Duderama – Modeling (2016)

Duderama’s new album Modeling (2016) is also available for download at Bandcamp: https://duderama1.bandcamp.com/

 

© Surface to Air records, 2016.

All songs and instruments by Messrs Brwn & Stck.

 

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#5: David Bowie – Outside (1995)

Hi. Here at Pierce’s Press I take a look at bloated, self-indulgent, expansive double albums and gleefully trim it back to a single, dreck-free, no filler, concise, listenable record without having to reach for the skip button or needle re-positioning.

I think it may benefit some over-stuffed double albums from a little tightening up. It’s certainly the case for un-doubled #5: Bowie’s indigestible Non-Linear Gothic Drama Hyper-Cycle Outside, now receiving the Un-Doubled mistreatment.

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Outside Undoubled

Side One:

  1. Outside (4:04)
  2. The Heart’s Filthy Lesson (4:57)
  3. A Small Plot of Land (6:34)
  4. The Motel (6:50)
  5. I Have Not Been to Oxford Town (3:48)

Side Two:

  1. No Control (4:34)
  2. Voyeur of Utter Destruction (4:21)
  3. Wishful Beginnings (5:08)
  4. We Prick You (4:35)
  5. I’m Deranged (4:31)

Bowie’s willfully noncommercial Outside seems intent on thoroughly alienating a legion of fans who jumped aboard in the 80s. This reunion with Brian Eno after some 18 years since his canonized Berlin-era landmarks, however, created a marvelously dense album. Folding in elements of techno, electronica and grunge, it’s as excessive as any mid-90s epic rock magnum opus as there ever was. Unfortunately it is also massively elongated, containing a substantial amount of intrusive conceptual fluff, although the proper songs can stand up on their own, as there is certainly some brilliant and inventive avant-garde rock to be found here. Dispensing with the melodrama may have inspired this concise masterpiece.

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#6: Kiss – Solo (1978)

Hi. Here at Pierce’s Press I take a look at bloated, self-indulgent, expansive double albums and gleefully trim it back to a single, dreck-free, no filler, concise, listenable record without having to reach for the skip button or needle re-positioning.

I think it may benefit some over-stuffed double albums from a little tightening up. It’s certainly the case for un-doubled #6: Kiss’ solo albums, originally released all at once to an indifferent record buying public, now receiving the Un-Doubled mistreatment.

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Kiss Solo Undoubled

Side One:

  1. New York Groove (Ace) – (3:03)
  2. Ain’t Quite Right (Paul) – (3:37)
  3. See You Tonight (Gene) – (2:28)
  4. Tonight You Belong to Me (Paul) – (4:40)
  5. Rip It Out (Ace) – (3:40)

Side Two:

  1. Radioactive (Gene)  – (3:51)
  2. What’s On Your Mind (Ace) – (3:28)
  3. I Can’t Stop the Rain (Peter) – (4:26)
  4. Mr Make Believe (Gene) – (4:02)
  5. When You Wish Upon a Star (Gene) – (2:44)

Some Kiss fans say Ace’s is the best, some say Paul’s, others say Gene’s is the pick, but nobody says Peter. The truth is they are all terrible, however this 10 song collection represents the best of what was released as four solo albums that would flood record stores across the world, remaining in those stores un-bought for months. Ironically Kiss would end up releasing an album identical to this as a follow up (4 solo artists working “together” as a band) called Dynasty (1979) which would fare slightly better.

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#7: Prince – Sign “O” the Times (1987)

Hi. Here at Pierce’s Press I take a look at bloated, self-indulgent, expansive double albums and gleefully trim it back to a single, dreck-free, no filler, concise, listenable record without having to reach for the skip button or needle re-positioning.

I think it may benefit some over-stuffed double albums from a little tightening up. It’s certainly the case for un-doubled #7: Prince’s Sign “O” the Times, originally conceived as a triple album, now receiving the Un-Doubled mistreatment.

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Sign Undoubled

Side One:

  1. Sign “O” the Times (4:56)
  2. U Got the Look (3:47)
  3. If I Was Your Girlfriend (5:01)
  4. The Ballad of Dorothy Parker (4:01)
  5. I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man (6:29)

Side Two:

  1. Starfish and Coffee (2:50)
  2. Slow Love (4:22)
  3. Strange Relationship (4:01)
  4. Hot Thing (5:39)
  5. Forever in My Life (3:30)

Recorded after disbanding his band The Revolution, Sign “O” the Times, the Prince fan’s Prince album, is largely the artist working solo, and while I never warmed to it, and not through a lack of trying, it’s an album now heralded a classic. I have always found the album, and the artist, a little overrated, while at the same time appreciating his significant talent (and refreshing self-deprecating humor) and certainly his gifts as a stage performer. That being said, I prefer a less over-stuffed version of this album, less filler, a tighter record. The undoubled version has jettisoned some slamming 80s party-starters such as Play in the Sunshine, Housequake and It – sport for Sly and the Family Stone back in ’71 and less fabricated, and gone are some late album ballad rockers (Adore, It’s Gonna Be a Beautiful Night and the quite good The Cross). Sign Undoubled delivers Prince’s unadulterated talent intact.

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#8: U2 – Rattle and Hum (1988)

Hi. Here at Pierce’s Press I take a look at bloated, self-indulgent, expansive double albums and gleefully trim it back to a single, dreck-free, no filler, concise, listenable record without having to reach for the skip button or needle re-positioning.

I think it may benefit some over-stuffed double albums from a little tightening up. It’s certainly the case for un-doubled #8: U2’s Americana kitchen sink odyssey Rattle and Hum now receiving Un-Doubled mistreatment.

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Rattle Undoubled

Side One:

  1. Desire (2:59)
  2. Hawkmoon 269 (6:22)
  3. Freedom for My People (0:38)
  4. Silver And Gold (5:49)
  5. Angel of Harlem (3:49)

Side Two:

  1. When Love Comes to Town (4:15)
  2. Heartland (5:03)
  3. God Part II (3:15)
  4. The Star Spangled Banner (0:43)
  5. All I Want is You (6:30)

Gone are the unnecessary live tracks and a couple of other plodding studio tracks (Love Rescue Me, Van Dieman’s Land), while the two short tracks in the American roots rock theme remain, tightening up what now is a worthy follow up to their greatest recorded works in The Unforgettable Fire and The Joshua Tree.

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#9: Frankie Goes to Hollywood – Welcome to the Pleasuredome (1984)

Hi. Here at Pierce’s Press I take a look at bloated, self-indulgent, expansive double albums and gleefully trim it back to a single, dreck-free, no filler, concise, listenable record without having to reach for the skip button or needle re-positioning.

I think it may benefit some over-stuffed double albums from a little tightening up. It’s certainly the case for un-doubled #9: Frankie’s guilty pleasuredome receiving the Un-Doubled mistreatment.

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Pleasuredome Undoubled

Side One

  1.  The World is My Oyster (1:58)
  2.  Welcome to the Pleasuredome (13:40)

Side Two

  1.  Relax (3:57)
  2.  Two Tribes (3:28)
  3.  Ferry (Go) (1:49)
  4.  Born to Run (3:59)
  5.  The Power of Love (5:28)

Goodbye to songs varying in degrees of awfulness: the covers War (pretty tough call) and San Jose (will not be missed), and several late album originals best left on the cutting room floor. This leaves the essential hits and some nice Gerry Marsden moments. A guilty pleasure revisited.

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#10: Todd Rundgren – Todd (1974)

Hi. Here at Pierce’s Press I take a look at bloated, self-indulgent, expansive double albums and gleefully trim it back to a single, dreck-free, no filler, concise, listenable record without having to reach for the skip button or needle re-positioning.

I think it may benefit some over-stuffed double albums from a little tightening up. It may be the case for Un-Doubled #10: Todd Rundgren’s sprawling disaster-piece Todd (1974) the first to receive the Un-Doubled mistreatment.

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Todd Un-Doubled

Side One

  1. Number 1 Lowest Common Denominator
  2. A Dream Goes on Forever
  3. The Last Ride
  4. I Think You Know
  5. Everybody’s Going to Heaven / King Kong Reggae

Side Two

  1. Useless Begging
  2. Sidewalk Cafe
  3. Izzat Love
  4. Heavy Metal Kids
  5. Don’t You Ever Learn
  6. Sons of 1984

Goodbye bizarre and somewhat unlistenable Gilbert & Sullivan set piece, and MANY spacey instrumentals. Hello a tightened up rock solid single LP, now Todd is undoubtedly one of the gifted artist’s finest works.

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Eno: Masterworks 1974 – 1977

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  1. Third Uncle – Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy) (1974)
  2. Burning Airlines Give You So Much More – Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy) (1974)
  3. The Paw Paw Negro Blowtorch – Here Comes the Warm Jets (1974)
  4. Another Green World – Another Green World (1975)
  5. Here Come the Warm Jets – Here Comes the Warm Jets (1974)
  6. On Some Faraway Beach – Here Comes the Warm Jets (1974)
  7. King’s Lead Hat – Before and After Science (1977)
  8. By This River – Before and After Science (1977)
  9. Dead Finks Don’t Talk – Here Comes the Warm Jets (1974)
  10. Sombre Reptiles – Another Green World (1975)
  11. The True Wheel – Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy) (1974)
  12. China My China – Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy) (1974)
  13. Taking Tiger Mountain – Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy) (1974)
  14. The Big Ship – Another Green World (1975)
  15. Needles in the Camel’s Eye – Here Comes the Warm Jets (1974)
  16. No One Receiving – Before and After Science (1977)
  17. Sky Saw – Another Green World (1975)
  18. The Fat Lady of Limbourg – Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy) (1974)
  19. St Elmo’s Fire – Another Green World (1975)
  20. Spider and I – Before and After Science (1977)
  21. Seven Deadly Finns – single (1974)

Eno: Masterworks 1974 – 1977

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The Iggy Pop / David Bowie Collaborations

This Dot Marks Your Location.

Iggy Pop and Bowie collaborated off and on over many years throughout the 70s and 80s. It’s no secret that Bowie was significantly inspired and influenced by The Stooges groundbreaking late-60s/early-70s period, going on to produce the 1973 landmark album Raw Power. This compilation provides an insight into the breadth and depth of further collaborations for better or for worse, yet always interesting.

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  1. Sister Midnight – Opening track off Iggy’s 1977 comeback, and Bowie-produced, Berlin-era The Idiot.
  2. What in the World – Bowie’s Low album released early-1977. Underrated track, features Iggy prominently on backing vocals.
  3. Tonight – The title track to the second album released by Iggy in 1977 (Lust for Life). One of his finest moments. Disastrously covered by Bowie (featuring Tina Turner) on his ill-defined 1984 album of the same name…more of that to come.
  4. Little Miss Emperor – The first of three Pop/Bowie co-writes, these tracks lifted from Iggy’s, very good, Bowie-produced Blah Blah Blah (1986) album. Sure, massive 80s production values, but they’re good songs. Check’em out:
  5. Isolation
  6. Shades
  7. Tiny Girls – Revisiting Iggy’s The Idiot. This track conjuring a smoky, late-night Berlin club. Includes some lovely baroque sax from Bowie throughout.
  8. Neighborhood Threat – Another track off Iggy’s Lust for Life and another one questionably covered by Bowie on Tonight.
  9. Play it Safe – This track taken from Iggy’s underrated Soldier (1980). Jim Kerr from Simple Minds: “In 1979 Simple Minds went to Rockfield studios in the Welsh countryside to record our second album. It’s probably our most Bowie influenced work. We were in the small studio just teenagers and we were like; Who’s in the big studio? It turned out it was Iggy Pop recording Soldier. One night Iggy comes through our door, talk about worse for wear! Bowie’s with him, holding a can of Heineken, and he goes ‘Skin Up!’ We hung out for a bit and then they disappeared. Twenty minutes later we get a call from the engineer in Studio A, “David would like you all to come round for a football crowd type chorus”. So we pile round pretty drunk, girlfriends and all. Bowie’s taking charge and he’s still got a Heineken and a fag, and we’re all around the mike for this track called Play it Safe. I remember Bowie saying very diplomatically “OK, sounds good. Now, can everyone who doesn’t sing professionally, step away from the mike”. That left me, aged 19, sandwiched between Bowie and Iggy Pop. Not one person had a fucking camera!
  10. Bang Bang – Another track by Iggy, this one lifted from his Party (1981) album. Bowie again covering this on his (perhaps) less-than-stellar Never Let Me Down (1987).
  11. Tumble and Twirl – Finally a track from the much maligned Tonight. This fresh co-write with Iggy references their island travels in Borneo and, enjoy it or not, there’s nothing quite like it. I happen to love it.
  12. Dancing with the Big Boys – Another fresh original off Bowie’s Tonight, co-written with Iggy and Bowie mainstay Carlos Alomar. Includes some fantastic non-sequiturs only Iggy could dream up eg:”where there’s trouble there’s poetry” and “your family is a football team“.
  13. Don’t Look Down – Third and final Tonight track. Bowie’s cover of superb Iggy/James Williamson original from his essential New Values (1979). Bowie approaches this in reggae fashion for some reason. Made for excellent incidental music for the Julian Temple-directed mini-film Jazzin’ for Blue Jean or something.
  14. China Girl – Iggy’s towering original version lifted from The Idiot. Bowie covered it in 1983 beautifully, for his mega-hit album Let’s Dance.
  15. Lust for Life – Co-written by David Bowie and title track to Iggy’s 1977 album (featuring the Sales brothers, later from cleansing rock project Tin Machine). Considered something of a signature Iggy Pop song, and for good reason.
  16. Red Money – Tying things up nicely, this closing track from Bowie’s otherworldly Lodger (1979) album, reworking this compilation’s opener Sister Midnight.
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Iggy’s Bowie Playlist

Iggy Pop dedicated the latest episode of his BBC Radio 6 show Iggy Confidential to his late friend and collaborator David Bowie, spinning two hours of his favorite Bowie songs and reminiscing about their times together. “The way I chose them was from memory,” he explains of his track selections. “I kind of took out a piece of paper and pen and I just closed my eyes and I remembered what I liked at the time, but I tried to avoid very, very well known songs or the hits.”

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get Iggy’s Bowie Playlist here

“Boys Keep Swinging (live version)”
“Art Decade”
“John, I’m Only Dancing (Sax Version)”
“Black Country Rock”
“Station To Station”
“What In The World”
“Wild Is The Wind”
“The Prettiest Star (Single Version)”
“Moss Garden”
“Panic In Detroit”
“Dirty Boys”
“Moonage Daydream”
“Sound And Vision”
“Under Pressure”
“Diamond Dogs”
“Criminal World”
“Where Are We Now?”
“I Can’t Give Everything Away”
“Stay (US Single Edit)”
“TVC 15″
“Young Americans (Single Version)”
“Golden Years (Single Version)”
“Aladdin Sane”
“Dollar Days”
“Warszawa”

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