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The Instrumental

The instrumental – The June Brides

As well as yesterday recognising the correctness of my assertion that this is among the five best side one track ones in all music, the more astute of you may have figured out that this song is in fact not an instrumental at all. Those wily June Brides.

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The Instrumental

The instrumental – The June Brides

In the movie High Fidelity there is a scene where one of the people is tasked to list his top 5 side 1: track 1s. I can’t remember what was on it but i remember clearly that it was a very boring list, reflecting one of two things: The lack of imagination and limited scope these (fictional) people bring to their grand discussions of music; or that maybe that this banality and veneration of the same old things reflected everywhere is actually wrought out and academically correct, and it is my failing not to recognise them as so.

Anyway, track number one on side number one of the June Brides’ album There Are Eight Million Stories is this song – The Instrumental. It is a song if i were myself to make such a list, to replace their rectitude and legitimacy of music appreciation with my own, i would have to have included. And to round it to the number five, i’d also include Anonymous Descriptions Of Uncontrolable Urges by the Hated, Thank You For Sending Me An Angel by Talking Heads, Plastic Bomb by Poison Idea, and another that i will have to think about. Lists. I’m right.

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Heard You Whisper

Heard you whisper – The June Brides

I am reading Death To Trad Rock, and, as should have been expected, the majority of the bands did not like the sound and scene demonstrated by the other half of a certain tape. Yet there is a chapter on the June Brides (and the Rosehips, the Wedding Present). I am not up to them yet but there is a reason they share these pages, i’m sure. I’ll see when i get there.

Of course i was not there and able to have my perception shaped by side-choosing, by behaviours, by aversion, by hostility, etc. but, in my infinite wimpiness, i can’t see the something else in the bands included and the contemporaries reviled by those interviewed. I’ll never get it. Good book, though. It introduced me to Badgewearer.

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Heard You Whisper

Heard you whisper – The June Brides

A really dark sounding song from the really hard to pin down June Brides. Great trumpet too. It was always great – trumpet, viola, guitar, whatever. If there’s one thing i’ve noticed about the June Brides on the internet it’s how much they were revered in their day, by a small, loyal group of pop music guardians who didn’t accuse the band of selling out in getting an NME cover story (even though it was a very different thing back then. The first independent band to do so), but rather saw it with vindication and justice. They were their band, uncompromised. This was their strike, their advance. What better band?

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