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Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Magazine / Howard Devoto

Magazine / Howard Devoto / Luxuria

Howard Devoto solo

12" COLD IMAGINATION VIRGIN UK VS 624-12 1983 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

7" COLD IMAGINATION / OUT OF SHAPE WITH ME VIRGIN UK VS 624 1983 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

LP JERKY VERSIONS OF THE DREAM IRS US SP 70036 1983 10 TRKS

LP JERKY VERSIONS OF THE DREAM VIRGIN JPN VIL-6082 1983 10 TRKS

12" RAINY SEASON VIRGIN UK VS 598-12 1983 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

7" RAINY SEASON / RAINFOREST (VARIATION N16) VIRGIN UK VS 598 1983 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

No, never got a CD of Howard’s only solo album – but it has been re-issued recently, so now I supposed there’s no reason not to. I missed his solo live show(s) in L.A. – I must’ve been out of town. Howard also appears on an album by Bernard Szajner, “Brute Reason” on Island (UK). Isn’t Devoto also involved with the Britpop group ‘Mansun’? (Or is it Manson?). And don’t miss Howard’s cameo in the film “24 Hour Party People”!

Luxuria

CD BEAST BOX BEGGARS B UK BEGA 106CD 1990 13 TRKS 1 x bonus track (than the original LP)

LP BEAST BOX BEGGARS B UK BEGA 106 1990 12 TRKS

12" BEAST BOX IS DREAMING BEGGARS B UK BEG 233T 1990 3 TRKS with pic sleeve

CD5 BEAST BOX IS DREAMING BEGGARS B UK BEG 233CD 1990 4 TRK CD Single CD5

CD5 JEZEBEL BEGGARS B UK BEG 242CD 1990 4 TRK CD Single CD5

LP LIFELINES 1990 BEGGARS B UK LUX 1 LP 1990 17 TRKS interview, promo-only

12" PUBLIC HIGHWAY BEGGARS B UK BEG 211T 1988 3 TRKS

7" REDNECK / SHE'S YOUR LOVER NOW #1 BEGGARS B UK BEG 204 1985? 2 TRKS with pic sleeve Howard Devoto

12" REDNECK / SHE'S YOUR LOVER NOW #1 + #2 BEGGARS B UK BEG 204T 1985? 3 TRKS

CD UNANSWERABLE LUST BEGGARS B UK BEGA 90CD 1988 9 TRKS

LP UNANSWERABLE LUST BEGGARS B UK BEGA 90 1988 9 TRKS black paper band on cover

LP UNANSWERABLE LUST BEGGARS B US 6990-1-H 1988 9 TRKS

I saw Luxuria live, really good. I also have the longform home video for Luxuria, and the book of Howard’s lyrics that came out at about the time of “Beast Box” (“It Only Looks As If It Hurts”).

Magazine

12" ABOUT THE WEATHER VIRGIN UK VS 412-12 1981 4 TRKS with pic sleeve

7" ABOUT THE WEATHER / IN THE DARK VIRGIN UK VS 412 1981 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

LP AFTER THE FACT VIRGIN UK VM 1 1982 10 TRKS Collection

LP ALTERNATIVE USE OF SOAP, AN VIRGIN CAN V 2156 1980 10 TRK Collection, Canadian version of “Correct Use of Soap”

LPx2 BACK TO NATURE U.S. pirate LP CENTRIFUGAL 12CENT-10 1982? 12 TRKS pirate, LIVE 8/79

CD BBC RADIO 1 LIVE IN CONCERT WINDSONG UK WINCD 040 1993 6 TRKS Live '78

LP CORRECT USE OF SOAP, THE VIRGIN UK V 2156 1980 10 TRKS UK original issue

CD CORRECT USE OF SOAP, THE re VIRGIN UK CDVR 2156 1980 14 TRKS (4 x bonus tracks) ('07 issue)

7" CRIME AND PUNISHMENT pirate PIRATE UK ? 1978 4 TRK EP; with pic sleeve, U.K. Pirate '85

7" GIVE ME EVERYTHING / I LOVE YOU YOU BIG DUMMY VIRGIN UK VS 237 1978 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

12" LIGHT POURS OUT OF ME / CUT-OUT SHAPES VIRGIN US VIDJ 1 1980 2 TRKS no pic sleeve; U.S. promo-only

CD MAGIC, MURDER AND THE WEATHER VIRGIN UK CDV 2200 1981 10 TRKS

LP MAGIC, MURDER AND THE WEATHER VIRGIN UK V 2200 1981 10 TRKS UK original issue

CDx3 MAYBE IT'S RIGHT TO BE NERVOUS NOW VIRGIN UK MAGBOX 1 2000 45 TRK Collection (70's/80's recordings, some BBC recordings)

CD PLAY VIRGIN UK CDV 2184 1980 10 TRKS Live 9/80

LP PLAY VIRGIN UK V 2184 1980 10 TRKS Live 9/80

LP REAL LIFE VIRGIN JPN VIP-6922 1978 9 TRKS insert, autographed

CD REAL LIFE re VIRGIN UK CDVR 2100 1978 13 TRKS (4 x bonus tracks) ('07 issue)

7" RHYTHM OF CRUELTY / T.V. BABY VIRGIN UK VS 251 1979 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

CD SCREE VIRGIN UK CDOVD 312 1990 16 TRK Collection

LP SECONDHAND DAYLIGHT VIRGIN UK V 2121 1979 9 TRKS autographed

CD SECONDHAND DAYLIGHT re VIRGIN UK CDVR 2121 1979 13 TRKS (4 x bonus tracks) ('07 issue)

12" SHOT BY BOTH SIDES VIRGIN UK VS 592-12 1983 4 TRKS with pic sleeve

7" SHOT BY BOTH SIDES / MY MIND AIN'T SO OPEN VIRGIN UK VS 200 1978 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

7" SHOT BY BOTH SIDES / RECOIL VIRGIN JPN VIP-2632 1978 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

7" SONG FROM UNDER THE FLOORBOARDS VIRGIN UK VS 321 1980 2 TRKS with ‘Magazine sleeve’

12" SWEETHEART CONTRACT VIRGIN UK VS 368-12 1980 4 TRKS with ‘Magazine sleeve’

7" SWEETHEART CONTRACT / FEED THE ENEMY VIRGIN AUS K 8019 1980 2 TRKS with pic sleeve RED VINYL

7" SWEETHEART CONTRACT / FEED THE ENEMY VIRGIN UK VS 368AB 1980 2 TRKS with ‘Magazine sleeve’

7" THANK YOU FALLETIN ME BE MICEELF AGAIN VIRGIN UK VS 328 1980 2 TRKS with ‘Magazine sleeve’

7" TOUCH AND GO / GOLDFINGER VIRGIN UK VS 207 1978 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

7" TWENTY YEARS AGO / SHOT BY BOTH SIDES VIRGIN UK VS 368CD 1980 2 TRKS with ‘Magazine sleeve’

7" UPSIDE DOWN / LIGHT POURS OUT OF ME, THE VIRGIN UK VS 334 1980 2 TRKS with ‘Magazine sleeve’

I saw them live several times, both U.S. tours – numerous shows at The Whisky in Hollywood, and I went to the Warfield Theatre in San Francisco to see the “Correct Use of Soap” show.

Pete Shelley / Howard Devoto

CD BUZZKUNST COOKING VI US COOKCD 230 2002 14 TRKS enhanced CD, promo copy

I probably need to give this some more time. It’s the sole modern day CD of Mr. Devoto.

Not entirely comfortable with punk rock, Magazine were the open door through which I proceeded to properly approach “new wave”. After a promo LP of “Real Life”, I could then approach XTC, Ultravox, Simple Minds et al. I had to wait until 1979 to see Magazine live, but it was worth the wait. I was 21 years old. I stood at the front of the stage on the dance-floor at The Whisky in Hollywood, and I distinctly remember Howard’s (beat-up) leather shoes – stage shoes, perhaps? And his microphone stand that he stood on – roughly 2 years before I saw Julian Cope of The Teardrop Explodes borrow / steal Devoto’s moves and mike stand (same venue, by the way!). I went upstairs (backstage) after one of the Magazine Whisky shows, and got everyone to sign my “Secondhand Daylight” LP – somehow, only Mr. Devoto and keyboard player Dave Formula signed my (Japanese pressed!) “Real Life”.

To paraphrase Nick Currie (aka Momus) – “You think I’m under-rated? What about Howard Devoto?”.


1 Comments:

Anonymous Jim Donato said...

Re: Devoto

I want to make a "loose ends" comp called "Devoto Companion," but I lack the JPN version of Buzzkunst [2 unique bonus tracks], the "Til The Stars In His Eyes Are Dead" single [2 more b-sides] and the "Brute Reason" LP. I have everything else that he did outside of Magazine and not on "Jerky Versions," "Unanswerable Lust" and "Beast Box."
I got Buzzkunst from La La and love it! The instrumentals are a bit of a rip off - after all, Devoto's power is in his words and delivery, but tracks like "Can You See Me Shining" more than make up for them. The Mansun material is written by Howard only. Caveat Emptor.

Do ye' not have Howard's turn on Alex Chilton's "Holocaust" from This Mortal Coil's "It'll End In Tears," laddie?

So you saw Magazine AND Luxuria?? B*stard!!! So Cope swiped Devoto's stage presence AND mike stand??!! Damn!!! I only ever saw Cope, whom I like well enough, but he's no Howard Devoto. No one else is.

Is "Alternative Use of Soap" different tracks or only the title change? Hey, I LIKED the US cover change on Virgin Atlantic. I could never wrap my head around the kraft paper look of the real cover.

Nick Currie is a very wise man.

So far you're batting 2 for 2 this week with my all time favorite artists. Who's tomorrow? I can't think of anyone off the top of my head that I'd put in the class of Foxx or Devoto. Maybe Scott Engel.

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