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Tag Archives: 1980

Renaldo & the Loaf – Melvyn’s Repose

Tape loop shenanigans from the Swinging Larvae -era. Check out the loop at the one minute mark; hellish under certain, enhanced circumstances, but to this listener it has a haunting beauty. Portsmouth’s finest!


Snakefinger – Jungle Princess

Wonderful stuff from the “fifth Resident” ak.a Phillip Lithman a.k.a Snakefinger. This track is from his 1980 album ‘Greener Postures’, which was co-written and produced by The Residents, which one can certainly hear. Spectral guitar, and kettle drums bounce around his distinctly (post-punk?) vocals, before what can only be described as a typical Snakefinger guitar burst punctuates proceedings. Wonderful, wonderful stuff.

Renaldo & the Loaf – Lime Jelly Grass

This is where the madness starts! The opening track to the gaggle of lysergic tape-loops, toy drums, and candy-coloured chants that is their 1980 masterpiece ‘Songs For Swinging Larvae’.

Renaldo & The Loaf – Is Guava A Donut?

Another gem from the Portsmouth duo’s second album ‘Songs For Swinging Larvae’, where some serious questions are asked. Tape Loops like manna from heaven.


Joy Division – Isolation

Absolutely classic track from an album that warrants the same amount of praise. What can be said about Joy Division’s ‘Closer’ (1980) that hasn’t already been said? That may seem like a cop out, but that’s the best you are gonna get this morning.

Fred Frith – Dancing in the Street/My Enemy is a Bad Man

Brilliant cover of the Martha And The Vandellas hit (co-written by Marvin Gaye) from Frith’s 1980 album’Gravity” that is designed to put a broad smile on your face. This then makes way for ‘My Enemy Is  A Bad Man’, a family friendly number that could easily accompany a muffin munch in a nice middle class Coffee shop.

The Cure – A Forest

Minimal, sparse and gloomy New Wave that heralded the beginning of a new decade; from 1980’s ‘Seventeen Seconds’.

Alan Vega – Fireball

Minimal, crisp Rockabilly from the Suicide front man. This is golden stuff, and planted seeds in the likes of Jim ‘Foetus’ Thirlwell, giving oldie worldie Rock n Roll its bite once again. This is from Vega’s 1980 eponymously named debut album.

Suicide – Mr. Ray

A track that owes something to the Velvet Underground, was a contemporary of The Birthday Party, and foretold the coming of Black Dice, is a track that lives up to all of those bands mentioned. Ladies and Gentlemen, the mighty Suicide with something from their second album that was released in 1980.

Renaldo & The Loaf – A Medical Man

Insanity from an album that never really lets up during its (almost) 40 minutes. Yes, this is definitely ‘I think I took too many’ material. Wonderful stuff from the Portsmouth duo’s 1980 masterpiece ‘Songs For Swinging Larvae’.

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