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Issue 40 - Foreverdrinking

Whisky Magazine Issue 40
June 2004

 

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Foreverdrinking

DaveBroomtalksmusicwithseminal60sbandandwhiskydrinkers,Love.

Brighton2003.Wedon'tquiteknowwhattoexpect.Imean,ArthurLeeandLoveareabouttoplayForeverChanges,intotal,withhornsandstrings,somethingwhichisscarcelybelievableforthoseofuswhotaketheviewthatLove'sthirdalbumisoneofthegreatrecords,atouchstoneofwest-coastpsychedelia.

Butwillitwork?Isitjustgoingtobeanostalgiatrip?Isitgoingtobesonoteperfectthatwemightaswellhavejuststayedathome?Canitbedoneliveanyway?It'sastudiorecord.It'sneverbeenplayedlive.It'sfrom1967forGod'ssake.WeshouldbeouttherewatchingtheYeahYeahYeahs.

Itisnoteperfect,butitisfresh.There'ssomethingwhichhasmadethismusicnew,believable,contemporary.Thatline:“there'samanwhocan'tdecideifheshouldfightforwhathisfatherthinksisright.”itmakesyouwonderifIraqisourgeneration'sVietnam.

Thenthere'sArthurLeehimself.ThemanJimMorrisontookasarolemodel,themanwhohadonlyrecentlybeenreleasedfroma12-yeargaolsentenceforallegedlyfiringagunintheairwhoisnowsingingwithsuchsoul,whohassuchpresence.

It'snotjusthimthough.It'stheband.Intheirotherguisethey'recalledBabyLemonade.Theseareyoungguyswhowerenotevenbornwhenthealbumcameoutwhoplaywithcarewith,dareIsayit,lovebutnotreverence.Theytakepossessionofthemusic.

It'sencapsulatedonamomentonLiveandLetLive(whichbeingaLovesongisaboutanythingbut)wherethemusicsuddenlyswitchesandthedirtiestguitarsoloshrieksout.

It'saclassic,twisted,Lovemomentwhichneedsperfecttiming.Tonightit'sdoneimpeccablybythisyoungguywithshortblondlocks.HisnameisMikeRandle.

London2004.I'msittingwithMikeinLondonwhiskybarSaltforanafternoondramorfi...

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