Playing Urusei Yatsura records, late at night, with soft flakes of lamplight filtering ochre through the nearly empty bottle of whatever that stands sentry upon the floorboards. There’s a strict amount of time you can spend slumped in a large box full of EPs by the Darling Buds; records by the Drop Nineteens and Thousand Yard Stare and a few hundred other bands long forgotten. As we’re all so modern, urbane and eclectic, this’ll be the penultimate overtly-indie themed post for a while; we can leave well alone the old genre politik and focus on electronica or happy hardcore or dirty drum and bass for the next fortnight. After tomorrow’s default indie record word-fest play-out, I’ll write exclusively on the 1920’s or Busta Rhymes or something (although flippancy aside, Extinction Level Event is a great LP; hip hop as monumental slabs of in-yer-face commercial complexity).
When recalling the first half the twentieth century’s final decade, and if I’m attempting to illustrate the state of mind that existed across a small, insignificant island hanging to the Atlantic like a drunk around a lamppost, the tunes below probably aren’t representative – I’m far from certain that they’re even indicative of my own state of mind at the time. But still: ‘Lo-Fi’, from the Glasgow band at the top of post, is a Double-A side from 1995, yet more vinyl that had unnecessarily slipped the attention span.
Elsewhere on Elm St, and The Mighty Lemon Drops were a wee bit earlier; technically another decade, I guess, but I was still listening by the time the narcissistic 80’s had flipped over – so there. Tomorrow: an indie record I rate particularly highly as to launch into gushing, sighing, indie-boy-gone-wrong benediction.
Urusei Yatsura / Lo-Fi
The Mighty Lemon Drops / Inside Out