Saturday, July 28, 2018

Green On Red : Gas Food Lodging 1984

Much like their pals the Dream Syndicate, Green on Red used up nearly all their psychedelic influences early on, and 1985's Gas Food Lodging found Dan Stuart and company veering into country-inflected roots rock that dovetailed nicely with the populist themes Stuart had begun to explore in his lyrics.

Opening with "That's What Dreams," a tough but moving first-person tale of a working man struggling to hold on to his dignity, Gas Food Lodging takes a long look at the sometimes-fractured state of the American psyche during the Reagan years, as seen through the eyes of a low-budget rock band out on the road.

Of course, Dan Stuart's America is populated by drunks, losers, drifters, and psychopaths, but there's a genuine measure of compassion in his portrayal of this collection of lost souls, and this lineup of the band with Chuck Prophet IV on guitar and Chris Cacavas ( Greek man ) on organ created evocative music that added depth and detail to Stuart's grubby vision.

Gas Food Lodging set a template for the music Green on Red would make in the future, but they rarely hit their targets as squarely as they did here .

there's an emotional weight and a ring of truth to this material that missing from much of the band's later work, and while closing with "We Shall Overcome" might seem like an especially obvious gesture, through sheer bloodshot sincerity this band makes it work and makes it genuinely moving. This is  Green on Red's best album will do nicely.
The band issued an overtly psychedelic, self-released red vinyl EP, sometimes called Two Bibles, though its first widely available record was an EP issued in 1982 by Dream Syndicate leader Steve Wynn on his own Down There label.

Green on Red followed the Dream Syndicate onto Slash Records, which released the album Gravity Talks in the fall of 1983. San Francisco-based guitarist Chuck Prophet joined for the 1985 Gas Food Lodging (Enigma), after which MacNicol was replaced on drums by Keith Mitchell (later of Mazzy Star).

In 2006 'Gas' was performed live in its entirety as part of the All Tomorrow's Parties-curated Don't Look Back series. Also in 1985, Stuart collaborated with Steve Wynn as "Danny & Dusty" on the album The Lost Weekend (A&M).

This album is a masterpiece of Rock Music in the 80's .

Paisley Underground is a subgenre of jangle pop that originated from California. It was particularly popular in Los Angeles, reaching a peak in the mid 1980s. Paisley Underground bands incorporated psychedelia, rich vocal harmonies and guitar interplay, owing a particular debt to 1960s groups such as Love and the Byrds, but more generally referencing a wide range of pop and garage rock revival.




01. That's What Dreams     4:22
02. Black River     2:43
03. Hair Of The Dog     2:31
04. This I Know     2:30
05. Fading Away     4:35



06. Easy Way Out     3:05
07. Sixteen Ways     3:43
08. The Drifter     2:32
09. Sea Of Cortez     3:51
10. We Shall Overcome     2:27

Personel :

Bass, Vocals – Jack "Jake" Waterson
Design – A.B.T.P
Drums – Alex "Big Dog" MacNicol
Engineer – Carolyn Collins, Paul B. Cutler
Guitar, Vocals – Chuck "Billy The Kid" Prophet IV
Keyboards, Jew's Harp [Mouth Harp], Vocals – Chris "Chez" Cacavas
Lacquer Cut By – Porky
Photography By [Band Photo] – Craig Takahashi
Producer – Paul B. Cutler
Vocals, Guitar – Dan "Big Daddy" Stuart
Recorded at Eldorado Studios, Hollywood, December 1984.

Format : Vinyl LP
Made in : Greece
Label : Virgin
Gerne : Rock
Style : Paisley Undrground


It seems that no one has any faith anymore
Well isn't that what we invented heroes for?
Got the world intent that I was through.
Still the young man I know that that ain't true.

That's what dreams were made for

Staring in the eyes of the preacher who sold me down the river
Well I got too much faith for him to deliver
Guess I'll just be poor for the rest of my life
It's better than giving up the fight.

That's what dreams were made for

It seems the handshake means nothing today
Lifetime of work sold down the river for a mans weekly pay.
Guess I'll just be poor for the rest of my life
It's better than giving up the fight

That's what dreams were made for

Sunday, July 01, 2018

The Sound : All Fall Down 1982

All Fall Down is the third studio album by English Dark Wave band the Sound, recorded from March to August 1982 and released in November 1982 on record label WEA.

After being pressured by their record label to release a more commercially successful album, since their previous records failed to attract the attention of the public, the Sound rebelled and recorded All Fall Down, which has been called "distinctly uncommercial".

The album was poorly received by critics and led to the termination of the Sound's contract with WEA. No singles were released from the album.
This is is a great Dark Wave album full of desperate lyrics , deep pain and great songs .

"All Fall Down" is one of those maligned records where some fans bailed but a select few would be inclined to attempt through demonstrative hand gestures and longwinded, shouty, pouty explanations of the circumstances surrounding it why it's the band's greatest achievement. All this despite the fact that the majority of the other people who have heard it will tell you it should be avoided at all costs.
"It's hopelessly 'down,' it's got no 'tunes,' it doesn't go anywhere," etc. Truthfully, it falls somewhere between those two views. This is one of those records where patience pays off, because it will gradually become more apparent that the songs all fit together and pretzel themselves in a sense that each one's effect is optimized with the context of those surrounding it. 

It's not a sprawl of songs but an album. Nothing comes by and smacks you in the face; its progression unfolds slowly. They play around with song structures, avoid choruses, drop down unexpected portals, use rhythmic drives for extended stretches, and employ chanted refrains, tape effects, and mechanized handclaps. Some songs build and build and build on a slight gradient and fade out or disappear with no resolution, no catharsis. 

None of these developments emaciate the band's power. However difficult the record is to crawl into, it shows a band that had reached another level of mastery. Renascent reissued All Fall Down in 2002 with superb sound and added three previously unreleased songs. The vocal tracks seem to be slowed down significantly, making Adrian Borland sound very intimidating.


All Fall Down      2:28
02. Party of the Mind     3:57
03. Monument              5:08
04. In Suspense             4:05
05. Where the Love Is      4:09
06. Song and Dance      3:55
07. Calling the New Tune 3:30
08. Red Paint             3:15
09. Glass and Smoke      6:54
10. We Could Go Far     4:04

Bonus Tracks

11. The One And A Half Minute Song     1:32
12. Sorry     3:47
13. As Feeling Dies     4:38
14. We could Go Far  3.31
15. Plenty  4.49
16. Neath Dancing Waves 2.46
17. Amber  3.57
18. Scapegoat In A Country Churchyard  2.52


Adrian Borland – vocals, guitar, production

Adrian Kelvin Borland (6 December 1957 – 26 April 1999) was an English singer, songwriter, guitarist and record producer, best known as the frontman of post-punk band The Sound.
Another Dark Prince is gone . He cut his life lost in Glass and Smoke .

Graham Green – bass guitar, sound effects, drum machine programming, percussion, production

Max Mayers – keyboards, production

Mike Dudley – drums, percussion, production

Additional personnel

Manor Choir – backing vocals on "All Fall Down"
Craig Milliner – engineering
Flood – engineering
Steve Prestage – engineering
Bill Smith – sleeve artwork design
Andrew Douglas – sleeve photography
Nick Robbins – production

All Fall Down  LYRICS

The simple notions
Of this damned nation
There's words on the page still
But where's all the rage gone?
All fall down, all fall down

Dance in the streets
Sing ring-a-ring-a-roses
Their disease is complete
With a pocket full of poses
All fall down, all fall down

Pack of cards, den of thieves
Safe as houses until the breeze
Just watch it all fall down
Just watch it all fall down

Don't turn the clock back
Break its hands off
Two minutes to midnight
Are you ready to collapse?
Ready to all fall down


The world is turning
The world is turning
Full speed, full moon
It'll be the right time
To get right out soon

We have killed our days
With boredom
Drank the hours
Left them undone

When glass and smoke call
It's a farewell, a sad farewell

We are lost in glass and smoke
Cut by glass, choked by smoke

I'm not stupid
I know i'm guilty
Going on a journey
You can't come with me

 Adrian Borland
Following a substantial musical career spanning numerous groups, as well as a solo career, he succumbed to symptoms of what is known as schizoaffective disorder, and committed suicide by jumping in front of a train on 26 April 1999.

 Flac  Size : 506 MB

Other Albums of The Sound : HERE