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Brilliant Corners/Davey Woodward/Experimental Pop Band

Post by timahall » Tue Sep 23, 2008 02:46

...are brilliant.

Well, what i've heard anyway. I'm going to play Teenage when i'm DJing this Thursday.

Anyone know where I could get their albums on CD?

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Re: The Brilliant Corners

Post by Jangloid Mark » Tue Sep 23, 2008 03:23

timahall wrote:...are brilliant.

Well, what i've heard anyway. I'm going to play Teenage when i'm DJing this Thursday.

Anyone know where I could get their albums on CD?
Unfortunately, apart from the late stuff (which pales in comparison to say the least, only the singles compilation, 'Creamy Stuff" got released on CD....and got deleted WAY too quick....

Brilliant Corners stuff is indeed brilliant...

GO YOU!!! Teenage is a CLASSIC that should be played everywhere....

For those that don't know, the essential Brilliant Corners albums are....

Somebody Up There Likes Me - Briliant Corners at their POP!!! best...includes the essential single "Teenage"

"Growing Up Absurd" EP More teenage angst, coupled with social commentry...

"What's In A Word" red cover - red raw emotions....I dread to think what this is saying about me...

"Creamy Stuff" a singles, b-saides compilation...Teenage, Brian Rix, and the less worshipped, but, equally as good "Why Do You Have To Go Out With Him When You Could Go Out With Me...surely a POP!!! classic if ever there was one!!!

Anyway, the Brillliant Corners were indeed - for most off their time - brillant!!!
There are downloads.., but, they're not very legal....so, I won't post them here....
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Re: The Brilliant Corners

Post by Jangloid Mark » Tue Sep 23, 2008 03:26

May I also say that I am so chuffed that there's a Brillliant Corners thread on here...I really do rate them highly.....
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Re: The Brilliant Corners

Post by tervisel » Tue Sep 23, 2008 07:29

One of my favourite song is "meet me on tuesdays". The trumpet part is a classic !!!

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Re: The Brilliant Corners

Post by SophieC » Tue Sep 23, 2008 08:27

i doubt the brilliant corners' powerful team of lawyers will descend upon you for posting some links to stuff.

the excellent take the pills blog has complete albums to download:

what's in a word: http://takethepills.blogspot.com/2008/0 ... -ss20.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

creamy stuff: http://takethepills.blogspot.com/2008/0 ... stuff.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

somebody up there likes me: http://takethepills.blogspot.com/2007/1 ... there.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

bbc sessions: http://takethepills.blogspot.com/2007/1 ... vinyl.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
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Re: The Brilliant Corners

Post by Trev » Tue Sep 23, 2008 08:37

2 of those download links are dead alas - but two are working (BBC Sessions and Somebody up there...)

Thanks for the link!
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Re: The Brilliant Corners

Post by humblebee » Tue Sep 23, 2008 08:42

When I was 16 and working as the first male supermarket checkout operator in Grimsby, a fabulously cool and stylish indie girl called Michelle who worked on the next shift lent me a couple of albums. The limits of my indie knowledge at the time were The Smiths, The Primitives and The Wedding Present so she wanted me to hear some new stuff. I think she was 20 or something at the time, which made her unimaginably sophisticated and knowledgeable.

One of the records was the first Sugarcubes album and the other was What's in a Word by The Brilliant Corners. I was all "woh, this fella writes even better lyrics than Morrissey!"

(I was also all "woh, where does Michelle even find out about this stuff? She's so cool... I wanna be her", but that's another story for another time.)

Sometimes I think Davey was much less of a singer than a poet though; he wasn't exactly blessed with a great range, was he? It seldom got dull though, cos they knew how to arrange songs and keep stuff interesting.

The 'Corners pulled off the rare feat of an indiepop band doing a 'rock' tune well. I say unto you that 'Love It I Lost It' is as good a song as 'Teenage'. 'The Pope The Monkey and The Queen', from the same late period, is cracking as well, even though I never had a clue what he's going on about in it.

Trumpet... are we OK with the trumpet?

'She's Dead' is brilliant... he out-Morrisseyed Morrissey...

Good basslines too. I think 'Egotistical Me' was my fave 'Corners song for a long time.

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Post by a layer of chips » Tue Sep 23, 2008 08:44

There seemed to be a lot of trumpet-in-indiepop at that time, didn't there? And relatively little skanking. Which is probably for the best.

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Re: The Brilliant Corners

Post by tonieee » Tue Sep 23, 2008 08:46

humblebee wrote:Trumpet... are we OK with the trumpet?
I like a bit of trumpet.

I saw them once in 1992 and they were quite dull. I didn't enjoy them at all. All the records I've heard by them are ace though!

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Post by Trev » Tue Sep 23, 2008 08:51

I think I saw them in 1987. I could be mistaken, though. It was a long time ago and I would have been teenage levels of drunk which doesn't aid the memory noggin.
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Re: The Brilliant Corners

Post by Jangloid Mark » Tue Sep 23, 2008 10:09

JamieC wrote:the excellent take the pills blog
...is the very place I was going to suggest...great minds think alike :)
humblebee wrote:Trumpet... are we OK with the trumpet?
YES!!!! Trumpet+indiepop=GREAT!!!

Michelle does indeed sound cool!!!! I wish I could have met someone like her when I was a teenager....it did happen, but, a bit later for me....
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Re: The Brilliant Corners

Post by timahall » Tue Sep 23, 2008 13:01

I got Creamy Stuff and Someone Up There Likes Me off Soulseek. I just wanted the CDs for my collection (i'm about the only indie kid who prefers CDs over vinyl). The only one I could find at a reasonable price is Joyride, which I believe is a later album. Does anyone know if it's any cop?

And while we're on the subject of out-of-print CDs, why the hell is R Is For Razorcuts currently unavailable?!

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Re: The Brilliant Corners

Post by shaved head thrills » Tue Sep 23, 2008 16:20

those bbc sessions are so amazing.... "trust me" is just, oh man, so great!
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Post by Jangloid Mark » Tue Sep 23, 2008 18:23

timahall wrote:I got Creamy Stuff and Someone Up There Likes Me off Soulseek. I just wanted the CDs for my collection (i'm about the only indie kid who prefers CDs over vinyl). The only one I could find at a reasonable price is Joyride, which I believe is a later album. Does anyone know if it's any cop?
It's definitely their low point. I don't hate it, but, it hardly ever gets played...
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Re: The Brilliant Corners

Post by Roque » Tue Sep 23, 2008 18:44

timahall wrote:And while we're on the subject of out-of-print CDs, why the hell is R Is For Razorcuts currently unavailable?!
Go to Hotstuff.se and search for "Razorcut" ... I believe they have copies available.

And have you seen the Brilliant Corners videos? I would guess Davey uploaded them... they are awesome! Check them here: http://www.youtube.com/user/brillianttunes" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

(and there's also a Chesterf!elds video!! Yay!)
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Re: The Brilliant Corners

Post by richpassivity » Wed Sep 24, 2008 19:40

I remember seeing that video for 'Brian Rix' on The Chart Show!
Only saw THE BRILLIANT CORNERS once at the West Indian Club in Southampton around 1988.
Good to see that CHESTERF!ELDS vid too!
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Post by philjunebride » Wed Sep 24, 2008 21:22

I just don't get the Brilliant Corners at all. Ah well, my loss, I suppose...

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Re: The Brilliant Corners

Post by richpassivity » Fri Sep 26, 2008 14:57

philjunebride wrote:I just don't get the Brilliant Corners at all. Ah well, my loss, I suppose...
People used to say THE BRILLIANT CORNERS were a JUNE BRIDES rip-off early on.
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Post by philjunebride » Fri Sep 26, 2008 16:44

richpassivity wrote:
People used to say THE BRILLIANT CORNERS were a JUNE BRIDES rip-off early on.
Early on they were a rockabilly type thing, then went jangly, then went baggy. They could certainly follow the trends ....

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Re: The Brilliant Corners

Post by Rocker » Sun Sep 28, 2008 17:46

They were one of the best bands to come out of Bristol in that era - always a great live band - and I agree they went downhill in the late 80s - but then went on to form The Experimental Pop Band in the 90s.

Singer & songwriter Davey would seem to have put up some of his new material here:

http://www.myspace.com/daveywoodward

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