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Monday, 6 December 2010

Out Of Our Minds On The Stage

World Of Twist came as part of the second wave of Madchester bands but didn't really share much with the rest of them except geography. A riot of northern soul, mod, psyche, homemade stage props (a giant shell, rotating newsagents signs) with a post-acid house groove, this was their finest moment- Sons of The Stage.

The song's a celebration of losing yourself dancing, being on stage and the euphoria of the crowd-

'The beat breaks so we pick it up
The floor shakes down but it's not enough
The beam is up and the kids are high
I've seen them move and it blows my mind
The floor's an ocean and this wave is breaking
Your head is gone but your body's shaking
There's nothing you can do 'cos there is no solution
You've got to get down to the noise and confusion'

The picture at the top is from Jeremy Deller's march through Manchester earlier this year, with a variety of unusual interest groups, We Miss The World Of Twist being one of them. Apparently King of the Dullards Liam Gallagher and his new band have recently covered Sons Of The Stage. Best to remember them this way.

02 Sons of the Stage.wma


drew said...

I have this on 7" and for the life of me couldn't tell you how it goes

swiss adam said...

Go and play it Drew- it's the business

Tom said...

I always means to ask when you post something Madchester - did Intastella ever do anything worthwhile and if so, any chance of seeing it? They're the one band who I've heard of but never heard from the period. Thanks.

swiss adam said...

I saw Intastella live and they were pretty good, but the records never seemed to capture it. I played Dream Some Paradise a while back, and it wasn't nearly as good as I remembered it. Def not in WOT's class

Anonymous said...

I hit download as I always do on any WOT blog despite the fact that I own everything they ever released plus some non released stuff. They had two brilliant singles and one album that sounded a bit "quiet". But evn with Tony dead these two years, there's still a part of me that believes a never before heard WOT gem will come tumbling out. Interstella seemed as exciting when they broke but the years have not been kind to them. And Beardy Weardy Liam Eye covering SOTS? Oh do fuck off.

I Still Miss The World Of Twist.

Ted Loaf.

swiss adam said...

Cheers Ted. The album does seem quiet. Doesn't have any dynamic range. Good songs, poor production.