In the issue 0 of Music (the fanzine) we decided that the 9th track of the compilation would be one from Stuart Moxham's solo project: The Gist. It is a simple song in which you can almost hear the wind blowing through the station where someone seems to be waiting for Love at First Sight. Taken from the 1983 album Embrace The Heard, of which Moxham himself said that it was a "symbol of (his) misery and lack of direction at the time", this synthetic ballad where the treacly pop of Colin Blunstone collides with Brian Eno's intellect on the ruins of his former band, Young Marble Giants.

In the issue 11 of les Inrockuptibles (1988), Moxham was interviewed on Embrace the Herd:

"I couldn't work at the time, I didn't know what to do. I had lost all ambitions. Then I had a motorbike accident which left me in a plaster and crutches for a year. This incident made me go back to London since Rough Trade (who then signed Young Marble Giants) asked me to compose an album after listening to the demos I previously sent them. Part of the album is actually demos, I was naïve thinking I could do better. There was no direction or continuity in the album, but I was thinking about The Gist since Young Marble Giants released Colossal Youth, the day the latter band separated is the day Love at First Sight was released."

Embrace the Herd (released on Cold Storage records) is a jewel comparable to Eno's masterpiece, with as much elegance and complexity as the 1977 pre-new wave album Before and After Science.
Moxham also claimed that he was listening to a lot of dub music at the time, which leaves its print on some tracks of the record, but generally, Embrace the Herd leaves the listener feeling like he listened to eighties pop songs standing in a train station, shivering from the cold Liverpool winter.

Here are two tracks from The Gist's Embrace the Herd:

Love at First Sight (Demo version) - The Gist

Dark Shots - The Gist 

French singer Etienne Daho has his own personal take on Love at First Sight, which appears on his third album, "Pop Satori" (Virgin music): Paris, Le Flore. 
The lyrics have nothing to do with the original Moxham recording, but the melody is almost intact (though the Daho version has added synthetizers).
This is the english version we're posting:

Love at First Sight (The Gist cover) - Etienne Daho 

1 comment:

  1. Finalement on se compléte trés bien, parfaite transmission.