Saturday, November 19, 2005

Sittin' in a Sleazy Snack Bar Sucking Sickly Sausage Rolls


It's 3 AM and I can't tell if I've seen the "Clear White Light" or gone completely bonkers. But I think I just fell madly in love with '70s folk group Lindisfarne.
On the one hand, this particular song fits cleanly into Mr. Poncho's '70s indie-rock reference system: this is proto-Animal Collective. On the other hand (whichever hand is left over after all the other hands are used up trying to justify a night spent downloading Lindisfarne songs and bidding for LPs on eBay), this could also be a booby-trap that leads to contra dancing or an interest in bag-pipes (or - gulp - Jethro Tull). It's very hard to tell. Listen to the maddeningly catchy "Fog on the Tyne" and you'll hear the dilemma. Limey-ville is calling. And I must now go.
Right?
Apparently, Allmusic Guide got pretty excited about Lindisfarne too because they spill lots of ink on a band with almost no impact on rock history.
P.S. The Famous Charisma Label strikes again!

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Anonymous said...

Good stuff
Re Lindisfarne, course "Meet Me On The Corner" is their high point, "Run For Home" more successful but a bit cheesy
Alan Hull's Pipedream is reckoned (in my house anyway) to be one of the great under rated (should that be one word ?) albums of the lovely, lovely 70s

Mrs. Lefty said...

What the hell have you got against contra dancing?

Lefty said...

re comment by anonymous ... Hull's Pipedream is already in the eBay pipeline. Sigh.