Tag Archives: 1997

Will Oldham / Rising Shotgun, In My Mind b/w Spotlight split 7”, 1997

Both songs on this 7” were written by David Allan Coe, one of the pioneers of the outlaw country genre. Coe spent twenty years in and out of ‘corrective institutions’ before going to Nashville and making a name for himself, … Continue reading

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Palace Contribution / Zeni Geva, Big Balls b/w Let There Be Rock split 7”, 1997

In collaboration with a German label called Gasoline Boost, the Chicago record label Skin Graft released a run of AC/DC 7” tribute records in the late 90s. This one is referred to as “Sides 5 and 6” because it was … Continue reading

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Will Oldham, Patience b/w Take However Long You Want 7″, 1997

This 7” signals yet another aesthetic change from the Palace sound, which itself may be bedrocked in the lo-fi country death ballad, but above which, variations on a theme and inconsistency have kept things interesting. Days In The Wake was … Continue reading

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Will Oldham, Joya, 1997

The French thinker Roland Barthes came up with various theories based on structuralism, one of which was the idea of the Text, versus the Work. The ‘Work’ is what we’re used to—a consumable artwork, one that maintains pre-existing bourgeois power … Continue reading

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Palace Music, Lost Blues And Other Songs, 1997

It seems an appropriate time to talk about Will Oldham’s prolificacy. Not content to simply release an album a year, the man seems to be forever churning out releases every few months, sometimes seven inch singles, ten inch singles, twelve … Continue reading

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The 3Ds, Strange News From The Angels, 1997

I don’t have any fond back-story about Strange News From The Angels—my memory of 1997 is a little too blurry. I don’t think I even owned a copy of this first time around. It didn’t appeal to me all that … Continue reading

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Spiritualized, Royal Albert Hall October 10 1997, 1998

Royal Albert Hall was yet another Spiritualized album I bought on CD then sold again around the turn of the millennium. This one I really struggled with first time around. Strange, being such a Spiritualized fan and yet not digging … Continue reading

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Spiritualized, Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space, 1997

Ladies And Gentlemen was a highlight of my late 90s, but in 1997, the year it came out, I’d shifted allegiance away from Spiritualized, in part I think because I hadn’t really enjoyed Pure Phase all that much (back then). … Continue reading

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Tindersticks, Curtains, 1997

I bought Curtains back in 1997, the year it came out. I played it a lot, tried to get into it and somehow fooled myself into thinking it was my favourite Tindersticks album. I can distinctly remember playing it again … Continue reading

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Smog, Red Apple Falls, 1997

I bought this on CD in 1997, the year of its release, and again in 2008 on vinyl. The clarity of the CD recording was always exquisite but the quality on the vinyl seems to take it to the next … Continue reading

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Radiohead, Ok Computer, 1997

It’s been a while since I gave this a serious play. I picked up a vinyl copy in 2008. Hardly play it these days, and I’m now strongly aware of the datedness of this record. Not so much in sound … Continue reading

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