Tuesday, May 01, 2007

DROP 55

I haven't seen any signs of politcal agitation today, although it's May 1st. But maybe it's not like in Sweden where lots of people actually go out and demonstrate? Anyway, here's a nice song by The Rain that was never released. It was meant be an a-side for Medium Cool but did not become available to the public until the self-released compilation To the Citadel came out in 1989 (as Stephen was kind enough to inform me about). I don't know many indiepop songs (in fact none that I can think of right now) about working class issues, but this one is great. Indiepages had a 'rain' theme on their sounds page before, maybe it's still there, where there was fittingly a song by The Rain, called "Dry the Rain". Have a look. I think they were the best band on Medium Cool (The Siddeleys aside), so it might be worth it!

DROP 55

3 comments:

stephen said...

My favourite song for today. It was released, I've got it on an LP by
them. Can't remember title of LP , maybe had 'citadel' in the title? I'm sure this was first song on side one. I used to always try to play it on the first of May and was incredibly gutted if I forgot. My lp is somewhere at the back of the garage . Will check it out sometime and get back to you. I had been thinking about it today at work so your a star for putting it up .

Anonymous said...

Thanks for remembering The Rain and fingers crossed you'll be able to hear a lot more from them and other Medium Cool groups on the proposed 2 CD retrospective later this year.

In the meantime, I thought I'd let people know the Medium Cool Jukebox is now plugged in and along with the permanent selections I will be adding occasional extras from demos through to entire live shows from the time.

www.mediumcool.info/jukebox.htm

To celebrate the release of The Waltones compilation on Cherry Red
you can currently hear a four track Piccadilly radio session from 1986 which predates their vinyl output -just click Spell It out. More details on this at –

www.mediumcool.blog.co.uk

the waltones said...

Hopefully by selling plenty of The Waltones CD we'll build up interest in the whole Medium Cool back catalogue.


p.s. I was on strike on 1st may along with thousands of other public servants, a fact that passed much of the media by unfortunately - www.pcs.org.uk