Roxy Music’s hits album (Street Life) was one of the first CDs I ever bought, but in the decades since (!), I hadn’t branched into their full-length records until recently. After listening to For Your Pleasure and hearing “Do The Strand” in its proper time and place, I realized that I’d never appreciated how angular and edgy it was. It was never one of my favorites on Street Life, but since hearing it in its album context, it leaves me breathless.
It’s probably an understatement to say that I have mixed feelings about tuNE-YaRdS (capitalization deliberately mangled), but holy crap: this new song is AWESOME (capitalization intentional and necessary).
If you need a kick start for your Monday, forget the caffeine and take this five minutes and 20 seconds of musical adrenaline from one of the greatest live albums of all time. If, by the last 45 seconds—with a bunch of hyper German teens yelling “what’d I say!” back at the Killer—you’re not hopped up and ready for anything, then you and I are very different people.
The dissonance of the vocals against the music of this track is strange, but whatever your reaction to it, stick around for the amazing cascade of synths in the middle (with an encore at the end). Dancing shoes required.
If you can track down Soul Jazz’s excellent Saturday Night Fish Fry comp, then lucky you. It’s an amazing one. This track, Eldridge Holmes’ “Humpback” re-introduced itself to me yesterday and I was blown away all over again.