“Second Hand Daylight” by Magazine - album review

features in: Album Chart of 1979Album Chart of the Decade: 1970s

TJR says

In the nine months since their debut, departing drummer Martin Jackson had been replaced, and the Manchester five-piece now lined-up: Howard Devoto (vocals), John McGeoch (guitar, saxophone, backing vocals), Barry Adamson (bass, backing vocals), Dave Formula (keyboards) and John Doyle (22, drums). By now camped with the likes of Japan and Ultravox, Formula's moody synthesizers are to the fore, complementing Devoto's provocative and often-disturbing lyrics. Best on side one is the album's sole single, the lively “Rhythm Of Cruelty” about a mean-treating lover, whilst the sinister “Permafrost” has most appeal on side two, ending with the horror-lines of the year: “As the day stops dead, at the place where we're lost, I will drug you and fuck you on the permafrost”. Poptones these ain't.

The Jukebox Rebel

A1 [05:45] 5.4.png Magazine - Feed The Enemy (Howard Trafford, David Tomlinson) New Wave
A2 [03:03] 6.4.png Magazine - Rhythm Of Cruelty (Howard Trafford, John McGeoch, Barry Adamson) New Wave
A3 [04:43] 5.6.png Magazine - Cut-Out Shapes (Howard Trafford) New Wave
A4 [03:34] 5.7.png Magazine - Talk To The Body (Howard Trafford, John McGeoch) New Wave
A5 [05:13] 5.3.png Magazine - I Wanted Your Heart (Howard Trafford, David Tomlinson, Barry Adamson) New Wave
B1 [04:10] 4.7.png Magazine - The Thin Air (Howard Trafford, John McGeoch) Pop Ballad
B2 [06:40] 5.4.png Magazine - Back To Nature (David Tomlinson) Post-Punk
B3 [04:00] 5.0.png Magazine - Believe That I Understand (Howard Trafford, Barry Adamson) Post-Punk
B4 [05:25] 6.2.png Magazine - Permafrost (Howard Trafford) New Wave

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