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Luke Haines Is Dead

  • 1. Das Capital Overture
    2. Bailed Out
    3. Showgirl
    4. Glad to Be Gone
    5. Staying Power
    6. Junk Shop Clothes
    7. She Might Take a Train
    8. Subculture
    9. Government Bookstore
    10. Housebreaker
    11. Valet Parking
    12. How Could I Be Wrong
    13. Starstruck
    14. Home Again
    15. American Guitars
    16. Wedding Day
    17. High Diving Horses
    18. Lenny Valentino
    19. Disneyworld
    20. I'm a Rich Man's Toy
    21. Upper Classes
    22. Everything You Say Will Destroy You
    23. Sister Like You
    24. Underground Movies
    25. Brain Child
    26. Chinese Bakery
    27. Modern History
    28. New French Girlfriend
    29. Light Aircraft on Fire
    30. Car Crash
    31. X Boogie Man
    32. New Brat in Town
    33. Tombstone
    34. Back With the Killer Again
    35. Unsolved Child Murder
    36. Former Fan
    37. Kenneth Anger's Bad Dream
    38. Kids Issue
    39. New Life a New Family
    40. Buddha
    41. After Murder Park
    42. Baader Meinhof
    43. Meet Me at the Airport
    44. I've Been a Fool For You
    45. Accident
    46. Mogadishu (Dalai Lama Remix)
    47. ESP Kids
    48. Future Generation
    49. Politic
    50. Johnny & The Hurricanes
    51. Rubettes
    52. Breaking Up
    53. Get Wrecked at Home
    54. Essex Bootboys
    55. Discomania
    56. Couples Dancing
    57. How to Hate the Working Classes
    58. Oliver Twist Manifesto
    59. Never Work
    60. Skin Tight
    61. Satan Wants Me
    62. Mitford Sisters
    63. Bugger Bognor
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): HAINES1

  • Credits

    "Seminal music genre...featured Menswear and Thurman...Ooh, don't get me started...Changed your life, didn't it? Cast at the Dublin Castle, tracksuit tops, Paul Weller back on top. Best days of my f**king life...All of which fails to explain why you mongs forgot to vote for me in the readers' poll. Can't-f**king-read-ers poll, more like. Wankers." And with that, an extract from an ad placed in the March 1997 issue of Select (right next to the month's Bangin' or Bollox feature), Luke Haines' rocky relationship with Brit-pop -- a movement into which he was agonizingly shoehorned -- is tidily summarized. Let's be real: "Taking out the garbage at the Columbia Hotel/Nobody got a ticket out of cripple town" isn't nearly as memorable as "Slowly walking down the hall/Faster than a cannonball," and a song is more likely to have broad appeal when it's about rioting in the partying sense -- as opposed to an actual riot or a homicidal act or the start of a political party bent on hating the working class. While a typical Haines song is full of hooks and loud guitars, it also comes with a voice that has been compared to Rod Stewart and Micky Dolenz. (It's certain that neither Haines' mom nor Steve Albini have ever heard Giorgio Moroder's version of "Knights in White Satin.") More importantly, not many people are born with the disposition of a 60-year-old crank, and those who do come out that way tend not to be big music fans. In Luke Haines Is Dead, Haines' relatively harmonious relationship with his back catalog is weightily summarized as a chronologically sequenced three-disc box. It roughly amounts to an album's worth of B-sides, an album's worth of radio sessions and live material, and an album's worth of outtakes and alternate versions. Spanning 1992 through 2004, it covers Haines' Hut years with the Auteurs, the Baader Meinhof one-off, and the solo albums. Though it's clearly the devout following who will benefit most, there are some scattered album highlights as well, which help gauge the quality of the B-sides -- they range from good to spectacular. "Glad to Be Gone," from 1992, churns and seethes, pointing toward the irascible matter that would dominate 1996's After Murder Park; 1999's "Get Wrecked at Home," as sparse as anything off the first Black Box Recorder album, is both touching and amusing (he phrases "Is he as mean as me?" the way a heartbroken balladeer would witheringly ask, "Is he as good in bed as me?"). The tracks recorded for the BBC are either remarkably different from or superior to the album versions: "After Murder Park"'s snaps and tugs are more effective without the electric guitar of the original, while "The Upper Classes" makes the Now I'm a Cowboy version sound more like a demo. The outtakes aren't bad, either. Haines provides historical liner notes and has Paul Morley contribute some additional text. Both men are in top form. ~ Andy Kellman

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