Sunday, March 10, 2019

The Hope Blister - ...Smile's OK (1998)

Downcast ambient dream pop from a band assembled by (4AD cofounder) Ivo Watts-Russell. The core sound is very much a continuation of This Mortal Coil, but without the ever-shifting lineup -- whereas This Mortal Coil was a project, The Hope Blister was a band. And every song is a cover, including versions of songs by Slowdive, John Cale, Brian Eno, David Sylvian, and more.

Track listing:
1. Dagger
2. Only Human
3. The Outer Skin
4. Sweet Unknown
5. Let the Happiness In
6. Is Jesus Your Pal?
7. Spider and I
8. Hanky Panky Nohow

I thought I heard you whisper
It happens all the time

You should also listen to:
black tape for a blue girl -
Mesmerized by the Sirens (1987)
Lisa Germano -
Lullaby for Liquid Pig (2002)


  1. Wondering if you've heard The Hope Blister ‎– Underarms? I see info that Momus sings on it, but the discogs credits doesn't seem to confirm this. VERY CURIOUS.

  2. I feel I should tell you this. I don't know why. I have a blog up. I may post Olivia Newton-John's Bloodsoaked Legwarmers album recorded with Finnish torture-metal band Pustulent Gut Spillage, if that sounds attractive to you.

    What? Oh, wait - here it is:

  3. Great album with great quality sound.....especially love the track " Is Jesus Your Pal ? " ...many thanks for this and all the other great music you share with us all,it is very much appreciated.... stay safe and well wishes Stu