Saturday, May 12, 2007

DROP 57

I just recieved Love Parade's Lazy Days EP in the mail - the first release on A Turntable Friend, remember? On the insert Ulrich writes about how he wishes he had enough money to buy the whole Claim back catalogue and reissue it. I know how he felt. There still hasn't been a single reissue of the stuff indie-mod Medway band The Claim recorded in the 80's! They did a load of singles and two albums that are equally brilliant, although the first one has a slightly rougher production. It was called Armstrongs Revenge & Eleven Other Stories. This is the opening track, and it'll floor you straight away, I promise.

DROP 57
The Claim - Ronnie's Orchard

7 comments:

alistair said...

yeah, someone really should salvage The Claim catalogue. It's so wonderful. A million times better than all those James Dean Driving Experience songs and the like :-) Sorry, i really struggle with a lot of that 'lost' '80s indiepop stuff. Maybe it was 'lost' for a good reason... Just putting that contentious idea out there ;-) Just me being a grumpy old bastard.

carlos said...

I agree, not all 80s indiepop stuff is well worth only for being 80s indiepop stuff! I'd only suggest that if in other terms of life crap rises up to 90%, in 80s indiepop it remains in a decent 60-70% (+ or -)

The Rain Fell Down said...

so... which are the most overrated 80s bands? let's hear it!

cheers,

chris

alistair said...

i have the Haywains right up there myself. i passed through Trowbridge at the weekend and all i could think of was that awful 'surfin trowbridge' flexi. i never understood the appeal of the man from delmonte either, but maybe that's just cos i dont like fruit. And Brigher... i feel like a heretic for saying it, but i still don't understand the appeal of Brighter. but then lots of people probably dont see the appeal of Laugh, say. And that's okay :-)

The Rain Fell Down said...

well, i'm not sure i would call the haywains overrated. i don't know too many people who listen to them. and i haven't read anything that raises them to skies. i can agree that they have a few dull tracks, but i love their guitar sound and they've got some amazing tunes, like "forget-me-not".

and about mfd - i thought you were going write you didn't understand their appeal because you don't like men! well, they are a bit weird and over the top. but that's why i like them and that's also why i like the second chesterf!elds album.

i think you have to discover brighter at a young age. that singles compilation on matinee was immensely important for me when i was 18. that's still the sort of music i would make if i could :)

and i like laugh too, even though i've only heard "paul mccartney" and don't know anything much about them.

Nils-Martin said...

Hey, I'm so going to play this song in Blekingska's basement next Friday!

Thank you, Chris!

The Rain Fell Down said...

hi!
good luck. it can be quite fun, playing there. now that it's not full of smoke!

cheers,

chris