Tuesday, 2 September 2014
A few years ago I had a playlist entitled Boom boom boom cha! which seemed to grow by the week. The title refers to probably the most recognisable drum intro in pop music. I have often wondered if Hal Blaine is as proud of that intro as he should be and being a session musician I don't suppose that he has made a fortune out of it either. But it must feel damned good to hear something you did first being emulated for the next fifty years, although when you have played on over 35 000 pieces of music you must hear your drumming everywhere all the time!
I think that I had something like 25 tracks on the playlist before one of my iTunes crashes wiped it out and that was by no means a definitive list. So I thought that I would post some of my favourite tracks that, "borrow" the intro, I think that's I will have to limit myself otherwise this could go on for quite a while.
First up is probably the band that have used the beat the most times on one album at last three times on their debut album. The Reid brothers definitely wore their influences on their sleeves which was just great for a fifteen year old who had never heard The Velvet Underground, or the Stooges. I had however heard of the Ronettes and loved the music of Phil Spector which the Mary Chain made cool again, well in some quarters anyway. I would think that most people would cite Just Like Honey for the track that employs the drum beat to the best effect but also cut dead uses it but without the cha at the end. Sowing Seeds is basically the same song as Just Like Honey but I for one wasn't caring back in 1985, cos it wasn't Wham, Duran Duran or any of that pish.
The Jesus and Mary Chain - Sowing Seeds.
Monday, 1 September 2014
Let's kick the working week off with a classy piece of Detroit soul. I Need You Like A Baby was apparently originally recorded by Gigi and the Charmaines but I have never heard that version. Not sure that it would be any better than this one anyway. Andrea Henry's version was recorded and released on the MGM label in 1968 and an original copy would set you back upwards of 150 quid, however the good people at Outtasight repressed this in 2010 and you can pick up a copy from as little as a fiver on Discogs at the moment, well cheap if you ask me.
Andrea Henry - I Need You Like A Baby
Sunday, 31 August 2014
In celebration of the fact that there will be a new Aphex Twin album out soon, it may be absolutely awful, you never know, but it's the first album in thirteen years, I thought that I would pick something from Selected Ambient Works Vol II. It really could have been anything from this astounding album.
Aphex Twin - Hexagon
Friday, 29 August 2014
There has been a lot of Weatherall action over at the Bagging Area this week so I hope that I'm not stepping on Adam's toes here by posting this tune but I had it down for today after digging it out and playing it and it's companion piece about three times on the bounce last Friday night, I was in that kind of mood.
I think that we are all agreed that from his first remix of the Happy Mondays in 1989 until the end of 1993 Weatherall could do no wrong. After this time although I still bought anything that had his name tagged on to it I wasn't really digging everything that he did, I really didn't like the mix of Nowhere by Therapy, actually thinking about it now that is the only one I can think of at the moment. I was going to add the Two Lone Swordsman mixes of Texas but after listening to them earlier they are not quite as bad as I remembered, well as the saying goes "you can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear".
Everything Grooves pt 2 does exactly what it says in the title, it grooves along nicely for over ten minutes and is up there with some of the bearded one's best reinventions, long, laid back and dubby not really one for dancing to, although it is not impossible. Part 2 is probably the lesser known of the two mixes as it was only available on a promo double pack 12" whereas part 1 which has been posted before was available on the Ground Level 12", it's the version with that cracking wah wah guitar breakdown part way through.
This weekend I will be praying to the gods of football that we can get a home win, as at the moment we are back to where we were at this time last season, bottom of the league with nil points!
Have a good weekend people.
Stereo MC's - Everything Grooves (Part 2)
Thursday, 28 August 2014
From one Marxist group to another, although Stereolab weren't quite as in your face as Chris Dean. If you listen carefully to the lyrics or better still stick the song title and "lyrics" in a search engine you realise that they aren't on about copping off at the local Gallic Ritzy. I probably should be shot but I never really studied the lyrics in their songs, I was too busy digging the groovy music.
Stereolab - French Disko
Wednesday, 27 August 2014
I took the scooter into Glasgow the other day and during the ride in I started to reminisce about similar journeys into the town from early 1986 until about 1991 when I would invariably stop first at the Barras, then onto Mickey Oats, the Dick Turpin of the scooter sales and parts world and then onto "Flip Of Hollywood, to find a beat up pair of 501s, a "Bundeswehr" top of some description or another bowling shirt. Flip was my favourite shop in the whole world, packed full of 50s Americana, Zippo lighters, Ray Bans and other essential accessories for anybody trying for that James Dean, rebel without a clue look.
For about 5 years most of my wardrobe was bought out of this emporium, from my first pair of black Chuck Taylor Allstars to my last original Alpha Industries MA-1. But there was one item of clothing that I always coveted and that was the vintage Schott leather American Police Jacket. Alas, I never ever got my hands on one of these as on both occasions that I had the required folding money, they were about 175 quid then, they didn't have a jacket small enough for me. I wasn't always the size I am now, back then I was quite a skinny guy who had no chance of joining the polis in the States if the size of their cast off jackets was anything to go by. Instead of saving the money and waiting until the shop received another batch, both times I blew the cash on something else. One time on a black NYC Fire Dept jacket which I thought was as cool as fuck. The other on a reversible red and black anorak, must have been 1986/87, obviously, other gear and probably a few records.
Anyway as I was scooting along the Broomielaw on Monday I had a sudden crushing feeling of nostalgia and yearning to be back in the late 80s when life was much simpler.
For some reason when I listen to the Redskins I think of Flip and get a whiff of that musty smell which was particularly pungent down stairs. Strange really as the only Harrington that I ever owned I purchased from Dee's in the Trongate. Another essential shop for those involved in youth culture in the 80s but unlike Flip which finally closed in 2007 after having moved from Queen Street, Dee's is still going strong.
Redskins - Reds Strike The Blues
Monday, 25 August 2014
You know when you get a snippet of a song lodged in your brain and it just keeps on repeating as if on a loop and the more you try and pin down the track the more confused and frustrated you get? Well that happened to me on Friday night. I had this minute bit of a track in my head and couldn't dislodge it. I had a feeling it was mid sixties soul, incredibly smooth with a lush arrangement but for the life of me I couldn't identify it. I knew that it wasn't obscure that it was by one of the big male stars or vocal groups. At first I thought that it might be a Marvin song but quite quickly ruled that out, it wasn't the Four Tops or the Temptations. Something made me think of Smokey Robinson, so I checked through all of the stuff I have by him but no title rang a bell but I was sure that it was something to do with him and wracked my brain, eventually I came up with the words "I'm a lucky boy, you're my pride and joy. Which I duly typed into Google and lo and behold the search came back with "My Love Is Your Love (Forever)" by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles. I clicked on the Youtube link and yuk, this was the song alright but way too fast, no subtlety and horrible drums. This wasn't the version in my head but with one more search and one clicking on the link there it was, The Isley Brothers, of course it was! So back to my iTunes and there it was track two on Richard Searling's first volume of "Tamla Motown Connoisseurs" released back in 2001.
"My Love Is Your Love (Forever)" was written by the young Stevie Wonder and Ivy Jo Hunter. It was recorded by The Isley Brothers in 1967 and was incredibly shelved by the powers that be at Motown it is quite amazing the amount of absolute crackers that were deemed not good enough by the label! It was finally released in 1972 on a Dutch compilation album! Nowadays it is quite easy to pick up a white label boot copy and it was pressed up and released last year as part of the Motown 7s Box Set volume 1 which I was going to buy until I heard all off the bad reviews about pressing quality and missing singles. I did buy Volume 2 which is excellent and as a result I may buy a copy of the first set if I ever find myself with a spare fifty quid. But I digress, just listen to this, this Bank Holiday Monday (if living in the UK) and if it doesn't brighten up your day, well there really is no hope for you.
The Isley Brothers - My Love Is Your Love (Forever)
Sunday, 24 August 2014
Last night Lynn had the "girls" round for a Caribbean themed sort of Come Dine With Me night which featured loads of scotch bonnet chilies, mangoes, coconut, black eyed peas and rum, lots of rum. Rum, mixed with mint, combined with Guinness & condensed milk and also straight with lime, sometimes in the same glass. I offered to make a dub playlist which was declined politely with the words "fuck off, we want some music that at least we will know., so I gave her a couple of reggae compilations to put on the cd player and went away in a huff, feeling superior, granted but still in a huff. So in honour of last night's festivities here is a track that would have made it on to the playlist.
George Faith - Have Some Mercy (Full version)
Friday, 22 August 2014
Today's track is a fairly recent release, well in this series anyway as it comes from 2010. Anybody who knows anything about the dance scene in Scotland, know who Slam are, so I'm not going to go into detail and besides I don't have the time to be honest. Suffice to say they have been producing the goods on vinyl, live and Djing since the late 80s and as July's Rotary shows they are still releasing quality techno productions to this day.
Room 2 was released of Slam's Soma offshoot Paragraph and was remixed by Pan-Pot, Berlin based DJs and producers.
Have a good weekend people.
Slam - Room2 (Pan-Pot Rave Tool)
Thursday, 21 August 2014
No, not the final song from Lloyd Cole and The Commotions second album, Easy Pieces but the final song from my favourite Wedding Present album, Take Fountain. There is not much more I can add to what I have already said about Mr Gedge and his band and I'm not sure what it is about this album that makes me come back to it more than any of the others, I just don't think that there is a duff note, never mind song on it and also the lyrics are probably the best he has ever written. If you don't already know this album then you really should sort yourself out.
The Wedding Present - Perfect Blue
Wednesday, 20 August 2014
Another cover version today but a completely different beast from yesterday's. Loop's version of Mother Sky was the first version I heard and until Pilooski's re-edit of the original it was probably my favourite. Released in 1988 on the b-side of the Black Sun 12". I think that I played it continually for about a week and then tried to seek out some Can who I was vaguely aware of but not enough to investigate until I heard this.
Loop - Mother Sky
Tuesday, 19 August 2014
Eddie Hinton was partly responsible for the sound of some of the best tunes of the late 60s and early 70s, although very few will recognise the name but as a session musician and member of the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section he worked with the likes of Aretha Franklin, Dusty Springfield and Toots and The Maytals to name but three. He was also an artist in his own right, releasing four albums before his untimely death, as is often the way in the music business, at the age of 51 in 1995. His best known song is probably Breakfast In Bed first recorded by Dusty on Dusty In Memphis but covered by quite a few other artists and Nicole Sherzinger!
In 1999 Shake It Records in Cincinnati released a series of 7" singles of cover versions of Hinton's songs by people who he had influenced entitled "Dangerous Highway"Today's track comes from Volume 1. Greg Dulli always good with a cover version, gives it his all on this track.
"A scene that always sticks in my mind is Dylan on the back porch of Muscle Shoals studio, trading licks on acoustic guitar with Eddie Hinton. They buddied up and for a while were inseparable. How strange and wonderful to remember Bob Dylan and Eddie Hinton as soul brothers - two poets, one renowned, the other known only to a few friends, neighbours and fans, both riveting artists, both brilliant." - Jerry Wexlar
Greg Dulli - Hard Luck Guy
Monday, 18 August 2014
Joy Lovejoy - In Orbit
Sunday, 17 August 2014
I keep coming back to the work of Kenny Anderson on Sundays for the simple reason that his music, lyrics and voice mellow me out without the aid of drink or other things more than probably any other artist I know. Take, Your Young Voice for example with it's two lines of lyric repeated over and over, it could be extended to over twice it's length and I still would not get bored of it, there is something beguiling about it for me. It also has a tendency to make my eyes go a wee bit blurry and produce a lump in my throat. What more do you need on a Sunday.
King Creosote and Jon Hopkins - Your Young Voice