This is, to my mind, a perfect 70’s track. It is languid and eclectic yet there is also something quite quaint about the whole thing. It is taken from the 1971 album Electric Warrior, which is well worth a listen.
I danced myself right out the womb. Is it strange to dance so soon?…
Eve featuring Gwen Stefani* – Let me blow ya mind (GPF)
I heard this last Friday night when I was out having a few leaving drinks. I was reminded of what a great tune it is. What a rare treat to hear an all female hip hop tune.
Two other things stand out on this track; First, the amazing hook, hitting you right from the start, it is infectious and makes me want to move. Secondly, the video has a certain kitschy charm. Particularly as Eve rhymes to the camera while driving what appears to be a souped up quad bike!
Arthur Conley* – Sweet soul music
I felt it was the right thing to post a Stax song today after hearing the sad news about Donald “Duck” Dunn, of Stax and Blues Brothers fame. And what a song this is! It might have the greatest intro ever. It certainly must be up there anyway.
Had a nice family lunch in Maze today, really good to see everyone. I would definitely recommend it, especially if someone else is paying!
Today has been Damon Albarn day on 6music. My ears have been full of Blur and madcap collaborations. I have to give it up for DA, that guy’s got some skills.
This is a favourite from The Great Escape, which was released at the pinnacle of the Blur vs Oasis Britpop hysteria. Heady days. It is only since I began to work that I have become familiar with the phenomenon of the charmless man, much to my disappointment. It is certainly a realisation I could have lived without!
I met him in a crowded room, where people go to drink away their gloom. He sat me down and so began the story of a charmless man…
Ash – Goldfinger
I have some old school friends coming down to London on Friday. We are going to watch the Ireland v England rugby match at Twickenham on Saturday. It should be a fun and raucous weekend, and not a little nostalgic. It is strange as my buddies are starting to become scarily grown up, not an affliction I am in any danger of suffering from myself!
Anyway, I thought I would post something that reminds me very vividly of my schooldays. Ash are also from Northern Ireland and 1977, the album this is taken from, was released when I had just started secondary school. It still sounds so urgent and youthful and full teen angst. Additionally, this song has a fabulous intro.
I’ve got some records on, some bottles of wine on a stormy night, the rain is lashing down and I’m waiting for her…
My favourite Christmas song and luckily enough I hadn’t posted a Wham! song as yet, although I have been very tempted several times. Also a great video here, a trait present in a lot of Wham! songs (see Tropicana, club).
I hope everyone has enjoyed a pleasant holiday.
Razorlight – To the sea
Big night last night. Big night. Good fun though. I will keep this brief as all the carousing has left me feeling a little jaded!
This song has one of my all time favourite intros, jangly and relentless, it is the perfect beginning to a guitar pop song. Not a massive fan of Razorlight otherwise but this is great.
Edwyn Collins – A girl like you
This guy came up in conversation last night when I was at a buddy’s house for dinner. What an interesting (and prolific) life he has lead. I didn’t know he was the lead singer of 80’s favourites Orange Juice or that he had recovered from a stroke in 2005 and managed returned to performing.
More than anything though, this is a fantastic song. I first heard right about the time I was becoming conscious of music and it sounded like nothing I had ever heard before. It is dark and brooding and has a great retro sound. Also, what KILLER guitar?
You’ve made me acknowledge the devil in me. I hope to God I’m talkin’ metaphorically…
Again today, this probably not the most apt song to post on a frigid December night. However it has been on my mind recently and particularly the song’s opening (an all time favourite) is irresistible to me. I am aware that it is a little cheesy but it’s also kind of splendid at the same time. A perfect microcosm of 80’s music.
Nobody on the road, nobody on the beach. I feel it in the air, the summer’s out of reach. Empty lake, empty streets, the sun goes down alone. I’m driving by your house though I know that you not home…