Polyrock: Your Dragging Feet (1980)

 |   |  <1 min read

Polyrock: Your Dragging Feet (1980)

While it's always been fashionable and hip for rock musicians -- especially those in what we might call avant-rock -- to namedrop jazz or contemporary classical composers in interviews, but when you listen to their music there is usually scant evidence of an influence.

However Polyrock from New York -- who mostly came off as more jittery post-Talking Heads/Feelies on their self-titled debut album (from which this piece is lifted) could actually point to the liner notes and say, "See, we told ya so".

Influenced by the then-fashionable minimalist styles of Steve Reich, Philip Glass and others, they actually had Glass not only play ocassional piano and keyboards on their debut, but he also co-produced it with Kurt Munkacsi.

And he turned up on their second (and final) album the following year.

This dreamy piece which rides some minimalist repition is the best piece on an otherwise ordinary album, but it certainly allowed them to say, "See. we told ya so".

For more oddities, one-offs or songs with an interesting backstory check the massive back-catalogue at From the Vaults.

.

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   From the Vaults articles index

The Great! Society: Somebody to Love (1966)

The Great! Society: Somebody to Love (1966)

There were at least three different versions of this psychedelic classic which is best known in its third incarnation by Jefferson Airplane. But the song dated back to before that '66 single/album... > Read more

Chicago Transit Authority: I'm a Man (1969)

Chicago Transit Authority: I'm a Man (1969)

For a brief period before they shortened their name to Chicago and became boring -- and for my money it was very brief, and they became very boring -- this big group with an ever-changing but... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

IN THE CITY; A CELEBRATION OF LONDON MUSIC by PAUL Du NOYER

IN THE CITY; A CELEBRATION OF LONDON MUSIC by PAUL Du NOYER

Some cities are shaped and defined by their soundtrack: Salzburg and Mozart; Liverpool and the Beatles; Seattle and Nirvana . . .   But you don't envy anyone undertaking the task of... > Read more

100 ESSENTIAL NEW ZEALAND ALBUMS by NICK BOLLINGER

100 ESSENTIAL NEW ZEALAND ALBUMS by NICK BOLLINGER

The purpose of books of lists - and the list of lists is growing by the day -- is probably two-fold: you get to look through and tick off what you've got/done/seen or whatever and make a note of... > Read more