Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Track Of The Day: Mogwai - 'Simon Ferocious'

Considering I've been a fan of theirs since the late 90's, it's brilliant to see that the Scottish legends Mogwai have just scored their very first Top 10 album with their new one 'Rave Tapes'. The Skinny says: "'Rave Tapes' is filled with expert contrasts, making this a pulse-quickening return from a band that’s still evolving, and still amazing", while MusicOMH commented that "'Rave Tapes' might not be a complete change in direction for Mogwai, but it is different enough to suggest that there’s plenty of inventiveness left in the band yet'. Tim Russell, our very own correspondent at God Is In The TV gave it a 3 out of 5 (which I think is a bit of a lower score than it deserves) and gave the following advice: "For those who prefer the speaker-shredding, face-melting, Blur-baiting Mog of yore will find little joy in Rave Tapes which, despite a moniker promising glowstick-waving hands-in-the-air exuberance, is a mature, restrained affair, much closer in tone to their wonderful Les Revenants soundtrack than the balls-on-the-monitor rock thrills of 'Hardcore Will Never Die...'. It reveals its delights slowly. But when it clicks, oh man, it clicks."

I myself will soon get round to doing my own review of the excellent LP, but in the meantime here's the rather spooked 'Simon Ferocious'. Just in case you don't know why they gave the song that title... 

Queen roadie Peter Hince: "One day we were in the control room and Fred was sat at the desk. And suddenly we heard this voice and it was Sid Vicious who had come in (the Sex Pistols were recording in the next studio). And he was clearly the worse for wear... And he called in to the room to Freddie: “Have you succeeded in bringing ballet to the masses yet?”

Freddie Mercury: "I called him 'Simon Ferocious' and he didn’t like it at all. I said, “What are you going to do about it?... He hated the fact that I could even speak like that... I think we survived that test."



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