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Chains Changed EP

Throwing Muses 🇺🇸

January 1987

Having already fallen in love with their untitled début album, this EP - along with Fish and The Fat Skier mini-LP later in the year - left me convinced that Throwing Muses could well be, for me, The Best Band In The World. Ever.

Clearly, taking such a view after just one LP and a few other bits and pieces is premature, but my unrivalled love for this band remains with me today. And there's a new record Sun Racket coming later in 2020.


Tags: 1980s 4AD EP

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The King of Rome

The Unthanks 🇬🇧

30 July 2012

Written by Dave Sudbury in the 80s about a homing pigeon, and recorded in 1988 by June Tabor, this live version by folk group The Unthanks (backed by the famous Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band) is a thing of rare magnificence. As, apparently, was the eponymous pigeon :)


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Ammæli (Birthday)

Sugarcubes (Sykurmolarnir) 🇮🇸

August 1987 (single, in English). April 1988 (LP, in English)

As the début single from Icelandic band Sugarcubes, this was the first chance most of us got to hear the inestimable talent of Björk Guðmundsdóttir. Obviously it was released in English too, but the original Icelandic version sounds even more amazing to me.