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kingblake
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posted 14 September 2004 09:53 AM      Profile for kingblake     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Punk's lost classic is found - 25 years after being left on a train
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"The Vanilla Tapes" date back to 1979 as the band worked on songs which would eventually become their third album, London Calling, widely hailed as their masterpiece. Now 21 of the tracks from "The Vanilla Tapes" - including five songs that were previously unknown - are to be released for the first time as part of the 25th-anniversary reissue of London Calling. The majority of the tracks are unpolished versions of the songs which the band put on the album.
Sounds very promising. Does anyone know anything about these recordings. I got the impression from the article that they are demo versions of stuff which was later recorded professionally. I can't wait for it to come out.

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'lance
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posted 14 September 2004 11:24 AM      Profile for 'lance     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
The Lost Chord!

[cynicism]

I'm a little suspicious about the timing of this "discovery," just when a 25th anniversary re-release of London Calling was in the works, but...

[/cynicism]

...I'm interested in hearing these too.


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audra trower williams
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posted 14 September 2004 12:44 PM      Profile for audra trower williams   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Very interesting!
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posted 14 September 2004 12:48 PM      Profile for paxamillion   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
London calling to the faraway towns
Now that war is declared-and battle come down
London calling to the underworld
Come out of the cupboard, all you boys and girls
London calling, now don't look at us
All that phoney Beatlemania has bitten the dust
London calling, see we ain't got no swing
'Cept for the ring of that truncheon thing

[Chorus]
The ice age is coming, the sun is zooming in
Engines stop running and the wheat is growing thin
A nuclear error, but I have no fear
London is drowning-and I live by the river

London calling to the imitation zone
Forget it, brother, an' go it alone
London calling upon the zombies of death
Quit holding out-and draw another breath
London calling-and I don't wanna shout
But when we were talking-I saw you nodding out
London calling, see we ain't got no highs
Except for that one with the yellowy eyes
The ice age is coming, the sun is zooming in
Engines stop running and the wheat is growing thin
A nuclear error, but I have no fear
London is drowning-and I live by the river

I live by the river



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'lance
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posted 14 September 2004 12:50 PM      Profile for 'lance     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I was listening to that just the other day, by coincidence.

Still a consistently strong record. Ever seen the video they did for "London Calling"? Shot on a barge in the Thames in the pouring rain, a barge that looked to be in the process of sinking. Alarming.


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kingblake
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posted 14 September 2004 01:26 PM      Profile for kingblake     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
That's gotta be one of the best videos ever made. The video for Rock the Casbah, on the other hand....
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'lance
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posted 14 September 2004 01:31 PM      Profile for 'lance     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I missed that -- or, by your account, I was spared it.
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Screaming Lord Byron
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posted 14 September 2004 01:32 PM      Profile for Screaming Lord Byron     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I believe a sheik chases scantily clad women around a pool at one point, while The Clash pose in combat gear in front of oil wells. IIRC, of course.
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kingblake
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posted 14 September 2004 01:38 PM      Profile for kingblake     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
That would be the one.
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'lance
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posted 14 September 2004 01:38 PM      Profile for 'lance     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I'm sure you do RC. Who could make that up?
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Screaming Lord Byron
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posted 14 September 2004 01:40 PM      Profile for Screaming Lord Byron     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Eighties Video directors it would seem. I recall the same swimming pool concept resurrected for The Cars, Prefab Sprout and countless others.
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posted 14 September 2004 01:50 PM      Profile for vickyinottawa   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
*insert nostalgic sigh here*

London Calling was the first album I bought with my own money. Wore out the cassette; replaced it with CD once I had the technology, and it still is on regular rotation in the car.

I'll be looking forward to hearing the recordings.


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Lard Tunderin' Jeezus
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posted 14 September 2004 02:00 PM      Profile for Lard Tunderin' Jeezus   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
A college buddy went to England the summer London's Calling came out, and on arriving back told me he'd brought me an album back that was going to blow me (and the world) away.

We went to listen to it, and indeed it did. (Actually, I doubt today's generation can understand how completely immersed we were in our music back then, pre-MTV.) However, as we listened, he decided he couldn't let it go. And I couldn't blame him.


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posted 14 September 2004 02:14 PM      Profile for kingblake     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Just as an aside:

Does anybody know the reggae tune that Revolution Rock is based on?


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'lance
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posted 14 September 2004 02:29 PM      Profile for 'lance     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
No idea -- yet -- but amusingly enough, "Revolution Rock" was itself later covered, with vocals by one Winston "Sparrow" Martin, on an album called Jamaica All-Stars -- Right Tracks (scroll down, left-hand column).

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posted 15 September 2004 05:28 AM      Profile for beluga2     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I first bought London Calling before a long overseas plane trip. Normally, it's a somewhat difficult task to absorb a new double album all at once, but not that time. That fucker didn't leave my Walkman for the whole damn trip. I must've listened to it 6 or 7 times in a row, without a break. I was utterly transfixed, staggered, stupified.

That flight went by in a flash.

Since then, I've bought the album multiple times in every format. I wore out two cassettes, then two LPs, and I'm now working on my second CD.


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Lard Tunderin' Jeezus
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posted 15 September 2004 10:06 AM      Profile for Lard Tunderin' Jeezus   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Since then, I've bought the album multiple times in every format. I wore out two cassettes, then two LPs, and I'm now working on my second CD.

Now that's where I have no compunction whatsoever about downloading. I make a point of not burning any music that I don't legitimately own. But If I do?

Then I might - even if it's on vinyl.


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Screaming Lord Byron
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posted 15 September 2004 10:11 AM      Profile for Screaming Lord Byron     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
There's plenty of records I've owned in the past that I have no problem with downloading. I've paid once, so I don't feel the guilt the recording industry is determined to foist upon me.
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Lard Tunderin' Jeezus
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posted 15 September 2004 10:26 AM      Profile for Lard Tunderin' Jeezus   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
To clarify: I do still own 1200+ pieces of vinyl. Nearly 20 years worth of CDs on top of that.

I don't think the recording industry could legitimately claim any lack of support on my part.


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Screaming Lord Byron
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posted 15 September 2004 10:36 AM      Profile for Screaming Lord Byron     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I see, LTJ. Trying to distance yourself from common thieves like moi? Well it won't work, dammit! It won't.
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posted 19 September 2004 12:47 PM      Profile for Hawkins     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Lard tunderin' jeesus:
A college buddy went to England the summer London's Calling came out, and on arriving back told me he'd brought me an album back that was going to blow me (and the world) away.

We went to listen to it, and indeed it did. (Actually, I doubt today's generation can understand how completely immersed we were in our music back then, pre-MTV.) However, as we listened, he decided he couldn't let it go. And I couldn't blame him.


I am insulted by that last comment!

I am a full listener of albums. Just my funds don't permit me to buy all that I want, so I end up destroying it by downloading a few tracks to find the cd I want to buy... but that doesn't mean I don't appreciate the full immersive experience of a complete album.

I even had to "barrow" my parent's London Calling and Sandanista albums *cough* for an now an extended period of time *cough*


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posted 19 September 2004 01:23 PM      Profile for guy cybershy     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
This does sound like a lot of hype, but I will probably buy it anyway. My London Calling LP wore out some time ago.
I remember taking it to parties as a teenager, trying to get people to listen to it. Punk rock was considered the musical equivalent of leprosy where I grew up.

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posted 28 September 2004 11:05 PM      Profile for HellofaSandwich   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Lard tunderin' jeesus:

We went to listen to it, and indeed it did. (Actually, I doubt today's generation can understand how completely immersed we were in our music back then, pre-MTV.) However, as we listened, he decided he couldn't let it go. And I couldn't blame him.


I disagree pretty strongly with that. There are still a lot of us young'uns whose entire non-academic lives are centered around the pursuit, collection, and consumption of music. I'm sitting beside half a dozen piles of CDs and four shelves more to prove it.

In high school, I used to think that I was the only one who liked what I liked - ska, '70s punk, indie stuff, etc. But in University I realized how well a lot of kids my age know their music - just go to any non-mainstream club, and see how many people are singing along to The Smiths, The Ramones, and The Jam.

Kids today rock.


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