Rattlesnakes Remastered. Lloyd Cole. The Cure. Prefab Sprout. Simple Minds. Joe Jackson. New Order. Tears for Fears. Echo And The Bunnymen.
It was an LP of a band at a crossroads. But instead of taking time out to solve things, they broke-up. Lloyd Cole went on to enjoy a solo career that continues to this day. Neil Clark, Blair Cowan and Stephen Irvine went onto to form other bands while Lawrence Donegan became a journalist and later an author. In , they got back together for a very short tour to mark the 20th Anniversary of Rattlesnakes, including a tremendous gig at Glasgow Barrowlands trivia fact….
I think you can tell from the lyrics in the chorus that this was a bunch of guys unhappy with their lot Another stab at an occasional series. This will look back at what I consider to have been an outstanding debut single that many years later has not only stood the test of time but reckoned by some out there never to have been bettered.
It enjoyed a ten-week stint in the Top 75, gradually but slowly making its way to 26 after seven weeks before falling away quite quickly. After all, there was no other alternative as the frontman was a complete newcomer to the music scene although at least one of the backing band, Lawrence Donegan , had experienced some success with The Bluebells.
I was totally drunk on Dylan at the time I wrote that song and all the imagery is deliberately Dylanesque. It took me a week! That accolade goes to Rattlesnakes , released as the third single from the LP in November This should have been a relatively easy task. The problem however, was to not just find the best songs but to segue them into what I consider to be the perfect running order.
The other factor being that the band and the record label were astute at identifying the singles and this compilation was in early danger of just being a collection of 45s for the most part. In the end, I have selected not my favorite ten tracks but the ten that I feel would make up a perfect album. Here goes This is such a wonderful piece of pop music and it has aged as beautifully and smoothly as a classic malt whisky. It seems strange to have this tucked away in the middle of the album.
The debut single that announced the arrival of a great new band and the opening track of what turned out to be a flawless debut album. In any other circumstances this would be a stick on for Side One, Track One but as I explained above, I feel the opening of this compilation is best served by My Bag. It would have been so easy for the band to insist that the 45s should all be uptempo numbers and so stand a better chance of daytime radio airings and a high placement in the charts.
The decision to make the second-ever single a slow-tempo ballad with a long outro via a guitar solo was brave and which ultimately backfired as it stalled at I was madly in love in and Lloyd perfectly captured how I felt about the woman in question and how she felt about me. No more Commotions. I was working as the band booker for the Rock Garden in Covent Garden now.
Danny was working at Cherry Red Records and we were living in Islington. We saw Lloyd lots in Edinburgh, Hammersmith, Brighton, Brixton. I really like this album, his first solo one. Life took over. I started to work as press officer at Ultimate Records and went to so many gigs, I no longer wrote them down. It went ok. A Scottish guy came back stage and started talking to us, saying he really enjoyed it. He said he managed Lloyd Cole. I gushed some reply and we exchanged numbers.
The icing on the cake for me at least would be a track by track commentary from Lloyd and some of the band members. I agree. I expect Cole will sequence CDs 4 and 5 such that they can be listened to from start to finish as standalone albums in their right. I suspect they will be in chronological order and provide an alternative telling of the Commotions story through b-sides and studio outtakes.
We know these two discs will comprise 36 songs, of which I reckon the following seventeen tracks pick themselves: 1. If this is the case, this leaves space for the tantalising prospect of nineteen — presumably unreleased — gems that Cole has managed to unearth.
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