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Outsider / In - The Collection Double CD
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Occasionally, what I do (and have done) is referred to as my career . The term career tends to stump me. Isn't a career something to do with joining the civil service?
Anyhow, it's been less of a career, more of a war; a war against the vacuous, the unrighteous, the unholy, the unstylish (the stylish), the unfunny, the unlovely, the uninspired, the unimaginative. The baddies, the goodies and every other sucker caught in no man's land. (Luke Haines, 2012)
Outsider/In: The Collection delves into the mind and works of singer/songwriter Luke Haines, in many of his musical forms, offering a comprehensive and tell-all 2CD representation of a career steeped in controversy, ups - downs and everything in between.
The collection, compiled with the help of Luke Haines, features 34 tracks from across his career, rarities and a note from the well documented outsider of Britpop .
Luke Haines’ third ‘greatest hits’ collection, Outsider/In contains precisely zero top 40 singles. But this is still the most straightforward, least-cantankerous attempt yet made at capturing his early brilliance, mostly delivered under the banner of The Auteurs.
No doubt Haines’ recent oddball fame as Britpop-skewering memoirist and surprisingly affable documentary star prodded Outsider/In into production. Haines’ previous compilations, the Las-Vegas-indie reworkings of Das Capital and the oddities ‘n’ obscurities behemoth Luke Haines is Dead, were typically contrarian; but Outsider/In presents 36 of his finest early songs unadorned.
Showgirl immediately begins the wrong-footing: it kicks off as brash, jangling, garden variety indie pop before pausing, sighing with disdain, and proceeding on a far more languid, melancholic and beautiful path. Proceedings end with the wordless weirdness of Gsg-29, a grimy funk jam from Haines’ brief period working under the name of a West German terrorist gang, Baader Meinhof. That such provocation was not unusual for Haines may partly explain the general public’s stubborn resistance to his particular charms.
In between, the songs veer between eccentric and acidic (Death of Sarah Lucas’ shimmering, simmering loathing; Discomania’s sinister scuzz) and elegant and eloquent (Starstruck’s muted melancholy; The Rubettes’ nostalgia-dazzled swoon). The bruising, buzzsaw-glam of Lenny Valentino charted at 41, a typically Haines-ian near-miss. Most songs approach perfection, and at least two reach that rare and hallowed ground.
On the impossibly graceful The Upper Classes, Haines takes us on a slow stroll around the stately homes of England, his bloodied blade barely concealed beneath his tour guide’s uniform. Listen carefully and you can hear Jarvis Cocker scribbling notes. And in two sublime minutes, Unsolved Child Murder unfolds one of the most gorgeous, perfectly crafted melodies in all pop.
Haines’ small but rabid fanbase will no doubt grumble over certain omissions and admissions, but the above-noted two songs alone earn Haines his place as one of England’s greatest songwriters. “The next generation will get it from the start,” Haines once sneered at those overlooking his work. Outsider/In is a fine place for them to get started.
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Top Customer Reviews
Here, collected, are most of his finest moments and for a tidy price too, conscious consumers! The (mis)Hits just keep on coming . . . Chuckle along with Unsolved Child Murder. Guffaw sardonically at the Death of Sarah Lucas, relive those crazy German terrorist capers with Baader Meinhoff. Oh yes, it's Fun Fun Fun all the way with our Mr Haines!
Watch out, though, because under the twisted humour and the guitar grind lies one of the most subtle tunesmiths this country has produced. And there are tender moments here too. Valet Parking comes close to pathos. But fairly swiftly we are back on queasy ground with Light Aircraft on Fire and all is well in Hainesworld once more.
None of these songs troubled the Top 40 and yet they track the real story of Britannia and her struggle to survive. God bless Luke Haines for writing this stuff. Someone had to.
Haines is a master word-smith and his lyrics, that are more often than not filled with plenty of disdain, cynicism and sarcasm, tend to focus on society's misfits and outsiders. And he's got the tunes too. Much of The Auteurs' early work has a cool but subtle 70's glam-rock influence - more Marc Bolan (on anti-depressants) than Bowie - but Haines is never afraid to turn up the amps for full effect, as evidenced on 'Lenny Valentino'. There are plenty of guitar hooks and Haine's sneering, breathy vocals compliment his lyrics. The four tracks from the Baader Meinhof concept album feature dense (almost tribal at times) percussion juxtaposed with strings. The solo material sees Haines experimenting with electronic sounds and more orchestration. The two tracks from the mid 90's Auteurs Vs µ-Ziq remix album are OK, but I wouldn't miss them if they weren't here.
Although not as comprehensive as the 'Luke Haines Is Dead' 3CD retrospective, this two disc set represents excellent value for a fiver.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Superb double CD trawl through the collected works of Luke Haines a.k.a The Auteurs, Black Box Recorder.
Fantastic songwriting and lyrics and at a great price too. Read more
What can you say 2 c.d,s for the price of a pint , all brilliant tunes from ||Luke %Haines various musical guises . buy itPublished on 5 May 2014 by r.d wilde