Young Marble Giants
Country of origin:
Type of music generally:
Early New Wave alternapop
Long disbanded. A DVD, Live at the Hurrah (CD and DVD) was released in 2004, and Salad Days, a compilation of home demos of songs, in 2000. However, their only full-length original release is Colossal Youth, originally released in 1979.
Wikipedia's entry on Young Marble Giants
Unique, especially for their time and place. A huge influence on later New Wave and alternative pop sound
Strange, off-beat stuff that sounds totally minimally contemporary, though it's from the '70s. Stripped-down pop, minimalist, very pure-sounding, almost unemotionally played and sung but effective because of that. Hard to describe, but great. Way ahead of their time. (Neile)
Recommended first album:
1979 (re-released various times, places, labels)
Highly recommended for pop fans
Young Marble Giants and Dave Anderson
An incredible album that was way ahead of its time. Very catchy tunes with Alison Statton's lovely rich vocals. Hole covers their song, "Credit in The Straight World". This is a powerful album, wholly understated and a huge influence on the New Wave artists. (Neile)
2000—Vinyl Japan—ASKCD 113
Highly recommended for Young Marble Giants fans
Stuart Moxham—electric guitar, organ, rhythm generator, short wave radio, ring modulator
This is a collection of what are basically home demos for Colossal Youth. While it's really better to find a copy of Colossal Youth if you can, Salad Days is still a fascinating glimpse into this band's wholly original sound and style. Minimalist and far out/ahead of its time. Sound is at times a little iffy, which reflects the (primitive by today's standards) technology they were using to record it, but that very primitive nature suits the music magically—they take great advantage of it. (Neile)
A DVD, Live at the Hurrah Club, was released in 2004.
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