sometimes it hurts
by Sean
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Richard Hell and the Voidoids - "Love Comes in Spurts". Robert Quine ended his life earlier this week. Quine's well known for the "Quine Tapes," bootleg recordings he made of the Velvet Underground's early days in NYC. For many, many others, however, Quine will most be remembered for the adventurous, intelligent, blazing guitar work he contributed to things like Lou Reed's Blue Mask, Matthew Sweet's Girlfriend, and, of course, as a member of the Voidoids. I know very little about Quine, Richard Hell, or the CBGB's scene in which they played such an important part. But I do know this terrific song, the debut cut from Richard Hell's debut record, a heart that's pumping blood across the linoleum, electrical wires that are crackling and tumbling down. Quine's solo is breathless and full; it's raucously alive. So sad, then, that it's the sound of his ghost. RIP. [buy]

The Reindeer Section - "You Are My Joy". A pick-me-up from the Scottish super-group, with members of Belle & Sebastian, Teenage Fanclub, Mogwai, and Snow Patrol's Gary Lightbody on vocals. It's a repeating loop of happiness, twinges of punchdrunk love on a day that's not gone so well. Running to the corner and falling into his/her arms. This band's two records are wonderful things, blooming rainyglad music. This is them at their most brightest, at their most carnival. Synths, trumpet, violin and a simple mantra, all of it over flushing, kind electric guitars. [buy]

Posted by Sean at June 9, 2004 1:25 AM

Thanks, all i'd heard of Richard Hell up to this point (embarassingly enough) was the song "Blank Generation."

Posted by esquire at June 9, 2004 2:48 AM

Lou Reed did The Blue Mask. Captain Beefheart did Trout Mask Replica.

Posted by jeremy at June 9, 2004 8:19 AM

Eek. Thanks, jeremy - late night confusion!

Posted by Sean at June 9, 2004 10:12 AM

I haven't heard much of The Reindeer Section, but this song, when the chorus kicks in with the high harmony... it just feels good.

Posted by Alan W at June 9, 2004 2:02 PM

nice to see some gold old indie pop from the reindeer section. the main songwriter has a main band called snow patrol which is suprisingly bland compared to the reindeer section, but they did release the best coldplay song of last year in the form of "run".

Posted by george at June 9, 2004 3:30 PM

Great Reindeer Section track! Every song I've heard by them has become immediately likeable.

Keep on keepin' on.

Posted by Robbie at June 9, 2004 3:40 PM

i love that reindeer section song. and the video is just so cute.

Posted by kyera at June 9, 2004 7:32 PM

Thanks for the Reindeer Section track - it is 'sweetly uplifting'.
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Posted by Alan W at June 9, 2004 8:15 PM

long live r. hell, and RIP r. quine. the best valentine's day song ever performed.

Posted by adam at June 10, 2004 11:56 PM

The Reindeer Section are one of the best "tear in your beer - WTF went wrong" bands out there right now.

Have to disagree with George's dismissal of Snow Patrol though. Chococlate and Spitting Games are great tracks.

Posted by chris at June 14, 2004 11:46 AM

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