Thursday, November 11, 2004

Big Up Yourself - Baxter Dury

The Big Up Yourself section didn't get off the ground quite as quickly as was intended, but it is being brought back to life here and it will rise like a song about bombing the Pentagon (I know that sounds terrible - its a poor reference to the Primal Scream song called "Rise" which was originally titled "Bomb the Pentagon" and was debuted under that name days before 9/11 - in light of the events of 9/11, they changed the name to "Rise" but in pure Primals fashion, lead singer/loudmoth political imbecile Bobby Gillespie certainly didn't waterdown his rhetoric because of it).

This edition of BUY focuses on Baxter Dury. Baxter is the son of late quirky English punk/rock singer Ian Dury, who had the classic tunes "Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll," and "Hit me with your Rhythm Stick." Baxter's debut album, Len Parrot's Memorial Lift, which came out in 2002, is a nice hazy, lazy listen. His voice has a very serene and has a distant quality to it, attributable to the rusty production. He has some very competent folks join him for the album, include a couple members of Portishead (which is reflected in the album's dated sound) and Richard Hawley, the sometimes collaborator with Pulp. There is not heavy layering of music, relying on a much simpler, more ambient approach to the feel of the album. Others have described Baxter to me as "psychedelic pop" and I suppose that is probably the easiest way to qualify it. I like the whole album, but to get a sense of what it is all about, check out "Oscar Brown" and "Beneath the Underdog."

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