Tag Archive for 2000’s

Gigi* – Guramayle

I have been on the hunt for World Music recently having suffered something of a drought in recent weeks and months. So when a friend sent me this track, by Ethiopian singer Gigi (who I featured a couple of years ago in a slightly different guise), I was delighted.

It sounds fresh and pure like all the African music that I love and I have been listening to it on a loop for the past few days. It is taken her 2001 album of the same name and was subsequently featured on the soundtrack to God Grew Tired of Us, a 2006 documentary about the Lost Boys of Sudan.



*Artist #752

Mylo – Destroy Rock & Roll

While posting Cyndi Lauper yesterday I was reminded of this track. It features a memorable, almost post-modern sample where the protestor manages to mangle several of the listed artists names, with Cyndi amoungst them.

It is taken from Scottish DJ Mylo’s excellent 2004 album of the same name.



Johnny Cash* – Hurt

CjK Guest Post – Summer Cover #10

I cannot imagine Johnny cash coming in of an evening and putting on the Nine Inch Nails, who originally recorded the song “Hurt”.  The song clearly includes references to self-harm and heroin addiction, although the overall meaning of the song is disputed.

In this 2008 recording Cash is clearly ill and his condition has an added poignancy as he shows a  video of himself in his prime. It certainly makes for an emotional charged video, which many refer to as his epitaph.

Johnny Cash:

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*Artist #716


Róisín Murphy – If We’re In Love

This song came on my MP3 player while walking home from work this evening and I was immediately transported back to 2005. Despite the fact I have loved it since then I hadn’t gotten around to posting it until now.

It is taken from Irish singer Róisín Murphy’s (formerly of Moloko fame) debut solo album Ruby Blue. It is playful, sultry and hypnotic which is a heady combination.

Róisín Murphy:

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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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