Are they still together? Yes, I think so.
Did you ever see them play live? Yes, once. About ’06. Roxy Theatre.
Anything you want / need by them? Audiophile editions of any of their albums. Maybe a stray UK 7” or two.
You really should own / hear:
- Songs To Remember (1982)
- Cupid & Psyche ’85 (1985)
- Provision (1988)
“ We don’t play ‘Perfect Way’ ” is how Green Gartside introduced the band when I finally got to see them play live at The Roxy in Los Angeles a few short years ago. And I do conditionally recommend their newer works, “Anomie & Bonhomie” (1999) and “White Bread Black Beer” (2006).
I think the first S.P. record I ever heard was “Lions After Slumber” on a 12” single. So, I got their album and it’s attendant singles as soon as possible – largely on the note that their keyboard player was Robert Wyatt. “Asylums In Jerusalem” sounded great, but the other Rough Trade singles of that debut album are less impressive.
I really love “Cupid & Psyche ‘85” – “Absolute” was my favorite at the time, but over the years – I’ve listened so much, I think I now like “Don’t Work Too Hard” from their Virgin label debut as their most inspiring work. What an astonishing “sounding” album! I have a variant or two of this LP, a Japanese pressing that sounds like they used under-dubs; embossed vs. not embossed LP covers etc. I was so ready for “Provision”, by the time it walked down the pike – the 11 year wait for “Anomie & Bonhomie” was almost tolerable.
And I will certainly be on the lookout for anything new from Mr. Gartside. He seems to be writing and recording again these days. A friend recently had a “writing workshop” with Mr. Green, in England. Hmmm.