Sunday, March 09, 2008
Pete Shelley - On Your Own
You can look back at a lot of bands, and ponder how many of them managed to not float your boat in the mid 80's. Then all of a sudden, you find one gem that should be regarded as one of the greatest songs of the 80's. The track 'One Your Own' surely must be one of those tracks, as I have never really been a fan of Pete Shelley, nor The Buzzcocks for that matter. Perhaps The Buzzcocks material for the most part was a tad too harsh for me (I do like a few tracks, just not most of it), or perhaps Pete Shelley was a bit too abstract for my liking back then; who knows. I do know that every time I hear this song, even today, I remind myself of a great time. There are certain songs that are anthems to an era for people, be it 'Somebody' by Depeche Mode, or 'How Soon Is Now' by The Smiths. This is among my large list of anthem songs from that period, and would make many a mixed tape it's home if that were the format of choice today. Alas, mixed Cd's don't have the same charm as making a good mixed tape, and this is best exemplified by watching High Fidelity. Go watch your copy again.
Track 1, On Your Own (New York Mix)
Track 2, On Your Own (Dub Mix)
Track 3, Please Forgive Me.. But I Cannot Endure It Any Longer
Grab the tracks here!
UK Mercury Records 1986, MERX 221
Personal rating 4.5/5