Sorry for the delay, it’s been a very busy time at SOR headquarters so I’ve been slacking a little bit. Plus, it’s Fall in New York, so I’m trying to make the most of being outside before hibernating for the winter. Anywho, here’s a post lovingly ripped and donated by xerfrank, a fellow friend and passionate collector from Spain. You may have seen this back on Vinyl Obscurity a few years ago, but I believe the post was taken down immediately by some Mediafire bots looking for the latest Rhianna record, long before his blog disappeared into the either as well. I also included the “best” track from this record on my last v/a compilation, so some of you may be interested in hearing the rest of it. While ‘Victory’ reigns as my favorite track on this record, I enjoy this one as a whole.
There’s little to be found about Vietnam, yet another extremely difficult band name to Google, but I do know that they existed for a short period of time as part of New Zealand’s post-punk movement and released this record in 1985 on Jayrem Records, a catch-all label for local artists. There’s the pre-requisite Joy Division influence present in the vocals (fans of De Press, The Opposition, Stranger to Stranger, and Dropopop should enjoy this one especially) but the music jumps from moody post-punk and flirts occasionally with jangle-pop progressions and dreamy, Cure-esque melodies. ”China Tonight” is an excellent moody instrumental track with a descending synth/piano melody. ”Behind the Paintings” is as gloomy, yet driving political anthem, a general theme in the lyrics that hints at a slight U2 influence, who were at the peak of their fire-y political leaning at that point in time. Honestly, with a name like Vietnam and with artwork like this, it’s safe to assume that the lyrics have a little more spark to them.
Here’s the fun stuff, if you haven’t skipped straight to the download link already:
Vietnam- Vietnam LP
1. Broken Doll
2. China Tonight
3. Behind the Paintings
4. Another Day
*download it here*
There’s also a video for “Victory” (!). Feels like it’s been ages since we had one of those:
Anyway, thanks again to xerfrank for ripping this one! I have some mail arriving over the next few weeks that may interest some of you looking for something a little seedier/synthier. In the meanwhile, I picked up some rad stuff in Canada, one record in particular that deserves a re-posting ASAP. I also have another post lined up from xerfrank’s expansive archives, as well as more from Klumpa’s collection to come in the near future. Also, perhaps some modern surprises as this year winds down to a close.
On a completely unreleated note, might I bring your attention to THIS? I have a new project that you all may enjoy, and we just released a limited edition cassette (!) on fellow Brooklyn-based label Function Operate. I reckon a few of you may enjoy it, and we’ll have plenty more news soon. If you want to check in on us, we can be found HERE.