Horizontal Brian - Vertical (1983)


One of my favorite LP's that most people missed. I re-discovered this in the past year and find it's upbeat songs as fresh today as they were back then.

From Trouser Press:

This nifty British quartet plays lyrically observant melodic rock, much in the same vein as Stackridge did in oldentide. Bassist Tony Phillips sings his own songs in an engaging, unprepossessing voice, humorously satirizing the shortcomings of parenthood ("Playing with the Babies"), colonial obsession ("Everybody Wants to Be American"), death ("Buried in Your Best Suit") and more. Although not as sharp as the words, the music is dandy.

[Ira Robbins]

Released on Gold Mountain Records in 1983, Graham Gouldman of 10cc mixed the record.

The Band:
John Butters - Drums, Vocals
Tony Phillips - Bass, Lead Vocals
Brian Rudd - Keyboards, Vocals
Ian Peppercorn - Guitar, Vocals




Downloads all available on main page : http://azlocal.blogspot.com/


Practicing First Aid Video:

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thank you SOOO much! I love this album and have been searching online off and on for years! Their music is so much fun, and with a great sense of humor!

Anonymous said...

Yes, thank you! The record has a nice review by Julian Cope, btw. Songwriting is nothing but fantastic, complex without being intellectual. Great! Wolfgang from Germany

Anonymous said...

i cannot download this file. please can u put it on rapidshare or megaupload. thanks

PJS said...

I have re posted the link, enjoy

Anonymous said...

Hi Ian,tony,Brian and John.
Just found this old video in the net.
Never seen it before.
Hope you are well.
love,Rolli

Martin Beasley said...

Still have my copy of the album tucked away safely, but today's the first time I've seen that video. Hmmm! Can't believe it's 25+ years since I was hanging out with these guys, roadie-ing and generally getting in the way. That included Germany and meeting Rolli too! Happy days :0) Martin.

Anonymous said...

I actually have two of these, too bad the video was taken down.

C said...

The video is back up!

BiopharmaFrank said...

Have you been able to find "Vertical" in digital format? I have two vinyl copies but would really like a CD. Let me know as this is one of my ALL TIME FAVS.

Frank in Frisco

BiopharmaFrank said...

Thanks for the MP3's

Anonymous said...

An album that will never leave my music collection. We played some of it on college radio. I bought it for chaep at a local record store on closeout. It is a mixture of ska and rock with a ton of surprises. I remember it has one bad song only.

Bruce McDonald said...

Wish this was still up. Been searching far & wide for it.

C said...

Yes on main page

Bolo said...

Excellent album!

Anonymous said...

Does the vinyl record come with lyrics?

Eduardo Martín Gallo said...

Thanks