Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Not Another Remix Of Limit To Your Love, You Say



Last week Acid Ted posted a couple of remixes of Limit To Your Love by James Blake and I commented that I had ben totally underwhelmed by what I had heard. That was until I heard today's track but I think that my liking for this track has more to do with the freshness of the remix rather than the source material

Dauwd is a young producer/chef from Wales who has recently signed to Pictures Music, alongside Koreless and his debut single released a couple of weeks and effortlessly made it's way into The Tracks Of My Year. I posted one of the tracks on side two on Sunday and will be avidly looking out for further releases.

James Blake - Limit To Your Love (Dauwd remix)

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Celebrate, What's To Celebrate?



I'm off down to Luton for a few days to "celebrate success" and look to the future. The thing is I'm not really in the mood to celebrate success when I know that by the 23rd of December the office that I worked in for a good few years and many highly competent, professional and knowledgeable people will no longer be there and will no longer be on the end of the phone or just an email away with their expertise and support.

Management just don't get it.  They think that one day we can reflect upon all the successes and the very next say that's the end of that and just get on to the tasks at hand.

I for one am not like that, it will be quite a while before I will be ready to move on. I am not, as they say in management speak, change averse, I just don't like to see good people cast aside while within the leadership  some make themselves indispensable while others have spent the last god knows how long positioning themselves and schmoozing so that they are alright, thank you very much.

On the same day as I will be "celebrating" success, millions of others will be on strike to keep their pension rights.  Credit where credit's due, the government and the right wing press have done a brilliant job in polarising the workforce into public and private sector employees.  What we need to do is stick together against the Coalition and all of those companies using the excuse of the recession to cut their workforce to the bone or transfer the work overseas in order to keep the EPS high and to support each other in the fight for a fair return at the end of our working days, irrespective of whether that was for the public of private sector.

Iggy Pop - Success

Monday, 28 November 2011

Good Rockin'



While looking through some vinyl yesterday I came across Good Rockin' by Rocking Dopsie and the Cajun Twisters. I hadn't played this album in years so put it on and was delighted to find out that it sounded as good yesterday as it did when I first bought it, over twenty years ago on the recommendation of Big Boab.

Rocking Dopsie And The Cajun Twisters - Look Out Mr Heartache

Sunday, 27 November 2011

Friday, 25 November 2011

Friday Night Pass



It is nearly as rare as meeting a fellow blogger down in the smoke for a few pints and sorting out the whole of pop music but it has happened, me and my mate have finally been able to obtain Friday night passes at the same time.

In honour of the occasion it has been necessary to move Sturdy Girl from the sidelines to her rightful place on a Friday night.

Sorry that the tune has been used before, but I have surprisingly  few beer related songs on my hard drive. I do have a good one I am keeping under wraps for late next month.

N.W.A. - 8 Ball

It's Friday . . . Let's Dance



I've had a week in Scotland for a change, no stupid o'clock flight's, long train journeys or value depreciating car journeys. Would like to say that I'm all the better for it but I feel as if I've been slacking somehow.

Today's track comes from 1993, contains a sample from a Primal Scream song and was released on the Bosting label and that is about all I know about it. You can go look it up on the internet if you're so inclined but my association with Mother begins and ends here.

Have a good weekend people.

Mother - All Funked Up (Mother's Pride mix)

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Say Something Nice To Me



 This popped through my door today. At last I have it on 7".

As with Saturday's post, file under Pure Class.

Bobby Kline - Say Something Nice To Me

Love Is Like An Itching In My Heart



Here is a brilliant bit of what would you say, mainstream soul, I think I will stay clear of the P word.

This Holland-Dozzier-Holland composition was recorded in 1965 and released the following year when it reached number 9 in the Billboard charts joining the select club of Supremes songs penned by that illustious trio which didn't get to number one. For me it is right up there with the best and is probably the single I play most, either that or Come See About Me.

The Supremes - Love Is Like An Itching In My Heart

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

My Sugar Baby



Right, let's get back on track after yesterday's little excursion into the universe of Dr Alex P and back to the soul and a track that I can't believe that I haven't posted before as it is one of my all time favourite northern tracks, guaranteed to get shoes a shuffling and hips a moving.

If you find My Sugar Baby rather similar to the all time number one northern and most expensive single ever, Do I Love You (Indeed I Do), it may not surprise you that it was written and produced by the Legend that is Frank Wilson. There is a version recorded by Wilson himself, available on A Cellarful of Motown, however I prefer the version posted here by Connie Clark and released on the Joker Records label.

Connie went on to record for Motown under her real name Chris Clark and did a version of Do I Love which is also rather fine. She was one of the few white female vocalists signed to the Motown label and started off recording for the subsidiary label VIP for which she released three singles before recording for Motown proper where she recorded a single From Head To Toe and two albums which are good but none of which hit the peaks of My Sugar Baby or Do I Love You. Once her recording career finished Clark stayed with Motown and worked in a managerial capacity for the label.

Connie Clark - My Sugar Baby

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Majestic



On the long journey up the road on Friday while making the resolution of never drinking with Davy H on a school night ever again, I was looking for something mellow to play and decided upon the Orb. Recently whenever I have reached for the Orb it has been Adventures, or Baghdad Batteries. I felt that the former was rather too cliched for this situation and well,  Baghdad Batteries had too many beats for my head to contend with at that time.

I decided to opt for U.F.Orb which I realised I hadn't played for a long time, if you discount the full version of The Blue Room or the Mad Professor's mix of Towers Of Dub,  both of which get dusted down every month or so. I started to ponder why this was as I immersed myself in the soundscape that is O.O.B.E.and in no time at all I began to feel human again, the combination of the sounds of Dr Alex and Thrash and the second gin and tonic doing the trick nicely. By the time Majestic began to pound through my headphones I had resolved to play this criminally overlooked album much more often.

I remember seeing "The Orb is not just for Christmas" written somewhere, never a truer statement.

The Orb - Majestic

Monday, 21 November 2011

Baby Don't You Weep



I have been on a bit of a northern tip this weekend. Maybe I'm trying to cleanse my mind of all of those suggestions of Norman Greenbaum, T Rex, Haircut 100 and the rest over at Davy H's bit. Or maybe I am just in the mood for an all nighter or weekender as I have recently been reminiscing about the Togetherness Weekender's at the Cala Grand Holiday Park in Fleetwood. Those were the days.

Let's start off the week with an always in demand track, Baby Don't You Weep by Edward Hamilton and the Arabians which is an absolute belter, released in the states on the Mary Jane label out of Detroit and over here much later in 1980 on Grapevine. It was recently re released by Outa Sight on a label which is virtually identical to the original.

Listen and see if all remnants of Sugar Sugar are now expunged from your mind.

Edward Hamilton and The Arabians - Baby Don't You Weep

Sunday, 20 November 2011

Baby Please Don't Go



Here is something a bit special, courtesy of those wonderful crate diggers at Jazzmann Records.

Rose Mitchell's version of Baby Please Don't Go was the first release on Jazzman's Juke Box Jam series and I can't think of a better track. This, in my opinion is the best version of this oft covered r n b standard. What an amazing vocal delivery and those handclaps really set the whole thing off.

Unfortunately, I missed out on the 7" release but got a second chance when the label rereleased it on a wonderful 10" single in the stylee of an old 78 and backed by two further renditions of the track by Jo Ann Henderson and Big Maybelle both of which are wonderful but not quite the same league as this one.


Rose Mitchell - Baby Please Don't Go

Saturday, 19 November 2011

The Stunners



With the controversy still raging over at Mr H's, the only thing for certain is that Davy no longer qualifies for membership in the "This Blog Continues To Decline Foundation For Middle Aged Men" so it is with a heavy heart that I hereby revoke said membership.

Oh and while we are on the subject of classification, just file today's track under, class,  sheer class.

The Stunners - Nobody But Me

Friday, 18 November 2011

It's Friday . . . Let's Dance



While you are reading this I will be letting the train take the strain getting the 16:57 from Euston back to civilisation.

I had totally forgotten about today's track until I was scrolling through the posts on Pure Club Classics when I came across a posting for the Brothers in Rhythm remix of Here Comes The Rain Again which I remembered being rather good.

I'm sure that the first time that I heard this was on the radio during a Brothers In Rhythm mix on Pete Tong's Essential mix. I remember trying to hunt the track down only to find out that it was only available as one of the Remix Culture releases from DMC which were exclusively available to DJs and therefore rarer than hobby horse shit.

Anyway, after down loading the track from Pure Club Classics and finding that it has aged quite well I decided to see if I could find a copy on Discogs. After clicking on to what has to be the best and for me probably the costliest website I have as a bookmark I found out that it was actually part of a double pack 12" with other remixes of the likes of Salt n Pepa and Degrees Of Motion. There was a quite reasonably priced copy for sale so I decided to take a punt on it. When it arrived, as I suspected none of the other tracks were as good as Eurythmics remix but I think I still got a pretty good deal as it was worth it for the Brothers in Rhythm mix alone.

Have a good weekend people.

The Eurythmics - Here Comes The Rain Again (The Big Brothers Annual Outing)

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Lazy Week pt 4



Up until a couple of years ago I was under the impression that today's track was a Cramps original. With a title like Goo Goo Muck, I thought that it had to come from the demented minds of Lux and Ivy.

How wrong I was, not only was it not an original but it was first recorded in 1962 by Ronnie Cook and the Gaylads.

Ronnie Cook and The Gaylads - Goo Goo Muck

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Lazy Week pt3



The Fall have picked some songs to cover which at first glance induce a shudder of absolute incredulity, for example Black Night by Deep Purple, sometimes they work wonderfully as in the sublime cover of Lost In Music at other times the work less well and today's choice of tune should definitely be included in the later category, suffice to say it isn't one of the group's finest moments.

I have no idea what  possessed Smith to cover Houston by Dean Martin, maybe he felt an affinity with the Hollywood star as Martin was also a bit of a jakey but I can find no details anywhere of  Dino being a gutless, robbing bastard, so that's just conjecture on my part.

Houston was released as a single in 1965 as a single and was produced by the great Lee Hazelwood.

Dean Martin - Houston

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Lazy Week pt 2



Well at least the performance review is over for another 6 months. I have no idea whether I am where I should be or not and anyway it's all arbitrary as there is a curve to follow and we can't have too many people doing well as that wouldn't fit in with whoever's bullshit theory the curve was, I'm sure I could find out if I really gave a toss. That's not to say I don't give a shit about my work, it's just all the bullshit that I can't be doing with.

Anyway,  back to the important stuff, Surfin' Bird is probably the maddest song ever and one that always puts a smile on my face. The song itself, borrows heavily from Papa Oom Mow Mow by The Rivingtons. It was released in 1963 in the US and got to number two. Apparently it was re released over here in 2009 and was also used in a campaign for stopping the last cack factor winner getting to number 1 last year. Both of which I was oblivious about.

The Cramps version was produced by Alex Chilton and was released in 1978. However the first version I ever remember hearing was the Ramones version which was on their third album Rocket To Russia.

The Trashmen - Surfin' Bird

Monday, 14 November 2011

Lazy Week pt 1



Right, I have a really shit week ahead.

End of year review today and three days in the smoke to look forward to. So I have decided to do a week of original songs that were either covered by the Cramps or The Fall, two of the most plagiaristic bands in my collection, indeed a couple of this weeks track will have been covered by both. Both bands however put their own inimitable slant on anything they cover.

First up we have Strychnine by the Sonics and released on their 1965 album Here Are The Sonics, the track was also included on the seminal Nuggets compilation of 60s US Garage bands.

This was also the last track that waste of space and fuck-wit Smith sung from the stage the other Thursday in Edinburgh. The Fall's version can be found on The Complete Peel Sessions and various live things. The Cramps version appears on Songs The Lord Taught Us.

The Sonics - Strychnine

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Crimson & Clover



Prince's version of this came on the mp3 player on Thursday during my long journey up the road from Nottingham when I rashly opted to drive rather than wait the three hours for my flight home.

I think that Joan Jett's versdion is my favourite,  just a baw hair in front of the original by Tommy James and The Shondells.

Joan Jett & The Blackhearts - Crimson & Clover

Saturday, 12 November 2011

Eye Know



Some Daisy Age hip-hop for you. Back in the day when there was no East Coast/West Coast shit going on and guys rapped about more than money, ho's and guns. It seems so long ago.

It was a bloody long time ago, twenty one years ago to be precise.

De La Soul - Eye Know (Daisy Bass mix)

Friday, 11 November 2011

It's Friday . . . Let's Dance



I don't know about you but I'm in the mood for some uplifting house music, courtesy of Strictly Rhthym.

I am not ashamed to admit that I cried the first time I heard this, granted I was full of more than just emotion that night but still.

Have a good weekend people.

South Street Player - (Who?) Keeps Changing Your Mind

Lest We Forget








For 
Cpl Andrew Wingate
Private James Little

 Eric Bogle - No Man's Land

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Black Satin



I wish that this duo would tour over here sometime soon. As I've said on numerous occassions they make a beautiful racket live and to a lesser extent on vinyl.

This track comes from their third full album Lust Lust Lust released in 2007.

The Raveonettes - Black Satin

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Look At Me Now



Terry Callier has had a sort of renaissance over the last few years what with supplying vocals for the likes of Massive Attack and working with Farley & Heller and Paul Weller amongst others.

His recording career stretches back to 1963 and covering the genres of Jazz, Soul and Folk. Not the kind of stuff that you would associate with northern soulbut tunes like Ordinary Joe and today's posting caught the attention of the more discerning on the scene.

Look At Me Know was originally released on the Cadet label in 1968 and pretty much sank without a trace until it was embraced by the northern fraternity. These days an original copy of the 7" will set you back at least a couple of hundred quid, well worth it if you have that kind of spare cash.

Terry Callier - Look At Me Now

Monday, 7 November 2011

Science of Silence



Do you think that the similarity to Neil Diamond is intentional?

I really like this song even although the lyrics are pretty crap. Does that mean that I am secretly a fan of Song Sung Blue?  Certainly not.

Richard Ashcroft - Science of Silence.

I'm off to see The Airborne Toxic Event tonight, yippee, @ the Arches, yuck!

Sunday, 6 November 2011

A Plague For The Naive



This post was prompted by the track that Scott over at Spools Paradise uploaded yesterday.

Just Like Fred Astaire is probably my favourite song by James. When I hear it I cannot help but smile it is such a an upbeat optimistic song, the last verse especially.

Meteors may strike the earth
Nations live and die
I'm the boy who got the girl
Who showed me how to fly
We can cross the race divide
Bridge a gap that wasn't really there
I'm gonna hold her in my charm
Just like Fred Astaire


Not a bad way to start a Sunday.

James - Just Like Fred Astaire

Saturday, 5 November 2011

Massive Attack Vs Burial



I have thought long and hard about posting this in it's entirety as it is brand new. I don't generally do this, if a new record comes out then if I think that others may like it I will post a track off of the record but not the whole thing. But a couple of factors have pushed me into posting both sides.

Firstly, this is a limited release, only 1000 copies were pressed, with no repress and no digital release. I think that both of these tracks need to be heard by more than the maybe six hundred or so people that have bought the record to listen to. Which brings me onto my second point.

Even before the release date their were copies of this for sale on ebay with a starting price of north of a hundred and fifty quid. The single was originally on sale for £25 but somehow without doing anything other than clicking a button someone decides that they should make six times that amount. This kind of shit really pisses me off. These gets have got copies over fans who would love to have the record just to listen to,  for the sole purpose of making money. That is not what music is all about.

I know there are loads of people who say that a record such as this should never have had this sort of exclusivity as there are so many people who would be interested in this collaboration and you know, they are right it should have been made more available in some format, maybe a bog standard 12" single or cd. But it was decided that the record would be released the way that it is and I was lucky enough to get a copy.

One thing I can assure you of is that the record will be played as have the two previous Massive Attack limited editions from the vinyl factory. Yes the covers are beautiful but records are meant to be played and records that are so lovingly produced using the very best press and true craftsmen deserve to be played and not sealed away as some sort of investment.

It is my hope that by posting this single, there is a little less interest in the vinyl copies on  ebay put there by vampires who have no interest in the music and are only out for money. I realise that they will still sell for the reasons above but if they make even 10% less than they factored for I will be happy.

So much for the bullshit Drew, I hear you say. What you want to know is how do the tracks sound. The answer to which is absolutely fucking wonderful. What else did you expect?

I would download as soon as possible as I feel a DMCA notice winging it's way to me as I type.

Massive Attack vs Burial - Four Walls

Massive Attack vs Burial - Paradise Circus

Friday, 4 November 2011

It's Friday . . Let's Dance



In anticipation of D's week of Techno Classics over at Acid Ted I decided that we would have some serious heavy duty dance shenanigans this Friday.

Who better then the Baron of Techno, Dave Clarke. Here is Robert Hood's mix of Clarke's seminal Red 2 release Wisdom To The Wise. So you really are getting two legends of techno for the price of one.

Oh, and SA, get your head out of the bass bin it's not good for you.

Have a good weekend people.

Dave Clarke - Wisdom To The Wise (Robert Hood remix)

Well,  that was what you were supposed to be getting, however I  am having technical difficulties with the ripping of vinyl for some reason today, so  instead .  . .

Dave Clarke - Red 1

Enough Is Enough

Well Smith has done it once more in Edinburgh, took the piss out of the people he makes a living from and sadly I was there to see it again.

The venue was busy, busier than I had expected and without doubt the biggest venue the Fall have played north of the border for some time. By 20:45, the time the band were supposed to come on stage the place was just about full.

Two minutes to nine the band take to the stage followed by Smith less than a minute later which was pretty surprising as it usually takes him three or four minutes to wander on and bask in the adulation (which he pretends to ignore). From the off the band sounded good although it was difficult to hear Tim Presley's guitar until half way through the fourth song when Smith turned the guitar amp up probably the only thing he added to the evening as he then sauntered off stage. I looked at Stiff who shook his head in disbelief, it was happening again.

The band then launched into Laptop and Smith proceeded to deliver the vocals from backstage which was mildly amusing for the first couple of minutes but when he continued to do so for the next song I have to admit my patience expired. And that was it the band struggled through a further 7 songs with no input from Smith whatsoever and then left the stage.

The wife came back on to explain that Smith had sore feet, sore fucking feet! Stiff, Myself and a good number of the crowd then left the building. Apparently the band did come back on for an encore of Mr Pharmacist with Smith briefly taking to the stage but I was on my road home by then, having once again wasted my hard earned money on that fucking waster.

I have decided that, other than when the gruppe are playing Glasgow that will be the last time that I will see them live. I know it may sound like a bit of a cliche but he wouldn't get away with that kind of behaviour in Glasgow, the audience is just not as easy going and Smith knows that. It has to be said that the man is an out and out git and also a  bit of a spineless bastard, leaving the group to take the abuse from the crowd that he knows will follow him leaving the stage because we all know as the fud himself said "if it's me and yir granny on bongos, then it's the Fall" and also hiding behind his wife, having her come out and explain to the crowd why your not there, yeah Mark, really grown up that, taking responsibility for your actions.

Two things that really gaulled me about last night, firstly the band sounded brilliant, very tight which is quite surprising when you realise that the guitarist stepped in at the last minute and had only a couple of weeks to rehearse the new material. Which shows that if Smith had been at all interested it could have been a brilliant gig

And secondly, I just can't fathom the mentality of the fanboys who are prepared to let Smith get away with this shit and they are not in the minority. They obviously have money to burn and are quite happy to be made mugs of by this absolute tosser who In their eyes can do no wrong. Here are a few of the responses posted on the Fall forum regarding last night's pish.

Was a great Fall gig, band were tight, memorable, (just) over an hour from first appearance to the end of Mr P

Anyone that seriously appreciates the band and comes without the review already written would have come away positive after tonight.

I hope everyone going to the rest of the dates gets it as good


Great gig. much better than the Studio 24 Debacle.


Hope he gets better soon..

I fear that that my obsession with the Fall might be just about over what with this and also what I think is a pretty mediocre new album. I will not stop buying new releases and searching for that elusive vinyl copy of The Marshall Suite I just don't think that I will be eagerly awaiting each new release or wishing that they were touring again.

Here is something by a band who never disappoint, well not yet that might all change on Monday night and a group, who could teach Smith a thing or two about his so called work ethic.


Airborne Toxic Event - Missy (live)

Thursday, 3 November 2011

A Full Gig This Time Please




I'm off to see the Fall tonight. The first time since last April when Smith decided that we didn't deserve a full gig for our money. So I am more than a little anxious about tonight as it is also in Edinburgh but at the Picture House, a venue I have not been to before but have heard that it is larger than the usual venues the gruppe play up here, so hoping that it will be more than half full.

Another reason for my nervousness, is that I got hold of a snidey download of the new album a couple of days ago and am still not sure whether I like it or not. It may just be a grower but the track that everybody has been going on about "Greenway", I really don't like.

On the plus side Smith seems to be becoming more enlightened these days, as the guitarist has been granted paternity leave.  His place being filled by Tim Presley, one of the Dudes who filled in when Smith was left band less in the middle of an American Tour and who recorded and toured the Reformation Post TLC. Changed days from when Marc Riley asked if his girlfriend could get on the guest list and got the answer "fuck off, she can pay like everybody else"!

The Fall - Reformation

Sinead O'Connor



I've always had loads of admiration for Sinead O'Connor. I love the way she says exactly what she thinks and does not worry about the consequences. I also loved how she sort of pitched herself against the music industry and did things on her own terms.

Although neither of the above factors would have meant a lot if she didn't have the talent to back up these actions and by god does she have talent and a voice that could melt the heart of the most cynical of cynics. If anybody can make a Lloyd Webber/Rice song sound essential really does have something special.

This is the song I was going to post on Sunday but got waylaid due to events.

Sinead O'Connor - Thank You For Hearing Me

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

What Do You Think?



When the clocks go back and the nights start to draw in up here in the north, I always find myself reaching for some John Martyn and in particular Small Hours for some reason.

A couple of weeks ago I did a post concerning the White Label, Stolen Voices album and mentioned that they had cut up, for want of a better word, Small Hours. At the time I was quite disparaging about this, as fucking about with that song is akin to Michael Bolton covering Dock Of The Bay. Anyway, after repeated listens I have grown to quite like what has been done with it, granted it can not compare to the sheer beauty of the original but it has a charm all of it's own, I think anyway.

See what you think.

White Label/Stolen Voices - John 2

and here is a version that you may not have heard of Small Hours from the US mixes of One World. I cannot take the credit for bringing this to your attention, it was kindly sent to me by Dubrobots, a Martyn aficionado and frequent commenter.

John Martyn - Small Hours (US mix)

Gui Boratto



At the end of last year I was bemoaning the lack of what I considered to good full albums that had been released and was pondering why this was so. Was it due to artists padding out albums with filler which bored me. Or had I just fallen out of love with the format, the concentration span not being what it once was? Never ever came to any conclusions but erred towards the later position

Things have been very different this year. There have been over a couple of dozen albums which I have bought over the last 10 months that I have neither got bored with nor have felt the need to get up and lift the needle or press the skip button on the remote control.

One  such piece of work which I had been looking forward to on the strength of the previous offering was Gui Boratto's third, simply titled III. The Brazilian architect/minimal producer/DJ has come up trumps again with an album which although breaks little new ground does work as a whole album but most of the tracks would also fill the dance floor in any discerning club, tracks like Flying Practice and Stems From Hell.

III is well worth checking out, especially if you liked the previous one or his remix of Paradise Circus for Massive Attack. The track featured employs the vocal talents of Luciana Villanova, otherwise know as Boratto's better half.

Gui Boratto - This Is Not The End

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Fourteen Years



Fourteen years ago this very day I was standing in a Registry Office in Lanark, rather nervously saying I do despite the couple of swift Laphroaig's I had in The Cave on my way there.

Then we went down the clyde valley and had a rather splendid do and purvey.

This one's for L for putting up with me for what seems like no time at all to me but probably a lot longer to her.

Ruby Andrews -Just Loving You