'Playing with Fire' remains their peak (the posthumous 'Recurring' would be let down in its latter half- as Jason Pierce's contributions weren't up there with Peter Kember's)- a minimal take on sounds that would influence the brief-shoegazing scene of the early 1990s, and would be given more epic treatment by Pierce with his band Spiritualized. This epic two-disc version takes in the original nine-track album, the two live bonus-tracks that turned up on the tape/cd, various b-sides ('May the Circle Remain Unbroken', a cover of Suicide's 'Che') & various demo/alternate mixes of 'Fire'-tracks and a demo of 'Anyway That You Want Me' (a Troggs cover that would become the first Spiritualized single in 1990).'Playing with Fire' remains one of the peaks of the late 80s take on rock music, an era when guitars were given more avant-treatments- see 'Isn't Anything','69','Heaven's End','The Young Gods','You're Living All Over Me','Daydream Nation','Ultra Vivid Scene' & 'Locust Abortion Technician.'
At this point Kember and Pierce (or Boom and Spaceman) were writing songs apart - the only co-written song here is 'Suicide', a tribute to Martin Rev & Alan Vega more potent in its epic-live version.... Read more ›
You can partition this album, and eulogise about each track, but you just gotta listen to the damn thing all the way through.
Yeah, 'Revolution' is all you heard it to be; 'So hot' will make you cry; 'Honey honey' etc.. blah blah..
One minute you float in your mothers womb, the next you're in a firestorm. It's not a rollercoaster ride, you're shifting up levels, drifting down through melodies and you just don't know what hit you.
Wanna listen for free? Give me a call, I got a few more on order..
Despite the drug connotations the cd stands out as a classic: the church organ playing, whispered lyrics and crystal clear electric guitars merge together to produce a melodic trance that is immediately appealing and , well, addictive. Tune in, turn off, drop out, if only for 50 minutes or so. The best cd to light joss sticks too, made by 4 very strange men! It takes just 5 seconds to buy.
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