Friday, 3 May 2013
Desert Isalnd Discs 11 Kelvingrove Baby by the Bathers
11 Kelvingrove baby by The Bathers 1997
Nearly the top 10 so time to pause for a bit of wild European romanticism , well west of Scotland romanticism anyway. The other splinter group from Friends Again , for this lp Chris Thomson turned down the Scottish Tom Waits and turned up the melodic hooks.
The title track has it all , the epic dramatic hymn to love kind of sums up what The Bathers were all about.
Rather annoyingly I've found a clip of them playing live on you tube but can't seem to embed it on this post so you'll just have to follow the link here (it is worth it to check out the very fashionable member of the audience just behind the presenter)..
The lp (like all their lps ) is about the mysteries of love. You get the feeling that Chris Thomson is a bit of a boy. Every song is about either being in love , losing love , unrequited love, falling in love , all told with romantic poet's voice and a sweeping orchestral backing.
Three chord rock and roll it certainly isn't.
You somehow just knew that all these songs involved girls as stunning as the one on the cover.
The lp starts with the band at it's most understated.
If you find her
Let her know
Just tell her I'm sorry
That she had to go
Just remind her that I'm still here
On the west coast waiting
I'll wear the rain like tears
Thrive - The Bathers
Elsewhere No Risk no Glory is as close to a giddy single as the Bathers get, helped out by old sparing partner from Friends Again James Grant on backing vocals
No Risk No Glory - The Bathers
The whole lp is music to swoon to and surely a much better candlelit backing than 100 Simply Red efforts
If Love could Last forever is the first dance at many a wedding in some alternative universe where jangly Scottish bands rule the charts
If Love Could Last Forever the Bathers
Want you every sunrise
Everywhere you've been
Always Walk beside you
Haunt Your Every Dream
There is a bit of Van Morrison in the vocals and at times Wild is the Wind Bowie, it is a shame that the Bathers only managed a miniscule percentage of their sales
The 2 other highlights for me are the more groove based Dial ( a bit of Scottish soul) and the Girl from the Polders, who you just knew had to the kind of girl that was unknown to any European exchange programme our 6th form had.
A sure fire cure for anyone who thinks romance is dead
You can buy a second hand version of the lp here