All right class, now we’re going to play a little memory game here on Review Revue. Remember when we discussed Robyn Hitchcock’s Eye, and one of the stickers made a joke about a green sticker on the record? (“Is this a Legendary Pink Dot?” “No, it’s green.”) As hilarious as that was, there was apparently more to the story, as our friend Damon Creed — who is as much of a commenter today on the blog as he was back then on the record covers — implied that I should “follow the clue” to the Legendary Pink Dots, and that I would be “amply rewarded” with material. Well, he was right!
LPD are another band that released several albums during the heyday of KCMU album-cover-reviewing (10 albums between 1981 and 1991, and at least that many more since then), and there were quite a few well-discussed albums to sort through. So much so, in fact, that if Damon was referring to a specific album, well, I couldn’t figure out which one. So instead I picked the one with some of the most intense discussion on it — to wit, The Maria Dimension, which appears to have been somewhat controversial among the staff here at the station. I’m sure I don’t know why: I’m listening to it right now, and the first song is five and a half minutes long, with one droning riff, featuring jaw harp, saxophone, precious psychedelic vocals, and swirling guitars and synthesizers. What’s not to love?
|“Yep, it’s the Pink Dots serving up a batch of their fragile + delicate melodies. Seems a little incomplete to me, though.””Yeah, not so hot but still OK.”
“What he said.”
“Since I’ve never appreciated this band and the two comments prior are luke-warm, how do you think I feel about this?”
“Why does KCMU have such a hard-on about this group?”
“Down, down, down”
“Everyone has a hard-on about this band because they’re great. This isn’t their best on the first few listens, but let it sink in some more.”
“Fuck you all!” [Now that’s constructive criticism!]
“Second rate Current 93.”
“Evolution is swell.”
“Never thought I’d live to see the day an LPD LP would get so thoroughly dissed @ KCMU. [Side note: When did people start saying “dissed” in common parlance? This is 1991, seems like the bleeding edge of slang for that time to me, but I have no idea what I’m talking about, of course.] What did Edward ever do to y’all to make you so mean-spirited towards him? Yes, this is real low key, but I like it. Ah well… down it goes.”
“PLEASE GET THE CD VERSION!!”
“Hmmm, I dunno…”
“I’ve never really been one for Ed-Ka-Spel’s lisping, precious little tunes. This is no exception. This should not be in H!”
“To hear this release in this format is an absolute travesty. The CD version clocks in at 75 mins and if we had that version it would definitely still merit H. To dismiss this as second rate C93 is the same as dismissing the Feelies’ latest as second rate Velvet Underground. The LPDs have created a body of work most bands can barely compare to. In that work, they’ve staked out a unique sound and lyrical content not matched by many bands. As such they’ve become a lasting testimony to the roots that this station is built upon. They’ve continued evolving, maintaining 100% integrity and challenging musicianship that cannot be denied. It seems that many of you have a bit of homework in front of you.”
“And that,” Creed might have added, “is why this station has such a hard-on for this band. So suck it!” Here’s to doing your homework!