Thursday, October 25, 2012
SPECIAL (JOSEF) K
I'm 99.99% certain that I've posted this single before, but even so it is more than worthy of a repeat.
Recorded especially for and released by the Belgian label Les Disques du Crepuscule in 1981 much to the annoyance of Alan Horne the supremo of Postcard Records:-
mp3 : Josef K - Sorry For Laughing
mp3 : Josef K - Revelation
The five-second Malcolm Ross guitar intro that surely inspired Paul Weller to come up with the first few notes of Precious.....and just about every tune David Gedge has ever written; the laid-back yet earnest vocal from the magnificent Paul Haig;.the funky bass and drums of the oft-forgotten duo of David Weddell and Ronnie Torrance; it's still fresh sounding more than 30 years on. Only reason I never had it in my 45 45s at 45 series a while back ago is that I didn't pick up a copy for many years after and so it didn't qualify. I never get tired of hearing it.
It's probably the best known Josef K song thanks to this decent enough cover in that they took the song and made it sound as if it was one of their own:-
mp3 : Propaganda : Sorry For Laughing
The dissolution of the partnership of Haig, Ross, Torrance and Weddell in the autumn of 1982 had such an effect on songwriter Phil Wilson that he named one of his songs after them:-
mp3 : The June Brides - Josef's Gone
Not sure if the break-up of many of the modern groups would lead to tribute songs.......