MP3: Idlewild - Chandelier / When I Argue I See Shapes
Idlewild were one of the first bands I got into in a big way, all the way back in 1997/8. The first thing I bought was the When I Argue I See Shapes single, which remains one of my favourite singles of all time, and that set me off on a search for every other Idlewild release I could possibly find. I saw them a bunch of times, but sadly they got progressively worse the longer they went on. Their progression on record was slightly different, as their albums 'matured' but the quality of the songwriting meant that they were often just as compelling as the more anarchic early material. Live however they were a bit of a bore on those later tours (especially when playing for an hour and a half). The band went through tons of changes, Roddy disappeared slightly up his own arse, and sadly they split late last year. To be honest I didn't even buy their last album, the rather weak Warnings/Promises, but I was still kind of sad to see one of the bands that got me into the indie scene falling victim to major label woes (commercialising, sales failing, members leaving, split).
This is basically my mini epitaph for them in MP3 form. Up for download are both sides of the now megarare Chandelier 7", which was their second single and didn't appear on any albums, as well as the ultra classic fantastic When I Argue I See Shapes which featured on their first full length, 1998's quite great Hope Is Important. I don't think there are really many indie singles i've heard that have quite the energy and enthusiasm of this one. It makes no sense, yes, but what about those melodies! MASSIVE! HOOKS GALORE! and the bit where it SHAPES! goes SHAPES! for no SHAPES! reason! ! ! ! Did the Liberfuckingtines ever SHAPES! do anything 1% as good as this?!?!?! NO!
For more Idlewild info you can check out the rather good biography on Wikipedia or their still functioning official site. Enjoy. And play these songs loud.
Download: Chandelier - MP3 1.9mb (rapidshare)
Download: I Want To Be A Writer - MP3 1.5mb (rapidshare)
Download: When I Argue I See Shapes - MP3 3.05mb (rapidshare)
Discography: (click to buy @ amazon.co.uk)
Hope Is Important (1998)
100 Broken Windows (2000)
The Remote Part (2002)