Friday, November 21, 2008

skirting boards and death watch beetles



"dynastidae". photograph by insect lab
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Continuing in the insect vein, briefly. Howard Devoto, of course, was originally Pete Shelley's partner in crime in the Buzzcocks for the blink of an eye - on their self-financed "Spiral Scratch" debut EP - before parting company to launch (or empty) a fully loaded Magazine on an unsuspecting public.

As a consequence of my abiding resistance to wall to wall carpeting, I have always viewed this particular song with some affection. In production terms it has dated less favourably, perhaps, than more durable shadowy moments from their excellent second LP, "Second Hand Daylight" - featuring "Rhythm Of Cruelty"; "Back To Nature"; and "You Never Knew Me", to name but three - or album #1, "Real Life", which contained "The Light Pours Out Of Me", but from the very first this single had 'hit' stamped all over it.

Howard Devoto: vocals; John McGeoch: guitar; John Doyle: drums; Barry Adamson: bass; Dave Formula: keyboards. With additional backing vocals by Magazine and Laura Teresa.


Recorded in December, 1979 and released in February 1980 on 45rpm - VS 321 - this was produced by Martin Hannett.

MAGAZINE: A SONG FROM UNDER THE FLOORBOARDS from "The Correct Use Of Soap" LP (Virgin) 1980 (UK)

PURCHASE THE CORRECT USE OF SOAP

14 comments:

Ramone666 said...

Ah, great song. Barry Adamson, now there was a bassplayer. Saw them live on the tour from this album... good memories. Never saw Wire live alas.

ib said...

I have never seen Wire live, myself, sadly. But if I had I would have liked the occasion to have been from the period between "Pink Flag" and "154". I had them on "Live At The Roxy" in 1977, too, where they performed "12XU" and "Low Down", I seem to remember. The closest I got...

Stagnant Artist said...

Wire played here recently and i missed it. Two free shows this past summer and on that WFMU hosted. Shame on me twice. Have always liked this song. Huge Buzzcocks fan.

ib said...

Yeah. I'm not much of a gig person. Buzzcocks were great; brilliant pop, brilliant songs.

plasticsun said...

I agree the production on Correct Use of Soap has not aged well - although I can usually ignore it. By the way. the song "You Never Knew Me" was on Soap.

germt said...

"The Correct Use of Soap" is my favourite song The Magazine. Otra vez congratulation por blog splendid. Sorry my English.Many Thanks.

germt said...

Sorry donde dije "song" quise decir "Album".

ib said...

Germt. Thanks, sibling: You're English is good. Better than my Spanish. I understand you very well.

Usted es muy agradable!

Löst Jimmy said...

That insect looks just like the 'Cronos' device - amazing.

ib said...

"Cronos". What a great film that was!

Mike said...

Such a classic song. I love Morrissey's version from a few years ago.

ib said...

Damn. Oddly enough, Mike, I haven't heard Morrisey's version.

And I am something of an admirer of his unique take on things in general.

Nathan Nothin said...

It's over at your elder sibling Art Decade Dec. 26, 2006 I believe.

Nathan Nothin said...

Shit, what can I say...it's not there. Those videos have been removed. It's over at youtube though.