ILX you disappoint me! Well I decided to pull out their CD at long last...it's sat in my stacks for twenty years and I never, ever play it. I think this might be because I associate it with some painful things in teenagerhood, but no matter. I'm playing it now and I'm actually quite pleased with it. I used to have it all on vinyl...I think there was one or two songs they didn't manage to get onto this from the vinyl. I even had the special 10" thing, which I think I won from the local college radio station or something. No, I swear I didn't steal it, there was some legitmate reason why I got that.
Viva Los Angeles. This caliber of gloomy doom pop is/was quite rare in the States.
I'm also very, very proud they did a record on Factory. Smiling Monarchs sounds better today than it did then, though it's not representative of the rest of their material at all.
― Bimble, Sunday, 30 September 2007 17:57 (5 years ago) Permalink
Wow! This site has pictures of their whole discog!
― Bimble, Sunday, 30 September 2007 17:58 (5 years ago) Permalink
the factory single is pretty good, definitely one of the more surprising things the label released.. but to be honest i find the rest of their stuff a little 'not quite there'. the CD compilation pushes all the right buttons but comes across as faceless in a way that peers like for against managed to avoid.
― electricsound, Sunday, 30 September 2007 22:58 (5 years ago) Permalink
My favorite Abecedarians song is "Pipe Dream" and I'm not sure if it ever made it onto disc. There's a half-dozen or so live sets over on Dime and they're all pretty worthy. Much better than I remember them being when I saw them.
Fave show: when they opened up for New Order in 1985.
― Elvis Telecom, Monday, 1 October 2007 01:42 (5 years ago) Permalink
Lord, almighty Elvis. I will have to look into this "Pipe Dream", I've never heard of it. And what? They opened for New Order in 1985? *faints* God that would have been one hell of a concert to be at.
― Bimble, Monday, 1 October 2007 06:28 (5 years ago) Permalink
I only know them from being on the Scream compilation, and I barely remember that song at all. Best place to begin?
― Johnny Fever, Monday, 1 October 2007 06:51 (5 years ago) Permalink
Bloody brilliant show. NO was touring for Low Life (details here). The Abe. set is on Dime and well worth snagging
― Elvis Telecom, Monday, 1 October 2007 08:35 (5 years ago) Permalink
This caliber of gloomy doom pop is/was quite rare in the States.
For Against is really the only other band that comes to mind.
― Elvis Telecom, Monday, 1 October 2007 08:36 (5 years ago) Permalink
I finally found the AB-CD disc on ebay a couple years back. Love "Soil" and even remember seeing the video on 120 Minutes a lifetime ago.
― Spencer Chow, Monday, 1 October 2007 08:44 (5 years ago) Permalink
"Laugh At Yourself"
― Bimble, Sunday, 9 March 2008 22:16 (5 years ago) Permalink
Finally got around to hearing the First Men on the Sun album, which was the band's mid-1990s incarnation with a different drummer. And very good it is.
― Ned Raggett, Friday, 22 October 2010 05:13 (2 years ago) Permalink
i was hoping that the ltm/ipr connection might yield some abecedarians reissues but nothing yet. i quizzed bruce l about it and he said it was possible but may be a fair while yet..
― salem? damn near killed 'im (electricsound), Friday, 22 October 2010 05:28 (2 years ago) Permalink
On December 4th, 2012 , Pylon Records will release, The Abecedarians Eureka album in its entirety for the first time on vinyl and CD. The band fronted by Chris Manecke, John Blake & Kevin Dolan , have roots in both post-punk and atmospheric 4AD pop, much like the Joy Division/New Order axis. They are also the only American band to have a single on the legendary Factory Records. This release collects all the songs from the Eureka era, including the demos, which were mixed down in the early 90s. Eureka will be a double vinyl, in a beautiful card stock gatefold jacket with a UV varnish of the memorable artwork, which has been restored, full lyric sheet and unseen photos of the band.The first 300 copies of the Eureka album will be on blue colored vinyl, which will also come with a bonus Cd ,that will include rest of the Eureka era tracks. This will be only available from the Pylon website, the bonus cd will not be available with the commercial Cd or the regular black vinyl version. There will also be a very limited edition custom made Italian leather IPAD sleeves designed by our friends at Andrea Mercado and handmade in Los Angeles. Don’t Sleep on this!!!Lastly, no Abecedarian release can be complete without the legendary logo on beautiful dark blue and tan T-shirt, take your pick. Pylon records has worked closely for the past year ,with all three band members to make this release become a reality.
― Ned Raggett, Friday, 26 October 2012 03:33 (6 months ago) Permalink
like like like
― whining boom (electricsound), Friday, 26 October 2012 03:37 (6 months ago) Permalink
just preordered the fuck out of that
― whining boom (electricsound), Friday, 26 October 2012 03:39 (6 months ago) Permalink
beautiful package, so well done.
― boner m (electricsound), Wednesday, 12 December 2012 23:09 (5 months ago) Permalink
On D1m3ad0zen at the moment.
"ABECEDARIANS 1985-06-13 Club Lingerie, Hollywood, CA - 1st gen. aud.
01 (cuts in) Soil 02 Beneath The Soil Of The Hedonistic Bohemians 03 Panic In Needle Park 04 They Said Tomorrow 05 Surf Western 06 The Misery Of Cities
By request, a rare recording never before shared in this complete form. Master recorded by Jonathan Wolff on unknown equipment. Opening for Savage Republic, Psi-Com, and Drowning Pool. See more detailed info on Abecedarians live shows here: http://www.bestii.com/abcd/gigs/index.html"
― MaresNest, Saturday, 15 December 2012 14:35 (5 months ago) Permalink