I had meant to include a couple of reissues in my Top 10 on New Year’s Day but in the rush to get the piece finished, I completely forgot!
But there’s two reissues from last year I absolutely need to draw to your attention, one old and one still new.
That Petrol Emotion – Manic Pop Thrill
Probably the only vinyl reissue, I’ll ever feel the need to buy, the album from which the blog derives its title was reissued on 2 x 10” vinyl for Record Store Day 2016. And I’ve no idea why I didn’t give this more coverage ahead of its release.
Anyhow, the album itself is of course a classic and with a title that’s a perfect summation of what’s included. From the headlong rush of opener ‘Fleshprint’ to the pretty ballad ‘A Million Miles’, MPT covers a substantial number of bases.
To some extent it’s surprising that neither of the pop singles – ‘It’s A Good Thing’ and ‘Natural Kind of Joy’ – got them wider acclaim – although I have to stress that these tunes only reflect part of the album’s appeal as the noisier ‘Can’t Stop’ and ‘Mouth Crazy’ demonstrate.
Curiously the album also works well split across three sides of the reissue rather than the 2 sides of the original vinyl. (The fourth side of the reissue collects together some of the contemporary non-album tracks.)
I think you can still get a hold of this if you have a hunt around.
It’s worth stressing that if the title is a good guide to the record’s contents then that equally applies to what this blog is about – music that’s melodic, energetic and hard edged when it needs to be.
STOOR – STOOR
This is another album that I could have justifiably included in the main albums list as it’s still a current record. But my principle of only including an album in one year’s list (painfully established by The Everlasting Yeah’s ‘Anima Rising last year) has to be applied this year.
After being self released on vinyl in 2015, the mighty STOOR’s wonderful debut got a well deserved reissue on CD and download on the fine Stereogram label in the autumn (a hook-up that MPT can claim a small part in having made happen).
Whilst very definitely located within the post-punk genre ultimately STOOR sound like STOOR. They have their own melodic sensibilities and, other than on a fleeting basis, it’s hard to pin down specific influences on specific songs as the acts as disparate as the Three Johns and Television have been cited.
Despite being recorded over a number of years ‘STOOR’ hangs together wonderfully and is strong from start to finish. If you’ve not heard it then you really should.
Here’s a trio of live renditions of songs from the album: