This is a posting covering distinct versions of the amazing song “Hall of Mirrors” written by Kraftwerk and released on their highly influential album Trans-Europe Express in 1977.
Here is the original Kraftwerk’s version from the record.
And here, a rousing rendition by Siouxsie & The Banshees.
But I look in your eyes
And I know
That it isn’t there.” —
The Smiths’ underrated classic “Jean”.
I’ve been listening to Dramarama’s surprisingly good album “Cinéma Vérité” lately. Released in 1985 (oh, my), their work on this record is an amalgam of styles, but the end result is strikingly astute and concise. Check out one of the best songs from that LP below:
Anything, Anything (I’ll Give You)
In the same class as any of the great post-punk bands - but not as lucky to become popular enough - The Cowboys International made a haunting pop-experimental sound worth recognition and praise. Their first album ‘The Original Sin’ is a sterling classic, inexcusably overlooked.
I do not know precisely what to make of the band Arcade Fire. They borrow massively from a lot of different artists and are not willing to curb from their influences, no matter how apparent it materializes in their body of work. Shockingly, they can also hit the bull’s-eye every now and then. I really enjoy the atmosphere on their tune “My Body is a Cage”. They really outdone themselves with this song.
New York band Cults won my attention recently. Their mix of 60’s girl-group atmosphere and C86 British revival has just about the right bite for my money. I really like their 7” single ‘Go Outside’.
Here’s a special treat: A few unreleased Echo & The Bunnymen demos from an old tape. Now, who can accuse me of not being generous? My Heart is Overflowing & others
The House of Love are one of those acts in pop music that stir endless fascination not for their hypnotic and stellar body of work, but for being in the same category with bands of great potential that never lived up to the promise of becoming big stars.
I first heard of them while I was still struggling to come to terms with the disbanding of my true heroes, The Smiths in 1987 and I thought their music not only was akin to the sulfuric and poetic pop created by Morrissey and Marr to a lesser extent but, by same token, it skewed from that of the many Smiths-wannabes of the time.
If your music taste is rooted on [the pop side of] The Velvet Underground, This Mortal Coil, The Left Banke and The Beatles then you might also like them.
The House of Love, “Hope”
Bill Hicks - Relentless
How more direct and precise can one be at exposing such truths via an entertainment medium and still make it enjoyable in an artistic sense? It’s talent to write a song like “Pets” that separate the men from the boys.
“Children are innocent
Teenagers fucked up in the head
Adults are even more fucked up
And elderlies are like children”
Graham Greene - The Quiet American
And pack up your tent
You ain’t goin’ nowhere.” —Bob Dylan, “You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere” - The Basement Tapes