Five Songs, 2/7/2021
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Five Songs, 2/7/2021

Funkadelic, "Into You"

The world is divided into two groups: those who think Mothership Connection is P-Funk's finest moment, and those who think One Nation Under A Groove is. (I'm ignoring Maggot Brain perverts.) My opinion largely rests on whichever one I've listened to most recently.

No, but seriously, it's Mothership Connection.

Front 242, "Television Station"

Official Version is the first good Front 242 album, the one where the menacing synths and icy vocals really came together. And I have to say, this stuff has largely aged better than a lot of their peers. There are elements of it that kind of presage the *wave bands of today.

The Emotions, "So I Can Love You"


...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, "It Was There That I Saw You"

It's received wisdom that Trail of Dead's best album is Source Tags & Codes. This conventional wisdom is exemplified by Pitchfork giving the record a 10.0, an expression of enthusiasm that still ranks among my favorite ridiculous reviews from them. To be clear, it's an outstanding album, but it's not clear to me why this record was received so rapturously and their later work so ignored. If you haven't listened to the band, you could do worse for an entry point, but (whispering) I think I actually like Worlds Apart a little better.

Panopticon, "Resident"

Another song from Revisions of the Past, which we covered here. This portion of the album, Social Disservices, is about the way that society mistreats folks in psychiatric hospitals, or at least that's what I've read. It's harrowing enough just listening to the music.

Joshua Buergel
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