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Saturday 24 December 2022

One Christmas

In 1981 Durutti Column released their second album LC, the first with drummer Bruce Mitchell on board and a record packed with seminal Vini Reilly songs, The Missing Boy, Sketch For Dawn I and II, Jacqueline among them. It had come out less than a year after the Factory Quartet compilation, a double album containing three Vini gems in the shape of For Belgian Friends, For Mimi and Self- portrait. When you're hot you're hot. The addition of Bruce had shaped the sound further, a real drummer and sympathetic player who became a life long friend for Vini (and co- manager with Tony Wilson). 

Factory were sometimes in the habit of handing recordings to other labels to release. Joy Division's Atmosphere/ Dead Souls single first saw the light of day on French label Sordide Sentimentale, at Ian Curtis' insistence. Several Durutti Column recordings around this time came out on Le Disques De Crepuescule. Around the same time a Durutti Column single was given to Sordide Sentimentale to release, Danny backed with Enigma, two further moments of Reilly genius. I don't use the word genius lightly but it seems that Factory was blessed in the late 70s and early 80s with several people who can genuinely lay claim to that word and who coalesced around the label- Vini for one, Martin Hannett another, Peter Saville perhaps and Ian Curtis too. 

In December 1981 a Durutti Column song titled One Christmas For Your Thoughts turned up on an album called Chantons Noel- Ghosts Of Christmas Past, a compilation which included offerings by Aztec Camera, The Names, Paul Haig, Cabaret Voltaire, ex- ACR singer Simon Topping, Thick Pigeon and Michael Nyman. Vini's song, at least two electric guitars with electronic drums backing him, is a bit of a minor/ lost classic with some gorgeous runs down the fretboard and repeating melodies and phrases that ebb and flow during the song's course. 

One Christmas For Your Thoughts

Happy Christmas to you all, whatever you're doing, wherever you are and whoever you're with. Have a good one. See you shortly for more of the same. 


Ernie Goggins said...

I imagine Christmas might stir some emotions, but I hope you have a good one. Thanks for all the tunes this year.

C said...

That's a beautiful song.
Wishing you and your family all the very best for a Christmas filled with love and peace, SA. Take care.

Khayem said...

Beautiful, and a great compilation all round.

Rickyotter said...

Happy Christmas Adam, hope you and the family have a peaceful and enjoyable time

Swiss Adam said...

Thanks everyone, for your comments on here and best wishes- hope you all have a good one.

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas to you and your family, Adam.
- Brian