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Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Elastica


2-4-09 Elastica

CD5 6 TRACK EP DECEPTIVE UK BLUFF071CD

1999 6 TRK CD EP CD5

CD ARE FRIENDS ELASTIC? pirate RUBBER DE RR 100

1996 28 TRKS Live '95 pirate

CD5 CONNECTION DECEPTIVE UK BLUFF 010CD

1994 4 TRK CD Single CD5

CD CONNECTION! pirate SYNERGY JP SY 10180

1996 28 TRKS Live '95 pirate - same pirate disc as above?

CD ELASTICA DGC US DGCD-24728

1995 16 TRKS first album

CD5 LINE UP DECEPTIVE UK BLUFF 004CD

1994 4 TRK CD Single CD5

CD5 MAD DOG #1 DECEPTIVE UK BLUFF 077CD1

2000 3 TRK CD Single CD5

CD5 MAD DOG #2 DECEPTIVE UK BLUFF 077CD2

2000 3 TRK CD Single CD5 + CD Extra (video)

CD MENACE, THE DECEPTIVE UK BLUFF075CD

2000 13 TRKS 2nd album

CD RADIO ONE SESSIONS, THE KOCH US KOC-CD-8624

2003 21 TRKS (90's recordings)

CD5 WAKING UP DECEPTIVE UK BLUFF 011CD

1995 4 TRK CD Single CD5


I think I first saw the music video for “Connection” on Rage, the best music video show in the world. I decided to fully check out Elastica after seeing them perform live on “Later with Jools Holland” (on a tape sent to me of the British TV series). They seemed like a ‘fun’ band!


I started with “The Menace” and then got whatever I could find. They’re one of the few UK 90’s bands that I actively collect.


No, never had the chance (that I knew of) to see them perform live. Even though I worked in a record store when their debut album came out, I do not remember seeing any vinyl on Elastica. Not that there wasn’t any – I just didn’t see any.


I was always interested, when I saw that they were being sued (or whatever) by Wire and The Stranglers – for stealing their material. When does fandom of a band turn into copyright infringement? A question for the solicitors, I suppose.


Never a big fan of Mark E. Smith of The Fall – but I enjoyed his contribution to “The Menace” – his snarling vocals. I guess I am OK with “Cruiser’s Creek” by The Fall. But that’s as far as I am willing to go.


If you have never heard “Your Arse, My Place” by Elastica – give it a try. Very amusing indeed.

Too bad Elastica didn’t continue working as a band. I don’t even know what any of them are up to these days. I hope they’re all still alive!


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3 Comments:

Anonymous Jim Donato said...

Wow. Elastica. One of those bands I heard about a LOT… but have never heard. If they're copping riffs from Wire and the Stranglers then I guess I should investigate...

8:20 AM  
Blogger Ron Kane said...

Both of their albums are constantly in the cheapie bin around here - I'll try to find 'em for you!

6:35 AM  
Blogger chas_m said...

Mixing Jim and Ron's comments sum up Elastica perfectly -- the poor man's Wire/Stranglers/Blondie!

While lesser than those they borrow from, they're okay given their times. Too uneven for me to collect, but I've enjoyed the occasional tune.

5:17 AM  

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