Being Difficult

Record club regular, Keith, took control in November. He went with a theme of “Being Difficult”—that is, artists which have challenged the status quo by being “difficult” in some way.

Just to be difficult, Keith messed with the format for this event, so rather than pick three complete albums, he played side 1s from six different albums.

Here’s the playlist:
Being Difficult
Half-a-dozen side ones of music deemed difficult by some and brilliant by others.
  • The Residents: ‘Meet the Residents’, 1974
  • Tangerine Dream: ‘Rubycon’, 1975
  • Holger Czukay: ‘Movies’, 1979
  • Sonic Youth: ‘EVOL’, 1986
  • Test Dept.: ‘The Unacceptable Face of Freedom’, 1986
  • My Bloody Valentine: ‘Loveless’, 1991
Where:

The Kirkgate Centre
39a Kirkgate
Shipley
BD18 3RR

Records:

EVOL

EVOL - Sonic Youth
Artist:

Sonic Youth

Year:

1986

After the success of Death Valley ’69, Sonic Youth set their distorted re-tuned guitars on stun and knock out an album of beautifully dischordant tunes. It’s Pop, Jim, but not as we know it.

Loveless

Loveless - My Bloody Valentine
Artist:

My Bloody Valentine

Year:

1991

The record that nearly bankrupted Creation, recorded in 19 different studios over two years, provided a no-compromise vision of music as how it really sounds in your head. A very influential album, they found it almost impossible to follow up, but they did, 22 years later!

Meet the Residents

Meet the Residents - The Residents
Artist:

The Residents

Year:

1974

Featured in the ‘Being Difficult’ event, this album cover upset the Beatles’ label. The Residents’ first album set their manifesto: throw away everything you learned about making music, and start again. No genre is safe from deconstruction or parody.

Movies

Movies - Holger Czukay
Artist:

Holger Czukay

Year:

1979

Can’s bassist and engineer goes solo, and shows off his avant garde qualifications as a former student of Stockhausen and early adopter of World Music and Sampling.

Rubycon

Rubycon - Tangerine Dream
Artist:

Tangerine Dream

Year:

1975

Widely regarded as one of their best albums, this second outing on the Virgin label capitalised on the success of Phaedre, but with a more hypnotic and rhythmic result.

The Unacceptable Face Of Freedom

The Unacceptable Face Of Freedom - Test Dept.
Artist:

Test Dept.

Year:

1986

This collective of political artists prefer metal bars, industrial materials and hammers to musical instruments and produce a surprisingly musical result.

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