Thursday, December 11, 2008

125. Love and Rockets - Express

Considering this band was made up mostly of former members of Bauhaus, they were surprisingly un-Bauhaus. Which is a good thing. Aside from the goofy novelty of Bela Lugosi's Dead, I never really liked that band or their moody, gothic poetry. Love and Rockets, while sometimes taking pieces of that goth sound, were more a beautiful conglomeration of a bunch of different sounds; they were part new wave, part dance sensibilities and part psychedelic, groovy tunes.

There are great songs on this album. Kundalini Express is a bizarre train ride with lots of power and a very strange vibe.It Could Be Sunshine starts out all new wave dance bit that builds up into a dark, post-punk love song with an abrupt ending.Yin and Yang and the Flowerpot Man is all 70's psychedelia acid trip. And All in My Mind was a great way to bring about a truce when road trip music fight broke out. We all knew the words, we all drummed out the rhythm, we all got a little louder during the "sometimes you really don't, really don't..." part and then when it was all over we got back to our punk v. new wave argument.

Favorite song: All in My Mind (at the moment. it changes)
Love and Rockets

2 comments:

Sigivald said...

Bauhaus had some pretentious lyrics, but the guitar work was great, and they were willing to go all experimental, which I like.

I mean, Dive? That's punk, is what that is.

Steve said...

Spot on.

And another request, if you haven't done this one already -- Daniel Ash's solo album "Coming Down." Pretty tasty stuff.