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Anybody know who's handling Portishead's publicity in the United States? I'm supposed to review "Alien" and so far it's been impossible to get a line on a promo copy; just dead ends.

Raymond Cummings, Monday, 24 February 2003 17:14 (sixteen years ago) link

You're probably best off contacting Go Beat Records in Great Britain to find out who's the PR person in the US.

I think you're a bit hasty at the moment, though.....

RUSS T, Monday, 24 February 2003 17:17 (sixteen years ago) link

Who says the record is even finished?

JoB (JoB), Monday, 24 February 2003 19:17 (sixteen years ago) link


isn't it due out quite shortly? ( < 2 months away.)

i would think a major label would have promo shinola without final packaging available...

but, what do i know?
m.

msp, Monday, 24 February 2003 21:28 (sixteen years ago) link

MSN's online entertainment section has an entry for Portishead 'Album' (2002) in their music listings pages, the tracklisting runs thus:

1. Open Box
2. Love of Life
3. Broquette
4. Broken Wall
5. Beatless Day
6. Of Liberty for All and None
7. Alien
8. Signature
9. Minor Pain
10. Traveling Fast to There
11. Tomorrow's Death
12. Broquette [Multi Mix in F#- Slowdown]

i havent seen this information anywhere else so not sure how they got it or why its up there

stevem (blueski), Monday, 24 February 2003 23:10 (sixteen years ago) link

oop that should of course say 'Alien' and not 'Album' - the 2002 was NOT a typo tho!

stevem (blueski), Monday, 24 February 2003 23:10 (sixteen years ago) link

...saw Beth Gibbons here in Bristol on Sunday, debut gig of her Rustin Man tour.

Beautiful.

russ t, Tuesday, 25 February 2003 10:46 (sixteen years ago) link

I rediscovered the second P/Head album over the weekend, not having listened to it properly for years. Sounds almost like an unintended prequel to "100th Window" - more war music? Absolutely brilliant, though; I think at the moment I prefer it to "Dummy" (great though the latter is). Certainly can't wait for the newie, which needless to say I will be reviewing for Uncut.

Marcello Carlin, Tuesday, 25 February 2003 10:54 (sixteen years ago) link

Marcello -
do Uncut really review anything that's not hoary and rocky and under 40 years of age...?! I thought it was a staple diet of Neil Young, the Stones and Bob Dylan?

russ t, Tuesday, 25 February 2003 11:57 (sixteen years ago) link

at present, not unless it's me doing the reviewing (or sometimes john mulvey and david stubbs).

Marcello Carlin, Tuesday, 25 February 2003 12:07 (sixteen years ago) link

two years pass...
Unbelievably, new Coral single "In the Morning" was produced by Geoff Barrow and Adrian Utley. Surely a new Portoshead album has been finished if they're able to waste time on these Scousers?

JoB (JoB), Thursday, 5 May 2005 14:37 (fourteen years ago) link

Portushead would be fine, too. ;-)

JoB (JoB), Thursday, 5 May 2005 14:37 (fourteen years ago) link

Pitahead.

Maybe they just felt bored.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Thursday, 5 May 2005 14:40 (fourteen years ago) link

what ever came of that tsunami benefit show in bristol? did anyone read/hear anything about their set?

rajeev (rajeev), Thursday, 5 May 2005 14:40 (fourteen years ago) link

ergh, that new Coral song is a complete Cast knock-off, if Cast can even be referred to as imitees. Shame on Barrow!

$V£N! (blueski), Thursday, 5 May 2005 15:19 (fourteen years ago) link

four years pass...

It's like The Horrors but without the moaning dude.

CosMc (Raw Patrick), Friday, 28 August 2009 14:16 (ten years ago) link

three months pass...

Portishead sign to Amnesty

Portishead are releasing a brand new track, - "Chase the tear" for Amnesty International.

It will be available as an exclusive download single from 7 digital http://www.7digital.com/porti sheadamnesty from December 10th with all earnings going towards Amnesty's human rights work and all rights given to the organisation indefinitely.

A video of Portishead performing ''Chase the Tear'' will also be available from 10 December at: http://www.amnesty.org.uk/portish ead and at http://www.portishead.co.uk

International human rights day (10 December) marks the anniversary of the United Nation's historic "Universal Declaration Of Human Rights" on 10 December 1948. The UDHR set out for the first time in a single document the fundamental rights to which everyone, everywhere is entitled - including the right to life, liberty, security, the freedoms of opinion, association and expression, and the right not to be subjected to torture or cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment.

For more information: http://www.amnesty.org.uk/udhr

Mark G, Wednesday, 9 December 2009 22:49 (nine years ago) link

That track is ZOMG!

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 9 December 2009 23:32 (nine years ago) link

wow great song!

eight woofers in the trunk sb'n down the block (M@tt He1ges0n), Wednesday, 9 December 2009 23:35 (nine years ago) link

it's like steppin' out...gone portishead!

102. LJ: British. 5. (acoleuthic), Wednesday, 9 December 2009 23:40 (nine years ago) link

fuck yeah! and the video on vimeo is great too.

ianmaxwell, Wednesday, 9 December 2009 23:44 (nine years ago) link

I love that they are riding hard for the shoegaze visual aesthetic

wtf?!? just randomly started crying! (HI DERE), Wednesday, 9 December 2009 23:45 (nine years ago) link

I haven't watched the whole video. I only needed to see about 30 seconds before I went and bought the mp3. I guess it's supposed to just end (like "Silence" did)?

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 9 December 2009 23:46 (nine years ago) link

the single crisp rising synth is so awesome

ianmaxwell, Wednesday, 9 December 2009 23:47 (nine years ago) link

yeah that was pretty good, altho i'd say it'd be among the weaker tracks of third (which i now love)...the ending is nicely timed

haha dan otm, look they are miserable

and the synth really does remind me of steppin' out quite a lot

102. LJ: British. 5. (acoleuthic), Wednesday, 9 December 2009 23:47 (nine years ago) link

sigue sigue sputnik more like

mdskltr (blueski), Wednesday, 9 December 2009 23:51 (nine years ago) link

that song is great!

Bee OK, Thursday, 10 December 2009 01:28 (nine years ago) link

...

Mark G, Thursday, 10 December 2009 08:00 (nine years ago) link

Top notch song. A new album can't come soon enough.

van smack, Friday, 11 December 2009 00:55 (nine years ago) link

This is great I thought I would have to wait until I was in my thirties before I heard more new Portishead.

adamj, Friday, 11 December 2009 05:21 (nine years ago) link

It's like The Horrors but without the moaning dude.

Am liking the Beak> album much more than the Horrors tbh.

The bugger in the short sleeves (NickB), Friday, 11 December 2009 09:21 (nine years ago) link

It's quite a stylistic shift for them - the arpeggiated synth bass is disco-ish; the whole thing is a kind of glum lo-fi "I Feel Love"...

superflyguy, Friday, 11 December 2009 10:46 (nine years ago) link

This is pretty unexpected. New to me anyway - not sure if it's old in the US.

http://tinyurl.com/yar37lt

Dorian (Dorianlynskey), Friday, 11 December 2009 11:41 (nine years ago) link

Thanks to you tweeting (or retweeting) that, I've been showing everyone! I think it was broadcast Tuesday night in the US.

Michael Jones, Friday, 11 December 2009 11:45 (nine years ago) link

It makes the song sound utterly thrilling and bizarre. I like the idea of casual viewers being tempted to check it.

Dorian (Dorianlynskey), Friday, 11 December 2009 11:55 (nine years ago) link

i like the way it sounds and looks amazing, but not actually weird or out of place - and the audience just cheers along normally. people's ideas of what will be acceptable or go down well w/mainstream audiences can be rather restrictive sometimes.

lex pretend, Friday, 11 December 2009 12:09 (nine years ago) link

they used Apparat - Arcadia a few episodes back and generally surprise me a few times each season

abcfsk, Friday, 11 December 2009 12:18 (nine years ago) link

Interesting - didn't know the context. It's obv in a different zone from Strictly Come Dancing.

Dorian (Dorianlynskey), Friday, 11 December 2009 12:21 (nine years ago) link

What about Beak>? Anyone heard them or have any thoughts? I liked, but was a bit disappointed by, the album after what I'd read ahead of time. I saw them live on Monday though and liked it a lot more.

krakow, Thursday, 17 December 2009 15:34 (nine years ago) link

Ehh. I thought that album was kinda... bad, tbh. :I

Salvador Dali Parton (Turangalila), Thursday, 17 December 2009 15:41 (nine years ago) link

Chase the Tear reminds me in parts of NIN, oddly.

Communi-Bear Silo State (chap), Thursday, 17 December 2009 15:57 (nine years ago) link

one month passes...

'chase the tear' is awesome. there's no chance it was recorded live, right? i'm inclined to say no, but the one-take video looks pretty convincing (even though there are no mics on the drums).

rinse the lemonade (Jordan), Thursday, 21 January 2010 18:10 (nine years ago) link

ten months pass...

This was in my gmail account:

Portishead announcement

Hello. Check the news page at http://www.portishead.co.uk/news.php on Wednesday 24th November for an announcement about 2011.

Thanks

Mark G, Wednesday, 24 November 2010 11:01 (eight years ago) link

Nothing there as yet, beyond May's "Chase the Tear"

Mark G, Wednesday, 24 November 2010 11:01 (eight years ago) link

Reckon they'll have got that fourth album sorted pretty quickly...

Matt DC, Wednesday, 24 November 2010 11:24 (eight years ago) link

This is potentially exciting.

A brownish area with points (chap), Wednesday, 24 November 2010 12:25 (eight years ago) link

Either that or its a 16th-anniversary box set of Dummy with three discs of remixes and a remastered version of the original album.

Matt DC, Wednesday, 24 November 2010 12:27 (eight years ago) link

*crosses fingers*

just sayin, Wednesday, 24 November 2010 12:32 (eight years ago) link

http://twitter.com/Portisheadinfo

^ new portishead album, news at six

Albert mangles dwarf (NickB), Wednesday, 24 November 2010 12:45 (eight years ago) link

Did they play machine gun? ^^^

Ross, Tuesday, 3 July 2018 20:47 (one year ago) link

one year passes...

#Dummy25 22/08/1994 pic.twitter.com/lD0logm5bh

— Geoff Barrow (@jetfury) August 21, 2019

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 21 August 2019 23:12 (one month ago) link

having my mind blown hearing this for the first time on KCRW and going straight to Tower Records the next day to pick it up. damn that was 25 years ago!

(•̪●) (carne asada), Thursday, 22 August 2019 13:33 (one month ago) link

I wonder how I first heard it? Not the video/single. Did I go into it blind, based on reviews? Maybe. I recall it being put to great use in the vampire movie "Nadja."

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 22 August 2019 15:10 (one month ago) link

Steve Lamacq played, not Sour Times but Sour Sour Times the remix version from the CD, on the Radio 1 Evening Session, a coupla weeks before release of the single. I can still vividly recall frantically looking for a pen to write the title down with. Weird how no-one really knew about the Massive Attack connection for quite a while, i think The Face had probably done a piece on them by then but i wasn't hip to that yet. DL of this parish did a really good piece in Q about Dummy in 2017. I'd forgotten that it all came together via the Enterprise Allowance Scheme.

piscesx, Thursday, 22 August 2019 15:20 (one month ago) link

I remember hearing "Sour Times" on the radio and thinking "I don't care who this group is, I am buying this immediately"

I also remember having a conversation several months later with my mom where I was gushing about the album and she said "Oh I just heard this NPR story about some similar music, I really liked it and I'll have to find some reference to it when you come to visit later" and when I was home next and saw the info, it was a story about Portishead, lol.

brigadier pudding (DJP), Thursday, 22 August 2019 15:25 (one month ago) link

i thought i was such a dope hip hop producer after dropping samples of this in my buddies MPC60 and making little loop beats.

(•̪●) (carne asada), Thursday, 22 August 2019 15:31 (one month ago) link

One of the few times I can distinctly remember the first time I heard something. I was at uni when it came out and don't think I was listening to the radio as much or I might have heard it there; instead I was in someone's room and they played Mysteron, very much in a This Is An Event kind of way. The theremin + drum roll sold me on it straight away.

The Pingularity (ledge), Thursday, 22 August 2019 15:32 (one month ago) link

I first heard this during a, uh, chemical episode, & "Roads" sent me into a paranoid freakout that lasted a couple of days. I bought the album soon thereafter and have stayed away from the chems ever since.

L'assie (Euler), Thursday, 22 August 2019 15:35 (one month ago) link

My college raver friends would always play this when we hung out in their dorm room smoking weed.

A rare perfect album.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Thursday, 22 August 2019 15:37 (one month ago) link

instead I was in someone's room and they played Mysteron, very much in a This Is An Event kind of way

n.b. this person later achieved 15 minutes of minor fame by remonstrating with Russell Brand outside of the Royal Bank of Scotland.

The Pingularity (ledge), Thursday, 22 August 2019 15:40 (one month ago) link

Ahh was hoping for a deluxe edition of this throwing in all remixes, versions and the 'To Kill A Dead Man' soundtrack. Maybe in another 25 years.

lol trump-esque discogs commenters

DOCTOR_DIATRIBE23 April 20, 2017
edited over 2 years ago
referencing Numb, 12", Single, Promo, GODX 114, 857 561-1
Love Numb the LP version but the other mixes just don't work!.In fact they are very crap as the music and vocals do not fit!... But they would if they were instrumentals!!!!!! Oh yes Earth Linger would be a moody banger in the vain of Hindsight by DJ Shadow!....Also A Tribute To Monk & Canatella is a nice slow hod nodder/swayer that sounds more like a tribute to Bob James ala Nautilus... 5***** for Numb + A Tribute To Monk & Canatella orig but the others left me not only numb but comatose! Shame!

nashwan, Thursday, 22 August 2019 15:44 (one month ago) link

Back in those weird 90s days of CD bootlegs juuuuust pre-dated CDR compilations of B-sides and EPs and things (not that I would know anything about that), I found this for reasonably cheap and was not complaining (it was almost certainly less than the cost of the actual import singles combined):

https://www.discogs.com/Portishead-Non-Album-Tracks/release/630440

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 22 August 2019 15:52 (one month ago) link

YSI?

(•̪●) (carne asada), Thursday, 22 August 2019 15:55 (one month ago) link

Astounding.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 22 August 2019 15:58 (one month ago) link

I heard Sour Times on the radio on a rainy day while waiting in my mom's van as she ran errands. And I was immediately super in-love with it. I was just waiting for it to come on again. But I was nervous about buying the record for some reason. Didn't think it would be as good or something, expected filler, etc.

But then a friend of mine turned it on while we were driving around getting high and I was blown away. I still didn't buy the album though, just because my friend had it and we were always together.

Skipped the self-titled, but dipped back in when Roseland NYC Live came out, and I bought the Sour Times single on that same day.

☮ (peace, man), Thursday, 22 August 2019 17:02 (one month ago) link

i remember seeing the video of "sour times" on mtv. it had nothing to do with the video which is on youtube these days. it was a kind of live video where you could see beth gibbons sing irc. i was totally blown away, i had never heard of the band before and nobody of my friends knew them. i was afraid to forget their name and that the band would be soon forgotten, they were totally obscure. the sadness in her voice grabbed me completely and i thought that this music was made only for me. i would have never thought that they would have so much success later on but if i remember well it took a couple of months before they really took off. of course i am very happy that they made it.

je est un autre, l'enfer c'est les autres (alex in mainhattan), Thursday, 22 August 2019 19:42 (one month ago) link

maybe it was on 120 minutes as that was more or less the only programme i folowed on mtv.

je est un autre, l'enfer c'est les autres (alex in mainhattan), Thursday, 22 August 2019 19:43 (one month ago) link

i picked up both original Sour Times cd singles (99p each) with some insane remixes/retakes, and fell hard.
still think the 'airbus reconstruction' (sounds like an early studio live version) is the best version.

mark e, Thursday, 22 August 2019 20:14 (one month ago) link

KEXP is playing through the album with song-by-song commentary from Barrow and Utley: full interview audio stream and text excerpts here

https://www.kexp.org/read/2019/8/22/portisheads-geoff-barrow-and-adrian-utley-breakdown-dummy-25-years-later/

quelle sprocket damage (sic), Thursday, 22 August 2019 23:09 (one month ago) link

lol at automated transcription

Andy Smith, who was an old maid from Portishead,

quelle sprocket damage (sic), Thursday, 22 August 2019 23:15 (one month ago) link

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/21/arts/music/portishead-dummy-anniversary.html

Barrow would really prefer not hearing about the time(s) you fucked to Dummy.

Greta Van Show Feets BB (milo z), Friday, 23 August 2019 00:15 (one month ago) link

Shouldn't have made so many slow jamz

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Friday, 23 August 2019 00:19 (one month ago) link

still think the 'airbus reconstruction' (sounds like an early studio live version) is the best version.

airbus is an entirely different band! I love the hell out of that version as well.

☮ (peace, man), Friday, 23 August 2019 08:18 (one month ago) link

well i never, i had no idea.
ta for the pointer.

mark e, Friday, 23 August 2019 09:33 (one month ago) link

He gave them a tape with a click track on it and Beth Gibbons’ vocal, refusing to play them the full song until they’d written and recorded the music.

Wow I never knew this either, what a great idea

“Hakuna Matata,” a nihilist philosophy (One Eye Open), Friday, 23 August 2019 12:15 (one month ago) link

I still haven't heard Airbus on their own though, to my shame.

☮ (peace, man), Friday, 23 August 2019 12:36 (one month ago) link

I picked up a cheap used vinyl copy of Dummy about a week after release from the Hackney branch of Music & Video Exchange, where it was filed under Hip-Hop.

fetter, Friday, 23 August 2019 13:40 (one month ago) link

my favourite kind of "hip-hop". probably they confused hip-hop with trip-hop...

je est un autre, l'enfer c'est les autres (alex in mainhattan), Friday, 23 August 2019 14:04 (one month ago) link

Everybody is saying "Sour Times" "Sour Times" "Sour Times". The first PH song I heard was "Glory Box", and many times over, and the contrast of Beth Gibbons's cutesy delivery on the verses and her belting out the choruses reminded me of.. Jewel. And so I ignored this band until "All Mine" came out-- again, with the cutesy delivery? but irresistible. I don't think I listened to "Dummy" in its entirety until 2000. "Glory Box" was a misleading single! It works on the album sequence but on its own there is nothing to distinguish it from like.. Sneaker Pimps or whatever.

flamboyant goon tie included, Friday, 23 August 2019 14:11 (one month ago) link

I was in music limbo, cut off from radio and new releases, between the summer of 94 and end of 96, so only heard these guys once they had gained overexposure and kept being played in bars or student parties, which instinctively turned me off. For the longest time, I did not distinguish between 'Glory Box' and 'Hell Is Round The Corner'. It's "All Mine" and the 2nd album that brought me in.

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Friday, 23 August 2019 14:26 (one month ago) link

except Sneaker Pimps came out 2 years after and were an obvious knockoff xp

(•̪●) (carne asada), Friday, 23 August 2019 14:48 (one month ago) link

i mean it's really not fair comparing them to groups that came out and copied their whole thing .

(•̪●) (carne asada), Friday, 23 August 2019 14:51 (one month ago) link

yeah, I also only really got into Portishead after hearing 'All Mine'. I'd heard some stuff before then (probably mostly Glory Box), but it wasn't enough for me to buy their album

silverfish, Friday, 23 August 2019 14:54 (one month ago) link

Oh for sure! I just had no idea about the rest of the album

flamboyant goon tie included, Friday, 23 August 2019 15:10 (one month ago) link

I actually love that Sneaker Pimps album, which doesn’t sound much like Portishead tbh

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Friday, 23 August 2019 18:09 (one month ago) link

I always like Morcheeba, who similarly got tossed in as imitators but I thought sounded totally different.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 23 August 2019 18:11 (one month ago) link

The Roseland New York DVD, which you can get for a few quid, appears to come with all the films (To Kill A Dead Man etc) and a bunch of the first 2 album's videos.

https://www.discogs.com/Portishead-Roseland-New-York/release/178075

piscesx, Friday, 23 August 2019 18:29 (one month ago) link

I don't remember how I first heard about Dummy (or what song I heard first, etc.) -- but I was an early adopter, and was ob-sessed with it. I made a lot of mixtapes for friends that year, with Dummy on one side and Massive Attack on the other.

Stub yr toe on the yacht rock (morrisp), Friday, 23 August 2019 18:50 (one month ago) link

I was gonna say, that Sneaker Pimps album rules.

"Spin Spin Sugar" rules (both the original and the Armand Van Helden speed garage mix)

brigadier pudding (DJP), Friday, 23 August 2019 19:05 (one month ago) link

i was huge into Dummy from the get-go. I bought it the same day along w/Definitely Maybe at a CD shop in Rockford IL.

omar little, Friday, 23 August 2019 19:14 (one month ago) link

WHINEY: People seem to like having sex to this record.

hope this was fact-checked

mookieproof, Friday, 23 August 2019 19:47 (one month ago) link

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/21/arts/music/portishead-dummy-anniversary.html

buhhh @ subs running an interview with Geoff Barrow, illustrating it with a photo of Barrow and Beth Gibbons, and captioning the photo only as showing Gibbons

quelle sprocket damage (sic), Friday, 23 August 2019 20:13 (one month ago) link

Here's another (better?) one.

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2019/aug/24/portishead-dummy-wasnt-a-chillout-album-25th-anniversary-geoff-barrow-adrian-utley-beth-gibbons?CMP=share_btn_tw

The Nils Frahm slagging is hilarious.

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 24 August 2019 17:15 (one month ago) link

Seems both have a pretty big chip on their shoulder.

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Saturday, 24 August 2019 19:24 (one month ago) link

GB on Twitter sure is an old curmudgeon. Very off-putting.

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Monday, 26 August 2019 18:34 (one month ago) link

i do agree with them that billie eilish rocks and nils frahm sucks

american bradass (BradNelson), Monday, 26 August 2019 18:36 (one month ago) link

Utter codswallop https://t.co/ERuHEQ1GkI

— Geoff Barrow (@jetfury) August 25, 2019

Greta Van Show Feets BB (milo z), Monday, 26 August 2019 22:27 (one month ago) link

Codswallop is a new one to me.

Greta Van Show Feets BB (milo z), Monday, 26 August 2019 22:27 (one month ago) link

one month passes...

Olivia Colman has covered Portishead's brooding classic Glory Box in aid of Children In Need.

Mark G, Friday, 4 October 2019 13:49 (two weeks ago) link


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