This really takes me back! 30 seconds in and I am 14 again. Ah, the 90’s – simpler times…
Is was always going to come to this at some stage I suppose. Once Friday’s were established as a shrine to guilty pleasures it was just a matter of time before Rhythm Is a Dancer was going to grace the pages of 365 days.
Also, how good is the video? I particularly enjoyed the “special effects”. It reminded me a little of this scene from The Simpsons.
I discovered Icelandic singer Emilíana Torrini while listening to Tom Ravenscroft’s excellent BBC 6music show over the weekend.
This track is taken from her recently released album Tookah and has that classic Scandinavian-pop sound; One part cool and reserved, one part hypnotic and darkly memerising.
Despite the summer ending, and with it the string of excellent guest posts, I thought it might be fun to continue with the theme of Wednesday covers for at least a while. Look out for a few covers, alternative versions and remixes over the coming weeks.
Today sees Perth, WA band Tame Impala (after a drought that strangely makes it Australian bands on consecutive days) covering the Outkast track Prototype. I really enjoyed the dreamy, hypnotic sound that they capture.
Melbourne band Miami Horror made one of my favourite tracks of 2011 in Holidays (fun song, slightly strange video) but I had rather forgotten about them until a couple of weeks ago. I subsequently revisited Illumination, which both tracks are taken from, and rather enjoyed it.
As I mentioned yesterday, I have been listening to The Rhythm of The Saints a lot of late. It is a spectacular album. I stumbled across this video, for the lead single from the album and rather enjoyed it, particularly the purity of the drummers, who I think are members of the Afro-Brazilian band Olodum.
The Rhythm of The Saints:
I have been listening to a lot of Paul Simon recently. Specifically Graceland and The Rhythm of The Saints, two albums which feature world music heavily.
In reading about the origins of the album I came across Boyoyo Boys, who are from a township in South Africa. It is said that Paul Simon got the inspriation for Graceland (which features South African music heavily) while listening to one of their records. I can see why – this is great.
I have to give credit for the discovery of this awesomely smooth 70’s number to the guys over at the excellent Far From Cyan blog. They posted it a couple of weeks ago and I have had it on a loop since.
Delegation were a UK band who came to prominence in the 70’s, releasing this in 1978.
I was reminded of The Blues Brothers recently and what an utterly classic movie it is. John Belushi and Dan Akroyd are so talented, and they managed to assemble a pretty starry array of soul greats to make cameo appearances.
While there are lots of strong musical performances (James Brown as a maniacal preacher is another particular highlight) and despite the fact that it isn’t the definitive version of the track (I posted Solomon Burke a while back) this, for me, is the high point of the movie. Jake and Elwood know how to move! Also, I particularly enjoy it when they give a shout out to the representatives of the Illinois Law Enforcement Community…
The Blues Brothers:
This is so damn catchy! I have been unable to get it out of my mind all week. It is taken from A$AP Ferg’s recently released album Trap Lord. Ferg is part of the Harlem collective A$AP Mob which also includes the seemingly ubiquitous A$AP Rocky.
I also can’t help but be reminded of Bone Thugs N Harmony’s Crossroads, which is (mostly) a good thing.
CjK Guest Post – Summer Cover #13
It is Phil Lynott fabulous guitar intro that lets you know that this is not going to be a a traditional version of ‘Whiskey in the Jar’. It was however a well known traditional song set in the southern mountains of Ireland, with specific mention of counties Cork and Kerry. The song is about a Rapparee (Highwayman), who is betrayed by his wife or lover, and is one of the most widely performed traditional Irish songs. The then relatively unknown Irish rock band Thin Lizzy hit the Irish and British pop charts with this version of the song in 1973, launching a very successful career until Phil died in 1986 aged 36, although still remembered in a statue just off Grafton Street.