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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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Pere Ubu - The Modern Dance
It was early days for me and Stephen [Luscombe, co-founder of Blancmange]. We were just starting to do music. We went round to his and got listening to this album. I’ve got a limited edition copy and it still gets played. There’s a track on there called 'Non-Alignment Pact' that made me need to go and see them.

I met my partner who I’m still with and it’s wonderful. I went with her – it was our first date – down to the King’s Road, I got her a ring and proposed. Then I blagged into the gig at the Electric Ballroom. Pere Ubu were headlining with Gang Of Four supporting. The synth was such an amazing texture. There was Dave Thomas hitting a piece of metal with a hammer. It was incredible. I’ve seen him over the years and he still wears the bib but now it has contact mics built into it.

That album doesn’t have a bad track on it. Anybody should give it a listen. I can certainly say it was an incredible marker for me.

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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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