Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Models - The Pleasure of Your Company

I listened to this record last night. And yes it does sound a little dated and very 80’s BUT Models were a great live band, Kelly had a great voice and I still like this very much.

Models were an alternative rock band from Melbourne, Australia, formed in August 1978 and splitting in 1987. Models' early style was a spiky, distinctive blend of New Wave, glam rock, dub and pop: their most notable features were Kelly's strangled singing voice, Duffield's virtuoso synthesiser performances (he used the EMS Synthi AKS, also notably used on Pere Ubu's Dub Housing), and the band's cryptic, slightly gruesome, lyrics (eg "Hans Stand: A War Record" from Alphabravocharliedeltaechofoxtrotgolf), which were mostly composed by Duffield and Kelly. The 1982 LP 'The Pleasure of Your Company, produced by Nick Launay; its big drum sound and danceability in particular reflected Launay's influence, and Freud's more radio-friendly voice made the album more accessible. The album was critically acclaimed but again failed to sell strongly, although the single I Hear Motion was a national hit. Duffield later explained that the song's distinctive keyboard part had been inspired by the riff from the Stevie WonderSuperstition.


Little Axe said...

A wonderful Christmas gift. I was looking for "I hear motion" for more than 20 years ! Merry Xmas and a happy new year

Anonymous said...

The link may have been removed from the Rapidshare Library. They just could not find the file.:(