Leave The Straight Life Behind: Expanded Edition Double CD
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Legend has it that a chance meeting with John Peel in the Rough Trade record shop set Bob on the road to becoming a true indie favourite in the late 80s and early 90s, with Peel championing the band throughout their career. Starting life in 1986, the band released a series of acclaimed singles, and with each single release, they toured and promised an album. Eventually they got enough money together to release Leave The Straight Life Behind on their own House Of Teeth label in 1991. The album met with rave reviews but due to the collapse of Rough Trade Distribution it was frustratingly difficult to find. Now available again for the first time in many years, the album has been expanded to 2CDs, with a second disc including all four of their Radio 1 sessions, 3 for John Peel and 1 for Simon Mayo. Following the various pieces of bad luck that befell the band, they became disillusioned with the industry and finally split in 1995, leaving a legacy of eight singles, one compilation of early singles, the album and a legion of happy fans who had been lucky enough to see them live. The single Convenience graced the John Peel Festive Fifty in 1989.
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So here we are nearly a quarter of a century later. And here they are again and boy does it sound fresh. They tease you with Dynamite, a slow ballad that doesn't so much blast you, as eases you in before the explosion of Skylark III that cranks the tempo up and doesn't let go, as the album storms through two more achingly brilliant pop tunes, Nothing for Something (I'll sing out of tune, you're ears will be bleeding.... so just for you a tuneless tune to get you through the afternoon") and Who You Are, with it's climbing chords, spinning the song relentlessly on. Not forgetting the pounding beat of 95 Tears, driving the storming guitars on.
They do slow down too on the bittersweet ballad The Belly ("scrape me up off your floor, stick me to your ceiling, get me to put you down, cos I know the feeling") and the beautiful Saying Goodbye with its chiming melody and harmonies.
They even out-dance their peers in the age of baggy on Take Take Take ("I don't care what tomorrow brings as long as it brings cash"), and then, in the resurgence of flares, have a song called Trousercide. "Favourite clothes are cheap ones..." they implore, on one of the outstandingly energetic tunes of the album. Genius.
They leave us with a reminder that they'd fired up their sound to wonderful effect on the title track at the end.Read more ›
All I need now is all the EPs to be released on CD, that would really top it off for me. Buy this, even if you have the original release, you won't regret it.
Hopefully these additional tracks will be included in 2cd edition Swag Sack? as the informative booklet states 3 Loop exists to liberate quality music and artwork currently being neglected in favour of more mainstream music alternatives. www.3loopmusic.com
Just one of ALL of their classic tunes. Saw BOB live too many times, (well, actually not enough times, but more than 15 anyway). Late 80's and early 90's, travelling all over the country with a coach load of fellow Brummie/Silihillians, once with The Penny Candles as support, with the legend that is Hugh Whitaker on drums. He turned up to the gig on a bicycle, (which he knew would otherwise be stolen by the scallies in Leeds, so he locked it to the drainpipe outside the Bar entrance), wearing a BRIGHT yellow fishermans seafolly. Funny a fcuk, what a fantastic night, just like all the others.
Here's to you BOB.
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Great band. Due a comeback ?
Jon Peel knew a thing or two about music and he wasn't wrong with this band.
I 'm very glad that I own these original vinyl records from Bob, which are: Swag sack, Esmeralda Brooklyn and the Leave the straight life behind LP (HOTLP 13013). Read morePublished on 1 May 2014 by klaus-Peter depner