Ultra Vivid Scene's eponymous debut is still one of the best records ever released...I was first played it in 1989 by a friend who like The The, Frazier Chorus & Foetus. To my Jesus & Mary Chain ears it was great. It sounded like the missing link between 'Transformer' & 'Psychocandy' & Spacemen 3's 'Playing with Fire'. And was not far from the art-rock of second wave Wire ('A Serious of Snakes', 'Ahead', 'Eardrum Buzz), Colin Newman's'A-Z' or darling Magazine...It became the one record our group of friends all agreed on;I harbour a fantasy that each one of us all secretly listens to this LP still (tho' we're falling/fallen out of touch...)...Moby was in UVS for a bit, 'tho he's not mentioned on the sleeve (surrealy UVS were mentioned on a Michael Barrymore quiz show I saw by accident/hangover)...'How Did it feel' is an update of Lou's 'How Do You think it feels?' or his earlier 'Beginning to see the light'. It sits correctly next to Spacemen 3's 'How Does it feel?'-which also merges Velvets/Can guitars with synthdrones...Both versions of 'Lynne Marie'are contender for the best popsong ever about a girl (tho' Scritti Politti win that one for 'The Word Girl'); 'LM#2' is perfect...Opener (and single)'She Screamed' is a bleeping classic- close to earlier single 'Something to Eat' and early Cabaret Voltaire/Suicide...'Crash' is another fantastic song influenced by JG Ballard's seminal novel (other great ones: 'Warm Leatherette', 'Cars', 'Pull Up to The Bumper', 'Always crashing in the same car', 'Poptones'...)and its bleeps and drones capture a druggy nightime euphoria...'Nausea' reminds me of the sliding strings of Big Star's 'Kangaroo', Durutti Column's 'Smile in the Crowd' or Tom Verlaine fronting Felt (the guitars are superb here...)...'You didn't say Please' is a twisted pop-song, the refrain "You only speak when you're spoke to"- rather cruel, yet lovely...'Extra CD Track'is an ironic masterpiece and 'The Whore of God' alludes to a Catholic darkness...'A Dream of Love' is one of THOSE songs best played at night- The The's 'Mental Healing Process', Tom Waits 'Shore Leave',This Mortal Coil's 'Late Night', 13th Floor Elevators 'May the circle remain...'...The best song is the classic indie hit 'Mercy Seat'- as good as Nick Cave's!- and takes the drum machine/drones/cellos to pop heaven...Kurt Ralske (UVS mainstay) would produce another great (tho' not AS great as this!) album with 'Joy'...Then he lost it in retro heaven...Oh, and the cover is classic Vaughan Oliver...They did great b-sides too, best is their cover of Patsy Cline's 'Walking after Midnight'...This is one album that you must have if only to file next to AR Kane,MBV, Cocteau Twins, Felt and all the other lovely products of the late(indie)eighties...Hail Ultra Vivid Scene!!!
on 17 October 2014
Whilst this type and indeed era of music may not be appreciated by some, to be reading this, you must have heard the samples but are still hesitating. I'd say go ahead and buy it. Whilst I don't really like any of the other albums produced, this one simply strikes a chord (!) with me, and takes me right back to the late eighties and early nineties of the 4ad label.
on 12 October 2013
Bought this on first release on cassette, hooked by The Mercy Seat. Just rebought on vinyl at my local Record Store for a fiver. And it is as excellent as I remember. Low era Bowie meets the VU, with Spaceman 3 on in the background. Although suprising it appears that liam Gallagher nicked Kurt vocal delivery for far far less effective results later.....