Monday, 4 September 2017
Oliver!: Spawn - Infiltrator; Silverfish - Vitriola [Peel Session] (21 March 1992)
2 tracks with very little in common, musically but what links them is that I had previously passed on including them in earlier shows.
Infiltrator by Spawn, a dance act which included future Plastikman, Richie Hawtin as composer and producer, should have featured on the 8/3/92 show, but the fact I found myself wishing that I could write about a completely different track saw it fall from favour. Peel kept the faith, and eventually I caught up with him. All the things that drew me towards it originally - the drum and bass vibes for example - were supplemented by effects that I had missed originally. I particularly like the sci-fi lab feel to it as it progresses. Field of Vision by Nico is still a better tune though.
I must have been on my period or something when I first heard the Silverfish Peel Session broadcast on 12/1/92. The only track I liked from that session originally was on there because of nostalgia for something else. Eventually, Jimmy, albeit a non-session version, made its way on to my virtual mixtape. Now, inspired by Peel's repeat of the session on this show, Vitriola joins them. I suspect it was artist fatigue that was the issue for me at the time - a man can only take so many of Silverfish's aural punches in the face in a confined space. Vitriola is perhaps their most violent expression yet arising out of the band's standard hammer on anvil drums and thunderclap guitar sound. Lesley Rankine uses words as pure violence in this track - one moment a gun, the next a blade and then a burning sun. Whoever has betrayed her is in real trouble as evidenced by the ongoing refrain, "You don't want to be around here when I get out", all topped off with the Silverfish "Uh!" It's primal, exciting, thrilling and drips with danger. A track that cannot be reasoned with or watered down, and as those final cymbal tinkles suggest at the end, it's already sprinkling the earth on your grave.
Videos courtesy of Sound of 88/92 (Spawn) and Vibracobra23 Redux (Silverfish)