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Classic album from former Birthday Party member,
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This review is from: Teenage Snuff Film (Audio CD)'Teenage Snuff Film the Original Soundtrack' was originally recorded in 1998 and picked up a few years later by Cooking Vinyl. I was one of many who found a lot of Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds' albums fairly unrewarding - 'Henry's Dream', 'Let Love In', 'Murder Ballads' & 'No More Shall We Part' were all patchy - the kicks I needed were found more in Birthday Party records. 'Teenage Snuff Film' is probably the kind of album you wish Nick Cave would make, though there was some vigour in the recent double-set from the Bad Seeds...but this was more like it!
Reuniting Boys Next Door/Birthday Party members Rowland S. Howard and Mick Harvey is great stuff - the former's post-Birthday Party work with Those Immortal Souls, Crime & the City Solution & Lydia Lunch seems particularly overlooked - this is his best work thus far. Harvey is back in his late Birthday Party role on drums, as well as cntributing organ and some guitar- Brian Hooper contributes bass and there are guest appearances from Andrew Entsch, Genevieve McGuckin & Steve Boyle. Harvey's non Bad Seeds work (notably with Go-Between Robert Forster, his Gainsbourg-covers album 'Intoxicated Man' & P.J. Harvey) is frequently more rewarding that the Bad Seeds stuff ('The Boatman's Call' was great though!)
I'm really surprised people didn't make a bigger deal over this record, it's an album I play frequently - Howard's vocals perfect melancholic non-singer style like former cohort Cave and Leonard Cohen. It's all a highlight, but the songs I'd pick out as key features would include opener 'dead radio' (choice lyrics like "you're bad for me like cigarettes - but I haven't sucked enough of you yet...you're good for me like coca-cola - I don't get any younger, you don't get any older..."), which veers off into a collision of Johnny Cash and Ennio Morricone; the epic 'i burnt your clothes' & the closing duo 'autoluminescant' & 'sleep alone.' Howard & co even contribute some great covers, easily up there with the quality approach both Cave & Howard (the latter in a smaller role) did on 'Kicking Against the Pricks.' The Shangri-La's classic 'He Said' gets a gender change, while Billy Idol's 'White Wedding' is wonderfully delivered - one of the great cover versions like Low's 'Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me', This Mortal Coil's 'Song to the Siren', John Cale's 'Hallelujah' & Mark Lanegan's 'Where Did You Sleep Last Night/In the Pines.' Taking something pop and very MTV is amusing stuff, so it's probably closer in spirit to Low's Journey-cover, Radiohead's 'Nobody Does It Better' or The Replacements' 'Black Diamond.' It's a great song, and Howard explained it at the time as more interesting than another cover of 'Knockin' on Heaven's Door'! It fits perfectly with the theme of the album, in case you didn't notice...
Yes, the theme of the album...mmmm, teenage sex, death and woe songs - the soundtrack to teenagers lost in adult bodies, I don't get any younger, you don't get any older. A permanent teenage soundtrack and a bit like Eddie Cochran's 'Last Kiss' colliding with the film 'River's Edge'...File next to Cohen's 'Songs of Love & Hate', Mark Lanegan's 'The Winding Sheet', & Dylan's 'Time Out of Mind'...
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Initial post: 29 May 2013 20:03:01 BDT
happy gerbil says:
I just wasted three minutes of my life reading this drivel. All I'll say is this - try reviewing the album instead of torturing potential Amazon buyers with your knowledge of the obscure. We can all be clever. Your "review" (a word I use in the most loose of terms) says more about your literary pretension than the content of what is a stunning album. Rowland S. Howard deserves a better epitaph than this narcissistic tosh.
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