Monday, 1 October 2007

October


It’s not often that a new month comes along and one of your musical heroes has an appropriate song so I make no apologies for posting this. I have been a Bill Nelson fan since 1976 when I discovered Be Bop Deluxe and the more observant among you will have noticed that the name of this blog is ‘adapted’ from a Be Bop Deluxe compilation CD (Raiding The Divine Archive).

October Man is from his brilliant 1982 album The Love That Whirls.

10 comments:

iain said...

You're a Be-Bop fan as well???
Blimey mick, our musical tastes couldn't get much closer...
The funny thing about Be-Bop Deluxe is, they're the one band I always feel that i should apologise for liking: no-one else seems to like 'em, or they think they're terminally naff. Such a shame. "Drastic Plastic" is an absolute masterpiece, and I always thought that the Red Noise album was possibly the most revolutionary album of the new wave era.....

Davy H said...

Like this very much Mick. Don't really know Bill Nelson or Be Bop Deluxe beyond a few tracks, though the missus saw them live back in the day and has a button badge(!)

What's the best album to get?

Anonymous said...

Live In The Air Age (with free 7"!) is a great Be Bop Deluxe album.

Cheers

Rich

Mick said...

Iain,
I always think of Be Bop Deluxe as my first big discovery. Seeing them on Whistle Test and So It Goes in a short space of time and starting with the Hot Valves EP before moving on the all the albums. As for Drastic Plastic: I could talk for hours about it and what it meant to me at the time. In fact, if I can find the time I should make it my first classic album post. Oddly enough it seemed to divide Be Bop fans at the time, mostly along age lines I think. These same people totally didn’t get Red Noise. Here’s a sad but true fact: in 1978 I saw Be Bop Deluxe at a packed Bristol Colston Hall, in 1979 I saw Red Noise at Southampton Gaumont and we only filled the first 10 or so rows. Bill was on his way to becoming a cult artist.

Mick said...

Davy,
The Air Age Anthology collection is good value. I do have a couple of quibbles about song selection but that’s normal for a compilation. As for full albums Modern Music and Drastic Plastic are probably my favourites but I can recommend all of them for different reasons. The Live album Rich mentions is good but I wouldn’t recommend ityou’re your first purchase. Maybe I should make that post a beginners guide…

As for solo Bill: The Love That Whirls, Chimera and Getting The Holy Ghost Across are the ones that do it for me.

iain said...

Mick, Chimera is great as well...Acceleration is such a boundlessly positive tune :)
And I share your passion for Drastic Plastic, it's such a varied and creative record: I can vividly remember listening to "Visions of Endless Hopes", sitting in my garden on a sunny day, and seeing as the track was recorded in the open air as well (the dog barking at the end!) it felt as though only me and the song actually existed. Very odd, but a magical moment.

Darren said...

Found your blog via Vinyl Villain.

Many thanks for introducing me to some excellent tracks from the late 70s/early 80s, and for reminding me of some classics that I had forgotten all about.

Mick said...

Good memory, Iain. I certainly can’t top that. ‘Visions…’ was an example of what Bill was calling environmental music at the time. You sensed that he was feeling boxed in by the rock band format, so I wasn’t that surprised it turned out to be their swansong.

Darren,
Glad you’re enjoying the blog. I’ve removed some old links to save bandwidth but if there’s something you particularly want to hear that’s not there anymore drop me a line.

Russ said...

Hmm, I just bought 'Love that whirls', 'chimera' and 'quit dreaming ...' after hearing the Glow World track posted a while ago that I can't get out of my head. Of course they won't arrive now until next Thursday thank to postal strikes, but seems like they'll be worth the wait...

Mick said...

Now I feel a sense of responsibility, Russ. Let me know what you think when you've had a chance to listen to them.