Linkage — June 19, 2012 at 7:08 am

Linkage: Lloyd Cole on Bowie, plus JAMC, The Beat, Men Without Hats, Joe Jackson

A collection of some interesting links we recently stumbled across:

‘Low’: Bowie’s Crowning Moment Lloyd Cole writes a Father’s Day message to his sons, trying to turn them on to an album that changed his life: “Listen to ‘Low’ from start to finish and you’re in for a musical awakening. From the relentless opening guitar riff of ‘Speed of Life’ through the exquisite ‘Sound and Vision’ and the hypnotic ‘Always Crashing in the Same Car,’ side one may just about prepare you for side two, but probably not.” [Salon]

Looking Back at The Jesus and Mary Chain In a new interview, Jim Reid discusses working with his brother, the band’s ongoing reunion (“It feels more natural than it did in the ’80s and ’90s”) and the duo’s plans to make a new record: “We do have the songs; it’s just a question of how to record them. I didn’t want to spend tons of money on some Hollywood recording studio. You can record on a computer just as well as anyone else nowadays. I know we could do it and it would be a good record, but we’re not The Rolling Stones or U2.” [San Diego City Beat]

Q&A: Men Without Hats’ Ivan Doroschuk The New Waver talks about “universal discontent,” meeting fellow Canadian Carly Rae Jepsen (“Ii turns out she’s a big Men Without Hats fan”) and his band’s new album, Love in the Age of War. He also discusses future touring plans, which apparently include dates this fall in the U.S. with Bow Wow Wow. [Rolling Stone]

What Happened: Ranking Roger & Dave Wakeling Of The Beat Interviewed On the eve of new reissues, the crossover ska band’s two vocalists — who front different U.K.- and U.S.-based versions of the band — discuss the group’s formation, success and legacy, and the unlikelihood of a full reunion with David Steele and Andy Cox, who went on to play in Fine Young Cannibals.  “It’d be nice,” Wakeling says. “We’ll see.” [The Quietus]

Q&A: Joe Jackson The onetime New Wave star talks about his musical evolution and new album of Duke Ellington interpretations, saying, “I think I’m just someone who is always been interested in many different kinds of music. When I was 16 years old I was interested in classical music, in jazz, in pop music, in rhythm ‘n’ blues, reggae, you know… So this who I am, I think.” [OndaRock]



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