Thursday, 17 April 2014

Henry Badowski ‎– "Life Is A Grand" (A&M Records ‎– AMLH 68527) 1981

From the Good Missionaries to major label solo album?How did this happen?
Ten simple minimalist pop tunes, moving from the Twee to the amusing, won Henry a contract with A&M,and Miles Copeland's IRS in the USA?!
These evil capitalists made sure that this album was well buried.Envious of the units the independents were shifting,they tried to sign anything they saw as having sales potential with the aim of starving the alternative charts of bulging sales figures. It worked of course,Henry, for example, never worked again.
This LP however is a fine example of Alternative Pop, with a hint of tongue in cheek. Another in the early eighties trend of infiltrating the business from the inside, like ATV's "Strange Kicks" amongst other noble failures. The Human League is a fine example of what could go wrong with this tactic by the UK underground.
A noble cause and idea, but it never achieved these objectives.
Now we have the internet to bring down the record companies, and reintroduce lost albums like this.
(Check his earlier singles HERE!)

Tracklist:

A1 My Face 3:20
A2 Henry's In Love 3:09
A3 Swimming With The Fish In The Sea 4:46
A4 The Inside Out 3:27
A5 Life Is A Grand 3:44
B1 Silver Trees 3:34
B2 This Was Meant To Be 3:50
B3 Anywhere Else 3:54
B4 Baby, Sign Here With Me 3:50
B5 Rampant 4:09

DOWNLOAD a grand life HERE!

4 comments:

Stu said...

Thanks. Really enjoying this.

Any Instant said...

love this record! Thanks! Henry's In Love has a near fatal skip... could we get a re-rip? Thanks again!

Jonny Zchivago said...

I'll give it a go,bare with me.

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