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No Reconciliation Necessary: Doug McCombs' Favourite LPs
Nick Hutchings , July 16th, 2015 13:36

With the prolific bassist and guitarist and Tortoise and Brokeback founder about to release a new album, Works For Tomorrow, with Eleventh Dream Day, he gives Nick Hutchings a tour of his most seminal records

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Television - Marquee Moon
Marquee Moon is hands down my favourite album. It's hard to land on exactly why. I've been listening to it for close to 40 years - let's say 35 - and that it still sounds fresh, that points to something.

As a teenager I expected to hear something punk-er/weirder because I got it around the same time as Cramps' Gravest Hits and Wire - Pink Flag and Pere Ubu and Dead Boys. Instead I heard something beautiful that expressed the same anger and confusion, but also curiousness and wonder. It's emotionally complex.

I guess all of those records are emotionally complex. X - Los Angeles, too. Beautiful. As evidenced by their immeasurable influence, Television had something happening purely on a musical level, too. I was too young to understand this, but [there were] enough guitar ideas to sustain the next three generations of guitar players. 


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ad hominem
Jul 16, 2015 4:25pm

yum yum Dots & Loops is my fave Stereolab too

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Sheila Drummond-Lopez
Jul 17, 2015 3:42am

Great read. Love everything Doug does and the new 11DD is awesome.

One pedantic quibble, Quietus Interviewer: Neil Young WROTE those tunes during his famous fever - he didn't record them.

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Ricardo
Jul 17, 2015 4:43pm

I'm in my early 50s, have tried to listen to Marque Moon about 20 times and I always come away perplexed. Why? Because it is utterly unlistenable and Verlaine's voice recalls a cat being tortured-even worse than Morrissey. It reminds me of the Grateful Dead but worse, if that is even possible. Give me Wire, Killing Joke, early PiL, etc. but for the life of me I just don't get them-like the Dead they can't even write a cohesive tune.

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Enkeling
Jul 19, 2015 6:49am

In reply to ad hominem:

Same here! It’s the grooviest too.

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Kenneth J
Jul 23, 2015 2:36pm

In reply to Ricardo:

The Dead can't write a cohesive tune? Wow.
I refer you (though I doubt you're listening, as it appears you may have a hearing disorder) to "New Speedway Boogie" ~ that might...oh well, whatever. Nevermind.

To each their own.

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