Lloyd Cole & The Commotions: Rattlesnakes (1984)
The British singer's 1984 debut, with his band The Commotions, was a blend of '80s college radio jangle pop and the more international version of the same, shades of the Pale Fountains and Go-Betweens and Hoodoo Gurus. Really pretty, melodic stuff, given a bit of emotional, melancholy heft by Cole's cool croon, which weaves in a touch of Television or The Only Ones, or maybe Bryan Ferry.
Anyway, just a quick hit today, gotta run, but it's a wonderful record (as is so much of what he's done since). If you're not familiar with Lloyd Cole, start here and open some doors.
"Perfect Skin" video:And the title track:A live take on "Speedboat":
One of my favorite one-off pop records. Endlessly rewarding. Perfect Skin is one of my favorite kickoff tracks ever. I've heard a few other of his records, and, while this may not be fair to him as an artist, I always think "Why aren't I just listening to Rattlesnakes?|ReplyDelete