Monday, 18 March 2019

Monday's Long Song

A bit of Jazzy, Housey, Italian blue-eyed soul to bright up your Monday morning. I love this track, especially the trumpet which reminds me of Have You Ever Heard It Blue by the Style Council.  I have no idea what the rest of Mario's output is like as I haven't bought anything other than this 12" single ( not sure how I have 2 copies of this though!) which also includes a rather good Opolopo remix.

Mario Biondi & The High Five Quintet - This Is What You Are

Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Hal Blaine

Very sad news that the drummer responsible for the most distinctive and possibly copied drum intro of all time on my favourite single of all time has died. He also was the drummer on many of the best records of the 1960s.

A few years ago I had a playlist called Boom Boom Cha!, which really should have been Bum- ba-bum-BOOM and was filled with tracks that included the drum break mentioned above. I think before the playlist was wiped out after one of my iTunes crashed I had 25 tracks that had "borrowed" that famous intro and that list was by no way definitive.

I have often wondered if Hal Blaine was as proud of that intro as he should have been, he has stated that it was a mistake and he had accidently missed a beat but was told to just keep doing that by Phil Spector. Or did it niggle at him all of these other drummers ripping him off. I don't think that it would have bothered him too much as when you have played on over 6000 tracks, 40 number 1 hits, 150 top ten songs and possibly the only drummer to have played with Sinatra, Elvis and John Lennon you can take it in your stride when you hear others imitate you.

Here are just some of the songs that you will know but may not have been aware of who the drummer was :- He's A Rebel, Rhythm of the Rain, It's Over, Surf City, I Get Around, Mr Tambourine Man, Strangers In The Night and Cecelia.

Rest easy Hal.

The Ronettes - Be My Baby

Barry Maguire - On The Eve of Destruction

Self Esteem

Now that I have actually got a copy of this album that I can actually play, the pictures above are of the first copy I was sent, I can confirm that Rebecca Taylor is one very talented individual. This album is full of hip hop beats, pop hooks and pretty to the point lyrics and about as far removed from Trophy Room as it is possible to get. I hope that this album reaches a bigger audience than Slow Club did, Still have no idea what the fuck Laura Snapes in the Guardian was on about with her " . . . a million miles away from her old band's steady decent into Radio 2 pleasantries" line in her review of Compliments Please, Taylor's first solo outing as Self Esteem.

Monday, 11 March 2019

Monday's Long Song

I never really got into Beck, I liked a few things and of course bought Odelay, I'm sure it was compulsory back in 1996,  but I purchased the 12" of  Where It's At solely for the U.N.K.L.E. mix,  back in the mid 90s I was obsessed with all things Mo Wax so much so that I had every release from MX014, my introduction to MW069, after which I began to get a bit more selective and only bought the UNKLE releases on the label. Unfortunately I only have 12 left, all the others going in the great iPod funding sell off that still causes me cry every now and then but I digress and if I think about this any more I will only get really depressed.

The original of Where It's At is pretty good to be fair and was produced by the Dust Brothers but the U.N.K.L.E mix turns a three and a half minute slacker tune and turns it into a dark epic with some great beats and even better scratching. Talking about scratches, I can only apologise for the crackles on this, it was played a lot and possibly not treated as well as it should have been due to my lack of co-ordination when I had the urge to play this.

Beck - Where It's At (U.N.K.L.E remix)

Friday, 8 March 2019

It's Friday . . .Let's Dance

The East Village Loft Society were Ashley Beedle and Uschi Classen and they released a couple of singles, the first one I Wanna Sing Sunshine is my favourite. It is a typical piece of early nineties  House and none the worse for that. The 12" single contained 5 different mixes, the one that hits the spot for me is Boomshanka Message mix with its use of Maya Angelou reading her poem On The Pulse Of The Morning from President Clinton's inauguration.

Last week's much awaited home win for Airdrie was much welcomed.  An incredibly poor first half by both teams followed by  a nail-biting second period waiting for what we all believed to be the inevitable equaliser to cancel out Daryl Duffy's 47 minute opener but which thankfully for once failed to happen.  The team have played much better and fared worse this season but a win's a win and is something to build on, well it would have been if this week's game wasn't away to Kirkaldy to take on Raith Rovers who the Diamonds have yet to beat this season. Raith's form has not been great recently with only one win in the last 6 matches and they will be looking for a boost to try and get back to second spot in the table. Let's hope Airdrie can pull an away win out of the bag tomorrow.

Have a good weekend people.

The East Village Loft Society - I Wanna Sing Sunshine (The Message mix)

Thursday, 7 March 2019

You Don't Know

Ellie Greenwich is responsible for some of the greatest moments in pop music, there can be no dispute about this it is just a fact. Whether that be with her one time husband Jeff Barry and Phil Spector or later, on her own. She was also responsible for a single that inexplicably bombed in 1965.

Greenwich very rarely recorded here own material but in 1965 she released a single containing two absolutely sublime songs, the up tempo Baby which was later claimed by the northern soul scene and has therefore been bootlegged and is possible to get a hold of on vinyl. The other side, the heart wrenching You Don't Know on the other hand is only available these days on a couple of compilation albums as the original Red Bird single is impossible to find. Shadow Morton's production is nothing short of perfect on this song.

Ellie Greenwich - You Don't Know

Wednesday, 6 March 2019

My Love Grows Deeper

Clydie King, is probably best known, if at all, as a session singer for the likes of Joe Cocker,  The Rolling Stones or Bob Dylan. I first heard of her when I bought the excellent "What's Happening Stateside" compilation way back in 1987 where her duet with Jimmy Holliday, "Ready, Willing and Able" was included.

During the 60s she released a string of singles across the Speciality, Philips and Imperial labels. Possibly my favourite track, like many from this era is not the song that the label thought would be the more popular,  My Love Grows Deeper was the flip side of the 1965 release Missin' My Baby on Imperial, The vocals on the track sound as if they were recorded half way down a mine shaft which for me enhances the track which just oozes sensuality.

Clydie King - My Love Grows Deeper

Monday, 4 March 2019

Monday's Long Song

A couple of weeks ago I posted Cantaloop by US3 from their debut album, Hands On The Torch that liberally plundered the Blue Note back catalogue for samples. One of the other stand out tracks on the album, Riddim sampled the brilliant jazz guitarist Grant Green's interpretation of Don Convey's Sookie Sookie.  This version is from the 1970 released Alive album which is well worth picking up, it is also available on a rather good Blue Breakbeats compilation which will have you playing " where have I heard that before" for absolutely ages as Green has been sampled by loads of people including Public Enemy, Kendrick Lamar and Coldcut.

Grant Green - Sookie Sookie

Friday, 1 March 2019

It's Friday . . . Let's Dance

I've had the album, Versions,  that today's track comes from on quite a bit recently. The Idjut Boys are known for their dancefloor filing tracks but this album mostly goes in a different direction, more mellow ambient sound with quite a bit of dub, sure there are beats but they are lazy and more to get your head nodding than your feet moving. Kenny Dub Headband has a nagging piano refrain, courtesy of Bugge Wesseltoft,  and some marvellous finger clicking and hand claps. With all the echo and delay their seems to be plenty of space in the music. One to nod to perhaps rather than dance,

Who would support a third tier pish Scottish football team I find I constantly ask myself. Not people who want to keep their blood pressure under control or stay sane anyway. Airdrie were twice ahead against the league leaders last Saturday only to end up losing 3-2. Tomorrow the Diamonds take on Montrose who are sitting one place above in 5th place but 4 points ahead, so a win tomorrow won't see Airdrie climb the table but it would give us rather despondent supporters something of a lift, There have only been 4 home wins so far this season and none in 2019, Pretty pish state of affairs really.

Have a good weekend people.

Idjut Boys - Kenny Dub Headband

Thursday, 28 February 2019

Make Me Feel

Here's a rather good extended remix of one of my favourite tracks of last year. If this doesn't get you moving then I feel really sorry for you.

Nothing else to say really

Wednesday, 27 February 2019

You Had Me Fooled

The northern soul has been a bit thin on the ground around these parts of late a situation I intend to rectify in the coming weeks.

First up then is You Had Me Fooled the debut single from  Danny Wood, released on the Correc-Tone label in 1965 and you won't be surprised to learn that this record is from the Motor City. Wood later found fame when he joined Chairmen of The Board but not before releasing another 6 singles that failed to set the heather on fire at the time, Today a copy of You Had Me fooled, if you could find one would cost around £300.

Danny Woods - You Had Me Fooled

Monday, 25 February 2019

Monday's Long Song

Today's track was on the list of long songs to post, although it has been posted a couple of times previously. I didn't intend to post it today but in response to SA's posting of his and Lou Reed's favourite version of Sweet Jane. I thought that I would post mine, When I first posted this Uncle Dave commented that he had actually seen Lone Justice perform this live and Bonzo and the fud with the beanie had joined them on stage to  sing it. I am glad that I have never heard this version as I think it would taint this absolutely wonderful performance that was recorded for the Radio 1 In Concert series on 06/11/1986

Lone Justice - Sweet Jane 

Friday, 22 February 2019

It's Friday . . . Let's Dance

SA over at the Bagging Area was going on about Four Tet earlier in the week and today's track sprung to mind. Released, initially as a ridiculously limited 100 copy white label only available from Phonica in London in September 2017. A further run of 300 were released a couple of weeks later and I ended up at one point having three copies as I had ordered it from Piccadilly but when it didn't appear after a week I got a bit twitchy, so when in Monorail the following Saturday and seeing a copy in the racks I bought it as there was no way that I was going to be left without a copy of this absolute stonker of a piece of Garage House with a nagging refrain that gets lodged in your brain. Inevitably when I got home there was a brown cardboard package from Piccadilly waiting for me and when I opened my Monorail bag there were 2 copies of the 12" in the protective plastic sleeve. So from having no copy on Saturday morning I now had three copies. I did take one of the copies back in to Glasgow during the following week and I think that Stephen Pastel was a little incredulous when I handed it back informing him of his earlier mistake. I couldn't be arsed sending the copy back down to Manchester so I still have two copies.

I really can't face talking about the football. The performance last week was mostly pretty good , the Diamonds should have scored at least three goals, if you forget about the sheer comedy of errors below! Seriously watch it, if you see a bigger shambles of defending this season I will be surprised. The season is all but over, unless we keep losing and end up in a relegation battle. Tomorrow it's away to the League leaders Arbroath just the 25 points ahead of Airdrie still surprisingly in 6th spot.

Have a good weekend people.

KH - Question

Thursday, 21 February 2019

I Wish I Were That Girl

There are not many artists that could convey yearning and emotion more than Wendy Rene and it is an absolute travesty that this lady was not better known during here life time. Although she only released a handful of singles during her career, three as a solo artist at Stax and two earlier as a member of The Drapels they are all of top quality. Rene was supposed to be flying with Otis Redding, who gave her the stage name Rene, on the fateful flight in December 1967 when he, the pilot, four members off the Bar-Kays and another friend were killed when the plane crashed. The concert in Madison, Wisconsin was to be Rene's final for a while as she had a new child at the time but she never performed again deciding to retire from the music business completely after the tragic event.

I Wish I Were That Girl comes from a great compilation album, After Laughter Comes Tears that gathers together all the singles a sides, b sides and another 10 unreleased tracks which is definitely worth investing in.

Wendy Rene - I Wish I Were That Girl

Wednesday, 20 February 2019


I had forgotten how much I loved the first Us3 album until I dug it out the other week for a change. It was like a breath of fresh air, albeit fresh air that is twenty six years old (ffs!) but not at all fusty, I have played the album a few times since and when I decided to post something from it, it became increasingly difficult. There was a thing for jazz influenced hip-hop at this time  and this album is one of the best with it's extensive use of Blue Note samples, don't ask me what they all are, I'm no expert but according to everything I read at the time the tracks on Hand On The Torch is loaded with them. But I have gone for the first track which was also the first single, Cantaloop which liberally samples Herbie Hancock's 1964 track Cantaloupe Island. The single was released twice in the UK, first time round in 1992 hardly anybody noticed it the rerelease the following year saw it get to a respectable number 23 in the charts.

Us3 - Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia)

and the Herbie Hancock track