In Vini Veritas
God: Vini Reilly, by the way, is way overdue a revival.
You might think about a greatest hits.
Tony Wilson: It’s a good idea.
God: It’s good music to chill out to.
Tony Wilson:Yeah, you’re right.
God: I usually am.
~ 24 Hour Party People
Regarding today’s post; I don’t know if you know who Vini Reilly is. Maybe you do or maybe you don’t (but don’t know that you do), but in case you don’t he is simply one of the finest guitarists that ever graced this world we call……….earth. (Sorry couldn’t resist throwing in the Alan Partridge reference 🙂 ).
So fuck your Stevie Ray Vaughans, your Vais, your Satrianis and double (skull) fuck your Eric Clapton, here’s a bluffer’s guide to Durutti Column:
° Formed in 1978, The Durutti Column is essentially the solo project of guitarist Vini Reilly and is among one of the earliest acts on Factory Records (next to Joy Division and Cabaret Voltaire.)
° His first album, the ironically titled The Return Of The Durutti Column, was constructed of sandpaper, designed to destroy whatever record sat next to it on the shelf. It also has the dubious distinction of being hand assembled by a then out of work Joy Division.
° Was often produced by Martin Hannett (Joy Divison, U2, The Buzzcocks) who would often integrate field recordings of elevators and birds.
° Was best mates with, championed, and sometimes managed by the late Tony Wilson. Vini would later eulogize him with A Paean To Wilson.
° Was Morrissey’s guitartist for (and for the most part wrote), Viva Hate.
° His song Otis was featured (played to deaf ears?) in an AT&T commercial here in the US.
° Fans include John Frusciante of the Red Hot Chili Peppers who called him “The best guitarist in the world”, Brian Eno (The album LC is one of Eno’s ‘All time favorites’) and…ah…pornstar and part time Steven Soderbergh muse Sasha Grey.
Also a fan is neo acid folk act Espers, who are one of only two people thus far brave enough to cover Durutti (The other being Depeche Mode’s Martin Gore). Here they are with their cover of Tomorrow.
PS Versions Galore Facebook Fanclub, got the original hanging on the wall for ya…