Songs They Never Play on the Radio: Fall of Saigon

So, after a bit of a break, another Song They Never Play on the Radio. This may be the most obscure entry yet, although there is some competition - a band formed in Montpellier that only released one EP on Atem in 1983 (although further tracks appeared on a CD compilation in 2011). Only six songs long, Untitled (as it's titled, or, er, not) is a fleeting but absorbing listen. Much of the EP follows the form of So Long, bringing to mind Marine Girls and The Trypes, but most strikingly reminiscent of Young Marble Giants (which of course brings us back to our first Song They Never Play on the Radio) - if, like us, you wish the YMGs had been more prolific, Fall of Saigon may provide some consolation. That said, the EP has its own personality and She Leaves Me Alone and On The Beach at Fontana feature male vocals and an altogether scuzzier sound - the latter in particular has a scuzzy sound, like Suicide covering Chromatics on a boombox, as well as a lyric by James Joyce. Thankfully, the EP isn't quite as obscure or unattainable as it might have been, Dark Entries Records reissued it last year. Organist Pascal Comelade would go on to collaborate with the likes of Faust, Robert Wyatt and PJ Harvey, as well as becoming a noted composer in his own right.


A tip of the hat is due to the excellent (but sadly inactive) Cold Waves Tumblr - without it we would never have heard this great lost band.