Sunday 31 March 2013

What's In Yir Box? G

To be honest with you the Gs aren't really that interesting on first look but all of them blew me away at one time or another and I still get goosepimples every time I play the Marvin Gaye single which is quite, quite beautiful.

It is quite interesting that every single has already featured on the blog, so it's difficult to pick one to post but I haven't played the Guillemots for quite a while. It is one of those singles that if you didn't know the subject matter you would think was just another upbeat pop song.

Marvin Gaye - His Eye Is On The Sparrow
Glasvegas- Daddy's Gone/Flowers And Football Tops
Glasvegas - It's My Own Cheating Heart That Makes Me Want To Cry
The Go Team - Ladyflash
Goldfrapp - A&E
Goodbye Mr McKenzie - The Rattler
Guillemots - Trains To Brazil

Guillemots - Trains To Brazil

Saturday 30 March 2013

The Easter Parade

I sometimes worry that my boys aren't getting the spiritual guidance that they should from me, this especially comes to the fore at the times of the Christian holidays. Max will ask me why Jesus had to die on a cross, or why Moses had to build an Ark and other things and I give him so half arsed attempt to explain something that I firstly don't believe in and secondly I don't know that well and I'm afraid that Max is wise to this and I fear that it won't be long before his brother latches on to the fact that their dad is a bit sceptical when it comes to faith.

There was a prime example of this yesterday morning when both of them jumped up and down on the bed clutching an chocolate egg in both hands and asking if they could open them. I tried to explain the significance of the egg, that it symbolised the rock in front of Jesus's tomb and shouldn't therefore be eaten 'til Easter Sunday to which Max,  quick as a flash said to me "but you don't believe all that anyway, so where is the problem?" To which I had no answer.

My problem with Christianity stems back to when we moved to Lanark. I was in Primary 7 and had moved from a rather forward looking progressive school which taught little bits about lots of religions but didn't force Protestantism down our throats, the brand of Christianity that I am supposed to follow, which is hard to believe being in Chapelhall which was just another bigoted village in the central belt of Scotland.

As I said, I moved to Lanark which was back in the dark ages,  where every morning in class started with the recital of the Lord's Prayer and some poor bugger having to rhyme off the books of the bible. Twice I was picked to stand up and spout this indoctrination, the only problem being I did not know the books of the bible and when I told the teacher this, well I could have told her my name was Damien and she would have looked more kindly at me. I was given a week to learn them, which I had no intention of doing, not because I was being a rebel but because after discussing it with my mother, at this time an assistant head teacher in my old school, we came to the conclusion that it added nothing to my education.

The fateful day came when I was told to stand out on the floor and do the necessary, which I said that I could not do and told her my reason. I was then marched off to the head teacher's office. The head teacher was a particularly slimy and sadistic man who took great pleasure in handing out my punishment,  four of the belt. The belt or Lochgelly was a particularly nasty invention, a strip of leather about an inch thick and a foot long which split into two tongues at the end, it was designed to hurt but not mark, lovely.  I would like to say that I didn't cry but I did, it was fucking sore. But my stance did benefit others, as the very next day my mother went to see the head teacher and amongst other things explained to him just what non-denominational meant.

Nobody was ever belted for not knowing the books of the bible again.

But I still have this nagging doubt about religion. I mean I am not arrogant enough to think that I know everything and when I look at the folks going to their churches I wonder if maybe I'm selling my boys a pup. I have never said to them that I don't think that God exists and that Jesus "is just some Spanish boy's name" but Max isn't stupid, so maybe in future I should be a bit more enthusiastic when discussing other points of view with them.

I am trying to bring my boys up correctly as I see it. With a sense of what's right and wrong and that no matter how much you disagree with some-one they are entitled to hold their opinion. But more than that I am trying to instill the idea of fairness and equality.

And now I get round to the point of the post.

When I think back to to that good Christian teacher and her ways. Also that evil woman who sent 1000 people to their deaths just so she could get re-elected and her spawn who can tax a woman for her dead son's bedroom, all of whom would think of themselves as good Christians I think that I might just take my chance with auld nick.

Here endeth the lesson

The Faith Brothers - The Easter Parade

Friday 29 March 2013

It's Friday . . . Let's Dance

This time last year we were basking in sunshine with southern European type temperatures not freezing our gonads off and wrapped up as for a Antarctic expedition when only going 100 yards to get a bag of ice, ironically!

Here to warm the cockles of your heart and transport you back to earlier times and sunny climes, Mr H will probably have a tear in his eye, is one of my favourite pieces of  balearica, an Italian reinterpretation of Manuel Gottshings E2:E4.

I think that somebody may have posted this not so long ago but it should be heard quite often in my book.

Have a good Easter weekend people.

Sueno Latino - Sueno Latino

Thursday 28 March 2013

You'd Rather Run

I absolutely love this song. A couple of glaring influences here,  Dylan but even more blatantly Leonard Cohen. Doesn't make it any less a song, there is a certain sadness in  Jamie Seerman's voice that I really find quite comforting.

Jaymay - You'd Rather Run

Wednesday 27 March 2013

Nothing To Do On 13th April?

So there I am walking back with Max, Stiff and William from the stadium to the cars, all dejected at seeing Airdrie getting gubbed once again on possible the coldest day ever.  Will William see a home victory this season? I think not, but anyway back to the story. So as we reach the traffic lights I see a familiar face walking at speed, JC, the Vinyl Villain, of course a dedicated Raith Rovers fan who has just witnessed his team beat Airdrie for the fourth time this season.

I didn't have much of a chance to speak to JC as he was in a hurry to get the train back to the city but I did promise to advertise this night that he is promoting. And as both of us were in attendance the night of Father Sculptor's first outing at King Tut's how could I not.

So if you are in the Glasgow area a fortnight on Saturday, you could do worse than come along to Stereo and see this up and coming band.

Tickets can be purchased from

See you there. 

Father Sculptor - Sault

This Old Routine

The Lion's Roar, the second album from the Swedish Soderberg Sisters was kind of ignored in this house when it came out due to the almost constant playing of One Day I'm Going To Soar and then Coexist. Now that I have gotten round to really listening to it, I find that it would probably have turned up in my top ten albums of the year. beautifully crafted songs with really gorgeous vocals.

This Old Routine has particularly stuck with me and I have had it going through my head now for over a week.

First Aid Kit - This Old Routine

Tuesday 26 March 2013

Improper Trax

I'm not sure if I should be posting this, as the people behind the illegal edit that this is an edit of have threatened violence to anybody who sells or plays the record, so I suppose posting it for free will get me a kicking as well.

The San Soda edit, the one that this is an edit of, is a remix of an early house track, It's You by E.S.P. from 1986. Are you still with me? The edit posted titled The Heat sounds pretty good to me even if it is a bootleg. When I bought it I thought it was a legit record and as the San Soda edit was produced in a ridicoulous run of 150 and the only copy on Discogs going for nearly 500 quid, I'm not surprised it has been bootlegged.

Improper Trax - The Heat

Monday 25 March 2013

Your Love Has Got Me Chained And Bound

This is another of those fortuitous finds. I was wasting time, sorry, doing research one day and I came across the name of Alfreda Brockington and thought to myself she must be either brilliant or extremely rubbish with a name like that. Fortunately when I pressed click it was the former and what a piece of Motown sounding Philly Soul from 1969. It took a wee while to find a decent copy at a reasonable price but I'm sure you will agree that the searching was worth it.

Alfreda Brockington - Your Love Has Got Me Chained And Bound

Sunday 24 March 2013

Well done Eddie!

What a fucking clown! Or as we would say up here " a total fanny".

People of London,  you elected him!

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What's in Yir Box? F

What happened to the E, I hear you cry? Well, sadly not one and there haven't been any E's here for quite some time due to poor quality.

So on we go to F and as you all know there is only one band worth keeping starting with F, surprisingly very few of that band's singles have been deemed by me to be worth saving and both I have thought worthy are cover versions, this is a decision that I think may need revisiting,  not that both are not great singles, on the contrary but I think that others may need to be included.

As for the Faith Brothers,  long term readers will know the story of how I became reacquainted with the a-side of the second single in this double pack, if not just search for Easter Parade and all will become clear.

Frightened Rabbit are another band who's every single would be here if I had the space but the one I have picked is my absolute favourite by then, well single anyway, if it were tracks it would be the one that follows it on The Midnight Organ Fight.

Here are the F's:-

The Faith Brothers - Country Of The Blind (dble pack)
The Fall - Mr Pharmacist
The Fall - I can Here The Grass Grow
The Farmers Boys - More Than A Dream
Charlie Feathers - Can't Hardly Stand It
Freelance Hellraiser - A Stroke Of Genius
Florence and the Machine - Kiss With A Fist
Friends Again - Honey At The Core
Frightened Rabbit - Heads Roll Off

Frightened Rabbit - Heads Roll Off

Saturday 23 March 2013

Into Dust

Here's something that won't cheer you up on this bitterly cold Saturday, of that you can be assured.

It is however in it's own morose way a rather beautiful song which might or might not be about Hope Sandoval's deteriorating relationship with William  Reid with whom she was living at the time.

I'm sure this must have been used to soundtrack some angst ridden scene about  teenage vampires not fitting in with their peers or some such pish in that Twilight thing.  If not they missed a trick as this song and band tick all the goth boxes.

Mazzy Star - Into Dust

Friday 22 March 2013

It's Friday . . . Let's Dance

You know how sometimes you buy something on a particular label which is so good that you subsequently just blindly buy whatever is produced on it knowing that there is a greater than 50% chance that no matter what  it is you have purchased it is at least going to be very good? This has happened to me a few times in my life, especially with dance music imprints such as Soma, Junior Boys Own and Hard Hands very, very rarely let me down, Mo Wax more so but that was to be expected.

Today's track comes from the label that if back in the day I was told I could only choose one from which I could have every release then undoubtedly it would have been the one I would have opted for then.

Sabres of Paradise had that little something extra in that it was run by Andrew Weatherall which you knew meant,  to paraphrase John Peel about someone else but it kind of fits here,  that you never quite knew what you were getting, it may not be always what you wanted but it was what you needed. And so from the very first release PT 001 United , which sounded absolutely nothing like it's review in Update, which I can't remember now but remember thinking to myself "that sounds fuck all like that" but I digress, I was hooked. Then there was Secret Knowledge, SYT, Waxworth Industries and Blue, no not that Blue,  to name but four of the artists who released a record on the label. They all had one thing in common for me, I didn't have a scooby who any of them were or what they sounded like before I bought the vinyl they put out on Sabres Of Paradise.

I Still have most of the seventeen releases, the last release Jack of Swords seems to be missing and I never managed to get a copy of PT013 which was a Sabresonic T-shirt.

Today's track is PT011, a quality piece of techno from Slack, of whom I know nothing about and after consulting the web, which was not possible in 1995, have found out, were a duo consisting of Justin Drake and Quinn Whalley and they appear to have released four 12" in total.

Have a good weekend people.

Slack - Painkiller

Thursday 21 March 2013

Cheap and Deep

I got this rather good 10" single the other week.

It is a couple of remixes  by Brendan Moeller of a track from last year's Cheap and Deep Rides Again.  The track featured is the b-side which can only be described as a bit of a throbber.

Cheap and Deep - Beautiful (Brendan Moeller Acid dub)

Wednesday 20 March 2013

Don't Confuse Yourself With Somebody Who Has Something To Say

I've really not got much to say this week. I have a few things that I wanted to post but just can't seem to get round to it.

When all else fails put on a bit of early Fall. I say early,  most bands don't make it to six years and even less have released ten albums(including live ones) in that period.

The Fall - Hexen Definitive/Strife Knot (Peel Session)

Monday 18 March 2013

Deep Soul

A while back I posted a track by Gloria Taylor which I had stumbled across. I had already decided that I would investigate Ms Taylor's back catalogue before the comment from Darcy, however I would probably not have ventured into the 70s stuff,if it had not been for his comment but because of Darcy's impeccable taste this is where I headed first and after a search on the internet  managed to acquire a download of a 12" single from 1973.

The first track on the a-side Deep Inside You is a smouldering,  slow burning slab of deep soul and similarly track two is very good and these two tracks would make a single well worth seeking out. However the track on the flip side blew me away, a seven minute plus track which builds and builds and which when you get to the end you just have to put on again.

I have scoured the web and there isn't a copy of this 12" to be had anywhere which suggests that copies will be worth a few quid. So I really have to thank Darcy for adding another record to my burgeoning wants list that are likely to cost way above what L will find acceptable if a copy every comes up for sale.

Gloria Ann Taylor - Love Is A Hurting Thing

Sunday 17 March 2013

What's In Yir Box? D

The will be a half arsed post due to the fact that I'm having trouble focusing and my head hurts when I try to think. I went out for a few drinks last night and instead of doing the sensible thing of going to my bed when I got home I stayed up way too late drinking with L and her eejit mates she had round for her round in their Come Dine With Me nonsense.

Not a lot to say about the Ds anyway, apart from the fact that I think that they are all worth saving, obviously.

Dick Dale and The Del-Tones - Miserlou
Dashboard Confessional - Hands Down
Dinosaur Jr - Freak Scene
Dion - Abraham, Martin and John
Dion - Born To Be With You
DJ Shadow - This Time (I'm Gonna Try It My Way)
Dogs - London Bridge/End Of An Era
Tanya Donelly - Moon River
Duffy - Mercy

Fancy a wee blast of angst filled EMO?

Dashboard Confessional - Hands Down

Saturday 16 March 2013

Aw Naw!

A couple of weeks ago my laptop started to fuck up big style, blue screening all over the place and informing me that it was "core dumping". I was more than a little concerned and phoned up the HP help-desk as the computer is still under warranty, just.

The very helpful help-desk man and I ran through various diagnostics and fixes but to no avail and so I was informed that the only option was to return the laptop to the factory settings and instructed to save anything I wanted to keep to an external hard drive. I have a back-up portable hard drive that I back up my music to but hadn't done so for a couple of months so decided that that might be a good idea.

The restore did what it was supposed to do and I now have a fully functioning laptop again. But last Monday night while getting my shit together for Luton I decided to listen to my latest northern play list in Itunes, double clicked on the first title only to be confronted with an exclamation mark and a box informing me that the file could not be found, so I clicked on a few more of the tracks with the same outcome. I decided to search the drive for them but to no avail and to cut a long story short the back-up didn't work and nothing that I have uploaded since the last time this was done is there.

Usually this would send me into an apoplectic rage and have me kicking things but I managed to stay calm and started toting up what needed to be uploaded again. I have some concern over a few of the LPs I've bought recently like the Asphodells and Frightened Rabbit as I will not be able to re-use the down load codes and will have to rip the whole albums which will take a while but not the most unpleasant task in the world.

So last night I started ripping some of the northern soul singles that until a couple of weeks ago were present and correct in the database and a more pleasurable few hours I haven't had in a long time. With the aid of a couple of rums and ginger beer with  a premier cru Aspalls cider on the side,  the time whizzed by and eventually it was time to call it a night. But before doing so, while putting away the singles this 10" single caught my eye and it was time for "just one more tune". Simon has written more eloquently about this track here than I ever could. So suffice to say that I love this and it's up there with the very best that Kevin and Co have ever recorded.

Dexy's Midnight Runners -This Is What She's Like

Friday 15 March 2013

It's Friday . . . Let's Dance

I'm sure that most of you already have this but it is a classic, deserves a wee blast now and then and certainly doesn't show it's age. It was released twenty four years ago!

French Kiss is instantly recognisable. I would say that it is a seminal tune. Playing it always brings a smile to my coupon and hazy memories of good clubs, great music and happy, happy people all out to have a party, to have a good time,  as someone once sampled .

Have a good weekend people.

Lil Louis - French Kiss

Wednesday 13 March 2013

Made For TV Movie

I don't own that much by Clem Snide but I really like what I do have.

This track about the 50/60s TV star Lucille Ball is probably my favourite track by the band. I'm not sure what it is but it is probably the delivery of the vocals which really make the song so affecting, there is a real feeling of despondency about it which gets me. It's not the most upbeat of songs but it is one that I return to quite often.

Clem Snide - Made For TV Movie.

Tuesday 12 March 2013

Killer Rhythms & Red Hot Beats

Before Christmas John Cooper Clarke filled in for Jarvis on his Sunday show a few times and was absolutely brilliant, some great anecdotes and patter and even better music stretching back to the beginnings of Rock n Roll. On one of these shows he featured tracks from a compilation of instrumental Rock & Roll tunes which were full of raw energy which just made me want to jump about the kitchen. I duly noted down the name of the album on a post it and put it somewhere. Where? I don't know as when I went to get it I couldn't remember where I put it. No worries I thought I will consult the 6 Music website, which I duly did but to no avail, the tracks were there but no mention of where they came from.

There was nothing else to do but search through Amazon. I couldn't find a R&R instrumentals album that had just been released or was about to be but what I did find was a double cd with 70 tracks called Killer Rhythms and Red Hot Beats for under a tenner. Bargain I thought as i moved the mouse to the 1-Click ordering button.

On arrival the cd did not disappoint, sure a lot of the tracks are quite similar and rough sounding but the fact that most of them are around the two minute mark means that you don't get bored with them. A word of caution though, if you are one of those people who can't stand the sound of the saxaphone and I know there are some I would steer clear of this comp as there is widespread use of the instrument throughout. Other than that I can heartily recommend this.

I'm down in Luton for a couple of days, deep joy!

Here is one of my many faves from the compilation.

Lord Rockingham's XI - Fried Onions

Rodney and The Blazers - Summertime Rock

Monday 11 March 2013

Turn Back The Hands Of Time

Originally recorded by Tyrone Davis and released in 1970. This version from 1975 by Otis Clay, the man responsible for The Only Way Is Up is my favourite even though it has a slicker more seventies sound to it.

Otis Clay - Turn Back The Hands Of Time

Sunday 10 March 2013

What's In Yir Box? C

Week three of this alphabetical trawl through my 7 inch box that I would grab in the eventuality of having to leave the house permanently at speed means only one thing, that we are at the letter C.

When choosing the contents of this box serious consideration was made of disregarding everybody else starting with C in order to include all of my Clash and Cramps singles. I eventually thought better of this and spent quite a while choosing what 7 inches by these artists I should include and looking at them now think that I could have included another couple by each artist but can't think of anything that I could take out in their place.

So, here are the Cs in the box.

Susan Cadogan - Hurts So Good
Camera Obscura - 80's Fan
Camera Obscura - Lloyd I'm Ready To Be Heartbroken
Cat's Eyes - Over You
The Caulfield Sisters/Julie Peel - Some Candy Talking/Divine Hammer
The Charlatans - Tellin' Stories
The Clash - (White Man) In Hammersmith Palais
The Clash - London Calling
The Clash - Bankrobber
The Clash - Straight To Hell
Comet Gain - Holloway Sweethearts
Comet Gain - Jack Nance Hair
The Come Ons - Don't Tell Me
The Cramps - Can Your Pussy Do The Dog
The Cramps - Like A Bad Girl Should
The Cribs - Men's Needs
The Crimea - Lottery Winners On Acid
Cults - You Know What I Mean

The Crimea - Lottery Winners On Acid

Saturday 9 March 2013

Bleeding Heart

With yet another exploitative release of studio out-takes hitting the shops,  I thought that I would post a track from the first Hendrix compilation I ever bought, the imaginatively titled Jimi Hendrix Concerts.

I bought this album in 1982 from HMV in Birmingham city centre, the first time I had ever been in one. That weekend saw a few firsts for me, first time in Birmingham, first time in HMV and the first time I had ever watched football from anywhere other than the terraces. Our old next door neighbours had moved down to Tamworth and when we went down to visit them that weekend Jim, who worked for a company who had a box at Villa Park and thought that we would enjoy the experience took us to the game as the guests of the company. It was alright but I would rather have been out on the terracing with the other proles.

Jimi Hendrix - Bleeding Heart (Albert Hall 24/02/1969)

Friday 8 March 2013

It's Friday . . . Let's Dance

Here is a bit of German Trance for your delectation.

Wait, come back, you'll like it,  really you will.

I wouldn't really classify this as trance, more Progressive House, for one thing it's from 1992 and to me trance didn't really become the overblown, huge breakdown, arms in the air bollocks that it would become for another couple of years.

I have often wondered why this track isn't better know. I love it, the cold detatched spoken vocals, the driving drum beat building the track, the ever so slight pause and then the climax. Great stuff.

Have a good weekend people.

Fruits Of The Paradise - A Man Like You

Thursday 7 March 2013

Dad, That Man Is Scary!

That was Max's words when confronted with the sight of Mark Lanegan  on stage in front of us at Latitude in 2011. I must have seen Lanegan nearly a dozen times now either with Isobel Campbell or with his buddy Greg Dulli as the Gutter Twins or in the Twilight Singers and solo. His presence is never anything less than huge even though he says bugger all and moves around the stage even less and what a voice.

Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan - Ramblin' Man

Wednesday 6 March 2013

Diving For Dear Life

There was a really good edition of Soul Music on Radio 4 yesterday concerning Shipbuilding,  possibly the most beautiful, melancholic protest song ever written. I'm not sure that anyone hearing the song today for the first time and not knowing the back story would even consider it a protest song but more a lament for a time when this country still had a manufacturing industry.

I have always been conflicted as to which version I prefer, I love the Robert Wyatt's vocal but I also love Costello's version especially the trumpet solo, of which there is an interesting fact in the program. I think that on reflection Costello's because of Chet Baker's trumpet.

btw, if you are in the UK as I'm sure you are aware you can catch the show on the iPlayer for the next 6 days.

Elvis Costello - Shipbuilding

Tuesday 5 March 2013

Violent Dream

Going to see this mob at Oran Mor was one of my gigging highlights of last year even although they did not perform Disco Biscuit Love,  my absolute favourite. The energy levels of the lead singer Hayley Mary never dropped and I was knackered watching her dance across the stage, no wonder she is so thin! She also has a very impressive voice with quite a range.

No such highlights to report this year, we are already in March and I haven't been to a gig yet. Nothing has really taken my fancy apart from The Joy Formidable who had sold out Oran Mor by the time I got my arse in gear to get tickets. There isn't much on the horizon either apart from Billy Bragg at the Concert Hall.

This track comes from the group's first in a series of three eps, She's So Hard and was released in 2009. Their debut  album was released a year ago this month and I must admit was rather overlooked and neglected as I had had a snidey download from the previous November and had kind of played it out before I got my hands on the vinyl. I think that it may get an airing sometime this week.

 The Jezabels - Violent Dream

Monday 4 March 2013

Love Game

I know absolutely nothing about the Royal Jokers apart from I love this mellow harmony soul sound that they have on this single.

The Royal Jokers - Love Game

Sunday 3 March 2013

What's In Yir Box? B

So here we are with the second part of this series and I was slightly surprised with the B's which is strange as I should know the contents of box but I was sure that there was a Bauhaus single in there, it maybe made way for the Big Deal single which is only from a year and a bit ago which I had to listen to again to see if it deserved to be in this box and after listening to both sides I wonder why I ever doubted myself.

So here in full is the singles from artists starting with B that I think warrant saving over all the others:-

Bessie Banks - Go Now
Battles - Demons
The Beat - Best Friend/Stand Down Margaret
Belle and Sebastian - Lazy Line Painter Jane
Big Deal - Talk
The Big Pink - Velvet
Blancmange - The Day Before You Came
Blondie - Dreaming
Blondie - Union City Blue
BMX Bandits - Serious Drugs
Bourgie Bourgie - Breaking Point
Billy Bragg - Between The Wars ep
Billy Bragg - Waiting For The Great Leap Forwards
Bright Eyes - Lua
Buzzcocks - Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn't 've?)

Blancmange - The Day Before You Came

Saturday 2 March 2013

If It Hasn't Been Played In Years, There Is A Reason

The other week there SA over at the Bagging Area averted a near disaster after finding damp behind where he stored his records. After his mentioning the new Expedit shelving unit which now housed his records, I had a look at the old tatty, bookcase thing that held my albums in the dining room  and decided next pay day that I would invest in some new storage.

I happened to be at the Beatson in Glasgow for work on Wednesday which is not a stone's throw away from IKEA and so decided that after work I would go and get the unit. Being the impulsive person I am when I got there I decided that I would get a second unit to replace the shelves upstairs where the dance 12" singles are stored.

That night I built up the one for the dance 12" singles but decided to leave the one for the dining room until Friday night as it would mean a lot of moving stuff around, like the cd towers and unplugging the various bits of hi-fi.

So last night I had the best fun I've had in ages building the unit, moving the cd racks and the rest then the really fun bit re-filing all the albums.

Once I had completed the task, the kids were in bed and so was L,  so I rifled through the albums, pulling out and putting things on the turntable that I haven't played for a very long time. First up was Supper's Ready from Seconds Out, Genesis' live double album, I played about 5 minutes of the twenty odd minutes, it takes up the whole of the third side. I then selected Misplaced Childhood by Marillion which I could only stand for a couple of minutes, "I'm losing on the swings, I'm losing on the roundabouts", I fucking ask you are these lyrics that should be taken seriously!

I came to the very rapid conclusion that the reason that these records haven't been played for over twenty years is that the are utter pish. I am not sure what was going on in my head when I bought these albums, I would have been in my early teens, surely there were better records for me to spend my money on?

I also came across the first or second album that I ever purchased myself, Tubeway Army's Replicas from WH Smith in Airdrie using a record token I had been given for my birthday. The other one which could have been my first album, Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow was swapped many moons ago, I think for Days In Europe by the Skids with a guy along the street.

I also pulled out an album that I had no recollection of buying and after looking at the title, Bugge Wesseltoft's New Conception of Jazz, I decided that I must have been on some mind bending chemicals at the time of purchase. So I dropped the needle on the vinyl and listened to various bits of each track, not bad, not brilliant but certainly not like the shite that I had been listening to earlier. I then turned my attention to the free 12" that came along with it. This is more like it I thought rather jazzy house, similar in the vein to Ludovic Navarre's St Germain project.

So here is the first track from the 12" single, I suspect that this will be right up Mr H's Cul-de-Sac. If you think that this is rubbish just thank your lucky stars I didn't post Supper's Ready or some Marillion.

Bugge Wesseltoft's New Conception Of Jazz - G.U.B.N.U.F.

Friday 1 March 2013

It's Friday . . . Let's Dance

First of March, bloody hell February didn't last long!

New month, same old tired format across the kitchen table. If it's not broke don't fix it and if it is turn the music up and ignore it.

Today's offering comes from Greg Wilson, first DJ at the Hacienda, pioneer of the electro scene and king of the re-edit.

Two Sides Of Sympathy takes two re-edits by the PTA, one a mash up of Massive Attack's Unfinished Sympathy and Amerie's 1 Thing, the other 1 Thing along with Sympathy For The Devil and splices them together to produce an edit of the re-edits. Very funky stuff.

The sun is shining up here as it has been all week.

Have a good weekend people.
Greg Wilson - Two Sides Of Sympathy