Saturday, December 6, 2008

Lady Loser's Lottery .... Pt. 2

Hello nice people,

well, after all of those nice little responses to the first part of Lady Loser's Lottery, I thought why not do a second part, so here you are. Took me quite some time to achieve this, but I have been rather ill lately and this more or less the first time in two weeks for me in front of the computer. Either way, I'm back to mid-season form and I hope you enjoy what Mrs. Loser picked for you:






1) [from the CD - shelf] New Order's 'Waiting For The Sirens' Call' album from 2005 on London Records. Oh boy, I must admit, I haven't listened to this since ..... 2005. And I don't have the slightest idea what might possibly be the best track to play to you here. So let's do it the DJ-without-a-clue-way and play Track A ... always a safe choice, I found out in my career. Here's 'Who's Joe' (mp3).



2) [from the 7" - shelf] The Jesus and Mary Chain - 'Upside Down'. Well, I think I'll play you the B-Side here, 'Vegetable Man' (mp3), because I might think you don't hear it all that often .... and it's a rather neat cover of an old Pink Floyd song. The 7" was released on Creation Records back in 1982 .... as long ago as that? That can't be right, c'mon ... but that's what it reads on the label (Creation 012).

Strange, I just had a look at the internet to find out and everywhere it reads 1985, but curiously I can't find a picture of the sleeve which I have (blueish, with a guitar). The other releases seem to have been gatefold sleeves in different colours .... if there are any Jesus & Mary Chain - enthusiasts reading this here: please let me know, okay? Thank you ...





3) [from the Compilations - shelf] 'Doing It For The Kids', Creation Records, 1988. This is a great record with a whole bunch of adorable tunes on it, people: Weather Prophets, Biff Bang Pow, Emily, Heidi Berry, Felt, House Of Love, Jasmine Minks, Momus, Jazz Butcher, My Bloody Valentine, Nikki Sudden, Pacific, Primal Scream, Razorcuts, Times ... what more could you possibly ask for back in those days. And only because I featured the Jazz Butcher track ('Lot 49') before (in the 'Some Of The Best There Ever Has Been - 1988' - post), I'll choose Felt's 'Ballad Of The Band' (mp3) .... not because it's worse than 'Lot 49', I just love 'Lot 49' to no degree .... don't know why though ....


4) [from the 12" - shelf] Something German for a change for you now .... but I told you in my introduction to the first part that Mrs. Loser chooses the records with closed eyes, so it can't always be chocolate, you see. Fettes Brot - 'Jein' (mp3). Fettes Brot were (and are, actually) one of the first German bands who achieved success despite singing in German back in those days when including a bit of rap and spoken bits was a thing what only English - speaking bands would allow themselves to try. They come from Northern Germany and the members were (and, as far as I know, still are) Dr. Renz, K├Ânig Boris and Schiffmeister. 'Jein' is about him not being able to decide how to approach the girl ..... yes, this old story. On Yo Mama Records from 1996 ... and it felt really good to hear this one again: thank's honey!




5) [from the LP - shelf] Joy Division's 'Closer'. Labelled incorrectly by Base Records in Italy with Side Two on both sides of the record ... probably I'm a millionaire and don't know about it? Well, of course there is one stand-out track on it and that is, of course, 'Isolation' (mp3). The band's second album, released in the July of 1980, two months after Ian Curtis' death. Would be intersting to know what YOU think: was it meant to mean 'Closer' as in 'shorten a distance' or 'Closer' as in 'finale'? Answers in the comment section, please .....


That's it, folks. Would mean a lot to me if some of you would let me know what you thought of Mrs. Loser's choices .... until then:


Cheerio,


Dirk

8 comments:

a Tart said...

Hi Darlings! I love Jesus and Mary Chain - great choices, Mrs. L! but I can't seem to download the file, :(... re up it please and I'll try and find the correct tag for you xoxoxo

Dirk said...

Deaest Tart,

the Vegetable Man - link should be working fine, I think. There wasn't one for Upside Down, perhaps that was your problem ...

Cheers darling,

Dirk

JC said...

This is a great idea.....but I'm worried that your health has been failing you recently amigo.

Anonymous said...

Re: your J&MC puzzle - I can't fathom it out. According to the Doing For The Kids website, Creation records first release was by The Legend in 1983. Rate Your Music has Upside Down/Vegetable Man coming out in two different sleeves, both released in 1984 (including the sleeve you mention). But hey, not everything posted on the web can be taken as gospel...

a Tart said...

Here you are sweetie http://www.discogs.com/viewimages?release=417818

It's 1985, actually pressed in 1984, and there's an image on that page of the cover which is bluish as you describe with a guitar too.

http://www.discogs.com/release/417818

The internet might not be gospel, but discogs.com comes pretty damn near close to it! xoxoxo


Hope that solves your problem!

Anonymous said...

though new order probably know what "closer" is supposed to mean. I pronounce the album closer as in the distance but I think the album title has a double meaning. like most things joy division... it's cryptic. not meant to be figured out.

nice blog keep it up.

Anonymous said...

I've got the original 1985 edition, black cover, in plastic bag of Upside Down. It also had a contact address on the back in East Kilbride. I got a hand scibbled note back from Jim Reid (now I wonder where I put that!). Probably a scam by Alan McGee to put another date on other editions. Well he had to make his million somehow and shortly afterward JAMC disappeared off to Blanco Y Negro.
All the best
Chris P.

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