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- 21 Powerhouse Drive
- Aggravation Psychedelique
- Girl In The Tree
- A Scan For Life
I love the Roxy-addled coda Lazonby appended to this album version. The feller likes to pretend he can’t really play the saxophone, but he’ll drop this pretence when it suits him.
- Compressed Cardboard
- Boy On A Bike
- Be Still
- A Beaker Of Love
- Must Try Harder (and keep his mouth shut)
- Drag The Lake
All my Lazer Boy choices here have been Alaric Neville’s recordings of the full band in flagrante from the last album, which presents a very skewed picture of what LB actually sounded like, even just within the context of that album. Soz. But they’re my favourites.
- People Having A Party
- Good Times On My Mind
The greatest guitarist who ever lived was Alan Rankine of Associates. You’ll have to forgive me stating a matter of opinion as a matter of fact here, because I am right. If you don’t believe me, get hold of any 1981 live recording of the group, listen to it, then be prepared to state (a) who was better and (b) why. Oh, and send us a copy of the live recording, please. Anyway, the best compliment my hit-and-miss guitar playing ever received was when Jerry the Jew, who confusingly is neither a Jew nor a Jerry, largely on account of his being a French Catholic, described the squalling on this as “channelling Rankine”. He was being nice: it’s a man who has little clue chucking fists full of gunk at the canvas in the hope that some of it will stick. On this occasion the man gets lucky. But the man is no Alan Rankine, who single-handedly updated guitar-bass-drums in much the same way as Pythagoras updated triangles. And, almost defying belief, played midwife to Tigermilk as a casually tossed-off encore.
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