Favourite track on The Gospel According To The Meninblack

All the ongoing Polls are in here - make sure you`ve voted on all of em!

Favourite track on The Gospel According To The Meninblack?

Waltzinblack
9
9%
Just Like Nothing On Earth
7
7%
Second Coming
7
7%
Waiting For The Meninblack
5
5%
Turn The Centuries, Turn
6
6%
Two Sunspots
10
10%
Four Horsemen
24
24%
Thrown Away
19
19%
Manna Machine
3
3%
Hallow To Our Men
12
12%
 
Total votes: 102

StanInBlack
Ugly
Ugly
Posts: 1745
Joined: 04 Apr 2002, 10:30
Location: Durham, England.

Favourite track on The Gospel According To The Meninblack

Post by StanInBlack » 05 Apr 2016, 23:31

Because, amazingly, it doesn't seem like we've ever got around to polling this absolute masterpiece yet! :grin:

User avatar
mickinblack
The Raven
The Raven
Posts: 2521
Joined: 12 Aug 2008, 15:50
Location: Ireland Dublin
Contact:

Re: Favourite track on The Gospel According To The Meninblac

Post by mickinblack » 06 Apr 2016, 08:30

After ten this my least favourite by the original line up, sure it has its moments and all in all it quite a good album. But just wasn't for me. I believe the band was taking a lt of drugs during this period and I think it shows on the album :lol:

Waltzinblack is by far the best tume on it followed by waiting for the meninblack and two sunspots, always maininwhite not on the album but released during this period is also a good track.

jason
Man Of The Earth
Man Of The Earth
Posts: 6714
Joined: 02 Oct 2008, 15:34
Location: Kent

Re: Favourite track on The Gospel According To The Meninblac

Post by jason » 06 Apr 2016, 08:56

I find it hard to pick a favourite from this album. Mine is probably Two sunspots. Waiting and Hallow are very good too. I prefer the live version of Thrown away too.

Sent from my SM-G900F using Tapatalk

marky
Ugly
Ugly
Posts: 1270
Joined: 08 Feb 2009, 18:45
Location: isle of wight

Re: Favourite track on The Gospel According To The Meninblac

Post by marky » 06 Apr 2016, 10:32

jlnoe hughs vocal delivery is superb

User avatar
parasiteinblack
The Raven
The Raven
Posts: 2944
Joined: 26 Nov 2003, 11:57
Location: Norwich
Contact:

Re: Favourite track on The Gospel According To The Meninblac

Post by parasiteinblack » 06 Apr 2016, 11:37

Went for Thrown Away but very nearly went for JLNOE, was a tough call.
Also really like Second Coming, , it's just a great album really :)
"I woke up on a good day, and the world was wonderful"

User avatar
Rockula
The Raven
The Raven
Posts: 2365
Joined: 30 Jan 2011, 18:31
Location: Hornchurch, Essex.

Re: Favourite track on The Gospel According To The Meninblac

Post by Rockula » 06 Apr 2016, 12:30

Not my favourite album lyrically and my favourite track is an instrumental.
Actually, my favourite track from this era was the 'Who Wants The World' single which pre-dates the album but wasn't even included on it.
And, of course, it had 'The Meninblack (Waiting for 'Em)' instrumental version on the 'B' side which I also preferred to the vocal version.
I also like 'Waltzinblack'.

In fact, if there was a completely instrumental version of this album I'd probably play it more often.
ManInBrown

User avatar
MULLY
BLUE SISTER
BLUE SISTER
Posts: 4067
Joined: 04 Jan 2006, 20:27
Location: BELFAST

Re: Favourite track on The Gospel According To The Meninblac

Post by MULLY » 06 Apr 2016, 12:34

A hard choice.

The initial single from the album - Thrown Away - used to promote the album appeared to be a cross-over track linking the theme of 'the traveller' from The Raven to The Meninblack. When this came out I was gripped by the vocal delivery from JJ and the simplistic rhythm style.

The album itself proved initially to be a 'hard listen'. I struggled with this record for sometime.

With regard to my favourite track from the album, I opted for 'Four Horsemen' - I was always taken by the instrumental break and this was underlined when seeing the song performed live (not only back in the day but recently - as it was introduced again last year). A real highlight in the set.

I think JJ summed the album up best (paraphrasing) - "I look at our albums as children - obviously you love them all - but this one is like our mongol child". Not 100% sure of the exact phrase he used, but it's not a million miles off the context he used. No doubt someone will provide the correct expression/quote.

Anyway, it is a 'child' I have grown to love for all it's imperfections and my chosen track (winning by a short head over Thrown Away) would be this child's painting that takes pride of place, adorning my fridge at home.
Allow me to re-arrange your face, sometimes I'd really like to get to know you better

User avatar
jetblacksdad
The Man They Love To Hate
Posts: 863
Joined: 30 Jun 2008, 12:56
Location: Here and there

Re: Favourite track on The Gospel According To The Meninblac

Post by jetblacksdad » 06 Apr 2016, 13:37

Probably the album I listen to most of all. Love the quirkiness of it.
Masterpiece
+_+_+_+_+_+_+_+_+_+_+_+_+_+_+

kjblack
Rats Rally
Posts: 439
Joined: 23 Oct 2011, 14:45

Re: Favourite track on The Gospel According To The Meninblac

Post by kjblack » 06 Apr 2016, 14:54

I like the dark and brooding 'Manna Machine.'

It's the type of song and sound I expected to hear more of after 'In the Shadows' appeared as the B side to NMH.

jason
Man Of The Earth
Man Of The Earth
Posts: 6714
Joined: 02 Oct 2008, 15:34
Location: Kent

Re: Favourite track on The Gospel According To The Meninblac

Post by jason » 06 Apr 2016, 18:47

Four Horsemen is a great track too. Very unique.

Sent from my SM-G900F using Tapatalk

User avatar
zamaguire
The Man They Love To Hate
Posts: 814
Joined: 19 Feb 2010, 22:12
Location: in the water, fermanagh

Re: Favourite track on The Gospel According To The Meninblac

Post by zamaguire » 06 Apr 2016, 18:50

Four Horsemen. I love this track. Sounded great on the tour last year.

StanInBlack
Ugly
Ugly
Posts: 1745
Joined: 04 Apr 2002, 10:30
Location: Durham, England.

Re: Favourite track on The Gospel According To The Meninblac

Post by StanInBlack » 06 Apr 2016, 19:24

For me this is probably the most "Stranglers" album of them all, in the way that they had complete freedom to express themselves on this record, both in the actual content and the meticulous recording of it. A lot has been written about incidents that happened around the band during this period, but I'll bet this was a fun record for them to make. It's a singular record that I couldn't imagine being made by any other band. One of my Top 3 favourite Stranglers albums. I love the production on this record, the attention to detail in the overall sound is second to none.

My first listen to this album confounded me, now I think it's a masterpiece.

Voted for 'Four Horsemen', although it was going to be 'Manna Machine' which was so far ahead of its time that it isn't even funny. Least favourite? 'Thrown Away', probably.

Post Reply