‘Wilder’ was one of thee important records of my youth. So much so that my bedroom came to be known as The Culture Bunker. Though how accurate that was heaven only knows.
Listening to the reissued set inevitably brings back a lot of memories. You don’t want to know about those, but they’ll be same as yours regardless of time and context: Unrequited love. Eyes that misted in the sunlight. Missed kisses that bled in the moonlight. Bluebells and Babycham. Whisky and cigarettes.
Who’d be a teenager?
Bob Stanley wrote a good piece about this reissue for the Croydon Municipal. I don’t agree with his assertion that Side One is patchy, but hey...
Speaking of memories, I took a trawl through the Tangential archive and found a few references to Cope, The Teardrop Explodes and the Crucial Three that made me smile to read again. Maybe you’ll do the same:
Gibberish - J.Wentworth Crazy on Julian Cope and The Teardrop Explodes (1999)
Shot By Both Sides - On Echo & The Bunnymen and Buzzkunst (2002)
For All The Great Explorers - Kevin Pearce on Bill Drummond and all that stuff... (2002)