Friday, 31 July 2015

It's Friday . . . Let's Dance



Back with another tune that soundtracked the C4 documentary, A Short Film About Chilling. I think that 1990 was probably my most wasted year. I didn't go to Ibiza or anywhere more exotic than Aberdeen I think but we did have some brilliant nights in Glasgow, which was the European City Of Culture that year and the clubs were open all night. Weatherall's dubbed out remix of Only Love Can Break Your Heart  was the opening track on the programme and is probably in  my top ten Weatherall mixes ever, in fact three of my top ten are featured in ASFAC. As Frank Sinatra once said,  it was a very good year.

Have a good weekend people.

We are off to Machrihanish for a week tomorrow, so nothing to see here until next Sunday.

St Etienne - Only Love Can Break Your Heart (A Mix of Two Halves)

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Or Am I Just A Mainstream Kind Of Guy?



I've got to admit I own more Sonic Youth albums than I like, some of which have been played only a few times and for someone who likes feedback and noise as much as the next I have often wondered what it is that puts me off albums like Sisters, Washing Machine and others which invariable leads me to sitting down and listening to these albums or as much of them as I can until I need to listen to something else, less abrasive, more melodic. I have never been able to come up with an explanation and maybe I should stop looking for one and just concentrate on the stuff that I do like. One such album is 2006's Rather Ripped. It has been said that this is one of the band's most accessable albums, a collection of "rockers and ballads" and a "radio rock album" and maybe that's what it is, I really am a mainstream kind of guy. It is the album I listen to most and genuinely enjoy listening to, The track I have posted is the final track on the US version of the album and probably fall s in to the ballads category and has a guitar line that is very reminiscent of The End.

Sonic Youth - Or 

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Marjorca



Majorca is another Balearic isle that I've never been to. Not sure it's as popular with UK holiday goers these days as it was when the Bard of Salford wrote this. Does Double Diamond still exist?Funnily enough I was pondering the same question regarding McEwan's lager the other day as I don't recall seeing it recently, it was pish anyway and only really popular with one half  of the old firm up here I think.

John Cooper Clarke - Marjorca

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Vintage Trouble



I stumbled across this the other week and liked it enough to order the track on 7" single. Apparently the band appeared on Later With That Irritating Smug Git a couple of years ago, not sure if he forced his "boogie woogie " piano playing on the band. They have recently been on tour supporting AC/DC. From the little digging I have done, it would seem that the singer Ty Taylor has toured with loads of people including Macy Gray and The Who amongst others. There is a clip on Youtube with him duetting with Paloma Faith on a rather overblown version of I'd Rather Go Blind. Never listened to her before, she can fairly belt out a tune,

The video apparently features Carmit Bachar. I had no idea who she was and so did the necessary,  to find out she was a Pussycat Doll, whatever one of them may be but I am sure that they are of no interest to the middle aged Mae that read this blog.

Monday, 27 July 2015

I Must Be Doing Something Right.



Today's fine slice of funky soul from the late 60s comes from Irene Reid who is better known for her Jazz singing with the likes of Count Basie's orchestra in the early 60s, She was from Savannah, Georgia and recorded for Verve, and MGM and that's about all I know about her. She has appeared here before a couple of years ago with Everyday I Have The Blues.

Irene Reid - I Must Be Doing Something Right.

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Mellow Sunday



It's L's birthday today, happy birthday doll. We were out last night so are probably a bit delicate this morning. Here is a lovely cover version that I think is far superior to the original and I love that.

Nouvelle Vague - I Melt With You

Friday, 24 July 2015

It's Friday . . . Let's Dance



Like SA i have been listening to a lot of stuff from 1990, however all of the sounds emanating from my turntable have been dance tunes. The choice of the tunes has been highly influenced by the urge a couple of weeks ago to watch A Short Film About Chilling, possibly to off set the pish weather we are having here at the moment. Summer! don't make me laugh, but I digress. Those of you not familiar with this short Channel 4 documentary about the British DJs and artists who went over to Ibiza in 1990 will be able to find it on Youtube. Never having been to Ibiza myself I'm not sure how representative the programme was of the white isle at the time but I suspect that only a couple of years later it would have been unrecognisable to those who went in 1990 and before. The soundtrack is rather brilliant, all Bocca Junior's, the Grid, AMCA and such like. The track posted features heavily in the programme in its instrumental mix. Joy & Heartbreak is one of the few Paul Oakenfold records that I really rate. It is said that with Movement 98 the DJ was trying to lower the bpms at the time. Not sure why as I don't think that they were particularly furious, nothing like they would get a couple of years later. The song is built around the melody of Les Trois Gymnopedie by Erik Satie,

Have a good weekend people. It's L's birthday on Sunday so I will be taking her out on the town on Saturday, well dinner and if she's lucky a couple of drinks.

If you watch the film on Youtube, check out the nick of Orde Meikle, totally sparkled.

Movement 98 - Joy and Heartbreak (The Raid Mix)

* Just thinking I may feature the tracks from A Short Film About Chilling in the weeks to come in this slot.

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Hey Jane



I haven't posted any Spiritualized for a while, so here is one of the outstanding tracks from the last album, Sweet Heart, Sweet Light released in 2012. By my reckoning it's about time that the Spaceman released a new album. This was also the first single from the album which had a truely disturbing video to accompany it.

Spiritualized - Hey Jane

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Geek Love



This track has been posted before and will probably be posted again. It is a track that I never tire of listening to, in fact usually when I dig it out and put it on the turn table it usually gets spun two or three times on the bounce. The last time I posted this stevoid commented . " A genuinely strange (but) great record, you just don't get records like this anymore - even slightly odd tunes these days seem a bit contrived".

Bang Bang Machine  - Geek Love

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Not Everthing Goth was Pish



I may have mentioned once or twice on these pages my utter contempt for Goths and all that woes me moping about that they did. I will however admit that there were one or two decent records released that were tagged as being Goth, the one posted today is probably the best in my opinion. I was never really a big fan of Bauhaus, I did by the second and third albums but never really got them.

Bauhaus - Bela Lugosi's Dead

Monday, 20 July 2015

Donny Does Northern



Not for download, sorry as this is a recent release on Richard Searling's Go Ahead label. This was a previously unreleased cut from 1968 when Hathaway was recording in Chicago for the likes of Curtom. Once again I am astounded that this was discarded as it is an absolute stormer of a track. The b-side is equally as good.

You can purchase the single here

Donny Hathaway - Don't Turn Away

Sunday, 19 July 2015

Mellow Sunday



I was at an 18th birthday party last night.  Christ,  I felt old! I had an extremely interesting conversation with a very vociferous girl on the merits of Led Zeppelin and Jack White she also informed me that there was no authenticity or soul in Country music.

My head hurts!

Kacey Musgraves - It Is What It Is

Friday, 17 July 2015

It's Friday . . . Let's Dance



Today's posting is a re-post from the very early days of the blog April 2009 as I haven't had a chance to think of anything for today, Back then it  wasn't a It's Friday  . .  Let's Dance post .

Have a good weekend people.

By 1990 the acid house party was well and truly over what with the adverse publicity, the hounding of promoters and the fact that every single seemed to come with an acid house remix, stick a couple of wobbly 303 sounds on your record and you were sorted.

Dance music, however was going from strength to strength. It seemed to be fragmenting into dozens of sub genres,a new one created every week or so, this record responsible for one of those. Then there was indie dance, dance music that the NME and thousands of students could identify with as it still had guitars. Every white rock band seemed to name drop influential dance producers and state in interviews that there had always been a dance element to their music or some such shit.

I first heard Testone in the early hours one Sunday morning. When it was dropped, I remember that it stopped me in my tracks, one of those "what the fuck is that!" moments, as I hadn't heard anything quite like before. If my memory serves me right (which is debatable, as a lot of the details around this period are hazy) I wasn't the only one, I think that half of the club were motionless with a mixture of bafflement and awe on their faces, Bleep Techno had been born.

All of Sunday and for much of the next week I couldn't get the track out of my head and would go on and on about this amazing tune that I had heard to anyone that would listen, I really am quite a boring git. When I eventually got hold of the track and played it to a couple of friends all they could say is "is that it?". As I've said before some people just didn't get it.

Testone was released on the Sheffield based label Warp, in my view the most influential and innovative of all the UK techno labels. It was a collaboration between Richard H Kirk of Cabaret Voltaire and DJ Parrot and took their name from the title of a 70s Curtis Mayfield album.

Sweet Exorcist - Testone

I have also included the video for the track below which was directed by Jarvis Cocker, no less.

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

No Hard Feelings



I'm really loving the lp No Hard Feelings by New Street Adventure which was released on Acid Jazz last year. There is not a duff track on the album. It has a real 80s Mod feel about it, so it's rather strange that I am feeling it so much as I wasn't all that enthused by much of the mod revival stuff when it came out in the early to mid 80s.

This album along with Wonderlust by Kid Wave and Jamie xx's In Colour are sound tracking my summer quite nicely.

I'm off to Belfast, getting up at stupid o'clock so nothing more until Friiday

New Street Adventure - Keep It Burning