Lloyd Cole & The Commotions – Rattlesnakes

ARTIST: Lloyd Cole & The Commotions           Rattlesnakes

TITLE: Rattlesnakes

YEAR RELEASED: 1984

CHART ACTION: #13 UK

SINGLES: Perfect Skin (#26 UK), Forest Fire (#41 UK), Rattlesnakes (#65 UK)

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Only if you were hip to him back then.

LINEUP: Lloyd Cole, Neil Clark, Blair Cowan, Lawrence Donegan, Stephen Irvine

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Debut from songwriter and his band shows his influences, and also shows that he’s almost equal to them.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: There’s a spot of Dylan and Television in the songs, and some soul and R&B influences in the music, and some of the production is definitely 80’s, but this debut from Lloyd Cole and his band isn’t a period piece or a homage.

Cole’s songs are more than just an ape of his idols and inspirations. Cole’s songs have strong narratives, and the backing is tight and sympathetic. He and his band allow the songs to breathe, but the arrangements also display his band’s precision and musicianship.

This was a college radio favorite in the US, and thus not many people heard it. It’s our loss.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: Cole’s father was the club master at a golf club in Scotland, and that’s where this labum was written.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yep. B-sides, live cuts, the usual add-ons.

GRADE: A: We should have been hip to it.

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