venerdì 3 luglio 2009
Orlando "Passive Soul"
Il caro amico pop Mehmet suona la carica e da il via ai post dedicati agli Orlando, gruppo inserito nel filone Romo ma che a dirla tutta aveva anche altre carte da giocarsi e le cose pubblicate dimostrano che oltre all'etichetta c'era anche tanta qualità!
Il fenomeno Romo fu costruito ad arte, tanti gruppi non arrivarono neanche a incidere un primo disco, ma qui davvero, e ci tengo a sottolinearlo, cercate di andare oltre a questa catalogazione meramente giornalistica e di comodo.
Come possiamo definire gli Orlando? Su un forum ho letto...Elettro soul/Pet Shop Boys che si incontrano con Motowns Funk Brothers. Ma si, diciamo pure di si, ma mi sembra molto riduttivo, sentendo anche da loro influenze e modelli, e poi occhio anche ai testi, mai banali e superficiali, ve lo assicuro!
Tenetelo stretto questo disco! (1997 Blanco y Negro)
Un pò di Wiki...
Orlando was the most successful and visible band to emerge from the extremely brief Romo movement of the mid-'90s. Formed from the ashes of Sarah Records band Shelley, Orlando were led by lyricist/guitarist Dickon Edwards, and singer/songwriter Tim Chipping. Multi-instrumentalists Neil Turner and Mike Austen completed the group, but did not appear on the group's record sleeves or participate in interviews. Orlando combined the stylish, synthesized dance-pop of 90s boybands and American swingbeat acts, alongside an obvious love of Motown, Northern Soul and the songs of Jimmy Webb but added Pulp's sense of purpose, Manic Street Preachers' sense of outrage and Morrissey's sense of humour.
The group first came to public attention when a demo version of "Nature's Hated" appeared on Melody Maker's covermount cassette Fiddling While Romo Burns in March 1996. In the summer of 1996, Orlando released their first single, "Just for a Second" which received largely rave reviews, in particular from Melody Maker's Simon Price, who called Orlando "The best new band in Britain". The Magic EP followed in the fall, and received similar reviews. A new version of "Nature's Hated", the group's third single, was released in 1997, and the group also contributed a cover of Tim Hardin's "How Can We Hang On to a Dream" to the soundtrack of the film Fever Pitch. Despite being almost ubiquitous in the British music press, Radio One mostly ignored the band and Orlando never achieved the success that many predicted for them.
Orlando delivered their full-length debut, Passive Soul, in September 1997, released by Blanco y Negro. It received an 8/10 review from the NME (a music paper that had taken a largely hostile attitude towards the group up till then) and made both the Melody Maker and Gay Times albums of the year list (as well as being highly praised by pop bible Smash Hits). The album is now hard to find and commands upwards of £30 on the collectors market.
Edwards subsequently went on to form the band Fosca. Tim Chipping is a music journalist, and also appeared as a zombie in Shaun of the Dead, and as a gay Star Trek fan in Little Britain.
- Furthest Point Away
- Just For A Second
- Natures Hated
- On Dry Land
- Afraid Again
- Happily Unhappy
- Don't Sleep Alone
- Save Yourself
- Three Letters
- Here (So Find Me)