Love Your Enemies - Microdisney

Love Your Enemies
Microdisney began recordingin their native town of Cork,Ireland. Their first few singles, including 1983's "Pink Skinned Man", wereproducedby Dave Feeley, and released onindielabelKabuki records After relocating to London, they signed to Rough Trade, and utilised John Porter(producer ofThe Smiths) to produce their debut album, Everybody is Fantastic. At this time, the band became acquainted withJohn Peel, who championed their music, and gave them the first of several celebrated Peel Sessions Originally released in 1984 with the titleWe Hate You South African Bastards,Love Your Enemies is a fascinating collection of Microdisney's early work. At this stage, the balance between the impeccable west coast pop pastiches of Sean O'Hagan and the lyrical ferocity of Cathal Coughlan was erratic but workable enough to signify that Microdisney were going to be something special, Love Your Enemieshas all the hallmarks of pop juvenilia: tinny production, occasional over-elaboration and, in Coughlan's case, a rich Cork accent still unsullied by the duo's relocation. Even now, however, Coughlan--who deserves to be measured among the very finest pop lyricists--was displaying a rare facility for language and an unerring instinct for absurdity. "Helicopter of the Holy Ghost" and "Michael Murphy" both deploy their words with a gleeful violence, and there can be little doubt whose idea it was to title O'Hagan's polite instrumentals "Patrick Moore Says You Can't Sleep Here" and "Pretoria Quickstep".Love Your Enemiesalso contains Microdisney's first truly realised moment: "Loftholdingswood", something like a Steely Dan radio hit with words by Jonathan Swift. Coughlan's taunt of "Aren't you glad you were born in England?" remains a benchmark for sarcasm in music This re-issue - made in conjunction with the band - contains rare single B-sides and the complete Peel session recorded at the time. With notes in collaboration with the band by Terry Staunton and a book packed with memorabilia this release serves as a great re-introduction to this finest of Irish bands.

Release Date: 24/06/2013
Our Price: £9.95
Code: CDMRED579
Weight: 200
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1. HELICOPTER OF THE HOLY GHOST
2. MICHAEL MURPHY
3. LOVE YOUR ENEMIES
4. FICTION LAND
5. PINK SKINNED MAN
6. PATRICK MOORE SAYS YOU CAN’T SLEEP HERE
7. HELLO RASCALS
8. PRETORIA QUICKSTEP
BONUS TRACKS

9. LOFTHOLDINGSWOOD SINGLE B-SIDE
10. TEDDY DOGS SINGLE B-SIDE
11. 464 SINGLE B-SIDE
12. DREAMING DRAINS PEEL SESSION
13. A FRIEND WITH A BIG MOUTH PEEL SESSION
14. TEDDY DOGS PEEL SESSION
15. LOFTHOLDINGSWOOD PEEL SESSION

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