Barry Adamson……..the man you probably knew about already
Barry Adamson should be a familiar name to a lot of the music fraternity. Well, he was one of the founding members of the Bad Seeds, along with Nick Cave. Film work has been done for the likes of Oliver Stone and David Lynch, to name but a few. But he is a solo artist in his own right too.
And Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Pelvis is just one of his solo numbers, and it’s taken off his forthcoming anthology, Memento Mori, a celebration of his work between 1978-2018. And this particular song has a guest singer on it, but not just any singer. It’s only Jarvis Cocker from Pulp, isn’t it.
Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Pelvis originally came out in 1996, when Britpop was smothering the country and Cocker was the king of the scene, but you wouldn’t think it listening to the song. It fits in perfectly with any time period, with a musical sound that is up there with the Theme From Shaft, with groovy guitars and equally grooving drums giving Jarvis the room to whisper his familiar Sheffield tones over it in the style only Jarvis Cocker can pull off.
It’s a great song to have in the 40 year musical arsenal that Barry Adamson has, and the anthology itself will make a superb addition to anyone who really likes their music. And if you need a starting point of Adamson’s career, then this is definitely the song for you. Celebrate musical good times with the funky sound of Barry Adamson.
Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Pelvis is taken from the forthcoming album by Barry Adamson, Memento Mori (Anthology 1978-2018), and that is released on the Mute label on Friday October 26th.