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Second Helpings: Neil Arthur Of Blancmange's Favourite Albums
Mic Wright , January 21st, 2014 06:02

Following his revisit to the synth pop duo's debut album Happy Families last year, Neil Arthur looks back over 13 other top albums from his past

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Appropriately for a feature that encourages artists to travel through time back to their younger selves, using the records they love as totems to make that jump, this Baker’s Dozen came together in pieces. Over the course of three separate phone calls, Neil Arthur, one half of cult synth pop masters Blancmange, shared his favourite records and opened up about bad decisions, good nights and how a fan becomes an artist. To say that it was great fun is an understatement.

A re-formed but perhaps not reformed Blancmange have now been back in the studio, with Arthur giving their 1982 debut Happy Families as a "contemporary reworking", using current music technology to make Happy Families Too..., before taking it on the road for live dates, which continue next month in Ireland.

The deluxe version of Happy Families Too... is released in February via Cherry Red Records, featuring remixes by Vince Clarke, Greg Wilson and Applebottom. Blancmange play the Button Factory in Dublin on February 21 and The Pavilion in Cork on February 22. Click on his image below to begin scrolling through Neil's choices


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Jan 21, 2014 12:13pm

Doug Yule sang 'Who Loves The Sun' on 'Loaded'. Lou Reed wrote it, of course

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Jan 21, 2014 6:07pm

Brian Eno is bald

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Moonee Ponds
Jan 21, 2014 10:50pm

Not a bad selection to be stranded (ha - Roxy ref.) on a hypothetical desert island with. :)

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bugle call
Jan 23, 2014 8:47am

"We used to go down to watch these gigs with our pipes and our flat caps on." Oh, the bittersweet joys of irony! Still, very definitely an up to snuff collection of albums there.

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Michael E.
Jan 23, 2014 10:43pm

I like this guy only by looking at the albums of his choice. I had to wait a long time to see YMG for the first time in my life, weeks ago in Cologne. Here Come The Warm Jets still seems like a well-guarded treasure of genius. And then the unexpected: Mr. Fats Waller, and the stories behind the music. I finally have to confess: I did never hear anything from Blancmange, I will start tomorrow...

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Jan 24, 2014 2:40pm

In reply to Michael E. :

Ditto, hadn't previously heard of Blancmange. Will check them out, based on his great selections.

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