Monday, 26 November 2012
Desert Island Discs 91 - Great Day for Gravity by King L
91 - Great Day For Gravity by King L 1995
Gary Clark decided to follow up the silky smooth Steely Dan ish solo lp by forming a band and making some noise.
Some of best tunes he has written and the worst band name pretty much anyone could have chosen , Great Day For Gravity is a one of those lost lps that should have done much better.
I saw them play the lp live and it is one of the loudest concerts I'd been to. Released in the dying embers of grunge (my vote for the worst time in british music) the lp had a lot in common with some of those bands. The difference was that Gary Clark was writing the songs so instead of teenage american angst you got razor sharp pop tunes.
The below track is the most Nirvana in style
Tom Driver - King L
The lyrics have a directness that Danny Wilson lacked but still full of killer lines "I was only lying because thats what liars do" , often take more of a short story / character study approach to the songs.
Tragedy Girl , Dumbest Story, etc stick quickly and linger long , helped by Neil MacColl's fantastic guitar playing
However there are a couple of quieter moments , a heart breaking track called two cars collide (worth the price of the lp alone) and this tale of a being bruised in hollywood
Don't Believe in Hollywood - King L
Don't believe in anywhere where the sky is always blue ( a bit ironic with the success Gary Clark has had in LA as a songwriter for hire)
I've waited much more in hope than any kind of expectation for a follow up but it seems this is going to remain a glorious one off
You can buy Great Day for Gravity here