31 Creeping up on Jesus by the Big Dish 1988
A bit bland for a lot of people, the production did seem to make them a tad Lloyd Cole light. The first lp was a tad patchy but I thought it all came together with the second. Another set of songs where you got the feeling that the singer wanted to live in a Hopper painting or a carver short story.
The lead off single, European Rain, was a bit of throwaway pop which is exactly what is was having been rush written following the kiss of death " we don't hear any singles" comment from the record company. This explains why Steven Lindsay holds the song in a bit of contempt
It is with the other tracks that the lp comes alive. Listening now I could do with 80s keyboards turned down a bit , but even with this the songs shine through. Here is a short clip of Faith healer from their recent reunion concert
I guess we all have lps like this in our lists. Ones that seem okay to others but for some reason that we can't put our fingers on have lodged themselves firmly into our lives. For me the Big Dish are forever linked to Leeds poly, where I saw them play live in my first week at the Tuesday night Beckett's park band night.
Not as good in most ways to Steven Lindsay's solo lps but these crafted songs for a reason I can't really explain mean more.
Burn - The Big Dish
The last song for me is the highlight which became the staple of many a compilation tape
Where do you Live - The Big Dish
You can buy Creeping up on Jesus here