Best latter-period Scott Walker album

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I wanted to poll the Tilt / Drift / Bish Bosch triumvirate but thought I'd include the other stuff too just in case anyone wants to vote for those

Poll Results

OptionVotes
Tilt (1995) 25
The Drift (2006) 20
Climate of Hunter (1984) 8
Bish Bosch (2012) 6
Soused (with SunnO))) (2014) 3
The Childhood of a Leader (2016) 1
Pola X (1999) 0
And Who Shall Go To The Ball? And What Shall Go To The Ball? (2007) 0


Lennon, Elvis, Hendrix etc (dog latin), Friday, 18 November 2016 17:02 (one year ago) Permalink

Bish-Bosch is where I finally got on the Walker train (I'd heard stuff off The Drift before and didn't think his voice gelled with the music), Epizootics! is what convinced me in the end.

So that.

ultros ultros-ghali, Friday, 18 November 2016 17:09 (one year ago) Permalink

Only heard 4 of these. Probably "Tilt", but I play "Climate" most, so... don't know.

The Doug Walters of Crime (Tom D.), Friday, 18 November 2016 17:13 (one year ago) Permalink

POLA X is a stunning score and film

beamish13, Friday, 18 November 2016 17:14 (one year ago) Permalink

I convinced myself for ages that Bish Bosch is his best. It definitely has the biggest highs and yeah Epizootics is maybe the best song from this protracted period. That said, it does have a handful of nothingy tracks, especially on the second side. The Drift also starts really strong and ends with a bunch of unmemorable things. Tilt OTOH, which I dismissed as a one-hit album (for Farmer In The City) has really opened itself up and I seem to be playing the second side in repeat at the moment

Lennon, Elvis, Hendrix etc (dog latin), Friday, 18 November 2016 17:21 (one year ago) Permalink

such a shame Soused didn't turn out better than it was in the end

Lennon, Elvis, Hendrix etc (dog latin), Friday, 18 November 2016 17:22 (one year ago) Permalink

The Drift also starts really strong and ends with a bunch of unmemorable things.
http://i119.photobucket.com/albums/o144/mvegas893/Bugs_Bunny_Hare_Remover_Screwball.jpg

diary of a mod how's life (wins), Friday, 18 November 2016 17:24 (one year ago) Permalink

my caveat is The Escape (which is so frightening I rarely listen to it) and the last track which is pretty good and haunting but I an never remember anything about Buzzers or the Psoriatic

Lennon, Elvis, Hendrix etc (dog latin), Friday, 18 November 2016 19:47 (one year ago) Permalink

The Drift blew my mind when I heard it. Still an album I can only play about once a year (see also: Shaking The Habitual, latter day Swans albums) because it's such an all-encompassing event to listen to. Not exactly going to be cooking a minestrone to that album, you know?

Voted The Drift, though I should go back to Bish Bosch and re-listen. It came out during a time I really couldn't handle Scott Walker for whatever reason and I failed to give it (as well as the Sunn0)) collab) the attention it probably deserved. Tilt is good but nowhere near as good as The Drift imo

Wimmels, Friday, 18 November 2016 19:56 (one year ago) Permalink

Tilt is the one, but Soused a good second, for me (think it's interesting the apparent lack of consensus, here - these records are still quite difficult to get to grips with, I think - a new language for which the old language is inadequate)

Darcy Sarto (Ward Fowler), Friday, 18 November 2016 20:13 (one year ago) Permalink

(enough already with the brackets ITT (let alone the missed close brackets, all SunnO)))'s fault (obv))

;-))

Jeff W, Friday, 18 November 2016 20:28 (one year ago) Permalink

I still like Soused quite a lot fwiw

ultros ultros-ghali, Friday, 18 November 2016 20:29 (one year ago) Permalink

Kind of feels 'unfair' because there's two very distinctive era's on display here. CoH and Tilt are an era of their own, and what came after - after a long waiting period - is the new era. 'Latter day Scott Walker' to me starts with The Drift. Sonically it's a logical successor to Tilt, but Tilt, with the 11 years of silence afterwards, marks the end of an era, and Drift the start of the recent era.

Regardless, this is impossible to vote in for me. Tilt, Drift, Bisch Bosch are all all-time for me, Scott Walker being my single most favorite artist of all time. Will be wracking my brain over this for quite some time thanks a lot DL :)

Le Bateau Ivre, Friday, 18 November 2016 23:10 (one year ago) Permalink

^ I (sort of) agree with this, CoH was the last time he wrote melodies, he's been recycling them ever since, also songs not being twice as long as they need to be. Not that I dislike the later material but I genuinely prefer his earlier albums.

The Doug Walters of Crime (Tom D.), Friday, 18 November 2016 23:17 (one year ago) Permalink

Scott 1 to 4 are equally dear to me as his later, recent work. It just makes sense. I just don't really agree with starting "later day SW' with CoH. I see his career in three periods: early albums/CoH and Tilt/latter day albums. CoH and Tilt are very much in their own universe. Just because they are more abstract than his early records doesn't mean they are of the same SW era that started with the Drift,

Le Bateau Ivre, Friday, 18 November 2016 23:22 (one year ago) Permalink

^ and obviously Nite Flights belongs with CoH and Tilt

The Doug Walters of Crime (Tom D.), Friday, 18 November 2016 23:26 (one year ago) Permalink

Absolutely.

Le Bateau Ivre, Friday, 18 November 2016 23:27 (one year ago) Permalink

And so does Walker Brothers' 'No Regrets'.

Le Bateau Ivre, Friday, 18 November 2016 23:28 (one year ago) Permalink

Tempted to vote for "Climate of Hunter" since it includes my favorite late period Walker song "Sleepwalkers Woman". Over-all I would go for "Tilt" as it's deeply weird but still allows one an entry point back.

Ross, Friday, 18 November 2016 23:37 (one year ago) Permalink

*chants* climate! climate! climate!

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Friday, 18 November 2016 23:46 (one year ago) Permalink

Voted Tilt because while I respect and admire the other records I've heard as masterworks (still not heard this year's soundtrack or And Who Shall Go To The Ball), I love Tilt. It just has more of an emotional impact on me. The "And I used to be a citizen" passage in Farmer which brings tears to my eyes as Scott approximates an Always Coming Back To You crescendo as the strings swell skywards, apart from in this song he's not mourning lost love he's Pasolini being run over by a rentboy and it's not the lush baritone but a frightened tenor. The quaver in his voice during Patriot. How utterly huge he sounds over the trembly guitar picking on Rosary. Fucking hell.

Dan.S., Saturday, 19 November 2016 00:22 (one year ago) Permalink

Climate is a really good 80s art rock album

Haven't heard the others, read about em, don't seem like my thing

a but (brimstead), Saturday, 19 November 2016 03:59 (one year ago) Permalink

tilt is the first one of these i heard and still my favorite, climate second. i listened to tilt at a listening station on one of my first visits to an independent record store and just about shit my pants during "the cockfighter".

i didn't like soused at all. don't remember much about the others tbh.

The times they are a changing, perhaps (map), Saturday, 19 November 2016 04:45 (one year ago) Permalink

Voted Tilt because while I respect and admire the other records I've heard as masterworks...I love Tilt.

That's kind of my view. I think that there is a real structural ingenuity to the tracks on Tilt (for example, the way The Cockfighter, however ostensibly chaotic, manages to cohere and resolve itself really satisfactorily), whereas on a lot of the tracks on The Drift and Bish Bosch, it just sounds like one discrete segment following another.

Freedom, Saturday, 19 November 2016 13:45 (one year ago) Permalink

voted Climate because I thought nobody else would, then scrolled down and it turns out we all love it

cerealbar, Saturday, 19 November 2016 16:00 (one year ago) Permalink

I like Climate and Tilt the most, but Tilt feels like a richer and more varied album, full of interesting ideas. I haven't gotten into Bish Bosch or Soused.

jmm, Saturday, 19 November 2016 16:09 (one year ago) Permalink

my problem with soused is that... not to sound cruel, but a lot of the shock of tilt was in its novelty. this just radical, radical shift into creating something totally new. and his most recent records out of necessity don't do that. a person can't realistically be expected to completely reinvent themselves with every album.

xiphoid beetlebum (rushomancy), Saturday, 19 November 2016 17:50 (one year ago) Permalink

The Drift

Working night & day, I tried to stay awake... (Turrican), Saturday, 19 November 2016 18:33 (one year ago) Permalink

my problem with soused is that... not to sound cruel, but a lot of the shock of tilt was in its novelty. this just radical, radical shift into creating something totally new. and his most recent records out of necessity don't do that. a person can't realistically be expected to completely reinvent themselves with every album.

I remember him saying in an interview with The Wire (I think) when Bish-Bosch came out something about trying a new direction with the next project, and electronica was mentioned (maybe at the interviewer's suggestion?). I am still kinda hoping for something like that, where the desolate spaces of the latter-day records meet a greater emphasis on electronics: there are moments like this on Tilt, but I mean, say, how might Scott imagine a day at an Amazon warehouse? (I'm thinking here of Björk's "Cvalda," but more distended, less showtune.)

eatandoph (Neue Jesse Schule), Sunday, 20 November 2016 05:14 (one year ago) Permalink

I see the real switch coming at the time of Tilt. That was when he abandoned traditional 'pop' song structures and started going for this more nightmarish operatic style. You could say there are elements of this in Climate of Hunter and the Electrician; hell even 'It's Raining Today' has that dissonant uneasiness running all the way through it. But yeah, Tilt is the big shift for me.
Tilt, the Drift and Bish Bosch are as much a perfect trio as Tom Waits' classic three-album run in the mid-eighties, and should be thought of as a trilogy. That said, each one's got its own edge. Tilt sets the scene and includes a nice diversity of sound with some surprisingly lush and beautiful parts. The Drift is the darkest of the lot. It genuinely terrifies me and I can't listen to it all the way through without freaking myself out. The donkey, the flugelman, the air raid strings during Clara, 'WHAT'S UP DOC??' - it's a proper harrowing work of art. Bish Bosch introduces scatological humour into the mix and has fewer 'jumps', which makes it an altogether easier experience but not without its challenges. Worth it for Epizootics and Flagpole Sitter alone; the rest is just a bonus.

Here's a personal favourites playlist: https://open.spotify.com/user/1153731601/playlist/0Svklf1tNqCUiOuhNIXv7P

Lennon, Elvis, Hendrix etc (dog latin), Monday, 21 November 2016 13:36 (one year ago) Permalink

compiling a non-chronological list that flows nicely was actually pretty hard - it throws the sonic distinctions between each album into sharp relief

Lennon, Elvis, Hendrix etc (dog latin), Monday, 21 November 2016 13:43 (one year ago) Permalink

Soused may be about to be robbed because it was a lot of people's second choice -- it was mine, but the Drift won by a nose.

Three Word Username, Monday, 21 November 2016 13:47 (one year ago) Permalink

I really wanted to like Soused. That was like a fantasy-football collab - an all-time 'what if', for me. so when it was announced I had to pinch myself. Sadly I don't think it plays off the strengths of either act. Sunn O))) are reduced to just an annoying buzz in the background (this was my problem with Kannon too) and while it has certain lyrical highlights ('Oh the wide Missouri', 'a reaching long armed vet ape'), the ideas are drawn out and repeated for way too long. It lacks the thrills and spills of his other recent albums, and after only a couple of listens I felt as though I'd more or less exhausted its novelty.

Lennon, Elvis, Hendrix etc (dog latin), Monday, 21 November 2016 13:59 (one year ago) Permalink

Tilt is my favourite, but it was also the first of this style I heard, so I hold it dear for that reason too. I think the Drift would have had a good chance of beating it if it weren't for that emotional connection I have to Tilt.

I was so disappointed by Soused, I really thought it would be genius and it just fell flat for me. The sonics weren't big enough, it felt like the vocals were just riding on top of the music, and it didn't seem like either party were pushing themselves in any way. To me, anyway.

emil.y, Monday, 21 November 2016 14:00 (one year ago) Permalink

I really wanted to like Soused. That was like a fantasy-football collab - an all-time 'what if', for me. so when it was announced I had to pinch myself. Sadly I don't think it plays off the strengths of either act.

Ha, I was writing my post as you were posting this. My feelings exactly.

emil.y, Monday, 21 November 2016 14:01 (one year ago) Permalink

The three big albums are all about moments.

my faves on Tilt:
- The strings on Farmer in the City
- 'You were responsible for the rolling stock'
- 'I love this season'
- 'I knew nothing of the horses / Nothing of the thresher'
- That creepy, fairytale pan-pipey intro on Bolivia '95
- 'Doctorie... Bubaloo'
- The springy, almost country beat on 'Tilt'
- 'If heads this way when the moon is slow... They'll turn the buffalo'

Lennon, Elvis, Hendrix etc (dog latin), Monday, 21 November 2016 14:23 (one year ago) Permalink

oh and 'Ah-wow-ooo wow-ooo wow-ooooooo'

Lennon, Elvis, Hendrix etc (dog latin), Monday, 21 November 2016 14:32 (one year ago) Permalink

I still think So used is a really good album. I do wonder if they could have had Scott being less of a leader and being as metal macabre as he could. Probably not.

Tilt may also be my favourite because it came first but "The Cockfighter" is possibly what really settles it. "It's a beautiful night" is my favourite Scott Walker moment ever.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Monday, 21 November 2016 14:35 (one year ago) Permalink

It was The Cockfighter was what put me off that album at first. It sets a 90s-industrial tone that feels dated to me. Luckily the rest of the album doesn't really do that.

Lennon, Elvis, Hendrix etc (dog latin), Monday, 21 November 2016 14:40 (one year ago) Permalink

Is there room on ILM for a 'songs about apes in captivity' thread?
Captain Beefheart - Apes Ma
Scott O))) - Herod 2014
Manic Street Preachers - Small Black Flowers That Grow in the Sky

Lennon, Elvis, Hendrix etc (dog latin), Monday, 21 November 2016 14:43 (one year ago) Permalink

And let's not miss out David Dundas' "Guy the Gorilla"

Mark G, Monday, 21 November 2016 16:24 (one year ago) Permalink

Joanna Newsom - Monkey and Bear

jmm, Monday, 21 November 2016 16:30 (one year ago) Permalink

I listened to Tilt at the weekend, it dips in the middle and some of the tracks are too long (esp. Bolivia 95, tho it's stll great), I'll probably vote for it though. I think Climate probably has the best lyrics though, most memorable anyway.

The Doug Walters of Crime (Tom D.), Monday, 21 November 2016 16:45 (one year ago) Permalink

need to spend more time with Climate... I do like it but it feels compromised by the period it came out, 'No Scott it's the eighties, we HAVE to have fretless bass and wet drums and a video of you dancing around a car in a rolled-up blazer, it's THE LAW'

Lennon, Elvis, Hendrix etc (dog latin), Monday, 21 November 2016 17:19 (one year ago) Permalink

all that stuff is cool

a but (brimstead), Monday, 21 November 2016 17:27 (one year ago) Permalink

it's okay but I don't imagine it as being the sound in Scott's head. it feels like a label intervention to me

Lennon, Elvis, Hendrix etc (dog latin), Monday, 21 November 2016 17:29 (one year ago) Permalink

I doubt that very much.

The Doug Walters of Crime (Tom D.), Monday, 21 November 2016 17:33 (one year ago) Permalink

no way man scott would've been like "man I hate that 80s shit what is this the eighties?"

diary of a mod how's life (wins), Monday, 21 November 2016 17:38 (one year ago) Permalink

I'm gonna roll my sleeves down and just you try and stop me.

The Doug Walters of Crime (Tom D.), Monday, 21 November 2016 17:40 (one year ago) Permalink

Tilt may have been an achievement conceptually but I've never felt it was that compelling sonically. The Drift is one of the best sounding albums I've ever heard.

My only complaint about The Drift onward is that Scott imo has not yet found a melodic sensibility to match the wildness of his adventurousness as a producer. More often than not he sounds like a Phantom-Of-The-Opera-bot stuck in recitative mode. Small complaint, bc these albums are all great

fgti, Monday, 21 November 2016 17:48 (one year ago) Permalink

Agree. Doesn't help Walkers motivation isn't more than 'well my friend Jarvis said all the cool kids do it nowadays so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯"

♫ very clever with maracas.jpg ♫ (Le Bateau Ivre), Monday, 15 January 2018 09:12 (six months ago) Permalink

yeah taking advice from Jarvis Cocker would be another no-no

coombespair gaz prices (Noodle Vague), Monday, 15 January 2018 09:15 (six months ago) Permalink

have to say, i was a bit annoyed that my copy of The Drift didn't come with a lyric booklet when I bought it. Apparently the first editions did but 4AD phased it out afterwards. If I were to buy a lyric book by anyone, it would be Scott though.

FREEZE! FYI! (dog latin), Monday, 15 January 2018 09:32 (six months ago) Permalink

Also Scott is wrong in that Soused is definitely not his best work

FREEZE! FYI! (dog latin), Monday, 15 January 2018 09:32 (six months ago) Permalink

He's not saying that, exactly.

Akdov Telmig (Ward Fowler), Monday, 15 January 2018 11:31 (six months ago) Permalink

Surely there should be a Fire Escape In The Sky type compilation for his forgotten 70s stuff? Anyone ever actually wade through them all? I'm surprised that the lyrics to some of Til The Band Comes In aren't in this book; The War Is Over is a winner for starters.

piscesx, Monday, 15 January 2018 11:48 (six months ago) Permalink

The No Regrets anthology includes a long essay by Ian Penman (one of his best pieces) that goes pretty thoroughly into the 'lost' period. Most of it was material written by other ppl, iirc, so probably wouldn't feature in this book anyway.

Akdov Telmig (Ward Fowler), Monday, 15 January 2018 11:52 (six months ago) Permalink

On the day the drift came out I read the lyric booklet through several times before I ever heard it, granted this was because I couldn't get home to put it on but it was good

Lyric booklets >> whatever this thing is; I'm sure a lot of the lyrics to the early songs (perennial faves chez moi) are awful on paper. What's mostly noteworthy about this publication is that it has a section for New Songs

very stabbable gaius (wins), Monday, 15 January 2018 12:02 (six months ago) Permalink

Deluxe edition is € 500 :-/ Normal edition page leads to a 404.

https://scottwalkerbook.com/

― ♫ very clever with maracas.jpg ♫ (Le Bateau Ivre), Monday, 15 January 2018 08:54 (three hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Normal edition link works - is £14.99

There's a mid version as well, signed - £125

Mark G, Monday, 15 January 2018 12:17 (six months ago) Permalink

'well my friend Jarvis said all the cool kids do it nowadays so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯"

You know, I actually like it that it's this.

I'm pretty sure a signed Jarvis one wouldn't fetch £500 (or even £50 (maybe £5, let's be fair))

Mark G, Monday, 15 January 2018 12:18 (six months ago) Permalink

Surely there should be a Fire Escape In The Sky type compilation for his forgotten 70s stuff? Anyone ever actually wade through them all? I'm surprised that the lyrics to some of Til The Band Comes In aren't in this book; The War Is Over is a winner for starters.

― piscesx, Monday, January 15, 2018 11:48 AM (thirty minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

There's quite a lot on the 'This Is How You Disappear' boxset, which is essential imo, also for the film stuff.

xp I hear you :)

♫ very clever with maracas.jpg ♫ (Le Bateau Ivre), Monday, 15 January 2018 12:20 (six months ago) Permalink

^ Are you sure about this? Wiki says that 'This Is How You Disappear' is CD four of the 5 Easy Pieces box set, and it doesn't seem to contain much from the wilderness years. It also says that Walker is blocking this stuff from being reissued.

£125 doesn't seem unreasonable for a signed SW book, especially given the man's lack of public appearances – I might even spring for that myself

the word dog doesn't bark (anagram), Monday, 15 January 2018 12:50 (six months ago) Permalink

You are right, I mixed things up. 5 Easy Pieces is the box set, and it doesn't have a lot of the 70s stuff. Sorry about that.

♫ very clever with maracas.jpg ♫ (Le Bateau Ivre), Monday, 15 January 2018 13:03 (six months ago) Permalink

have to say, i was a bit annoyed that my copy of The Drift didn't come with a lyric booklet when I bought it. Apparently the first editions did but 4AD phased it out afterwards. If I were to buy a lyric book by anyone, it would be Scott though.

― FREEZE! FYI! (dog latin), Monday, 15 January 2018 09:32 (three hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Yeah this was the one letdown with the vinyl when they reissued it. I'm assuming CD copies still come with one?

Gavin, Leeds, Monday, 15 January 2018 13:25 (six months ago) Permalink

I was in waterstones so read the eimear mcbride essay and the new songs section (read at least one of the songs in the former's voice and it totally worked). The new lyrics are v good scott walker lyrics imo, I had a kind of horrified grin on my face from the jokes and puns and imagery and quotations. There are musical "stage directions" for three of the songs that make me... curious to hear the record

very stabbable gaius (wins), Monday, 15 January 2018 13:33 (six months ago) Permalink

Pretty sure the 5 Easy Pieces has a bunch of tracks from the 'lost' 70s albums. I've heard them and there's maybe a few other tracks worth hearing more than once.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Monday, 15 January 2018 13:36 (six months ago) Permalink

5 easy pieces is great, one of the few physical media things I regret selling

very stabbable gaius (wins), Monday, 15 January 2018 13:39 (six months ago) Permalink

The Moviegoer is a legit great album from that period

Winter. Dickens. Yes. (Jon not Jon), Monday, 15 January 2018 15:53 (six months ago) Permalink

Not sure anything from the CBS albums are present.

Mark G, Monday, 15 January 2018 19:07 (six months ago) Permalink

Ok, I took a closer look. "The Ballad Of Sacco And Vanzetti" from "The Moviegoer" is on disc 5 of the Easy Pieces box and "Someone Who Cared" from "Stretch" is on disc 2. I also quite like "This Way Mary" from "The Moviegoer", and there were some good singles from soundtracks in the 70s, such as "I Still See You", that didn't make those albums. But otherwise the rest is disposable.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Wednesday, 17 January 2018 15:27 (six months ago) Permalink

One CBS track? Hmmm, must have been less difficult to license than.

Mark G, Wednesday, 17 January 2018 16:20 (six months ago) Permalink

I caved and bought the stupid book, okay?

Badgers (dog latin), Thursday, 18 January 2018 15:42 (six months ago) Permalink

so is there a new record coming out? when?

Badgers (dog latin), Thursday, 18 January 2018 15:43 (six months ago) Permalink

2030

frogbs, Thursday, 18 January 2018 15:47 (six months ago) Permalink

Hell yesh Someone Who Cared is great. Also If Ships Were Meant To Sail is on a Jimmy Webb CD i bought about 20 years back called And Someone Left A Cake Out In The Rain, always liked that one.

piscesx, Thursday, 18 January 2018 15:54 (six months ago) Permalink

i like his caetano cover from the "lost" period

Arnold Schoenberg Steals (rushomancy), Thursday, 18 January 2018 17:04 (six months ago) Permalink

Not sure about the accent he puts on though. His version of "Cowboy" is great.

Whiney Houston (Tom D.), Thursday, 18 January 2018 19:26 (six months ago) Permalink

so is there a new record coming out? when?


If I remember his process correctly he takes a long time to write the songs but records relatively quickly (seem to remember him saying that with the tilt-era stuff there was also a practical consideration of not being able to book studio time but he has a good relationship with 4ad and his albums sell more now); an album's worth of lyrics are written so I'd guess the new one will be coming soonish?

very stabbable gaius (wins), Thursday, 18 January 2018 20:08 (six months ago) Permalink

how do we know he's got a whole album's worth already?

Winter. Dickens. Yes. (Jon not Jon), Thursday, 18 January 2018 20:20 (six months ago) Permalink

I'm pretty sure I read somewhere that the book contains lyrics for songs for an upcoming album. I don't know if it's an album's worth of songs though.

silverfish, Thursday, 18 January 2018 21:08 (six months ago) Permalink

Yeah the book has like nine new songs

very stabbable gaius (wins), Thursday, 18 January 2018 21:40 (six months ago) Permalink

Yeah the Albert Hall was all about the first five albums..

I didn't know that Scott and Jarvis had already done a Drift/Tilt event a few years ago.. http://5against4.com/2008/11/16/drifting-and-tilting-the-songs-of-scott-walker/

Mark G, Thursday, 18 January 2018 22:41 (six months ago) Permalink

Yeah I remember when they announced that. The pain of being utterly unable to see it.

I love 5 by 4 blog but never noticed he had that write up on there - it was really good.

Winter. Dickens. Yes. (Jon not Jon), Friday, 19 January 2018 01:00 (six months ago) Permalink

I was at that gig! Walker semi-disavowed it, saying something to the effect of "some of it worked, some of it didn't" but I thought it was really excellent, even the Jarvis bit. Only sour note was fuckin Damon albarn singing farmer in the city 😷

very stabbable gaius (wins), Friday, 19 January 2018 01:04 (six months ago) Permalink

You were there??? God damn you!

Winter. Dickens. Yes. (Jon not Jon), Friday, 19 January 2018 01:05 (six months ago) Permalink

Yep! Those two albums are huge favourites of mine so it was great to hear them realised live - meat punching and all. I also thought the staging really stayed true to the feel of the songs although I don't have the clearest memory of that side of it anymore (it was ten years ago fml) with the exception of patriot which I remember VERY clearly for some reason

very stabbable gaius (wins), Friday, 19 January 2018 01:16 (six months ago) Permalink

Damn, so jealous! Are there any recordings of those nights? The 'Clara' performance sounds amazing as per 5:4.

♫ very clever with maracas.jpg ♫ (Le Bateau Ivre), Friday, 19 January 2018 01:36 (six months ago) Permalink

Well, as I said up thread, at the end of 30 century man, Scott said something about maybe doing something that could be rendered in a live environment. Was wondering if that meant doing something like Kate Bush did, but hadn't realised he had already done it.

Must have been hard for Scott to put on without listening to it.

Mark G, Friday, 19 January 2018 07:49 (six months ago) Permalink

I was there too. Scott Walker is totally right that some things worked and some didn't, but I don't know if we'd agree on what worked.

I was really bothered by the soccer team picture and the guy with make-up and condoms in his stockings because it completely violated my idea of how these songs should look. There were a few other visual things I didn't like that I can't remember.

I was iffy about some of the singers like Jarvis and Albarn but I don't think anyone was bad. One of the opera singers didn't really work for me but it probably wasn't his fault. Wire magazine criticized the choice of some of the more popular singers.

The music was awesome, Gavin Friday was good but the absolute highlight was the dancing corpse lady, it was just perfect with the music.

Something else negative that left an impression was a couple a few rows behind me who clearly wanted to lets us all know that they thought it was all stupid and we were idiots for liking this arty farty nonsense but they were glad they saw Bono at the end when the performers were bowing (Bono just suddenly appeared to lead them out to take a bow). Most of the audience wouldn't hear their booing but anyone in a nearby seat would have.

Overall it was really good.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Friday, 19 January 2018 13:47 (six months ago) Permalink

Lmao I do not remember bono at all

(Fuck those people obv)

very stabbable gaius (wins), Friday, 19 January 2018 13:56 (six months ago) Permalink

why would you pay a premium to sit and slag off a show for being pretentious? surely they kind of knew what they were letting themselves in for?

Badgers (dog latin), Friday, 19 January 2018 14:04 (six months ago) Permalink

I don't think they did at all. According to their conversations, they were invited there by friends and were expecting something different, probably 60s style Walker.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Friday, 19 January 2018 14:10 (six months ago) Permalink

I miss the Scott walker in records like 3, 4 and climate of hunter. At this point it would be more unconventional for him to make a straight up record than go more esoteric..feel like the only one who jumped ship after drift

kolakube (Ross), Friday, 19 January 2018 15:14 (six months ago) Permalink

(Bono just suddenly appeared to lead them out to take a bow)

classic bono move

Winter. Dickens. Yes. (Jon not Jon), Friday, 19 January 2018 16:43 (six months ago) Permalink

I didn't want to be too cynical and assume it but it did look like he invited himself onstage to show the cool people he hangs out with. People kept wondering if Scott would come out because he apparently was at the event but he never came out.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Friday, 19 January 2018 17:10 (six months ago) Permalink

see also the bono ruins tinariwen concert youtube

Winter. Dickens. Yes. (Jon not Jon), Friday, 19 January 2018 17:10 (six months ago) Permalink

so was this his last ever live appearance?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5E1VXaCBW8

piscesx, Friday, 19 January 2018 18:12 (six months ago) Permalink

I believe so.

Mark G, Friday, 19 January 2018 18:22 (six months ago) Permalink

and i gotta quit

Winter. Dickens. Yes. (Jon not Jon), Friday, 19 January 2018 18:32 (six months ago) Permalink

Wasn't scott visible at the mixing desk? Or am I thinking of his dance piece

very stabbable gaius (wins), Friday, 19 January 2018 18:49 (six months ago) Permalink


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