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5.0 out of 5 stars "This music could destroy a nation", 28 July 2005
Jason Parkes "We're all Frankies'" (Worcester, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Luke Haines is Dead: A Collection of Auteurs, Luke Haines & Baader Meinhof A-sides, B-sides, Classics, Out-takes, Sessions and Rarities (Audio CD)
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 (rumoured to be appalling), the u-ziq remixes (probably a good thing going on the remixes included here), the odd b-side (Vacant Lot, Car Crazy), and anything from the on-going Black Box Recorder (though all three of their albums really should be owned). Across this box-set are 63-tracks comprising singles, b-sides, previously unreleased outtakes, the odd collectable remix, rarities and many radio-session versions - many of which have something the album version doesn't (& reminding us how great the BBC radio sessions were)Songs like 'Junk Shop Clothes', 'The Upper Classes' & 'New French Girlfriend' are even greater than they were on the first two albums...
So, we get 63-tracks, great sleevenotes from Haines and Paul Morley, and selections from 'Das Capital' (2002), 'New Wave' (1992), 'Now I'm a Cowboy' (1994), 'After Murder Park' (1996), the greatest album ever 'Baader Meinhof' (1996), 'How I Learned to Love the Bootboys' (1999), 'Christie Malry's Own Double-Entry' (2001), & 'The Oliver Twist Manifesto' (2001). The missing links are 'England Made Me' (1998), 'The Facts of Life' (2000) & 'Passiona' (2003).
Haines follows in the caustic, English tradition of people like Ray Davies, Elvis Costello, Mark E. Smith, Kevin Rowland & Morrissey - think songs like 'Victoria', 'Do You Remember Walter?','Tramp the Dirt Down','How to Be Dumb','English Scheme','Winter','One of These Things','Show Me','The National Front Disco' & 'We'll Let You Know.' But Haines went much further- especially following a breakdown between the 2nd and 3rd Auteurs albums which saw him cripple himself. Haines, with 'New Wave' was one of the pioneers we could blame for Britpop like Blur and Pulp - 'Modern Life is Rubbish' owes a debt to 'New Wave', as 'A Different Class' owes a debt to the class-themed 'Now I'm a Cowboy.' The early material nods back to 'Hunky Dory'-Bowie, The Smiths, The Go-Betweens, The Only Ones, and was based on the first classic Modern Lovers album (which was a caustic record remember!). Included are such joys as 'Showgirl', 'How Could I Be Wrong', a previously unreleased take of 'Bailed Out','American Guitars' (containing the ethos of Britpop!),'Lenny Valentino' & the free-single issued with 'New Wave', 'She Might Take a Train'/'Subculture.'
The first half of disc two takes up the class-themed 'Cowboy'-era- offering great versions of 'The Upper Classes', single 'Chinese Bakery' (still disowned in the sleevenotes), 'Everything You Say Will Destroy You' & 'Brainchild.' Halfway through, the breakdown-descent into the abyss occurs - 'Light Aircraft on Fire' signifying that shift. Haines working with the great Steve Albini completed the bleak 'Back with the Killer Again'e.p.' and the 'After Murder Park' album- totally against the self-celebration of mid 90s Britannia. Xmas-single 'Unsolved Child Murder', as well as being as subtle as Albini's work with Cinerama and Nina Nastasia, had the timeless chorus "If I die before my parents die" is hardly "All the people- SO MANY PEOPLE!!" or "You & I are gonna live forever"- and the pretty-indie pop here is the model for Belle & Sebastian, if we forget about Felt...'Tombstone' offers to take the rock'n'roll cliche hotel The Columbia (celebrated in an Oasis-track on 'Definitely Maybe')"Baader Meinhof" style- which was the next step down...
The third disc opens with material from the great baader meinhof project - Haines is still threatening another release by BM or under the 'Hate Socialist Collective'-moniker! Here we get the 'Baader Meinhof'/'Meet Me at the Airport'single, the hard to find bonus 'I've Been a Fool for You' and some poor remixes of great songs 'There's Gonna Be an Accident' & 'Mogadishu.' We then jump forward to tracks intended for a concept album about telekinetic gangs (ESP Kids, Johnny & the Hurricanes, Future Generation)- which ended up being abandoned for 'England Made Me' & turning up on the underrated 'Bootboys' album. The version of 'Future Generation' is particularly fantastic - and other joys here include single 'The Rubettes' (originally intended for BBR, but too 70s themed!), 'Get Wrecked at Home', 'Essex Bootboys' & the wonderful 'How to Hate the Working Classes' from the neglected soundtrack to the neglected adaptation of the neglected novel 'Christie Malry's Own Double-Entry'! Finally we have a few tracks from Haines' solo-classic 'The Oliver Twist Manifesto' - alternate versions of 'Discomania' (the "Kim Wilde is sex!" line nodding to an NME piece by Morley celebrating the blond-pop-vixen in the early 80s) & the title track. The disc comes full circle, back to 'Das Capital' - such joys as 'Satan Wants Me', 'The Mitford Sisters' & 'Bugger Bognor.'
As 'Future Generation' says, "this music could destroy a nation" - Haines has that medusa touch and here we're reminded of his genius (again). Only Cathal Coughlan is as talented...and as celebrated by so few! Songs of loathe and hate for all the family, and the proof that Morrissey is a lightweight compared!!!!
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