Pylon – Gyrate (Vertigo) 1980. Of all of the wave bands I have rediscovered over the past few years none have impressed me as much as Pylon. Back in the 1980′s they were name-dropped all the time. I remember buying Chomp at a used record store largely due to the hype and the fact that any record with a giant dinosaur bite at the top is at least worth hearing once.
So, I get home with my much-hyped Pylon record, put it on and was very, very…disappointed. I thought it sucked! I wrote them off at that time as a waaaayyy over-hyped band.
It’s funny how things change.
A couple years back I found out that Chomp was Pylon‘s second album. Their first is called Gyrate. I decided to give Pylon another chance and bought a copy of it from eBay. It has not left my record player since. It is simply one of the greatest post-punk LP’s ever.
In Michael Azerrad’s great book, Our Band Could Be Your Life he says that Mission of Burma‘s “only sin was bad timing”. This could also be said for Pylon in a completely inverted way. Hear me out….see, Burma were completely underappreciated in their time. However, now they have achieved the icon status that they should have had all along.
Pylon, on the other hand, were over-hyped in their time and now are virtually forgotten. It’s time to “rediscover” Pylon!