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Luke Haines is Dead: A Collection of Auteurs, Luke Haines & Baader Meinhof A-sides, B-sides, Classics, Out-takes, Sessions and Rarities [Box set]

Luke Haines Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (18 July 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000A39KNK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 110,515 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Das Capital overture
2. Bailed Out
3. Showgirl
4. Glad To Be Gone
5. Staying Power
6. Junk Shop Clothes
See all 20 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. The Upper Classes
2. Everything You Say Will Destroy You
3. A Sister Like You
4. Underground Movies
5. Brain Child
6. Chinese Bakery
See all 21 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Baader Meinhof
2. Meet Me At The Airport
3. I've Been A Fool For You
4. Accident
5. Mogadishu (Dalai Lama Remix)
6. Esp Kids
See all 22 tracks on this disc

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The sublime talents of Luke Haines, who studied music at the London College of Music, are collected together on the retrospective entitled Luke Haines Is Dead (A Collection of Auteurs, Luke Haines & Baader Meinhof A-sides, B-sides, Classics, Out-takes, Sessions and Rarities). Haines, of course, sprang to prominence in 1992 with his band the Auteurs and the Mercury-nominated New Wave, inadvertently kicking off Britpop in the process. New Wave is represented on this collection, as are his three other records with the Auteurs and there is also material from one of his two solo records released in 2001 (Christie Malry's Own Double Entry) as well as his mid-'90s incarnation as the extraordinary Baader Meinhof.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Luke Haines Manifesto. 21 Aug 2005
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Luke Haines Is Dead is a brilliant three-CD set comprising of various archived or unreleased material that covers the majority of Haines' career post-The Servants, through his work with The Auteurs and under the name Baader Meinhoff, as well as music released under his own name on records like The Oliver Twist Manifesto and Das Capital. As the other commentator pointed out, there's some material missing from his work, with The Servants, Black Box Recorder and the Auteurs vs. U-ziq remix project all absent here, though it's hardly a problem at the end of the day, with this collection still finding the time to include 63-tracks worth of b-sides, out-takes, session versions, remixes and choice singles, all taken from great albums like New Wave, Baader Meinhoff, and The Oliver Twist Manifesto.
It couldn't have come at a better time... with the current shift in the musical climate moving more towards the kind of British indie-guitar bands that emerged in the early-to-mid 1990's. The Auteurs are still one of the best bands to emerge from that whole scene, releasing their first album New Wave around the same time as Radiohead's Pablo Honey and managing to pre-date the kind of music recorded by Blur on albums like Modern Life Is Rubbish and The Great Escape. As a work of indie-rock perfection there's really no contest between New Wave and albums like Modern Life... or Pulp's His N' Hers, both of which seem indebted to the overall style and lyrical ideology of The Auteurs, circa '93... with the first three Auteurs' albums far surpassing the work of over-rated contemporaries like Suede and the Manic Street Preachers.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Songs of Loathe and Hate.... 26 July 2005
By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME
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'Luke Haines is Dead' is a pretty comprehensive anthology of Luke Haines various incarnations apart from his pre-Auteurs indie-outfit The Servants and the on-going Black Box Recorder (there are a few missing bits- the U-ziq remix project, the 'Lenny Valentino' b-sides). But here we have 63-tracks from one of the great English-songwriters, replete with sleevenotes from Haines and the wonderful Paul Morley ('63 Ways to Begin An Essay on Luke Haines')- the song 'Discomania' offering the refrain "Kim Wilde is sex!" tying itself to a Morley NME-article in the early 80s. Haines follows in the tradition of Ray Davies, Elvis Costello, Mark E. Smith & Morrissey - songs to put on a compilation alongside 'Victoria', 'How to Be Dumb', 'English Scheme' & 'The National Front Disco'...
Disc One, following 2001's 'Das Capital Overture' takes us back to the early Auteurs-period which was modelled on the first Modern Lovers album, displaying influences such as The Go-Betweens, The Only Ones & The Smiths. I recall seeing The Auteurs support 'Drowners'-era Suede at the Windsor Old Trout & they seemed as strong- pretty much responsible for the Britpop that followed, notably 'Modern Life is Rubbish'('American Guitars' is the evidence for Albarn's bandwagoneering) & 'Suede'. I'm sure Haines feels as bad about it as we all do - the later 'Tombstone' imagining the Columbia, the rock'n'roll cliche celebrated on Oasis' 'Definitely Maybe' going up in flames. I'm sure there are songs here that probably won't make it past the new terror-legilsation from the government!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb 2 Aug 2006
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You know Luke Haines is brilliant. This collection confirms it.

The old favourites are all there, the newer stuff selected is great, but the rarities really make it. There is no drop in quality throughout...this is songwriting of the highest quality.

You must buy this!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Luke Haines - The Best Talent in England? 19 Aug 2005
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Ok, since I'm an American, I suppose I don't know squat about this kind of music. Well, I can't think of a better UK artist at the moment, although Morrissey's comeback was certainly a highlight. The thing that makes this songwriter so special, is the presentation of the music. The ballads, the waltz like style of some of the songs, the harpsichord and string arrangements etc. The one thing I've never seen mentioned about this performer is his uncanny resemblance to John Lennon. I'm sure being American that I've missed this completely. If I could buy a ticket to see one performer it would be this guy. I'm not sure if he can pull it off live. Maybe the studio is his kingdom. Whatever way this 3 cd collection is just about the most fantastic thing I've heard all summer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Genius 18 Aug 2005
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Haines is head and shoulders above most, if not all, of the so-called singer songwriters that have trawled through the soft underbelly of less than cool Britannia these past 15 years. This 64 track retrospective is a welcome addition for avicionadoes of the graet man's work, featuring a clutch of rareities and unreleased material. It is also beautifully presented with a great Paul Morley piece in the insert. There are too many standouts to reference, but there is just a single recommendation: BUY IT!! Utterly brilliant. The likes of Luke Haines come by only once in a generation. Listen before it's too late.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Bitter Genius
Given the extensive nature of some of the other reviews present, I will keep this short. Suffice to say that this provides a magnificent selection of Mr Haines' classic songs... Read more
Published on 23 Nov 2011 by Keith M
4.0 out of 5 stars complete
This is really a wonderful compilation. If you're not adicted this is the only Luke Haines album you need. Read more
Published on 25 Feb 2009 by Oscar Lagerstedt
5.0 out of 5 stars Quirkily brilliant
Replete with quirky little gems. Great tunes more often than not and brilliant lyrics provide the solid underpinning. "Showgirl" is but one of several standouts. Read more
Published on 20 Jun 2007 by A. P. Monblat
5.0 out of 5 stars Soundtrack to the summer of terror
If by some strange chance you haven't heard of Luke haines or are unfamiliar with the Autuers then what better introduction could this be?. Read more
Published on 9 Oct 2005 by B. S. Barker
5.0 out of 5 stars "This music could destroy a nation"
Lake Haines lethal back-catalogue should probably be a set-text in schools; here much of his brilliant career is compiled- the exceptions being his first outfit The Servants... Read more
Published on 28 July 2005 by Jason Parkes
5.0 out of 5 stars Songs of hate and hate
'Luke Haines is Dead...' is a treat to dedicated followers of one of the two great neglected songwriters of recent years (the other is Cathal Coughlan) - who really ought to be... Read more
Published on 23 July 2005 by Jason Parkes
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