Treading a line between post-punk and dance, the English band Shriekback had only a few minor hits (My Spine (Is the Bassline)
) and then vanished into obscurity, more of a "who were they then" than a "where are they now". They were Carl Marsh, Dave Allen (formerly of Gang of Four), Barry Andrews (formerly of XTC), and Martyn Barker. One notable fan was Michael Mann, who used the band's music in his movies Band of the Hand
from Oil and Gold
) and Manhunter
("This Big Hush"
from Oil and Gold
), and also in at least one episode of Miami Vice ("Underwaterboys"
from Big Night Music
They put out two records on Y Records (Tench
(1983)), two on Arista (Jam Science
(1984), Oil and Gold
(1985)), and two on Island (Big Night Music
(1986), Go Bang!
(1988)). This last album was an obvious push to appeal to a wider demographic. It tanked, and the band soon dissolved.
Except they didn't. [more inside]
posted by Legomancer
on Jun 26, 2014 -
If you only have three minutes to spend on this post, listen to this song.
The Yummy Fur was an unfairly obscure Scottish art-rock group active from 1992-1999. The group is best known for having two band members who currently comprise half of Franz Ferdinand, but that says little about the Yummy Fur proper. The group has a low-fi, angular, sound with mostly-spoken lyrics - the most familiar analogue might be the verses from Pavement's "Stereo
" [more inside]
posted by LSK
on Aug 20, 2012 -
...this particular technicolour trench coat is stitched together from black leather, and fastened with a lot of safety pins and zippers: its sinister sounds are both haunted by the past, and haunting us toward the something-to-be-done. Like the saying goes: the darkest hour is just before the dawn. Our traumatized collective unconscious - the victim of social, political, cultural, and environmental shocks - is not a blank slate, but rather a pile of rubble that requires considerable rebuilding. There is much work yet to carry out. And really, why be blank when you can be bleak?
The New Bleak: Trauma, Haunting And The Cultural Obsession With Darkness
posted by timshel
on Feb 28, 2012 -
is a blog dedicated to punk, DIY, powerpop, grillfat (pre-punk Australian hard rock) and NWOAHM from Australia 1975-1984. It follows projects like Do The Pop
, Lethal Weapons
, and Inner City Sound
in documenting Australia's fertile underground rock and roll scene. While those blogs and books are focused on the past, I-94 Bar
is documenting the scene as it stands today and interviewing the various survivors.
posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn
on May 1, 2011 -
is a West German post-punk group from Hamburg. Members Mark Chung and FM Einheit would leave the group in the early 1980s to join the Berlin-based band Einstürzende Neubauten. Their best-known recordings include the single "Computerstaat"
("Computer State") (1980) and the LP's Amok Koma
(1981) and Der Westen ist einsam ("The West Is Lonely," 1982), the latter in particular being regarded as a classic of West German postpunk
posted by electricsandwich138
on Aug 4, 2010 -
The Wipers were a tight and catchy post-punk band founded in Portland in 1977. Today they're best known for covers by The Vivian Girls
and Nirvana (Return of the Rat
, and esp. D7 - studio
, live 1 2 3 4
). But the originals are pretty interesting too. John Peel said of their first album "Is It Real": " 'It is one of punk's great albums by perhaps the most unappreciated band of all time'." [more inside]
posted by msalt
on Jun 6, 2010 -
Do It Yourself
: The Story of Rough Trade
(goog vid, BBC, 1:28) The history of the legendary indie label/shop, home to such bands as Scritti Politti, The Smiths, The Fall, Cabaret Voltaire, The Feelies, Robert Wyatt, The Slits, and many more.
posted by puny human
on May 4, 2010 -
is a long running series of videos of live underground music in NYC shot by Joly MacFie
. Each video is usually one song. The Internet Archive hosts its videos
and offers downloads in a variety of formats. MacFie also has a YouTube channel
with 480 videos
and a video podcast [iTunes link, feedburner link]
. Here are a few bands that caught my fancy: The Icicles and The Besties
, The Slits (1
), Andrew W. K.
, Oneida (1
), The Long Blondes
, The Gossip
, Acid Mothers Temple & Cosmic Inferno
, Art Brut
, Be Your Own Pet
, Cansei de Ser Sexy
, Lesbians on Ecstasy
, The Fall
, Fred Frith
, Rose Melberg and Jennifer O'Connor
, The Horrors
, The Homosexuals
, Bat for Lashes
, Radio 4 and Teddybears
, Kimya Dawson and Tiny Masters of Today
, Yeah Yeah Yeahs
and Nikki Sudden
posted by Kattullus
on Dec 25, 2008 -