Sunday, 12 June 2016

Various Artists - A Means To An End - The Music Of Joy Division [12", 2LP]

There are only a few tribute albums out there that are really worthwhile having, to my opinion. This is definitely one of them. A MEANS TO AN END is a tribute to JOY DIVISION, with some really good bands on it, doing equally good cover versions. For example, the song that opens the album is a great version of She's Lost Control by Girls Against Boys. The next one (Day Of The Lords) is by an outfit called Honeymoon Stitch, which consists of Dave Navarro, Chad Smith and Michael Angelos ( of the band Plexi). Another peculiar band is Starchildren, with their version of Isolation. It's a project by Billy Corgan, that only released this particular cover and a song on a split 7" single with the band Catherine (which was fronted by the Pumpkins' bass player D'Arcy's then husband, Kerry Brown). My favourite cover on this album however is Transmission, in a beautiful version by the band Low. Atmosphere, done by Codeine here, is a true gem as well. And Moby's version of New Dawn Fades is really nice too. It fits perfectly with what he did on his Animal Rights album, the year after.
In general, i think the first record of this double LP is the most interesting one, but the second certainly isn't bad either. A notable tune on that one for example is the cover of Warsaw by an outfit called Desert Storm, which consisted of some members of the Drag City label. It's a ferocious punk rock song, produced by Steve Albini, with an intermezzo of David Bowie's song Warszawa.
I've had this compilation on CD for many years already, but never bumped into a vinyl edition - until a few months ago at the Utrecht record fair. Very reasonably priced as well. That probably had to do with the sleeve that is slightly damaged because of a removed sticker. But the discs are in perfect condition, and that's what counts most. Happy i finally have this in my vinyl collection now as well.

Label: Hut Recordings HUTDLP29
Year of release: 1995

01. GIRLS AGAINST BOYS - She's Lost Control
02. HONEYMOON STITCH - Day Of The Lords
03. MOBY - New Dawn Fades

01. LOW - Transmission
02. CODEINE - Atmosphere
03. FURTHER - Insight
04. STANTON-MIRANDA - Love Will Tear Us Apart

01. STARCHILDREN - Isolation
02. KENDRA SMITH - Heart And Soul
03. VERSUS - Twenty Four Hours

01. DESERT STORM - Warsaw
02. GODHEADSILO - They Walked In Line
03. FACE TO FACE - Interzone
04. TORTOISE - As You Said

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