Felt & Lawrence: Down But Not Yet Out

Felt are loved or hated – there is no middle ground, no gray area of indifference. Fronted by the eternally enigmatic Lawrence, and Martin Duffy (later of Primal Scream) they occupy a strange realm somewhere between early indie pop and clichéd adolescent mood music. Lawrence (whose surname remains a mystery some 30 odd years since his first appearance in the musical world.) formed Felt in 1979, when he was just 16 years old. Felt would continue to release 10 singles and 10 albums over 10 years – disbanding soon after. This sequence of 10 gives them the aura of an art project as […]

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David Sylvian: Beautiful Woman, Beautiful Man

David Sylvian made for a beautiful woman. The frontman of the new romantic and glam powerhouse that was Japan completely redefined what it meant to be androgynous. He was the ideal synthesis of discord and equivalency – beautiful when playing up his feminine features, beautiful when embracing his masculinity. The makeup, the long blonde hair, and his clothes were nothing without his voice – rich, sonorous, and entirely unexpected. Sylvian was a fucking anomaly.     I’m always disappointed that Japan never had much of a presence in the 70s and early 80s. Their debut album Adolescent Sex (’78) was fun, […]

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Sparks Require Your Immediate Attention

Since the late 60s the Mael brothers have been releasing music together under the label of Sparks. They played the LA club scene in the early 70s, weren’t very popular, toured England, and were huge in Europe. Pioneers of glam rock , pop, power pop, and electronic dance, they are constantly reinventing themselves. Well into retirement age, they have not slowed down. They are known for their quirky approach to their lyrics and music, both of which are provided by Ron, and sung by Russel in an incredible falsetto. Their work explores the absurdity in rock, pop, and popular culture. […]

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