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Monday, 6 July 2015

Hawley Mackerel


I really should like Richard Hawley much more than I actually do.
He has an impeccable pedigree, I mean to say he was a member of Longpigs and Pulp for goodness sake.
He writes good songs, is a fine musician and has a strong and distinct voice which puts me in mind of the likes of Scott Walker and Marc Almond.
He also strikes me as a thoroughly decent bloke.
However there is something about his music which I just don't get.
I have tried and will persevere in the expectation that someday it will click.
I don't have any of his albums but think if I saw one cheap in a charity shop I would take a punt as I think it's not him, it's me!

Richard Hawley - Coming Home

Richard Hawley - Hotel Room

8 comments:

  1. Have you given his last album, 'Standing at the Sky's Edge', a go? A considerably rockier effort than some of his others. Hawley made a particularly good appearance on Later around the time of its release, which is worth checking out.

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    1. Will check those out Swede - thanks

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  2. I'm with you CC, there are no RH albums here and I can't see that changing (sorry Swede)

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  3. He's good. Haven't purchased all he's ever done but what I do have is fine. Quality melancholia.

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  4. I have to agree with Singing Bear, "quality melancholia" especially I'm On Nights does similar things to me as May You Never or Small Hours.

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  5. I'm with Swede. 'Leave Your Body Behind You' from Standing At The Sky's Edge is a brilliant track, definitely something different from him. Liking his new single 'Which Way' too. Worth checking out.

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  6. Always wanted to dip the big toe. Thanks to CC and all for some great suggestions.

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  7. I bought 'Coles Corner' named after a well known Sheffield meeting place (think Glasgow Central clock)
    And Hawley also provided the soundtrack for a fantastic BBC FOUR film on love as portrayed in old movies.
    Used to see him and the other Longpigs in the Vine Inn Cemetery Road Sheffield.

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