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Ticket to Ride
on 11 December 2008
'Nostalgia ain't what it used to be'.
I remember the ticket-ripper saying this to me a few years ago, as myself and six other troopers sat for a midnight showing of 'Quadrophenia' at a local pit.
It's true of course, but the beauty of this Amazon thing (even though there has been great consternation and dissatisfaction in recent weeks) is you can relive stuff from yonks back and still have fresh perspective -especially if it's a work you haven't heard since vinyl.
If I brought the subject of the Motors up at my local, I would be derided as a jackass and shunned. That, or be greeted with guffaws and rueful shakes of the head; so if only five people EVER read this review, that IS five people who would never have given them house-room or even had them cross their minds.
I was initially excited to finally get my hands on the 12" version of the magnificent 'Dancing the Night Away.' A superb but evasive recording which topped BBC Radio John Peel's Festive Fifty list in 1977, beating the likes of 'God Save the Queen,' 'Do Anything You Wanna Do' and 'Complete Control' in it's effortless stroll to the top spot of what was at the time, a VERY prestigious poll. I've been looking for it for years having only a very old shaky cassette version for succour, and to have it in my grasp had me panting with joyous satisfaction.
So what's the rest of 'Airport' like? Well, it's pretty good. The Virgin blurb states: 'A new wave, heavy metal pop band' and it's hard to quibble. Again, our old friends good tunes and words strut alarmingly back into view. 'You Beat the Hell Outta Me' is a caveman anthem while 'Airport' and 'Tenement Steps' are massive string-synth soul. 'Forget About You' and 'That's What John Said' are trad-guitar power-pop, and there's a couple of lively ballads: 'Soul Redeemer' probably being the best.
It's a millenium away from being classic but it's crisply effective, well-produced and juicy. Maybe I'm still suffering from shell-shock after recent Lurkers and Eddie and the Hot Rods exertions but this sounds great to me at the moment.
And believe me when I tell you, 'Dancing the Night Away' winning the JPFF poll above a whole ream of brilliant records was no fluke.