Don't wanna get on my High Horse,but, one has opinions,and i'm gonna air them.
Am I wrong,or was 'Punk Rock' about rejecting the old order,and to strive for creative and personal freedom?
This 'personal freedom' may include having a Travis Bickle haircut, wearing expensive leather trousers,biker jackets with 'UK Subs' painted on the back,and generally to be in Discharge; but,this,to me, seems like an intellectual dead end.
Alternatively,one could try to sound and look as little like the Sex Pistols as possible. This route represents an honest attempt to follow the original concept of the movement,and that is, not to follow movements, turn at right angles to the flow, do the opposite of expectations.
"Action,Time,Vision."; ...good '77 style punk rocker anthem right? What do normal celebrity seeking pop groups do?....Yes,"Action,Time,Vision,part deux",then trois etc.....then you're a star.
If You wanna be a rock'n'roll star, endlessly repeating yourself,almost guarantees stardom. This despicable route is well trodden,and has most effectively een used by the uber-despicable U fucking desperately awful 2.
We could have all been wearing ATV t-shirts by now,but no,they decided not to do what 99% of punk rockers tried to do,and go in a totally non-rock direction.
De-constructed versions of ATV classics sit side by side with free-form versions of the already free-form tunes on "Vibing Up The senile Man" .
Beef this up with the odd improvisation,as the band swapped instruments to keep the technique rudimentary, to avoid being accused of the terrible sin of 'Musicianship'.
Coupled with a sartorial dress sense that made the Subway Sect look like Spandau Ballet, and you've got yourself a genuine forward looking 'Punk' group; although in the true sense of it all, no 'Punk' group would ever call themselves a 'Punk' group!
This recording represents an artist at the very peak of its near-misanthropic capabilities of alienation; which exposed the psychotic,needy, nature of 'Fans', who seem to think that the artist owes them something; and should only deliver the 'popular' tunes; which is as unhealthy in pop music as it is in politics.
"Fire From Heaven" is an obvious reference to Mark Perry's interest at the time in the free jazz of the sixties,like Archie Shepp, who's album "Fire Music" explains how these 60's New wave Jazzers attempted to channel music from a higher place, by intuition rather than intellect.This concept is definately achieved effortlessly by Mark Perry's post-punk era collective; fire from Heaven indeed!
Among the many sonic highlights on the god-like disc,we are treated to a shambolic version of the Pop Group classic,"Thief of Fire", with the one and only Mark Stewart guesting on vocals.As headlining act on this tour (the Animal Instincts Tour 1979),The Pop Group were very used to disembowelling their own work; so to do it with the very unpopular support act, wins them the highest possible Die or DIY inspiration award.
|Another Coke / The Body|
|The Force Is Blind|
|Thief Of Fire|
|The Radio Story / Strange Looks|
|Fire From Heaven|
|Release The Natives|
|Fellow Sufferer In Dub|
|Bugger The Cat|
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