Lloyd Cole & The Commotions - Interview Disc (Limited Edition) flac album
NotesLimited Edition, numbered on one side. Photos copyright Michael Putland, Interviewed by Bob Lawerence.
In the next seven days Lloyd Cole and the Commotions’ new six-disc box set – Collected Recordings 1983-1989 – will be released. The set collects the three studio albums (Rattlesnakes, Easy Pieces and Mainstream) and provides two bonus audio discs of B-sides and unreleased demos and outtakes. SDE: Do you agree with the generally accepted view the Rattlesnakes is your best album?
Lloyd Cole: ‘Quite a number of fans have been completely bemused’. The Commotions’ former frontman on swapping his guitar for a synthesiser, living in the US and being an indie darling. I used it on the title track of Mainstream, and from then on I began to amass a collection. In my small rehearsal room in Tribeca in New York, in the same building as Matt Johnson from The The, I had the Prophet VS, a Minimoog, one of the first sampling virtual synths, and a Roland sampler that had to have a television screen attached to it, which worked with floppy disks.
Lloyd Cole and the Commotions were a British rock/pop band that formed in Glasgow, Scotland in 1982. Between 1984 and 1989, the band scored four Top 20 albums and five Top 40 singles in the UK. After they broke up in 1989, Cole embarked on a solo career but the band reformed briefly in 2004 to perform a 20th anniversary mini-tour of the UK and Ireland. The band were formed whilst Cole (who was born in Derbyshire, England) was studying at the University of Glasgow.
The official page for Lloyd Cole And The Commotions. Take a look inside the career-spanning ‘Collected Recordings 1983-1989’ box set by Lloyd Cole and the Commotions. From the band’s earliest demos through the runaway success of their astonishing debut ‘Rattlesnakes’, their chart-topping follow-up ‘Easy Pieces’, their swansong ‘Mainstream’, and with the inclusion of 18 unreleased tracks, B-sides and rarities, it provides the definitive guide to one of the most fascinating bands of the 80s.
Renews automatically. Disc: 1. 1. Perfect Skin. I love Lloyd Cole, about every 5 years or so I get back into Lloyd Cole, my only complaint about this excellent set is that there wasn't enough from his period with the Commotions. But otherwise this is a very good set of songs that really showcase Lloyd's song writing skills. Lloyd Cole and the Commotions, 1984-1989 Audio CD. Lloyd Cole.
Mainstream is the third and final studio album released by Lloyd Cole and the Commotions. It contained the hits "From the Hip", "My Bag", and "Jennifer She Said". Although the album reached number nine in the UK, it failed to chart in America and was not embraced by all critics: Mainstream is the only Lloyd Cole and the Commotions release not to sell at least 100,000 copies in the US.
The career of Lloyd Cole & The Commotions began with a fortuitous false start. Their first single, Down At The Mission, was pulled at the eleventh hour when the band signed to Polydor, and one can only assume they’ve been counting their blessings ever since. Heard here (officially) for the first time, this frantic slice of blue-eyed funk reveals a subsequently unexplored fascination with cheesy synths, shrieking falsetto and slap bass. All but two tracks on the latter are previously unreleased, while six songs have never been heard before in any form. There’s also a DVD of videos and TV performances, and a 48-page hardback book. This is, then, very much the final word on a band which formed in 1982 in Glasgow, where Buxton boy Cole was studying English Literature and Philosophy.
Each remastered album is housed in a reproduction of the original vinyl version, with the box rounded off by a 48-page book featuring interviews with all the band members, plus their manager Derek McKillop and producers Alan Winstanley and Paul Hardiman. Cole, whose most recent solo album was 2013’s Standards, said: 1984 was our year. Everything seemed easy. Everything went wonderfully. The new issue of Classic Pop out in May will feature an in-depth interview with Cole about The Commotions.
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