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WARNING : There are people who are born to make music,others are born to hearing.
Whenever was part of this second group .
I'm just an addict ... addicted to music.
Maybe it's a habit, I gotta use, even if it 's rock, jazz or the quiet storm.
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I love music more than lasagna .

THE RESIDENTS is my Biggest Addiction, and MINIMAL COMPACT.
Other musical priorities are:
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THINKING FELLERS UNION LOCAL 282,THE BOOK OF KNOTS THE EX, LOUNGE LIZARDS- JOHN LURIE, ANTON FIER- GOLDEN PALOMINOS, XTC, THE GO-BETWEENS, ROBYN HITHCOCK, MOONFACE,SPARKLHORSE, PINBACK,DANIEL SMITH- DANIELSONFAMILE,TOMAHWAK FANTOMAS, MR. BUNGLE, MIKE PATTON, SUICIDE, STEREOLAB, SPACEMEN 3,CHROME, PRIMUS -LES CLAYPOOL, fIREHOSE, CHAIN AND THE GANG- IAN SEVENONIOUS- WEIRD WAR- THE MAKE UP, LOWER DENS, SWELL MAPS, SILVER APPES, SWELL, MORPHINE, TELEVISION, HAWKWIND, DEVO, FLYING LIZARDS, RALPH CARNEY, ROBERT WYATT, JOHN WILKES BOOZE, KEVIN COYNE, DAEVID ALLEN, SLEEPYTIME GORILLA MUSEUM, MX-80 SOUND, DAMIEN JURADO, DAVID DONDERO, LONG FIN KILLIE, CHELSEA WOLFE, PRAM, BEACH HOUSE, THE OLIVIA TREMOR CONTROL, PAVEMENT, PATTI SMITH, FUGS, PEARLS BEFORE SWINE-TOM RAP, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA -JOSEPH BYRD, FAMILY, GODZ, BONZO DOG DOO DAH BAND, PENTANGLE, THE INCREDIBLE STRING BAND, SLOVENLY, CHEER- ACCIDENT, BUTHOLE SURFERS, VAMPIRE RODENTS, TARWATER, COIL, THROBBING GRISTLE, ZOOGZ RIFT, STUMP, RENALDO AND LOAF, THE BOOKS, NEW THRILL PARADE, NEW WET KOJAK, DAVID KILGOUR, THE BATS, THE CLEAN, THE PIN GROUP, CRIME CITY SOLUTION, ROWLAND S. HOWARD, TOM WAITS, VIC CHESNUTT, JOE HENRY, ALEJANDRO ESCOVEDO,JON WAYNE,THE, TAPE BEATLES, THE GUN CLUB,THE DENGUE FEVER, THE PAPER CHASE,THE FIERY FURNACES,THE MICROPHONES- PHIL ELVRUM, GARY WAR, RAILROAD JERK, KARL BLACK- SOCK HEADDED PETERS- LEMON KITTENS, THE MUSIC TAPES,THE SHAGGS, BOBB TRIMBLE, ALTERNATIVE TV, FISH AND ROSES, DIABLO SWING ORCHESTRA, POP D`ELL ARTE, MLER IF DADA, TOM ZÉ, WALTER FRANCO, OS MUTANTES, CAETANO VELOSO, MILTON NASCIMENTO, ARNALDO ANTUNES, VINICIUS CANTUARIA, CAZUZA, CEREBRO ELECTRONICO, CORDEL DE FOGO ENCANTADO, WADO, CICERO,MOMO ROGERIO SKYLAB, MUNDO LIVRE SA, NAÇÃO ZUMBI, ALÇEU VALENÇA, ANT- BEE, BILL FAY, RON SEXSMITH, EL GUAPO, DAVID GRUBS, TORTOISE, SAM PREKOP, GASTR DEL SOL, HENRY KAISER, HOME & GARDEN, BOB DRAKE, MY DEAD IS DEAD, AKRON FAMILY, SWANS, THESE IMMORTAL SOULS, UNREST WORK & PLAY, THE TAPE BEATLES, SWOLLEN MONKEYS (Ralph Carney), WALL OF VOODOO, LIARS, TIM HUEY, TRACHTENBURG FAMILY, THE TRIFFIDS, THE CRUEL SEA, THE MEKONS,THE METOD ACTORS, THE MISTAKES, THE MOUNTAIN GOATS, THE NEW CREATION, BRUCE HAACK, LOREN MAZZACANE CONNORS, GLEN BRANCA, ALBERT MARCOEUR, LOS ANGELES FREE MUSIC SOCIETY, SHELLEY HIRSCH, NEW YORK GONG, GONG,THE POLYPHONIC SPREE, MODERN LOVERS, LYDIA LUNCH, LOVE, LUCIA PAMELA, SAFETY SCISSORS, RICHARD HELL & VOIDOIDS, SACCHARINE TRUST, MELVINS, OXBOW, ADAM FORKNER of [[[[VVRSSNN]]]]+ YUME BITSU, ROY MONTGOMERY, RUN ON, LOVELY LITTLE GIRLS, SAFETY SCISSORS, BRIDE OF NO NO, TONE DOGS, TREAT HER RIGHT, TRIPOD JIMMIE, LIFTER PULLER,THEY MIGHT BY GIANTS, GANG OF FOUR,THE POP GROUP, ORANGE JUICE, RAIN PARADE,THE RENDERS, SOUL COUGHING- MIKE DOUGHTY, MAZARIN, KARATE - GEOFF FARINA, SECRET STARS, THE CHURCH, BLANK DOGS, FROG EYES, JOAN OF ARC, BLACKOUT BEACH, DIRTY BEACHES, PURE X, MAGIC TRICK -TIN COHEN, CHRIS COHEN, DAVID BAZAN, YUNG WU, WAKE OOLOO, SPEED THE PLOUGH, DRIVE BY TRUCKERS, CAMPER VAN BEETHOVEN, U.S, MAPLE, MARTIN NEWELL, ERLAND and The CARNIVAL, CRIPPLED BLACK PHOENIX, CALIFONE, RED RED MEAT, LOW,THE BLACK HEART PROCESSION, THE NOTWIST, QUICKSPACE, THE COMSAT ANGELS, CLOUD CULT, EZRA FURMAN and THE HARPOONS, EFF BARZELAY,GUN OUTFIT, THE DEAD SCIENCE, BORN RUFIANS, FERGUS & GERONIMO, THREE MILE PILOT, LIFE WITHOUT BUILDINGS, MAGIC HOUR, MAJOR STARS, MAPS & ATLASES, MEGAFAUN, MENOMENA,TAME IMPALA, AMPS FOR CHRIST, ARBOURETUM,TRUE WIDOW, NANA GRIZOL,TIMBER TIMBRE,
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Henri Rousseau (1844-1910) The Dream, 1910.Born in Laval, France on May 21, 1844, Henri Julien Félix Rousseau is considered to be the archetype of the self-taught artist and one of the first of the Naïve or Primitive artists. “Rousseau’s brightly coloured, dream-like paintings, many of them depicting exotic subjects, anticipated some of the major artistic movements of the 20th century, including Surrealism.”.

Rousseau’s friends affectionately knew him as Le Douanier, or customs officer, since this was his job before he started painting. The vivid, naive style he developed was widely admired.
The Dream is the greatest of Rousseau’s many jungle paintings. They were inspired by little more than trips to the Paris zoo, and yet their ambiguity made them favorites of the Surrealists. 
While the world modernised at a dizzying pace, Rousseau evoked a primitive world where fantasy and desire still held sway

nosex: Leonard Cohen working on his car

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I WaS a TeeNaGe GuitariST 4 the ClaSH! – by Keith Levene, Legendary PiL guitarist Keith Levene releases his memoires –‘ I was a teenage guitarist for The Clash’. As the name suggests this latest book focuses on his early career. This is a story about the beginning of The Clash. The only band that matters according to some. The alternative original punk choice to The Sex Pistols – another band that mattered.Join ‘KeeF’ as he takes you along his teen ride through real life. This is not an autobiography but it is a true story. It will put in the time at the place. The only place that mattered? Well maybe to some. The hippest scene in London especially in ’76 – possibly the hippest scene in the world it has been suggested. Take a ride through The Hippest Scene in London in 75/76 and witness how it really came together.The book is available is a suite of different versions. Some handmade and limited editions. Check the website for further detail. The albums Search 4 Absolute Zero and Killer In The Crowd are also available via the site

I WaS a TeeNaGe GuitariST 4 the ClaSH! – by Keith Levene, 
Legendary PiL guitarist Keith Levene releases his memoires –‘ I was a teenage guitarist for The Clash’. As the name suggests this latest book focuses on his early career. This is a story about the beginning of The Clash. The only band that matters according to some. The alternative original punk choice to The Sex Pistols – another band that mattered.

Join ‘KeeF’ as he takes you along his teen ride through real life. This is not an autobiography but it is a true story. It will put in the time at the place. The only place that mattered? Well maybe to some. The hippest scene in London especially in ’76 – possibly the hippest scene in the world it has been suggested. Take a ride through The Hippest Scene in London in 75/76 and witness how it really came together.

The book is available is a suite of different versions. Some handmade and limited editions. Check the website for further detail. The albums Search 4 Absolute Zero and Killer In The Crowd are also available via the site

johnentwinkle: I just ran into Keith Richards, what a man

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White Rose Transmission - Street of flowers (Germany UK, 1995)Adrian Borland’s collaboration with Carlos Van Putten (The Convent and Dead Guitars)
Friends and worldwide fans of former The Sound leader Adrian Borland are still mourning his sudden death on April 26th 1999. At the time of his sudden, unforeseen demise , the two-decade singer/songwriter was finishing a new solo album, called Harmony And Destruction with longtime producer Wally Brill, and was about to head out on a rare tour supporting a new WHITE ROSE TRANSMISSION album he was involved with, making his loss seem all the more senseless. Thus ended a fascinating career that produced 14 ambitious studio albums, plus 10 other LPs (and an EP) of other artifacts, such as live documents, a best-of, a singles LP, and even several side projects.Although it is primarily for the 1979-1987 group THE SOUND that Adrian Borland is remembered, his earliest band, THE OUTSIDERS, became the first band in English punk history to self-release an album (the Buzzcocks were the first to self-release a 7”, their seminal “Spiral Scratch” EP), 1977’s Calling on Youth (with money borrowed from Adrian’s father) on his Raw Edge label, thus ushering in the now commonplace “do it yourself” explosion.THE OUTSIDERS morphed into THE SOUND, who released several records between 1979 and 1987 that deserved the popularity of Echo & the Bunnymen but failed mostly due to the lack of a marketable image.  Like Magazine’s Howard Devoto, Borland’s lyrics were probably too emotionally naked and literate for the masses, and the group might have been a shade too dark for chart appeal. Nonetheless, the Sound were the missing link between Joy Division and Echo; perhaps time will help acknowledge this.Like so many involved in those halcyon days, Adrian Borland quickly moved away from the initially liberating hard-fast dictates of the punk movement he helped found, and soon became known as a distinctive, unique and powerful songwriter of moody, well-crafted, atmospheric pop.  As one of the most intense, artistically accomplished, and unheralded talents of the punk school, singer/songwriter and guitarist Adrian Borland left behind a dense stockpile of excellent records under several guises.

White Rose Transmission - Street of flowers (Germany UK, 1995)

Adrian Borland’s collaboration with Carlos Van Putten (The Convent and Dead Guitars)

Friends and worldwide fans of former The Sound leader Adrian Borland are still mourning his sudden death on April 26th 1999. At the time of his sudden, unforeseen demise , the two-decade singer/songwriter was finishing a new solo album, called Harmony And Destruction with longtime producer Wally Brill, and was about to head out on a rare tour supporting a new WHITE ROSE TRANSMISSION album he was involved with, making his loss seem all the more senseless. Thus ended a fascinating career that produced 14 ambitious studio albums, plus 10 other LPs (and an EP) of other artifacts, such as live documents, a best-of, a singles LP, and even several side projects.

Although it is primarily for the 1979-1987 group THE SOUND that Adrian Borland is remembered, his earliest band, THE OUTSIDERS, became the first band in English punk history to self-release an album (the Buzzcocks were the first to self-release a 7”, their seminal “Spiral Scratch” EP), 1977’s Calling on Youth (with money borrowed from Adrian’s father) on his Raw Edge label, thus ushering in the now commonplace “do it yourself” explosion.

THE OUTSIDERS morphed into THE SOUND, who released several records between 1979 and 1987 that deserved the popularity of Echo & the Bunnymen but failed mostly due to the lack of a marketable image.  Like Magazine’s Howard Devoto, Borland’s lyrics were probably too emotionally naked and literate for the masses, and the group might have been a shade too dark for chart appeal. Nonetheless, the Sound were the missing link between Joy Division and Echo; perhaps time will help acknowledge this.

Like so many involved in those halcyon days, Adrian Borland quickly moved away from the initially liberating hard-fast dictates of the punk movement he helped found, and soon became known as a distinctive, unique and powerful songwriter of moody, well-crafted, atmospheric pop.  As one of the most intense, artistically accomplished, and unheralded talents of the punk school, singer/songwriter and guitarist Adrian Borland left behind a dense stockpile of excellent records under several guises.

White Rose Transmission: Carlo van Putten: vocals. Frank Weyzig: guitars - keyboards - bass - programming. Rob Keijzer: guitars


Adrian Borland’s collaboration with Carlos Van Putten (The Convent and Dead Guitars)

Adrian Borland - Cinematic (1995)Borland solo minus the Citizens, stylewise nothing like The Sound,but still a very strong and beautiful album.
Copyright all songs Adrian Borland Here is the story of a young English punk from the ’70s and his travails in the music biz over the next 20 years. Working in near anonymity with bands such as the Outsiders, the Sound and Second Layer, our hero remains resolute in his effort to bring honest, heartfelt and challenging records to a small group of dedicated followers. Ultimately, he settles on a solo career and sets his sights on spreading his message to the denizens of America. Cinematic in scope, sound and lyrical content, this album is everything you’d expect from a cultured cult artist such as Borland. On “Bright White Light,” lyrical and musical tension build simultaneously. Guitars chime, and imposing electronics provide atmospheric nuances while Borland’s emphatic chorus lays it on the line: “At the heart of destruction lies the soul of discontent/And a bright white light will blind you in the end ” Issues involving struggles with identity, world-weary ambition and the concessions of simple survival are sung righteously with that salty, British post-punk flavor. Everybody is a star, but Borland’s cinematic life is well worth watching.
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released 12 January 1995 Album Notes: Adrian Borland: Guitar, Bass, Vocals Mark Kelser & Alan Clutheroe: Programming Neil Rickarby, Phil King & Pat Rowles: Bass Mark Hunziker: Bass, Drum Programming, Backing Vocals Paul Hoad & David Ingham: Backing Vocals James Ingham: Guitar Other Details: Recorded by Adrian Borland and Mark Kelser at Survival Studios mastered at Porky’s 1995
Adrian Borland - Cinematic (1995)
Borland solo minus the Citizens, stylewise nothing like 
The Sound,but still a very strong and beautiful album.
Copyright all songs Adrian Borland 

Here is the story of a young English punk from the ’70s and his travails in the music biz over the next 20 years. Working in near anonymity with bands such as the Outsiders, the Sound and Second Layer, our hero remains resolute in his effort to bring honest, heartfelt and challenging records to a small group of dedicated followers. Ultimately, he settles on a solo career and sets his sights on spreading his message to the denizens of America. Cinematic in scope, sound and lyrical content, this album is everything you’d expect from a cultured cult artist such as Borland. 

On “Bright White Light,” lyrical and musical tension build simultaneously. Guitars chime, and imposing electronics provide atmospheric nuances while Borland’s emphatic chorus lays it on the line: “At the heart of destruction lies the soul of discontent/And a bright white light will blind you in the end ” Issues involving struggles with identity, world-weary ambition and the concessions of simple survival are sung righteously with that salty, British post-punk flavor. Everybody is a star, but Borland’s cinematic life is well worth watching.

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released 12 January 1995 

Album Notes: Adrian Borland: Guitar, Bass, Vocals 
Mark Kelser & Alan Clutheroe: Programming 
Neil Rickarby, Phil King & Pat Rowles: Bass 
Mark Hunziker: Bass, Drum Programming, Backing Vocals 
Paul Hoad & David Ingham: Backing Vocals 
James Ingham: Guitar 

Other Details: 
Recorded by Adrian Borland and Mark Kelser at Survival Studios mastered at Porky’s 1995
Honolulu Mountain Daffodils - Guitars of the Oceanic Overgrowth(1987)a lesser known project Borland worked on under thealias of Joachim Pimento.

Honolulu Mountain Daffodils - 
Guitars of the Oceanic Overgrowth(1987)

a lesser known project Borland worked on under the
alias of Joachim Pimento.

Adrian Borland & The Citizens - Alexandria (1989)Not to long after the end of The Sound, Borland started a solo career with the Citizens as his back up band. A complete different direction musically, but throughout his solo career you can see how much he grew as a songwriter and musician, get all of the albums if you can.

Adrian Borland & The Citizens - Alexandria (1989)
Not to long after the end of The Sound, Borland started a solo career with the Citizens as his back up band. A complete different direction musically, but throughout his solo career you can see how much he grew as a songwriter and musician, get all of the albums if you can.

Second Layer - World Of Rubber (LP, Cherry Red, 1981)
When UK’s The Sound recorded their first album, ‘Jeopardy’, they worked fast and had some studio time left. Adrian Borland and Graham Greene (real name: Bailey), quickly recorded ‘World Of Rubber’ as Second Layer. An album full rhythm machines, guitars and vocals. Dark and creepy, but ever since hearing ‘Fixation’ on the radio back in 1982, I am a fan of this album. They also released two 7” records, which come in a separate zip. The album ‘Second Layer’ on LD Records from 1987 has the two 7”s. A pity Cherry Red never released this on CD. So this is more or less the full discography:

Flesh As Property E.P. (7”, EP) Tortch Records 1979
State Of Emergency E.P. (7”, EP) Tortch Records 1980
World Of Rubber (LP) Cherry Red 1981
Second Layer (LP) LD Records 1987

It was not a specialized store, but a very large store that sold new hard discount, mainly unsold stock other stores. It was located in Soho. Considering the price per square meter in the area, it is not surprising that the door has not been taken up quickly to do something more lucrative, the box style night or peepshow. I’m not sure of the name of the shop, but “Vinyl Demand” is the name on the label of my copy of “Grubby stories” Patrik Fitzgerald, I bought there in the same time. There is no label on my copy of “World of rubber”. 

When I got interested in The Sound from the release of their debut album “Jeopardy”, mainly because they were on Korova, the same label Echo & The Bunnymen, I had no idea that the main members of the group already had a musical past behind them, as they had released several self-produced singles and two albumq between 1977 and 1978 under the name of the Outsiders. 

I did not know either before even releasing an album under the name of The Sound, singer guitarist Adrian Borland and bassist Graham Bailey had released in 1979 “Flesh as property”, an EP of three tracks their other group second Layer, an electronic duo in which Bailey was also involved in the drum machine (very active) and synths. Before the release of this album, there was another single three titles, “State of emergency”. I’m wondering if I did not buy this disc accidentally, or because it was on Cherry Red because Borland and Bailey are absolutely not mentioned on the cover. 
"World of rubber" is a black disc in the mind, like "Jeopardy", released a few months earlier. But with the same composers and the same singer, this is not surprising. 

The sleeves of both disks are also in the same black and gray tones. We are not far here from The Sound Tracks like “Missiles” or “I can not escape myself” with a marked color electronic (drum machine and synths) and very low forward way of PIL Metal Box . 

The various chroniclers of this record that I read each have their favorite song, especially the last, “Black flowers”, but for me the tour de force of the disc was always the first title, “The definition of honor” anti-militarist load (“the definition of honor is this hole in the side of your head”). I also really like “Underneath the glass”, “Connection” and “In bits”. 

Second Layer released in all and for all fifteen tracks. Now that the entire discography of The Sound was reissued with posthumous outputs in addition, one can only hope to see soon release a CD containing all of this discography.

the 15th anniversary of the death of Adrian Borland. The years have not softened the blow. Indeed the closer one gets to the history surrounding Adrian and The Sound the more desperately sad the story becomes.
“The Sound are the greatest undiscovered British band of the 80s”Mick Griffiths
I’m guessing maybe half of you know the music of The Sound, while the other half may not? In a nutshell The Sound existed in the early 80′s and at one moment were considered to be about the hottest property going. I’ve seen them described as “the missing link between Joy Division and Echo And The Bunnymen” This kind of claim is simultaneously both glib and true. I am never sure if such comparisons do any band any favours. Yet I’m certain if you have any love for either of those lofted, lauded bands you should adore The Sound.
Back in the early 80′s indie anthems were nothing to be ashamed of. The Sound, alongside the likes of The Bunnymen, U2, The Waterboys, Big Country and The Chameleons, – these bands all embraced ‘the big sound’ at a time when it embodied passion, joy, emotion and melody, not simply lighter-waving on a big screen at Wembley. U2 made the anthem un-cool forever with the singularly awful ‘Pride (In the name of love)’ ‘Pride’ spoils an otherwise magisterial album and it drove a nail into the coffin of ‘the big sound’. Simple Minds would shovel the dirt onto said coffin with material like ‘Alive and Kicking’. From the mid eighties on, arena rock was considered stale as indie fashions became ever more ‘lo-fi’.
In an article for The Guardian on ‘overlooked albums’, Alan McGee wrote in praise of The Sound’s early album Jeopardy. McGee is 99% on the money. He loses 1% for omitting the fact that follow-up album, From The Lions Mouth is even better. This is as essential as almost any album I can recommend. They say ‘he who hesitates is lost’. Just look at the artwork! Hesitate no longer. For me, From The Lions Mouth is one of the greatest albums of all time. British, post punk or otherwise. It’s a ‘must have’
From The Lions Mouth
Sadly Adrian took his own life in 1999. I don’t feel qualified to explain this. Depression played a part certainly but I am reluctant to discuss illness or suicide. I am a writer. I am not a physician. Clichéd rock journalism would have me mythologize these aspects. Joy Division –The Sound – Curtis – Borland. So easy, isn’t it? For once I am glad that I don’t have an Editor on my back demanding such a romanticized hack job. Maybe Adrian’s (relative) obscurity played a part in his depression but his story was not Ian Curtis’. Tragic, yes, The same, no. What people really need to understand is that whenFrom The Lions Mouth was released in 1981 most critics expected The Sound to eclipse that crop of bands I mentioned. Yet it was to be those arch careerists, U2, who’d take that sound and conquer the planet.
So what made The Sound really special? Partly I think it was due to the tension between the bands euphoric, chiming music and Adrian’s sensitive subject matter. Often when such factors work at odds with each other the clashing forces spark to create something remarkable. I should make clear that the whole band were excellent. It wasn’t only Adrian. The classic line up comprisedGraham Bailey, Colvin Mayers, Michael Dudley and Borland himself. The Sound were tight. Friends of mine who witnessed the band attest to their live prowess. Listen, if you can, to the legendary live album From The Hothouse. There you’ll notice how the live songs have heightened tempo and an energy of their own. The band are pulled along by their own music, like a mad dog taking its owner for a walk. The Sound were more than Adrian. What’s so remarkable about Borland, and what makes him stand out versus the likes of Bono, Kerr, and McCullough etc, is that Adrian played guitar as well as writing and fronting the songs. More than play, in fact, Borland was a force of nature on guitar, more akin to Stuart Adamson than any of the aforementioned frontmen.
The Sound.
Adrian’s mental state was quite possibly hidden in plain sight within his lyrics. The cold war politics of his early material were only a reflection of his own internal conflicts. Polarity and juxtapositions are recurrent themes within Borland songs and songtitles. eg ‘Night Versus Day’, ‘Heads And Hearts’, ‘Harmony & Destruction’, etc. This was Borlands’ own struggle. He was uneasy with himself and about the best he achieved was a kind of mistrusting, internal impasse. Doubt and insecurity punctuated his writing but the listener is left in no doubt that this was Adrian’s reality. This was for real.
I never knew Adrian. I wish I had. I wish I could have told him just how much his music meant to me. Not that it would have changed anything. In the subsequent years friends have hosted and supported tribute concerts in Adrian’s name at the legendary Amsterdam Paradiso. This is the venue that played host to some of the greatest performances of bands such as Joy Division and Cocteau Twins. The Netherlands itself was at least one small bastion of success for Adrian. I could not conjure a more appropriate location.
The Sound can’t come back, sadly, but in recent years that sound came back. Interpol, Editors, Killers and White Lies have all been as anthemic as The Sound. Let’s at least end on a note of optimism. Adrian is gone but his music lives on. If I have anything to do with it his music should live on forever. To my ear the music of The Sound has never sounded so relevant. Now a couple of recent developments may assist in this objective. Firstly, there’s a box set coming out comprising the three early albums, plus Live At The BBC and a whole load of extras. This is a great entry point as the original albums are hard to find, not to mention expensive. The Box Set looks like great value. I haven’t got it, so I cannot bring you a full review. Sorry about that.
Secondly, it looks like a documentary is in production. This is great news. I always find rock docs fascinating. When they’re done well I’m hooked even if the band was never previously on my radar. The Borland Documentary is being crowd funded so you can play your part in keeping the music of The Sound alive. Just go, pledge, and play a part in making it all happen. Plus of course you’ll get see the final thing.
Get involved. This is the story of Adrian Borland. His sound. Our sound. The Sound.

the 15th anniversary of the death of Adrian Borland. The years have not softened the blow. Indeed the closer one gets to the history surrounding Adrian and The Sound the more desperately sad the story becomes.

“The Sound are the greatest undiscovered British band of the 80s”
Mick Griffiths

I’m guessing maybe half of you know the music of The Sound, while the other half may not? In a nutshell The Sound existed in the early 80′s and at one moment were considered to be about the hottest property going. I’ve seen them described as “the missing link between Joy Division and Echo And The Bunnymen” This kind of claim is simultaneously both glib and true. I am never sure if such comparisons do any band any favours. Yet I’m certain if you have any love for either of those lofted, lauded bands you should adore The Sound.

Back in the early 80′s indie anthems were nothing to be ashamed of. The Sound, alongside the likes of The BunnymenU2The WaterboysBig Country and The Chameleons, – these bands all embraced ‘the big sound’ at a time when it embodied passion, joy, emotion and melody, not simply lighter-waving on a big screen at Wembley. U2 made the anthem un-cool forever with the singularly awful ‘Pride (In the name of love)’ ‘Pride’ spoils an otherwise magisterial album and it drove a nail into the coffin of ‘the big sound’Simple Minds would shovel the dirt onto said coffin with material like ‘Alive and Kicking’. From the mid eighties on, arena rock was considered stale as indie fashions became ever more ‘lo-fi’.

In an article for The Guardian on ‘overlooked albums’, Alan McGee wrote in praise of The Sound’s early album Jeopardy. McGee is 99% on the money. He loses 1% for omitting the fact that follow-up album, From The Lions Mouth is even better. This is as essential as almost any album I can recommend. They say ‘he who hesitates is lost’. Just look at the artwork! Hesitate no longer. For me, From The Lions Mouth is one of the greatest albums of all time. British, post punk or otherwise. It’s a ‘must have’

From The Lions Mouth

Sadly Adrian took his own life in 1999. I don’t feel qualified to explain this. Depression played a part certainly but I am reluctant to discuss illness or suicide. I am a writer. I am not a physician. Clichéd rock journalism would have me mythologize these aspects. Joy Division –The SoundCurtisBorland. So easy, isn’t it? For once I am glad that I don’t have an Editor on my back demanding such a romanticized hack job. Maybe Adrian’s (relative) obscurity played a part in his depression but his story was not Ian Curtis’. Tragic, yes, The same, no. What people really need to understand is that whenFrom The Lions Mouth was released in 1981 most critics expected The Sound to eclipse that crop of bands I mentioned. Yet it was to be those arch careerists, U2, who’d take that sound and conquer the planet.

So what made The Sound really special? Partly I think it was due to the tension between the bands euphoric, chiming music and Adrian’s sensitive subject matter. Often when such factors work at odds with each other the clashing forces spark to create something remarkable. I should make clear that the whole band were excellent. It wasn’t only Adrian. The classic line up comprisedGraham BaileyColvin MayersMichael Dudley and Borland himself. The Sound were tight. Friends of mine who witnessed the band attest to their live prowess. Listen, if you can, to the legendary live album From The Hothouse. There you’ll notice how the live songs have heightened tempo and an energy of their own. The band are pulled along by their own music, like a mad dog taking its owner for a walk. The Sound were more than Adrian. What’s so remarkable about Borland, and what makes him stand out versus the likes of BonoKerr, and McCullough etc, is that Adrian played guitar as well as writing and fronting the songs. More than play, in fact, Borland was a force of nature on guitar, more akin to Stuart Adamson than any of the aforementioned frontmen.

The Sound.

Adrian’s mental state was quite possibly hidden in plain sight within his lyrics. The cold war politics of his early material were only a reflection of his own internal conflicts. Polarity and juxtapositions are recurrent themes within Borland songs and songtitles. eg ‘Night Versus Day’, ‘Heads And Hearts’, ‘Harmony & Destruction’, etc. This was Borlands’ own struggle. He was uneasy with himself and about the best he achieved was a kind of mistrusting, internal impasse. Doubt and insecurity punctuated his writing but the listener is left in no doubt that this was Adrian’s reality. This was for real.

I never knew Adrian. I wish I had. I wish I could have told him just how much his music meant to me. Not that it would have changed anything. In the subsequent years friends have hosted and supported tribute concerts in Adrian’s name at the legendary Amsterdam Paradiso. This is the venue that played host to some of the greatest performances of bands such as Joy Division and Cocteau Twins. The Netherlands itself was at least one small bastion of success for Adrian. I could not conjure a more appropriate location.

The Sound can’t come back, sadly, but in recent years that sound came back. InterpolEditorsKillers and White Lies have all been as anthemic as The Sound. Let’s at least end on a note of optimism. Adrian is gone but his music lives on. If I have anything to do with it his music should live on forever. To my ear the music of The Sound has never sounded so relevant. Now a couple of recent developments may assist in this objective. Firstly, there’s a box set coming out comprising the three early albums, plus Live At The BBC and a whole load of extras. This is a great entry point as the original albums are hard to find, not to mention expensive. The Box Set looks like great value. I haven’t got it, so I cannot bring you a full review. Sorry about that.

Secondly, it looks like a documentary is in production. This is great news. I always find rock docs fascinating. When they’re done well I’m hooked even if the band was never previously on my radar. The Borland Documentary is being crowd funded so you can play your part in keeping the music of The Sound alive. Just go, pledge, and play a part in making it all happen. Plus of course you’ll get see the final thing.

Get involved. This is the story of Adrian Borland. His sound. Our sound. The Sound.

The Outsiders - Vital Years (1976-79)
This is where it all started.. a angry young Borland. Besides playing gigs at the infamous Roxy, they were the first noted UK punk band to release their own DIY album ’ Calling All Youth’ while everyone else was putting out 7”.This is a collection of all of The Outsiders material, Vital years was released in 2000, but I’am uncertain of it’s availability.
 

The Outsiders - Vital Years (1976-79)

This is where it all started.. a angry young Borland. Besides playing gigs at the infamous Roxy, they were the first noted UK punk band to release their own DIY album ’ Calling All Youth’ while everyone else was putting out 7”.This is a collection of all of The Outsiders material, Vital years was released in 2000, but I’am uncertain of it’s availability.

 

In 1980 Adrian Borland worked on two projects, Second layer which he did with future Sound bandmate Graham Bailey and then The Witch Trials. The Witch Trials was a one off thing he did with Jello Biafra ,East Bay Ray, Christian Lunch and Morgan Fisher which they managed to recorded in one 4 hour session at Morgan Fishers house in London.
Spoken word ..Improvisation ..Noise ..Chaos ..in other words very cool stuff!

In 1980 Adrian Borland worked on two projects, Second layer which he did with future Sound bandmate Graham Bailey and then The Witch Trials. The Witch Trials was a one off thing he did with Jello Biafra ,East Bay Ray, Christian Lunch and Morgan Fisher which they managed to recorded in one 4 hour session at Morgan Fishers house in London.

Spoken word ..Improvisation ..Noise ..Chaos ..in other words very cool stuff!

The Doors photographed by Gloria Stavers. 1967.

(via vintagegal)