It Was a Long Winter… It Was a Long Season

I knew that the hockey season eventually had to end but I held out hope that the Stanley Cup Finals would go the full 7 games, but the Blackhawks had other ideas, winning their third Stanley Cup in six years, at home in front of their adoring fans. Congratulations to Coach Q & the Blackhawks. 

I’m sure that Manchester Monarch fans also wished that their season might have just lasted a little longer. After 20 years in Manchester the Monarchs finally win their first Calder Cup Championship but next season will defend their title in Ontario, California. I feel sorry for Manchester fans, but, unlike Worchester, they will have hockey next season because the parent L.A. Kings relocated their ECHL team in Ontario, CA to Manchester.

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This weeks post features three mid 1990s United Kingdom groups; Compulsion, China Drum and Cornershop. China Drum and Compulsion have similar sounds; with China Drum leaning more toward pop – punk and Compulsion favoring punk volume and aggression tempered by pop melodies. Cornershop’s sound is a combination of British indie rock, Indian music, and contemporary dance music.

With the release of Cornershop’s When I Was Born for the 7th Time, the racially integrated group’s multi-cultural fusions made the group darlings of the English music press. China Drum and Compulsion never achieved that level of success. Compulsion had a minor hit with “Mall Monarchy”, but unlike fellow label mate Bush never went multi-platinum, never became international stars. China Drum would never even achieve Compulsion’s level of success; thought they toured with Green Day, Ash, and Supergrass, and had a slot at the 1995 Reading Festival.

As we’re all aware success in the music business does not always go to the most deserving, even, in some cases, the most talented. I certainly feel that this is the case with China Drum and Compulsion. Download it, listen to it and see if you don’t agree.

Compulsion – Boogie Woogie (Elektra / WEA, 1994)

Playing Time: 15 minutes 11 secondsBoogie Woogie

1. Accident Ahead (2:47)
2. Ninefourth (2:52)
3. Yabba Yabba Yes Yes Yes (3:35)
4. Why Do We Care? (2:38)
5. Find Time (3:19)

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Compulsion – Comforter (Interscope Records, 1994)

Playing Time: 52 minutes 58 seconds


Compulsion - Comforter1. Rapejacket (3:20)
2. Delivery (2:58)
3. Mall Monarchy (2:48)
4. Ariadne (3:59)
5. Late Again (2:14)
6. Air-Raid For The Neighbors (2:41)
7. Why Do We Care? (2:38)
8. Yancy Dangerfield’s Delusions (5:40)
9. Lovers (2:30)
10. I Am John’s Brain (3:39)
11. Eating (3:06)
12. Dick. Dale. Rick And Ricky (3:03)
13. Domestique (3:49)
14. Oh My Fool Life (4:53)
15. Jean Could Be Wrong (5:40)

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China Drum Barrier (MCA, 1995)

Playing Time: 19 minutes 50 secondsChina Drum - Barrier

1. Barrier (4:12)
2. Simple (2:40)
3. Biscuit Barrel (4:04)
4. One Way Down (2:12)
5. Great Fire (4:08)
6. Meaning (2:34)

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Goosefair (MCA, 1996)

Playing Time: 1 hour 14 minutes 3 seconds

China Drum - Goosefair1. Can’t Stop These Things (3:01)
2. Cloud 9 (2:28)
3. Fall Into Place (2:55)
4. Situation (2:56)
5. Simple (2:27)
6. Biscuit Barrel FMR (3:49)
7. God Bets (3:05)
8. Pictures (3:18)
9. Find the Time (3:34)
10. [Had a Good Idea On] Monday (3:26)
11. Last Chance (2:35)
12. Take It Back (3:18)
13. Meaning (Acoustic) (2:47)
14. Better than Me (34:24)

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Cornershop – Woman’s Gotta Have It (Warner Bros / WEA, 1995)

Playing Time: 51 minutes 16 seconds

Woman's Gotta Have It1. 6 A.M. Jullandar Shere (6:24)
2. Hong Kong Book Of Kung Fu (3:24)
3. Roof Rack (3:48)
4. My Dancing Days Are Done (3:31)
5. Call All Destroyer (2:25)
6. Camp Orange (3:47)
7. 7 Wog (3:15)
8. Jansimram King (3:37)
9. Looking For A Way In (7:49)
10. 7:20 A.M. Jullandar Shere (13:16)

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When I Was Born for the 7th Time (Warner Bros / WEA, 1997)

Playing Time: 54 minutes 19 seconds

When I Was Born for the 7th Time1. Sleep On The Left Side (4:06)
2. Brimful Of Asha (5:17)
3. Butter The Soul (3:19)
4. Chocolat (1:25)
5. We’re In Yr Corner (5:48)
6. Funky Days Are Back Again (3:41)
7. What Is Happening (2:16)
8. When The Light Appears Boy (2:41)
9. Coming Up (1:04)
10. Good Shit (4:41)
11. Good To Be On The Road Back Home (5:45)
12. It’s Indian Tobacco My Friend (4:52)
13. Candyman (3:50)
14. State Troopers (Part I) (3:07)
15. Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) (2:27)

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