The Clientele - Best Band Since The Smiths

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The Clientele are the best band since The Smiths! No discussion is necessary. It's easy to guess what will be posted below and from whom. In your postings, some of you will be wrong and some of you will be right. Those of you whom are wrong will rely on dull puns and ridiculous one-liners, and you'll post just to argue with a subject that you shouldn't even have clicked-on to begin with. Those of you whom are right will use exclamations points and you'll repeat the main idea.

The Clientele are the best band since The Smiths! The Clientele are the best band since The Smiths! The Clientele are the best band since The Smiths! The Clientele are the best band since The Smiths! The Clientele are the best band since The Smiths! The Clientele are the best band since The Smiths! The Clientele are the best band since The Smiths! The Clientele are the best band since The Smiths! The Clientele are the best band since The Smiths! The Clientele are the best band since The Smiths! The Clientele are the best band since The Smiths! The Clientele are the best band since The Smiths!

Bonus points to those that can guess who posted this. I'm a regular contributor to the "board."

Anonymous, Friday, 22 March 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

the clientele is way cool...let's leave it at that

mark, Friday, 22 March 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

The Clientele are the best band since The Smiths!

"Let's leave it at that" ? Ummmmm, no, let's not, but I agree with you about the "way cool" thing.

The Clientele are the best band since The Smiths!

She Loves Music, Friday, 22 March 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Bonus points to those that can guess who posted this.

Alasdair Maclean?

Ned Raggett, Friday, 22 March 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

No discussion is necessary.
That is probably why you post in a discussion forum, right? Ok I'll do you the favour. I don't discuss. And write down what I think:

The Clientele are rubbish.

alex in mainhattan, Friday, 22 March 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I love Suburban Light - it does the same thing for me as Manfred Mann's Up the Junction soundtrack. By the way, is it me, or does Alisdair Maclean have an obsession with rain?

Jez, Friday, 22 March 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Hahahaha, now I not only need to laugh at thee Clientele, now I can laugh at their fans also!!! And who woulda thought arguments would start on DISCUSSION BOARDS eh?

I think the Smiths aren't ALL THAT either.

Sarah, Friday, 22 March 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Love Suburban Light, picked it up a few weeks ago from some recommendations on this board. Great CD! Could it be Tim Gravina?

Poops Mcgee, Friday, 22 March 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I don't think Alasdair MacLean likes the Smiths.

marianna, Friday, 22 March 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I've always said Alasdair was a GRATE BLOKE (hem hem)!

Sarah, Friday, 22 March 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Jez, yeah. I can't keep a straight face when he goes on about the rain again. It's like "Wooo - rain. Atmosphere!".

N., Friday, 22 March 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Any band that namechecks The Carnival is Over (coincidentally my birthday no.1), get the thumbs-up in my book!

Jez, Friday, 22 March 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

It all started when he first heard 'Its Raining Meng'. I WISH.

Sarah, Friday, 22 March 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Could it be Tim Gravina?

I MEANT DIGRAVINA

Poops Mcgee, Friday, 22 March 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Poops, thank you for the name check. :)

I can't take credit for The Smiths/Clientele thread, though I'd almost say I agree with its premise, as long as The Clientele continue down the path highlighted by the Suburban Light collection. I'm not too eloquent this morning, so I hope this next part makes sense… a decent sized group of fans/critics see The Smiths as being among the last of the truly great rock bands, and I frequently find it hard to disagree. (Though I sometimes think a case can be made for The Stone Roses simply on the strength of their debut album, and then there’s My Bloody Valentine) While The Clientele don't seem to have the truly magic energy The Smiths had when they started out, I'm reserving a possible place for them amongst my favorite bands and hoping they continue to release excellent singles/EPs. I'm not sure why some people on ILM have lumped The Clientele in with Belle & Sebastian... it seems too early for a backlash. I’m guessing it’s either not their cup of tea altogether (they can’t give in to quaint charm) or they just haven’t played Suburban Light enough times; I’ll admit that I thought it was near rubbish (like Alex) at first as well, but now it’s one of the most cherished pieces of my CD collection. Still, if The Clientele start passing the mic to every band member and every family member and every distant cousin like B & S, then I'll join the backlash. As of now, I'm happy to have them and I'm enthused by their promise.

I love The Clientele! <-- Using the exclamation point specified in the subject.

Tim DiGravina, Friday, 22 March 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I'm happy to have them and I'm enthused by their promise

Just you wait -- the third album will be nothing but bad reggae and refried boogie and be produced by Glen Ballard.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 22 March 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

uuuugh.

Graham, Friday, 22 March 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Just you wait -- the third album will be nothing but bad reggae and refried boogie and be produced by Glen Ballard.

<--I hope the italics worked. If not, it's a Ned Raggett quote.

Well, I'll take the bad reggae and refriend boogie as long as the sleeve is pretty. It's too early in the morning for me to deal with a Glen Ballard reference... but I will say this... my breakfast has returned to its plate in a more liquid form.

Tim DiGravina, Friday, 22 March 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Glad to be of service.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 22 March 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

i really like the clientele but don't you think we should wait until they put out a few proper albums to see if we should be calling them "best band since The Smiths!"? I mean, a lot of good bands have come and gone since 1987...

g, Friday, 22 March 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I like them better than The Smiths. I never liked The Smiths. I come from America, where people aren't like that.

Sterling Clover, Friday, 22 March 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

There are currently about two thousand cholos driving out to Chicago to beat your ass for saying that, Sterling. ;-)

Ned Raggett, Friday, 22 March 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

six years pass...

I can't believe this thread has been asleep for 6 years! haven't you people heard God Save The Clientele? it's really really good! "Bookshop Casanova" is some kind of sleepy-eyed disco masterpiece, no? The guitar solo is sooo Santana, duh.

uncannydan, Thursday, 7 August 2008 08:37 (eight years ago) Permalink

There have been other Clientele threads in the last six years.

Scik Mouthy, Thursday, 7 August 2008 08:41 (eight years ago) Permalink

For instance - God Save The Clientele - The anticipation thread

Scik Mouthy, Thursday, 7 August 2008 08:42 (eight years ago) Permalink

My mistake, I must have glanced over in the search. Looks like I have some reading to do...

uncannydan, Thursday, 7 August 2008 08:49 (eight years ago) Permalink

But your underlying point is right: The Clientele are great (and underappreciated). MacLean is also a very good guitarist, I think.

Daniel, Esq., Thursday, 7 August 2008 11:00 (eight years ago) Permalink

I don't really think they are underappreciated, considering that certain people follow them around the world on tour as if they were Manchester United or Exeter City.

the pinefox, Thursday, 7 August 2008 11:02 (eight years ago) Permalink

Not sure that's right... That means that a few people really appreciate them. They should be much bigger than they are, I think.

Keith, Thursday, 7 August 2008 11:06 (eight years ago) Permalink

i was just going to revive a clientele thread. "strange geometry" is my favorite lp of theirs. the last time i posted on them, "violet hour" had just come out and i was underwhelmed.

btw when did they get a gorgeous violin player?

amateurist, Thursday, 7 August 2008 11:09 (eight years ago) Permalink

also note that alasdair was once an ilxor.

amateurist, Thursday, 7 August 2008 11:09 (eight years ago) Permalink

I'd never heard of them until I went through Southall's Best of '07 list on Amazon. I bought it based on that recommendation and yeah, it's a very good album.

nate woolls, Thursday, 7 August 2008 11:11 (eight years ago) Permalink

Also note that Graham was once an ilxor.

the pinefox, Thursday, 7 August 2008 11:18 (eight years ago) Permalink

lots of former ilxors... where are they now?...

amateurist, Thursday, 7 August 2008 11:20 (eight years ago) Permalink

also note that alasdair was once an ilxor.

I remember reading about that on another thread. But wasn't it just one post by him (e.g., a response to another ILX'or commenting on The Clientele)?

The new violin player joined the band just before God Save The Clientele was recorded, I think. And yeah, she is hot.

Daniel, Esq., Thursday, 7 August 2008 11:22 (eight years ago) Permalink

as i recall, he was fairly active here for a bit. ca. 2001.

amateurist, Thursday, 7 August 2008 11:32 (eight years ago) Permalink

No, it wasn't just one post by any means; we also debated Derrida / Paul de Man / Rudolph Gasché once, for instance.

the pinefox, Thursday, 7 August 2008 11:33 (eight years ago) Permalink

hi pinefox.

amateurist, Thursday, 7 August 2008 11:35 (eight years ago) Permalink

Their new Acuarela ep has been delayed for a month or so now, I really liked the droney tracks on the previous Adriane ep & hope they've done a few more.

zaxxon25, Thursday, 7 August 2008 18:05 (eight years ago) Permalink

i have all their early 7"s, I wish they were bigger than they are so I could sell them and buy a house

akm, Thursday, 7 August 2008 18:09 (eight years ago) Permalink

One of them's on the MySpace page: "Share the Night". It is great, but it's in no way like the Ariadne stuff.

Keith, Thursday, 7 August 2008 18:10 (eight years ago) Permalink

Good song! But as they become more upbeat and clear, they do lose something essential (that hazy charm of their early records). Still, they've got to grow, and they are still a special band.

Daniel, Esq., Thursday, 7 August 2008 19:11 (eight years ago) Permalink

Yeah, I kind of think that they've done that... Really well, but better to change than keep on pumping out the same records.

Keith, Thursday, 7 August 2008 19:59 (eight years ago) Permalink

Just you wait -- the third album will be nothing but bad reggae and refried boogie and be produced by Glen Ballard.

well thank god this didn't come true!

stephen, Saturday, 9 August 2008 15:47 (eight years ago) Permalink

nine months pass...

New album tentatively coming out in October. Sounds like it might be their last.

Daniel, Esq., Tuesday, 12 May 2009 07:35 (eight years ago) Permalink

even corpse management will be at risk (Drugs A. Money), Tuesday, 12 May 2009 15:27 (eight years ago) Permalink

I'll be bummed if they break-up after the next album. Feels like they had plenty of room to develop their sound, without losing what makes them special and charming.

Daniel, Esq., Tuesday, 12 May 2009 15:36 (eight years ago) Permalink

The interview makes the record sound extremely promising.

Simon H., Tuesday, 12 May 2009 15:46 (eight years ago) Permalink

"Sounds like it might be their last."

it's only "might", so ill stay poisitive bout it.

The only Clientele record i return to is Geomatry,really.great piece of music.
also, alsadir is underrated guitarist

Zeno, Tuesday, 12 May 2009 16:04 (eight years ago) Permalink

...seeing them love made it clearer, to me at least.

Zeno, Tuesday, 12 May 2009 16:08 (eight years ago) Permalink

listened to bonfires on the heath last night, and it's really a great record - somehow I'd forgotten

niels, Sunday, 28 September 2014 13:30 (two years ago) Permalink

It's fantastic for sure!

Evan, Sunday, 28 September 2014 14:13 (two years ago) Permalink

four months pass...

Hey, I don't think this would be an inappropriate request given its rarity...

Does anyone have a digital copy of It's Art Dad that they could share?

Evan, Sunday, 8 February 2015 23:15 (two years ago) Permalink

Never mind! Got it.

Evan, Monday, 9 February 2015 00:58 (two years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

happy: http://pointyrecords.co.uk/news.php?id=86

that's not my post, Sunday, 7 June 2015 06:42 (two years ago) Permalink

is that a syd barrett lyric reference?

(tbh i'm more familiar with the this mortal coil version)

koogs, Sunday, 7 June 2015 11:53 (two years ago) Permalink

The track listing of that could be a lot better in my opinion. Only one song from The Violet Hour doesn't seem right. Porcelain or When You and I Were Young should be on there too.

Kitchen Person, Sunday, 7 June 2015 14:34 (two years ago) Permalink

Seems a little skimpy to me, but then any single-LP Clientele comp would anyway

fuck me, archipelago (Simon H.), Sunday, 7 June 2015 15:04 (two years ago) Permalink

At least someone is paying attention to their catalog. Better would be nice big box set. Maybe if this comp sells (and the reissues, too) they'll have backing to put together something more juicy. Will be interested to hear what's on the early unreleased session.

that's not my post, Sunday, 7 June 2015 16:08 (two years ago) Permalink

that is a weird track listing.

erry red flag (f. hazel), Sunday, 7 June 2015 17:35 (two years ago) Permalink

ha, yeah it is a weird selection, they'd be better served by a more idiosyncratic collection creaming bits off the odder eps , stuff that perhaps fewer people have heard alongside lp highlights & so forth, yeah, more violet hour too. a double album certainly. oh well, beggars can't be choosers & it has that untouchably great single from last year. and it's not like theres a bad note on it. very excited about the show.

cw, Sunday, 7 June 2015 17:41 (two years ago) Permalink

I'm just excited they're reissuing the discography. Wondering if there'll be a US release? I guess that's up to Merge?

Evan, Sunday, 7 June 2015 22:55 (two years ago) Permalink

Of all the reissues, that is.

Evan, Sunday, 7 June 2015 22:56 (two years ago) Permalink

I'm surprised Suburban Light is being reissued again after the Merge 25 reissue last year.

Kitchen Person, Monday, 8 June 2015 01:08 (two years ago) Permalink

Yeah! That one is weird.

Evan, Monday, 8 June 2015 01:38 (two years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Haven't seen mention of this here: couple of pre-Suburban Light versions of familiar songs posted up by Pointy in anticipation of the best-of (one familiar as a Relict number). They're beauties. Sound of Young Basingstoke indeed.

https://soundcloud.com/pointyrecords

Tim, Thursday, 23 July 2015 15:22 (one year ago) Permalink

thanks for the link, always happy to see this thread (title) bumped

i've heard rumours of maybe a live show in fall

niels, Thursday, 23 July 2015 22:14 (one year ago) Permalink

not just a rumour --
Islington Town Hall on Friday 23rd October 2015.
Tickets http://www.wegottickets.com/event/322623

tylerw, Thursday, 23 July 2015 22:23 (one year ago) Permalink

cool!
have actually heard more rumours, but probably best not to write abt it on a msg board

niels, Thursday, 23 July 2015 22:29 (one year ago) Permalink

ready for them to come back to the Bay Area... they put on an amazing show about 1 year ago.

that's not my post, Friday, 24 July 2015 03:32 (one year ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Live radio session tonight:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0686wbw

The Clientele will be performing on our programme, as part of the day of live music to mark the announcement through this week of the line up of bands and artists performing at this year's 6Music Live at MV sessions on October.

koogs, Tuesday, 8 September 2015 14:58 (one year ago) Permalink

Those probably weren't the best live renditions the band ever did, but nice all the same.

Btw I always say pronounce it like "cl-eye-entel" and I guess it really is "clee-entel" uhm but, how wrong am I? feel like it would be weird to change my pronunciation after all these years...

niels, Thursday, 10 September 2015 17:38 (one year ago) Permalink

I thought that Bonfires on the Heath was really great! Better than the album version even. And your pronunciation is not wrong. They're the Clientele, and that's a word Americans don't pronounce like British folks.

erry red flag (f. hazel), Thursday, 10 September 2015 18:08 (one year ago) Permalink

seven months pass...

Strange Geometry reissue with a 6 track digital EP of outtakes, by the looks: https://www.mergerecords.com/strange-geometry-repress

Can only be good news.

Tim, Monday, 25 April 2016 13:56 (one year ago) Permalink

Finally!

Just recently got the deluxe best of that came out. This whole time I didn't realize it was packaged with early demoes. Once I found that out I snatched it up immediately.

Evan, Monday, 25 April 2016 14:12 (one year ago) Permalink

one month passes...

playing Copenhagen in August!

niels, Wednesday, 25 May 2016 15:19 (one year ago) Permalink

Heh, I revived the *other* Clientele thread earlier today for the same reason. Looking forward to it.

Tim, Wednesday, 25 May 2016 15:43 (one year ago) Permalink

heh, I see... Copenhagen i August should be great, and Jazzhouse is a cool place.

bought 2 tickets, hope to go with my brother

see you there!

niels, Wednesday, 25 May 2016 16:00 (one year ago) Permalink

hey what's this Strange Geometry outtakes ep?

niels, Tuesday, 31 May 2016 12:31 (one year ago) Permalink

aah see it's mentioned upthread...

niels, Tuesday, 31 May 2016 12:34 (one year ago) Permalink

Argh, that makes me realize I totally forgot to access those demos! I'll report back.

Evan, Tuesday, 31 May 2016 13:53 (one year ago) Permalink

The album cover really is all-time...

http://cdn2.pitchfork.com/albums/1495/5d1cb216.jpg

Rod Steel (musicfanatic), Saturday, 4 June 2016 23:34 (one year ago) Permalink

Yeah, that is one of those album covers that is made for vinyl.

Kitchen Person, Sunday, 5 June 2016 02:36 (one year ago) Permalink

four months pass...

http://www.seetickets.com/event/the-clientele/moth-club-london/1039934

London show in mid-December, can only be good news.

Tim, Friday, 28 October 2016 08:24 (seven months ago) Permalink

I love this bad, esp. Suburban Light, Strange Geometry, and Bonfires. I saw them on the Bonfires tour and they were way better than I expected. Bassist has Macca moves.

Blood On The Knobs, Friday, 28 October 2016 15:10 (seven months ago) Permalink

*band

Blood On The Knobs, Friday, 28 October 2016 15:11 (seven months ago) Permalink

Indeed. They are the best band, regardless of the Smiths or whoever else.

Evan, Friday, 28 October 2016 15:49 (seven months ago) Permalink

might try and come to London for this one

they are indeed the best, was thinking about who's my favorite artist of all time and my go-to answer would be Dylan, but in a way he's too larger-than-life-iconic to be entirely personal, and so The Clientele is probably a better and more personal answer

niels, Friday, 28 October 2016 17:49 (seven months ago) Permalink

I have hard time picturing playing them live and I love the records. Are they good on a stage?

Van Horn Street, Friday, 28 October 2016 17:51 (seven months ago) Permalink

it is magic

niels, Friday, 28 October 2016 17:56 (seven months ago) Permalink

They're fantastic live

Evan, Friday, 28 October 2016 18:00 (seven months ago) Permalink

Yeah they're really great live. Always wish I could find a recording of when they were playing a sort of slowed-down version of Impossible that was absolutely amazing

erry red flag (f. hazel), Friday, 28 October 2016 19:03 (seven months ago) Permalink

I blew about $200 once to postpone my return flight by a day or two so I could see them play in London.

erry red flag (f. hazel), Friday, 28 October 2016 19:06 (seven months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Moth Club set list for last night

Joseph Cornell
As Night Is Falling
Since K Got Over Me
Reflections After Jane
The Violet Hour
Impossible
Emptily Through Holloway
Porcelain
Saturday
On A Summer Trail
Falling Asleep
Orpheus Avenue
Lamplight

Like Goats
Jamaican Rum Rhumba

(I didn't go, but several friends did and posted the above on Facebook)

koogs, Monday, 19 December 2016 06:24 (six months ago) Permalink

Yeah they were good. Rare treat to hear "Emptily Through Holloway".

I know exactly whose facebook you got that from, Koogs, because "Like Goats" is code for "The House Always Wins" (it's a standing joke of sorts, that the lyric goes "and the fields are drifting in to fill his space, like goats, like goats").

Tim, Monday, 19 December 2016 11:20 (six months ago) Permalink

I thought maybe it was that Wiggles song.

erry red flag (f. hazel), Monday, 19 December 2016 18:06 (six months ago) Permalink

five months pass...

New lp!

https://youtu.be/qP_gLrFPWXA

cw, Friday, 16 June 2017 19:28 (one week ago) Permalink

FUCK YES. Haven't heard anything on it but obviously album of the year :)

Rod Steel (musicfanatic), Friday, 16 June 2017 22:01 (one week ago) Permalink

Interested to see what direction they go in. I thought there were subtle differences in all of their albums - all fantastic.

Rod Steel (musicfanatic), Friday, 16 June 2017 22:02 (one week ago) Permalink


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