Known as the English Beat in the Americas, the British Beat in the Australia, The Beat were a big part of the groovy side of the so-called post-punk/new wave era, certainly at home in Britain, with the dub mix of Mirror in the Bathroom a nifty little number that was effective on the dance floor, in the background at parties, in the car whilst negotiating traffic. Which has always been the special appeal of dub to me – music which is mostly absent words, yet moving in a particular direction anyway. Something to do with sound-tracking the ongoing corrosion of the so-called Western World. And it’s fun.
The Solid Time of Change continues to be Randophonic’s main focus, an overlong yet incomplete history of the so-called Prog Rock era (presented in countdown form) – 661 records from 1965 through 1979 with which we hope to do justice to a strange and ambitious and only occasionally absurd time, musically speaking.
Part ten of the journey went as follows:
Godley + Creme – The Flood
Godley + Crème – some more pieces of consequence
Elton John – rocket man
Klaatu – calling occupants of interplanetary craft
Klaatu – little neutrino
Jethro Tull – only solitaire
Jethro Tull – back-door angels
Jethro Tull – Two Fingers
Fleetwood Mac -searching for Madge
UK – in the dead of night
UK – by the light of day
UK – presto vivace + in the dead of night [reprise]
PFM – the world became the world
Synergy – on presuming to be modern – 1
Synergy – Phobos + Deimos go to Mars
Synergy – terra icognita
Synergy – on presuming to be modern – 3
Renaissance – on the frontier
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The red part of the Red Guitars‘ moniker concerns more than just the colour of their stringed weapons. These guys were serious about their left-side politics which likely explains their overall lack of market penetration back in the 80s. You certainly can’t fault a song like Good Technology for lacking hooks, melody, overall sarcastic pop smarts.