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OK. The only music I listen to is Roxy Music, Brian Eno's solo records, and Peter Hammil's Nadir's Last Chance, which to me, despite of(or because of) it's attempts at being a raw "glitter" rock record or whatever, somehow makes it the perfect art-glam record...it's got raging guitars and snarling vocals and squealing saxaphones and all of that. So what else can you recommend. I suppose things like Bowie or T. Rex come to mind, but is there a whole slew of more obscure bands I've never heard? The thing is, as much as I can enjoy the more bubblegum popular glitter/glam bands, I'm looking for something a bit more arty, and also not leaning towards cock-rock type stuff. Does this make sense? But not TOO arty either, it has to kick ass! New Wave stuff that followed this up, like Magazine, Cowboys International, or even some Wire for instance fit the mold, but what else is there like, pre-77? (not that those new wave bands are "glam" or whatever, but they have the proggy impulses while maintaining rock sensibility. Whatever. Tell me bands that sound like Roxy Music, esp. circa Stranded/Country Life/Siren era.

Dan Selzer (Dan Selzer), Saturday, 6 March 2004 01:12 (sixteen years ago) link

Avoid Slade, Alvin Stardust, Garry Glitter and the Sweet, then.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Saturday, 6 March 2004 01:19 (sixteen years ago) link

I know. And I don't mind those bands at all.

Dan Selzer (Dan Selzer), Saturday, 6 March 2004 01:22 (sixteen years ago) link

The first Japan album, maybe. or Bebop Deluxe's Axe Victim? Or some Jobriath? None of this kicks much ass though. never mind. i'll think harder.

scott seward (scott seward), Saturday, 6 March 2004 01:22 (sixteen years ago) link

Some of the later Sweet albums have some good arty moments. circa:love is like oxygen

scott seward (scott seward), Saturday, 6 March 2004 01:24 (sixteen years ago) link

(argh, x-post)

b-b-but Be Bop Deluxe?

t\'\'t (t\'\'t), Saturday, 6 March 2004 01:26 (sixteen years ago) link

If you ever see a copy of Neil Merryweather's Space Rangers from 1974, pick that up. that album kicks ass.

scott seward (scott seward), Saturday, 6 March 2004 01:30 (sixteen years ago) link

How about that Anthony Moore solo album, Flying Doesn't Help. Very smarty, very arty, somewhat glammy. Not too rocking though. But if you like Eno's song-stuff and Bowie I think it would fit the bill.

Oh, how about those two Eno-associated Robert Calvert albums! Those are arty and rocking.

Broheems (diamond), Saturday, 6 March 2004 01:35 (sixteen years ago) link

Yeah, and the hawklords album, duh. forgot about that.

scott seward (scott seward), Saturday, 6 March 2004 01:38 (sixteen years ago) link

this might seem silly or obvious, but Queen fit the bill as well. maybe they are too rocking though.

scott seward (scott seward), Saturday, 6 March 2004 01:40 (sixteen years ago) link

It's not a perfect record, but it's rockin at some points, and arty at others, and to be honest, kinda wanky in others, but Todd Rundgren's "A Wizard A true Star" should be heard before you die. Plus he plays everything on it!

Dr. Annabel Lies (Michael Kelly), Saturday, 6 March 2004 01:41 (sixteen years ago) link

John Foxx era Ultravox.

donut bitch (donut), Saturday, 6 March 2004 01:44 (sixteen years ago) link

Broheems OTM! I have both of More's(his chosen spelling at the time?) "new wave records" that one and World Service, and the good tracks definately fit the mold of what I'm talking about. I also have his minimalist/art music CDs from the early 70s, but that's a whole other topic. Slapp Happy is my all-time favorite group, btw.

Don't know the Calvert allbums, thanks.

Not so into Queen, and on that tip, don't even bother suggesting Sparks, because i got all their records! (OK, at least 2/3ds of them)

I have A Wizard A True Star as well as Something/Anything. That's definately in the ballpark as well. Keep 'em coming...I once called A Wizard the ultimate meth album. How many songs does he fit on a side? in 5 minutes?

Dan Selzer (Dan Selzer), Saturday, 6 March 2004 01:45 (sixteen years ago) link

Is the first Ultravox! album too obvious a choice?

Marcel Post (Marcel Post), Saturday, 6 March 2004 01:45 (sixteen years ago) link

xpost!

Marcel Post (Marcel Post), Saturday, 6 March 2004 01:46 (sixteen years ago) link

this might seem silly or obvious, but Queen fit the bill as well. maybe they are too rocking though.

Scott, d'you mean their first and second albums, perhaps?

t\'\'t (t\'\'t), Saturday, 6 March 2004 01:47 (sixteen years ago) link

What about Shriekback?

Marcel Post (Marcel Post), Saturday, 6 March 2004 01:49 (sixteen years ago) link

Hawkwind, "Quark, Strangeness & Charm". Nerdy as fuck and I love it.

Nate in ST.P (natedetritus), Saturday, 6 March 2004 01:49 (sixteen years ago) link

(the single, at least. Not sure how the rest of the album is.)

Nate in ST.P (natedetritus), Saturday, 6 March 2004 01:49 (sixteen years ago) link

re: Ultravox... I actually like Systems Of Romance the most, because it was a nice transitional album.. first side being more rock, second side dabbling in more electronic new-wave tunage, albeit the band's momentum at that time was cut short when John Foxx was longer in the group. Midge Ure has been a smelly shadow in comparison to the early Ultravox records IMHO.

donut bitch (donut), Saturday, 6 March 2004 01:49 (sixteen years ago) link

IGM!

donut bitch (donut), Saturday, 6 March 2004 01:50 (sixteen years ago) link

ugh, I shoulda mentioned that as well! I'd say the first 3 ultravox records fit. I like the 4th, but that's a bit different. Style and vocalist. The first record never does it for me much, the third as well, but the second slays me. RockWRock or however it's spelled is perfect. Fear in the Western World, The Man Who Dies Everyday, and Hiroshima Mon Amour...so good.

Dan Selzer (Dan Selzer), Saturday, 6 March 2004 01:51 (sixteen years ago) link

yeah, the first two queen albums. howzabout the first two 10 cc albums? they kinda fit. more artpop though.

scott seward (scott seward), Saturday, 6 March 2004 01:52 (sixteen years ago) link

Ultravox's first st'd album is also a must. Produced by Eno, too.

maypang (maypang), Saturday, 6 March 2004 01:52 (sixteen years ago) link

well, 10cc c-rox. at the very least.

t\'\'t (t\'\'t), Saturday, 6 March 2004 01:54 (sixteen years ago) link

i do like that peter hamill album. and cowboys international! they don't get a lot of love. And Fingerprintz! I'm trying to think of this one album that is also like one of those Virgin 79 albums and i'm blanking. it's arty, they wore cool makeup and tried to look punk but they were totally weird proggy violiny glammers. damn! something of madness...i don't have the album here either.

scott seward (scott seward), Saturday, 6 March 2004 01:57 (sixteen years ago) link

Doctors Of Madness?

udu wudu (udu wudu), Saturday, 6 March 2004 02:00 (sixteen years ago) link

yeah, that's it. i actually found it on AMG by typing in ..Of Madness. They had a bunch of records. i only have the one. i think the last one.

scott seward (scott seward), Saturday, 6 March 2004 02:02 (sixteen years ago) link

There was a band called Marcus that did one pretty obscure album in about 1976 or so. It was pretty much Led Zeppelin / Alice Cooper style hard rock, but the singer (Marcus Malone) was this amazing glam queen / Prince-lookalike-before-Prince guy who'd write these lyrics about absinthe and shifting sexuality. So I dunno if it's art-glam strictly speaking but it's pretty weird.

Did anyone mention the Sadistic Mika Band yet?

udu wudu (udu wudu), Saturday, 6 March 2004 02:10 (sixteen years ago) link

AMG makes doctors of madness sound like the great lost band of the 70's. i had no idea. and the reviews on there are truly hyperbolic. that dude is a big fan. if i see the ones i don't have i'll pick them up.

scott seward (scott seward), Saturday, 6 March 2004 02:11 (sixteen years ago) link

udu, did you miss out on the sadistic mika band thread we had a while back?

scott seward (scott seward), Saturday, 6 March 2004 02:11 (sixteen years ago) link

On the page for the Doctors of Madness records they have a picture of one of the Robert Calvert records under "similar/related"! So there we go.

Broheems (diamond), Saturday, 6 March 2004 02:13 (sixteen years ago) link

here ya go udu. just in case you missed it:

Savage Rose vs. Sadistic Mika Band vs. Curved Air vs. Nectar vs. Be-Bop Deluxe vs. Hackamore Brick

scott seward (scott seward), Saturday, 6 March 2004 02:18 (sixteen years ago) link

Yes I missed the thread.

Early Split Enz is kinda glam-prog, just try and forget that they morphed into Crowded House (not that I really mind them, it's not exactly art-glam though).

udu wudu (udu wudu), Saturday, 6 March 2004 02:19 (sixteen years ago) link

x-post, cheers scott!

udu wudu (udu wudu), Saturday, 6 March 2004 02:19 (sixteen years ago) link

that thread reminds me that Crack The Sky belong on here somewhere. I'll figure out how.

scott seward (scott seward), Saturday, 6 March 2004 02:20 (sixteen years ago) link

They're handily despatched with a "proto-punk" tag most of the time, but there's something awful gleefully glammy/arty about the record by Debris'. Somehow I have the feeling you have this and love it, Dan, but if not then this'll be your bag.

Dr. Annabel Lies (Michael Kelly), Saturday, 6 March 2004 02:20 (sixteen years ago) link

AMG makes doctors of madness sound like the great lost band of the 70's. i had no idea. and the reviews on there are truly hyperbolic. that dude is a big fan. if i see the ones i don't have i'll pick them up.

Italian friend of mine has said he'll be making copies of their stuff for me. I always knew them strictly through Dave Vanian's abortive tour of duty with them after the Damned's first collapse.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Saturday, 6 March 2004 02:28 (sixteen years ago) link

skyhooks! no, really. the first two records.

mullygrubber (gaz), Saturday, 6 March 2004 02:33 (sixteen years ago) link

mullygrubber (gaz), Saturday, 6 March 2004 02:37 (sixteen years ago) link

http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&uid=UIDMISS70403052131590759&sql=Barkxikl6bb69


everyone needs some rockets albums too. they rule. if you like electroboogiespacediscorock from france that is. and they were glam cuz they dressed like silver spacemen and they were arty cuz they were french. the first album is classic.

scott seward (scott seward), Saturday, 6 March 2004 02:38 (sixteen years ago) link

Plasteroid is a great rockets album too.

scott seward (scott seward), Saturday, 6 March 2004 02:40 (sixteen years ago) link

Dan, this is slightly off-topic but if you ever see the 1978 album by failed-bubblegummers Rosetta Stone for a dollar, pick it up. They do a great electro-glam version of "Sunshine Of Your Love" that is a cross between Moroder and the Bay City Rollers.

scott seward (scott seward), Saturday, 6 March 2004 02:42 (sixteen years ago) link

That Skyhooks record cover is AMAZING!! Looks like graphics from a King's Quest game gone horribly Queen's Quest. Will be hunting that one down asap.

Dr. Annabel Lies (Michael Kelly), Saturday, 6 March 2004 02:43 (sixteen years ago) link

I like that cover because it's all about glam's immediate 'yes OF COURSE we're stars, duh' fix.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Saturday, 6 March 2004 02:44 (sixteen years ago) link

If any band sounds like what that cover looks like they'd be my immediate favorite. Closest I can imagine is the Devo Hardcore Vol 1 cd.

Dr. Annabel Lies (Michael Kelly), Saturday, 6 March 2004 02:49 (sixteen years ago) link

I second udu's early Split Enz suggestion. If nothing else, check out "Sweet Dreams" from the Second Thoughts album. It's got a really cool bridge with the squealing saxophone and Eno-esque (Manzanera's) production you're after. It's a great pop song as well and kicks ass in its own right.

Marcus Barr (Marcus Barr), Saturday, 6 March 2004 02:50 (sixteen years ago) link

I do have the Debris CD, but never really got into it. I grouped them in my mind with other american proto-punk bands, I wrote something about Oneida once and referenced bands from the 70s that were too late for garage/psych-rock and too early for punk, not that all these fit that, but there's a certain aesthetic: MX-80, Pere Ubu, Chrome, Simply Saucer, Debris, Twinkeyz, but that's another thread. I loved the letter included in the Debris CD, for those who haven't seen this, they sent their demo to EG, as they were big Eno/Roxy fans I suppose, and someone at EG responded that their music was utterly terrible, but they should get in touch with MX-80, as they may be likeminded enough!

I have a Split Enz record that I like, got it on a nostalgic fit, they had 2 videos that were all over MTV in the early days, one was One Step Ahead or whatever. The song I like off the album I have is "History, Never Repeats"

Dan Selzer (Dan Selzer), Saturday, 6 March 2004 02:52 (sixteen years ago) link

mullygrubber (gaz), Saturday, 6 March 2004 02:56 (sixteen years ago) link

Is Bauhaus too obvious here?

anode (anode), Saturday, 6 March 2004 03:03 (sixteen years ago) link

I never got into Bauhaus, primarily for social/political reasons(OK, my sister liked them.) But what I've heard is a little to arty/arch...just not quite rocking. I like the power chords and electric piano of Roxy/Hammil etc. Suggest the Bauhaus record I should like and I'll check it out.

Dan Selzer (Dan Selzer), Saturday, 6 March 2004 03:13 (sixteen years ago) link

Dan do you like the Van der Graaf Generator stuff at all? I think the first album is great! Shorter songs, not all progged out. Some very green but beautiful singing from Hamill on that. "Afterwards" and "Running Back" just kill me.

Broheems (diamond), Saturday, 6 March 2004 03:18 (sixteen years ago) link

haven't ever listened to VdGG, but my recent obssion w/ Nadir has piqued my interest. Thanks for the recommendations.

Slightly off-topic, I just limewired Stereolab's version of Eno's St. Elmo's fire, don't know where or when that's from, but it's pretty cool...

Even more off-topic, anyone else think Stereolab's Speedy Car is a bit of a Soft Machine cop? Maybe it's just the horns...

Dan Selzer (Dan Selzer), Saturday, 6 March 2004 03:22 (sixteen years ago) link

But what I've heard is a little to arty/arch...just not quite rocking.

Dan, check out the following Bauhaus tracks: "Dark Entries", "Lagartija Nick" and "Telegram Sam" (yes, a T.Rex cover). They were quite capable of full out rocking, from time to time.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Saturday, 6 March 2004 03:23 (sixteen years ago) link

("St. Elmo's Fire" is from that one Stereolab/UI EP under then name Uilab. Yup, pleasant cover.)

donut bitch (donut), Saturday, 6 March 2004 03:25 (sixteen years ago) link

AMG makes doctors of madness sound like the great lost band of the 70's. i had no idea. and the reviews on there are truly hyperbolic. that dude is a big fan.

I wouldn't go nearly that far. One of the idiosyncracies of the Doctors of Madness story was a TV special that ran on them in the States. It was an orphaned affair, presented as a kind of documentary, and it preceded any domestic album release. It was diverting but didn't light any buzz on the band.

The first domestic release I saw and bought was a double album. It had moments but wasn't particularly better than any middle-tier arty Brit hard rock act of the time.

Something to look out for in the bargain bins was the David Werner solo. It was very glammy.

And Cockney Rebel's "The Psychomodo" really fit the art glam bill, too.

Also see Audience's "House on the Hill."

George Smith, Saturday, 6 March 2004 03:30 (sixteen years ago) link

Don't forget Bauhaus's cover of Third Uncle by Eno. Destructive.

Can't believe you're not feeling Debris'. Put it on again after listening to Roxy's debut.

Second "Psychomodo".

Dr. Annabel Lies (Michael Kelly), Saturday, 6 March 2004 03:31 (sixteen years ago) link

"I have a Split Enz record that I like, got it on a nostalgic fit, they had 2 videos that were all over MTV in the early days, one was One Step Ahead or whatever. The song I like off the album I have is "History, Never Repeats"

Oh, then check out the early Enz of Mental Notes and Second Thoughts when Phil Judd was the main writer. There's a strong prog and glam influence in the earlier works you would appreciate. The music is very arty, but most of the songs are fairly short and rock quite a bit. Neil Finn learned how to write from his exposure to Judd in the early days, but never did it as well. "History Never Repeats" partly steals from Judd's "Bergen Aan Zee"--an unreleased demo that the Enz would sometimes perform live in the late 70s.

Alistair Riddel's Space Waltz might be worth checking out as well. Riddel was New Zealand's answer to Bowie, T. Rex, etc. The sole Space Waltz album features keyboardist Eddie Rayner and orginal drummer Emlyn Crowther from the Split Enz. I've only heard "Out in the Street," which is quite good. I am dying to hear the rest.

Marcus Barr (Marcus Barr), Saturday, 6 March 2004 03:36 (sixteen years ago) link

I guess Deaf School deserves mention? I have a doulbe LP, I think it's the first 2 LPs and it's spotty, however I am a big fan of Clive Langer's solo stuff. His LP is pretty cool and he did a really fantastic EP on Radar called I Want the Whole World. It's not glam or art-rock, not really pub-rock or power-pop, not really New Wave or punk. I guess it's a Rock and Roll record, and a damn fine one at that.

Dan Selzer (Dan Selzer), Saturday, 6 March 2004 03:37 (sixteen years ago) link

Best "rocking" Bauhaus album is In The Flat Field (preferrably with the bonus tracks.)

anode (anode), Saturday, 6 March 2004 03:47 (sixteen years ago) link

oh my god, someone beat me to mentioning space waltz! wow!

dan you should check out sparks.

The Lady Ms Lurex (lucylurex), Saturday, 6 March 2004 07:06 (sixteen years ago) link

God, everything I could possibly have come up with has already been mentioned. All I'm left with is Sailor. But they were more pop cabaret than art glam, I think.

Dan, have you heard Marizane? They're the best Ziggy-era Bowie rip off I've ever heard. They have their own mythology and everything, and their record is gorgeous. Tony Visconti produced a few of the songs. They're from the Valley, but they sure don't sound it.

Arthur (Arthur), Saturday, 6 March 2004 07:26 (sixteen years ago) link

I already mentioned I gots tons of sparks!

Dan Selzer (Dan Selzer), Saturday, 6 March 2004 07:51 (sixteen years ago) link

i didn't see that. my skimreading ain't so hot.

The Lady Ms Lurex (lucylurex), Saturday, 6 March 2004 07:54 (sixteen years ago) link

that's ok, Di. We still love you.

Broheems (diamond), Saturday, 6 March 2004 08:02 (sixteen years ago) link

Even if some of us are very slow emailers...

Broheems (diamond), Saturday, 6 March 2004 08:02 (sixteen years ago) link

thanks and not to worry mr d!

The Lady Ms Lurex (lucylurex), Saturday, 6 March 2004 08:27 (sixteen years ago) link

Also check out the AMG review of the self-titled album by Metro, from 1977. They sound like the other great lost band from the 70s.

Jeff Strell (jeff_s), Saturday, 6 March 2004 13:32 (sixteen years ago) link

The debut by Metro is pretty darn good. And it is arty. not really all that glammy though.

scott seward (scott seward), Saturday, 6 March 2004 15:02 (sixteen years ago) link

What various folks said about Bauhaus up above -- they damn well do rock, thank you.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Saturday, 6 March 2004 16:44 (sixteen years ago) link

Does Glam Live?

Tracer Hand (tracerhand), Saturday, 6 March 2004 16:58 (sixteen years ago) link

Mick Ronson's two solo albums are worth checking out.

Fragrant Vagrant, Saturday, 6 March 2004 17:03 (sixteen years ago) link

I second that, especially Slaughter on 10th Ave. He actually had one later solo album that's to be avoided.

There are two great glam-sounding tracks on John Kongos' album "Kongos" that you might like: He's Gonna Step on You Again and (ugh, I can't remember the name, but it's first song/first side). The rest of the record sounds very different, though.

dlp9001, Saturday, 6 March 2004 17:25 (sixteen years ago) link

He's Gonna Step on You Again

Covered by some chancers two decades later...I forget their name.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Saturday, 6 March 2004 18:51 (sixteen years ago) link

That's weird that that's all you listen to. I imagine that you're lying. But why try to look for Eno AGAIN? He only exists once.

Also, check out Pink's "My Vietnam" - AMAZING!!!

Heimlich "Maneuver" Fassbinder Heimlich "Maneuver" Fassbinder, Sunday, 7 March 2004 04:42 (sixteen years ago) link

Oh, I forgot--Celebrity Skin, the band. They were arty in a Sparks meets early Alice Cooper meets mid-Sixties Who sort of way. Perhaps a bit too trashy and American for what you had in mind, but oh how I loved them back in the late 80s.

Arthur (Arthur), Sunday, 7 March 2004 06:16 (sixteen years ago) link

Haha! Arthur I was just wearing the shirt I have from them yesterday. Saw them open for the Dickies back in 1991, they were utterly ridiculous in a good way, Don Bolles was dressed as Kaiser Wilhelm or something.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Sunday, 7 March 2004 22:18 (sixteen years ago) link

two weeks pass...
I'll throw out the name Hollywood Brats. Ironically enough they're from Finland or something. Very cool stuff. They're like Europe's answer to NY Dolls. Some Bowie, Mott the Hoople influence in their sound as well. Probably not as "artsy" as you would like, but it's great trashy rock n' roll. Worth Checking out if you can find it.

Ben St. Jacques, Monday, 22 March 2004 22:06 (sixteen years ago) link

crazy question but is this the Ben St. Jacques from West Orange NJ?

Dan Selzer (Dan Selzer), Monday, 22 March 2004 23:30 (sixteen years ago) link

Hey Dan,

It sure as heck is Ben St. Jacques from West Orange, NJ. Your name came up in conversation with some other West Orange-ites, recently. So I googled your name and found this thread. I figured if it was you, then you would respond, which you did. How's it going?

Ben

Ben St. Jacques, Tuesday, 23 March 2004 14:48 (sixteen years ago) link

Amon Duul II's Viva la Trance? (Haven't heard it in a while.)

Tim Ellison, Tuesday, 6 April 2004 06:28 (sixteen years ago) link

i can't believe no one's mentioned SPARKS yet!!! they are the epitome of smart-glam (at least halfnelson/sparks, woofer in tweeter's clothing, and kimono my house)....it just doesn't get better than "amateur hour" or "nothing's sacred" for me...
i can't imagine you're not familiar with this though, perhaps it's not your cup of meat.

naturemorte, Tuesday, 6 April 2004 08:18 (sixteen years ago) link

My stereotypical recommendation: Simple Minds Reel To Real Cacophony, specifically for "Premonition", "Changeling" and "Calling Your Name".

Tim Finney (Tim Finney), Wednesday, 7 April 2004 00:12 (sixteen years ago) link

Naturemorte, Sparks was indeed mentioned a few times. Use your find function. ;-)

Ned Raggett (Ned), Wednesday, 7 April 2004 00:20 (sixteen years ago) link

i can't believe no one's mentioned SPARKS yet!!!

xpost, but did you READ the thread?

stockholm cindy (Jody Beth Rosen), Wednesday, 7 April 2004 00:24 (sixteen years ago) link

you know who I like?


sparks.

just teasing, yes definately and I'd say much of the new wave material fits this as well, I could(and may...) devote a thread to big synth smart arty new wave, just to toss out some stuff:

Angst era Sparks, Cowboys International, Devo, Europeans(c'mon, who's got that single, I can't be the only one who likes it) The Cars, Magazine, more Ultravox, Alice Coopers' Clones etc

Dan Selzer (Dan Selzer), Wednesday, 7 April 2004 00:48 (sixteen years ago) link

As it is, I'm seeing Sparks this Saturday anyway, so rah!

Ned Raggett (Ned), Wednesday, 7 April 2004 00:51 (sixteen years ago) link

on the early '80s sparks/devo tip, can anyone recommend me stuff that sounds like devo's "theme from doctor detroit"?

stockholm cindy (Jody Beth Rosen), Wednesday, 7 April 2004 01:09 (sixteen years ago) link

(that isn't devo or sparks, that is)

stockholm cindy (Jody Beth Rosen), Wednesday, 7 April 2004 01:09 (sixteen years ago) link

Steve Harley & the cockney rebel

A Nairn (moretap), Wednesday, 7 April 2004 02:21 (sixteen years ago) link

" electroboogiespacediscorock from france"

!!!!!!!!!!!

Scott, tell me more about the rockets?
(it's sounds like a combination of all my favorite musics into one!)

A Nairn (moretap), Wednesday, 7 April 2004 02:42 (sixteen years ago) link

i'm coming in a bit late on this thread but have you heard my 2 junk shop glam compilations, Clap Your Hands Stamp Your Feet and Satin Dustbin yet?
Other Music NYC has them. you would completely and utterly dig them.
rare obscure glam and glitter rock from around the world.-Ursula 1000

Ursula 1000, Thursday, 8 April 2004 16:49 (sixteen years ago) link

three years pass...

I'm glad to see Audience was mentioned here. Was about to revive to ask about them. Haven't heard them but they came up when researching Howard Werth. Seems Audience was a 70s UK art-rock band who's lead singer moved to LA to potentially take Jim Morrison's spot in the Doors (Elektra label-mates). He didn't but he stuck around LA for a bit and was involved in the Dangerhouse scene, including producing X before Ray Manzerek, and releasing 1 single on Dangerhouse, the pretty awesome Obsolete, which fits this thread very well. It's a bit punk/new wave but with a heavy t-rex/ziggy glam vibe. Anybody actually heard Audience?

dan selzer, Saturday, 28 July 2007 18:55 (twelve years ago) link

Yes. I have the first two Audience records. They're best known for House On the Hill. Audience are arty and British. They also did twee well. Audience isn't a hard rock band, floating somewhere between Cockney Rebel and Jobriath. Very much a mood band, the mood being neurasthenic undernourished Brit. Did a Bertolt Brecht-Kurt Weill-like interpretation of "I Put a Spell On You." You should like reeds. At one point Werth used to say Led Zeppelin ripped the melody for Stairway to Heaven off them, having heard it in concert or off something from the first album. I have the first album and don't hear it. Interesting story, though.

Gorge, Saturday, 28 July 2007 20:38 (twelve years ago) link

Pretty Things: Silk Torpedo

http://www.prettythings.net/images/album7.jpg

bendy, Saturday, 28 July 2007 20:57 (twelve years ago) link

twelve years pass...

I'm reviving this thread!

To mention Henry Badowski.

And say yeah to Cockney Rebel.

dan selzer, Friday, 26 June 2020 02:22 (two weeks ago) link

Rawk.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 26 June 2020 02:54 (two weeks ago) link

This never came up in this thread but I always loved Glass Candy and thought their poppy dance punk was plenty arty and glammy (though in retrospect probably more glam than art).

Here's an (unedited) review I wrote for Alternative Press back in the day:

GLASS CANDY
Love Love Love

Debbie Harry, meet Ziggy Stardust. Ziggy, Debbie.

The drummer plays like Moe Tucker on steroids and speed, the guitarist wears a Bowie- (or Runaways- or Sweet-approved) shag and abuses his guitar like a noise-rock Ace Frehley, and singer Ida No (geddit?) spastically and gamely channels both X-Ray Spex and Blondie, with the soul of a performance artist and, admittedly, a voice to match. But that’s okay; some of the best front-people in rock history never did manage to sing, and her stream-of-consciousness rants work because of her marvelously effective squealing shriek rather than in spite of it, atop arty no-wave devoid of pretentious usually associated with such shenanigans. (Troubleman Unlimited; www.troublemanunlimited.com)

Some live videos that capture their rawness quite nicely:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2XYg7fIDPc
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RL-yFNppCvk

I don't know what they're up to these days but they are allewgedly still around?

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Friday, 26 June 2020 06:41 (two weeks ago) link

they’ve been making great moody soft focus “synth pop” for about 15 years now

I don’t think your username would like it

brimstead, Friday, 26 June 2020 06:57 (two weeks ago) link

Cockney Rebel's. Timeless Flight is a great midpoint between Bowie and early Steely Dan

yeah Glass Candy changed a lot esp. after I helped introduce them to italo-disco.

dan selzer, Friday, 26 June 2020 13:47 (two weeks ago) link

saw thread title and thought of Doctors of Madness, Be Bop Deluxe and Deaf School all of which are already mentioned.

Zolar X maybe?

I love Glass Candy, haven't paid attention to if they'd done much recently though

chipstick rebellion (Colonel Poo), Friday, 26 June 2020 14:53 (two weeks ago) link

Hmm... Sounds like I got off the Glass Candy train around the right time.

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Saturday, 27 June 2020 03:17 (two weeks ago) link


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