As tonight is Halloween I thought I would put something topical up. I was a bit disappointed that Lush’s Spooky had already gone up so I thought that Curve’s Horror Head EP would be a good alternative. To be honest if I want to listen to Horror Head EP I would not get the record out, but get my copy of The Way of Curve CD.
A double CD tribute to the late great Curve. It is a catalogue of their best moments a retrospective without being the ‘Best of’. The first disc is all the singles in chronological order, which naturally starts off with Ten Little Girls. Why, oh why, did they let MC JC001 loose on a couple of verses.
The second disc features rarities’ from the Superblaster EP that was only available in Germany, and a single for the album Disguise. There are covers of Ian Dury’s What a Waste, the Kevin Shields remix of Coming Up Roses and Donna Summer’s I Feel Love. It does not have my own personal favourite Curve b-side, the cathartic No Escape from Heaven, which was featured on the The Blindfold EP.
The whole album is very polished from start to finish. I am a very much a fan of the early nineties output, up until Doppelganger, but this has manager to stretch my interest beyond the nineties.
Curve : The Way of Curve (Disc 1)
Ten Little Girls
Coast Is Clear
Die Like A Dog
Pink Girl With The Blues
Coming Up Roses – Curve / Curve
Hell Above Water
Want More Need Less
Nice And Easy
Curve : The Way of Curve (Disc 2)
On The Wheel
Mission From God
Today Is Not The Day
Low And Behold
Nothing Without Me
What A Waste
Falling Free (Aphex Twin Mix)
Chinese Burn (Lunatic Calm Mix)
Coming Up Roses (Kevin Shields Mix)
I Feel Love
It was about 1991 when Mark Radcliffe came from Radio 5’s Hit the North (which I could only get in medium wave), to Radio 1’s Out on Blue Six on Monday evenings. Mark Goodier was hosting the Evening Session during the week, and John Peel did the ridiculously late weekend shows.
Radio was good then. I was impressed with the fact that Mark Radcliffe had a free rein with the playlist. I wrote to the show and included a long list or requests one of them was anything by Curve.
One show Mark mentioned me and played a Curve song. He sent me an autograph through the post. Which I discovered in the shoebox that has tickets in it.
Cuckoo; Curve’s second album came out in 1993. It had more of the dark electronic noise that we would come to associate with the duo, yet it would be more experimental at the same time. Alan Moulder worked with them to create a album that used Toni Halliday’s icy vocals in contrast to the noise and distortions. The subject matter the Cuckoo is the usual topics of pain, obsession and confusion.
It is a complete package, rather than stand out songs and singles. Which might be one of the reasons that it did not fare that well. Despite the fact that Toni Halliday was foxy in a goth sort of way. It sat in a genre that had not really been invented. A bit too goth for the indie kids, and leaning too much to the indie scene for the goths.
After its release Curve split up briefly. Dean citing that due to the pressures of touring he never saw his two children.
Curve : Cuckoo
Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus
All Of One
Left Of Mother