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The Durutti Column

The Durutti Column was primarily the vehicle of Vini Reilly, a guitarist born in Manchester, England, in 1953. As a child, Reilly first took up the piano, drawing inspiration from greats like Art Tatum and Fats Waller, before learning to play guitar at the age of ten. Despite an early affection for folk and jazz, Reilly ultimately became swept up by the punk movement, and in 1977 he joined the group Ed Banger & the Nosebleeds. In 1978, Factory Records founder Tony Wilson invited Reilly to join a group dubbed the Durutti Column, the name inspired by the Spanish Civil War anarchist Buenaventura Durruti and a Situationists Internationale comic strip of the 1960s. Along with Reilly, the nascent band included guitarist Dave Rowbotham, drummer Chris Joyce, vocalist Phil Rainford, and bassist Tony Bowers; following a handful of performances, Rainford was fired, and after recording a pair of tracks for the EP A Factory Sampler, Rowbotham, Joyce, and Bowers broke off to form the Moth Men, leaving the Durutti Column the sole province of Vini Reilly. (Joyce and Bowers would later join the more popular Simply Red.)

Recorded with the aid of a few session musicians and released in a sandpaper sleeve, the debut The Return of the Durutti Column, a collection of atmospheric instrumentals, appeared in 1980. With 1981's pastoral LC, recorded with drummer Bruce Mitchell (who remained a frequent collaborator), Reilly attempted vocals on a few tracks, and continued expanding his palette with a pair of explorations of chamber music, 1982's Another Setting and 1984's Without Mercy. Electronic rhythms, meanwhile, emerged as the pivotal element of 1985's Say What You Mean, Mean What You Say. After 1985's live effort Domo Arigato, Circuses and Bread marked a return to the densely constructed guitar textures of previous works, while 1987's eclectic The Guitar and Other Machines ranked among the Durutti Column's most ambitious works to date. In 1988, Reilly backed Morrissey (also an alumnus of the Nosebleeds) on his solo debut, Viva Hate, before returning to the Durutti Column for the release of a 1989 LP titled Vini Reilly, another diverse affair that incorporated vocal samples from Otis Redding, Annie Lennox, Tracy Chapman, and opera star Joan Sutherland.

Released in 1990, the aggressive Obey the Time preceded 1991's Lips That Would Kiss Form Prayers to Broken Stone, a collection of singles, rarities, and unreleased material. After a long layoff (during which Rowbotham happened to be slain by an axe murderer, inspiring the Happy Mondays' "Cowboy Dave"), the Durutti Column returned in 1995 with Sex and Death, followed a year later by Fidelity, which fused dance beats with Reilly's guitar lines. Reilly issued several albums throughout the 2000s, from archival concert recordings to such studio efforts as Treatise on the Steppenwolf, a soundtrack augmenting the experimental theater production of the same name, as well as 2009's heart-wrenching effort Love in the Time of Recession. The instrumental suite Paean to Wilson, composed in 2009, was some of Reilly's most personal work, written for his late friend and most passionate supporter, the late Tony Wilson. Initially scheduled for limited release in 2009, it was granted wider distribution early the following year. ~ Jason Ankeny
full bio

Selected Discography

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Track List: Chronicle LX: XL

Disc 1

1. Fanfare

2. Embattled Heart And Battling

3. Synergetic

4. Poppy & Pancho

5. The Rest Of A Life

6. The Water Colour Class (Feat. Jill Taylor)

7. Nine Years

8. Party (The Version)

9. Mello

10. Mercy In The Cathedral

11. To Raise A Gentle Smile

12. Pancho And Poppy

13. Fanfare (Reprise)

Disc 2

1. Free From All The Chaos (Feat. Caoilfhionn Rose Birley)

2. Electrostatic (Feat. Caoilfhionn Rose Birley)

3. Follow (Feat. Caoilfhionn Rose Birley)

4. Misery (Feat. Caoilfhionn Rose Birley)

5. Big Bill Rance

6. The Tabla Bong Guitar

7. Hotel Calderon

8. Dry On The Rocks

9. Sharrock's Tune

10. The Changes Go Up And The Changes Go Down

11. For Jammer James

12. Juan Montero & The Drum

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Track List: Short Stories For Pauline

1. At First Sight

2. Duet

3. College

4. Invitations

5. Destroy, She Said

6. Model

7. Journeys By Vespa

8. Take Some Time Out

9. A Silence

10. Mirror A

11. Cocktail

12. Telephone Call

13. Mirror B

14. A Room In Southport

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Track List: Love In The Time Of Recession

1. In Memory Of Anthony

2. Rant

3. More Rainbows

4. I'm Alive

5. For Bruse

6. Painting

7. Wild Beast Tamed

8. Rainbow Maker

9. My Poppy

10. Loser

11. Lock-Down

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Track List: Treatise On The Steppenwolf

1. A Beautiful Thought (Pt 1)

2. The Mothers And The Fathers

3. A Wolf Of The Steppes

4. Interlude

5. The Title On The Cover

6. Divided

7. Magic Theatre

8. Soul Track

9. Harry Dreams The Dream

10. A Beautiful Thought (Pt 2)

11. Stupid Steppenwolf (Pt 1)

12. Stupid Steppenwolf (Pt 2)

13. Lullaby (Live) (Live)

14. Mello (Live) (Live)

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Track List: Sunlight To Blue...Blue To Blackness

1. Glimpse

2. Contact

3. Messages

4. Ged

5. Ananda

6. Never Known Version

7. So Many Crumbs And Monkeys!

8. Head Glue

9. Demo For Gathering Dust

10. Cup A Soup Romance

11. Grief

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Track List: Live In Bruxelles 13.8.1981

1. Sketch For Dawn (Live 13.8.1981)

2. Messidor (Live 13.8.1981)

3. Jacqueline (Live 13.8.1981)

4. Conduct (Live 13.8.1981)

5. Sketch For Summer (Live 13.8.1981)

6. Danny (Live 13.8.1981)

7. Stains (Useless Body) (Live 13.8.1981)

8. The Missing Boy (Live 13.8.1981)

9. Self Portrait (Version) (Live 13.8.1981)

10. For Belgian Friends (Live 13.8.1981)

11. Interview (Recorded 13.8.1981)

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Track List: Sporadic Three

1. Birthday Present

2. Dig A Hole

3. Mama And Papa

4. In The City

5. The Best Dream

6. The End Of The Journey

7. For Loretta

8. New Order Tribute

9. I B Yours (Version)

10. Natural Mystics

11. Drinking Time (Version)

12. Trust The Art Not The Artist

13. Fate

14. For Danny

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Track List: Tempus Fugit

1. Counting...

2. Shooting

3. Lullaby 4 Nina

4. Mystery

5. Guitar Woman

6. Violence

7. Bollywood

8. Love Song On Quattro

9. Tempus Fugit

10. The Man Who Knows

11. Slipping Away

12. Trip For An Opera

13. Untitled For You

14. Salford Harmonics

15. ...Shopping

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Track List: Somebody Else's Party

1. Love Is Friend

2. Spanish Lament

3. Somewhere

4. Somebody's Party

5. Requiem For My Mother

6. Remember

7. Vigil

8. Blue

9. No More Hurt

10. Spasmic Fairy

11. American View

12. Drinking Time

13. Woman

14. Goodbye

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Track List: Fidelity

1. Fidelity

2. For Suzanne

3. Future Perfect

4. Abstract Of Expression

5. G & T

6. Remember Me

7. Sanko

8. Grace

9. Guitar For Mother

10. Storm For Steve

11. My Only Love

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Track List: A Night In New York

1. Prayer

2. Arpeggiator

3. Our Lady Of The Angels

4. Pol In B

5. Miss Haymes

6. For Mother

7. Requiem

8. Jacqueline

9. Elevator Sequence

10. Missing Boy

11. U.S.P.

12. Tomorrow

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Track List: Obey The Time

1. Vino Della Casa Bianco

2. Hotel Of The Lake, 1990

3. Fridays

4. Home

5. Art And Freight

6. Spanish Reggae

7. Neon

8. The Warmest Rain

9. Contra - Indications

10. Vino Della Casa Rossa

11. The Together Mix

12. Fridays (Version 2)

13. Kiss Of Def

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Track List: Another Setting

1. Prayer

2. Response

3. Bordeaux

4. For A Western

5. The Beggar

6. Francesca

7. Smile In The Crowd

8. Dream Of A Child

9. Spent Time

10. You've Heard It Before

11. Second Family

12. Amigos Em Portugal

13. Menina Ao Pe Duma Piscina

14. Lisboa

15. Sara E Tristana

16. Estoril A Noite

17. Favourite Decending Intervals

18. To End With

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Track List: Domo Arigato

1. Sketch For Summer (Live Version)

2. Sketch For Dawn (Live Version)

3. Mercy Theme (Live Version)

4. Little Mercy (Live Version)

5. Dream Of A Child (Live Version)

6. Mercy Dance (Live Version)

7. The Room (Live Version)

8. E.E. (Live Version)

9. Blind Elevator Girl (Live Version)

10. Tomorrow (Live Version)

11. For Belgian Friends (Live Version)

12. The Missing Boy (Live Version)

13. Self Portrait (Live Version)

14. Audience Noise (Live Version)

15. Our Lady Of The Angels

16. White Rabbit

17. When The World (Newson Mix)

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the best is just... so fragile it could crack. Have loved this artist for 30+ years. Autumnal in the best way.
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paul_dmartin
interesting song
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so nice......
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my all time favorite musician
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storres1020
incredible
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First time I've heard this artist. Nice.
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passion, from L.L. passionem "suffering, enduring," from stem of L. pati "to suffer, endure," Sense extended to sufferings of martyrs, and suffering generally, by early 13c.; meaning "strong emotion, desire" is attested from late 14c., from L.L. use of passio to render Gk. pathos. Replaced O.E. þolung lit. "suffering," from þolian (v.) "to endure." Sense of "sexual love" first attested 1580s; that of "strong liking, enthusiasm, predilection " is from 1630s. PASSION: Vini has it.
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WOW!!!! this guy is amazing.
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dusty.wilk
Years before his time.
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he hates experimental music and he's an eminem fan. how awesome is that?
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Vini's a f*ckin' genius. 'nuff said.
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Incredible beauty amplified through spiritual wires. Vini x
Avant Garde, jazz, punk. It is digital and it's heaven sent...

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