Elastica : The Radio 1 Sessions
Radio sessions from recently-disbanded spiky poshos...
The cautionary tale of Elastica is laid out here in seven chapters, each one corresponding to a Radio 1 Session. At the start, the likes of 'Annie' and 'Line Up' (at least the equals of official versions) have a spindly verve that few British bands of the time could match. Part Six, however (from mid '96), is where young Casablancas should start paying attention. It's the point where Frischmann, having grasped the limitations of her simple and excellent original idea, runs up against a brick wall trying to improve on it, and the decent songs come from soon-to-be-departed Donna Matthews.
By 1999, and the last session for John Peel, they're a shambles: rarely can a band have spent so long 'working' on tunes and come up with nothing better than 'Your Arse My Place'. If only they'd stuck to ripping off Wire.
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