Streatham Island Discs No.11: The Necessaries – More Real

December 2, 2009

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My fascination with all things Arthur Russell began in the mid 80s, spurred by David Toop’s championing of his work in The Face. Things like ‘Wax The Van’, ‘Schoolbell/Treehouse’ and ‘Let’s Go Swimming’ were current releases, but only gave a partial picture of the breadth of Arthur’s interests. In the background were not only his avant garde cello pieces – ‘World of Echo’ was the only easily available example – but also his short-lived career in a new wave band in 1981/82.

The Necessaries made one-and-a-bit LPs (two releases, but some tracks are common to both). You can hear how they would have fit with that almost-funky guitar sound current a the time – The Feelies, The Bongos, pre-Eno Talking Heads – the kind of thing Vampire Weekend lifted their style from.

This track is a favourite. There’s something both vulnerable and hopeful in Arthur’s lyrics and delivery which I love.

The Necessaries: More Real
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[Tim H]

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One Response to “Streatham Island Discs No.11: The Necessaries – More Real”

  1. Jsus Says:

    Great Track!!!!


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