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This weekend I’ll mostly be listening to… Pacific July 11, 2009

Posted by WorldbyStorm in This Weekend I'll Mostly Be Listening to....
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From Creation Records and slotted away on their seminal 1988 compilation Doing it for the Kids was a little gem from a crowd called Pacific entitled Jetstream.

it was apparently about the Falklands War, and there is a sample from a House of Commons debate (“The decision was taken in order to preserve British lives”), perhaps on the sinking of the Belgrano during that conflict.

There’s next to nothing about them on the web. A band called The Doris Days had some members of them in it… since I’ve never heard The Doris Days I can’t tell you much more. The songs were credited to an individual Denniss who played with the DDs and is now, or was recently, in a band called Shrift.

Creation released a mini-album, also entitled Shrift, comprising of two EPs in 1990 or so.

And that’s about as much as I know about them other than that they have a curious blend of mournful male and female vocals (the latter reminding me very slightly of Tracey Thorn), a gloomy brass section and on the mini-album tracks which sound a little New Order like, a lot acoustic and even… orchestral crash-like, a sound beloved, or hated, by those of us with keyboards in the 1990s.

Barnoon Hill, below, has a line which goes “As the dark side of happiness grows…”. Somehow that seems appropriate.

Here are the tracks…

Jetstream

Barnoon Hill

Shrift

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1. anarchaeologist - July 12, 2009

Thanks WbS for posting this. It seems that since 1987 I’ve thought Pacific were The Razorcuts and have just listened to the latter’s Brighter Now on Youtube for the first time in years thanks to your link, which brought me onto a Microdisney song I’d never heard before…

Now if only someone knows the name of a band, frequently on Peel around this time, who had a song about a girlfriend running away with the driver of a Peugeot… ? And it’s not Benny Profane (also worth checking out).

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2. WorldbyStorm - July 12, 2009

You’re very welcome. I liked the Razorcuts too. Funny though isn’t it how those songs, and Emily is another all seem of a piece – in a good way…

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3. Wednesday - July 13, 2009

Benny Profane used to be The Room, I think, who were wonderful.

I was just listening to the Razorcuts a few days ago. Still sounds great.

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4. WorldbyStorm - July 13, 2009

I wonder though why a lot of these bands released only a few limited EPs or albums and then vanished. Okay, some of them went onto greater things, but is it an age thing, or a creativity issue or just being able to hit the right note (literally!) at one certain point and never being able to repeat it.

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5. Maddog Wilson - July 15, 2009
6. Maddog Wilson - July 15, 2009

I think this link is better, still have’nt got the hang of this yet.

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