Monday, September 05, 2005

The Two Greatest Albums in the World You've Never Heard Of


Whenever I hear people wanking on about the best album in the world - Thriller, or Dark Side of the Moon, or Astral Weeks, or Spiceworld: The Spice Girls Soundtrack, I feel like openly sneering at these people, and lambasting them with a hockey stick, and saying - Yeah, well, what the Fuck do you know, if you've never heard THIS album?

I'm talking Second Honeymoon by Deaf School. Deaf School were a Liverpool-based art-rock combo who briefly flourished in the late 70s, and made music influenced by Kurt Weil, Cole Porter, Broadway musicals, and French balladeering. The first of their three albums, 2nd Honeymoon, was by far the best of a fine bunch, not least because it contained the line: 'With your hand tight held in mine, we'd sign as Mr & Mrs Simply-Divine'.

Those lucky few who have heard 2nd Honeymoon will understand my passion; the rest of you can but dream of this glories of this album, whose art-jazz sonorities put it right at the top of the musically-brilliant-but-oddly-obscure pop-rock album Bundesliga...

2 comments:

Kim du Toit said...

Preferred Blodwyn Pig in that era.

Also listen to a band called Happy The Man (from, I think, Baltimore), who were quite monumental.

Ron said...

You can find it here, for now...

http://bestfbothworlds.blogspot.com/