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Music of the Week – The Saints – Night in Venice

Hello guys, another track selected for you by your trusted fellow Snake…
This week I’ll propose a classic to celebrate 40 years of punk ’77: one of the best track off The Saint’s debut album, “I’m Stranded”, recorded in…1977. :D

They are a milestone group for classic punk, even if now maybe they have faded a bit into obscurity. Their phenomenal debut maybe is my favorite effort from them. The classic line-up that recorded it lasted only 4 years, from 1974 (year of the group’s inception) to 1978 (one year later the recording of the album, after moving to UK).
After this, the two main members, Ed Kuepper and Chris Bailey, parted their ways. Kuepper went for a very prolific solo carrer, Bailey on the other hand, took the reins of the Saints monicker but playing a different kind of music, a more authorial and mature rock, without the fury of the debut.

And now…enjoy the Saints!

Music of the Week – The Pop Culture Suicides – Personality Crisis

Hello, fellow readers. I’m happy to share a little, hidden, good song with you today. The Pop Culture Suicides are (or maybe was? The most recent news about the group are dated 2011) the main project of guitarist Zim Zum, of Marilyn Manson’s fame. Not much known by the casual MM listener, Zim Zum played on the Dead to the World tour in 1996-1997 and, most importantly, co-wrote a good deal of Mechanical Animals album, which is still today maybe the most famous offering of MM, giving it the distinct glam sound and feel that it has.

Glam influences can be also clearly heard in his own work, both as a solo artist and on the Pop Culture Suicides project (started in 2005). He is quite a talented guy and surely deserves more attention than it currently has. On what I had the possibility to listen (a couple of solo tracks and of Pop Culture Suicides ones) he has a quite original style, mixing classic glam influences (Bowie on top) with industrial metal and a bit of electronics, sometimes with dramatic, complicated and well built song structures.

Unfortunately the band didn’t release anything officially, only a batch of songs on Myspace. So if you currently have news or tracks of this project or other Zim Zum’s penned music, drop a line! I’ll add this to the wanted page as soon as I can.