Friday, 12 August 2011
Strangelove 'Time For The Rest Of Your Life' (Food, 1994)
Epic, slightly proggy, melodramatic alternative rocking.
Strangelove battled to make a breakthrough across three albums in the 1990s. This is a single from the first album and I'd forgotten what a gem it was, only going back to it after posting the band's contribution to the 'Kennel Club #2' 10" recently.
There's some expansive Levitation-style progginess mixed into the indie/alternative rock sound. Alex Lee is a very neat guitarists carrying off that Johnny Marr/Bernard Butler trick of managing to play both lead and rhythm at the same time.
Singer Patrick Duff croons passionately of personal doom and disintegration, the occasional vocal tick reminds me of Morrissey. The point during the breakdown where he pauses and almost shouts "Christ" is also quite a moment. It also has a hint of Radiohead's 'Creep' about it too. Comparisons aside, it's a great track.
Patrick Duff seems to still be recording and a quick Youtube search came up with this strangely loungey, red velvet alternative cabaret song 'Spider Woman'. Well worth a listen too.
Download Strangelove 'Time For The Rest Of Your Life' (alternative rock indie rock mp3) (Mediafire)