Thursday, 10 August 2017

Peter Hammill ‎– "Nadir's Big Chance" (Charisma ‎– CAS 1099) 1975


1975 is often cited as the Nadir of popular music,but it contained quite a few overlooked influential classics.An often cited influence on the punk rock explosion is Hammill's "Nadir's Big Chance" album.For its anger, short aggressive tunes, and lack of showy musicianship. Also as John Lydon played a track from it on his infamous Capital radio show. That says less about this record than it does about Mr. Rotten's musical roots. He liked Folk,Prog,and Captain Beefheart, much more to do with the music after punk than during. Which explains the music he got involved with immediately after the Pistols, who really were the 'Last' rock band...time to move on. 
This is one of Peter Hammills top three albums in my opinion, alonside "Over", and "The Silent Cornser and the Empty Stage".......again he's back by his old mates from Van Der Graaf Generator, so it can sound at times like a basic version of his more celebrated group persona rather than a purely 'solo' record.

Tracklist:

Nadir's Big Chance 3:27
The Institute Of Mental Health is Burning 3:50
Open Your Eyes 5:10
Nobody's Business 4:15
Been Alone So Long 4:20
Pompeii 4:50
Shingle Song 4:10
Airport 3:02
People You Were Going To 5:10
Birthday Special 3:40
Two Or Three Spectres 6:20


4 comments:

parmalee said...

On the Capitol Radio show, I think Lydon was saying that _David Bowie_ stole a lot off "dat geezer." Makes more sense. I guess. Chronologically it's a little suspect, but still possible I suppose.

Joel Rizzo said...

Hi Johnny, longtime dl'er, first time commentator. First off, love the blog! One of the few consistently interesting mp3 blogs I've perused. I really appreciate yr ability to switch genres,yr nowhere near as single minded in yr posts as most, and simultaneously their is a definite aesthetic at play. Memo to myself:(Aesthetics at Play.,good blog name). BTW another lp by Mr Hammill you may enjoy is called "A Black Box". Definitely has a post-punk vibe incl. some very cool noise textures. And one more heads up there is a fantastic, period (1973?) clip of VDGG playing the epic " A Plague of Lighthouse Keepers " on YouTube. Highly Recommended if you haven't seen it yet. That drummer of theirs was a motherfucker. Thanks for everything.

Jonny Zchivago said...

Parmalee...you are probably correct.....you can all check out my error when I post said radio broadcast, up next.

Jonny Zchivago said...

Joel Rizzo,i have to subtly switch genres every now and again to avoid boredom....but...in true 'prog' style everything is linked dubiously with the previous post or posts.A concept blog if you will?...i have from time to time even posted records I don't like to keep the concept going.
Yes seen the plague of lighthouse keepers.....on german TV i think. What a group?