Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Virgin Prunes - If I Die, I Die

Virgin Prunes

...If I Die, I Die

Label: Rough Trade (UK)
Catalog#: ROUGH 49
Format: Vinyl, LP
Country: Greece
Released: 1982
Genre: Electronic, Rock
Style: New Wave, Goth Rock, Experimental

A1 Ulakanakulot
A2 Decline And Fall
A3 Sweethome Under White Clouds
A4 Bau-Dachong
B1 Baby Turns Blue
B2 Ballad Of The Man
B3 Walls Of Jericho
B4 Caucasian Walk
B5 Theme For Thought

Mp3@320 & scans
& only one extra song, Pagan Lovesong , sorry!
Size : 137 MB

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If I Die, I Die is the Virgin Prunes' proper debut album. The first three (of seven) parts of a conceptual work entitled A New Form of Beauty, issued as 7", 10", and 12" singles preceded it in the same calendar year. Produced by Wire's Colin Newman, the album's 14 tracks are the epitome of post-punk adventurism. Here, tribal drums and edgy, spooky, detuned guitars and bouzoukis cross paths and meld with synthesizers and primitive drum machines in an onslaught of off-kilter creativity where everyone from the Fall, PIL, New Order, Siouxsie & the Banshees, and even Bruce Springsteen are called in for reference in a brew that is dangerous, primal, and excessive. Two androgynous frontmen in the foppish Gavin Friday and alluring Guggi create alternate ambiences from warped yet sweet Irish balladry to shrieked poetry. And while the set is messy to be sure, it is far from off-putting. In fact, it is easily the band's most consistent and enduring effort. The albums opens with the haunting, nocturnal minimalism of "Ulakanakulot," an intro with tom toms and drifting keyboards layered carefully in the background, wordless chanted backing vocals and an electric bouzouki courtesy of guitarist Dik. It immediately gives way to its antecedent "Decline and Fall." It's the same tune, only Friday is out in front of it digging deep into the temporality of childhood and what remains of it. Its effect is startling, nocturnal, and tense. In "Sweethome Under White Clouds," the theme is given dimension as Guggi and Friday wail like muzzeins over a reverbed guitar coming from the netherworld and augmented by a soprano saxophone and a synth bassline. "Pagan Lovesong," the album's proper single, is one of the most angular cuts on the set. Here, the Prunes employ a riff straight out of early Gang of Four, chant their refrains, and swirl the keyboards and drum machines a la Devo yet keep everything so gothic and strange; it's not only compelling, it's infectious. The rest of the album follows suit, with the raucous new wave of "Baby Turns Blue," and the mainstream rockist "Ballad of the Man" that sounds like a wrong-speed outtake, Springsteen's The River and the Mott the Hoople version of "Sweet Jane!" This is a wonderfully confounding and sometimes campy and often disturbing exercise in unfettered creativity that has stood the test of time very well. It is the most necessary Virgin Prunes record of all and captures best what they were capable of when focused. ~ Thom Jurek

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 Ulakanakulot/Decline And Fall Lyrics

See the children play by
Running try to touch the sky
When one falls you hear a cry
“You’re dead, you’re dead, you must die”
“Take a dream and fly away” she will call
They will wait for you not I, see me crawl
And sometimes I feel so old
I never smile nor do cry
Shadows flicker from above
“Seeker save your soul” she said
She will fly, she will fly
He will wait far away
A golden key to open the door
Behind which the answer lies
You sinned in dreams
Now awake in deeper, deeper dreams
“Take a dream and fly away” she will call
They won’t wait for you not I,
they will wait for you not I
See me crawl, she will fly far away.
Decline and fall…
Never return…

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Ελληνική κυκλοφορία και αυτή στην PolyGram.
Περισσότερο δουλειά του παραγωγού Colin Newman παρά της μπάντας, άργησε να βρει την θέση που του άξιζε, και σήμερα θεωρείται από τα χαμένα αριστουργήματα της περιόδου.
Οι Virgin Prunes [τι όνομα και αυτό] ήταν από την Ιρλανδία.
Στο ριπ άφησα σε ένα track τα Ulakanakulot και Decline And Fall γιατί πάντα τα άκουγα και τα έπαιζα μαζί, άσε που δυσκολεύτηκα σε ποιο σημείο να τα κόψω...
Κάποια ριπς που βρήκα στο νετ, από το CD έχουν λαθάκια.

Για τον Κώστα αυτή η ανάρτηση... έστω και από το παλιοβινύλιο...


  1. Gimme money, gimme sex, gimme food and cigarette... ;) ;)

    Γειά κ χαρά κ από μένα Κώστα!!
    Είδα το μήνυμά σου στο blog, μην παρεξηγείσαι που το έσβησα απλώς ήταν άσχετο με το post κ φαντάζομαι το ανέβασες μόνο ως δήλωση "παρουσίας" (κάτι που κάνω κ εγώ μέσω αυτού του post - μπορείτε να πράξετε αναλόγως φυσικά ;) )

    Keep in touch!

  2. Εύγε παιδιά για τα διαμάντια που προτείνετε από όλα τα είδη! Συνεχίστε έτσι! We're lost in music!

  3. Γειά σας παιδιά!!! Από τα πιο αγαπημένα συγκροτήματα οι Virgin Prunes... Παρακολουθώ το μπλόγκ σας καιρό τώρα και κάνετε καταπληκτική και συστηματική δουλειά - η ομαδική δουλειά είναι καλύτερη.
    Ξεκίνησα και γω το δικό μου blog πολύ πρόσφατα, μόνο μερικά posts έχω ανεβάσει. Αν ενδιαφέρεστε, είναι το και πραγματεύεται κυρίως ελληνικό new wave/post punk, αλλά και γενικότερα ελληνικό rock. Δεν θα λείψουν αναφορές και σε ξένα συγκροτήματα. Υλικό υπάρχει...

  4. Ευχαριστώ πολύ για τα καλά σας λόγια, και την ενθάρρυνση. Τα post στο Ten Thousand Eyes θα είναι περίπου εβδομαδιαία, και θα ανεβάζω συχνά μουσική και άλλα.
    Καλή συνέχεια και στη δική σας καταπληκτική δουλειά

  5. Ευχαριστώ για το Vinyl Rip, σήμερα ανέβηκε και ένα CDRip της κυκλοφορίας το 1993

    Συγκεκριμένα αυτή

    Θα σας στείλω email σύντομα.

    respect φιλικά ένας anonymoys συνεχίστε να μας μαθαίνετε τις μουσικές σας εμπειρίες :)

  6. This album is AMAZING. I bought it for my birthday in 1982, when I turned 18, at the beginning of my first year of college -- because I was intrigued by the cover, and because the record store I was in at the time was playing "Baby Turns Blue" and I just LOVED it. It's a great, great album. I know that U2 is much more well-known (Edge's brother Dik was in Virgin Prunes), but this band is MUCH better and, if you ask me, much more deserving of the fame and fortune than the stultifyingly BORING U2 has achieved (and these guys aren't hideously preachy and hypocritical like Bono is, either). Coulda, shoulda, woulda been HUGE in a perfect world.

    1. I agree with you my friend. This is one of the most important albums of the 80s