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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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Young Marble Giants – Colossal Youth
There was an amazing ballroom in Hammersmith where I saw Young Marble Giants with my partner, and then I went all over the place watching them. I loved the simplicity. That’s so hard to achieve. They were the single most important influence on what we did. The difference between Blancmange doing tupperware and tape loops was seeing Young Marble Giants. I used to pester them with cassettes of what we were doing. In fact, we never got to support them but when we ended up doing a few gigs in our own right and had some success, Young Marble Giants had split up and Weekend – Philip [Moxham] and Alison [Statton]’s band – ended up supporting us. That was a strange feeling. I’d always imagined me having the opportunity to do something to support them. Wonderful tracks, beautiful lyrics, just absolutely straight to the point straightaway.


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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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