Saturday, 4 September 2010

When they met, it was Madder

Back in the mid-nineties I really, really loved Madder Rose. Still do in fact, on the odd occasion I actually get around to remembering how great they were. In a lot of ways they were my Velvet Underground. Which is weird as I bloody hate the Velvet Underground. Anyway, this is magic:




Madder Rose - Madder Rose mp3


Mildly Interesting Pop Fact: This song was later re-recorded and re-christened Swim. It's a bit different. Look!



Panic On may well be my favourite Madder Rose song of all though. They even got around to making a proper promo video for this one.



Oh! And Car Song is absolutely wonderful.



In fact, you can't really go wrong with either of the band's first two long players, 1993's Bring It Down and '94's Panic On, which are two of the best albums of the nineties, for me. The two later albums, Tragic Magic (1997) and Hello June Fool (1999), are a bit trippier and more noodly and slightly less accessible, but are well worth checking out nonetheless. Then there's singer Mary Lorson's subsequent solo project Saint Low, but I think we'll leave that for another day. (What with all the Twittering I've been doing of late, if I have to write anything over 140 characters in length it feels like blinking War & Peace all of a sudden. Must try harder.)

19 comments:

davy h said...

I've liked Madder Rose (the song) v.much since getting it on this Back In Da Day (yawn)- don't know ow else by them, but like these.

You bloody hate the Velvet Underground? Lawks!

Kippers said...

That's the same album I ripped the song from! I bought it because it had a Madder Rose song I hadn't heard before on it - or so I thought. But it turned out to be Swim under a different name (and, admittedly, a completely different recording). Still not sure which one I prefer even now. They're both great, but different great.

Perhaps bloody hate was a bit extreme, in hindsight. "Can't be doing with" would be more accurate.

davy h said...

I heart Tindersticks' 'Marbles' on that too.

davy h said...

It's a bit VU also, thinking about it ; )

Kippers said...

And I really like the Tindersticks too. Go figure!

Mick said...

I don't believe I've ever heard Madder Rose - the band or the song. The 90s kind of went over my head.

I don't hate VU but they are definitely contenders for most overated band of all time. Of course the are beaten by The ***** and The ******.

Kippers said...

Sorry, slightly unnecessary definite article usage there.

davy h said...

All the bands Mick thinks are overrated are my favourites and best.

Kippers said...

...In my post I mean, rather than Mick's.

It's all going terribly well!

Kippers said...

Coo, I've never had ten guestbook sigs within half an hour of a post before. (So what if they're mostly by me?)

Mick said...

I just wrote a long reply to Davy and Blogger lost it!

davy h said...

Serves you right

Mick said...

It went something like this:
I don't think so David. I deliberately didn't name any bands so as not to offend anyone. We've all got pet peeves though haven't we? The most overated band is one of my favourite drunken pub debates.

We'll get these comments up to 20 Kippers.

davy h said...

WOT EVAH

drew said...

I go away for a few days and the world goes to shit, how the fuck can you hate the Velvet Underground Kippers!

davy h said...

"It's all going terribly well!"

Kippers said...

17. If I pretend I loathe the Pixies, maybe I can get this up to 25.

Matt Gibson said...

Mmm. I drifted off to sleep last night with Mary Lorson playing, and this morning I wake up to this post :) Cool.

So, I'm guessing, bearing in mind I've _only_ got _Hello June Fool_ and _Tragic Magic_ (oh, and _Tricks for Dawn_) that I should probably go back and buy the earlier ones, right?

Kippers said...

Definitely!