While taking a look at the albums that I wanted to write retro reviews on, I noticed a pattern: they’re all from the 90’s. And thus, a theme was born. This week I’ll be writing on the “lost albums” of the 90’s, dedicating my time to albums that some people may swear never existed in the first place. At least two of them are that obscure, I swear. The first review will go up tomorrow and we’ll see how many I can get to before next Monday.
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A warning: It’s going to be a very Morrissey-heavy week. I’ll be tackling the recent The Smiths’ Complete box set one album at a time, but to start things off in a fun way I’m going to take a look at Morrissey’s live solo album, Beethoven was Deaf.
Album: Beethoven Was Deaf (1993)
There is a word for a live album like this: triumphant. It’s jubilant, edgy, and is thankfully not short on Morrissey’s trademark humor and cynicism. The album focuses on the 1992 Mick Ronson produced, Your Arsenal, and the glam-infused tracks translate very well to a live setting. Take, for example, the opener “You’re The One For Me, Fatty;” the guitars roar, and everything just sounds fantastic. Other standouts include “You’re Gonna Need Someone On Your Side,” “Glamorous Glue,” and the biting b-side “Jack The Ripper.” Beethoven Was Deaf is an absolute must for fans of The Smiths, Morrissey, or just about anyone in the mood for a truly fantastic live album.
This post will serve as the start of a new Friday tradition called “You should hear this!” Every Friday I will post either a music video or live performance of a band that I think should absolutely be heard (or, er, watched.) For this inaugural post I would like to present a performance of one of my favorite Taling Heads song, “Born Under Punches,” from their 1980 album Remain in Light. Produced by Brian Eno, Remain in Light features the band in an artistic fury, adding African polyrhythms to their already off-kilter style. This performance is taken from a 1980 concert in Rome, featuring experimental guitarist Adrian Belew, who would go on to join King Crimson one year later.