Gavin Friday

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One of my favorites from years past. I have several of his excellent solo albums, and just heard the soundtrack he and Maurice Seezer composed for "The Boxer". It's incredibly beautiful in places, I didn't know this strange torch singing fop had it in him. I suppose I should have from the sinister/beautiful production on his solo albums.

Quite obviously the inspiration for Bono's attempts at sinister crooning as well.

ham on rye (ham on rye), Friday, 19 September 2003 08:50 (nineteen years ago) link

have you checked out the stuff he did as ringleader of The Virgin Prunes? and how about a Dave-id Busarus thread anyone?

Paul (scifisoul), Friday, 19 September 2003 10:35 (nineteen years ago) link

Each Man Kills the Thing He Loves is absolutely essential. Adam'n'Eve less so, but there are still some great moments therein. Shag Tobacco is almost the perfect fusion of the first two records....but not quite.

He hasn't been very active since The Boxer, or at least not in the studio.

Finest Virgin Prunes album: If I Die...I Die

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Friday, 19 September 2003 13:21 (nineteen years ago) link

apart from "Shag Tobacco" (which i've never heard), Alex seems to have read my mind...

willem (willem), Friday, 19 September 2003 13:30 (nineteen years ago) link

Actually, Gavin has been busy doing this:

though I have no idea what it sounds like. If anyone ever gets it, I'd love to know what they think.

Jonathan (Jonathan), Friday, 19 September 2003 13:44 (nineteen years ago) link

Gavin is very decidedly to blame for Bono's embarassing "MacPhisto" schtick a few years back. In Gavin's hands, it would've been forgivable (given the man's histrionic excesses in the past), but it didn't suit Mr.Vox at all.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Friday, 19 September 2003 14:20 (nineteen years ago) link

I'm gonna go home later and listen to "If I Die...". I like this album, but was never compelled to check out his Friday's solo albums because the (very) few things I heard from them didn't have an effect on me. Should I give him a second chance???
Alex, I guess, says "yes". Is this the same Alex who whooped it up about the new KJoke??? I don't think I'd have checked it out without reading the earlier raves on ILM....and I like most of it! Thanks!

peepee (peepee), Friday, 19 September 2003 17:10 (nineteen years ago) link

Yes, the same Alex.

Be warned --- there's a lot of stylistic real estate between If I Die...I Die and Gavin's solo stuff. Where the `Prunes were clearly more inspired by Siouxsie and PiL, Each Man... owes more to cabaret ala Jacques Brel, Edith Piaf, Bertold Brecht etc. It's highly melodramatic stuff, but also highly enjoyable (well, for me anyway). Adam'n'Eve has a bit more of a Eurodiscoey feel (especially the single, "I Want to Live," later covered Campbell). Shag Tobacco, meanwhile, came out in the post-Trip Hop world of `94/`95 and has lots of said trend's earmarks. The title track and "Caruso", though are HUGELY great, though.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Friday, 19 September 2003 17:41 (nineteen years ago) link

Thanks Alex.

peepee (peepee), Friday, 19 September 2003 17:50 (nineteen years ago) link

His three solo albums are brilliant in their own ways. Shag Tobacco has that slippery cover version of "The Slider", which is great. And I always liked "Angel".

ham on rye (ham on rye), Friday, 19 September 2003 17:58 (nineteen years ago) link


rw, Friday, 19 September 2003 20:21 (nineteen years ago) link

His three solo albums are brilliant in their own ways

They sure are.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Friday, 19 September 2003 20:52 (nineteen years ago) link

I was thinking The Moon Looked Down and Laughed was a Friday solo lp since he alone is pictured on the album cover, but turns out it was a Prunes album. I had it back in high school, but traded it, along with If I Die... a long time ago. There's no AMG review for it, btw.

Sean (Sean), Friday, 19 September 2003 21:00 (nineteen years ago) link

I never got around to hearing The Moon Looked Down..., but do remember being somehwhat put off by the cover (Gavin in uber-glambo-fop mode striking a "well, I never!" pose).

He also guested on some records by Coil and the Fall before Each Man Kills....

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Friday, 19 September 2003 21:06 (nineteen years ago) link

Was "The Moon Looked Down..." the one on Touch&Go?

peepee (peepee), Friday, 19 September 2003 21:19 (nineteen years ago) link

four years pass... goes Iron Maiden!?

StanM, Monday, 5 May 2008 18:24 (fourteen years ago) link

one year passes...

Psst... Just announced (like, an hour ago, but I've known about it for months):

Hal Willner presents:
An Evening with Gavin Friday and Friends

Featuring Laurie Anderson, Antony, Elizabeth Ashley, Bono, Adam Clayton, Andrea Corr, The Edge, Flo & Eddie, Joel Grey, Bill Frisell, Guggi, Courtney Love, Lydia Lunch, Patrick McCabe, Maria McKee, Shane MacGowan, Eric Mingus, Larry Mullen, JG Thirlwell, Martha Wainwright, Rufus Wainwright, Chloe Webb, Plus Special Guests.

Sunday 4th October 2009
Carnegie Hall – New York City
Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage

Tickets go on-sale Wednesday,
September 16, 11AM EST

mike t-diva, Friday, 11 September 2009 22:15 (thirteen years ago) link


Well deserved of course but why can't there be something as equally deserving on that scale over here for Marc Almond, dammit.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 11 September 2009 22:36 (thirteen years ago) link

I do like how that lineup is all 'oh btw U2 WILL BE HERE BUT WE CAN'T SAY IT DIRECTLY thank you drive through...'

Ned Raggett, Friday, 11 September 2009 22:38 (thirteen years ago) link

Isn't more a case of "U2 will be here, but as far as this show goes, they're no more or less important than anyone else on the line-up?"

mike t-diva, Friday, 11 September 2009 22:40 (thirteen years ago) link

It's a fiftieth birthday thing for GF, BTW. So Marc has missed his chance!

mike t-diva, Friday, 11 September 2009 22:42 (thirteen years ago) link

Hahah well there you go.

If I was there, I'd go -- I'd even suffer through Antony and Rufus W. for it. (And I *would* suffer.)

Ned Raggett, Friday, 11 September 2009 22:43 (thirteen years ago) link

Funny I just listened to "Each Man Kills The Thing He Loves", which I adored the first time I encountered it but it didn't strike me as amazing anymore. Still very good but not as revelatory. The title track and the Brel-via-Walker cover of "Next" are the standouts.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Friday, 11 September 2009 22:58 (thirteen years ago) link

Odd. I saw Gavin perform in little rooms like Sin-e, CBGB, the Bottom Line and the WestBeth. If I can score a ticket, this will be quite a change.

Alex in NYC, Saturday, 12 September 2009 00:07 (thirteen years ago) link

Plus Special Guests.

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 12 September 2009 00:10 (thirteen years ago) link

Word from my friend who does the GF website: the members of U2 are listed separately because they won't be performing together as U2.

mike t-diva, Saturday, 12 September 2009 08:45 (thirteen years ago) link

Not to sound cynical, but do enough people in NYC even know who Gavin Friday is for him to be playing at Carnegie Hall?

Alex in NYC, Saturday, 12 September 2009 11:35 (thirteen years ago) link

Why, isn't he that Thank Gavin It's Friday restaurant chain guy?

StanM, Saturday, 12 September 2009 11:42 (thirteen years ago) link

one year passes...

New album: Catholic (released on Good Friday in Ireland, of course)

StanM, Saturday, 23 April 2011 14:10 (eleven years ago) link

(btw, the title's on his collar)

StanM, Saturday, 23 April 2011 14:10 (eleven years ago) link

An honest to god new album at last? Kinda shocked here.

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 23 April 2011 14:58 (eleven years ago) link

Yeah, it's only been 16 years since his last real studio album, don't know what he's thinking. The sample track is maybe just a little too boring to be very excited about this but any reason to listen to Each Man Kills is a good one so I've done that instead for now.

StanM, Saturday, 23 April 2011 15:55 (eleven years ago) link

Gavin! "Friday" is hip again thanks to that Rebecca Black song, quick, release something!

StanM, Saturday, 23 April 2011 15:57 (eleven years ago) link

It's all a bit "quiet U2" on first listen

StanM, Saturday, 23 April 2011 18:08 (eleven years ago) link

two years pass...

This is how I waste my time these days.

Alex in NYC, Monday, 11 November 2013 22:43 (nine years ago) link

Good stuff, Alex. Did you ever write for The Big Takeover? You certainly seem to run in the same musical circles as Jack Rabid.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Tuesday, 12 November 2013 01:49 (nine years ago) link

Never wrote for it, no, but I know Jack from years back.

Alex in NYC, Wednesday, 13 November 2013 00:39 (nine years ago) link

two years pass...

What is up with guy? Anyway, "Shag Tobacco" is great stuff, like U2's "Zooropa" with Bryan Ferry singing.
(with Mr. The Edge and Bono)

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 11 April 2016 15:03 (six years ago) link

five years pass...

Heh, of course the last post was from me. Anyway, I've always wondered how peripheral pop figures like Gavin Friday (or, say, David Sylvian) even pay the bills, but yeah, five years later, "Shag Tobacco" is still pretty cool.

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 23 January 2022 22:47 (one year ago) link

Yeah it's a good one. Should dig it out again.

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 23 January 2022 23:11 (one year ago) link

co-sign. really like all of his pop albums. think my favorite is adam'n'eve, but they all have some amazing highlights.

"eden" from adam'n'eve still gets me movin:

get shrunk by this funk. (Austin), Monday, 24 January 2022 02:34 (one year ago) link

With GF, as I recall, the bulk of his income comes from U2 tours; he’s involved in their design/styling.

mike t-diva, Monday, 24 January 2022 08:51 (one year ago) link

Gavin's allegedly working on a new solo album as we speak. Purportedly all electronic. We'll see.

Alex in NYC, Monday, 24 January 2022 14:29 (one year ago) link

Sylvian I suspect is making money in the professional art world, doing sound installations and that sort of thing.

Halfway there but for you, Monday, 24 January 2022 19:14 (one year ago) link

four months pass...





unless he had a good reason for doing so. then, well, shoot friend, i understand. still a great jam.

I'm ANTIFA and I vote. (Austin), Sunday, 12 June 2022 21:44 (nine months ago) link

nine months pass...



if you will recall the last time i wrote you, it was in distress as i had been informed that the music video for "king of trash" was not available anywhere for viewing.

i'm quite happy to inform you with the following update: we have located a replacement.

just an unofficial upload, but reasonably good quality. fantastic. one of my favorite song+video combos of all time. if there was allowed to be "good fake bowie" in the 70s that gets remembered, surely by the 90s i'm allowed to appreciate "self-consciously ironic fake morrissey." i love this song. those first three albums are so satisfying (+all three are personal classics).

''can be prusuaded to show gayness'' (Austin), Sunday, 19 March 2023 02:47 (one week ago) link

wild, I am a huge Virgin Prunes fan but have heard almost none of GF's later work

worth noting that there is a Virgin Prunes song called "King Of Junk" from circa 1985 iirc?

obsidian crocogolem (sleeve), Sunday, 19 March 2023 02:55 (one week ago) link

(edit: it's from 1982)

obsidian crocogolem (sleeve), Sunday, 19 March 2023 02:56 (one week ago) link

it's very cheesy music. prunes are unlistenable by comparison.

i recommend all of it very highly.

''can be prusuaded to show gayness'' (Austin), Sunday, 19 March 2023 03:48 (one week ago) link

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