Saturday, November 7, 2009

sourpus presents: H2H #1

Had a nice idea for a thread series. How about 'Head to Head'?

Put two bands/songs up for comparison (however arbitrary this becomes) and let the panel decide.

My picks for number one:

Diesel Park West - Fall to Love




The Gin Blossoms - Allison Road



What say you?

16 comments:

tincanman said...

Sounds cool. Be interesting to see what people have to say!

AliMunday said...

It's a good idea. Of these two, they sound slightly similar but I prefer the Gin Blossoms - slightly rougher edge to the vocal.

DarceysDad said...

Yeah, nice idea for an ongoing thread: can anyone play?

On this one, it's Gin Blossoms every time for me, but you knew that already.

ejaydee said...

Gin Blossoms for me.

sourpus said...

Oh yeah, its an open idea for sure. I just came up with this example as I always thought that DPW and the GB's were a band capable of comparison at some levels, so I deliberately picked two tracks that had a romantic feel. I think we can do a H2H for either/or tracks or bands. Any ways up, I thought it would be fun.

I'd like to see others follow my lead and come up with another one each week/every-so-often and we can all state our preferences. We can all have a go. It would be most excellent.

DD, I love both bands, although I knew DPW since they were knee high to a crocodile and so I probably cant be 100% unbiased. They used to be called 'The Filberts' (hm..I wonder where they got that name from?) and play every week down at the Royal Mail pub in Leicester (often supported by my brother's band at the time). This clip contains the ex-drummer from my own band (Dave) who left to join DPW not so long before this film was shot.

sourpus said...

I just listened to both songs again, and as much as I love both, and notwithstanding any stated bias I may have, Fall to love is my preferred song. I say this, not because of my connection to this Leicester band, but because of the lyric, which is not only one of my favorites by DPW, but also one of my favorite all time. Dont take my word for it though - check it out for yourself. Not taking anything away from Allison Road which is a cracking, roaring track - a read pedal to the metal gem; its just those words on Fall to Love are such a refreshing angle on a love song, mixed with some of the best backdoor social commentary ive heard

- 'There's something about a new morning, that breaks the back of misery... There will be days when you think that there's just too much evidence of a cold and lonely place. When its all too cynical and the neon hoardings glow to the centre of your soul.. but then you fall to love, hang the burden on the wall and fall to love'

I used to think just like this.

sourpus said...

P.S. dont let the poncier elements of DPW's video put you off - that was mostly EMI's idea, not theirs. One thing DPW are NOT is in any way Simply Red-ish in their outlook on presentation. They are true rockers, world class fans of Arthur Lee, Moby Grape and the Stones, which this video cannot tell.

I forget who the guitar player was on Allison Road (I seem to remember hearing that he died not long after New Miserable Experience was recorded?) but he did a great job.

B-Mac said...

GBs for me

sourpus said...

The words 'hiding to nothing' come to mind at this time...

No DPW fans??

lambretinha said...

Great idea for a post, sourpus!. And definitely Diesel Park West for me. Better band with better songs than the Gin Blossoms. DPW were quite unlucky in fact, their truly brilliant first album was at odds with the whole sound and scene of the late eighties, (best exemplified by The Stone Roses debut, obviously a tough one to measure up with for anybody) I also like "Decency", which includes this one, a beautiful song showcasing them at their most mellow. In fact (and this is completely subjective, I know) I think a better comparison for DPW would be either Teenage Fanclub or Del Amitri. Any of whom I much prefer to the Gin Blossoms.

sourpus said...

Good to hear from you lambretinha.

Although the TFC and Del Amitri were British contemporaries of DPW when they first broke, I just decided (arbitrarily) to choose the Gin Blossoms; probably because I saw both bands as prone to quite a strong strand of mutual jangle (Byrds influenced) and also 'Fall to Love' and 'Allison Road' were both released in the same year
(1992)

Japanther said...

i'll go for DPW.

I have a vague recollection of seeing the Gin Blossoms supporting The Wonder Stuff around 1993, but I may be mistaken...if only there was some kind of giant electronic database accessible from anywhere in the world where I could find out this kind of information.....

DarceysDad said...

A huge undertaking, Japanther, but whoever does put that database together on a website will make millions

steenbeck said...

I'd go with DIesel Park West.

I used to work in this horrible horrible restaurant, a corporate-owned chain restaurant. Yuck. They had these soundtracks of corporate approved pop music and Alison Road was on there, so I heard it over and over and over. Sorry, but I just can't ever listen to it again.

bishbosh said...

I'd go with DPW too. I used to love All The Myths on Sunday - and Fall to Love is aces too. Somewhere I've got a "Food Christmas EP" of various Food acts covering each other's songs. I seem to remember Jesus Jones being involved. Ah, memories...

sourpus said...

The Food Christmas EP was great. DPW's version of Info Freako by Jesus Jones, I would contend, was actually better than Mike Edward's cool and raggedy original. John and Rick Diesel totally Stones-ified the song and made it rock Exile-ward. Best thing on the EP in my view.