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Danielle Dax “Here Come The Harvest Buns”

Posted in music with tags , , , , on June 10, 2009 by cromagnonwoman
Danielle Dax "Here Come The Harvest Buns"
Danielle Dax | Pop-Eyes LP | Awesome Records | 1985

I should just go ahead and put it out there, for the whole world to know, that I idolize Danielle Dax. Were it not for the ocean between us, I might just stalk her in my spare time. Instead, I have to console myself with buying her records whenever they pop up. At this point, I have far too many copies of the “Tomorrow Never Knows” single to be considered competent to stand trial…and I don’t even like that song. I’m not alone in my obsession, however! Even Marc Heal mentioned in a Cubanate interview just how enamored he is with Danielle. I would wager good money that he, too, owns enough duplicates of her records to keep a college town record store open indefinitely.

I chose this first song to post because it gives me a giggle and because it is from the slightly difficult to find “Pop-Eyes” LP. “Here Come The Harvest Buns” and “Bed Caves” are certainly the stand-out tracks from the album, the rest of the record being considerably slower, noisier and generally lyrically stranger (although no less good, mind you!). Danielle Dax has, perhaps, the most abstract lyrical content this side of Cocteau Twins and, while it is always fun to spend an afternoon decoding the meaning, the word sounds serve as just another intricate, meaty layer to her deliciously complex song-writing.

This is a woman who deserves considerably more attention, consideration, and respect. If “Here Come The Harvest Buns” doesn’t do it for you, I’m sure I’ll post more from her in the future. If all else fails, I will beat you over the head with her music until you have no choice but to dance. Go ahead, listen to this track and tell me you didn’t wiggle your butt just a little bit.

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Heavenly Bodies “Rains On Me”

Posted in music with tags , , , , , on April 26, 2009 by motorslug
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Heavenly Bodies | Celestial LP | C’est la Mort Records | 1988

The first MOTORSLUG entry is from one of the bands I know the least about (natch). I found their “Celestial” LP in an anorexic little goth/industrial bin in a vinyl shop last week, and was about to pass it over until I noticed that both Third Mind Records and C’est la Mort Records were listed on the back cover. That detail, combined with the fact that the album was released in 1988– possibly THE best year for releases during the Wax Trax!/Nettwerk era of gloomy/stompy audio– was good enough for me. As it turns out, I was very pleasantly surprised.

A short-lived outfit that produced this solitary album, Heavenly Bodies was comprised primarily of veterans from the 4AD label. Scott Rodger and James Pinker were in the original lineup of Dead Can Dance, while the vocalist Caroline Seaman was featured on the second album from This Mortal Coil, “Filigree and Shadow.”

Upon first listen, “Rains On Me” is definitely one of the standout tracks with its driving rhythms and lush, dreamy sound. I can just hear it now, sandwiched in a DJ set between some Cocteau Twins and some Cranes. The CD version of the album contains some bonus tracks, including a remix of “Rains On Me,” so I’m going to have to track that down now.

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