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My thoughts about them are very confused. Yours?

You may also discuss the Marine Girls, and Ben and Tracey's respective solo careers.

Amateurist (amateurist), Tuesday, 18 February 2003 23:43 (eighteen years ago) link

What I think may be their best album:

http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B000053SP6.01.LZZZZZZZ.jpg

Amateurist (amateurist), Tuesday, 18 February 2003 23:43 (eighteen years ago) link

ah, she has a lovely voice.

gaz (gaz), Tuesday, 18 February 2003 23:48 (eighteen years ago) link

Amplified Heart is IMO the most perfectly arranged record ever. I do not like Walking Wounded at all.

electric sound of jim (electricsound), Tuesday, 18 February 2003 23:49 (eighteen years ago) link

and gaz is right, TT has a truly amazing voice. Ben's is lovely too though

electric sound of jim (electricsound), Tuesday, 18 February 2003 23:50 (eighteen years ago) link

Right there with jim. Everything before and after AMPLIFIED HEART is crap, but that one album is pretty great.....if highly depressing.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Tuesday, 18 February 2003 23:51 (eighteen years ago) link

I think it is interesting for a band with unabashed indie roots to aspire to make music that is so "mainstream" in affect, without comprising their basic (self-)seriousness.

There's an interesting collision here somewhere, but I'm not sure the music always justifies my interest in it.

In my reckoning their discofied music post-Amplified Heart is actually less interesting than the music that came before, even if it is more accomplished. I think I liked them better when their place in the pop universe seemed so uncertain.

Amateurist (amateurist), Tuesday, 18 February 2003 23:55 (eighteen years ago) link

comprising = compromising

Amateurist (amateurist), Tuesday, 18 February 2003 23:55 (eighteen years ago) link

ebtg vs drum and bass ep 1996... walking wounded remixes by photek, spring hill jack, and omni trio... super awesome.

breaks my heart every time.
m.

msp, Tuesday, 18 February 2003 23:55 (eighteen years ago) link

I.e. they now occupy a place where they don't need to take risks (a sort of light vanguardism, collaborating with fashionable producers; the results speak (well) for themselves I suppose) and started from such a place as well (at least Tracey did: the wonderful Marine Girls, who crutch was DIY minimalism) -- in between is where it gets messy. I'm talking off the top of my head; does this make sense to anyone else?

Amateurist (amateurist), Wednesday, 19 February 2003 00:01 (eighteen years ago) link

Oh I love Amplified Heart. So brilliantly put together...

derrick (derrick), Wednesday, 19 February 2003 03:44 (eighteen years ago) link

Is Ben Watt gay?

Chris Davis (Chris Davis), Wednesday, 19 February 2003 06:25 (eighteen years ago) link

i think they're married. ben and tracey, that is.

derrick (derrick), Wednesday, 19 February 2003 08:18 (eighteen years ago) link

Eden is an absolutely beautiful album.

They also released some great non-album singles around that time (Mine, Native Land) but Love Not Money was a bit disappointing,

Baby The Stars Shine Bright seemed to be an exercise in concealing weak songs behind layers of orchestration.

Idlewild was better but the material still seemed to be lacking (one of the two best songs on the album was a cover) and still nothing like as good as the first one.

I stopped buying them after that.

Stewart Osborne (Stewart Osborne), Wednesday, 19 February 2003 10:36 (eighteen years ago) link

Todd Terry's mix of Missing is a classic.

Am I correct in thinking that Ben Watt now does Lazy Dog? If so, much respect.

Rick, Wednesday, 19 February 2003 11:46 (eighteen years ago) link

yeh Ben Watt is behind Lazy Dog

'Walking Wounded' is great, even 'Temperamental' has its moments - i remember thinking how unlikely it all seemed that this duo who i jhad no time for at all in the 80s had transformed into this uber-hip pop duo after getting into house, jungle and trip-hop.

stevem (blueski), Wednesday, 19 February 2003 11:56 (eighteen years ago) link

Fantastic band.... and I've loved all thier recordsd, either in parts or as a whole.
Kudos to them for morphing into what they want to - from bright young indie things to schmaltzy jazz coffee shop stuff, to big band, the Massive Attack years, the Todd Terry remix and the drum and bass venture. What a cool band to be part of, I say.
Lazy Dog.... is it still going on?

russ t, Wednesday, 19 February 2003 12:07 (eighteen years ago) link

Yep. I think they've got a (or even more than one) compilation out too.

Rick, Wednesday, 19 February 2003 14:41 (eighteen years ago) link

I'm not familiar with anything post-1983, except for the once unavoidable "Missing," but search:
Tracey Thorn - A Distant Shore (a brief album, just voice and guitar, but stunning)
Everything But the Girl - "Night and Day"; I know there are a million versions of this song, but this is my favorite, despite a much simplified arrangement (even removing the whole intro). What can I say...THAT VOICE. My god.

I don't find myself listening to the Marine Girls as much these days, though there are some good moments. Call me crazy, but I think Unrest's cover of "Love to Know" surpasses the original.

Ernest P. (ernestp), Wednesday, 19 February 2003 14:59 (eighteen years ago) link

Favourite EBTG moments -
their utterly fabulous take on 'Alfie' and the simply gorgeous 'Come from a song... "...every day's like Christmas Day without you - it's cold and there's nothing to do".

Classic.

russ t, Wednesday, 19 February 2003 15:47 (eighteen years ago) link

Isn't that from "Come On Home," which is one Baby, the Stars Shine Bright?

Amateurist (amateurist), Wednesday, 19 February 2003 16:40 (eighteen years ago) link

Love everything Tracey and Ben did early on, both together and solo - the Marine Girls, _A Distant Shore_, Ben's solo album, "Night & Day," _Eden_ and quite a bit of _Love Not Money_. I lost interest after that, though I did like "Missing" the first few hundred times I heard it.

To digress from EBTG for a second, I think Jane and Alice Fox are underrated in the Marine Girls' scheme of things - check out the two Grab Grab the Haddock EPs for proof.

mike a (mike a), Wednesday, 19 February 2003 16:58 (eighteen years ago) link

Those are really hard to find, Mike. Care to make a CDR?

Amateurist (amateurist), Wednesday, 19 February 2003 17:06 (eighteen years ago) link

They recorded Eden for Mike Alway (who got them togetther in the first place). I really like it - EVERYONE used Robin Millar as a producer at the time (Weekend, Sade...even Vic Goddard) & the backing musicians' names appeared all over the place (Bosco d'Oliviera etc.)

Jez (Jez), Wednesday, 19 February 2003 17:11 (eighteen years ago) link

Amateurist - yep, song in question was 'Come on home' - don't know what happened to the rest of that earlier sentence?!

russ t, Wednesday, 19 February 2003 17:28 (eighteen years ago) link

one year passes...
revive.

not enough here.

i'm really liking much of walking wounded right now--the first half especially.

many of their records sound amazing when i'm listening, but i tend to underestimate them over and over again. why?

amateur!!!st (amateurist), Sunday, 29 August 2004 03:49 (seventeen years ago) link

they do have a somewhat limited melodic pallette, which is maybe why they turned to dance music later in their career--searching more for new textures, ways to stretch out songs, than new melodies as such.

f'rexample, they have a certain kind of key change they use for a bridge, it's kind of jazzy and obv ben watt is kind of infatuated with it (for that very reason? he's def. a kind of jazz poseur, which has its definite benefits). it gets kind of tiresome. you can hear it in the bridge of "mirrorball." a song which i otherwise love.

amateur!!!st (amateurist), Sunday, 29 August 2004 04:06 (seventeen years ago) link

I love how CHerry Red owns only three songs by them, yet manages to stick them on every VA they ever put out. The Marine Girls and EBTG videos on that Cherry Red dvd are worth the purchase price alone :), her hair was awesome.

svend (svend), Sunday, 29 August 2004 04:28 (seventeen years ago) link

i'd like to see those. which dvd is that? tracey is kind of awesome.

amateur!!!st (amateurist), Sunday, 29 August 2004 04:31 (seventeen years ago) link

I remember reading Ben Watt's autobiography about having some kind of hideous intestinal problem... gah, poor thing.

Layna Andersen (Layna Andersen), Sunday, 29 August 2004 05:09 (seventeen years ago) link

dido strikes me as EBTG watered down for the masses (if you can imagine a diluted EBTG). I like them but listening to them makes me self conscious for some reason. It makes me want to drink coffee.

kyle (akmonday), Sunday, 29 August 2004 06:44 (seventeen years ago) link

Yeah I think EBTG - especially late era - are easily underrated. They get damned from both sides.

I wanted them to turn into a Blue Nile for the post-rave nineties which they never quite did (although hinted at it in places - certainly their increasing fixation on the city and heartbreak didn't hurt) - Watts' dance-flavoured arrangements never quite let go of the efficient structuredness that I think he thinks is a key component of dance music. I don't think he's necessarily mistaken actually, but there's a lot of the stuff on the last two albums that has a remixer's singlemindedness to it...although in truth it's probably just as much radio-friendly simplicity as it is dance reductionism. Something like "Walking Wounded" the song is a big exception in that regard - much more spacious and open-ended, though it arguably sacrifices some of the duo's signature winsomeness as a result.

I also really love the title track on "Temperamental" though, and I think there's something mysteriously blank about their more recent house tracks that's quite compelling - there's something obscurely extremist about "Five Fathoms" which I can't exactly put my finger on.

Tim Finney (Tim Finney), Sunday, 29 August 2004 07:06 (seventeen years ago) link

that ben watt book is called "patient" and it's pretty darn good. unless being in a hospital unsettles you, then you won't like it at all, but it's funny how the tone of it meshes with their music. i'm going to go put on "waiting like mad."

fortunate hazel (f. hazel), Sunday, 29 August 2004 07:48 (seventeen years ago) link

They also did a beautiful rendition of Cyndi Lauper's "Time After Time".

Tantrum The Cat (Tantrum The Cat), Sunday, 29 August 2004 16:33 (seventeen years ago) link

Love "Eden", "Walking Wounded" and "Love Not Money" - never cared much for "Idlewild" or "Worldwide".

LTM seemed to be an attempt to mix the jazzy vibe of Eden with the socialism of the whole Red Wedge thing and Johnny Marr's layered guitar sound. When it worked, as in "When All's Well" or "Ballad of the Times", it was sublime.

For me, Ben Watt's best moment has to be the "Some Things Don't Matter" solo single. And "Patient" was the book I was reading while I was waiting to find out if I had cancer or not a year ago today (so far so good...), and struck me by how bruisingly real but optimistic it was.

darren (darren), Sunday, 29 August 2004 16:45 (seventeen years ago) link

I haven't heard the pre-"Missing" stuff but Walking Wounded is terrific.

You can hear a lovers' dialogue if you separate the tracks by who wrote the lyrics. I'm not saying its necessarily autobiographical, but their words come from distinct perspectives even if Tracey's singing everything. Ben's the dumpee who still wants her but realizes he needs to come to terms with himself first, Tracey's the one who left but is starting to think that she made a mistake. There's a whole level of camoflauged drama on this album that makes it even more rewarding.

CeCe Peniston (Anthony Miccio), Sunday, 29 August 2004 16:56 (seventeen years ago) link

i happen to like "wrong" a lot better than "missing," frankly. haven't heard much after that walking wounded album though. love the first 2 records; hate language of life though driving's about as good dentist office's music as you're gonna get. love marine girls "love to know" even though i first heard it as unrest cover and still tend towards that one.

because it's sophisticated pop, it can tend to feel a little starbucks in atmosphere. probably why they're a bit underrated.

seanp (seanp), Monday, 30 August 2004 00:50 (seventeen years ago) link

worldwide and language of life are pretty dull. i guess i admire the sort of perversity (??) of not just flirting with that sort of music but (at least temporarily) embracing it wholly, even if i don't enjoy the results so much.

amateur!!!st (amateurist), Monday, 30 August 2004 03:55 (seventeen years ago) link

Something like "Walking Wounded" the song is a big exception in that regard - much more spacious and open-ended, though it arguably sacrifices some of the duo's signature winsomeness as a result.

well that track is a spring heel jack /EBTG collab, so that makes sense.

amateur!!!st (amateurist), Monday, 30 August 2004 03:59 (seventeen years ago) link

Yeah I know - but ironically in many ways it sounds less "remixed" than a lot of the other tracks!

Tim Finney (Tim Finney), Monday, 30 August 2004 04:32 (seventeen years ago) link

perhaps because watt wrote a very vampish vocal melody over it, so the backing doesn't seem to pull against the vocal as much as on the other tracks?

amateur!!!st (amateurist), Monday, 30 August 2004 04:35 (seventeen years ago) link

Anthony OTM about the "dialogue" behind the lyrics, thats what I love abt Walking Wounded too.

Trayce (trayce), Monday, 30 August 2004 04:40 (seventeen years ago) link

tracey has written a bunch of songs on the subject of female friendship, a subject that is rare enough for pop songs, not least with the degree of dellicacy she brings to it.

amateur!!!st (amateurist), Monday, 30 August 2004 04:43 (seventeen years ago) link

i think that's really cool. i just had the sudden and v. weird thought that i would really like to date someone who appreciated EBTG.

amateur!!!st (amateurist), Monday, 30 August 2004 04:44 (seventeen years ago) link

I love singing along to EBTG stuff, she has a lovely syrupy style that I find easy to mimic with my horribly contralto voice.

Trayce (trayce), Monday, 30 August 2004 05:07 (seventeen years ago) link

i know it's not one of their better albums, but i have a soft spot for baby, the stars shine bright. it's 80% a concept album--about the allure and dangers of fame, viewed from several POVs. i'm not sure how deeply felt the whole thing is, and there are clumsy (if charming, when you're in a charitable mood) attempts to make a certain concept of fame a metaphor for the seductive power of American culture (or is it synechdoche? Hollywood as America? anyway the irony reaches a peak i guess with tracey singing "america is free, cheap, and easy" over some kind of excitable max steiner-as-isaac hayes backing)... but it's geneuinely moving how the thematics dovetails with the arrangements-- tending to the big, brassy, stringy (though with definitie 80s touches). the whole thing sort of screams "Journeyman effort!" and that's one of its charms. it's like a DIY imperial bedroom (i realize this is something of a contradiction).

i dunno. in so many ways that record exhibits so many admirable tendencies of mid-80s "smart" pop (esp. the connecting of the personal and political, the invoking of a native facism). it's of its moment. but i find that moving in itself.

oh yeah and "come on home" is worthwhile not for just being a v. pretty song but as one of the few pop tunes to pick up where "message to martha/michael" and "golden lights" left off.

amateur!!!st (amateurist), Monday, 30 August 2004 05:42 (seventeen years ago) link

i think i woke up this morning as marcello or something. i even was listening to julee cruise on the train tonight.

amateur!!!st (amateurist), Monday, 30 August 2004 05:42 (seventeen years ago) link

i wasn't clear enough. i meant to say the arrangements sort of illustrate the seductiveness of Fame (copyright 1953 MGM) which the lyrics try to parse more critically.

amateur!!!st (amateurist), Monday, 30 August 2004 05:44 (seventeen years ago) link

ok well it has as much to do with the langer/winstanley costello records as with imperial bedroom--but i think they are def. taking many cues from costello.

also yeah the marine girls are amazing.

amateur!!!st (amateurist), Monday, 30 August 2004 05:46 (seventeen years ago) link

dido strikes me as EBTG watered down for the masses

You're right. And that's kindof scary, now that I think about it.

LTM seemed to be an attempt to mix the jazzy vibe of Eden with the socialism of the whole Red Wedge thing and Johnny Marr's layered guitar sound.

I suppose you mean the second album Love Not Money? I've never heard that Johnny Marr played on that. I'm a Johnny Marr freak so I don't think it's possible to talk of the "Johnny Marr sound" unless you're talking about something he actually did because I think his sound is pretty unmistakeable and not easily copied. I mean, there are things I hear him do that I think "no way could that be anybody else but him".

"Eden" is one of my favourite albums of all time, if we ignore the fact that as an American I don't know it by that title, and the U.S. version had a slightly different tracklisting. Still, all the key songs are there. The second and third albums have their highlights, too, but proved far less memorable. I bought "Walking Wounded" when it came out. I liked a few songs a lot, then sold it. But I think that might have been because of a certain relationship I was in at the time.

Bimble (bimble), Monday, 30 August 2004 06:49 (seventeen years ago) link

Even tho I'm not in love with Eden, I do love that this band clearly moved through a bunch of different sounds throughout their career. It's cool when some kind of trajectory is apparent.

Mordy, Wednesday, 12 May 2010 04:56 (eleven years ago) link

there are a few tracks on the new tracey album that are quite underwhelming. it may be that some of the thinner tunes on her last record (or even the last few ebtg records) were disguised by involving arrangements. but anyway "singles bar" is pretty boring, and one or two others.

by another name (amateurist), Wednesday, 12 May 2010 09:29 (eleven years ago) link

SFJ has a review of the new Tracey Thorn album over at the NYorker http://www.newyorker.com/arts/critics/musical/2010/05/17/100517crmu_music_frerejones?currentPage=all

H in Addis, Wednesday, 12 May 2010 13:04 (eleven years ago) link

one year passes...

Ben Watt interview at Resident Advisor is long, but worth listening to - didn't know that Language of Life was Stan Getz's last outing, or that Amplified Heart was produced by one of the guys from Spring Heel Jack.

with hidden noise, Thursday, 12 May 2011 21:42 (ten years ago) link

ten months pass...

Buzzin' Fly rather than EBTG but this is very good:

http://soundcloud.com/buzzinfly/towards-green-pathfinding-a

djh, Wednesday, 18 April 2012 19:40 (nine years ago) link

excellent news

fauxmarc, Wednesday, 18 April 2012 20:21 (nine years ago) link

two months pass...

cracking piece this http://thequietus.com/articles/09091-everything-but-the-girl-interview

piscesx, Monday, 25 June 2012 02:30 (nine years ago) link

aw:

There are some amazing songs on there. One thing that has surprised me that - apart from occasional bludgeoning of 'Missing' on The Voice - is that hasn't been more covers of your work. I'm sure you wouldn't be averse to someone like Adele or Jessie Ware asking to cover something like 'Come On Home'.

TT: Yeah. I'd love it. I do think it's a shame. We've nagged our publishers over the years saying, 'Isn't it worth sending some of these songs out?' I don't know. I think perhaps people don't dig deep enough when they're looking for covers, so you get the same things covered over and over again and there are ‘go-to' songwriters that people choose. We've slipped through the net a bit I think, and it's a shame. I think there's a lot of songs out there. Come on guys. [laughs]

a regina spektor is haunting europe (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 25 June 2012 02:40 (nine years ago) link

I do wonder before "Driving" how big their US audience was.

a regina spektor is haunting europe (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 25 June 2012 02:40 (nine years ago) link

one year passes...

so has anyone else been listening to the new (!!!!) ben watt solo record? seems like it's been royally ignored.

espring (amateurist), Saturday, 10 May 2014 18:42 (seven years ago) link

I have been following the developments with the release pretty closely. Soundcloud dj mixes, live radio appearances etc. I think it's a great album but I'm rarely in the mood for that type of music these days. Some of the tracks he performed either solo and with Bernard Butler before the album came out were great.

brotherlovesdub, Saturday, 10 May 2014 19:11 (seven years ago) link

I follow both he and Tracey on Twitter. Apparently Joe Moss ex-Culture Club is their neighbor and currently hosting jam sessions where they're working on 70s rock standards.

brotherlovesdub, Saturday, 10 May 2014 19:13 (seven years ago) link

I didn't even know he had a new record. Definitely want to check it out.

austinato (Austin), Saturday, 10 May 2014 19:49 (seven years ago) link

it's a very pretty record, lots of obvious (but not remotely annoying) borrowings from john martyn and joni mitchell (one song sounds a lot like hejira)

espring (amateurist), Saturday, 10 May 2014 23:29 (seven years ago) link

the lyrics in the one about gun control is a little nagl

espring (amateurist), Saturday, 10 May 2014 23:29 (seven years ago) link

three weeks pass...

this album is beautifully recorded

display name changed. (amateurist), Monday, 2 June 2014 13:58 (seven years ago) link

I keep mentioning this, but Tracey Thorn's column in New Statesman is always such a good read.

boxedjoy, Monday, 2 June 2014 21:13 (seven years ago) link

did not know this existed. link?

display name changed. (amateurist), Wednesday, 4 June 2014 10:03 (seven years ago) link

Ben Watt's playing the pin-drop Old Town School of Folk Music, and playing the, like, 50-seat Bryant Lake Bowl in Minneapolis on his July tour. Sounds great if it's not a DJ set.

That's So (Eazy), Wednesday, 4 June 2014 18:55 (seven years ago) link

shit, i'm going to have to miss the chicago date.

display name changed. (amateurist), Wednesday, 4 June 2014 23:50 (seven years ago) link

oh well, he'll be back in town ca. 2040.

display name changed. (amateurist), Wednesday, 4 June 2014 23:50 (seven years ago) link

I do like his Deep Folk Mix Tapes.

djh, Thursday, 5 June 2014 20:29 (seven years ago) link

Thorn book is £1.99 in the Book Store (Banbury but presumably other branches, too).

djh, Tuesday, 10 June 2014 20:56 (seven years ago) link

two months pass...

the ben watt memoir of his parents is really moving and much of it is beautifully written

still think his album is great, but nobody wants to talk bout it here

I dunno. (amateurist), Saturday, 16 August 2014 10:52 (seven years ago) link

**shrug**

I'll talk about it. It's a nice album.

austinato (Austin), Saturday, 16 August 2014 17:12 (seven years ago) link

Everytime I turn around there's another EBTG rarity I can't find...I wish they would put out a collection of their singles and comps tracks

― iago g., Saturday, March 20, 2010 11:05 PM (1 month ago) Bookmark

there's a great comp floating around the internets. whatsitcalled. ah yes, kitchen sink treasures.

― by another name (amateurist), Tuesday, May 11, 2010 5:10 PM (4 years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Surprised there's no discussion of the reissues...bonus discs of b-sides, demos. Bought the first 4, haven't listened yet but psyched they finally did this. Now only if they would tour!

Iago Galdston, Wednesday, 27 August 2014 00:19 (seven years ago) link

they're not going to tour.

i haven't bought those reissues yet, just a lack of funds and the fact that i've heard a lot of the "bonus" stuff already. would love to read a good review though.

I dunno. (amateurist), Wednesday, 3 September 2014 19:50 (seven years ago) link

too bad, i'd never heard any of these demos, they're excellent. thanks for the reply!

Iago Galdston, Wednesday, 3 September 2014 23:24 (seven years ago) link

one month passes...

The Ben Watt record is a bit weak on the lyrics but I like it nonetheless. It reminds me in parts of the Beyond The Wizards Sleeve remix of Midlake.

boxedjoy, Monday, 13 October 2014 13:12 (seven years ago) link

one month passes...

https://soundcloud.com/ben_watt/ben-watt-pearson-park-deep-folk-mixtape-4

djh, Thursday, 20 November 2014 21:51 (seven years ago) link

ten months pass...

I saw you standing at the bar
Don't know your name or who you are
It's packed at 2 a.m
I've got no coat

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 20 September 2015 20:07 (six years ago) link

I still really, really like Walking Wounded, particularly the title track. I remember when they put that out as a single, and of course the remix of 'Missing' was a big hit and I knew about Thorn's work with Massive Attack, but even with all that in mind I couldn't believe it was the same band that put out songs like 'Driving' ... it caught my ear in a way that no Everything But The Girl song had done before.

Turrican, Sunday, 20 September 2015 21:14 (six years ago) link

eight months pass...

Ben Watt's latest (Fever Dream) is even better than Hendra. It sounds a lot like Hendra —nice, strummy and modest— but just stronger overall songs. Some of the tunes even bare a strong resemblance to Amplified Heart. 'Women's Company' is a fantastic number. It's been out since the beginning of April, but I'm just now catching up to it.

Austin, Friday, 3 June 2016 00:11 (five years ago) link

nine months pass...

Pitchfork's Britpop special got me thinking about their historical place. Here's a short appraisal and top ten.

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 30 March 2017 01:18 (four years ago) link

Well, I certainly don't think of Everything But the Girl in terms of that stupid and meaningless word, but I do think of them as being very much part of the pop music landscape in '96 with singles like the remix of 'Missing' and 'Wrong' (although I thought that 'Walking Wounded' was the best track of them all) and I remember thinking how much of a surprise it was, both in the sense that they were now having big hits (I think many considered them to washed-up by the mid '90s), but also in the direction their music had now gone in.

The Roger Waters Experience (Turrican), Thursday, 30 March 2017 01:37 (four years ago) link

wow that EBTG top 20 couldn't be more different than mine... band contains depths. super underrated

pre millennial tension (uptown churl), Thursday, 30 March 2017 14:35 (four years ago) link

one month passes...

I should have known it would be a mistake to read the R Schreiber 1999 review of "Temperamental":

http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/2855-temperamental/

Tim F, Sunday, 7 May 2017 07:54 (four years ago) link

I should have known it would be a mistake to read the R Schreiber [year] review of [album]

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Sunday, 7 May 2017 08:08 (four years ago) link

every late nineties pitchfork review that mentions hearing certain songs in the context of some public place ("on the dance floor at the local sportsbar") make me feel like these people literally never left their dorms

austinb, Sunday, 7 May 2017 15:33 (four years ago) link

or his parents' basement

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 7 May 2017 16:56 (four years ago) link

But at the end of 60 straight minutes of this record, you feel like you've just spent half your life in an upscale women's clothing store.

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 7 May 2017 16:57 (four years ago) link

"haha, that'll show them"

austinb, Sunday, 7 May 2017 17:04 (four years ago) link

might be late to the game, but i just came across Ada's cover of Each And Every One today—still holds up incredibly
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qAYHbrcHMB8

austinb, Sunday, 7 May 2017 17:06 (four years ago) link

two months pass...

"Missing" kills me. Revived my interest by finding an old cassette stuck in a player and this track was in the sequence. I know the feeling of this song to a tee, love this track

Paisley Window Pane (Ross), Tuesday, 18 July 2017 05:54 (four years ago) link

two years pass...

Alan Sparhawk guests on one of Ben's new tracks. Alan's interview with Ben is insightful: http://floodmagazine.com/70506/ben-watt-shares-new-single-irene-answers-questions-from-lows-alan-sparhawk/

that's not my post, Saturday, 26 October 2019 04:42 (two years ago) link

interesting interview, thanks. the new song irene is quite wonderful:

http://www.youtube.com/watch? &v=XS3REGSWyd8

walking towards the sun since 2007 (alex in mainhattan), Saturday, 26 October 2019 08:46 (two years ago) link

http://www.youtube.com/watch? &v=XS3REGSWyd8

walking towards the sun since 2007 (alex in mainhattan), Saturday, 26 October 2019 08:46 (two years ago) link

ok then: https://youtu.be/XS3REGSWyd8

walking towards the sun since 2007 (alex in mainhattan), Saturday, 26 October 2019 08:47 (two years ago) link

New song is nice and worth 3 posts :)

that's not my post, Saturday, 26 October 2019 13:35 (two years ago) link


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