Horrors! No Peter Blegvad C/D on ILM!

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I've been listening to the fine, multi-talented Peter Blegvad and can't believe there's been no ILM appraisal of his work! While I'm not into his prog 70s work except for -Kew Rhone-, I find his solo work to be entertaining at the very least (dated production troubles -Knights Like This- but the songs are still great) and sublime at its best (-King Strut-, -Orpheus-, and the spoken word thing he did with John Greaves is fantastic). What say ye ILM?

Mr. Odd, Monday, 11 June 2007 01:18 (fifteen years ago) link

I really like a lot of the songs on King Strut. I have praised his work with Slapp Happy on other ILM threads, but yeah, that album is good. I have one other one on an old tape from the 90's, can't remember the name.

sleeve, Monday, 11 June 2007 01:49 (fifteen years ago) link

Mr. Odd, do you have all the Slapp Happy stuff? It's 70s and gets lumped in with prog but it's really pop at it's very best, just totally classic and wonderful and perhaps the best music ever. While I'm probably partial to Anthony Moore's solo records, Blegved's comic strip Leviathan is absolutely genius.

dan selzer, Monday, 11 June 2007 02:06 (fifteen years ago) link

I've got _Casablanca Moon/Desperate Straights_ but haven't listened to it in years, so I'll check it out again tomorrow. I never looked into Slapp Happy's_Ca Va_, which has a pair of excellent Blegvad tunes that show up later on his solo records, "The Unborn Byron" and "Let's Travel Light".

Mr. Odd, Monday, 11 June 2007 02:50 (fifteen years ago) link

Desperate Straights is when they join up with Henry Cow, so it leans prog. Casablanca Moon is great songwriting and fun production, but you should check out Acnalbasac Noom, which is a totally different recording/production, with the Faust guys who helped out on their first lp Sort Of, which is also highly recommended, though Acnalbasac Noom is the best.

dan selzer, Monday, 11 June 2007 05:10 (fifteen years ago) link

Dan very much otm. My pet theory is that the first two Slapp Happy albums (counting Acnalbasac as #2) should really be considered Krautrock anyway (see Faust connections and listen to that band's catchier stuff and it kind of makes sense).

There's a live tape of Blegvad fronting the Golden Palominos where he does very rocked up versions of some of his solo stuff, including a killer Lou Reed-ish take on Special Delivery. Surprisingly good sound too...could have had a legit release.

Lastly, that promo he did for King Strut called Peter Who? is very entertaining.

dlp9001, Monday, 11 June 2007 05:16 (fifteen years ago) link

I much prefer "Casablanca Moon" to "Acnalbasac Noom". Not a popular opinion it seems.

Tom D., Monday, 11 June 2007 09:36 (fifteen years ago) link

Oh, forgot that Blegvad plays on Anthony Moore's "Out" album, which is like the super-secret classic Slapp Happy related album. I had passed on this one for a while, until realizing that it was recorded something like 20+ years before its release. Turns out it's like a great lost Kevin Ayers album (Ayers also plays on it) or something. Very organic feel, lots of Moore's trademark odd meters wedged into catchy pop tunes, etc. Woefully underrated, probably because most people assume it was recorded closer to the year it came out. I'll admit to preferring the best tracks from "Flying Doesn't Help" but as a whole I'd pick "Out" over that one.

Granted it's not a Blegvad album proper, but he is on it and for all I know may have contributed to the songwriting (I got it from eMusic, so no detailed liner notes, though Andy Summers is on it too). Allmusic is correct in noting that his cover of "Catch a Falling Star" is wonderful.

dlp9001, Monday, 11 June 2007 09:43 (fifteen years ago) link

I've not heard of that album! Will check it out...

Tom D., Monday, 11 June 2007 09:48 (fifteen years ago) link

Out is fantastic. Lovers of Mine = best song ever.

dan selzer, Monday, 11 June 2007 14:05 (fifteen years ago) link

Oh man, how come I'd never heard of (or seen) this album before? "Johnny's Dead" was released as a Slapp Happy single (or b-side), I know that much

Tom D., Monday, 11 June 2007 14:12 (fifteen years ago) link

Cosign for Moore's Out and Flying Doesn't Help. Great records that, for me, fit in the same stylistic family as Cale's Island albums and Taking Tiger Mountain.

DL "Stitch In Time" (if I recall the title correctly)if you just want to try one song.

Meanwhile my favorite Blegvad solo record is Just Woke Up, but I haven't ever seen a copy of the well-reputed King Strut.

Jon Lewis, Monday, 11 June 2007 14:32 (fifteen years ago) link

I always love mentioning how Anthony Moore wrote lyrics on Pink Floyd's A Momentary Lapse of Reason, and I love signs that David Gilmour is a bit of an art-rocker at times. What would've been great is if Moore just joined Floyd at that point in Waters place. That could've been interesting.

dan selzer, Monday, 11 June 2007 15:27 (fifteen years ago) link

thanks for the tip on moore's out -- I always liked flying doesn't help. I always took out for one of moore's later avant records, which are hit and miss, though scenes from the cloudland ballroom is five stars, like a longhaired fuzzed out cover version of stockhausen's stimmung, and the b-side has two long jams with members of faust.

blegvad's kew. rhone is fantastic, I like downtime, still haven't spent enough time with any of his other pop records. there's a later blegvad / greaves record unearthed, has anyone heard that?

Milton Parker, Monday, 11 June 2007 18:34 (fifteen years ago) link

-Unearthed- is the spoken word thing I mentioned, it's great. -King Strut- got reissued a few years back and should be available online. Peter hasn't done much since the -Choices Under Pressure- rerecorded best-of though he did do an observational piece on Barnsley called -Passing Through- which is fun but not critical. I can't wait for another volume of "Leviathan", a comic strip that is both funny and thought-provoking.

Mr. Odd, Monday, 11 June 2007 21:12 (fifteen years ago) link

Out is a bit of a mixed bag, though it's more poppy, doesn't have the fuzzed out rock qualities of Flying Doesn't Help and World Service.

I think Pieces from the Cloudland Ballroom and Secrets of the Blue Bag both preceed the other solo stuff, I thought they were early/mid 70s.

dan selzer, Monday, 11 June 2007 21:19 (fifteen years ago) link

There's a live tape of Blegvad fronting the Golden Palominos where he does very rocked up versions of some of his solo stuff, including a killer Lou Reed-ish take on Special Delivery.

is this available online anywhere?

akm, Tuesday, 12 June 2007 02:59 (fifteen years ago) link

three years pass...

Peter Blegvad has been contributing to Radio Free Song Club.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Sunday, 12 December 2010 01:42 (eleven years ago) link

one year passes...

I finally got around to putting this up on youtube...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZOikZPWNbU

dlp9001, Wednesday, 5 December 2012 21:53 (nine years ago) link

That's a good'un. He just released another album with Andy Partridge, "Gonwards". It's a winner!

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Wednesday, 5 December 2012 23:06 (nine years ago) link

five years pass...

ReR has released Peter's "Bandbox", reissuing "Downtime", "Just Woke Up" and "Hangman's Hill" along with a two disc set called "It's All Experimental" of outtakes, demos and lots of live stuff. I ordered early and also got "The Impossible Book - A Radio Play" starring Peter, Andy Partridge, David Thomas and others. There's my weekend listening!

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Saturday, 7 July 2018 00:12 (four years ago) link

four years pass...

Finally listened to his original version of "Daughter."
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MM2OfKvXdrA

Meet Me in the Z'Ha'Dum (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 19 November 2022 14:09 (two weeks ago) link

I hope he made some money from that one, didn't a cover version appear in a movie?

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Saturday, 19 November 2022 18:21 (two weeks ago) link

Probably. Feel like the Loudon Wainwright version is the most well known.

Meet Me in the Z'Ha'Dum (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 20 November 2022 02:44 (one week ago) link

One of the most disturbing nightmares of a song ever: "Irma" from The Naked Shakespeare

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wn-qyDlcPY

Hideous Lump, Sunday, 20 November 2022 05:12 (one week ago) link

The Naked Shakespeare was a case of a talented writer and musician obviously trying hard but missing a spark somehow.

Halfway there but for you, Monday, 21 November 2022 03:29 (one week ago) link

xps Loudon Wainwright's version played over the end credits of Knocked Up iirc. I was shocked to find out it wasn't a Wainwright original.

Vaguely Threatening CAPTCHAs, Monday, 21 November 2022 15:13 (one week ago) link

(xp) Pretty much sums up his solo career tbh.

Oh wouldn't it be rubbery? (Tom D.), Monday, 21 November 2022 15:15 (one week ago) link

I've loved Acnalbasac Noom for years, but nothing else in the Slapp Happy extended universe really did much for me until I heard Kew. Rhone. for the first time earlier this year, and it was all I wanted to listen to for weeks.

Vaguely Threatening CAPTCHAs, Monday, 21 November 2022 15:16 (one week ago) link

Yes yes yes!!! The "Kew. Rhone." book is also recommended: https://www.colinsackett.co.uk/kewrhone.php?x=93&y=76

ernestp, Monday, 21 November 2022 16:31 (one week ago) link

Didn't know there was a book! Just ordered it.

Vaguely Threatening CAPTCHAs, Monday, 21 November 2022 17:27 (one week ago) link

Great! Happy reading!
Also it's worth linking to the Quietus article/interview (w/ Blegvad) about it (linked from the Uniformbooks/Colin Sackett page above):
https://thequietus.com/articles/17243-peter-blegvad-interview

ernestp, Monday, 21 November 2022 18:51 (one week ago) link


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