March 5, 2011

Swans

Yes, this takes me back: 1987, Chris Knox's review of Holy Money in the Listener, reminding him of "War Pigs" and the Stooges' "We Will Fall", his illustration a painstaking copy of the six mugshots of the band on the inside sleeve, overlapping with just two of them (Gira, Westberg: older, less angry, perhaps more morose) above. Strikes me now that it would not have been the kind of thing Knox usually likes -- perhaps he didn't like it but just described it so well that I knew I would. Which is what a critic should be doing anyway. When I worked at the Listener ten years later I dug the review out and was amazed at how much of it I remembered verbatim. Should have taken a copy of it.