parlando playlist #37: cardiacs - r.e.s. [1984]

Posted on October 20th, 2013 by Scraps.
Categories: Music, Parlando Playlist.

From the album A Little Man and a House and the Whole World Window [1988]*. There is so much stuff to write about the Cardiacs and Tim Smith, I can't get started. If you like "R.E.S.", or are intrigued by it, you could look them up at Wikipedia; it's a thorough article. I'm sad that Tim Smith suffered a heart attack and several strokes** since 2008, and the band has fallen silent.
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*there was an earlier recording (cassette, The Seaside, 1984). It was substantially the same. I've used the later recording (because I prefer it), but I've used the date from the earlier recording.
**other rock composers/musicians felled young by strokes recently: Chris Knox (Tall Dwarfs), Edwyn Collins (Orange Juice), Gustavo Cerati (Soda Stereo). Collins has recovered enough to record three post-stroke albums, though his speech is slowed and as far as I know he's still half-paralyzed. Cerati is still in a coma three and a half years since his stroke. (I take an interest in young stroke victims.)

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3 comments.

Gavin

Comment on October 26th, 2013.

Wow, I did not care for that at all. First song on the Playlist I've quit on halfway through. Repetitive music, strangled vocals, generally annoying.

Gavin

Comment on October 26th, 2013.

(But I'm sorry to hear about the stroke.)

Scraps

Comment on October 27th, 2013.

Many people really don't like the Cardiacs. Unfortunately -- I say "unfortunately" because I really really like the Cardiacs -- that's a classic Cardiacs song: if you really don't like that song, you will dislike all of them, I think. (I know why you say "repetitive", and it's true, but at the same time it's very not repetitive...[it's A, A, A, A, etc, but between the lines it's also B, C, H, 4, %, etc.] Not arguing, you know, you can't argue on the basic like/dislike, of course.)

Wikipedia:
"the critical status of Cardiacs is wildly mixed (the band tends to attract extreme responses with some critics hailing them while others violently condemn them to the point of pariahhood" ...

"have also attracted virulent critical attack (including a lengthy editorial ban from the British music magazine New Musical Express)"

So you have company!

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