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Lloyd Cole & The Commotions – Live at BBC – Volumes One and Two! (2007)

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Lloyd Cole & The Commotions – Live at BBC – Volumes One and Two! (2007)

Some amazing music here, my friends, from the great Lloyd Cole & The Commotions!

Two great releases from only a few months back of material recorded by Lloyd Cole & The Commotions for the BBC over their short time together.

There was also another release of solo Cole … if anyone’s got that, please let us know!

Lloyd speaks about the BBC releases on his website http://www.lloydcole.com/weblog/index.php?p=2134&c=1

That’s right – 3 new CDs of pretty much everything we, and I ever did at the Beeb. It’s not bad, either.

Here’s the press release from BBC/Universal Records. I’m not quite sure why it has me announcing the releases. I did not write it.

(Note – We were involved in choosing the included material and it represents pretty much every single track we recorded ‘In Session’ at the BBC along with the best of the live concert recordings that were broadcast. There are sleeve notes written by Neil and I and the artwork features the photography of Peter Anderson.)

Lloyd Cole

Announces the release of Commotions and solo BBC sessions.

August 6th 2007 sees the release of a trio of albums from Lloyd Cole on Universal. The three albums, which feature an assortment of BBC sessions and live recordings, cover both his early work with The Commotions and his later solo career.

Lloyd Cole & The Commotions – Live At The BBC Vol 1 essentially features versions of tracks from Rattlesnakes, the band’s debut long player and all their BBC session tracks from 1984. While Live At The BBC – Vol 2 features tracks from their follow up, Easy Pieces and session tracks from the 1985 – 86 period. Lloyd Cole – Live At The BBC features the best of his solo performances including a complete concert recording and session tracks .

Lloyd Cole And The Commotions formed in 1982 in Glasgow. By 1984 they had signed to Polydor Records and released their debut long-player, Rattlesnakes. The articulate songwriting and lush orchestration have seen it widely acclaimed as one of the most important releases of the 1980s; NME recently placed it in the top 100 albums of all time.

The band went on to release two further albums, Easy Pieces in 1985 and Mainstream in 1987 before disbanding in the late 80s.

Post Commotions, Lloyd Cole relocated to New York where he recorded and released a series of solo albums. 2004 saw the Commotions re-form to perform a number of UK dates to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the release of Rattlesnakes.

The full tracklistings of the 3 albums are as follows:

Lloyd Cole & Commotions – Live At The BBC Vol 1

Glory / Patience / Perfect Skin
Sat Live 26/5/84

Rattlesnakes / Speedboat / Forest Fire / Andy’s Babies
Richard Skinner 5/7/84

Forest Fire / Four Flights Up / Down On Mission Street / Charlotte Street
BBC Session 1984

Sweetness / Perfect Skin / Down On Mission Street / 2CV /
Four Flights Up/ Rattlesnakes / Speedboat / Forest Fire
Hammersmith Palais 13/12/1984

Lloyd Cole & Commotions – Live At The BBC Vol 2

Brand New Friend / James / Grace
BBC Session 1985

Speedboat / Perfect Blue / Charlotte Street / James / Brand New Friend
Janice Long 12/8/1985

Disc 2

Rich / Lost Weekend / Old Hats / Pretty Gone / Mr Malcontent / Brand New Friend /
Perfect Blue / Cut Me Down / Are You Ready To Be Heartbroken?/ Speedboat / Forest Fire / Grace / Rattlesnakes / Perfect Skin / Mystery Train
Glastonbury Festival 15/11/1986

Lloyd Cole– Live At The BBC

Disc 1

Perfect Skin / Rock n Roll / Sentimental Fool / Like Lovers Do / Cut Me Down /
So You’d Like To Save The World / Be There / Jennifer She Said / Happy For You
I Didn’t Know That You Cared / Speedboat / New Age
In Concert 1995

Disc 2

Perfect Blue / Pay For It / Forest Fire / A Long Way Down / Undressed / No Blue Skies
Four Flights Up / Charlotte Street / Are You Ready To Be Heartbroken?
In Concert 1995

A Gift / Don’t Look Back / Sweetheart / Perfect Skin
Nicky Campbell 7/3/90

LLOYD COLE & THE COMMOTIONS – Live at BBC Volume One
(2007)

Lloyd Cole & The Commotions – Live At The BBC Vol 1 essentially features versions of tracks from the sublime Rattlesnakes, the band’s debut long player and all their BBC session tracks from 1984.

Disc 1

01. Glory
02. Patience
03. Perfect Skin
04. Rattlesnakes
05. Speedboat
06. Forest Fire
07. Andy’s Babies
08. Forest Fire
09. Four Flights Up
10. Down On Mission Street
11. Charlotte Street

Disc 2

01. Sweetness
02. Perfect Skin
03. Down On Mission Street
04. 2cv
05. Four Flights Up
06. Rattlesnakes
07. Speedboat
08. Forest Fire


Glory / Patience / Perfect Skin
Sat Live 26/5/84

Rattlesnakes / Speedboat / Forest Fire / Andy’s Babies
Richard Skinner 5/7/84

Forest Fire / Four Flights Up / Down On Mission Street / Charlotte Street
BBC Session 1984

Sweetness / Perfect Skin / Down On Mission Street / 2CV /
Four Flights Up/ Rattlesnakes / Speedboat / Forest Fire
Hammersmith Palais 13/12/1984

download:

Lloyd_Cole_and_the_Commotions_-_Live_At_The_BBC_Vol.1.rar

LLOYD COLE & THE COMMOTIONS – Live at BBC Volume two
(2007)

Live At The BBC – Vol 2 features tracks from their second album Easy Pieces, and session tracks from the 1985 – 86 period including stuff from the great Mainstream LP.

CD1
BBC Session 1985

01- Brand New Friend
02- James
03- Grace
04- Speedboat
05- Perfect Blue
06- Charlotte Street
07- James
08- A Band New Friend

CD2
Glastonbury Festival 1986

01- Rich
02- Lost Weekend Grace
03- Old Hats
04- Pretty Gone
05- Mr. Mañcontent
06- Brand New Friend
07- Perfect Blue
08- Cut Me Down
09- Are You Ready To Be Heartbroken
10- Speedboat
11- Forest Fire
12- Grace
13- Rattlesnakes
14- Perfect Skin
15- Mystery Train


BBC Session 1985

Brand New Friend / James / Grace

Speedboat / Perfect Blue / Charlotte Street / James / Brand New Friend
Janice Long 12/8/1985

Disc 2

Rich / Lost Weekend / Old Hats / Pretty Gone / Mr Malcontent / Brand New Friend /
Perfect Blue / Cut Me Down / Are You Ready To Be Heartbroken?/ Speedboat / Forest Fire / Grace / Rattlesnakes / Perfect Skin / Mystery Train
Glastonbury Festival 15/11/1986



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Any content linked to here is only meant as a taster for the original work itself and is posted on the strict understanding that anyone who downloads the taster, deletes said content within 24 hours. We would assume that these fans will then buy the original work and we greatly encourage them to do so.

October 7, 2008 Posted by | Lloyd Cole, Music_Alternative, Music_Pop, The Commotions, _MUSIC | Leave a comment

Lloyd Cole & The Commotions – Live at BBC – Volumes One and Two! (2007)

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Lloyd Cole & The Commotions – Live at BBC – Volumes One and Two! (2007)

Some amazing music here, my friends, from the great Lloyd Cole & The Commotions!

Two great releases from only a few months back of material recorded by Lloyd Cole & The Commotions for the BBC over their short time together.

There was also another release of solo Cole … if anyone’s got that, please let us know!

Lloyd speaks about the BBC releases on his website http://www.lloydcole.com/weblog/index.php?p=2134&c=1

That’s right – 3 new CDs of pretty much everything we, and I ever did at the Beeb. It’s not bad, either.

Here’s the press release from BBC/Universal Records. I’m not quite sure why it has me announcing the releases. I did not write it.

(Note – We were involved in choosing the included material and it represents pretty much every single track we recorded ‘In Session’ at the BBC along with the best of the live concert recordings that were broadcast. There are sleeve notes written by Neil and I and the artwork features the photography of Peter Anderson.)

Lloyd Cole

Announces the release of Commotions and solo BBC sessions.

August 6th 2007 sees the release of a trio of albums from Lloyd Cole on Universal. The three albums, which feature an assortment of BBC sessions and live recordings, cover both his early work with The Commotions and his later solo career.

Lloyd Cole & The Commotions – Live At The BBC Vol 1 essentially features versions of tracks from Rattlesnakes, the band’s debut long player and all their BBC session tracks from 1984. While Live At The BBC – Vol 2 features tracks from their follow up, Easy Pieces and session tracks from the 1985 – 86 period. Lloyd Cole – Live At The BBC features the best of his solo performances including a complete concert recording and session tracks .

Lloyd Cole And The Commotions formed in 1982 in Glasgow. By 1984 they had signed to Polydor Records and released their debut long-player, Rattlesnakes. The articulate songwriting and lush orchestration have seen it widely acclaimed as one of the most important releases of the 1980s; NME recently placed it in the top 100 albums of all time.

The band went on to release two further albums, Easy Pieces in 1985 and Mainstream in 1987 before disbanding in the late 80s.

Post Commotions, Lloyd Cole relocated to New York where he recorded and released a series of solo albums. 2004 saw the Commotions re-form to perform a number of UK dates to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the release of Rattlesnakes.

The full tracklistings of the 3 albums are as follows:

Lloyd Cole & Commotions – Live At The BBC Vol 1

Glory / Patience / Perfect Skin
Sat Live 26/5/84

Rattlesnakes / Speedboat / Forest Fire / Andy’s Babies
Richard Skinner 5/7/84

Forest Fire / Four Flights Up / Down On Mission Street / Charlotte Street
BBC Session 1984

Sweetness / Perfect Skin / Down On Mission Street / 2CV /
Four Flights Up/ Rattlesnakes / Speedboat / Forest Fire
Hammersmith Palais 13/12/1984

Lloyd Cole & Commotions – Live At The BBC Vol 2

Brand New Friend / James / Grace
BBC Session 1985

Speedboat / Perfect Blue / Charlotte Street / James / Brand New Friend
Janice Long 12/8/1985

Disc 2

Rich / Lost Weekend / Old Hats / Pretty Gone / Mr Malcontent / Brand New Friend /
Perfect Blue / Cut Me Down / Are You Ready To Be Heartbroken?/ Speedboat / Forest Fire / Grace / Rattlesnakes / Perfect Skin / Mystery Train
Glastonbury Festival 15/11/1986

Lloyd Cole– Live At The BBC

Disc 1

Perfect Skin / Rock n Roll / Sentimental Fool / Like Lovers Do / Cut Me Down /
So You’d Like To Save The World / Be There / Jennifer She Said / Happy For You
I Didn’t Know That You Cared / Speedboat / New Age
In Concert 1995

Disc 2

Perfect Blue / Pay For It / Forest Fire / A Long Way Down / Undressed / No Blue Skies
Four Flights Up / Charlotte Street / Are You Ready To Be Heartbroken?
In Concert 1995

A Gift / Don’t Look Back / Sweetheart / Perfect Skin
Nicky Campbell 7/3/90

LLOYD COLE & THE COMMOTIONS – Live at BBC Volume One
(2007)

Lloyd Cole & The Commotions – Live At The BBC Vol 1 essentially features versions of tracks from the sublime Rattlesnakes, the band’s debut long player and all their BBC session tracks from 1984.

Disc 1

01. Glory
02. Patience
03. Perfect Skin
04. Rattlesnakes
05. Speedboat
06. Forest Fire
07. Andy’s Babies
08. Forest Fire
09. Four Flights Up
10. Down On Mission Street
11. Charlotte Street

Disc 2

01. Sweetness
02. Perfect Skin
03. Down On Mission Street
04. 2cv
05. Four Flights Up
06. Rattlesnakes
07. Speedboat
08. Forest Fire


Glory / Patience / Perfect Skin
Sat Live 26/5/84

Rattlesnakes / Speedboat / Forest Fire / Andy’s Babies
Richard Skinner 5/7/84

Forest Fire / Four Flights Up / Down On Mission Street / Charlotte Street
BBC Session 1984

Sweetness / Perfect Skin / Down On Mission Street / 2CV /
Four Flights Up/ Rattlesnakes / Speedboat / Forest Fire
Hammersmith Palais 13/12/1984

download:

Lloyd_Cole_and_the_Commotions_-_Live_At_The_BBC_Vol.1.rar

LLOYD COLE & THE COMMOTIONS – Live at BBC Volume two
(2007)

Live At The BBC – Vol 2 features tracks from their second album Easy Pieces, and session tracks from the 1985 – 86 period including stuff from the great Mainstream LP.

CD1
BBC Session 1985

01- Brand New Friend
02- James
03- Grace
04- Speedboat
05- Perfect Blue
06- Charlotte Street
07- James
08- A Band New Friend

CD2
Glastonbury Festival 1986

01- Rich
02- Lost Weekend Grace
03- Old Hats
04- Pretty Gone
05- Mr. Mañcontent
06- Brand New Friend
07- Perfect Blue
08- Cut Me Down
09- Are You Ready To Be Heartbroken
10- Speedboat
11- Forest Fire
12- Grace
13- Rattlesnakes
14- Perfect Skin
15- Mystery Train


BBC Session 1985

Brand New Friend / James / Grace

Speedboat / Perfect Blue / Charlotte Street / James / Brand New Friend
Janice Long 12/8/1985

Disc 2

Rich / Lost Weekend / Old Hats / Pretty Gone / Mr Malcontent / Brand New Friend /
Perfect Blue / Cut Me Down / Are You Ready To Be Heartbroken?/ Speedboat / Forest Fire / Grace / Rattlesnakes / Perfect Skin / Mystery Train
Glastonbury Festival 15/11/1986



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September 19, 2008 Posted by | Lloyd Cole, Music_Alternative, Music_Pop, The Commotions, _MUSIC | Leave a comment

Lloyd Cole & The Commotions – Mainstream (1987)

Lloyd Cole & The Commotions – Mainstream (1987)
# Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
# Original Release Date: September 1987
# Number of Discs: 1
# Label: Capitol
# ASIN: B000008EFE

After their rather disappointing second album Easy Pieces (1985) , a couple of years later came the more low-key, ironically titled Mainstream (1987), which was a return to form, albeit not in the Rattlesnakes league.

It produced 3 excellent singles which were minor hits – the sublime “Jennifer She Said” (#31 in UK) as well as “My Bag” (#46 in UK) and “From The Hip” (#59 in UK).

Mainstream was a rather wonderful album that never got the credit it deserved! A real return to form! Some tracks on here are amongst the group’s greatest!

However, this was sadly to be the boys’ final album!

After a period of being one of the most successful indie acts in Britain (despite being on a major label, Polydor), the band broke up in 1989 amid reports of personality clashes between members.

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This one captured some of the band’s wonderful moments across their 3 LPs.

Some of the Mainstream tracks appeared in different form last year, amongst the excellent compilation releases of BBC recordings … Lloyd Cole & The Commotions – Live at BBC – Volumes One and Two!

More info here:

Wiki
Lloyd Cole official website (maintained by the man himself)
All-Music Guide (loads of information)

Excellent album. Stunning. Maybe better than “Rattlesnakes,” but we’re in apples and oranges territory there.

The opener “My Bag,” is like nothing Cole has done before. It’s very showey and fast-paced and diplays the different kind of production that will follow on this album. Lloyd Cole and Co. are expanding their sound to include more synth elements and a more layered sound, which has done nothing to water down the songwriting here. There is more “mood” happening, and it sounds gorgeous.

The highlights here are “29,” “Mainstream,” and “Big Snake,” a dark jazzy tune featuring backing vocals from Tracy Thorn (from Everything But The Girl). “29” recalls the anxious feeling of turning thirty and taking account of his life thus far, exclaiming finally that he really is a “fool for love.” The song “Mainstream” has so many great lines, my favorite being “when am I ever going to kick the curse? I took my medication…I feel worse. Swimming is easy when you’re stuck in the middle of Mississippi, all you have to do is crawl.” I love that!

The music in Mainstream is like the song…the musical elements are just “crawling” around Lloyd Cole’s voice, either at a snail’s pace or a gallop, like in “Sean Penn Blues,” which I assume refers to the failed marriage between the bad-boy namesake to some singer named Madonna. Haven’t heard of her…

Anyway, this is the last album Lloyd Cole and the Commotions recorded together as a whole band, so there are some underlying melancholy elements that are palpable, but the music is still just as playful and wistful as anything else in Cole’s songbook to date. Just a really great album!

DO try to get your hands on “Easy Pieces,” the band’s second album (which I think is only available by import, unfortunately). The album is worth the trouble just for the song “James.” Heartbreaking!

By Eric Swanger

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This is a magnificent album, in the same vein as Paul Simon’s ‘Graceland’. On first listen their are several standout tracks, then on repeated listen

ings the quality of other songs and the lyrics and musicianship reveals itself, layer upon layer. In Lloyd’s case he has never had any trouble with wonderful, meaningful lyrics, but the arranging and the juxtaposing musical styles are revelatory. Ditto for Graceland.

The standouts songs initially are ‘My Bag’, ‘Jennifer She Said’ and ‘Hey Rusty’, all of which are very different in style and subject matter. Then upon more listenings, the wonderful title track washes over you before it becomes, as a previous reviewer noted, a lyrical wonderland. Then there is the great track ’29’ as well as the final track on this mysterious album. ‘These days’ is a enigmatic little song, but very powerful nonetheless. A great album and wonderful bookend to Rattlesnakes ( was there ever a better debut album?). The irony of ‘Mainstream’ reinforces it’s appeal. Listen and enjoy for eternity….

By astralman

Mainstream completes an evolution from the Rattlesnakes debut through the also excellent Easy Pieces followup. The guitarwork is more subtle with less “gee wizardry” jangle from Neil Clark and the atmospherics electronics more prevalent. What remains the same is the excellent songwriting and Lloyd’s ability to mix an album with slow introspective songs right along with hook-happy singalong pop tunes. The first three Lloyd Cole and the Commotions discs are a lost slice of 80’s (well OK, 1990) pop music that should not be missed. If you like the work that the Smiths were doing at this time you’ll probably find a lot here to like.

By J. B. Carroll

Tracklisting

01. My Bag
02. From the Hip
03. 29
04. Mainstream
05. Jennifer She Said
06. Mr. Malcontent
07. Sean Penn Blues
08. Big Snake
09. Hey Rusty
10. These Days

Big thanks to jukebox-rs



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September 19, 2008 Posted by | Lloyd Cole, Music_Alternative, Music_Pop, The Commotions, _MUSIC | Leave a comment

Lloyd Cole & The Commotions – Easy Pieces

Lloyd Cole & The Commotions – Easy Pieces (1987)
# Audio CD (1 May 1993)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Label: Spectrum
# ASIN: B000007TZE

Jane was in a turtleneck
I was much happier than

Lloyd Cole The Commotions back in 1984 produced not only one of the greatest debuts of all time, but one of the best albums in recent times. This was the magnificent and seminal Rattlesnakes.

With Cole’s wonderful clever lyrics which were at various times existential, poetic, funny, witty and erudite – and which called to mind writers such as Lou Reed, Morrissey and Camus, amongst others – overlaying great instrumentation and sumptuous melodies, all of the songs therein are masterful creations.

Having such a sublime debut is a double-edged sword. It sure as hell gets you noticed fast, but makes it nigh impossible to create a follow-up album that’s in the same league.

Sure enough, Easy Pieces (1985) despite including the minor hits “Brand New Friend” and “Lost Weekend” drew a barrage of bad reviews and didn’t sell very well.

A far more commercial work than Rattlesnakes, with a much slicker sound – actually, overproduced with a sugarcoated musical quality! – Easy Pieces was a disappointment.

Well, it almost made me cry, anyway! I tried so hard to like it back then but, aside from a few tracks, never could!

Unfortunately for this album, back when the LP was being made in the mid eighties, the prevailing mood amongst the music biz was all about excess! “Too much is not enough” was the mantra!

Saying that, Easy Pieces is worth revisiting! There are a some very good tracks in here. Listening to it again, you can see that the group’s greatest asset -Cole’s wonderful lyrics – are often suffocated and in fact, sometimes neutralised by the over-production. Sparser production could have transformed a number of these songs resulting in a different work entirely!

Some of these tracks appeared in different form last year, amongst the excellent compilation releases of BBC recordings … Lloyd Cole & The Commotions – Live at BBC – Volumes One and Two!

Tracklisting

1. Rich
2. Why I Love Country Music
3. Pretty Gone
4. Grace
5. Cut Me Down
6. Brand New Friend
7. Lost Weekend
8. James
9. Minor Character
10. Perfect Blue

Here she be;

Lloyd_Cole___The_Commotions_-_Easy_Pieces.rar



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September 19, 2008 Posted by | Lloyd Cole, Music_Alternative, Music_Pop, The Commotions, _MUSIC | Leave a comment

Lloyd Cole & The Commotions – Jennifer She Said

A wonderful track from the excellent third album by Lloyd Cole & The Commotions, the Mainstream LP.


And forever you said,
that’s forever you said,
yes forever,
forever.

Jennifer we can’t go wrong let’s put it in writing

Jennifer we can’t go wrong let’s do it right now

Maybe you were a little hasty

But they say love is blind

Now her name’s on you

Jennifer in blue

Did you ever have a bad dream, wake up and it didn’t stop?

Did you ever feel for a girl for a time and then stop?

Well it’s written there in blue

With a heart and arrow through

Her name’s on you

Jennifer in blue

And forever you said, that’s forever you said, yes forever

And forever, she said, that’s forever she said, yes forever

But you change with the weather

You change with the weather

And this is the rain

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September 19, 2008 Posted by | Lloyd Cole, Music_Alternative, Music_Pop, The Commotions, _MUSIC, _POETRY, _VIDEO | Leave a comment

Lloyd Cole & The Commotions – Perfect Skin

From Lloyd Cole & The Commotions, a perfect song about perfect skin from the perfect Rattlesnakes!

cheekbones like geometry
and eyes like sin

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I choose my friends only far too well

I’m up on the pavement, they’re all down in the cellar

With their government grants and my IQ.

They brought me down to size, academia blues

Louise is a girl, I know her well

She’s up on the pavement, yes she’s a weather girl

And I’m staying up here so I may be undone

She’s inappropriate, but then she’s much more fun and

When she smiles my way

My eyes go out in vain

She’s got perfect skin

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Shame on you, you’ve got no sense of grace, shame on me

Ah just in case I might come to a conclusion

Other than that which is absolutely necessary

And that’s perfect skin

Louise is the girl with the perfect skin

She says turn on the light, otherwise it can’t be seen

She’s got cheekbones like geometry and eyes like sin

And she’s sexually enlightened by Cosmopolitan and

When she smiles my way

My eyes go out in vain

For her perfect skin

Yeah that’s perfect skin

She takes me down to the basement to look at her slides

Of her family life, pretty weird at times

At the age of ten she looked like Greta Garbo

And I loved her then, but how was she to know that

When she smiles my way

My eyes go out in vain

She’s got perfect skin

Up eight flights of stairs to her basement flat

Pretty confused huh, being shipped around like that

Seems we climbed so high now we’re down so low

Strikes me the moral of this song must be there never has been one

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September 19, 2008 Posted by | Lloyd Cole, Music_Alternative, Music_Pop, The Commotions, _MUSIC, _POETRY, _VIDEO | Leave a comment

Lloyd Cole The Commotions 1984-1989

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Lloyd Cole The Commotions 1984-1989
Mp3 @ 192kbps / 81MB / RS
Audio CD

Original Release Date: 9 June 1989
Label: Capitol
ASIN: B000007O1D


At the age of ten she looked like Greta Garbo

And I loved her then, but how was she to know that?


Lloyd Cole The Commotions back in 1984 produced not only one of the greatest debuts of all time, but one of the best albums in recent times. This was the magnificent and seminal Rattlesnakes.
With Cole’s wonderful clever lyrics which were at various times existential, poetic, funny, witty and erudite – and which called to mind writers such as Lou Reed, Morrissey and Camus, amongst others – overlaying great instrumentation and sumptuous melodies, all of the songs therein are masterful creations.

Having such a sublime debut is a double-edged sword. It sure as hell gets you noticed fast, but makes it nigh impossible to create a follow-up album that’s in the same league.

Sure enough, Easy Pieces (1985) despite including the minor hits “Brand New Friend” and “Lost Weekend” drew a barrage of bad reviews and didn’t sell well.

A far more commercial work than Rattlesnakes, with a much slicker sound – actually, overproduced with a sugarcoated musical quality! – Easy Pieces was a disappointment.

Well, it almost made me cry, anyway! I tried so hard to like it, but, aside from a few tracks, never really did!

A couple of years later came the more low-key, ironically titled Mainstream (1987), which was a return to form, albeit not in the Rattlesnakes league.

It produced 3 excellent singles which were minor hits – “My Bag” (#46 in UK), the sublime “Jennifer She Said” (#31 in UK) and “From The Hip” (#59 in UK). Mainstream was a rather wonderful album that never got the credit it deserved!

However, after a period of being one of the most successful indie acts in Britain (despite being on a major label, Polydor), the band broke up in 1989 amid reports of personality clashes between members.

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Surprisingly though, there, is an almost even split across the triumvirate of LPs i.e. 5/5/4.

They surely should have reduced the number of Easy Pieces tracks and increased the number of Rattlesnakes and perhaps Mainstream tracks. I guess they were trying to make the point that in their view Easy Pieces was better than what critical judgment had decided! It probably would have been, if the production been a lot more minimal!

The tracklisting, rather lazily, is strictly chronological too, when a juxtaposition of tracks would surely have worked much better and added a better dynamic to the collection.

In fact, they really could almost have just reissued a remastered version of Rattlesnakes as their greatest moments!!

Saying that, 1984-1989 is a wonderful collection, with loads of amazing tracks scattered throughout!

We love the version of Perfect Blue here too! A wonderful song! See more on this below.

And just last year, there were two excellent compilation releases of BBC recordings … Lloyd Cole & The Commotions – Live at BBC – Volumes One and Two!

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More info here:

Wiki
Lloyd Cole official website (maintained by the man himself)
All-Music Guide (loads of information)

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Should you awake dear from your beauty sleep
to find your room swimming in blue and green
Should you awake to feel like you’d never slept
and feel so very old well don’t you feel alone
I’m kind of blue, blue for you again
I guess I’m a fool, at least I’m not innocent
but what to do, whatever I touch turns blue
and should you find yourself lost, but in no need of sympathy
come down to the beach and watch the waves come in
I dream the ocean was in my house
I feel the surf against my skin
but I just can’t keep the waves from dragging me down
But when you say
ooh baby you’re my best friend
then I lose, I lose my common sense
I’m kind of blue, it’s the truth
Should you awake dear from your beauty sleep
to find your room swimming in blue and green
Should you awake to feel like you’d never slept
and feel so very old
well don’t you feel alone
I’m kind of blue, blue for you again
I guess I’m a fool, at least I’m not innocent
but what to do, whatever I touch turns blue
blue for you again
I guess I’m a fool at least I’m not innocent
I may be blue but don’t you let me make you blue too

This wonderfully packaged retrospective brilliantly and succinctly captures the brief career (three studio albums) of this seminal band. One can witness the “rock and roll” process in action by following the tracks chronologically; bigger budgets and better musicianship and a healthy dose of self-indulgence have all developed by the time of the “Mainstream” album (sooo well-titled and humorously so!).

Truth be told, this band was just too damn good to ever be mainstream. It sounds snobbish to say that intelligent listeners are attracted to this music, but it’s true. It’s nothing to do with book-learning: it’s just a wider grasp of human nature, one’s own ridiculous presence in the world, and the need to express one’s self in spite of such awareness.

I can’t even recommend individual songs, this package really plays as one sweeping observation, and wonderfully so. This was my very first personal c.d. purchase back in 1989 when it came out. I had gone to the record store with the intent of blowing some money on the then-ridiculously priced (they still are, but not as noticeably as then…) digital wonder discs that sounded crisp and clean and didn’t pop and skip (or so we thought). LCATC 1984-89 RIP was on the new release shelf and that was that . I still treasure it, and, oh, they got the sound just right first time out on this one, it’s still fantastic to listen to!!

The only flaw for me was the totally unnecessary and downright lazy remix of “Forest Fire” on which the “mixer”runs the guitar solo verbatim twice! Why??? It’s still a great song, mind you… The “recut” of “Perfect Blue” with producer Paul Hardiman was the most pleasant surprise and is well worth the price of the whole damn thing- it’s that exquisite!

Gorgeous photo studies of each guy are the ultimate complement to Lloyd’s written lyric and the somewhat esoteric cover shot (it’s gorgeous and just fits the music somehow, someone had a good eye on that one!). BUY IT NOW!! Also, get thyself the DELUXE edition of “Rattlesnakes” next!

By T. Norton


Tracklisting

1. Perfect Skin
2. Are You Ready to Be Heartbroken?
3. Forest Fire
4. You Will Never Be No Good
5. Rattlesnakes
6. Perfect Blue
7. Brand New Friend
8. Cut Me Down
9. Lost Weekend
10. Her Last Fling
11. Mr. Malcontent
12. My Bag
13. Jennifer She Said
14. From the Hip

Big thanks to the original poster



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September 19, 2008 Posted by | Lloyd Cole, Music_Alternative, Music_Pop, The Commotions, _MUSIC, _POETRY, _VIDEO | Leave a comment

Lloyd Cole And The Commotions – Rattlesnakes (1984)


Lloyd Cole And The Commotions – Rattlesnakes (1984)
Mp3 @ 224 kbps / RS
Released – October 1984
Genre – College rock, alternative pop, alternative rock
Length – 35:29
Label – Geffen, Capitol
Producer – Paul Hardiman
She drove her mother’s car,
it was a 2CV

I was most impressed by her casual dress.
I was most impressed.
Inside her rented room coloured deepest blue
I suppose we found some kind of happiness
To fill the emptiness.
We were simply wasting precious time
Hiding from the cruelest summer sky.

She took her mother’s car to get away from me
Heaven knows that I, I can sympathize
Oh I can sympathize
For we were never close if the truth were told
All we ever shared was a taste in clothes.
Oh we were never close.
We were simply losing everything
Underneath the cruelest London sun
We were simply wasting precious time
We were simply wasting precious time
We were simply wasting precious time


Not just one of the greatest debuts of all time but one of my favourite albums of all, the sublime Rattlesnakes.

This was, by a million miles, Lloyd Cole’s greatest moment and although there were some fine songs amongst the Commotions other 2 LPs and amongst Lloyd’s solo work, nothing like this could be achieved again. In fact, it would be unfair to expect that it would. Many did, however and Rattlesnakes became something of a millstone around his neck.

I remember when this came out, I fell in love with the album immediately. It sounded so fresh and out of left-field. It’s brilliance stood out even more amongst the morass of ridiculous dumb music then being generally unleashed upon the charts during the cultural wasteland of the yuppie eighties.

With wonderful clever lyrics which were at various times existential, poetic, funny, witty and erudite – and which called to mind writers such as Lou Reed, Morrissey and Camus, amongst others – overlaying great instrumentation and sumptuous melodies, all of these songs are masterful creations.

Rattlesnakes reached #13 in the UK record charts and included the hit singles “Perfect Skin” (#26 in UK), “Forest Fire” (#41 in UK) and “Rattlesnakes” (#65 in UK, #31 in the Netherlands).

The bulk of the album was written by Cole, who formed the band while a student at the University of Glasgow. Cole cites Bob Dylan and, strangely, Booker T. & the MGs as major influences, but also notes the impact of his studies in English and philosophy on both the album’s title, a reference to the novel Play It As It Lays by Joan Didion, and its lyrics, which also reference characters such as Renata Adler, Simone de Beauvoir and Norman Mailer.


I always liked the artwork on this LP – a mysterious, simple, stark and existential photograph overlaid with subtle text- the work of Robert Farber, who took the cover photo, and Da Gama, who managed the cover design.

Tracklisting

01 – Perfect Skin
02 – Speedboat
03 – Rattlesnakes
04 – Down On Mission Street
05 – Forest Fire (Extended Version)
06 – Charlotte Street
07 – 2CV
08 – Four Flights Up
09 – Patience
10 – Are You Ready To Be Heartbroken
11 – Sweetness
12 – Andy’s Babies
13 – The Sea And The Sand
14 – You Will Never Be No Good

Personnel

* Neil Clark – guitar
* Lloyd Cole – vocal, guitar
* Blair Cowan – keyboards
* Lawrence Donegan – bass guitar, guitar
* Stephen Irvine – drums, tambourine

Here be snakes:

no pass

Big thanks iraklis

August 19, 2008 Posted by | Lloyd Cole, Music_Pop, The Commotions, _MUSIC | 1 Comment