Lemon Jelly: C/D?

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To commemorate their shock debut in the top 40 - #35, or possibly 36, but equally inexplicable either way:

Are they:

ARGH! CHILLOUT! GET-IT-A-WAY-FROM-MEEEEE! - or - No! Wait! Look at the lovely packaging!

Mr Swygart (mrswygart), Sunday, 13 October 2002 15:01 (twenty years ago) link

New album's meant to be good but I heard a song from it and it sounded like the death of bigbeat, wacky ducknoise stylee.

Ronan (Ronan), Sunday, 13 October 2002 15:30 (twenty years ago) link

I like them. In fact, I vastly prefer them to Air or Bent or Royksopp or Blue States or any of the other similar acts out there.

Possibly this is because their records don't have the same overly-polished and slick feel to them, but when I first heard The Avalanches, I remember thinking "this is Lemon Jelly gone POP!", and loving every second of the album.

Therefore - Lemon Jelly = Classic!

Unless the new album is rubbish, in which case forget the whole thing.

Matt DC (Matt DC), Sunday, 13 October 2002 21:36 (twenty years ago) link

no the new album sounds pretty much like the last one which was quite nice...are Lemon Jelly risking attracting the label 'twee ambient'? i can see i'm gonna have to come up for some kind of arguments supporting the likes of Royksopp, Bent, Zero 7, Blue States and the like - all of which i think are brilliant and make great music with great videos and art to back it up, and they all play well live...i dunno, if you find this sort of thing boring then fair enough but what chilled atmospheric humanised and generally 'positive' music do you like?

blueski, Sunday, 13 October 2002 22:18 (twenty years ago) link

Doesn't anyone else think Royksopp are house? And not chill out? Please someone! It's pretty laid back and that but Bent could never lash out something like Royksopp's Night Out. The best thing Bent ever "did" actually was allow Ashley Beedle to remix that song of theirs from last year, the precursor to Lazy and the Weak Become Heroes remix, oh yes.

Ronan (Ronan), Monday, 14 October 2002 08:47 (twenty years ago) link

Blueski - Actually, I quite like Royksopp and co, but I think its the whole polished aspect that stops me from *loving* them.

I don't like Zero 7, however, and the last Air album can fuck right off.

Matt DC (Matt DC), Monday, 14 October 2002 10:05 (twenty years ago) link

whats wrong with polished anyway? everything doesnt have to be raw and edgy in music after all...that Mozart? crap mate, way too polished ;)

Royksopp make some housey tracks (Poor Leno, the Remind Me remix) and some chillout tracks (In Space, So Easy), plain and simple, and i love the element of funk in their stuff (esp. on Royksopp's Night Out which has more big beat overtones but whatever)

Bent have made some similarly danceable tracks too, 'Always' being the prime example...Jon Marsh's mix of 'Swollen' is also vurr nice

as for Zero 7, well all the later singles are admittedly a bit bland/wishy washy but the album has some great moments (Polaris, This World, Give It Away) and their mixes of Mos Def and Lambchop are suitably sweet...

last Air album - love the first 4/5 tracks!

blueski, Monday, 14 October 2002 10:14 (twenty years ago) link

i strongly object to lemon jelly's use of those coldcut style po-faced instructional tape samples and so far i haven't found much else of theirs to get excited about...
a big exception is made for that soft/rock thing they did - i love 'soft' in particular.
so overall i am undecided. can anyone suggest anything to download that would tilt me one way or the other?

minna (minna), Monday, 14 October 2002 10:39 (twenty years ago) link

their remix of Badly Drawn Boy's 'Pissing In The Wind' maybe?

i LOVE 'Kneel Before Your God' on the first album, probably cos it sounds more like Fila Brazillia...i think 'His Majesty King Raam', 'Homage To Patagonia', 'Page One' and probably 'In The Bath' are the other highlights on that...but if you dont like the new single 'Spacewalk' then i figure Lemon Jelly just arent for you

blueski, Monday, 14 October 2002 12:19 (twenty years ago) link

if you dont like the new single 'Spacewalk' then i figure Lemon Jelly just arent for you

Disputed - there are more sides to Lemon Jelly than just Spacewalk - The Staunton Lick, Homage To Patagonia, Page One, Come and, of course Spacewalk are all pretty diverse sonically.

Matt DC (Matt DC), Monday, 14 October 2002 13:13 (twenty years ago) link

The best thing Bent ever "did" actually was allow Ashley Beedle to remix that song of theirs from last year, the precursor to Lazy and the Weak Become Heroes remix, oh yes.

david morales may have something to say about that.

that 'always' remix IS gorgeous, though. i like 'programmed to love', too.

michael wells (michael w.), Monday, 14 October 2002 13:29 (twenty years ago) link

i dont think Lemon Jelly are diverse enough actually...maybe none of the acts i mentioned are...hmmm, maybe Royksopp - i think most acts like this risk that accusation of sameyness and deservedly so...there's no two Lemon Jelly tracks that are that radically different from each other are there?

blueski, Monday, 14 October 2002 14:10 (twenty years ago) link

one month passes...
Just picked up Lost Horizons without really knowing much about the group, and I dig it. Then again I am a sucker for morcheeba/kruder&dorfmeister style chill-out.

webcrack (music=crack), Tuesday, 26 November 2002 02:54 (twenty years ago) link

I only have that one 7" that mashes Black Crowes..."Soft / Rock".. it's fun.

donut bitch (donut), Tuesday, 26 November 2002 04:51 (twenty years ago) link

I like the rec a lot. Stays on the right side of the mellow/bland divide.

weasel diesel (K1l14n), Tuesday, 26 November 2002 12:43 (twenty years ago) link

If I hear that fucking song about ducks one more time...

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Tuesday, 26 November 2002 12:48 (twenty years ago) link

Yeah I disliked the ducks thing, wacky samples ahoy!

Ronan (Ronan), Tuesday, 26 November 2002 13:36 (twenty years ago) link

What's the name of the album with "Ode to Patagonia" and "Page One" on it? I love that album, but lost the case/sleeve.

"Page One" in particular effectively kicks my mind & body into a very odd powerful hypnotic rhythmical sub-conscious love-robot-machine-mode. That's a great, amazing, wonderful, damned-near-perfect shagging record.

nickalicious, Tuesday, 26 November 2002 14:44 (twenty years ago) link

'Nice Weather For Ducks' is bloody annoying agreed!

stevem (blueski), Tuesday, 26 November 2002 15:30 (twenty years ago) link

Nice Weather For Ducks is ace, you are all on crack.

Matt DC (Matt DC), Tuesday, 26 November 2002 16:26 (twenty years ago) link

I liked the first one (compilation album or whatever) ok, but haven;t bothered with this one. Never made me think of Air though. You guys are talking about Air (French Band), right?

g (graysonlane), Tuesday, 26 November 2002 16:35 (twenty years ago) link

two years pass...
Anyone heard the new Lemon Jelly cd, '64-'95?

I did not like their first album, the compilation of eps, but thoroughly enjoyed Lost Horizons. Where does '64-'95 fit in?

Many thanks for your thoughts!

paul c (paul c), Wednesday, 26 January 2005 01:42 (seventeen years ago) link

it's wack. an attempt at kicking the energy level up a notch or two, it's quite more upbeat and rough than the last two albums but just manages to come across as either a sub-standard mr. scruff or someone trying to make a bad copy of their own previous good works. the music's too loopy and simplistic (whereas past work was loopy, layered and complex), quite a few of the samples don't work in context, and they seem too eager to make "da(h)nce music" [don't shoot me!]. there are some gems but the majority are duds. even the dvd's got lots of shockwave-animated dookey. big DUD.

heywood jablomi (heywood), Wednesday, 26 January 2005 03:14 (seventeen years ago) link

Many thanks for your assessment. I won't even look at it askance.

paul c (paul c), Wednesday, 26 January 2005 04:01 (seventeen years ago) link

The singles are nice, and I like BOTH the previous records, so, y'know, make one personal assessment.

Captain GRRRios' Giggletits (Barima), Wednesday, 26 January 2005 11:41 (seventeen years ago) link

I semi like them butI only have the EP compilation. It's nice enough but some of the tracks go on too long without doing too much - "His Majesty King Rahm" is absolutely gorgeous but it goes on FOREVER and the little bridge in the middle is far too short!

dog latin (dog latin), Wednesday, 26 January 2005 12:13 (seventeen years ago) link

Agreed re: KY. Their top 3 would be 'King Raam', 'Closer'(/'Oats') and 'Rock'.

Captain GRRRios' Giggletits (Barima), Wednesday, 26 January 2005 12:21 (seventeen years ago) link

ten years pass...

is 64-95 totally underrated?

Jennifer 8.-( (Stevie D(eux)), Tuesday, 27 January 2015 05:13 (seven years ago) link

Is that the Edits one?

groovypanda, Tuesday, 27 January 2015 08:29 (seven years ago) link

Yeah! I hadn't thought about it in a long time but it's p dope.

Jennifer 8.-( (Stevie D(eux)), Tuesday, 27 January 2015 12:56 (seven years ago) link

seven years pass...

Anyone know the origin of the Alan Watts style monologue on Page One from lemonjelly.ky? For years I assumed it was him, but I can't find anything to corroborate it

Urbandn hope all ye who enter here (dog latin), Tuesday, 22 November 2022 18:21 (one week ago) link

Ah cheers thank you!

Urbandn hope all ye who enter here (dog latin), Wednesday, 23 November 2022 09:11 (one week ago) link

That's some deep googling. Thanks again. So strange, perhaps John Hallan or a different John Hallan was asked to do an audiobook of these bible stories? I honestly thought it was Alan Watts for years

Urbandn hope all ye who enter here (dog latin), Wednesday, 23 November 2022 09:54 (one week ago) link

Hallam, even. Gawd this phone

Urbandn hope all ye who enter here (dog latin), Wednesday, 23 November 2022 09:54 (one week ago) link

That's some deep googling

hardly! a quote from the track -lemon, and i knew discogs would have the sleeve notes. it sounds like the notable actor john hallam, maybe they just got him into the studio?

ledge, Wednesday, 23 November 2022 10:20 (one week ago) link


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