into it

jello my future biafriend (roxymuzak), Tuesday, 30 September 2014 21:31 (two years ago) Permalink

embarrassing but true story:

i first heard of catherine wheel on Q101, which was sort of the KROQ equivalent in chicago, and for awhile at least it was the best station i'd ever heard. they were playing the most amazing '80s alt-rock and college rock and new (at the time) music from the the and sugar and other acts like that. they were advertising some rock festival and talked about CATHERINE WHEEL and i was thinking, hmm well i do like that name i think i'll go buy her CD without even reading up on it.

lots of revelations after that, good ones mostly.

LIKE If you are against racism (omar little), Tuesday, 30 September 2014 21:35 (two years ago) Permalink

When you bumped the other CW thread I listened to "the nude", and then again, and again, totally got stuck

cure for peen (rip van wanko), Tuesday, 30 September 2014 21:39 (two years ago) Permalink

Waydown
Heal
Empty Head
Eat My Dust
Shocking
Kill My Soul

^would be my preferred edit, maybe rearranged so like

Shocking
Waydown
Eat My Dust
Empty Head
Heal
Kill My Soul

great mini-album right there

Ƹ༑Ʒ (imago), Tuesday, 30 September 2014 21:58 (two years ago) Permalink

it sounds like he is singing 'corncrake' during the chorus of crank. i wish he was

Ƹ༑Ʒ (imago), Tuesday, 30 September 2014 22:11 (two years ago) Permalink

ohhh 'broken head' yeah i love this one, always have. that chorus! wish the whole album brought it like this but it's been fun so far

Ƹ༑Ʒ (imago), Tuesday, 30 September 2014 22:15 (two years ago) Permalink

would boldly state that on 'adam and eve', more or less every track has a melodic hook more or less up there with this one

Ƹ༑Ʒ (imago), Tuesday, 30 September 2014 22:18 (two years ago) Permalink

I met Rob once, top bloke, very down to earth.

There's an acoustic EP that includes "The Nude". Stunning.

They were an excellent and prolific B- sides band.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Tuesday, 30 September 2014 22:48 (two years ago) Permalink

ok "corncrake" just made me actual lol

jello my future biafriend (roxymuzak), Wednesday, 1 October 2014 02:58 (two years ago) Permalink

"Corncrake"? The Wicker Man?

The "5" Astronomer Royales (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 1 October 2014 03:06 (two years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

"call me crank"

what

― jello my future biafriend (roxymuzak), Tuesday, September 30, 2014 9:37 PM (two years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

i think about this post whenever i listen to "Crank"

nomar, Tuesday, 21 March 2017 00:55 (one month ago) Permalink

mmmm corncrake

a but (brimstead), Tuesday, 21 March 2017 00:56 (one month ago) Permalink

:D

an uptempo Pop/Hip Hop mentality (imago), Tuesday, 21 March 2017 02:10 (one month ago) Permalink

i posted in the thread almost 12 years ago? it has been a wild ride and maybe i need to move on too?

have not thought about Catherine Wheel in a very long time. i think i saw them four time total. they were great live.

To Live and Die In L.A. (Bee OK), Tuesday, 21 March 2017 03:53 (one month ago) Permalink

It's interesting how pretty much all the original shoegaze crew as such has hit the reunion phase but this bunch didn't. (Other non-returnees off the top of my head: Boo Radleys, Pale Saints.) And yes granted CW weren't exactly shoegaze but they were of that generation, had a greater amount of success over here at the time compared to a lot of them, etc.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 21 March 2017 03:58 (one month ago) Permalink


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