Thursday, 31 July 2008

The Bodies - Art Nouveau




It’s been a while since I did the gloomy post-punk thing. Don’t know anything about The Bodies so I can only give you my thoughts. When I bought this I would have been hoping for a Gary Numan or Ultravox style gloomy electronic record. I didn’t get the electronics but it didn’t disappoint on the gloom front. This record builds in a relentless way that makes the ending perfect.

mp3: The Bodies - Art Nouveau (1979)

It also came in a fold-out poster. Click above for the lyrics if you want to sing along.


23 comments:

Davy H said...

I didn't like it much : )

Mick said...

I can understand that but I guarantee there will be some grateful 40-somethings ex punks out there lapping it up.

Davy H said...

I just said that to wind you up. It's OK.

ArthurRocker said...

Wow...It starts slowly, but as you say it builds...and I have to agree, it certainly does. I think it's a truly great record by the end of the thing and it gets better each time I listen. I'm sure this lot did a Peel session and I can remember thinking I must check them out...never knew they released a record though. Great find. Wanna sell it?

Mick said...

You're right Arthurrocker, they did a Peel session in 1980. I'm glad you enjoyed it but I could never sell my old vinyl (much to Mrs Mick's chagrin).

Anonymous said...

i have loved this record since i brought in 79 machinery the other track on the single is also superb i forgot about the peel session i would love to get hold of that if anybody has got it or knows where to get it please let me no cheers

johnson said...

Thanks for posting this up (I am new to your site but am now a firm fan)..I have the 7".....I have vague memories of the band...I think they were from Peterborough...I used to have a summer job on the fair at Hunstanton when I was a teenager and met a girl from Peterborough who was staying in Hunstanton for what they use to call "Trades Week". She was a fox and a little new wavey and stood out ...we "dated" and she told me about her friends band...that was The Bodies.

Mick said...

This is one of the things I love about blogging; comments like this that personalise things and put them in some sort of context. Hope you enjoy the rest of the site. Most links on vinyl rips are still live.

mikeycarling said...

i cant believe somebody else has this record!!! i inherited a big box of punk singles years agoand this was one. i have loved it for years but havent had a record player for years. cheers for posting it.... machinery on the other side is great too, do you know if they did anything else?

Mick said...

Mikey,

As far as I can tell this was their only record but if anyone knows different let us know. When I get my new stylus I'll rip and post Machinery.

Anonymous said...

we need to get hold of that peel session from somewhere

Anonymous said...

Awesome! I'd love to listen to Machinery someday when you get a chance to post it here.

Salo Wolf de Stael said...

Thanks so much for this. I've been looking for it for years. I bought it in '80 along with Bauhaus and Dance Chapter and loved it, even though the cover is crap! I'd forgotten just how good it is and how it builds in intensity! I've never come across anyone else who'd even heard of it until now so I'm really chuffed. Thanks again.

Salo Wolf de Stael said...

Oh, and please upload the b-side soon!

Anonymous said...

i now have the peel session its awesome

ArthurRocker said...

Anywhere we can have a listen to it, Anonymous?

Anonymous said...

It's coming out on CD now!

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

It's on the new Kats Karavan compilation

flow said...

but machinery is still missing ...

Anonymous said...

hi, i was in the bodies, we came from harpenden, herts/st albans & only did the one single & a peel session

mike said...

you should have done some more tunes, this is great!!!
btw its on itunes now!!!!

W. said...

I've just put my excellent condition copy of this fine single on eBay.

:-)