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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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Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures
It was just the right time for me. I saw them in August 1979 with Essential Logic, Teardrop Explodes and Echo & The Bunnymen. That was some evening. I was still at art college and took photographs and made sketches.

'She’s Lost Control' was a huge influence on us. These bands were coming along and showing us a different way of doing things. We were making experimental noises and instrumentals but Joy Division made us start to put structured things together. To see Joy Division play was incredible.

When he died, I heard by word-of-mouth, then we’d have heard on Peel or through the music press. I bought the New Order stuff and still have [Peter] Saville’s beautiful Blue Monday sleeve. We referenced it on 'The Day Before You Came'. We also played with them at Futurama festival in the 80s.

I can see how bands fall apart. We were open about making mistakes in public. Some proved to be fruitful, others didn’t. I walked off stage at the Royal Albert Hall and said I wasn’t doing it anymore. If I could have just stepped back a little further it would have been okay. We could have carried on and worked a bit harder. One thing we were worried about was that we were being eaten by the machinery of the music business. It was eating away at our friendship and we didn’t let it.


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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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