If you are a music fan, at one point or another you have had the conversation with your local music store employee asking him or her “Is there anything that you recommend, that I may not have heard of?” What the “Bulk Up Your Collection” posts are intended for are to highlight some of those records that might have slipped through the cracks. The first album I am going to mention is Magazine – The Correct Use of Soap.
Magazine – The Correct Use of Soap (Virgin Records – 1980)
“The Correct Use of Soap” the third album from Howard Devoto’s post The Buzzcocks band Magazine, finds it’s roots in a terrific blend of new wave and pop. My initial reaction to anything related to The Buzzcocks is to plug my ears, but that reaction was a big mistake as this band is far from what The Buzzcocks ever sounded like. This album really provided the template for more popular bands like The Smiths and New Order but finds itself void of all the pomp that turns me off of those bands and without the noise of Howard’s previous band. Magazine found a great way to harness post-punk sounds and meld them with a bit of late 70’s prog and new-wave pop. At times they sound “more punk” with songs such as “Because You’re Frightened” and sometimes they sound like they spent a lot of time listening to The Talking Heads with “You Never Knew Me”. This album also contains a great cover of Sly and The Family Stone’s “Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Again)”.
S.T. (Suggested Tracks): “You Never Knew Me”, “Stuck”, “I Want To Burn Again”
R.I.Y.L (Recommended if you like): Wire, The Futureheads, The Smiths, The Talking Heads, Interpol
Here is a live video of the album’s closer “A Song From Under The Floorboards”: