Tuesday, May 01, 2012
IN WHICH MAGAZINE PUT A DIFFERENT VERSION OF A CLASSIC ON A B-SIDE
Back in 1980, the members of Magazine must have cut a very frustrated bunch.
The Correct Use Of Soap, an album that was packed with perfect tune after perfect tune, had stalled just inside the Top 30 of the charts. Two absolute belters of 45s - A Song From Under The Floorboards and Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin) had flopped. But the group returned for one last attempt at fame and a wee bit of fortune and so recorded a new song and for the b-side did a re-tread of one of their most popular tracks from their debut album released a couple of years ago. Nothing changed for them. It too flopped:-
mp3 : Magazine - Upside Down
mp3 : Magazine - The Light Pours Out Of Me (version)
It would take the break-up of the band and a critical reappraisal of their influence in the ensuing near 30 years to finally give them the recognition they deserved. A real shame it came after the death of their great Scottish guitarist who is currently featuring in an occasional series on TVV.