I tracked down a second hand copy of Wolfhounds' wonderful 1989 Blown Away set recently. It has long been one of my favourite Wolfhounds records and it sounds as magical now as it ever did, despite, or because of the fact that it is nineteen years old. It’s good to see that three of the complete Wolfhounds albums are available as downloads on eMusic. Sadly the Bright And Guilty set remains unavailable, but you could piece together most of it from selections on the Lost But Happy and Essential Wolfhounds compilations. Only ‘Progress Caff’ and ‘Public Footpath Blues’ seem to be unavailable at the moment.
Listening to Blown Away took my mind back to the start of Tangents too. When Tangents started we had a couple of categories called Modern Classics and Popular Classics, after the Penguin book series. The idea was that Modern Classics would have reviews of new releases, be they records, books, films or whatever. Popular Classics on the other hand was to be short pieces on what we felt were forgotten classics. The categorisation didn’t last very long, but it was a nice idea. Blown Away was one of those first Popular Classics, and this piece was written by Daniel in 1996, originally for the second paper edition which was shelved when I discovered how to write HTML. It’s the first in a series of salvage operations delving into the Tangents archive. An excuse to shine a light into those dark corners, as well as a chance for me to clean up some code and generally get the old house in order, metaphorically speaking.
Interestingly (well, it is to me) it is now several years longer since Daniel wrote the piece than it was from the album’s release to then. Time is a strange beast, and no mistake.