Saturday, September 29, 2007

MAGAZINE: (1978) Real Life

Import pressing of Magazine's debut album features the original nine tracks, including the anthemic single, 'Shot By Both Sides'. EMI. REAL LIFE is the LP debut of the New Wave band Magazine, formed by Howard Devoto after ditching the Buzzcocks for greener pastures. They arrived just when Punk was changing to a more complex, challenging sound, and this LP stayed on the turntable at Wax Trax, where I worked, for at least a year. As a matter of fact, it was almost required to be able to do an impersonation of Howard's very idiosyncratic vocal style to BE employed by Wax Trax. Dave Formula's wonderful, swirling keyboards and Barry Adamson's intricate, in-the-pocket bass work were, for me, the other indispensible factors which made Magazine one of the best post-punk bands. The whole album is truly original, from "Shot By Both Bides" to "Burst" to "My Tulpa" to "The Light Pours Out Of Me" to the majestic "Parade". One reviewer has called this album "The post-punk ground zero", and I can agree. One listen to REAL LIFE and you will hear where modern rock begins. They followed this LP with the truly spooky SECONDHAND DAYLIGHT, another masterpiece, and then actually got some airplay with THE CORRECT USE OF SOAP, their third. If you have not heard Magazine, you are missing a very great (and, dare I say, important) band. And if that ain't enough, you can jump into the mosh pit and pogo to 'em, too! Terrific stuff.

Track Listing
1. Definitive Gaze
2. My Tulpa
3. Shot By Both Sides
4. Recoil
5. Burst
6. Motorcade
7. The Great Beautician In The Sky
8. The Light Pours Out Of Me
9. Parade

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Many thanx for the Magazine posts. A fine way for me to kill hum drum, bordom, bordom of a rotten Monday :-)

Cheers & great blog.