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This weekend I’ll mostly be listening to… Barry Adamson, ‘Oedipus Schmoedipus’ August 7, 2010

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You want electronica, dance, jazz, soul, funk, big band, the sound track to imaginary, and not so imaginary film noir productions?

It’s all here.

Adamson, of course, has had a long musical career, starting off as bassist with Magazine, then briefly the Buzzcocks, then working with Howard Devoto on the mighty interesting, albeit sometimes one or two songs short a tune, Luxuria project (according to wiki he also worked with Visage on their studio based stuff – could it be true?). He is perhaps best known for his work with Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds during the 1980s. After which he went solo and a career which has alternated between soundtracks and albums. Now some prefer his first solo album Moss Side Story, and while excellent for me Oedipus Schmoedipus is his most compelling work.

Some of us will have heard the pieces from it used on David Lynch’s intriguing Lost Highway, but I think it hangs together as an individual body of work. My personal favourite, and culled from that soundtrack is ‘Something Wicked This Way Comes’, an instrumental built around a couple of fairly straightforward samples that swells and swells.

There’s an homage to Miles Davis, another big band track ‘The Big Bamboozle’ and a fair few more reflective pieces including the central narrative with some wry thoughts on race that sustains ‘The Vibes Ain’t Nothing but the Vibes’ and the melody underpinning ‘Achieved in the Valley of Dolls’. Throw in what to me seem to frankly be some unnecessary guest appearances – Jarvis Cocker and Nick Cave (natch) and there it all is. In a way it may be that the sheer eclectic range of the album is a weakness, but on the other hand there’s always something to find to enjoy.

So… enjoy!

Something Wicked This Way Comes (apologies, this isn’t embedded).

Miles

The Vibes Ain’t Nothin’ But the Vibes

The Big Bamboozle

In A Moment of Clarity

Achieved in the Valley of Dolls

And finally, Adamson himself in extracts from the earlier Moss Side Story…

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