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Hold On It Hurts [CD]

Cornershop Audio CD

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Cornershop are as The Times and most major papers have put it, 'the most treasured of British institutions,' yet they are amazingly one of the most neglected institutions England has ever known too. Not for them to be merely a pigeon hole in the staff room, they always cut it their own way, constantly changing with every release, burning Morrissey pictures outside EMI to deliver a ... Read more in Amazon's Cornershop Store

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A pivotal moment for indie rock 17 Jun 2004
By crusher - Published on
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Forget "Brimful of Asha", this band's noble yet watered-down attempt at a crossover hit song... "Hold on it Hurts" is their finest moment.
As has been mentioned before, the influences are there - Velvet Underground, Pavement, 60s garage, and traditional Indian music. What you might not hear - unless you're familiar with the band's history - is the influence of the scene that they grew out of. As documented in the underground - and criminally unknown - video fanzine "Getting Close to Nothing", Cornershop were part of a somewhat politicized, new scene of socially aware London indie rockers, where issues of race, gender and sexuality were focal points and even central themes for many bands of the time (Huggy Bear, Voodoo Queens, Sister George, etc.). It's notable that - in their call-to-arms anthem "England's Dreaming" - they not only urged a protest against racist attacks, but also against sexism and homophobia as well. That song mixed Morrissey's lyrics with Public Enemy, as both a way to critique Moz's recent flirtation with fascist imagery ("National Front Disco") and as a statement of cross-cultural protest... by namechecking icons of both black and white music, they subverted the usually polarized and simplistic ideas of race and made a name for Asians - especially South Asians - in the rock scene.
All that aside, this is a really fantastic, interesting, provocative and heartfelt album, succeeding as only the best music does... by allowing you to transcend your normal existence on this planet and to imagine a greater one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Savoring The Pain 20 Jan 2011
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Raw, angular, and with a surprisingly aggressive edge to it, "Jason Donovan/Tessa Sanderson", the opening track from Cornershop's debut, looks backward at post-punk with an assaultive guitar attack, something that those who dialed up this band after a glowing testimonial by NPR given when "Handcream For A Generation" dropped in 2002 might experience as something of a shock, given the neo-retro disco-rock treatment and arrangement of "Handcream's" tracks. "Born Disco, Died Heavy Metal", the sixth cut from "Hold On, It Hurts" comes closest to approaching "Handcream's " vibe, with the guitars locked into a punctuated rhythm not unlike the BTO influenced "Lessons Learned From Rocky One to Rocky Three"-though with a much grittier production style.

NPR focused part of their segment on "Spectral Mornings", the fourteen-minute epic which served not only as the cornerstone of "Handcream", but also the only track where ethnic instrumentation (sitar and tabla) and Tjinder Singh's vocals in his native dialect (Punjabi) merge together. Again, anyone starting with "Handcream" as an entry point for Cornershop would be surprised at the frequency in which both native instrumentation and dialect are integrated throughout the progression of their first release. "Counteraction" is the only track whose lyrics are sung entirely in Punjabi and structured primarily around ethnic instruments, but the vast majority of the cuts incorporate this as a cold opening refrain, fade-out, or transitional point, such as "Kalluri's Radio", the otherwise straightforward "Changes", the heavily-amplified, guitar driven "Inside Rani" (which uses a field recording of a black faith healer to segue into and out of shifts in dialect), the propulsive "You Always Said My Language Would Get Me Into Trouble", and the psychedelically-tinged `Trip Easy", a bonus track on this CD.

"Lock, Stock, and Double Barrel", an EP appended onto this particular copy in America contains the track which serves as the capstone for one of Singh's strengths as a lyricist: the ability to craft insightful social commentary, "England's Dreaming". Recorded only a few years after Morrissey had released the sympathetic but dismissive broadside to immigrants from Great Britain's Jewel in the Crown (India), "Bengali in Platforms" and shortly after he had recorded "The National Front Disco" , Singh serves Morrissey and others contributing to anti-immigrant hysteria, even twisting a lyrical snippet from "Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now" to illustrate his contempt for that treatment. Singh mines the same vein in "You Always Said My Language would Get Me Into Trouble" and "Where d"U Get Your Information".

I can remember when this CD was released 16 years ago. I recently had to replace it due to extreme wear. It's easily my favorite Cornershop release, for the freely blended aggressive post-punk sound with traditional Indian instrumentation laced with native vocalization. They would never record anything as vital sounding, as alive to the moment, as this again (though Singh still occasionally sings in his own tongue, as evidenced by the magnificent "Juliander Shere", among a few others); their continual progression toward a funkier, disco-rock sound has gained some critical praise and a much larger volume of units shifted. This is a great recording. Get it if you can, while you can.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Too Much Culture 13 May 1998
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Fun, fast, loud, creative, and punky, Cornershop tosses tape loops and traditional Indian-subcontinent instruments on top of the formula guitar/bass/drums but doesn't stray far enough to become unrecognizable. Straightforward lyrics about living between cultures rise above the mix and maintain a sense of humor even at their angriest.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Like it a lot 11 April 2002
By Dave - Published on
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This album is nicely different from other, later, Cornershop albums; it has a great independant alternative sound. My tolerance for boring Creed ripoff bands is at an all-time low, and Cornershop is a very refreshing change.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A sketchy outline of what was to come 26 Jan 1999
By "modfather" - Published on
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For anyone who has heard Cornershop's last two albums "Woman's Gotta Have It" and "When I Was Born For The 7th Time", hearing their first album may be something of a disappointment. The band had yet to add the pop and dub influences that pervade much of the last two records and some of the songs are downright unlistenable. Although the East Indian influence is detectable, Cornershop was, by and large, a rough, lo-fi indie band at the time. The first album may be difficult for anyone but the hardcore Cornershop fan to like.
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