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Luke Haines Is Dead

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
"Seminal music genre...featured Menswear and Thurman...Ooh, don't get me started...Changed your life, didn't it? Cast at the Dublin Castle, tracksuit tops, Paul Weller back on top. Best days of my f**king life...All of which fails to explain why you mongs forgot to vote for me in the readers' poll. Can't-f**king-read-ers poll, more like. Wankers." And with that, an extract from an ad placed in the March 1997 issue of Select right next to the month's Bangin' or Bollox feature, Luke Haines' rocky relationship with Brit-pop -- a movement into which he was agonizingly shoehorned -- is tidily summarized. Let's be real: "Taking out the garbage at the Columbia Hotel/Nobody got a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
"Seminal music genre...featured Menswear and Thurman...Ooh, don't get me started...Changed your life, didn't it? Cast at the Dublin Castle, tracksuit tops, Paul Weller back on top. Best days of my f**king life...All of which fails to explain why you mongs forgot to vote for me in the readers' poll. Can't-f**king-read-ers poll, more like. Wankers." And with that, an extract from an ad placed in the March 1997 issue of Select right next to the month's Bangin' or Bollox feature, Luke Haines' rocky relationship with Brit-pop -- a movement into which he was agonizingly shoehorned -- is tidily summarized. Let's be real: "Taking out the garbage at the Columbia Hotel/Nobody got a ticket out of cripple town" isn't nearly as memorable as "Slowly walking down the hall/Faster than a cannonball," and a song is more likely to have broad appeal when it's about rioting in the partying sense -- as opposed to an actual riot or a homicidal act or the start of a political party bent on hating the working class. While a typical Haines song is full of hooks and loud guitars, it also comes with a voice that has been compared to Rod Stewart and Micky Dolenz. It's certain that neither Haines' mom nor Steve Albini have ever heard Giorgio Moroder's version of "Knights in White Satin." More importantly, not many people are born with the disposition of a 60-year-old crank, and those who do come out that way tend not to be big music fans. In Luke Haines Is Dead, Haines' relatively harmonious relationship with his back catalog is weightily summarized as a chronologically sequenced three-disc box. It roughly amounts to an album's worth of B-sides, an album's worth of radio sessions and live material, and an album's worth of outtakes and alternate versions. Spanning 1992 through 2004, it covers Haines' Hut years with the Auteurs, the Baader Meinhof one-off, and the solo albums. Though it's clearly the devout following who will benefit most, there are some scattered album highlights as well, which help gauge the quality of the B-sides -- they range from good to spectacular. "Glad to Be Gone," from 1992, churns and seethes, pointing toward the irascible matter that would dominate 1996's After Murder Park; 1999's "Get Wrecked at Home," as sparse as anything off the first Black Box Recorder album, is both touching and amusing he phrases "Is he as mean as me?" the way a heartbroken balladeer would witheringly ask, "Is he as good in bed as me?". The tracks recorded for the BBC are either remarkably different from or superior to the album versions: "After Murder Park"'s snaps and tugs are more effective without the electric guitar of the original, while "The Upper Classes" makes the Now I'm a Cowboy version sound more like a demo. The outtakes aren't bad, either. Haines provides historical liner notes and has Paul Morley contribute some additional text. Both men are in top form.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/18/2005
  • Label: Emi Europe Generic
  • UPC: 094633152427
  • Catalog Number: 3315242

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Das Capital Overture (4:59)
  2. 2 Bailed Out - The Auteurs (3:48)
  3. 3 Showgirl - The Auteurs (4:07)
  4. 4 Glad to Be Gone - The Auteurs (2:07)
  5. 5 Staying Power - The Auteurs (2:46)
  6. 6 Junk Shop Clothes - The Auteurs (2:47)
  7. 7 She Might Take a Train - The Auteurs (1:38)
  8. 8 Subculture - The Auteurs (2:13)
  9. 9 Government Bookstore - The Auteurs (3:49)
  10. 10 Housebreaker - The Auteurs (2:56)
  11. 11 Valet Parking - The Auteurs (2:43)
  12. 12 How Could I Be Wrong - The Auteurs (3:53)
  13. 13 Starstruck - The Auteurs (2:53)
  14. 14 Home Again - The Auteurs (3:44)
  15. 15 American Guitars - The Auteurs (3:31)
  16. 16 Wedding Day - The Auteurs (2:06)
  17. 17 High Diving Horses - The Auteurs (3:55)
  18. 18 Lenny Valentino - The Auteurs (2:18)
  19. 19 Disneyworld - The Auteurs (3:15)
  20. 20 I'm a Rich Man's Toy - The Auteurs (2:56)
Disc 2
  1. 1 The Upper Classes - The Auteurs (7:12)
  2. 2 Everything You Say Will Destroy You - The Auteurs (2:55)
  3. 3 A Sister Like You - The Auteurs (2:46)
  4. 4 Underground Movies - The Auteurs (3:35)
  5. 5 Brainchild - The Auteurs (3:45)
  6. 6 Chinese Bakery - The Auteurs (3:18)
  7. 7 Modern History - The Auteurs (3:24)
  8. 8 New French Girlfriend - The Auteurs (4:02)
  9. 9 Light Aircraft on Fire - The Auteurs (2:21)
  10. 10 Carcrash - The Auteurs (2:42)
  11. 11 X Boogieman - The Auteurs (3:24)
  12. 12 New Brat in Town - The Auteurs (3:43)
  13. 13 Tombstone - The Auteurs (4:02)
  14. 14 Back with the Killer (Again) - The Auteurs (2:43)
  15. 15 Unsolved Child Murder - The Auteurs (2:05)
  16. 16 Former Fan - The Auteurs (1:42)
  17. 17 Kenneth Anger's Bad Dream - The Auteurs (2:33)
  18. 18 Kids' Issue - The Auteurs (2:03)
  19. 19 A New Life, A New Family - The Auteurs (2:15)
  20. 20 Buddha - The Auteurs (4:19)
  21. 21 After Murder Park - The Auteurs (1:56)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Baader Meinhof - Baader Meinhof (3:03)
  2. 2 Meet Me at the Airport - Baader Meinhof (2:51)
  3. 3 I've Been a Fool for You - Baader Meinhof (2:30)
  4. 4 Accident - Baader Meinhof (5:08)
  5. 5 Mogadishu - Baader Meinhof (3:49)
  6. 6 ESP Kids - The Auteurs (4:32)
  7. 7 Future Generation - The Auteurs (3:14)
  8. 8 Politic - The Auteurs (3:17)
  9. 9 Johnny and the Hurricanes - The Auteurs (3:37)
  10. 10 Rubettes - The Auteurs (3:30)
  11. 11 Breaking Up Is Hard to Do - The Auteurs (3:58)
  12. 12 Get Wrecked at Home - The Auteurs (3:14)
  13. 13 Essex Bootboys - The Auteurs (3:22)
  14. 14 Discomania (3:03)
  15. 15 Couple Dancing (1:14)
  16. 16 How to Hate the Working Classes (3:35)
  17. 17 The Oliver Twist Manifesto (3:22)
  18. 18 Never Work (3:01)
  19. 19 Skin Tight (1:26)
  20. 20 Satan Wants Me (3:07)
  21. 21 The Mitford Sisters (5:01)
  22. 22 Bugger Bognor (3:52)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Luke Haines Primary Artist, Bass, Guitar, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals, Clavinet, Multi Instruments
Chris Wyles Drums
Vincent Green Viola
Justine Armitage Violin
James Banbury Cello, Keyboards, Korg
Barney C. Rockford Drums
Gary Strasbourg Drums
Joe Beckett Percussion
Everton Nelson Violin
Alison Dodds Violin
Andy Nice Cello
Alice Readman Bass
Tim Weller Drums
Sarah Nixey Background Vocals
Jo Archard Violin
Brian G. Wright Violin
John J. Moore Background Vocals
Steve Walker & the Bold Guitar
Andy Bush French Horn
Technical Credits
Steve Albini Engineer
Paul Morley Liner Notes
Julian Standen Producer
Phil Vinall Producer
Luke Haines Composer, Producer
Peter Hoffman Producer
James H. Brown Producer
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