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The Durutti Column - LC



LC, the title of the second Durutti Column album from 1981, stands for "Lotta Continua". The struggle goes on. This could be Vini Reilly's struggle with food. Apparently he has got an inclination to anorexia and must force himself to eat. Therefore he is thin like a match. In an old NME article I read that in 1980 he used to have his main meal around 5pm. And it wasn't a good idea to meet him after the meal as he would be feeling very weak and ill.

The guitar and the singing of LC were recorded at home at night when his mother slept in the next room. Maybe this is the reason for his unobtrusive almost ghost-like singing style. They then added Bruce Mitchell's drums and the piano in the studio (interview source).

Sketch for Dawn I
The first song on the album. The way the drumming, the guitar, the piano and the singing on this track meld is perfect. There is this typical floating quality of the guitar and piano which is reinforced by the unorthodox drumming. Vini's voice adds the melancholic touch.

The Missing Boy
This is the favourite song of many Durutti Column aficionados including me.

There was a boy I almost knew him

Vini is singing about the epileptic Ian Curtis here, the lead singer of Joy Division who had hanged himself the year before. I can hardly imagine a song more sad and beautiful. One of those songs of which I'd want to say that you cannot be my friend if you are not moved by it. Stupid and not very mature probably, I know but this is how I feel.


 





 
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