Sunday, July 11, 2010

Complete Denim discography

Lawrence is the ultimate purveyor of alterity, a true eccentric. While other bands toured rigorously, Felt played very few live performances. The music of Felt disregarded all of the influences of the decade and went down its own path, making them stand out like a shining beacon amidst a vast horde of musical doppelgangers, and unfortunately leaving them in limbo, unable to surpass the cult-status they had acquired for themselves. While Felt was tender, beautiful, and reflective, Denim is the most refined form of jocular pastiche, perhaps more so than Momus even. What's more is that a good handful of the upbeat, synth-oriented, 70's inspired songs on these albums could have been radio hits in some other alternate dimension where brilliancy and genius were recognized and respected. "Summer Smash" is a better pop song than anything I've ever heard played on the radio. Always intellectually self-aware, Lawrence facetiously offers social commentary on everything from the consumption of force-fed popular music by the public, to class and social issues, to the tumultuous tidal shifts of shaky relationships, to drugs, to sex, to punk and rock 'n roll in general, and a wide variety of playful or serious off the wall topics. For Lawrence, no stone is left unturned.

Here's what this collection includes. I believe it's everything (including a rare, unreleased not quite up to par record featuring a few songs that would later appear on a Go-Kart Mozart album)

Back in Denim (1992)
Denim on Ice (1996)
Novelty Rock (1997)
Summer Smash EP (1997)
Denim Take Over (Unreleased 1998)


Denim's video for "Middle of the Road":


  1. Wow, is there any chance you could put up another link for this? The old one has expired. Thank you, for your time. -James

  2. Just re-upped it for you. Should be working fine now.

  3. Many many thanks, Novelty Rock in particular is impossible to find. My other favorite 80s band (besides Felt and XTC) is probably Sudden Sway. I'd be happy to sendspace their collected output to you if you'd like, they're incredible.

  4. Thanks, Hex! Novelty Rock is a work of genius, but that's par for the course. I have some Sudden Sway, but I'll let you know if I'm missing anything <3

  5. Matt, could you re-up this please? The mediafire link is down again. Thanks! Charles

  6. Hey Matt, thanks for this, just wanted to let you know people appreciate the effort.

  7. Back In Denim is perhaps the most unfairly ignored masterpiece in pop history. The awkward, gentle shimmer of Felt, while great in its own right, gave no indication that Lawrence had something like this up his tattered sleeve. Funny, heartbreaking, anguished, enraged and insane, Back in Denim is genius, a complete success in spite of being made by a guy who sabotaged his own success every chance he got.

  8. Just discovered this thanks to this great article. Long time Lawrence fan

    If possible please reup. Best wishes D34n

  9. Please re upload - link is dead - thank you if you can !!