The Beat are an English band who came to prominence in the late 70’s and early 80’s. I don’t know too much about them or any more of their stuff beyond this song. But what a song it is, with a perfect early 80’s sound. I especially like the intro.
Penny and The Quarters – You and me
I came across this track when watching Blue Valentine recently. (Is it just me or does Ryan Gosling seem to be pretty much ubiquitous these days?) This song features prominently in the movie, which was very enjoyable if a little sombre. However, this track stole the show for me, I couldn’t get it out of my head for days afterwards, it’s just so darn catchy.
The Go! Team – The power is on
I was reminded of these guys recently when I saw that they are playing in London in the near future. Thunder, lightening, strike sounded so fresh when I first heard it, I found it to be exhilarating listening. The Go! Team may have fallen out of my consciousness of late, but this still sounds great.
Bill Withers – Use Me
It feels like too longs since I posted some classic soul and this popped into my head today. It is smooth as silk. Enjoy
This has a classic 70’s sound. The song was first recorded by Shuggie Otis, but this is my favourite version. The original is dreamy and washed out but this is more funky with a disco sound and I think it works great.
Loch Lomond – Elephants and little girls
This is fragile and quite charming. Loch Lomond are another band from the Pacific Northwest, and there seems to be a definite theme to the sound of bands I have heard from the region. The video also has a simple charm, mirroring the track well. Also, the band look utterly frozen!
Loch Lomond, for which the band is named, is also one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen, possibly only rivalled by New Zealand’s South Island. I spent a happy week camping and hiking there as a teenager and the scenery took my breath away.
I had been thinking about posting this track for a while but then fate pointed me at it tonight as Oddisee is a guest on my favourite radio show (and big source of music for me). I can’t fight that. I love the sample, simple and catchy.
This is a little bit of cheat as I have posted High Contrast before. I couldn’t resist it however. I love how drum and bass can be at once serene and otherworldly and yet energetic and relentless at the same time. This track is a perfect example of this dual effect.
Say hi to your mom – They write books about this sort of thing
I used to listen to these guys a bit when I was at university, walking the streets of Belfast. Not sure how I came across them but I think it was their name that initially caught my snickering, juvenile eye. I like this track’s quiet, almost hushed tone and sense of youthful longing. When I listen to it I always feel a bit wistful (in a good way).
Squeeze – Pulling muscles (from a shell)
For some reason Squeeze came into my head today. They were a favourite from school. Particularly this, which memorably a friend mis-heard as ‘Pulling muscles for Michelle’. They are also notable for counting raconteur and all around good egg Jools Holland amongst it’s former members.
Has anyone else mis-heard a song lyric with comic effect?