25.6.10

FLYING SAUCER ATTACK : Outdoor Miner 7" (1995)

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Back in the mid 90s, at the height of their prolificacy, Bristol's Flying Saucer Attack were knocking out 7"s in such manic abundance that it was a full-time job keeping up with them (especially if you were signing on as I was). Despite a couple of carefully collated anthologies, several of these singles have been regrettably overlooked, including one of my personal favourites, 1995's "Outdoor Miner"/"Psychic Driving" (c/o Domino I believe?). Up top is a dreamy, fuzzy, & perhaps slightly pointless cover of one of Wire's greatest songs. Though a pleasant enough attempt, I'm sure they realised from the offset that they'd not be able to improve on the flawless original. Underneath, literally on the dark side, lurks an archetypal piece of opaque FSA bad trip shoegazery, at which they'd become assuredly adept by this point. Not a groundbreaking record on anybody's terms, least of all FSA's, but it's sad to think this might've been allowed to slip away into total obscurity unlamented, hence this little reminder...

N.B. Lovers of "Outdoor Miner" might be curious to hear this.

2 comments:

  1. Thanks for this. Love FSA, never actually knew this existed. Loving the B side - heavy klang n scrape vibe with a nice bass line. Thanks for the FF stuff as well!

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  2. Glad you like it. No idea why Domino haven't reissued it... I'm sure they'll ask me to take it down anyway!

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