Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#143 in the Series) is 801, Listen Now
Some times you have to pull one out that I bet no one has listened to in years! I’m guessing that’s true for 801.
When was the last time you pulled this one off the shelf? There even a good chance that you never even heard of this one.
801 is a band put together by Phil Manzanera, Phil is best known as lead guitarist for one of my favorite bands, Roxy Music.
Roxy would take time off now and then and like most bands, many members would work on solo projects. This was Phil’s
It took two years to record. He started in 1975 and finished in 1977. Oddly enough, while working on putting this together, 801 released a live album in 1976 called Listen Live.
Phil recruited a ton of great players for Listen Now. When I put this together, I was shocked to see that one of my favorite vocalists Tim Finn! Who knew!!
Here’s a list of some of the others. Brian Eno, Rhett Davies, Mel Collins, Simon Phillips, Eddie Rayner(!!!!), Eddie Jobson, Lol Crème and Kevin Godley.
The two songs that received the most airplay were the first two tracks on the disc.
Listen Now and Flight 19.
I remember when they made their debut on Saturday Night Live back in 1978. They did their now familiar, quirky version of ‘The Stones, (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.’ Watchers didn’t know if this was a musical guest or just another comedy sketch!
Well, 32 years later the band is still putting out records. I thought they smoked on Late Night with David Letterman yesterday. The played really well and Mark Mothersbaugh’s voice was as strong as ever. They’re new ‘get up’ is pretty cool too. :
Q:Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! was the band debut. It featured more wonderful songs like ‘Uncontrollable Urge, Jocko Home, Praying Hands’ and ‘ Mongoloid.’
It was a rockin’ record. And pretty darn fun. I like acts that try and do something different. And then come up with something good!
It was produced by Brian Eno and hit #78 on the Billboard Charts.