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Heston's Best'uns - SLF

Post by Heston » 12 Apr 2010, 8:16pm

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This record obviously owes a huge debt to the first Clash album, similar lyrical themes matched to snappy punk and a reggae cover on side 2, but I think SLF put enough of their own personal experiences into it to make it a landmark album. The production is very rough, but this adds to the underdog vibe and perfectly suits Jake's young roar.

1. Suspect Device - 9. Great opening salvo. Clever lyrical puns abound and the tune is pretty jerky and awesome.
2. State of Emergency - 7. A good brooding number after the fury of the first track. Jake's guitar trills unintentionally reveal his secret teenage years as a heavy rocker.
3. Here We Are Nowhere - 8. Great little tune that kicks along at furious pace, but is very charming and melodic.
4. Wasted Life - 9. Along with Suspect Device and Alternative Ulster, it forms the holy trinity of this album. Righteous lyrics and another great tune.
5. No More Of That - 7. Pretty average verses saved by a good singalong chorus.
6. Barbed Wire Love - 9. A classic. More lyrical puns, Beach Boys harmonies and power pop overtones, what's not to like?
7. White Noise - 6. Controversial on release and you probably wouldn't get away with it now. A not very subtle critique at Brit attitudes toward the Irish, this is a song I wouldn't really play in company.
8. Breakout - 8. SLF do Springsteen. A good pop song.
9. Law and Order - 7. Catchy chorus and good Cop-bashing lyrics.
10. Rough Trade - 7. Their Complete Control, only not awesome (What is?).
11. Johnny Was - 9. Absolutely brilliant cover of the Marley tune, the arrangement is excellent. They were never tighter as a band.
12. Alternative Ulster - 10. This song made me say goodbye to heavy rock. 'Nuff said.
13. Closed Groove - 7. Weird and I like it, this was as post-punk as they got.
So what does Marconi playing the mamba mean? "Marconi" is referring to the radio itself. It plays a deadly snake. The snake - the mamba - is slithering from the speakers. Ready to kill greedy corporations. Ready to free the world of all that is evil, and to leave behind only the youthful idealism encompassed by the tenets of rock and roll.

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Post by arsebundren77 » 12 Apr 2010, 8:40pm

A good appraisal. The thing with White Noise is that the vocals are nearly indecipherable. I've played it for people more than once, all the while smirking and waiting for a reaction and... nothing. Seems like Jake is rattling it off as fast as he can expressly for this purpose. Of course, if you read the lyrics, skipped the last verse and were ignorant of the band's nationality, it would come off as vilely racist and nothing more. As is, I rather enjoy it.

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Post by rcs » 12 Apr 2010, 9:44pm

well done, heston.. fucking great album... finally, a fitting review
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Post by 101Walterton » 12 Apr 2010, 9:55pm

Nice work Heston and glad to see you are finally coming round to agreeing with me ;) I did a post a few years back comparing IM with S/T along the lines of:
White Riot = Alternative Ulster, Career Opp's = Barbed Wire Love, P & T = Johnny Was, Rough Trade = Garageland etc..

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Post by Heston » 13 Apr 2010, 10:13am

101Walterton wrote:Nice work Heston and glad to see you are finally coming round to agreeing with me ;)
Now now 101, I shall come to SLF's best album in good time. Patience, dear boy.
So what does Marconi playing the mamba mean? "Marconi" is referring to the radio itself. It plays a deadly snake. The snake - the mamba - is slithering from the speakers. Ready to kill greedy corporations. Ready to free the world of all that is evil, and to leave behind only the youthful idealism encompassed by the tenets of rock and roll.

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Post by Bankrobber » 13 Apr 2010, 2:26pm

Top Notch album. Love every song, except for "Closed Groove". Just seemed like they were trying to hard and didn't have the right tools for Post-Punk.

Skipping ahead, I'm putting on "Mr. Fire Coal Man." Good song.
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Post by 101Walterton » 13 Apr 2010, 3:26pm

Heston wrote:
101Walterton wrote:Nice work Heston and glad to see you are finally coming round to agreeing with me ;)
Now now 101, I shall come to SLF's best album in good time. Patience, dear boy.
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Post by Purple Hayes » 13 Apr 2010, 5:58pm

101Walterton wrote:
Heston wrote:
101Walterton wrote:Nice work Heston and glad to see you are finally coming round to agreeing with me ;)
Now now 101, I shall come to SLF's best album in good time. Patience, dear boy.
You've peaked, quit while you are ahead.
Yep, that's the best SLF album sorted, Buzzcocks next? :approve:
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Post by Heston » 13 Apr 2010, 6:28pm

Purple Hayes wrote:
101Walterton wrote:
Heston wrote:
101Walterton wrote:Nice work Heston and glad to see you are finally coming round to agreeing with me ;)
Now now 101, I shall come to SLF's best album in good time. Patience, dear boy.
You've peaked, quit while you are ahead.
Yep, that's the best SLF album sorted, Buzzcocks next? :approve:
I'll let someone else try the Buzzcocks, I've never been a huge fan. :shifty:

I intend to investigate 3 more SLF albums, then I think I'll move on to the Jam. ;)
So what does Marconi playing the mamba mean? "Marconi" is referring to the radio itself. It plays a deadly snake. The snake - the mamba - is slithering from the speakers. Ready to kill greedy corporations. Ready to free the world of all that is evil, and to leave behind only the youthful idealism encompassed by the tenets of rock and roll.

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Post by Purple Hayes » 13 Apr 2010, 6:49pm

The Jam? The Canadian version of Setting Sons that includes Strange Town is the winner by default.. :mrgreen:
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Post by Heston » 13 Apr 2010, 7:03pm

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The "difficult" second album has a much more professional sound, even a bit of a "GEER" sheen, dare I say it. Yet more Clash similarities abound. The first side is pretty flawless, though side 2 is most definitely weaker. If they'd kept up the hit rate of side one, this would be their best album.

Gotta Getaway - 9. One of Jake's now trademark droning guitar figures kicks off this song and you're straight into "classic" territory. A huge live favourite.
Wait and See - 8. SLF's Stay Free, an ode to childhood mate and recently departed drummer, Brian Faloon. Even the chord sequence is similar to Stay Free, thus loses a mark for plagiarism, but regains it for the great reggae sequence at the end.
Fly the Flag - 8. Good song, but misunderstood by a lot of the knuckleheads at the time. Suffers from "White Noise" syndrome.
At the Edge - 10. Another song that pulled me away from Heavy Metal as a kid, hooks galore and their biggest hit.
Nobody's Hero - 8. A good tune but suffers from "Mott the Hoople Syndrome", as popularized by the Clash.
Bloody Dub - 6. Interesting dub experiment, though would have made a better b-side, a bit long for an album.
Doesn't Make It Alright - 8. Great cover of the Specials song, blows the original away.
I Don't Like You - 5. Worst song on the album, you can see they're running out of ideas as the album progresses.
No Change - 6. A bit slight, though its charm wins through.
Tin Soldier - 10. Another classic, all stops pulled out for the album's finale.
So what does Marconi playing the mamba mean? "Marconi" is referring to the radio itself. It plays a deadly snake. The snake - the mamba - is slithering from the speakers. Ready to kill greedy corporations. Ready to free the world of all that is evil, and to leave behind only the youthful idealism encompassed by the tenets of rock and roll.

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Post by Flex » 13 Apr 2010, 7:11pm

Nobody's Heroes was the first SLF album I heard because the Bosstones covered "Tin Soldier" and that's how I first heard of the band. Great song, good album. Don't know if I would have liked it as much if I'd heard Inflammable Material first, but that's how these things go.

Nice write-ups, Hes. I'm enjoying them.
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Post by 101Walterton » 13 Apr 2010, 7:13pm

Aren't all the covers of this album autographed ?? ;)

I dont agree their version of Doesn't Make It Alright is better than the Specials but if you swap Bloody Dub for Bloody Sunday and you have another great album.

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Post by Heston » 13 Apr 2010, 7:34pm

101Walterton wrote:Aren't all the covers of this album autographed ?? ;)

I dont agree their version of Doesn't Make It Alright is better than the Specials but if you swap Bloody Dub for Bloody Sunday and you have another great album.
Yeah, I thought it was strange decision to go with Bloody Dub over Bloody Sunday, though bands didn't like to bring out previously released singles on albums back then, did they? There was much more of a VFM policy during that era, the late 70s/early 80s are littered with great inter-album singles.
So what does Marconi playing the mamba mean? "Marconi" is referring to the radio itself. It plays a deadly snake. The snake - the mamba - is slithering from the speakers. Ready to kill greedy corporations. Ready to free the world of all that is evil, and to leave behind only the youthful idealism encompassed by the tenets of rock and roll.

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Post by 101Walterton » 13 Apr 2010, 9:45pm

There was 3 singles on the album so they probably thought 4 would be too many, still no need for Bloody Dub and a Specials cover that was barely a year old.

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