Sunday, December 18, 2016
joke's lost on me
a band so so great, that became so so... camp
Laibach-levels of ludicrous, but without any irony seemingly
And somehow degenerated from the real menace of "Pssyche" / "Follow the Leaders" / Revelations to a sound somewhere between Judas Priest and Classix Nouveau
but when they were good. ooh..
(Jaz gone AWOL to Iceland , so a deep sea diver stood behind the keyboard in his stead)
I was a still a believer circa Fire Dances - and went to the see them for the second time (Dunstable, supported by Play Dead and UK Decay - the later excellent) (first time was Aylesbury Friars circa the first album, with I think the Prefects as support) - but in retrospect this album was the cusp between the real thing and the hammy sham
it's where the visuals / gestures get overstated, go from shock to shlock, but the musical muscle to back it up thins out a bit... not yet the full commercial crossover attempt of "Love Like Blood" but less actual (f)ire in the sound....
the first thing that grabbed my ears ever, on Peel
i can hear a bit of SAHB "Faith Healer" in that slicing guitar
fast forward to the 90s - they were on TOTP again with the almost-back-to-form "Pandemomium"
a bit Rage Against for me but still wielding some bulk