77 Laugh by Terry Hall 1997
I was in the middle of a divorce as I was trying to promote it, so it was pretty impossible," he says. "I just allowed myself to fall apart I think. Just let it go. Doing a solo record, you try to write about who you are and what you know, and if life's overtaken that it's very difficult to explain it. It becomes such a painful process. I thought, 'Why am I putting myself through this? I'm talking about divorce and loss and all this shit. It doesn't make any sense. I mean, I can avoid doing this.'"
Ever the sucker for a bit of artistic misery it is the above context that means that Laugh just pips the equally as good Home into the top 125.
Laugh continues the sixties style of classic pop that emerged on Home , this time pulling on Stephen Duffy and Damon Albarn a co writers , although most songs were co written by ex Smith Craig Gannon whose gorgeous guitar playing is all over the lp.
A lot of the songs focus on the break up of Hall's marriage, there is some bitterness but the overall feeling is of sadness and regret
you promised lasting days before you walked away
The lps title features in a number of songs lyrics often dripping with irony
Happy go Lucky - Terry Hall
The best song on the lp is the single Ballad of the Landlord which starts off as a direct link back to the Colourfield's first lp and then moves into a big swirl of a song that feels like it has come form the soundtrack of a classic 60s film
The only track that doesn't really fit is the cover of I saw the Light. Works well on its own merits but feel kind of tagged on at the end of the lp
Often feeling like you are uncomfortably eavesdropping on someones personal sorrow Laugh is one of the great break up lps
you can buy laugh here
Not very festive I know so hope you and all your loved ones have a fantastic festive period
It is also that top ten time of year so here are my ten favourite films I've seen this year
10) The Descendents - a proper grown up film of grief and family belonging
9) Kill List - disturbingly creepy and one of the bleakest endings going
8) Killer Joe - the blackest , seediest noir
7) Crazy Stupid Love - when is a rom com not a rom com , when it is as smart and as funny as this
6) Snowtown - Australian gem about the koss of innocence in the most shocking brutal way possible , a bundle of laughs this isnt
5) Drive - as stylish as film can get
4) Headhunters - classic anti hero film , marvel at how all the loose threads come together in the end and see it quick before the inevitable hollywood remake
3) Prometheus - disappointed many , plot holes you could drive through but I loved it - the only fim I've seen enhanced by 3d
2) Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy - never have browns and greys looked so sinister
1) Skyfall - I'm as populist as ever when it comes to film (too many art house experiences as a student!) this got a round of applause at teh cinema I saw it at and fully deserved it was too.