Wednesday, January 4

The Raincoats (1979)

"Picking the 'best' Raincoats is more an intellectual exercise than it is a work of thoughtful criticism. So, to make it easy for the benighted, all three studio releases are absolutely essential. Their live cassette is wonderful, but not the ideal entry point. Better yet, start with their debut, a soaring, daring, avant-garde-influenced folk-punk record. Don't let the words 'avant-garde' scare you off; the Raincoats are not harsh or unapproachable. In fact, this music, even at its most dissonant, is stunning and captivating. There's a great cover of the Kinks' 'Lola' that's so skewed and obtuse, Ray Davies probably never dreamed it could sound this way. Reissued by Geffen on CD with extra tracks in 1995."
allmusic (Video)
W - The Raincoats
The Quietus - Post-Punk Distilled: The Raincoats' Debut Album 30 Years On
Drowned In Sound
YouTube: Fairytale in the Supermarket - directed by Gina Birch
YouTube: The Raincoats (full album)

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