The single that followed This Heat was the group's greatest recorded moment: the epic "Health & Efficiency" (named after a long-running British nudist magazine) channels the intense cerebrality of their debut into something that's almost a bizarre kind of dance record. "Here's a song about the sunshine/ Dedicated to the sunshine," they sing. And then, two minutes in, the song catches on fire as if the sunshine has been focused on it through a magnifying glass. The band hits a clench-and-release groove, a single chord and a single rhythm, and stays with it for hundreds of repetitions, cranking up its intensity a little more each time and overlaying it with sounds from the world outside of music that's made by human intention. It sounds mechanical at first, but it's actually incredibly physical: music about the joy of having a body.
By Douglas Wolk on 04.22.11 in Reviews
There are bands who think about what they're doing, there are bands who think a lot about what they're doing and then there's This Heat. Drummer, keyboardist and singer Charles Hayward has described how, when...
By Simon Reynolds on 04.22.11 in Reviews
This Heat are regarded as one of the archetypal post-punk vanguard outfits. Which they were, but the fact is that this South London trio were just as much a post-psychedelic band, with audible roots in the UK's progr...
By Mark Paytress on 05.13.07 in Reviews
Few bands were ever more serious about their music than Henry Cow. Prog pariahs both ideologically (their work was informed by Socialist principles) and musically, despite classical and jazz training, they eschewed prog...
By Robert Ham on 02.25.15 in Features
From Shania Twain to Patrick Wolf, these musicians couldn't leave well enough alone and rerecorded their work.