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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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Fats Waller & His Rhythm – Ain’t Misbehavin'
This is a compilation of his greatest performances. He didn’t write all the songs but his interpretation of others' and his own music were phenomenal. My dad introduced me to Fats Waller. For a long time we didn’t have a record player, only had a radio and a TV with a broken screen so we listened to it. Then on holiday we got a record player. We had 'Poisoning Pigeons In The Park', 'Telstar', Oklahoma! and then me and my sister bought my dad his favourite piece of music – he played the accordion – and we bought him this record.

It’s incredible from the first moment to the last. Everyone should listen to his record. Dorothy Dandridge sounds like a saxophone when she starts singing. My family find it too much when I come to play it. I find it very, very moving. When I found out that Stephen wasn’t going to sing and I had to – these were my influences. Those emotions well up when I talk about it. We played this at my dad’s funeral.

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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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