Musicophilia Daily

[Audio] – Godley & Creme – “This Sporting Life” (1978)

Posted in Audio by Soundslike on March 12, 2009


Godley & Creme – “This Sporting Life” (1978)

This is a weird one, too be sure–part Sparks, part Roxy Music, part Nietzsche, part circus, part Beach Boys. . . Rarely has such songcraft sophistication (ex TenCC) been put to such bizarre use.  I have no idea how this would’ve been classified at the time–prog, but it’s got a sense of humor; post-punk, except it was made by bearded oldsters.  Most likely it just sat outside of anything cool, waiting for geeks like us to trickle in over the years.  This one is a real epic of which Dominique Leone is almost surely a big fan, rarely resting in one musical place for longer than a minute or two; audio theatre. . . advocating the use of suicide for the entertainment of others.  Or something.  Like I said, a weird one–but grand.  It’s available in a number of worthwhile two-fers, but you can try it out in full at Mutant Sounds.

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  1. ohrensause said, on March 12, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    not really my cup of tea this stuff but weird it is. like zappa in experimental mode.

  2. Soundslike said, on March 12, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    Hmm. I don’t hear any Zappa here, this stuff is very composed, almost sleek weirdness–granted, I haven’t followed Zappa much past 1970, not really my thing.

  3. ohrensause said, on March 12, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    i am not an expert in zappa at all but a lot of zappa’s music was composed as well if i remember well. actually this piece sounds like many bands and artists of the seventies. for example queen. bohemian rhapsody – which i abhorred at the time and still do – for insiders. i can really live without this kind of stuff . it’s hopping from a to b to c to a. it’s totally fractured. where is the flow?

  4. Soundslike said, on March 12, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    Sounds like this one just isn’t for you, but I think plenty of others will enjoy it. It’s meant to go from place to place. No need for snark, friend.

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