the Virgin Prunes, Gavin Friday - classic or dud

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Colin Newman's fingerprints are all over "If I Die", which is what makes it their most consistent album.

Gavin's "Each Man Kills The Thing He Loves" is such a special record. A blend of his Scott Walker love and a touch of his Virgin Prunes weirdness. Totally slept on.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Friday, 4 August 2017 14:00 (two years ago) link

Like I said, I love Gavin Friday's solo discography. You want to talk about overlooked, but brilliant, his album Catholic from a few years back was fantastic and it was totally ignored.

he doesn't need to be racist about it though. (Austin), Saturday, 5 August 2017 19:22 (two years ago) link

six months pass...

Really impressed by The Moon Looked Down And Laughed (the Baby label version, not Mute), so many great songs and Gavin's voice is so wonderful. As much as I would have liked more of the early savage stuff, it has it's own fascinating strangeness and odd touches like Gavin sounding like he's buzzing with electricity at the end of "Love Lasts Forever". "Betrayal" is gorgeous, I think maybe it should have ended with that because it packs much more punch than the actual last track. I'm in two minds over whether they should have milked the "my whole world is on fire" part for longer. A beauty.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Friday, 23 February 2018 20:00 (two years ago) link

eight months pass...

The old irish guy voice on Heresie is brilliant. Second track is like a subway nightmare.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Friday, 2 November 2018 18:50 (one year ago) link

I think The Moon Looked Down And Laughed is my favourite now, even though it doesn't really represent their usual style.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Friday, 2 November 2018 18:53 (one year ago) link

nine months pass...

one of the more beautiful soundtracks i own is the Gavin Friday/Maurice Seezer score for THE BOXER. Very moving and haunting and moody, mostly, and an impressive achievement for guys who afaik haven't done much in the way of film scoring. it has some film dialogue mixed in sparingly, on a few of the tracks. it can probably be found for a couple bucks on ebay.

omar little, Thursday, 22 August 2019 17:45 (ten months ago) link

I'll keep it in mind.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Friday, 23 August 2019 20:53 (ten months ago) link

Dude, the live album (The Hidden Lie, I think it's called) is my favorite thing by them. Got it in the cut-out bin years ago, was totally blown away. Lost my records in a devastating home situation and I truly miss this.

Seething, Pathological Hatred of Oldies Radio (I M Losted), Saturday, 24 August 2019 20:18 (ten months ago) link

Have to admit I was getting nervous at remembering the song titles "Caucasian Walk" and "White History Book" but the former seems to be a dystopia in which black slavery is allowed and there isn't much I can read into the latter song.

There's a quote here that suggests the former song doesn't really mean much at all...
https://songmeanings.com/songs/view/3530822107858552956/

Robert Adam Gilmour, Saturday, 24 August 2019 20:19 (ten months ago) link

i played "Caucasian Walk" in a disco last week for the first time since the 80s. it sounded incredible. i have never understood the lyrics so figured it was ok to play.

stirmonster, Sunday, 25 August 2019 04:17 (ten months ago) link

three weeks pass...

Some amazing stuff on Over The Rainbow (2 disc version). Gavin's voice in "King Of Junk" is hilarious, "Greylight" is beautiful, "Revenge" is a great horrory track.

But what on earth is that secret track after "Love Lasts Forever"? Cant find anything about that. Gorgeous song that must have been from Moon Looked Down And Laughed era.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Saturday, 21 September 2019 13:41 (nine months ago) link

Some real surprises in Gavin's discography
https://gavinfriday.com/discography/score-get-rich-or-die-tryin/

Robert Adam Gilmour, Saturday, 21 September 2019 13:42 (nine months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Classic. This almost went in The Irish thread.

https://www.rte.ie/archives/2019/0916/1076206-virgin-prunes-theme-for-thought/

Let them eat Pfifferlinge an Schneckensauce (Tom D.), Sunday, 6 October 2019 15:26 (eight months ago) link

Nice

Robert Adam Gilmour, Sunday, 6 October 2019 16:23 (eight months ago) link

their glory days, it just wasn't the same without Guggi :(

eons ago in college a friend had a bootleg cassette tape of a show where they did "Moon Looked Down And Laughed" tracks but with the 5-piece (6 if you count Dav-Id) lineup, wish I could find that somewhere

sleeve, Monday, 7 October 2019 20:47 (eight months ago) link


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