Tindersticks : classic or dud

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I'm sitting on the fence on this question. Help me get my feet back on the ground by giving your thoughts on the glum old 'Sticks. Won't you please, please help meeee? OOOO!

Dr. C, Tuesday, 30 January 2001 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

To the rescueeee...I know what you mean Dr.C. Tindersticks for me are one of those bands that you read about and then somehow just don't get around to buy an album from. Just recently I heard 'Simple Pleasure' and inmediatly had to get it. It's of course night music, somehow they remind me of late-period Roxy Music. Not sure if they are real classic material, but the potential is there, esp. if they keep making tunes like 'I know that loving'.

Omar, Tuesday, 30 January 2001 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

the first album is a bona fide gem, distilling all the best cave/cohen moves, noir lyrical sophistication, filmic breadth of vision, ravishing, ragged, lush arrangements. a complete materpiece. for 5 months in 1993 i didn't listen to another record. everything since has been worthy but i don't believe thy've ever re-captured the magic.

cw, Tuesday, 30 January 2001 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

I have all the albums and I still don't know what I think. The singles compilation seems to distill all that is good about them, and of the regular albums the first is clearly the best for me. What drags is the lack of variety, and the sheer stamina required to sit through a whole CD. The second album is particularly hard going. I liked Simple Pleasures, as it was short and they seemed to be trying to work on the 'song' rather than create a 'back-room bar in Berlin at 3 am (with a spaghetti western soundrack playing in the distance) ' atmosphere. Which I don't think they've ever managed to do. I loathe Nick Cave and that may be why too much of Stuart Staples drives me nuts. There's still something good happening though despite all that.

Dr. C, Tuesday, 30 January 2001 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

I enjoy the albums very much, but for me the real reason for their existence is the impossibly grand show they played in LA in late 1997. That set the whole damn venue on fire.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 30 January 2001 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Heard the albums, wasn't convinced but open to persuasion. Saw them live in Glasgow.... never played them again.

Stevo, Tuesday, 30 January 2001 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

The second album is the first record I bought on the strength of one radio session (the Mark Radcliffe* show, October 1995). It is also probably the record I have played most intensely over the shortest period of time; I was quite literally obsessed with it, to the extent of acclaiming it as the finest album of the 90s. It was an addiction, a religion to me. The first album I thought was *almost* as good, and the Bloomsbury Theatre live album was the only one of its kind I've yet heard to genuinely improve on the recorded songs (the string sections were like a thousand-fold enhancement to the rather grim, bleak, provincial recorded version of "City Sickness"; the strings changed the sound of the first album songs much more than with the second album material, fairly obviously).

They were enchantment. To such an extent that I don't care that "Curtains" disappointed me and I never even bought "Simple Pleasures". These things don't matter. For a vital period in my mid- teens, the Tindersticks were The Greatest Band In The World. Ever.

*notice that. "Mark Radcliffe". "Mark Radcliffe". "Mark Radcliffe". Not "Mark and Lard". Very important, that.

Robin Carmody, Tuesday, 30 January 2001 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

The first album was a year of my life, but I lost interest, as so often, after the second one proved to be not quite as good. (In fact a bit duff...). Beginning to wonder if i should hear some of their more recent stuff, but maybe I'll put on the old tapes when I get home, and sit and shiver (puny central heating, large bedroom) along to them. Phenomenal live, when I saw them just after the first LP, but then I was absolutely trolleyed, if that's the word I'm looking for, since none of my hipster friends were willing to go, so I got pissed first on green banana vodka. Still no idea what the wretched stuff was made off.

By the way, what's this Mark Radcliffe, MArk Radcliffe show stuff--is this a Lard diss, or is Robin trying to suggest that they've gone rubbish since they sold out and went to commercial broadcast hours when five million people might get to listen to their show and enjoy them. ;-)

alex thomson, Tuesday, 30 January 2001 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Good to see you using the term 'provincial' alongside 'grim' and 'bleak', Robin.

Marc Riley has made a far greater contribution to pop than his mate Redcliffe has or will, by the way.

I like how the Tindersticks embraced soul a little more on the last record. The downbeat end of disco, and the country side of Hi work beautifuuly for them.


Tim, Wednesday, 31 January 2001 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

First album made an instant impact but I decided pretty quickly it was all schtick. Which is fine, obviously, if it's a good schtick: I don't think Staples' is. The whole smoky small-hours louche woe-is-me thing....alright in small doses but unless you're Gainsbourg you need another trick. Maybe they've found another trick by now - the last thing I heard by them was Donkeys, which I sold back when I realised that Stuart Staples has one of the worst voices I've ever heard. Another one of those bands which is supposed to be wrackingly emotional but only goes to prove Chuck Eddy's dictum about 'emotional' music.

Tom, Wednesday, 31 January 2001 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

I think Tindersticks are a band of diminishing returns. Kathleen remains one of my favourite records of all time, and the first album was - as Alex says above - a year of my life. The second album seemed to do more of the same (though the duet "Travelling Light" is possibly my favourite track to be shipwrecked to). Curtains didn't do it for me, and the last album seemed a bit expensive for something that possibly wouldn't work.

If its more soul tinged I might go for it. Nice to see them doing the theme tune to The Sins though (good What Is A Man cover). On balance classic - but perhaps they have boxed themselves into a corner.

Pete, Wednesday, 31 January 2001 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

When I first heard 'Marbles' I thought here's a band that is NEW and CLASSY and UNLIKE ANYONE ELSE AROUND. Then I realised that I couldn't bear that voice. Mmn mnerr mner mnerrr. Like someone singing in the club style at half speed. It seemed to get more and more ridiculous as time went on. My first indication that Belle & Sebastian weren't quite as cool as I thought they were came in an interview where they referred to touring with "The 'Sticks".

I like some of the music. The backing to 'Can we start again?' is lovely. They're great for sending you off to sleep, too.

I've still got my 'City Sickness' single - is it worth anything?

Nick, Wednesday, 31 January 2001 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

i like them a lot. very emotional music, i like the awkvardness (sic) of the first album asmuch as i like the soulful beautiful last album

Jens, Monday, 5 February 2001 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Commercial broadcast hours, Alex? I didn't know Radio 1 had been privatised :).

Actually all I was saying was that, back on the night show, it was customarily referred to on air and elsewhere as "The Mark Radcliffe Show". The phrase "Mark and Lard" only came into common use after they went daytime. And yes, I do think their schtick now is pretty cheesy, with an unhealthy professional Northerners' element coming in. Still the only intelligent and clever thing on daytime R1, though.

Robin Carmody, Monday, 5 February 2001 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Hopkins, I assume you mean that line entirely seriously. I'm sure you think I've at last come round to your "cause" (as I've written, your attitude problem comes pretty much entirely from having grown up in the 80s, however much you might try to deny it). Wrong, wrong and wrong again; I wouldn't dream of living in London, ever. All I meant in that context was that the original "City Sickness" of 1993 sounds like it's been recorded on a drizzling misty day by the Trent with the band recalling how alienated they felt when they first came to London, and the string-laden version on "Live at Bloomsbury Theatre" sounds like the band actually living in London and learning to love it, somehow.

When you say that Marc Riley has contributed more to music than Radcliffe, do you mean with The Fall (agreed) or with the Creepers (can't comment because I've genuinely never heard them).

Out of interest, Tim, what will you be doing on Wednesday 7th and Thursday 8th March?

Robin Carmody, Monday, 5 February 2001 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

one month passes...
There are some genuine works of genius in the back catalogue, and their utilization of strings is possibly better than any band in recent pop history, but they're too inconsistent by half. Classic, though.

Ally C, Tuesday, 13 March 2001 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...
Classic - Didn't like them at first but grew to love them - the whole band serves the song. If I buy one album this year it'll be their new one. Always one step away from parody - they flirt with the schtick admirably. They get more focussed with each release.

No, I don't actually know the difference between parody and pastiche.

Geordie 'Uneducated' Racer, Tuesday, 10 April 2001 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

one month passes...
new album - on first listen - i'm a bit indifferent - loathe wah guitar - vocals better - will probably go argue wiv a few tinderfans elsewhere

Kali-come-a-hunting, Monday, 21 May 2001 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

RFD: the new album. Any thoughts?

scott p., Wednesday, 23 May 2001 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

four months pass...
i saw the tindersticks play live with a big string section just the other night in dublin's grand old olympia theatre, and i thought they were brilliant. although the strings suited their emotion-drenched major-to-minor-and-back-again songs perfectly, i found myself very impressed with the band themselves and half-wished they'd do a few songs without the strings just so i could hear them as a band. they didn't play anything off the first two albums (not that i knew this until my disappointed friends told me), but because i don't know their stuff i wasn't bothered. and stuart staples is the perfect histrionic woe-is-me front man.

i don't know the records at all, but i'd really *really* recommend seeing them live.

rener, Thursday, 11 October 2001 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

can some one give me a discography? what is the second album?

i know of: the one with the ballet dnacer on live at bloomsbury curtains that film soundtrack donkeys a simple pleasure the one before simple pleasures

what order did these all come in? my first one was the live album and i only bought curtains which wasnt as good at all.##

ambrose, Thursday, 11 October 2001 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

the second album is just called Tindersticks (as was the first). it is by far the best album, and is an essential record.

gareth, Thursday, 11 October 2001 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Album discog. - off the top of my head:

'Tindersticks' - '93
'Tinderstick's Second Album' - '95
'Live at Bloomsbury' -'96
'Curtains' - '97
'Donkeys 92-97' - '98
'Simple Pleasures' - '99
'Can Our Love... ' - 2001

I think that's right. They've also done a couple of soundtrack albums as well. And it's all good stuff.

DavidM, Saturday, 13 October 2001 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

get Marks Moods if you can. and they did the soundtrack for Nénette et Boni.

ktrey, Friday, 19 October 2001 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

two years pass...
remastered reissues!


i'm implausibly excited about getting the remastered first album. maybe the 2nd, too, although i already have the bloomsbury set on cd and i never like the 2nd album as much as the first, anyway. but the first album...

toby (tsg20), Thursday, 11 March 2004 09:31 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

oh deep deep joy. Looks like i'll be buying the whole bloody lot all over again then...might as well get "mug" tattooed across my forehead now and have done with it!

CharlieNo4 (Charlie), Thursday, 11 March 2004 09:51 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

heh. I have that first alb on cassete (taped it from my record library many many years ago), a great debut and prob one of my fave slabs of indie stuff.

I checked the third album and that was nowhere near as good so I just stopped bothering with them.

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Thursday, 11 March 2004 10:01 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I still can't be arsed either way about most of their canon, but I have a little time for the 1st album, Simple Pleasures and Can Our Love...

Dr. C (Dr. C), Thursday, 11 March 2004 10:38 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I'm very partial to Tindersticks - I've got all the studio albums + a couple of freebies that have come with them + Donkeys but I haven't actually bought any singles, EP's, live albums or either of the soundtrack albums.

If they'd released all this bonus material etc. as a boxset then I might well have been tempted (I'm a great big sucker for boxsets at the best of times) but being asked to fork out again for four albums I already own and a Greatest Hits I've already got every track on, to get this stuff just feels like a rip-off.

Stewart Osborne (Stewart Osborne), Thursday, 11 March 2004 11:27 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

at least more people can hear simple pleasure now. i have that but nobody else i know seems to be able to find it.

!!!! (amateurist), Thursday, 11 March 2004 11:41 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

the soundtrack albums are pointless as i recall. the bloomsbury theatre album is fantastic though.

toby (tsg20), Thursday, 11 March 2004 11:47 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

? Amazon.co.uk, Play.com and 101cd.com are all stocking it - and all quite cheaply too, presumably because of the forthcoming remastered / bonus CD issues.

101's currently cheapest if you're going to buy something else as well, otherwise by the time you've paid a quid for postage & packing it works out the same as Play (£7.99).

I wouldn't be at all surprised to see the "old" un-remastered single disc versions of all those albums kicking around extremely cheaply once the new ones come out 'though....

Stewart Osborne (Stewart Osborne), Thursday, 11 March 2004 11:50 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Sorry, last message was replying to !!! rather than Toby.

The Bloomsbury Theatre one seems to be the only one that isn't still available in the original version.... if it's that good it might make re-purchasing the 2nd studio album a little more pallatable 'though.

Stewart Osborne (Stewart Osborne), Thursday, 11 March 2004 12:05 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

This is weird - if I already have the second alum as a double CD set with the Bloomsbury gig as the second CD (bought in Germany in 1995ish), am I in possession of a rarity?

CharlieNo4 (Charlie), Thursday, 11 March 2004 12:10 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I'm perfectly happy with the sound on the first three albums, so see no need to repurchase them. The bonus disc on the 'greatest hits' set looks far more tempting, though.

Rob M (Rob M), Thursday, 11 March 2004 12:15 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Unfortunately it seems to be one of those FREE BONUS DISC (when you buy the first disc at twice the normal price) deals.

Stewart Osborne (Stewart Osborne), Thursday, 11 March 2004 12:34 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

what great advances in technology have been made in the past four years that would justify a 'remaster' of simple pleasure anyhow??

!!!! (amateurist), Thursday, 11 March 2004 17:53 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

so how come the original version of Marriage Made in Heaven(WITHOUT Rosselini) is nowhere to be found? Or am I dense?

Dan Selzer (Dan Selzer), Thursday, 11 March 2004 17:54 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

It would be 1/100 th as interesting without Isabella Rosselini. I wouldn't want to find it.
Does anyone else here have a lot of love for last year's "Waiting For the Moon"? I thought it was spectacular, but it didn't have anywhere close to the impact that their earlier records did.

Barry Bruner (Barry Bruner), Thursday, 11 March 2004 20:14 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Worst voice ever.

David Allen (David Allen), Thursday, 11 March 2004 20:29 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Barry, have you heard the original? It's SOOOOO much better! The arrangement's totally different, and of course the singing is totally different....

Dan Selzer (Dan Selzer), Thursday, 11 March 2004 20:54 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Dan: I haven't ... sorry, it's out of character for me to slag something without hearing it ... I think I have difficulty imagining any Tindersticks duet without the female singer. Those tracks are always one of the finest on their albums.

Barry Bruner (Barry Bruner), Thursday, 11 March 2004 21:01 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I adore this band but don't think I'll shell out for remastered versions of any of these records, because they all sound pretty good to me. well, maybe the first one. I liked waiting for the moon more than can our love or simple pleasures. The first two will always be my favorites though. The one asphault ribbons song I heard was terrible!

anthony kyle monday (akmonday), Thursday, 11 March 2004 22:31 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

The original Marriage Made In Heaven single was a Rough Trade Single Series release with a drawing of Lee Hazlewood on the cover and a dedication on the back, something like "To Lee, father of us all" and it DOES feature female vocals, just not Isabella Rossellini's. I forget exactly who sings but it's not too unlike Travelling Light, another great male/female duet from the second self-titled album.

Dan Selzer (Dan Selzer), Thursday, 11 March 2004 23:56 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

since when have records that are 10 years old or so needed to be remastered? No way I am re-purchasing these.

mentalist (mentalist), Friday, 12 March 2004 01:01 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

the original "marriage made in heaven" is so so so much better than the pointless retread with isabella rossellini.

funnily enough the female vocals are by her out of huggy bear, greeham coxon's ex. endearingly nasal.

the surface noise (electricsound), Friday, 12 March 2004 03:39 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

simple pleasure is still my fave tindersticks lp BY FAR

!!!! (amateurist), Friday, 12 March 2004 12:18 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Love the first album, not sure if you need more than one Tindersticks record though.

holojames (holojames), Friday, 12 March 2004 21:21 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

amst, can you explain why you love simple pleasure?

cozen (Cozen), Friday, 12 March 2004 21:49 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I have the other marriage made in heaven, I can put it on slsk tonight if anyone is looking for it.

anthony kyle monday (akmonday), Friday, 12 March 2004 22:18 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I was going to correct you on your previous post but thought better of it ;)

pastoral fantasy (jed_), Friday, 12 February 2016 02:45 (one year ago) Permalink

Haha, you are quite right to correct me. There's a good chance I've been calling it that ever since it came out as well. Oh dear.

Kitchen Person, Friday, 12 February 2016 03:10 (one year ago) Permalink

For a band I love so much I have to say they have very few front-to-back killer albums. Maybe just Can Our Love and Simple Pleasure.

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Friday, 12 February 2016 03:17 (one year ago) Permalink

The debut is one of those long and sprawling albums where I wouldn't change a single thing.

Kitchen Person, Friday, 12 February 2016 03:20 (one year ago) Permalink

Tindersticks II is sprawling greatness from start to finish as well.

kwhitehead, Friday, 12 February 2016 03:51 (one year ago) Permalink

Tindersticks I I find just a little too sonically limited to be as sprawling as it is. I need to give II a relisten.

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Friday, 12 February 2016 03:57 (one year ago) Permalink

Is the consensus II over the first one? II over everything?

Master of Treacle, Friday, 12 February 2016 04:00 (one year ago) Permalink

I would say
1.Simple Pleasure
2.Can Our Love…
4.Waiting For The Moon/Trouble Every Day
6.The Something Rain
Need to spend me more time with all of the other ones. Ranting the first two last might be unfair but I never want to hear them.

JacobSanders, Friday, 12 February 2016 05:39 (one year ago) Permalink

my top four are:

1. Tindersticks
2. The Something Rain
3. Simple Pleasures
4. Tindersticks II

it's the distortion, stupid! (alex in mainhattan), Friday, 12 February 2016 14:28 (one year ago) Permalink

I listened to The Something Rain again last night. That is a great album. This Fire of Autumn is one of the best songs they've ever done.

Kitchen Person, Friday, 12 February 2016 15:04 (one year ago) Permalink

The first album edges it over the second for me. There's something fearless about it that I like, they weren't afraid of just trying stuff out to see where it would lead them. They became a lot more conservative after II, which is a great shame I think

Position Position, Friday, 12 February 2016 15:10 (one year ago) Permalink

If I was making a home-made "Best of Tindersticks" CD-R, it would probably include a lot of mid-period tracks and not much from the first two albums ... not because those albums don't include some of the best work but because I tend to see them as "complete albums" from which it would be weird to isolate tracks.

I didn't rate The Something Rain but must revisit it.

djh, Friday, 12 February 2016 17:53 (one year ago) Permalink

top T-Sticks records:

1. Tindersticks
2. Tindersticks 2
3. Simple Pleasure
4. The Bloomsbury Theatre 12.3.95
5. Donkeys 92-97

kwhitehead, Friday, 12 February 2016 18:25 (one year ago) Permalink

This was the first poll I ever ran, back in 2009:

Can We POLL Again?: Tindersticks Studio Albums

Still can't believe the second LP did so badly in that poll, I also always thought it was the consensus pick and I'd still vote for it today.

schlep and back trio (anagram), Friday, 12 February 2016 18:39 (one year ago) Permalink

Wow, that is a very surprising result. Always thought it was an even split between the first two albums.

Kitchen Person, Friday, 12 February 2016 19:42 (one year ago) Permalink

honestly i think simple pleasure makes all their other music semi-redundant!

wizzz! (amateurist), Friday, 12 February 2016 20:09 (one year ago) Permalink

I wish someone would reissue Simple Pleasure. Vinyl copies are very pricey.

kwhitehead, Friday, 12 February 2016 20:16 (one year ago) Permalink

Definitely. I'd like them to do Curtains and Can Our Love as well. I've got the reissues of the first two albums but they're on Plain Records which has a bad reputation. I'm no expert but they sounded fine to me.

Kitchen Person, Friday, 12 February 2016 20:40 (one year ago) Permalink

not OOP on CD

wizzz! (amateurist), Saturday, 13 February 2016 06:47 (one year ago) Permalink

six months pass...

Driving home from work, I found myself pondering that I'd be intrigued to hear a Tindersticks DJ set/DJ Kicks based around their cover versions (Odyssey, Hot Chocolate etc).

Mind you, tonight I have also embarked on trying to create the perfect Tindersticks/drinking CD-R.

djh, Thursday, 1 September 2016 21:41 (one year ago) Permalink

pls report back!

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Friday, 2 September 2016 10:19 (one year ago) Permalink

Well, the version I have at the moment is:

Don't Look Down
Dying Slowly
I've Been Loving You Two Long
let's Pretend
Trouble Every Day
(Tonight) Are You Trying To Fall In Love Again?
Can Our Love ...
How He Entered
Another Night In
Dick's Slow Song

It's definitely not a "best of", more a CD that I ended up with after wine. And didn't even get as far as including the second CD. Or the sound tracks, for the most part.

djh, Friday, 2 September 2016 22:12 (one year ago) Permalink

Looks pretty good! Any drinkin' Tindersticks mix of mine would def have "She's Gone" on it, though.

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Saturday, 3 September 2016 01:47 (one year ago) Permalink

Yeah ... I reached a point where I had far more songs lined up than there was space on the CD, so didn't include the second album (and featured less from the first than I'd originally thought). I find them a strangely hard band to "compile".

djh, Saturday, 3 September 2016 19:18 (one year ago) Permalink

"My Oblivion" should be on there, too. Not sure what goes to make room though.

djh, Sunday, 4 September 2016 19:34 (one year ago) Permalink

Their cover of Pavement's "here" should surely make the cut.

Acting Crazy (Instrumental) (jed_), Wednesday, 7 September 2016 02:05 (one year ago) Permalink

But nothing beats the Odyssey cover. I didn't know it was a cover for many years.

Acting Crazy (Instrumental) (jed_), Wednesday, 7 September 2016 02:09 (one year ago) Permalink

I'd have to make room for "Can We Start Again?"

michaellambert, Wednesday, 7 September 2016 06:17 (one year ago) Permalink

Tellingly, there's nothing here from the second incarnation of the band, which accurately represents the nosedive in quality that took place. The only recent song I would put on this drinking CD would be "Hey Lucinda", which dates from the first period anyway.

heaven parker (anagram), Wednesday, 7 September 2016 07:39 (one year ago) Permalink

re: songs they've covered, I got curious about the full list myself. I think this is all of 'em (at least in terms of the studio recordings):

Pavement, "Here"
Odyssey, "If You're Looking For a Way Out"
David Bowie, "Kooks"
Otis Redding, "I've Been Loving You Too Long"
Townes Van Zandt, "Kathleen"
Lee Hazlewood, "The Girl On Death Row"
Lee Hazlewood, "My Autumn's Done Come"
Four Tops, "What Is a Man"
R. Dean Taylor, "Shadow"
Ann Peebles, "One Way Street"
Tom Waits, "Mockin' Bird"
Hot Chocolate, "Put Your Love In Me"
Psychic TV, "Just Drifting"

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Wednesday, 7 September 2016 08:02 (one year ago) Permalink

the nu-era still produces 3-4 great songs per album but it's definitely a different feel.

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Wednesday, 7 September 2016 08:04 (one year ago) Permalink

There's also the Bond theme "We Have All The Time In The World".

heaven parker (anagram), Wednesday, 7 September 2016 09:15 (one year ago) Permalink

And you could almost have "Take Me" by George Jones, which is on a Chris & Carla album but is effectively a Tindersticks song as they all play/sing on it.

heaven parker (anagram), Wednesday, 7 September 2016 09:46 (one year ago) Permalink

if there's ever anyone else, i'll understand, and kill him

reggie (qualmsley), Wednesday, 7 September 2016 16:48 (one year ago) Permalink

"I've Been Loving You Two Long".

See, I really was drunk.

Could definitely have included more from "Simple Pleasure". "How He Entered" is from the most recent album.

djh, Wednesday, 7 September 2016 21:40 (one year ago) Permalink

"I've Been Loving You Two Long".

best otis redding song about a ménage-à-trois.

wizzz! (amateurist), Wednesday, 7 September 2016 22:09 (one year ago) Permalink

a very, very successful ménage-à-trois,

wizzz! (amateurist), Wednesday, 7 September 2016 22:10 (one year ago) Permalink

Post "curtains" I think this band have only had 2-4 good songs per album. But what songs they are! I say that as a huge fan. The hungry saw is pretty great.

Acting Crazy (Instrumental) (jed_), Thursday, 8 September 2016 02:12 (one year ago) Permalink

six months pass...

New album in June:


djh, Thursday, 16 March 2017 10:36 (eight months ago) Permalink

Weird. Only just heard this:


Like it so much more than the version that appeared on the album.

djh, Friday, 24 March 2017 22:15 (seven months ago) Permalink

Will they ever tour the states?

Badmotorfinger Debate Club (MFB), Friday, 24 March 2017 22:20 (seven months ago) Permalink

i liked em way back when but damn that singer went to the dentist a lot

Supercreditor (Dr Morbius), Friday, 24 March 2017 22:22 (seven months ago) Permalink

Great band. After the 2nd album I had the impression they are finished they are just repeating themselves. But somehow they managed to come back. I really enjoyed the something rain.

it's the distortion, stupid! (alex in mainhattan), Friday, 24 March 2017 23:25 (seven months ago) Permalink

Tindersticks. Bottle of red. Jazz chair. Quietly contented.

djh, Thursday, 30 March 2017 22:42 (seven months ago) Permalink

Weird. I love Tindersticks but played "Falling Down A Mountain" and "The Hungry Saw" so little that playing them now feels like playing new albums, more or less.

djh, Wednesday, 5 April 2017 21:54 (seven months ago) Permalink

"Pink Up" on the new Spoon album giving me mildly Tinderstickian feelings.

sean gramophone, Thursday, 6 April 2017 18:09 (seven months ago) Permalink

Are there (m)any more covers that on the list above and the emails that follows? Feels like there should be more.

djh, Tuesday, 11 April 2017 07:25 (seven months ago) Permalink

You'd think so, but not that I'm aware of!

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Tuesday, 11 April 2017 12:57 (seven months ago) Permalink

Felt sure that I'd be able to make an awesome CD based on their covers ...

djh, Wednesday, 12 April 2017 19:50 (seven months ago) Permalink

"i liked em way back when but damn that singer went to the dentist a lot"

i don't know what that means

I feel lucky to have caught them live 3 times, once with elliot smith, once with someone else, don't remember; and last doing a film festival gig in front of Clare Denis snippets. would love it if they'd come to the states again. I imagine it's very expensive for them.

akm, Wednesday, 12 April 2017 22:18 (seven months ago) Permalink

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