words, blanked out or bleeped
this time they're playing for keeps
TRACK LP ON VIRGIN. CAT NO. V2505 (LP) AND CDV2505 (CD).
Hampstead Home, High And Dry, Send Herman Home, Ambulance For One, Soul
Boy, Back To The Old House, United Colours, Gale Force
Wind, Herr Direktor, Bluerings.
final LP. The songs may not all be as strong as on the previous LP, 'Crooked
Mile', but production and presentation makes for a more well rounded recording.
The music on this record had come a long way from the music of five years
earlier with a much harder sound entirely at one with the vocals and subject
matter. Previously barely noticed drums were now bashing out rage as unconcealed
anger scaled new heights of bitterness. Despite the added aggression,
keyboards and guitars kept the LP tuneful (even foot-tapping) but, unlike
the last LP, were no longer going off on their own private adventure.
The focus had moved on from the political issues contained in 'Crooked
Mile' and were now directed at the manufactured superficiality that was
responsible for a climate in which those issues were no longer of interest.
Political thought had become unfashionable, blandness was being promoted
as art, and the punters fucked politics and danced. The Yuppie society
had even managed to claim rebellion and pseudo 'awareness' for itself
as it absolved people from feeling shame at their undeserved gains. It
was now OK to be rich just so long as you weren't square. 'Never Mind
The Bollocks' became a compulsory yuppie posession. Revolution and controversy
was Kylie snogging Geri.
The LP also reflected Microdisney's own situation and experiences as they
found themselves in direct conflict with the bland formula that guaranteed
success. 'Dumbing down' may have been in its infancy, but Microdisney
had seen it coming a mile off.
only had blank lines to say
but he said them in a witty and stylish way
two singles, 'Hampstead Home' and 'Gale Force Wind' are without doubt the
best songs on this record, although 'United Colours' (of brainrot) comes
very close. 'United Colours' was a scathing attack on the Benetton ads that
said nothing but managed to portray an image of deep, worldly knowledge
and togetherness. Advertising had become an apologist for the society in
which it thrived. No longer just selling a product it was selling a consumerist
lifestyle that still pretended to care.
Many of the songs on the LP deal with the different faces of 'dumbing down'.
'United Colours' aimed at the advertising industry, 'Herr Direktor' the
film industry. 'Hampstead Home' and 'Soul boy' do likewise to the music
industry, although 'Soul Boy' is a much more obscure offering.
Direktor', as with 'Hampstead Home' sees an 'artist' (actress) willing
to make any form of compromise necessary to become famous. It describes
a film industry that is locked into a predictable and uncreative formula
guaranteed to make money- those vacuuous souls still having the nerve
to lord it over their more worthy counterparts.
come through this misery
for some art school snob to look down on me
'Soul Boy' is much more difficult to follow. 'Marvin Gaye has gone away'
and 'Soul boy has gone to war' are sung in a resigned manner but many
of the references are lost on me.
'Ambulance for One' is an unbeatable song for the seriously frustrated
and copies the suicidal theme of 'Birthday Girl' in a less than subtle
ambulance for one, i've had all i can take
what a groovy shape her thighs make
'Send Herman Home' reverts back to direct politics. Covering the South
African situation, it's a direct attack on the financial interests that
allow them to defend the indefensible.
a job for churchill, nelson and good old ch-ch-chester clark,
to show the white men's bite is fiercer than the blackest bark,
here comes order, with all the buckshot and british gas,
strictly business, spill the blood, first and always.
The LP ends on a high with the very much overlooked 'Bluerings', a quiet
melodic piece reminiscent of 'And' on the 'Clock Comes Down The Stairs'.
Rather like a Vegas entertainer bringing things down after a hectic show,
it's a soft, slightly melancholic finish. But unlike Vegas it has a sting
in the tail with barely disguised insults hiding behind a gentle and evocative
piece of music.
don't go to town
i'm your enemy now
since the first LP had the production been so good. A record that finally
combined all the aspects of Microdisney into one powerful set of songs.
It remains one of their finest releases and it was obvious at the time
that if this couldn't succeed then nothing would.
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