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The 17 by Bill Drummond
The 17 by Bill Drummond
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Part musical memoir, part biography, part documentation of art practice, part philosophical discourse on the nature of art and music.
And along the way lots of typical Drummond musing and digression.
The easy criticism is that it's just middle aged angst of a man desperately clinging to youthful passions. But Drummond takes his passions more seriously than that and is willing to fight for them.
And like much of what Drummond does the ideas have an appeal that has you examining things from the perspectives they throw up even as you realise their contradictions, failings or even untruth. But then these aren't really ideas to be taken literally - they're philosophical and… Read more
Skinny Grin ~ Acoustic Ladyland
Skinny Grin ~ Acoustic Ladyland
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful

A bit of a disappointment compared to 'Last Chance Disco' IMO.

The root of the problem is the increased number of songs i.e. tracks with lyrics. They've resulted in much more conventioanl song structures, and I'm not sure that either the lyrics or the songs themselves make up for the loss of some of the exuberance that so marked 'Last Chance Disco' that results.

It's still a record showing way more imagination and ambition than most, but IMO they'd be better off going back to find their expression in the music itself and ignoring more conventional (and commerical) song writing.
The Price of Progression ~ Toll
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A curio, 7 Jun 2007
I've not listened to this album in years but it's one I always remember.

A real curio and obscurity.

I guess I bought it when I was 17 or 18. Just getting into rock'n'roll for myself, and expanding my horizons - willing to give anything that reviews told me was different from the norm a go.

To me it always sounded rather like U2 of the era - with the layers of guitar - but with harder subject matter, and the spoken word passages. Reportedly these were frequently improvised live, with "Anna-41 box"'s first person protaganist victim of domestic violence - one night apparently reduced to the plain "Anna doesn't give a f**k anymore" - receiving most… Read more

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