Tuesday, January 27, 2009

not new music tuesdays

Sorry this was late today folks, my bad-- SR

Faust - So Far (1972, Polydor) 

I'll start off by saying that the opening song on this album, 'It's a Rainy Day, Sunshine Girl,' is one of the best opening songs ever. Put it up there with Sonic Youth's "Schizophrenia," AC/DC's "Highway to Hell," the Stones' 'Rocks Off," or Budgie's "Breadfan." Damn, I may make a compilation of best first songs on records...

Faust actually got their start as an experiment conducted by german producer Uwe Nettelback for Polydor Records. He hand-picked the musicians, built a studio and started rolling tape. Never satisfied with conventional rock, Nettelback and Faust constantly pushed themselves to be innovative in both their recording and songwriting techniques. Nettelback once said of the group "The idea was not to copy anything going on in the Anglo-Saxon rock scene – and it worked..."

'So Far' was their second and final release for Polydor, who were kinda pissed that they refused to make any commercially viable music. Nettelback then signed the group with an upstart British label, Virgin Records, where their debut (the Faust Tapes) sold over 100,000 copies (at a price of only 49p!) in just a few weeks in the UK. The group also recorded the critically acclaimed 'Faust IV' for Virgin before calling it quits in 1976. They did get back together in the mid 90s and have toured and released several albums since then, including one in 2007 with Nurse with Wound.

25 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

next week is Neu!

12:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Magma

12:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this month is weak

2:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

just call it 'not new music' so it doesnt matter about what day of the weak.

5:35 AM  
Anonymous lil black cloud says: although the 80s retro thing wasn't something i was into, these guys are/were really good and it was by no means this vile, atrocious thing that people make it out to be (ie-people waiting to work at good records or the angry little badgers that whack off all over the comments pg at wsjr) there was a time when bands actually aspired to do this for a living-and working towards that goal never meant you were 'in it for the money'- god, obviously someone that says that is just so naive/totally ignorant as to what being in a band has been reduced to now the btd press release wasn't arrogant, you nazi elitist pricks-it was just them saying we understand we've hit our ceiling and before we waste anymore of our lives, time to move on and thanks for the support while we tried - now please return to your parents basement and gather more stones said...

pop

11:19 AM  
Anonymous anglo saxon rock scene said...

i'm a big fan of northumbrian post-rock

12:32 PM  
Anonymous Æðelberga said...

áwierge northumbrian post-rock! ic i forebær mercian HXC

12:36 PM  
Anonymous Axl Hose said...

myspace.com/dallasshowlist updated good stuffs a comin'

1:29 PM  
Anonymous aaron gonzalez said...

the faust tapes was their third album, not their first. their first was just called 'faust'

4:27 PM  
Anonymous twin cheeks said...

i meant their debut for virgin.

4:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

YES

5:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

sheffield. yorkshire.

7:53 PM  
Anonymous meggie said...

i fucking love not new music tuesdays. keep em coming!

11:14 PM  
Anonymous creed said...

yeah, just drop new music altogether.

12:48 AM  
Anonymous mark e's pain said...

rainy day isn't even the best Faust song to open an album..
try the opening track on Faust V (last album) not IV..
Or one of the most importent krautrock tracks Krautrock off of IV..
You want a track that defines the band..
at least the version of rainy day "stretch over all times"..
stays true to the non anglo saxon frame of mind..
-smith

7:13 AM  
Anonymous twin cheeks said...

wow, now mark e smith is trying to put me in my place.

11:00 AM  
Anonymous twin cheeks said...

wow, now mark e smith is trying to put me in my place.

11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

tell that old man to back off!!

11:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

tell that old man to back off!!

11:49 AM  
Anonymous meggie said...

Is any of the more recent Faust good stuff?

11:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

don't fuck w/ mark e. smith. he'll chase you around w/ his cain while he whipes the bananna peel sloth off his wrinkled face. god, what if your grandad was mark e. smith? that'd be great. you could start a euro reality tv show where all you do is go all "bam margera" on mark e. smith and just see what he does in response.

5:32 PM  
Anonymous twin cheeks said...

actually now that i've actually listened to the songs mark e's pain was talking about, i am willing to accept i know nothing about faust or krautrock. sorry im a clueless idiot and jerk.

1:29 AM  
Anonymous twin cheeks said...

not me. fuck off.

10:25 AM  
Anonymous asilenceproduction said...

keep not so new music tuesdays coming, thank you SD/DD

4:01 PM  
Anonymous asilenceproduction said...

I mean...TC

1:20 AM  

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