I'll Wear Any Color As Long As It's Black

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Posted in / / / by Jeralyn on March 29, 2009


Rediscovering this gem . . .

It should have sold more, but with the earlier Situationist slant now replaced by an overt occult direction, the core Factory audience was probably confused, while more casual listeners were no doubt put off by the popular misconception that all with an interest in magick, Druidism and Qabbalah inhabit the lunatic fringe, and are no different from satanists, vampire slayers and legend trippers. Inevitably, this is a factor which will always colour judgment of the music of The Royal Family and the Poor, as Keane himself recognises:

It has alienated me. Most people in Liverpool seem to think I’m some sort of black magician or fascist. And I’ve learned the hard way just how few genuine occultists there are out there. Most keep themselves to themselves and don’t dare to ‘come out’, particularly in the music business.

Clearly, there is no way an occult-influenced obscure Factory band would escape my radar. Once when I was listening to this at Beacon’s, a customer asked about it (a customer who later turned out to be incredibly knowledgeable about music and, in fact, DJed at Wierd last time I was there . . .) and when I said, “obscure occult-influenced Factory band,” Blasco sort of stroked his chin and mused, “That’s kind of your specialty, isn’t it?” Indeed.

Listen to the whole album here.

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