Thursday, 20 March 2014

Spherical Objects - "Past and Parcel" (Object Music OBJ001) 1978




The Spherical Objects were one of those post punk groups formed by those leftie ex-student types in their mid-twenties, who were too old to be in a proper punk group like The Stranglers(i know!!!), who were Pub Rockers anyway.
They share much in common with The Desperate Bicycles,like a prominent organ, a singer with an awful bank manager tone to it, and made and financed their own records.
Object music was founded by singer and guitarist, Steve Solamar, and was responsible for many a great act to find its way onto vinyl for the first and last time.
The man(?) needs some kind of trophy for releasing the "A Manchester Collection" by the Manchester Musicians Collective (very right on),in 1979; and bringing the superb Vibrant Thigh, and I.Q.Zero into a recording studio.
The music is sort of a poor mans Fall meets the Desperate Bicycles, and in accordance with the fashion of 1978, it was recorded and mixed in one day.
I bought this when it was released, I was 14, it was cheap and in the "Punk" section of Revolver in Leicester Market Place; It was Cheap, It was Punk so I did it. Got it home and hated it; the singer sounded like an old bloke who'd try and sell you life insurance! But, as i'd spent £2.49 on a record I had to play it several times, and I still hated it. So not having played it since 1978, I played it again, 35 years later, and......guess what.......I love it! And because I had played so many times in `78, I remembered most of the words(the human brain never fails to astound me!). Once the generation gap thing has eroded through time, and I'm an old(er) bloke; I can see the true majesty of this early relic of the pre-indie period. A real unpretentious DIY meisterwerk, that navigates a course directly along the thin line of true "punk" ethics, if ever they exist?
Jonny's Final Thought :
 The Spherical Objects ,as a name, probably referred to the Spherical Objects in Steve's trousers that, in the future, he would have removed to become Shirley Solomar?

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1 comment:

Vote4cake said...

Didn't really like this record, but You Can Become was a great song.