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Substance

Substance

13 Jan 2003
4.1 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

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As we all know, the road to pop stardom is littered with also-rans and chancers, many who can easily and deservedly be dismissed as 'One-Hit Wonders.'

But fate can also be equally cruel to artists who show true potential and fall by the wayside due to a combination of bad luck, circumstances and - often - a gross lack of faith from the self same record company that initially welcomed the unfortunate band to their collective bosom.

DEPATMENT S sadly fell into this latter category. Those of you out there who can still recall them will no doubt remember their one (actually bloody great) brush with stardom, the punchily atmospheric "Is Vic There?" that hit the Top 30 in April 1981 and brought Top Of The Pops appearances, unstoppable hype and - perhaps inevitably - the band's premature crash and burn barely 12 months later.

Over (crikey) two decades later on, "...Vic" still sounds as potent and smart as ever, led by Mike Herbage's scorching guitar, mysterioso keyboards and Vaughan Toulouse's charismatic baritone. It's as impressive an introduction as any band could wish for, but it's by no means the whole story, as "Sub-Stance" proves, proffering 22 tracks in all; ransacking the band's entire (and unfortunately slim) archive.

The first 12 tracks are DEPARTMENT S's criminally unreleased album (Stiff rejected it, refusing to release the master tapes for less than £50,000, thus causing the band to splinter) and listening to it now you wonder why they invested such little faith in this fine quintet as these songs drip with charisma and distinctiveness.
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I bought this on the basis of the classic song Is Vic There and the impressive previous review which really sold the album to me.
Would it be:
1) One great song and eleven fillers (excluding bonus tracks), or
2) The 9/10 album I was hoping for?
Well, the opening song 'Of All The Lost Followers' sets the mood perfectly with it's menacing opening; this continues with the impressive (slightly goth-sounding) Romany Blood. I Want is great and with Is Vic There completes a top-quality first half.
The second half starts well with the driving Going Left Right but then struggles a bit (Somewhere Between Heaven and Tesco's is the alternative version of the Are You Being Served theme tune!) before getting back on track with Clap Now. The live tracks and b-sides are impressive too, especially Tell Me About It.
So, for me, the result wasn't 1), or 2) for that mattter, but they had a damn good try. (7.5/10)
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I bought this album on a whim, not because I am a big fan of Dept S but because I was a big fan back in 1980.

Big fan? OK, let me qualify that... I was a pimply 13-14yr old living out in the sticks. Getting my hands on a single (a 45rpm single) involved cycling to a town and to local record shop `Discotrak', about 10 miles overall. I bought both Is Vic There? and Going Left Right in this way, so in my book I was a big fan... oh and I read about them in Smash Hits too. I read that they were producing an album called Substance... so I waited... and waited. Nada.

Scroll on 27 years, me surfing the web. What's this, Sub-stance released at last? I'll have that! Click. Download.

So - was the album worth the wait? Is it another of those classic lost albums? That's a difficult one.

My perception of the Dept S was based on two singles, two fab New Wave offerings with lashings of guitar and synth that nestle in with other New Wave stuff of the time - the Vapors, Teardrop Explodes, etc., plus two OK b-sides. It is difficult to say that these songs are representative of the sound of the overall album, cos I don't think they are.

There is, however, one priceless track - I Want - apparently their third single. (They certainly didn't stock that at Discotrak!) Seemingly this single didn't dent the charts in a big way, and it's a crying shame that it didn't cos to me it's fabulous. Better than Is Vic There? Better than Going Left Right. An absolute gem. It's a multi-layered piece that just builds and builds over a menacing bass / guitar line. Great lyrics, great piano, great brass at the end. Proof that a song can be greater than the sum of its parts. Give the producer a cigar.

Other than the three singles (I now know) what else hits the mark?
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I already had all of Department-S' UK 7" singles (as well as the French release of "Is Vic There?") and I was upset that I had never been able to get hold of a copy of the hitherto unreleased SUBSTANCE LP. Then I saw the original 12 track album, 5 live tracks, 4 b-sides and a demo all on one CD - but was it worth the wait?

"Is Vic There?" (their slightly comical best known song ) is very good but surpassed by the truly excellent "Going Left Right" and "I Want" singles. Unfairly perhaps, I had expected the band to maintain the same high standard of the singles throughout - but I was disappointed.

The original album only consisted of 12 tracks including the 3 single 'A' sides and I found that I only liked three other songs from the original album. However, thanks to SUBSTANCE now being a compilation CD we get 5 additional live tracks 4 of which are very good and worth getting for themselves ( "Going Left Right" (live) being better than the studio version, which I always loved).

So, apart from the various versions of the single 'A' sides, there were 7 other tracks that I liked which were upbeat, often urgent with interesting lyrics - such as "Whatever happened to the Blues?", about societies propensity to bypass depression by popping a pill. "Just Pretend" was another of my favourites.

I heard a mix of Madness and the Gang of Four in some funk rock songs. While these were less urgent "Fighting Irish" was good but others like "Somewhere between heaven and Tesco's" were mundane.

I don't think I would have been happy with the original album but this is a good compilation with some very strong tracks, and enough good tracks to make it worth having without going crazy over.
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