A bit of a plug today for the new issue, not least for the CD that Allan’s compiled to go with our excellent Stooges interview. The CD’s called “Search And Destroy”, and brings together 15 tracks from The MC5, The Stooges, The New York Dolls, The 13th Floor Elevators, The Monks and so on.
A particular thrill, personally, to see Death and Simply Saucer on an Uncut CD, but this is one of our best comps in a while, I think. Have a look at the tracklisting and give us some feedback when you’ve had a listen:
1 The MC5 – Sister Anne
2 James Williamson With The Careless Hearts – 1970
3 Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers – Born To Lose
4 Death – Keep On Knocking
5 Simply Saucer – Here Come The Cyborgs Pt 2
6 The New York Dolls – Pills [Demo]
7 Sonic’s Rendezvous Band – Slow Down (Take A Look)
8 Figures Of Light – Seething Psychosexual Conflict Blues
9 The Monks – Oh, How To Do Now
10 The Flamin’ Groovies – Slow Death
11 The Red Krayola – Wives In Orbit
12 The Scenics – Do The Wait
13 The 13th Floor Elevators – Fire Engine
14 Ducks Deluxe – I Fought The Law
15 Iggy & The Stooges – Search And Destroy
Besides The Stooges interview, our main feature in the new issue is an exhaustively-compiled list of 50 Great Lost Albums: ‘lost albums’ in this case being ones that aren’t legally available to buy new in 2010.
Fairly predictably, we’re also soliciting your suggestions for Great Lost Albums we’ve forgotten. The golden rule is that if you can buy the album new in any format – including MP3s – then it doesn’t count. Feel free to bombard me with your suggestions, of course.
To give you an idea of the sort of thing, here’s my entry for the first Kraftwerk album:
One of 2009’s more disingenuous reissues was “The Catalogue”, a thorough-sounding Kraftwerk boxset which actually failed to include their first three albums. Perhaps that early work was deemed too idiosyncratically human, with the mensch-maschine not yet fully operational and a certain freestyling hippy fallibility taking precedence. They remain, however, fascinating records, not least the 1970 debut, where Florian Schneider and Ralf Hütter embarked on four capricious avant-jams. The heavyweight electronics were at a putative stage: Klaus Dinger, soon to form Neu!, contributed live drums; Schneider led, jauntily, with a flute (cf the outstanding opener, “Ruckzuck”). “I’m working on the album tapes,” Hütter told Uncut last year. “It will be Kraftwerk 1 and 2, Ralf & Florian, and maybe one or two live ambient situations, whatever we find in the archive… It needs some more work, redusting and remastering.”
One more thing about the issue: apologies that we’ve trailed an apparently invisible Roky Erickson feature on the cover. The piece was spiked at the very last moment, along with my Wild Mercury Sound column, to make room for David Cavanagh’s brilliant obituary of Alex Chilton. We’ll try and squeeze it in the next one, all being well.