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Mousy
post Jan 29 2018, 01:59 PM
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It seems everyone's forgotten all about Lowlife, and they're one of my favourite bands. I'm lucky enough to own their second LP Diminuendo, which is my favourite of their albums, and the Swirl it Swings EP. Sadly Lowlife-related stuff is pretty scarce - both small local record shop finds, and I could have screamed when I saw them - and people who remember and like them are even scarcer. I just love them. They were doing "darkgaze" before anyone had dreamt of coining that word. Nightshift Records was founded exclusively to promote them. They had their time in the sun in the '80s NME, but a good review in the NME sadly isn't worth much, wasn't even in the '80s. They're just incredible, but I've only met one person who remembers and likes them, and that was someone in the record shop where I bought my copy of Diminuendo who noticed me squealing over it.

Right now they're a bigger part of my life than ever. I put Diminuendo on for the first time in a long time last night, and it went straight for kicking me in the gut. From the first line of the opener, A Sullen Sky, all the way through to that last "where I drown in reverse", it pinpointed my current worst personal problem. Exactly. It's popular fan theory (well, that one person believed it - never met any more Lowlife fans) that their singer Craig Lorentson died of the exact same thing, and I nearly cried to it last night. It's such amazing stuff. I can't imagine how they've been forgotten when stuff like Cocteau Twins etc. still has a huge fan base.

I can't post links yet, but look up Diminuendo and Gush on YT/Spotify, or even just A Sullen Sky and Bleach, and let's talk Lowlife.
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post Jan 29 2018, 02:39 PM
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Welcome to the forum,Mousy. I've just listened to A Sullen Sky. Yes,quite good. It's certainly the sort of thing John Peel would have played on his late evening show. To me,Lowlife is a great album by New Order from 1985 and when I saw the thread title,I thought it was going to be about that.

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post Feb 8 2018, 02:53 PM
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QUOTE(King Rollo @ Jan 29 2018, 02:39 PM) *
Welcome to the forum,Mousy. I've just listened to A Sullen Sky. Yes,quite good. It's certainly the sort of thing John Peel would have played on his late evening show. To me,Lowlife is a great album by New Order from 1985 and when I saw the thread title,I thought it was going to be about that.


Low-Life is indeed a brilliant New Order album! I'm a huge NO fan too. Lowlife's helping me through my current personal trouble. For which I have a doctor's appointment in half an hour... better get ready.
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post Feb 28 2018, 11:37 PM
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This item is pretty valuable. And it hasn't been sold in the Discogs marketplace since August 2014
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