Topic: Lungfish

Great band, can't get enough of them at the mo'. Would love to see them live again. Sounds In Time, Indivisible (sounds like being in space) and Necrophones are my favourites, they have a similar feel to 'Funhouse' I always felt, though not as feral.

Does anybody own a copy of the 'Rainbows From Atoms' record? Never heard it and never been able to track it down (is it even in print?) and it's the frustrating hole in my Lungfish knowledge. A tape or burn of it would set me smiling from *here*---------------------to----------------*here* (that's roughly double the armspan of an average male, btw)

Unbelievable. And very brave.

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PM me your address and I can rip'n'burn Rainbows from Atoms, and despatch the fucker accordingly. It's my single favourite of theirs.

After Lungfish's (spectacular) set at ATP '04, an esteemed friend of mine spotted Higgs buying a packet of biscuits. That is not condusive to space-poet mystique-retention.

I don't really see the Funhouse thing. 'Indivisible' especially has more of a zen-serenity about it, rather than any fried rockisms. 'Necrophones' is harder, but reminds me more of Wire in terms of economy/fluidity of ideas.

Have you/has anyone heard the new Higgs solo thing? It reads well in the (expectedly hyperbolic) Aquarius Records appraisal.

using gay to describe some novelty christmas cards is just so fucking ignorant

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One of my fav bands, seeing them three times in a row made me so fucking happy, best weekend ever.

All the crunked blood transfusions have helped me develop into the GREATEST POSTER EVER.

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top quality.

they were the best band at that atp by a hefty distance.

now playing: necklace of heads

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alex has a funny story about Daniel Higgs.

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where to start with this band?

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I think most folks who have met Higgs have a funny story about him...

My favourite band by a long mark.

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Andy Malcolm wrote:

where to start with this band?

Errrhhhhhhhh... Indivisible. The opening/title track is pretty much them distilled. You'll either find them desperately, desperately dull or it'll be some serious Optrex for your 3rd eye.

using gay to describe some novelty christmas cards is just so fucking ignorant

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Andy Malcolm wrote:

where to start with this band?

The common "joke" is that Lungfish only have one song, but it's a real corker! Speaking as a less rabid fan than some on here, I reckon you dip in and out at random and still come up with the goods. Not bad for a band who've been ploughing their own furrow for something approaching 20 years! Bit like Slayer!

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Lt_Nick wrote:
Andy Malcolm wrote:

where to start with this band?

Errrhhhhhhhh... Indivisible. The opening/title track is pretty much them distilled. You'll either find them desperately, desperately dull or it'll be some serious Optrex for your 3rd eye.

haha! thanks nick.

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Cool. Ta muchly Nick.

The Funhouse comparison thing: for me a good Lungfish record has the same kind if singleness of purpose (often mistaken for 'one dimensionality') as Funhouse. Stripped, direct, glorious repetition, eyes rolled back trance....everything you need!

Unbelievable. And very brave.

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www.myspace.com/lungfishforme

although perhaps their bast tracks aren't on there.

edit - put your hand is pretty fucking awesome though.

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Andy Malcolm wrote:

where to start with this band?

I would go with one of these three
Walking Songs For Talking, Pass And Stove or Feral Hymns

Fantastic band
I like the lastest solo thing by Higgs as well.

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Is there anywhere to get that new Higgs thing for a relatively cheap price? Snippets I've heard sound incredible.

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joet wrote:

put your hand is pretty fucking awesome though.

As is Sex War!

Unbelievable. And very brave.

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I got the Higgs solo record from selectadisc on CD for a tenner. its import so it's never going to be cheap. its worth the coin though, it's top.

Lungfish: start with The Unanimous Hour.

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henning wrote:
Andy Malcolm wrote:

where to start with this band?

I would go with one of these three
Walking Songs For Talking, Pass And Stove or Feral Hymns

Fantastic band
I like the lastest solo thing by Higgs as well.

I would also recommend Walking Songs For Talking as a good starting point. This LP was probably the nearest to the whole Dischord/DC sound of the time, but with that distinctly hypnotic Lungfish grrove to it.

The Pupils are also a dead good, stripped down version of Lungfish.

These boys are punks and punks sneer, that's what punks do.

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need to hear the new solo stuff.. lungfish is one of my favourite bands ever!

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I've not heard a Lungfish record in a long time,I really should buy some of the more recent ones. Loved the first bunch a lot. Was lucky enough to see them when they played with Circus Lupus. Both were incredible. Still have a shirt somewhere.

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Lungfish are unfuckwithable.  Lately, I’ve been digging Love is Love, but Pass is Stow is a classic as is Sound in Time.  I saw Higgs solo this summer, it was very good.  Probably pick-up the new solo record this weekend, the Jews harp record is interesting, but only the first song is enjoyable (it has beats).

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Lungfish is one of the five best bands ever.

I'll fight you if you disagree.

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I've been rinsing Sound In Time, Unanimous Hour and Feral Hymns this week.

I never get bored of this band.

Unbelievable. And very brave.

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I've been getting abck into them a lot recently, too, after a very long absence.

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I have to throw in and say Lungfish are without a doubt my favorite band and have been for many years.  Unfortunatly I discovered them about a week after they did their UK tour with Circus Lupus, about 1993, circa "Talking songs...".  I had to wait until 2003 to actually see them, when I was in San Francisco, obviously a bloody amazing gig.  This was just before the release of "Love is love".  Nathan Bell had just left and Sean Meadows had re-joined, therefore pretty much all the material they played was stuff Sean had previosly played on: "Sound in time" and "Indivisible", which although odd for band to be touring playing only (almost) 10 year old material, was fantastic as those two albums are very very good!  By the time they made it to the UK again in 2004 the set was still largely those two albums plus stuff from "Love is love" and did anyone notice the cover of "Well alright" (a Buddy Holly song more commonly known for the version by Blind Faith)?
Every new Lungfish album offers something new while remaining very much in the Lungfish mould, rather like the Fall I suppose.  some of my fave moments incluce, "Instrument" from "Rainbows from atoms" (pertty much the perfect song), "X-ray the pharoah" from "Sound in time" (have they ever been heavier?), "Computer" from "Pass ans stow" (where the drums come in!), "My fool heart" from "Talking songs..." (they still used verses and choruses back then!), "Space orgy" from "Unanimous hour" (what an album opener, especially after the slightly patchy "Artificial horizon", this track was like "we still own it!"), too many other to mention.
I have to say i've wrestled with "Feral hymns" sicne it came out, it doesn't keep my attantion, perhaps the production lacks something? Theres some great tracks there tho.

Can you really be sure of the goddamn time of day?

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xmilox wrote:

I had to wait until 2003 to actually see them, when I was in San Francisco, obviously a bloody amazing gig.  This was just before the release of "Love is love".  Nathan Bell had just left and Sean Meadows had re-joined, therefore pretty much all the material they played was stuff Sean had previosly played on: "Sound in time" and "Indivisible", which although odd for band to be touring playing only (almost) 10 year old material, was fantastic as those two albums are very very good!

I was at this show. As well as when they played Gilman a week later. They actually did a bunch of stuff from "Love Is Love" at these shows. Here is the setlist from the Gilman show:

Indivisible
Signpost
Lay Yourself Aside
Sphere of Influence
Vulgar Theories
Jonah
This World
Fearfully & Wonderfully
You Did Not Exist
Child Of Chaos
Yellow Sun
No False Suns
Armageddon

"Armageddon" is possibly their best song, but they refuse to release it because it is about how music can't be contained, or something. Supposedly they recorded it when they recorded "Love Is Love." Also, supposedly, they have leftover songs from all (or most) of their recording sessions and there are rumors of some nutty box set at some point in the future. I can neither confirm or deny any of that info.

First time i saw Lungfish was on tour with Joan Jett. What a weird experience. It was way out in the suburbs at a hair metal club. People were confused and a little scared by Lungfish's set. I think there were 5 of us there to see them.

I saw them again a couple years later and they had Juan Carrera subbing on bass. They exclusively played songs from "Sound In Time".