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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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Roxy Music - Roxy Music
I bought the album on my 14th birthday. It was the first album I bought, the day after release. Went down to the record shop in Blackburn. The fashion shop opposite was called Clobber. We bought our gear there. I bought Roxy Music and it was the first album I'd ever heard that took me to another place. It was the coolest thing. I didn't think I could be cool because I had curly hair - I looked like a King Charles spaniel. Eno with his boa and making those sounds on his synth; I'd never heard anything like it.

I went down to a club called the Lodestar near me and met kindred spirits. I used to pound the speakers during the Battle of Britain medley ['The Bob (Medley)']. If you panned to the left you could hear him speaking. When it came on and you heard that crowd chatter, I was thinking, "I want to be in that". I got shirts and ties and started to wear pleated trousers.

There was a place in Manchester called Pips that had a Roxy room. I had the funniest haircut on my membership card. I've still got the original album. It's in front of me at the moment. The pictures of them are incredible. I traced over the picture of Eno and did a drawing of it. I did drawings of my heroes. Paul Thompson [Roxy Music drummer] had a tiger on his shoulder.

The great thing about it was because my parents were so horrified. My mum particularly thought Ferry was terrifying. He's the man 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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