Rocks In The Attic #397: Gomez – ‘Liquid Skin’ (1999)

RITA#397I’ve really made a mistake by not listening to this for the past 15 years or so. Whenever I feel like listening to Gomez, I always go straight for their debut album – I don’t even think about it, I just grab that one by habit. This one – album number two – has sat there on my shelf, next to its more famous predecessor, all this time, unloved.

I sometimes wish I could be one of those people who keeps their collection in disarray. Don’t those orderless people just grab things at random? Perhaps if my collection wasn’t in alphabetical order – and chronological within each artist, of course – this album might have stood more chance to get listened to. Instead, it’s just been sat there, taking up space, gathering dust.

I loved this album when it came out in 1999. I used to really blast it when I was DJing, so for a good time, the Indie bars / clubs on Oldham’s Yorkshire Street were soundtracked by Gomez. We also used to do a passable version of Whippin’ Picadilly in the band I was playing in at the time. The record also brings back fond memories of my first Glastonbury that year, when the band were touring this album – playing the Other Stage just as the sun was setting.

Why the hell have I not listened to this since I stopped playing it for the ungrateful ears of anybody who happened to be sat in the Castle on Saturday nights? It’s got a heap of great tunes – Bring It On, Blue Moon Rising, We Haven’t Turned Around, Rhythm & Blues Alibi.

I think I’ve been operating under the impression that Liquid Skin was a step down for the band, but it wasn’t. It’s just as strong as that first album, Bring It On. The only thing that it doesn’t have that its predecessor has is the shiny new car smell of a new band (with a new sound) on the scene.

Hit: We Haven’t Turned Around

Hidden Gem: Hangover

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