Thursday, 29 July 2010

Hermine - "Lonely At The Top"

Hermine's brand of languid torch songs and avant-garde cabaret may be something of an acquired taste, but regular readers of this blog will note my devotion to her cause. This, her second album was released in 1984 and has a more experimental and unhinged feel than her earlier recordings. Featuring beautifully fractured versions of songs by artists as disparate as Neil Sedaka, Nina Simone and Yoko Ono alongside inspired originals, this is her finest hour.


By way of a postcript, Hermine appears in one of John Maybury's first films, from 1982, "Court Of Miracles". Her co-star is a certain Siouxsie Sioux. Apart from the briefest smattering of information on the world wide web and the below snippet from the June 1982 issue of The Face I know very little of this intriguing project. Has anyone ever seen it? Any further information, stills etc. will be gratefully received....

Wednesday, 7 July 2010

Cold (Wave) Spell Ahead

Midsummer. Hasn't rained for weeks. Sun beating down endlessly. Call me a spoilsport, but at this time of year I'm to be found indoors with the curtains firmly closed and a bottle of gin close at hand. And what better soundtrack to while away the long sultry days until Autumn starts to trespass into view than this little collection that I've compiled especially for this languid season - over two hours of my favourite French Cold Wave and Minimal Wave tracks.

Cold Folder

Monday, 5 July 2010

Vic Godard & Subway Sect - "20 Odd Years"

Probably the definitive compilation of the singing postman's work released thus far (though my only qualm is that it doesn't include the blistering "Don't Split It") this two disc career spanning (albeit to the end of the 20th century) compendium is an essential item for all disciples of Old Vic and has been out of print for some years now. The Sect's assault and battery on "Sister Ray" (with the Slits and The Prefects in tow) live from the California Ballroom, Dunstable (30th May 1977) has to heard to be believed. Enjoy.

Disc One

Disc Two
Scans from the January 1982 issue of The Face.