Belly - "Untogether": Classic or Dud?

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haaaaa, janet!

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

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

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

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

just destroying with a heavy take on low red moon.

i would kill

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

creepy it just came on

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

yeah, thinking back on it now is pretty 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 (eight years ago) Permalink


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

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

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

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

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

LOL what?? that's so random

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

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

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

such a great song

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

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

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

yup green and purple

Feed The Tree is the weakest track on the album

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

yr mad

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

three 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 (four 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 (four 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 (four years ago) Permalink

Revisit it. we'll help!

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

yeah King is phenomenal

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

three years pass...

This seems to be the only Belly thread as such, so! Reunion for this year, shows in the US/UK.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 8 February 2016 19:56 (six months ago) Permalink

Site's overloading so:

Belly is very happy to announce that we will be reuniting to play some shows this coming summer in the US and the UK. Dates will be announced as they are confirmed, but right now we can tell you with relative confidence that the UK shows will fall in the middle of July, and US shows will be scattered throughout August and possibly into September.

We’ve also got a handful of brand new Belly songs in various stages of writing and recording, that we’ll be releasing one by one over the next few months. First previews will be right here on the website!

In the meantime… new swag! We’ve got a couple beautiful new t’s and other extras designed by Chris Gorman, with more to come.

Please keep checking this site, as we will be updating it regularly with news and information (and music).

We are very excited to be playing together again, and hope to see you out there in Summer of 2016!

Ned Raggett, Monday, 8 February 2016 19:58 (six months ago) Permalink

sometimes I think Star is better than anything KH ever did.

rip van wanko, Monday, 8 February 2016 20:01 (six months ago) Permalink

Mmm, "Star" vs "Hips And Makers", that's a tough one.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Monday, 8 February 2016 20:33 (six months ago) Permalink

aaahhh UK dates aahhhh

a passing spacecadet, Monday, 8 February 2016 21:11 (six months ago) Permalink

I never got to see them live (too young when I was obsessed with them, or so I thought, then they split up) and I was so so jealous when a later same-aged classmate had a Belly tour sweatshirt

maybe 19 years later I can finally get myself a Belly tour sweatshirt

a passing spacecadet, Monday, 8 February 2016 21:14 (six months ago) Permalink

First Lush, now these guys - 2016 is making the 90s me very very happy.

boxedjoy, Monday, 8 February 2016 23:20 (six months ago) Permalink

I really love 'king', but I only discovered it last year.

Nourry, Monday, 8 February 2016 23:23 (six months ago) Permalink

I saw Belly on both of their original US tours, and got my Star CD signed by all four members after their show at Peabody's Down Under in Cleveland. Very, very excited about this! Plus I tweeted this yesterday and got a "Like" from Lush:

Resting Bushface (Phil D.), Tuesday, 9 February 2016 15:11 (six months ago) Permalink

Yeah, now if we can just will Harriet and Dave to get their act together I'll be in heaven.

maybe my clam is just more toxic (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 9 February 2016 15:14 (six months ago) Permalink

for a) people who are really excited for this b) people who are snarking about constant '90s reunions

a) tanya donelly released a series of EPs over the past few years and they are very, very good
b) maybe if people had, like, paid any attention to that fact, then this would be different

a self-reinforcing downward spiral of male-centric indie (katherine), Tuesday, 9 February 2016 15:15 (six months ago) Permalink

I'm very fond of her solo work. Which I think has mostly gotten progressively better.

And I would never snark about '90s acts reuiniting as long as it isn't just a nostalgia-heavy cash in (which I don't really have time for regardless of band or era).

maybe my clam is just more toxic (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 9 February 2016 15:20 (six months ago) Permalink

oh, sure, wasn't addressing anyone in this thread so much as The Conversation

a self-reinforcing downward spiral of male-centric indie (katherine), Tuesday, 9 February 2016 15:26 (six months ago) Permalink

How good are those new EPs? I was only barely aware of their existence, I didn't really enjoy This Hungry Life and I was under the impression she had given up music to become a doula.

boxedjoy, Tuesday, 9 February 2016 15:34 (six months ago) Permalink

they're quite good although if you didn't like This Hungry Life I don't know whether you'll like them. at any rate, there are five of them, all on her bandcamp:

a self-reinforcing downward spiral of male-centric indie (katherine), Tuesday, 9 February 2016 15:35 (six months ago) Permalink

(in retrospect, apologies for dragging in outside... I don't even know what to call it. I think of it as slime, Internet slime that sticks to the skin. it just infuriates me how, unless you've been designated an Important Legacy Act, the music press, critics and that general diaspora consistently ignores the actual new output by these acts, and then mocks them once they do the one thing that gets their attention!)

a self-reinforcing downward spiral of male-centric indie (katherine), Tuesday, 9 February 2016 17:07 (six months ago) Permalink

'90s indie rock stars really should just be content to keep working as paralegals and yoga instructors.

maybe my clam is just more toxic (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 9 February 2016 17:13 (six months ago) Permalink

i actually needed a reminder to finally listen to the swan song series, so thanks katherine

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Tuesday, 9 February 2016 17:27 (six months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

So I had been planning to buy tickets to the Belly show at the 9:30 in DC, when they announced a show in Chicago. It's at the Vic Theater on Sept. 17, the day before the Lush show at the same venue. So now I have tickets for both of those.

T.L.O.P.son (Phil D.), Friday, 8 April 2016 16:39 (four months ago) Permalink


T.L.O.P.son (Phil D.), Friday, 8 April 2016 16:39 (four months ago) Permalink

So. That sounds like a pretty cool pair of nights to the version of me that still has the energy for shows.

My Whole Existence Is Flan (Old Lunch), Friday, 8 April 2016 16:53 (four months ago) Permalink


lute bro (brimstead), Friday, 8 April 2016 21:37 (four months ago) Permalink

two months pass...

Got tix to see Belly perform a "warmup" show Friday night for the upcoming reunion tour. It will be at a small club (150 max) in Newport, RI. They're playing there Saturday, too.

Jazzbo, Wednesday, 6 July 2016 10:24 (one month ago) Permalink

I see 4AD is re-releasing Star on vinyl this month, too... swirly colored vinyl looks nice.

erry red flag (f. hazel), Wednesday, 6 July 2016 13:54 (one month ago) Permalink

I am going tomorrow night and I am soooo excited

boxedjoy, Thursday, 14 July 2016 10:08 (one month ago) Permalink

They were great. The show I saw was intended to be an open rehearsal, but they played through every song perfectly.

Jazzbo, Thursday, 14 July 2016 15:22 (one month ago) Permalink

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