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Ash – 1977 (1996)

July 18, 2019

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July Series: Why I’m (still) a “total man of the ’90s”

1. I miss what I never had
2. Efficiency + Effectiveness
3. I’m hooked early & often

4. Female Vocals + Nice/Slow Groove
5. Bands beget Bands

[Album 651/1001]

Ash is one of those Bands.

One of those Bands that begets further Bands.

(wordplay strrrretch)

One of those Bands that makes people want to Be Get-ting in their own Bands.

The reasons?

The songs sound good.

The songs sound catchy & energetic.

Most importantly, even if the songs are actually more complex/substantial than they appear, the songs sound…do-able.

How many ’90s band origin stories include something along the lines of, ‘when we first heard NevermindDookie / Smash…?’

And I bet there are many formerly timorous guitarists that were inspired to start bands when they heard the toe-tapping tunes here, like Girl From Mars or Kung Fu.Ash1977cover

Let It Flow hits closest to home for me as it reminds me of the sort of tune my high school band-mates & I would try to write.

See the video below for a sample of our mid-high school work (around the vintage of the mushroom cut photo above).

Sounds similar, no?

With the sole possible exception that with 1977, Ash released a memorable debut album, fully deserving of its critical & commercial success…and our group, Coming Attractions, has this cell phone video clip of a basement recording, originally taken on a family camcorder.

Tomato, To-mah-to!

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Verbalize the Positive

Cheers to bands like Ash that inspire the masses to pick up guitars!

From → 1990s

21 Comments
  1. jprobichaud permalink

    Cheers indeed. I used to have one of their songs, Jack names the planets, on a CMJ compilation CD but I never did check out any of their work. Good stuff, I am guessing.

  2. What was your high school band called?

    • “Coming Attractions” – it was fun for me to briefly revisit that audiocassette!

      • Were you trying to get Elvis Costello to take you on as his replacement backing band?

      • Perhaps after seeing him in Austin Powers 2, that would have been right up our collective street!

  3. That High School Band shit is the realest thing posted on here in an age. Magnificent stuff. Ash wee bloody marvellous too. Saw them just a couple of months back and they’re still young scamps in my eyes

  4. I bought all the singles but not the LP. I was just a crazy, wild man back in those days, eh? sometimes I even stored them out of date order.

  5. Great stuff Geoff!
    Your little demo sounded pretty good coming out of that JVC BoomBox!
    What was the name of the band?
    I’m thinking ‘ The Geoff Stephen Experience”!!

    • Haha, cheers Deke, phone video of a cassette from a camcorder, it’s almost the elusive ‘wall of sound’ quality!
      We were named ‘Coming Attractions’ – though we were a trio like Jimi!

      • Great name Coming Attractions!
        Wall of Sound! I like that ha. You guys had all the bases covered!

  6. I think I might have a comp of theirs. Jack Names the Planets sounds familiar. Any band that inspires yoof is good!

    • Agreed! And only being familiar with this one so far, it’s possible a compilation would do the trick with Ash. I don’t know if this sequence of songs is absolutely essential – but I quite enjoyed listening & more importantly, was reminded of how much I like playing this sort of stuff!

  7. Amazing. Love the audio clip, Geoff! Genuinely love hearing and seeing old stuff like that.

    As for Ash, they were brilliant. Two really great albums, though they did lose something when they became four piece. 1977 is still one I like to dig out now and again… it’s lost nothing over the years.

    Reminds me that I have the Live on Mars set (not actually live on Mars, unfortunately), so I might throw that on now.

    • Cheers J – I too really enjoy old school recordings!
      Nice to read the Ash debut follow-up is quite strong too

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