Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Desert Island Discs 59 Blue Lights on the Runway by Bell X1



59 Blue Lights on the Runway by Bellx1 2009


Part of Juniper that splintered when Band member Damian Rice decided to leave and sing songs of sorrow , Bellx 1 already had released 3 great lps of melodic guitar music (Music in Mouth would have made this chart if it wasn't for Blue Lights) when this came out.

The band seemed to have been listening closely to their Talking Heads records and channelled them all into a more polished sound where by and large the emphasis was on big pop songs.


All that is missing from the below is the big suit


Amidst all the spiky pop songs are some gorgeous lush ballads, including this one which never fails to have me ring my parents

Light Catches Your Face - Bell X1

You can buy Blue Lights here

7 comments:

  1. Another fine choice David. The title track the best ever Talking Heads song.
    You're right about their quieter moments.
    I like their school boy humor too:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jeLaS-cqsqE

    A safe pair of hands
    A reason to stand
    Some guns to stick to
    Rational demands

    Come on now ladies
    They won't fertilise themselves
    Get into the ball game
    Let's clear those shelves

    That's what I read in that Sunday magazine
    The anvil is falling, falling on your head
    You're just picking your knickers from your arse
    Like you're playing a one stringed harp
    Like you're playing a one stringed harp

    Like Wily Coyote
    As if the fall wasn't enough
    Those bastards from Acme
    They got more nasty stuff

    Salt in my wounds
    Sticking in the boot
    We're all bulimic
    But keep forgetting to puke

    That's what I read in that Sunday magazine
    [ From: http://www.elyrics.net ]
    The anvil is falling, falling on your head
    You're just picking your knickers from your arse
    Like you're playing a one stringed harp
    Like you're playing a one stringed harp

    Chalk it up, and write it down

    The hand of history
    is clawing at my back
    The Iron Fist of she
    cuping at my sack

    Grip is tightening
    My voice is heightening
    This orange alert
    is beginning to crack

    That's what I read in that Sunday magazine
    The anvil is falling, falling on your head
    You're just picking your knickers from your arse
    Like you're playing a one stringed harp
    Like you're playing a one stringed harp

    Chalk it up, and write it down

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  2. Hi Trev

    this is a great song as well with a chorus that sticks in your head that always has the risk of me singing the arse line out loud rather than in my head!

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  3. It has to be Music In Mouth for me. Great live act too!

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  4. The only other time I've heard Bellx1 is here on your blog a couple of years ago. Quite like what I hear .They sound so like Talking Heads it's uncanny, Those are great lyrics aswell!
    # 59 The Beautiful South - Blue Is The Colour. Very hard to choose a top Beautiful South album, in the end this just snatched it ahead of 'Quench'
    Phil

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  5. #59 - Damien Rice - O
    -sorry, overlap here, gotta run, iPod battery dying in hotel on way to sunny Florida...
    TT

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  6. hi Iano - music is mouth is great as weel and it was a toss up - Alphabet soup and eve apple of my eye are especially fantastic

    Hi Phil - BSa re a trange one for me - I've got all their lps but never think of them as a fav artist. For me it would be Miaow

    TT - got this one higher

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  7. I bought the album on the strength of Tongue. Momentarily I was disappointed cause none of the other songs sounded anything like Tongue. It wasn't long before I grew to love the whole album.

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