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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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This Heat - This Heat
The punk thing had happened and all these bands were playing and every so often an oddity would come up and This Heat fitted in to that camp. I had a beard and had taken to smoking a pipe, too. We were trying to find the next trendy thing. Then my partner Helen got one. She didn’t know it was just an ornament and it exploded. We used to go down to watch these gigs with our pipes and our flat caps on.

We liked listening to anything that was difficult; This Heat weren’t. They were very entertaining. They were playing 'Horizontal Hold'. There are three of them in the band. The guitarist was playing with his back to the audience. He was building up to this incredible cinematic sound and as he turns round, what he’s holding to the guitar to make that sound is a great big vibrator and we were all trying to keep a straight face and not spoil our cool!


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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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Grimm
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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Basstunedtored
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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