The Jolt were the first punk band to play a gig in Glasgow, and the first to sign with a major label when they inked a deal with Polydor. But they seem to have been forgotten, even in their native Scotland.
This stark, minimalist single is a landmark release in the birth of electronica and its commercial cousin synthpop. It’s the entire recorded output of The Normal, alter-ego of Daniel Miller – and the first release on his label Mute Records. (more…)
I’ve heard it said that Gloria Mundi were the spark that lit the flame of goth icons Bauhaus. Apparently it was after gigging with them that Bauhaus completely changed their music and presentation.
If anyone were to tell me this is the greatest single song of all time, I would not dare to disagree. It’s flawless – perfect tune, perfect lyric, perfect voice, perfect arrangement – and filled with such emotion that it makes me cry almost every time I hear it.
Before they made perfectly crafted pop-soul records, Scritti Politti were what was then called an “agitprop” band – though you would not immediately mark them down as left-wing firebrands from their music.