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It's been a few weeks since my last post, but you'll find that might happen every now and again as I enjoy travelling and taking time to enjoy life. I return though with a blistering album from one of the forgotten 4AD bands who are not only responsible for 23 Envelope but also responsible for the outstanding This Mortal Coil début single. Hugely influential and yet sadly underrated was always going to be difficult to overcome for a band driven to achieve success, no mater what. Moving to New York and chasing chart status didn't endear Modern English to their core fans either. Below is a wee write up shamelessly stolen from the internet, enjoy.

Everyone knows the hit I Melt with You but does anyone know that before Modern English hit the mainstream they were a post-punk noise band in the vein of Joy Division and Bauhaus?
Modern English were one of the bands that Ivo and Peter had originally approached Martin Mills about in 1979. After a self-released 45 (‘Drowning Man’), they made their 4AD début with the ‘Swans On Glass’ single, which was followed later in the year by ‘Gathering Dust’. They also featured on the Presage(s) EP and were the only band from that compilation who continued to release records on 4AD. Almost 36 years on, ‘Gathering Dust’ remains a crucial release in 4AD's history for reasons that have nothing to do with the music it contains. When the original art director proved unable to provide the sleeve art, Peter called a friend who recommended a young graphic designer named Vaughan Oliver. A strange coincidence ensued: Modern English had printed up some T-shirts which utilized a Diane Arbus photograph of two people watching television, while Vaughan had utilized the same image in his design portfolio. Result: Vaughan landed the job and began a relationship with 4AD that continues to this day. Modern English expanded on the promise of their singles with Mesh And Lace, a memorably atmospheric album that helped re-position guitar-rock in the wake of Joy Division, PiL and Wire. It also sported the first official 23 Envelope sleeve credit, thus ushering in an artistic collaboration that would provide 4AD with a recognizable visual identity. Modern English finished off 1981 with the single ‘Smiles And Laughter’.
Formed in Colchester, Essex, England, in 1979 by Robbie Grey (vocals), Gary McDowell (guitar, vocals), and Michael Conroy (bass, vocals), Modern English were originally known as The Lepers. The group expanded to Modern English when Richard Brown (drums) and Stephen Walker (keyboards) were subsequently added to the line-up of the band.
The début album Mesh And Lace and the accompanying singles are a must have for any discerning post punk collection.

Taken for the first time from my rip of the original album to FLAC (Level 8) and also available as the original album and singles in glorious MP3 @ 320kbps

Mesh And Lace (4AD – CAD 105)
Track List
            A1 16 Days
            A2 Just A Thought
            A3 Move In Light
            A4 Grief
            B1 The Token Man
            B2 A Viable Commercial
            B3 Black Houses
            B4 Dance Of Devotion (A Love Song)

Swans On Glass (4AD – AD 6)
            A. Swans On Glass
            B. Incident

Gathering Dust (4AD – AD 15)
            A. Gathering Dust
            B. Tranquillity Of A Summer Moment (Vice Versa)

Smiles And Laughter (4AD – AD 110)
            A. Smiles And Laughter
            B. Mesh And Lace



  1. what is the decryption key for the flac?

  2. Apologies for the FLAC is now unlocked

  3. Thanks Andie! A great 'gathering' here.