David Stubbs interviews The Young Gods, 19th-26th December 1987
July 16, 2008
David Stubbs interviews The Young Gods, 19th-26th December 1987.
A clever reference to U2’s Unforgettable Fire titles this piece I first read when I was 16. A few quotes culled from this for the time poor.
“Their sound is pure artifice, spectacular, irrelevant, a disembodied roar, a cathedral unpeopled except for Gods whispering among themselves.”
“There’s ‘Did You Miss Me?’ their Dadaist reworking of the Gary Glitter chestnut, a stately montage of Tchaikovsky, Liszt and an audience scream from a Yello live album”
“And ‘Jusqu’au Bout’, their masterpiece, which shudders deliriously like the earth about to vomit its core, like sex between God and Satan, a slamdance between the moon and the sun.”
Back then I read these pieces with a sort of mystified awe…I didn’t fully understand it but I knew I wanted to hear the record. And today it’s easy…here’s The Young Gods ‘smash hit’ single Envoyé from the MM Album of the year.