Friday, 21 November 2014

It's Friday . . . Let's Dance



One of the few things I like about this time of the year is the apples. Not any apples, no but shiny, red/green, soft, tart Macintosh Reds. One of the only fruits that still appear to be seasonal, well up here in Scotland we only get them from about October to end of December and only in Morrison's; when I was a kid they were exclusive to Safeway, I liked Safeway, there were always things in there you couldn't get anywhere else. I think that Mac Reds are unique in being the only food stuff that has not shrunk or altered in taste and texture since I was wee and therefore never disappoint.

"What the fuck have apples got to do with dance music?" I hear you ask. Well nothing really apart from the fact that Leo and I were extolling the virtues of these glorious apples at the football last Saturday, well it was more interesting than watching the pish that was going on on the park and the phrase "A juicy red apple is nice, but not every apple is red" popped into my head and has subsequently been lodged there ever since. So in order to expunge this, it was up to the cupboard to find one of my more incongruous purchases of 1992. Not being a great fan of breakbeat Rave I'm not quite sure why I bought this record and I also have no idea what I did with it, as I couldn't find it anywhere. So to the internet and there it was. I believe that it is my duty to share and therefore I present for your delectation the annoying earworm in all it's glory. No need to thank me.

You know what?  It's not as bad as I thought it was.

Have a good weekend people.

Skin Up - A Juicy Red Apple Is Nice (Sweet mix)

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Jimmy Ruffin 1939 - 2014



Go easy Jimmy

Jimmy Ruffin - He Who Picks A Rose

Denmark's Best Export Apart From Lurpak



It has been a couple of years since the Raveonettes last showed up in Glasgow and it doesn't look like there is any chance of them returning this side of new year. Funnily enough I got the new album Pe'ahi a couple of months back but have only given it a casual listen, once so have no opinion on if it's any good or not but that doesn't matter as live the songs are always much better than they are on vinyl. Here's a track from their first proper album, Chain Gang Of Love,  which is probably still the one I listen to most.

The Raveonettes - Remember 

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Short But Sweet



If you look down the right hand side of the page under my blog list you will see "Derek's Daily 45" blog listed, which is an excellent source of Soul and R&B tunes. Although the blog is no longer daily, Derek still posts wee gems now and again.

Derek who is a dj and musician was the guitarist in the now sadly disbanded Bang Girl Group Revue. They did however release one rather good album and three singles. Although the group's sound is firmly rooted in the 60s Girl Group sound it does not sound dated at all and rattles on at some pace.  "You Better Watch Out" is one of my favourite tracks from the album.

The Bang Girl Group Review - You Better Watch Out

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Right Now



Today's song is probably best know by people my age in it's 1983 interpretation by Siouxsie and Budgie as the Creatures which reached number 14 in the UK charts. I am told that there is a version by the Pussycat Dolls but thankfully I have not heard that one.

The tune was written twenty one years prior to the Creatures version by Herbie Mann and was originally an instrumental with lyrics added later that same year by Carl Sigman and became a hit for Mel Torme. The version posted is from 1969 and was included in Salena Jones album The Moment of Truth. I'm not quite sure whether I prefer this to Siouxsie's version or not but it is a cracking song.

Salena Jones - Right Now

Monday, 17 November 2014

Leaving Here



Here is a song that for years I only knew from the Motorhead version which I first heard on the On Parole album with a live version on the Golden Years ep. Back then I didn't check the credits on the record as I wasn't in the slightest bit interested and as a ten year old I didn't have a scooby who Holland-Dozier- Holland were anyway.  The Motorhead take isn't a million miles away from the original give or take the odd guitar solo and Lemmy's growl.

My favourite version of the song used to be the Jimmy Hanna one but over the past year or so I have been playing the original Eddie Holland cut on Motown from 1963 a lot more.

Eddie Holland - Leaving Here 

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Mellow Sunday



How about a bit of Spacemen 3 to make you feel all warm and fuzzy on the sabbath. the only problem with this track is it's way to short if it had been extended to about ten minutes or so it would be just about perfect. I was tempted to post the whole of the new Jon Hopkins Asleep versions 12" as it is quite, quite beautiful but instead I implore you all to go out and purchase it.  It is also available on cd and probably download but why you would want to buy something you can't hold is beyond me. Trust me, you will not regret it.

Spacemen3 - Just To See You Smile (Orchestral mix)

Friday, 14 November 2014

It's Friday . . . Let's Dance



I've got a stinking cold and am not in the best of moods at the moment, so something that makes me think of warmer climes is the order of the day. I suppose I should have posted this a few weeks ago when SA was doing his Balearic week over at the Bagging Area.

This is another of those times when the b-side of a Saint Etienne single is far better than the flip, well only the second time now I come to think of it the other time being People Get Real which was far superior to Join Our Club, for me anyway. But then again that was a double a side. So really this is the only example I have of the b-side being better.

I never really liked Nothing Can Stop Us, not sure what it was about it but I just could never take to it. However Speedwell, I fell for straight away, the original  but even more so the flying mix.  It just totally fit in with the vibe of 1991 along with Orchestra JB and the original mix of Fallen. These were the kinds of thing that I couldn't get enough of at the time and still hit the spot.

My weekend is now going to be spent trying to locate that "Ibiza" tape from back in 1991 that had all of those tunes on it or try to re-create it.

Have a good weekend people.

St Etienne - Speedwell (Flying mix)

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Her Life Was Saved By Rock and Roll



A week or so ago JC posted over at the Vinyl Villian that he never really got into the Velvet Underground which he had told me before so it was news. When he first told me this I was quite surprised as a lot of the stuff that he does like reference the Velvets in one way or another but each to their own.

In the comments to JC's post there was a clear consensus that the man really needed to listen to Live 1969 which in my opinion is probably the finest live album I have ever heard even after accounting for the less than perfect sound quality. I have read in many places that these recordings from Dallas and San Francisco showcase the band at the pinnacle of their powers and I would not disagree. I own quite a few bootlegs of the band performing live of varying quality and for me the recording of the shows at the End of Cole Avenue are the best.

So for JC here are two prime examples from that album

Rock and Roll

What Goes On

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Amen Brother



Today's track contains probably one of the most sampled six seconds of drumming on it that has even been give it's own name the "amen break" which can be found on everything from early hip-hop and electro to a thousand drum and bass records, it has even been used by Oasis and Nine Inch Nails.

The original track Amen Brother was released in 1969 and was the flip of Color Him Father. Putting aside the drum sample which has furthered the career of hundreds of electronic artists from the 80s onwards The Winstons in Amen Brother produced a funky as fuck track which deserved not only to be a single in it's own right but also to have been a hit.

If you get a chance check out Portishead's Essential Mix where the track is used to great effect sandwiched between Spreadin' Honey and the Theme From Space 1999.

The Winstons - Amen, Brother

Monday, 10 November 2014

Pressure



I have never really taken to modern soul, especially the 80s/90s stuff. It was all a bit too slick, overproduced and shiny for me. But every now and again a track came along that grabbed me and today's track is one of those.

In 1994 soul wasn't top of my listening list. At that time I was listening to mainly dance music from labels like Sabres of Paradise, Junior Boy's Own,  Mo Wax and the like. I would still dip into the  northern soul from time to time but I wasn't actively seeking out or buying any. I did take notice when I heard Pressure by Driza Bone and as was my want at the time I bought the 12" single with it's myriad of mixes none of which are any better than the edit that was available on the 7" really, which is really quite hard to get a hold of these days for some reason where is a copy on ebay at the moment with a starting price of 35 quid! Not sure why, as the single must have been manufactured in a decent number. It has even been been bootlegged as can be seen in the picture above, with a Clyde McPhatter track on the flip. Anyway it's a damn fine tune for all it's smoothness and slick production.

Driza Bone - Pressure


Sunday, 9 November 2014

Friday, 7 November 2014

It's Friday . . . Let's Dance



Let's go back to the time of Prog, no not over educated student types singing about lawn mowers while wearing ridiculous costumes playing vast stadiums. No back to an age when leather trousers, long hair and biker boots were thought to be acceptable in clubs and everybody looked like idiots with those huge grins that meant when you woke up your face would be aching.

I think I may have mentioned before that I loved progressive house, the stretched out dubby bass heavy grooves. Anything on labels such Guerilla, Cowboy and Boy's Own were essential purchases.

Today's track is a monster that just builds and builds and was regularly dropped by Sasha at Renaissance. Released on Cowboy Records in 1992 by the Aloof responsible for a couple of my favouite tunes of the period with Never Get Out The Boat and One Night Stand. The version of On A Mission posted is the remix by the Flying dj Fabio Paras.

Have a good weekend people. I will be hoping for a home win tomorrow which will see is leapfrog Stenhousemuir making us third from bottom!

The Aloof - On A Mission (Fabio Paras remix)

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Love Is A Wonderful Colour



I had forgotten just how joyous intro Love Is A Wonderful Colour has. I put it on the other week and was transported back to the Grammar and Friday night YM discos, the air thick with the threat of violence and the stench of under age drink induced vomit. Happy days to be sure.

To these ears this classic song from 1983 doesn't sound dated but to fourteen year old today it probably sounds as ancient as Elvis did to me back then, so they are in for a treat when they finally discover this and the likes of the Mighty Wah and the Bunnymen when they are in their twenties.

Icicle Works - Love Is A Wonderful Colour