If you were to hear the intro to this song for the first time, I’m guessing that you’d think it was The Stranglers playing No More Heroes. There are more than just a few similarities, there was a legal case based on plagiarism between The Stranglers and this band, Elastica, and the four members of The Stranglers now appear on the credits for this song.
Back in the 90s at the height of Britpop, there was urgency in guitar based bands, and Elastica was one of them. I liked their sound, and I liked their vocals. I think this is the only one of their tracks that sounds like The Stranglers (or any other band for that matter), and it retains a certain freshness. Enjoy!
Elastica – Waking Up
I didn’t get to post this last night as it was pretty late by the time we got home. Dee and I had been to see The Stranglers, who were playing much of their album Black and White on this tour. Regular readers will know that I’m a big fan of JJ Burnel, bassist with The Stranglers, and he didn’t disappoint last night. I can honestly say that it’s the first time I’ve felt my nostrils close due to the bass vibrations! It was weird but awesome at the same time, and only for about 30 seconds during one song.
The support act was The Alarm, who I’d last seen back in the 80s. Mike Peters, their lead singer, was still flying the flag and going strong. I’d seen him sing with Big Country several years ago, but it was good to see him belting out his own tunes again.
By a weird coincidence, the last time I saw SLF in Glasgow before last week was in 1983: The Alarm were their support that night. Don’t you just love this circular world we live in? :O)