“Some songs just want to be longer, I guess. Case in point, the All Night mix of Echo and the Bunnymen’s Killing Moon. Nothing particularly wrong (or short) about the original almost six minute long album version – this one just goes further, deeper, richer. And seriously, what’s the rush given what’s on the line? Which is everything: life, death, eternity, oblivion, fate up against your will, looking the truth of it in the eye, daring to stare it down. There’s a f*** of a lot going on here, needless to say, and not just in and around Ian McCulloch‘s preposterously overwrought ego. Because I doubt the world’s ever had as many possible endings as it did in the mid-80s. If AIDS wasn’t going to get you, then trust that old man Reagan and the malevolent bureaucrats in Soviet Russia would. Or maybe it would be that hole in the ozone we kept hearing about – bigger than Antarctica, or was it Australia? And the ice caps were all melting. Yeah, we knew that even then. So why the hell not take a few more minutes to work the mood, ponder the imponderables, explore the best f***ing song ever recorded. Arguably.” (Philip Random)
Wherein Echo + the Bunnymen make it clear that they really are the greatest band in the world (for a few minutes anyway, live at the Royal Albert Hall in 1983), surfing all the powerful and angular waves of the confusing and psychedelic moment, taking them to places where gravity holds no sway. Which in the case of Do It Clean means, what the hell, why not throw in some Beatles, some James Brown, some Nat King Cole and Boney Maroni! Because once you’ve achieved a certain critical velocity, there are no borders anymore, no barricades, no lines between – it’s all just one superlative song.
Tracks available on this Youtube playlist (somewhat inaccurate).
The Final Countdown* is Randophonic’s longest, most random and (if we’re doing it right) relevant countdown yet – the end of result of a long process that finally evolved into something halfway tangible in early 2018. The 1297 Greatest Records of All Time right now right here, if that makes sense. And even if it doesn’t, we’re doing it anyway for as long as it takes, and it will take a while.
Installment #11 of The Final Countdown* went like this.
1092. Big Audio Dynamite – medicine show [shortened]
1091. Selecter – James Bond
1090. Peter and Gordon – a world without love
1089. Dungen – Mina Damer Och Fasaner
1088. Deodato – September 13
1087. Cornelius – Brazil
1086. Juanna Molina – Salvese quien pueda
1085. Residents – dimples + toes
1084. Bob Dylan – Mozambique
1083. Patti Smith – when doves cry
1082. Chilliwack – raino
1081. Turtles – grim reaper of love
1080. Lieutenant Pigeon – moldy old dough
1079. Echo + the Bunnymen – all you need is love
1078. Manfred Mann’s Earth Band – time is right
1077. Chicago – a hit by Varese
1076.Cosmic Jokers – kinder alles galactic [further edit]
1075. Heart – Dreamboat Annie
1074. PFM – is my face on straight?
1073. Mothers of Invention – the air
1072. Mothers of Invention – the Duke of Prunes [amnesia + regain]
1071. Embryo – Klondyke Netti
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“As the story goes, ECHO was a drum machine and the Bunnymen were a few guys from Liverpool that hung around with it, made weird, angular, dark, psychedelic music. Eventually they got a real drummer, but they stuck with the weird, angular, dark, psychedelic stuff, even as they edged into the popular realm (in Britain anyway). Not unlike early U2, except there was no Jesus in sight. As for The Back of Love, well it just rocks in a particularly sharp sort of way. No idea what it’s about, but something tells me it’s more about confusion and tearing apart than sweetness.” (Philip Random)