Released on this date, in 1996.
I thought it was Groovy...
Day late this time in pointing out the anniversary of this classic.
And by classic, I mean… “Put this sucker on RIGHT NOW!!”
Cram packed with gems ... Tomorrow Yesterday, Squirm, Old Goat, Scootecar Sexkitten, too name a few!
I can remember quite clearly going into Virgin on Oxford St. to buy this in 1996. I played it to death and back as I recall. My girlfriend (now my wife, Sam) banned me from playing it in the car as it was on so often. I think it's a fabulous album full of interesting and exciting layers and sounds that are so clever and imaginative. I've always seen this and Practically Wired and Atom Shop as a kind of trilogy, as they fitted together but were also progressively different. I'd never heard anything like it....and I really loved the whole approach!
I think I do remember reading somewhere that Bowie and Reeves listened to this, and it had an influence on their Earthling album released a year later...….sounds a reasonable state of affairs thinking about it.
Was it really nearly a quarter of a century ago though....for god's sake - I remember picking it out and paying for it (and the 'Bill' related conversation with the staff) like it was just a while ago.....time really does evaporate doesn't it!!
That's so cool that it was spontaneous! The songs sound planned out...that must have been fun.
It's such a sparkling album of songs, jazzy, unique and catchy as all get out.
I like watching the explanation about it on John Spence's SpikeyMusik YouTube channel.
A personal favourite of mine and, along with 'Practically Wired', (if I may be forgiven for saying so,) was ahead of the curve in terms of fusing drum n' bass styles with rock guitar songwriting. The album was literally improvised and spontaneously written in a very short number of days at Fairview Studios. My friend John Spence handled the mixing desk duties leaving my imagination free to roam without having to think about the technicalities of putting it all to 'tape.' It was a magic session. I think it's a magic album too...