Tag Archive for Britpop

Adamski and Seal – Killer

This track, a 90’s classic, came into my head over the weekend for no particular reason. It is one of the very first tracks I can remember hearing on the radio.

It is taken from Seal’s 1991 eponymous debut album which also featured the equally classic Crazy.

There is a pretty enjoyable video here too…

Seal (circa 1991):

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Soft Cell* – Tainted Love

CjK Guest Post – Summer Cover #11

Tainted Love was a song composed by Ed Cobb and proved popular dance floor filler in the 80’s. It was originally recorded in 1964 by Gloria Jones, and became very popular when covered in 1981 by Soft Cell, who certainly nailed this version – in spite of a dodgy video.  Guaranteed to revive any flagging disco.

Soft Cell:

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*Artist #719

Vondelpark – Always Forever (Tuesday Born Remix)

I thought this track from London dream pop band Vondelpark was a good way to start the week. It’s mellow, quiet sound is just what I need, even more than a normal Monday, having spent a weekend carousing and catching up with old friends in London.

It is taken from their album Seabed, which was released earlier in the year.




Arthur Beatrice* – Midland (Bwana Remix) | (NAT)

A friend gave me an excellent tip last week about London Fields Radio. My usual sources of new music were starting to run dry and it has a wealth of new and interesting shows to delve into so it was fortuitous timing.

And it was on the LFR show Everything is Borrowed that I discovered London band Arthur Beatrice. I don’t know too much about them beyond the fact that they seem to be somewhat enigmatic and this is an enjoyable remix of their debut single which was released last year.

Arthur Beatrice:

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*Artist #709

Amy Winehouse – Valerie

CjK Guest Post – Summer Cover #8

My youngest son complains that he is woken at 3 in the morning by Northern Ireland supporters tunelessly singing Valerie.

Valerie is a song by the English indie rock band The Zutons from the band’s second studio album. I suspect not many had heard of the Zutons until Amy chose to do this cover, which is now very well known and you would have to say that Amy brings her trademark style to it, which many impromptu Karaoke versions do not…

The Late, Great Amy Winehouse:

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Saint Etienne* – Only Love Can Break Your Heart

CjK Guest Post – Summer Cover #5

This tinkly upbeat version of Only Love Can Break Your Heart hits the summer spot. The song is the third track on Neil Young’s album After the Gold Rush. As one of the first albums I bought I maybe listened too long to the maudlin lyrics and his droney version. The song may have been written for Graham Nash after his split from Joni Mitchell though Young seems to be vague on this.  No matter, the London based group Saint Etienne sailed along with this version in 1990, but still retaining something of the irony.

Saint Etienne:

Saint Etienne/CjK

*Artist #698


Daughter* – Human

A nice mellow track from London band Daughter to ease us into the week. It’s certainly what I need after a fun and busy weekend.

It is taken from their recently released debut album If you leave.



*Artist #692