Lotus Eaters: Classic or Dud?

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They've got a new album coming out in a few weeks (the first one after a long hiatus...). So: best "New Romantic" band ever (although they were an atypical one) or just plain dud?

Simone, Friday, 29 June 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

'Cyclops': Classic or Dud?

the pinefox, Friday, 29 June 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

I'm not sure if the Lotus Eaters were, strictly speaking, New Romantics. They were more part of that early 80s jangly-Merseybeat thing with ther Pale Fountains, weren't they? (Actually, this may be a disservice to the Fountains... when I think of the Lotus Eaters I think more of Rymans League would-be janglers such as, um, the Immaculate Fools). 'First picture of you (last picture of Summer)' was a fairly nice sunny strummy single, though.

stevie t, Friday, 29 June 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

The Lotus Eaters were a bit of a disappointment to those of us who had loved the Wild Swans' glorious "Revolutionary Spirit" and hoped for something similar from Wotsisname's (something Kelly?) subsequent band.

Tim, Wednesday, 4 July 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

six years pass...

First Picture Of You = B+

blueski, Friday, 31 August 2007 14:25 (thirteen years ago) link

Peel session comp is unsurprisingly better than the album.

Mr. Odd, Friday, 31 August 2007 14:26 (thirteen years ago) link

You know, I don't understand this band at all. A long time ago I heard a song on the radio that went "It hurts/oh and it hurts..." and I went nuts over it. I believe I subsequently managed to find one of their 12"es however everything I've heard since then failed to grip me. I'm left with a lingering feeling of lost potential.

Bimble, Saturday, 1 September 2007 00:31 (thirteen years ago) link

Ohh I like them unreservedly and can't work out why the rest of you are dragging your feet with the LE loving. They had a really strong 'persona' and thats not something you can have a long career for, but it can make a great album or two.

Admittedly, the persona could easily irritate (basically, oh for gods sake, so you've read an Andre Gide novella, and seen brideshead revisited on the telly, stop pretending to be overcome with ennui everytime you have a shag)

However, it didn't irritate me, I like such persona's no matter how preposterous.

Sandy Blair, Saturday, 1 September 2007 08:10 (thirteen years ago) link

thirteen years pass...

"first picture of you" is, like, really good man

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Thursday, 19 November 2020 22:07 (one week ago) link

First Picture Of You was the song that came on the taxi radio on the night i did my first ever pill, literally just as it was kicking in. Couldn't have planned it better.

piscesx, Thursday, 19 November 2020 22:24 (one week ago) link

absolutely the best song! never really got into anything else they did though

kites aren't fun (NickB), Thursday, 19 November 2020 23:51 (one week ago) link

i bought the expanded cd reissue of their lone 80s album and i think it's kinda sorta an underrated lost classic. that's probs just me tho.

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Friday, 20 November 2020 00:38 (one week ago) link

Their reunion album, "Silentspace", is shockingly good.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Friday, 20 November 2020 06:00 (one week ago) link


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