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    Quote Originally Posted by swears View Post
    What's fascinating for me about Green is that you have this product of 70s UK leftism and state funded academia: art schools, libraries, the more radical/experimental side of punk, squatting on the dole, etc... And he used this background to propel himself into glossy 80s American-style hyper-commercial pop. It's really weird and jarring when you think about it.
    I don't think that's such an unusual trajectory in terms of glossy 80s pop acts, though in it's extremes yes. But in a way much of that was kind of 'the route', how you lived as an artist. Sade and Thompson Twins come to mind, I'm sure there were quite a few others. Adam And The Ants, Culture Club, Teardrop Explodes, Curiosity Killed The Cat? I dunno. Latterly Pulp maybe?

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    Noel:

    Yeah, what Peter York called "the video generation" coming up through art-schools and glam rock. But Scritti is an unusually extreme example of that tendency. And the way all the theory stayed with him, still talking about Derrida's ideas at his commercial peak as though it was totally natural for a pop star to be that academic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by noel emits View Post
    I don't think that's such an unusual trajectory in terms of glossy 80s pop acts, though in it's extremes yes. But in a way much of that was kind of 'the route', how you lived as an artist. Sade and Thompson Twins come to mind, I'm sure there were quite a few others. Adam And The Ants, Culture Club, Teardrop Explodes, Curiosity Killed The Cat? I dunno. Latterly Pulp maybe?
    Heh, Mick Hucknall?

    From The Frantic Elevators



    to Simply Red



    Would've probably been more jarring if he'd been holding a pistol in his mouth on the Simply Red version, actually.
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    i like "the word girl" with ranking ann on vocals

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    Quote Originally Posted by michael View Post
    Heh, Mick Hucknall?
    Mr "Champagne socialist", urrrgghhh....

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    Nasty.

    I innocently picked up this Junior Boys Own compilation second hand recently and gave it a spin. It was all very enjoyable and nostalgic and all that until...aargh!

    http://www.discogs.com/release/5745

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    LOL

    What do you expect from a bunch of guys in ponytails, Noel?

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    That Ballistic Brothers tune Peckings is wicked.

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    Been trying with them again. He's obviously a lovely guy, really lovely. I still think Confidence is a masterpiece. I like his interviews. I liked getting told off for doing this thread, my high point on here I think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mistersloane View Post
    He gave the world the Pet Shop Boys.
    Just made the shrillest laugh in my bedroom so well done sloane, I guess this is what it's like to read me without disgust.

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