Blast from the Past: A thousand delights couldn’t match the sweet sounds of… Caribou by Elton John

Hello, TSURURADIO readers! Allow me to introduce myself: I am Harrison, known on the forums and elsewhere on the internet as wasoe. In addition to my occasional contributions to TSURURADIO, I am a member of the blog community at Bonded By Madness, and maintain my own music blog, Indie Fux.

Now, I believe I should say a few words about this feature: Blast from the Past spotlights an album not from the current year. It could be anything from a 1960’s garage rock record to a 2009 release that many blogs and critics missed. For the inaugural installment, however, I have chosen a criminally underrated gem from 1974, Elton John’s Caribou:

Elton John - Caribou (1974)

Now, I don’t mean underrated in terms of critical reception. In fact, the album was very well received upon release and spawned two hit singles, “The Bitch Is Back” (can I say that?) and “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me.” What I mean by underrated is that the aforementioned hits are the only ones many people know. In fact, it’s the non-hit songs that really make this album a masterpiece. From the endlessly catchy and bouncy rocker “Grimsby,” to the best song ever written about being abducted by aliens “I’ve Seen The Saucers,” to the complete nonsense of “Solar Prestige A Gammon,” to the epic and powerful anti-firearm parable “Ticking,” there is not a single moment that goes to waste. An essential album for any self-respecting Elton John fan, and useful for when you don’t have the time for Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.

I recently bought this album on vinyl from a 99 cent bargain bin, and it was both wonderful and saddening. Wonderful in that I got a wonderful album on vinyl for a very generous price, and saddening in that the album ended up in the bargain bin in the first place. So if you’re thinking about chucking an old copy of some Elton John record, I would advise you to think twice, then listen to the album, then think twice more.


Caribou tracklist:

Side one

1. The Bitch Is Back
2. Pinky
3. Grimsby
4. Dixie Lily
5. Solar Prestige A Gammon
6. You’re So Static

Side two

7. I’ve Seen The Saucers
8. Stinker
9. Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me
10. Ticking

Elton John’s Official Site

3 comments for “Blast from the Past: A thousand delights couldn’t match the sweet sounds of… Caribou by Elton John

  1. July 27, 2010 at 10:10 AM

    Hi Harrison, welcome to the team. Great article. Will there be any more in the future?

    Added your blog to my reader. Looking forward to reading your stuff.


  2. wasoe
    July 27, 2010 at 3:32 PM

    @Peanut: I’m going to try and make this a weekly feature.

  3. July 28, 2010 at 3:19 AM

    Great! Looking forward to hearing me some new classics :)

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