Belly - "Untogether": Classic or Dud?

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i know, that's what i keep hoping. it's so strange how different this is from her later solo albums. i <3 Slow Dog

gonna put this on at work today :)

Surmounter, Wednesday, 14 May 2008 12:41 (6 years ago) Permalink

Ah, the usual suspects ;)

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Wednesday, 14 May 2008 13:04 (6 years ago) Permalink

yeah, we need our own I Love Tanya, Kim and Kristin board :-)

Thomas, Wednesday, 14 May 2008 13:17 (6 years ago) Permalink

oh, man..im gonna have to find my tape of this....i loved it at the time and may still do. sure the market got kinda flooded, but where did this sort of sound go. godd questionxpost

bb, Wednesday, 14 May 2008 13:22 (6 years ago) Permalink

I don't think she had the talent for much more than two good to excellent Belly albums (which is fine with me).

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Wednesday, 14 May 2008 13:29 (6 years ago) Permalink

it's true, xp

i actually have this on tape! i later bought the CD for longevity but i relish my tape days with these girls.

Surmounter, Wednesday, 14 May 2008 13:29 (6 years ago) Permalink

come on alfred, have you heard Lovsongs for Underdogs?

that whole thing is beautiful.

Surmounter, Wednesday, 14 May 2008 13:29 (6 years ago) Permalink

I had this on tape too, copied from the local library. Don't worry, I bought it eventually, and two copies of King (which I also love, in a very different way, and think is underrated), and various singles...

I pretty much lived inside Star for much of my early teens. This was my first favourite track, but after a while something began to grate about it and I think it actually ended up my least favourite, while Stay was my next choice for favourite. I loved them all, though. So beautifully creepy and alienated. I haven't put it on in years but will still often think of the lyrics from it.

In an interview Tanya said they didn't know how to sequence the tracks at all so they just went slow track - fast track as far as they could, and it works pretty much perfectly for me.

a passing spacecadet, Wednesday, 14 May 2008 13:39 (6 years ago) Permalink

("This" = Untogether, as in thread title)

a passing spacecadet, Wednesday, 14 May 2008 13:40 (6 years ago) Permalink

I'll tell you what's a great unheralded Belly song: "Spaceman."

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Wednesday, 14 May 2008 13:45 (6 years ago) Permalink

AHHH! so my ancient cassette of this just got mangled in my cassette deck (should have known better) any chance anyone could upload this and email me?

bb, Wednesday, 14 May 2008 13:54 (6 years ago) Permalink

btw: demos on her site:
http://www.tanyadonelly.com/mp3s.html

bb, Wednesday, 14 May 2008 13:54 (6 years ago) Permalink

thanks bb, am downloading now. excited by this :"They were originally meant to be the second Breeders album, so Kim plays on a couple. "

Thomas, Wednesday, 14 May 2008 14:02 (6 years ago) Permalink

uh oh

hmm i can prolly upload at home... will try later. sorry to hear bout your tape :/

Surmounter, Wednesday, 14 May 2008 14:38 (6 years ago) Permalink

ahhh, nature of the format. the hilarious thing is the cover i made. its a crop of janet jackson's belly from a rolling stone cover with carefully and drawn belly logo and a big black star over janets navel

digging the demos, but really want to hear untogether

bb, Wednesday, 14 May 2008 14:40 (6 years ago) Permalink

haaaaa, janet!

ok i can definitely send you untogether at least, in a bit.

Surmounter, Wednesday, 14 May 2008 14:43 (6 years ago) Permalink

this is also so nostalgic for me, this album -- it really marked a spot in my childhood, like nothing else could've. nice to have that.

Surmounter, Wednesday, 14 May 2008 14:45 (6 years ago) Permalink

no hueg thing, but if someone can send the album my way, id be a thrill.

i saw belly twice. once fer free in the park in albany on mothers day and they killed. they were a force live. second time was with catherine wheel (they did some song together as an encore, not just the catherine wheel number she did back up on, but another) and a not yet world-known jewel opening. jewel was utterly agonizing, but i recall tanya strutting the stage in a red gown and just destroying with a heavy take on low red moon. catherine wheel then took the roof off with a 20 minute take on "black metalic"

and yes, entirely nostalgic. star is a strange mix of sexuality and powerful femininity. that fun little balance between strong and sweet.

bb, Wednesday, 14 May 2008 14:53 (6 years ago) Permalink

can upload the album in a few hours, if still needed...

willem, Wednesday, 14 May 2008 14:56 (6 years ago) Permalink

just destroying with a heavy take on low red moon.

i would kill

Surmounter, Wednesday, 14 May 2008 14:56 (6 years ago) Permalink

creepy it just came on

Surmounter, Wednesday, 14 May 2008 14:56 (6 years ago) Permalink

yeah, thinking back on it now is pretty thrilling...it was entrancing, almost like a (ride's) "dreams burn down" kinda of heavy, but with tanya belting into the sky. i recall running into people the next day and it was all we caould try to talk about...which is hilarious to think of now.

it would be awesome if either of you could up it! ill be out most of the afternoon, but would really appreciate the surprise of finding it upon my return

bb, Wednesday, 14 May 2008 15:00 (6 years ago) Permalink

wow

Surmounter, Wednesday, 14 May 2008 15:04 (6 years ago) Permalink

what is untogether about? old friends? it's quite intense

Surmounter, Wednesday, 14 May 2008 15:15 (6 years ago) Permalink

bb, did you receive my (ilxor-assisted) mail?

willem, Friday, 16 May 2008 19:28 (6 years ago) Permalink

Ha, I remember in high school the starting quarterback going on and on about this song to me. I had kind of missed it amidst all the other greatness on Star, but I remember going home and playing it and yeah the quarterback was right.

wanko ergo sum, Friday, 16 May 2008 19:37 (6 years ago) Permalink

LOL what?? that's so random

Surmounter, Friday, 16 May 2008 20:38 (6 years ago) Permalink

we didn't have quarterbacks like that at my highschool... :/

Surmounter, Friday, 16 May 2008 20:49 (6 years ago) Permalink

"White Belly" is the song that always gets me from this album. You know, gets me right there.

Yeah, I like this thread. It's time to appreciate this excellent record again.

kenan, Friday, 16 May 2008 21:02 (6 years ago) Permalink

That was some hurricane
Rode in on the back of a heart attack
Made a mistake on a fire escape in San Francisco
Made my way back in a hallway in L.A.
Put on your black dress,
Float on your back.

The details elude me, but this poor girl has definitely Gone Bad. :(

kenan, Friday, 16 May 2008 21:05 (6 years ago) Permalink

such a great song

Surmounter, Friday, 16 May 2008 21:06 (6 years ago) Permalink

I might have to dig this LP out - the spine is white, right? (Albums are not organised). Such a drop off after this debut; I even sold my copy (fancy limited hardback A5 book) of the second album cos I couldn't imagine ever going back to it (I rarely sell records).

Belly were great the two occasions I saw them - in Liverpool and Leicester in '92. In L'pool, took a nice photo of Tanya at the bar only for some curly-headed geezer to photobomb me at the last minute, shoving his gormless mug into shot. Last frame on the film too. They did "Green" from the Muses debut - heartstopping stuff. In Leicester, Leslie Langston played bass...still have the autographs somewhere, sad little fan boy that I was/am.

Michael Jones, Friday, 16 May 2008 22:10 (6 years ago) Permalink

Got it! Green and purple spine - would never have guessed...

Michael Jones, Friday, 16 May 2008 22:13 (6 years ago) Permalink

Hm only ever heard "Feed the Tree" off this one and it never did much for me, so never investigated further... good idea to reconsider it seems?

"Green" is !?!? amazingness, and what made me buy the 1st Muses album back then after hearing it on the radio.

anatol_merklich, Friday, 16 May 2008 22:22 (6 years ago) Permalink

yup green and purple

Feed The Tree is the weakest track on the album

Surmounter, Saturday, 17 May 2008 01:20 (6 years ago) Permalink

yr mad

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Saturday, 17 May 2008 01:23 (6 years ago) Permalink

3 years pass...

"Star" in its entirety rules! I love this particular strain of early 90s girl-fronted indie rock (in the best possible sense of the term). It evokes a very clear sense of that time, allthough my sense of it is probably not very accurate. I'm not able to expand on that..

"Stay" is fading out now.. Ah what a great band.

Mule, Tuesday, 8 May 2012 20:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

this is one of the more unique albums i have ever listened to, and one of the best

surm, Tuesday, 8 May 2012 20:46 (2 years ago) Permalink

I never cottoned to their sophomore album, it just paled in comparison at the time.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Tuesday, 8 May 2012 21:30 (2 years ago) Permalink

Revisit it. we'll help!

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 21:31 (2 years ago) Permalink

yeah King is phenomenal

cinco de extra mayo (loves laboured breathing), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 22:45 (2 years ago) Permalink


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