Friday, 4 January 2013
A Gigantic Raft in the Philippines (1982)
Ploughing my way through the washing up last night, I was listening to Steve Lamacq on Radio 6, although he was actually transmitting an old Roundtable show from 1984 (only the Lord knows why because it was terrible - host was Paul Gambaccini with guests David Coverdale, Chrissy Boy from Madness and Janis Long. Coverdale and Chrissy Boy hated everything but Billy Idol (!!) and Long seemed to love it all, even though most of the records were uniformly awful) (excuse overlong and complex use of brackets)). I say 'uniformly awful' but there was one fine exception - a record I'd completely forgotten about by a band I'd more or less dropped down Memory Drain long ago, It's Immaterial. When they played this one I actually thought for a minute that Lamacq had cut into the show with a new song from a new band and it wasn't until close to the end of the track that I realised it was a great blast from the past.
It's Immaterial were a Liverpool based combo who nearly made it on the 'Indie' scene but not quite. 'A Gigantic Raft in the Philippines' was released originally in 1982 but was remixed and put out again in 1984. I prefer the original but they are both very fine.