THIS IS OUR MUSIC: THE UNDERTONES – “It’s Going to Happen”.
The ambitious video recreates a silent movie filming set complete with the kind of bad puns that showcase the band’s childlike sense of humour. The song though is a dark tale of friends `too slow to notice what’s wrong’.
“It’s Going to Happen!” is a punk rock song originally written and recorded by Northern Irish band. The song was written in the winter of 1980 and recorded at Wisseloord Studios in the Netherlands in January, 1981. The song was the eighth single released by the band, and the second single released to be co-written by lead guitarist Damian O’Neill and bassist Michael Bradley.
Unlike any of the previous singles released by The Undertones, all of which focused on teenage angst and romance, It’s Going to Happen! was written in reference to the 1981 hunger strikes in Northern Ireland. The single is also notable for its inclusion of brass instruments in the recording.
The song was released as a single on 2 May 1981, two weeks before the release of the Undertones’ 3rd LP, Positive Touch.
THIS IS OUR MUSIC: WATERBOYS – “A Girl Called Johnny”.
Song from the eponymously named debut album from The Waterboys, that was recorded in several studio sessions between December 1981 and November 1982.
“A Girl Called Johnny” had been released both as a seven inch and as a twelve inch single in March 1983, preceding the album by four months. The song, a tribute to Patti Smith, “narrowly failed” to become a hit.
“Pandemonium” video US version. Song from Pandemonium, the tenth studio album by Killing Joke released in June 1994 under the Zoo label.
This album marked Killing Joke’s return after a four year long hiatus, the longest the band has taken since it was initially founded. This album also featured the return of a founding member, as Youth replaced Paul Raven on bass.
The screaming descending guitars of the title track would become live staples.
Frontman Jaz Coleman considered the album a conceptual album considering the external influence of Arabic music that was spread throughout the entire album.
THIS IS OUR MUSIC: THE GO-BETWEENS – “You Tell Me”.
Song from Tallulah, the Go-Betweens fifth album, was supposed to be the band’s breakthrough recording in America. That said, its sound is nearly a full-on break with the edginess that began to fade on 1986′s Liberty Belle and The Black Diamond Express. More lush, rounded, and polished, it sounds like a record made in the mid-’80s thanks in large part to Lindy Morrison’s use of drum programs in addition to her trap kit. Add to this the contributions of new member Amanda Brown on violin, oboe, and backing vocals and one has a revamped band.
“You Tell Me,” sung by Forster, leads with distorted guitars held in check by the sweetness of the melody and Morrisson’s meld of trap and synthetic drumming. Once more, keyboards counter the guitars as Vickers accents the beat pushing Forster and the wafting backing vocals deeper inside lyric and melody.
Song taken from Treasure, the third studio album by Scottish alternative rock band. It was released on 1 November 1984, through record label 4AD. With this album, the band settled on what would, from then on, be their primary lineup: vocalist Elizabeth Fraser, guitarist Robin Guthrie and bass guitarist Simon Raymonde. This new line-up also coincided with the development of the ethereal sound associated with the band’s music.
THIS IS OUR MUSIC: SAD LOVERS & GIANTS – “Sleep (Is for Everyone)”.
Song from Feeding the Flame, the second studio album by post-punk band Sad Lovers & Giants. It was released in 1983, through record label Midnight Music.
Watford, England’s Sad Lovers & Giants made few headlines but some strong LPs, arguably the best of which, and certainly the most somber, is this collection.
Its deftly played and arresting post-punk songs are built around Tristan Garel-Funk and David Woods’ subtle evocations of mood. Singer Garce Allard’s voice is at once brittle-sounding but self-assured. Both factors complement the sophisticated musical structures of songs such as “Sleep (Is for Everyone).”
It’s an album that argues for a reappraisal of one of the ’80s’ best-kept secrets.
One of Stiff Records’ most stable staples, the truly alternative Lene Lovich laid much of the groundwork for an entire generation of singers left to pick up the pieces in the wasteland of the post-punk era. Her stunning debut, 1979′s Stateless, was so unique, so vibrant, and her vocal stylings so unusual that the LP not only put her right at the front of the pack of nascent new wavers, it also sounded a commercial death knell of sorts, relegating her to the realms of novelty acts.
Lucky Number is a song released in 1979 as a B-side for her cover of “I Think We’re Alone Now,” the song quickly eclipsed its vehicle in terms of popularity and became a defining song of the new wave genre. Lucky Number was re-recorded and featured on the album Stateless, recorded for Stiff Records. It was also covered by Nina Hagen in German, titled “Wir leben immer… Noch” (“We are living… still“), published on the album Unbehagen, also released in 1979.
Song from Gentlemen Take Polaroids, the fourth studio album by the British band Japan, released in November 1980.
The last album with Rob Dean, Gentlemen Take Polaroids was also unquestionably the album in which Japan truly found its own unique voice and aesthetic approach. The glam influences still hung heavy, particularly from Roxy Music, but now the band found itself starting to affect others in turn.
“Swing,” in particular, is an astounding showcase for the Karn/Jansen team; snaky funk at once dramatic and precisely chilled, brass section blasts adding just enough wry, precise sleaze, Sylvian delivering with focus and intensity while not raising his voice at all.