After a year long break Lustmord will once again perform live.
This time at the Wrocław Industrial Festival on November 8 2014.
I was once asked to list ten of my personal favorite albums, with a brief note on each for a proposed book compiling such lists from various musicians.
The albums I chose are ones that have made a particular and lasting impression.
I’m posting it again here, with some minor edits as I get asked often which artist or albums have inspired me in one way or another.
I’m sure that I’m like most people in that the albums that have left the most impression are the ones that I discovered during that initial period of exploring new music in one’s youth when so much was new and waiting to be discovered.
My passion for music remains the same as it did then, and the quest continuos to relive that sensation one only gets when hearing a great album or artist for the very first time.Having to restrict my choices to ten for the purpose of this exercise, the ones that continue to particularly stand out for me are:
The Clash: The Clash. (CBS 1977)
(The original British release, not the American version, which has different tracks)
Along with the Sex Pistols’ “Bollocks”, the album that spawned a thousand imitators (dam them). Angry, fresh, and above all vital. While there are many good arguments as to why this isn’t the best Clash album, it’s the one that did it for me. A real breath of fresh air when it came out, and those who weren’t around at the time often seem to forget just how different to everything else this was.
Throbbing Gristle: 2nd Annual Report. (Industrial Records 1977)
Like most exceptional releases, I first heard of this album via word-of-mouth and it proved difficult to track down due to the original limited run of 785. It was most definitely worth the effort. This was about as different an album as I’d heard, in a period when I was actively seeking out and listening too a lot of experimental and ”new” electronic music. Most of it too pretentious for its own good.
Agustus Pablo: King Tubby Meets Rockers Uptown. (Clocktower & Yard International 1977)
The space between the notes defines dub. Exquisite placement of sound and texture. The album to play people who have never heard real dub. If they don’t get it, well, they can just fuck off.
Joe Gibbs and the Professionals: African Dub Chapter III. (Joe Gibbs 1978)
Chapter IV is equally good but omitted here to keep within the 10 album limit.
Kraftwerk: The Man Machine. (EMI 1978)
An album that I bought on the day of release. Like all Kraftwerk, on first impression, pure in its simplicity, but the execution is far from simple. While oft imitated, nobody comes even close to Kraftwerk. This album was almost omitted from the list, but only to make room for their 2005 live album Minimum Maximum, but The Man Machine wins for being such an inspiration at the time. You should still run out and buy Minimum Maximum too though.
Joy Division: Unknown Pleasures. (Factory Records 1979)
The band that went so far over the edge that they never came back, and this album mapped out that journey right from the beginning..Despairs, remorse, regret and they sound as if they really mean it. And of course, as testified by Ian Curtis’ suicide that marked the end of the band after two albums (of which this is the first), he at least most certainly did.
I bought this album the day after (unexpectedly) seeing them live when they supported The Buzzcoks on a tour to promote this album. Still after all those years the best and most electrifying show I’ve been to, and this album is only a glimpse of that performance, but better than no glimpse at all.
Little Axe: Slow Fuse (Wired Recordings 1996)
As good as the first album “The House That Wolf Built” is, this is where all the ingredients (tight grooves, dub and blues) come together for a perfect blend, masterfully captured by Adrian Sherwood’s production, which retains the playfulness and touch of chaos that makes his mixes so good, but within a more restrained and mature content.
(For those who didn’t know, Le Blanc, Wimbish and McDonald where the studio band of the Sugarhill Records and are the musicians playing on the classic single “The Message” by Grandmaster Flash and tHe Furious Five)
Martin Denny: Exotica 90. (Insideout, Japan 1990)
A Japan only release, recorded in Tokyo and Hawaii in 1990. Including versions of some of Denny’s hit’s from the 1950s, including some with added vocals. While I was familiar with and enjoyed Denny’s material, it wasn’t until being exposed to this album in 1990 during vacations in San Francisco and Los Angeles that I really grew to love it. Perfect for playing while driving around California in an open-top car. Purists will probably prefer the early recordings, but while I have them all, I have a soft spot for this one.
Bohren and der Club of Gore : Black Earth (Wonder 2002)
David Lynch meets Miles Davies at 3 am in a smoke-filled basement one dark night in 1958.
So far their albums after Black Earth have failed to capture the mood they caught here unfortunately.
Reissued by Ipecac Recordings in 2004.
Rhythm & Sound: See Mi Ya (Burial Mix 2005)
Beyond dub techno (which they instigated), Moritz von Oswald and Mark Ernestus at the creative and technical peak of their collaboration. While I have all of their work together, this is the one that really stands out for me. Solid bass-lines, perfectly spaced and utilized production and a groove that keeps pulling forward. One rhythm reworked with subtle mastery over eleven tracks. Few are capable of this kind of sound.
Albums that I would have included if I wasn’t restricted to ten would be:
Various Artists: Headz (MoWax)
Vangelis: Blade Runner (I recommend the 4CD “29th Anniversary” edition)
Tangerine Dream: Rubycon
Found while clearing out old archives, a copy of Stabmental issue 4/5, from December 1980. A fanzine put together by Geoff Rushton, who later became better known under the name to John Balance.
He was around 17 at the time and still in school. We corresponded regularly in those days (actual mail, long before the internet), sharing thoughts and ideas that would later turn up in Lustmord and Coil.
Geoff performed on the first Lustmord album and he died in 2004. I remember our exchanges fondly.
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