Catatonia – Misunderstood?

I’ve always liked Catatonia, from when I first heard them, which was 1997. It was 4 years after the release of their first single at that point but ‘Mulder & Scully’ caught my attention, not only because it was a catchy number and that I was a bit of an X-Files fan, but because of the undisguised Welsh accent of lead vocalist, Cerys Matthews. I liked that, being from there myself and having endured several years of people taking the piss out of my accent, it was good to hear somebody be rather proud of it.

I only ever owned one thing by Catatonia though and that was a CD single of ‘Londinium’ which I saw in a bargain bucket one day not long after it was released. There were several occasions when I very nearly bought the second album “international Velvet’ but ended up getting something else instead.

I listen to the Cerys Matthews show on Radio 6 and a few months ago, while listening to the show, decided to start looking for some old Catatonia records. It’s an ongoing thing and I don’t have any albums as yet, they are damn expensive, but I have picked up several singles, most of which rather surprised me. They are really nicely done, interesting artwork, coloured vinyl, and of course, good tracks.

Here are what I have so far:

I’m a sucker for coloured vinyl and these are really nice examples, the only one in black vinyl being ‘Londinium’.

Speaking of which, it is probably one of my favourite tracks of theirs, particularly the lyrics, which have nice pauses to change the meaning of the end of the previous line a little.

London never sleeps, it just sucks
The life out of me, and the money from my pocket
London always creeps, showbiz hugs
The life out of me, have some dignity honey
Euston, Paddington, train station please
Make the red lights turn green, endlessly
My black cab rolls through the neon disease
Endlessly, endlessly

Here is a brief compilation of the singles I have, reacquaint yourself or listen for the first time, it may be better than you think;

Rugby Record Fair

I took a very quick trip to Rugby Record Fair at the town hall today in-between washing the car and doing some food shopping. It’s a small fair so that was OK. I did manage to find some things that I wanted so it was a quick but successful trip.

The first thing I bought was a Catatonia 7″ – Strange Glue which is a nice red vinyl complete with poster that I will never use.

I have entered a Catatonia 7″ collecting phase, this only makes 3 but they are quite cheap and I like them, so that’s good.

I picked up a couple of Stanley Clarke albums, which were also cheap at £4 each. I do like a bit of Stanley Clarke and they are generally not expensive so whenever I see one, or two in this case, I’ll get them.

There was a stall with new, sealed albums all at £10 but there were only a couple I was interested in, and I only got one, which was Odelay by Beck. I’ve been meaning to get a copy for ages so this was fortuitous.

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Finally, a bit of XTC. I used to have 3 or 4 XTC records but I sold them at some point and now, like many other people, I find myself looking to replace what I sold. The only one I had before today was Black Sea. The ones I got today I only had on CD though so this is a first time having the actual LP’s. I watched, for the 2nd time, an XTC documentary the other week and it got me all enthused again. I bought Beeswax – the B Sides just so that I could have both as, even when I had it on CD I only actually listened to the Singles album. They were great songwriters though so I will give it some time.

Loads of tracks I could have chosen for these, but this one is just brilliant writing from the Murmur album, So this one it is.