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“Claire” by Baxter Dury

After a helping a friend set up a new blog this week, I realized it was time to revive DRNRN!, which I’d been planning to do for months now. Mostly after seeing what Kaleb’s been doing over at Dynamite Chair, I’ve been thinking of changing my approach (which had been to post single tracks from my record collection) to focusing more on single tracks from anywhere, if they mean something to me. So, here goes.

This one is still a bit of a vinyl story, since it involves the new single from Baxter Dury that arrived in the mail yesterday. It was technically a Record Store Day 2011 release, but since the US has consistently slept on Dury, it was only available in the UK. I bought it from Banquet Records last week and it came very quickly. (Aside: have you noticed how much more skillfully packed parcels from England tend to be? So slender, yet so strong!) The person who packed the 45 left a little note for me along the lines of “Thanks for your order. Did you manage to pick up any other RSD ’11 items? -Chris.” I was dying to answer yes, I did, but realized I couldn’t. I imagine he knows I did.

Anyway, without further ado, “Claire.”

The b-side is an equally great song, “The Sun.” Both are a little crisper and brighter than his other records, but very much in the same vein. Baxter’s songs are so different from his father’s in almost every way, but the wryness, the humor, and the effortless way they inhabit the characters in their songs. Here they are together on the cover of New Boots and Panties:

2002′s Len Parrots Memorial Lift and 2005′s Floor Show are both subtlely brilliant records that never got the attention they deserved, as evidenced below.

Beneath The Underdog

Lucifer’s Grain

Francesca’s Party

Cocaine Man

For those interested in both Durys, the film “Sex & Drugs & Rock n Roll” is a must see, but probably for fans only. It’s on Netflix Instant!

Oh, and to Chris from Banquet: I picked up the two Black Angels RSD ’11 releases and I’ve been obsessed with “Melanie’s Melody” and “Choose to Choose” for the last 6 weeks.

“Move and Move” by Mix Blood

mixblood.jpgSaw a great movie called This Is England last night. Posting some sweet early 80s ska because of it. Some of this disc is a little generic sounding, but I really like this jam, probably the cut that got me to lay down $14 Canadian for it. Internets seems to imply it’s kinda valuable. Maybe I should rip the whole thing.

I picked this album up in Toronto on one of my last big record shopping trips, which was sadly in 2005. Haven’t been back to Toronto lately, but I hope all of the vinyl stores are still in tact… there was a surprising variety and volume of great used vinyl.

Mix Blood,”Move and Move” from the Skaville LP on Echo Records (198?)

If you’ve got Netflix, you can watch the movie for free, but only from a Windows PC.

“State Assembly” by The New Age Steppers

newage.jpgGreat freaky dub from one of the best acts on Adrian Sherwood’s On-U Sounds. The New Age Steppers were comprised of former Slits and Pop Group members, members of Aswad, and even Neneh Cherry.

Their earlier albums are a bit on the more experimental side, but they eventually became a pretty serious dub outfit. Frequently collaborating with heavies like Creation Rebel. If you like the sound of that and enjoy this track, I recommend you track down the Massive Hits Vol. 1. CD that was released several years back.

Back in the pre-MP3 player days, I lost my copy of that disc when I set my bag down to tie my shoe one night on Vanderbilt Ave in Brooklyn and forgot to pick it up. I’m sure someone’s enjoying it right now.

The New Age Steppers, “State Assembly” from the New Age Steppers LP on On-U Sounds (1980)

“Holy Holy” by Play Dead

playdead.jpgBack from Buffalo with a million things to do. Here’s a quick holdover goth post I ripped from vinyl before I left.

I have a new batch on deck that I’ll begin posting soon, please let me know if there are any requests.

Here’s some mid-80s fuzzy goth from UK’s Play Dead. Weird but funky. Maybe more akin to a darker A Certain Ratio than anything typically goth. They’re on MySpace– more songs and obligatory reissue information there.

Play Dead, “Holy Holy” from the From the Promised Land LP on Clay Records (1984)

“Coprolalia” by Hole

hole.jpgNo, not that Hole. Not much online about this group or label, but they did put out this and another 12″, Dyskinesia, which I’ve yet to find in a store. This is one of the few records I managed to actually buy at Cheapo in Austin.

A nice, dark sample play track to increase your holiday cheer. Some nice dubby overtones here.

Hole, “Coprolalia” from the Other Voices Other Tongues LP on EYAS Media (1988)

“Digital Tenderness,” by Adam and the Ants

f59444lbxju.jpgUnfortunately scratchy recording of the best song on Dirk Wears White Socks.

Adam & the Ants, “Digital Tenderness,” from the Dirk Wears White Socks LP (1983)

Show me an Adam Ant album, and I’ll show you at least one masterpiece song. Dirk? This jam, or maybe “Car Trouble”. Friend or Foe? “Antmusic.” Prince Charming? “Mowhok.” Manners & Physique? “Room at the top.” See?

Unplug the jukebox and do us all a favor: Antmusic, for your viewing pleasure;
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“The Cat (Extended Version),” by The Essence

cat.jpgThere’s something about The Essence that has me always defending them in my heart. An unstudied ear might consider them just a ripoff of the Cure, due to the strikingly familiar lead vocals, but I think there’s something a little more rocking here. The sounds are fuller and everything seems a little less delicate.

This particular track has a hint of the sounds that make the New Model Army and U2 songs of the same era so good. Once again, we learn of an upcoming re-release from Myspace. Cherry Red’s putting it out.

The Essence,”The Cat (Extended Version),” from The Cat EP on Midnight Music (1986)