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Re: Heston's Best'uns - SLF

Posted: 14 Apr 2010, 1:20am
by Bankrobber
Heston wrote:[I Don't Like You - 5. Worst song on the album, you can see they're running out of ideas as the album progresses.
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I can't even remember what that song sounds like.

SLF version of Doesn't Make it Allright is better than Specials, I think. Toguh call though. As Flex said, good job and kepp 'em coming.

Re: Heston's Best'uns - SLF

Posted: 14 Apr 2010, 12:09pm
by Chuck Mangione
101Walterton wrote: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..
Lemme guess, in your post, did Suspect Device = Complete Control? I think Wasted Life is a lot like Career Opp's too because of that opening line ("I could be a *soldier*")

Good reviews Heston.

Re: Heston's Best'uns - SLF

Posted: 14 Apr 2010, 12:11pm
by Wolter
Does that make "78rpm" their "1977?"

Re: Heston's Best'uns - SLF

Posted: 14 Apr 2010, 12:23pm
by Bankrobber
Wolter wrote:Does that make "78rpm" their "1977?"
That's a goofy song. Lyrically. Musically, it's pretty good.

Re: Heston's Best'uns - SLF

Posted: 14 Apr 2010, 12:47pm
by Heston
Bankrobber wrote:
Wolter wrote:Does that make "78rpm" their "1977?"
That's a goofy song. Lyrically. Musically, it's pretty good.
Agreed, Jake's solo is brilliant.

Re: Heston's Best'uns - SLF

Posted: 14 Apr 2010, 1:48pm
by Heston
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After the ramalama punk of the first two albums, this is where SLF decided to take their foot off the gas and stretch out a bit. Jake says his intention was to write an album where every song was a contender for a single, and though he failed on that score, this is an excellent album. Oh, and anyone who remembers the lyric sheet on the original LP version probably still has a headache!

Roots, Radicals, Rockers and Reggae - 10. An absolutely stonking opener and a searing vocal from Jake. They take an obscure Bunny Wailer track and put their own indelible stamp on it. If anyone's heard the original, this is nearly a different song, lots of new lyrics and a completely different feel. Probably my favourite SLF song.
Just Fade Away - 8. A straight up anti-love song, shot through with melody and attitude.
Go For It - 7. A brave move putting an instrumental this early on an album but it works. A great shuffling beat, loads of percussion and put to good use as their walk-on music later in their career. I still hear it getting used on tv shows, the royalty cheques probably come in handy.
The Only One - 8. Henry Cluney would sing 3 tracks on this album and this is his best. Great chorus and a wonderful solo from Jake.
Hits And Misses - 6. The weakest track on the album for me. An admirable attempt at a song about domestic violence but the tune is wishy-washy and the lyrics aren't the greatest.
Kicking Up A Racket - 8. Simple but effective, with some nice production effects.
Safe As Houses - 10. Fantastic song about unfulfilled potential, great riff, great singing, another classic.
Gate 49 - 7. Another one of their slight-but-enjoyable songs, this is a nice Rock and Roll pastiche.
Silver Lining - 9. SLF add a horn section to their sound and it works, more great lyrics and very melodic.
Piccadilly Circus - 10. Another storming end to an SLF album, this is a powerful story of a friend who was stabbed whilst shopping in London. Heartfelt vocals and a brilliant outro, top notch stuff.

Re: Heston's Best'uns - SLF

Posted: 14 Apr 2010, 4:05pm
by Bankrobber
I love got for it. I just wish the horns were dirty, maybe playing lower too. I always want dirty, mean horns though.


BIG EDIT!:- I actually meant "Silver Lining" and not "Go For It"....."Go for it" has no horns.

Re: Heston's Best'uns - SLF

Posted: 14 Apr 2010, 4:05pm
by Wolter
Bankrobber wrote:I always want dirty, mean horns though.
I'm a little busy now. Could someone please make a filthy innuendo here? Thank you.

Re: Heston's Best'uns - SLF

Posted: 14 Apr 2010, 4:06pm
by 101Walterton
ImSoBoredWithTheUSA wrote:
101Walterton wrote: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..
Lemme guess, in your post, did Suspect Device = Complete Control? I think Wasted Life is a lot like Career Opp's too because of that opening line ("I could be a *soldier*")

Good reviews Heston.
Barbed Wire and Carreeer Oppps both have great pisstaking lyrics as well as the drop outs in the middle.

Re: Heston's Best'uns - SLF

Posted: 14 Apr 2010, 4:08pm
by Bankrobber
Wolter wrote:
Bankrobber wrote:I always want dirty, mean horns though.
I'm a little busy now. Could someone please make a filthy innuendo here? Thank you.
I work well as a straight man.

...cue the next joke.

Re: Heston's Best'uns - SLF

Posted: 14 Apr 2010, 5:20pm
by Bankrobber
I guess this is as good as any place to post misheard SLF lyrics. For years my older brother thought the chorus to "Straw Dogs" ended with "Judge Armstrong! Judge Armstrong!" and thought that was the actual name of the song.

Re: Heston's Best'uns - SLF

Posted: 17 Apr 2010, 4:43pm
by Marky Dread
101Walterton wrote: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.
No one complained when The Clash covered Police & Thieves which was contemporary.

Re: Heston's Best'uns - SLF

Posted: 17 Apr 2010, 4:46pm
by Purple Hayes
Marky Dread wrote:
101Walterton wrote: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.
No one complained when The Clash covered Police & Thieves which was contemporary.
Lydon did.. ;)

Re: Heston's Best'uns - SLF

Posted: 17 Apr 2010, 4:47pm
by Wolter
Purple Hayes wrote:
Marky Dread wrote:
101Walterton wrote: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.
No one complained when The Clash covered Police & Thieves which was contemporary.
Lydon did.. ;)
Yeah, but that's like saying a clock struck the hour.

Re: Heston's Best'uns - SLF

Posted: 17 Apr 2010, 4:47pm
by Silent Majority
Purple Hayes wrote:
Marky Dread wrote:
101Walterton wrote: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.
No one complained when The Clash covered Police & Thieves which was contemporary.
Lydon did.. ;)
Lydon complained when Matlock wrote melodies.