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Sparklehorse – Cow (1995)

A post tonight from an old friend on Facebook reminded me what a great band Sparklehorse were.

Never quite as good as Pavement, they, nonetheless, were a key part of the wonderful underground US lo-fi scene of the early to mid 1990s. Alongside Archers of Loaf, Sammy, Flaming Lips, Palace Brothers, Small, etc.

“Cow” from their debut LP “Vivadixiesubmarinetransmissionplot” was always my favourite track of theirs – you can’t beat a bit of banjo.

Sparklehorse were the brainchild of Mark Linkous and they released five LPs between 1995 and 2009. Linkous shot himself through the heart in 2010 aged 47.

The LP version then a very rough amateur video shot in Leeds in 1999.

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The Bevis Frond – Johnny Kwango (2011)

February 24, 2013 Leave a comment

The Bevis Frond have been making records since 1987 and have now released over 20 LPs.

Only ever in the background of what I was listening to over the last 25 years, I always sensed them as being a sort of reliable “meat and potatoes” type of band; workmanlike and efficient but never likely to leave a taste that sticks in the memory for long.

However, every so often I am jolted out of this view by a track of theirs that just soars. Just as everyone who buys enough tickets must surely eventually win the lottery, perhaps there is an equivalent rule that, if you write enough songs, you will inevitably compose a masterpiece?

I have previously posted another classic by The Bevis Frond here and I have no hesitation in elevating this, the opening track from 2011’s “The Leaving of London” to the pantheon of the Bestmusicofalltime!

The LP version then an amateur video of a live London performance in 2011.

Violent Femmes – Kiss Off (1983)

February 18, 2013 Leave a comment

Prompted to post this following an oblique reference on his Facebook page by an old friend from Hong Kong ….

The second track on the Violent Femmes eponymous debut LP recorded in 1982 but not released until the following year.

Loved it the moment I heard it on the John Peel programme and remember buying from the awesome ‘Ear ‘Ere Record shop in Lancaster in the summer of 1983. Definitely something of the Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers about this but the Violent Femmes were never consistent enough to ascend into the pantheon of rock genius that is permanently bestrodden by Mr Richman (new word alert!).

The LP version and then a nice live video of unknown vintage.

The Troggs – I Can’t Control Myself (1966)

February 5, 2013 2 comments

Really sad news announced today about the death of Reg Presley.

The Troggs were one of those iconic bands who released a lot of records but who will be really remembered for a handful of absolutely killer singles.

I could have posted “Wild Thing”, “With a Girl Like You” or “Love is All Around” but felt I should start with this, which I think was the first Troggs song that I heard.

Paradoxically, it was not the original that first came to my attention but, rather, a cover version by Buzzcocks which appeared on their stupendous “Times Up” bootleg LP recorded in 1977. A reminder of times, not so long ago, when finding original recordings on vinyl was often quite a challenge and when discovering who recorded what originally could be a labour of love!

The Troggs original and then the Buzzcocks cover!

The Sugarcubes – Birthday (1987)

November 30, 2012 1 comment

I really love this record.

Possibly Bjork’s finest hour; though, to be fair, she has had so many.

This is the song to post to people on their birthday. Just trumping Altered Images and The Beatles for this honour. Admittedly, the lyrics make limited reference to parties, presents and blowing out candles on a cake …..

The English version (an indie hit no less!) and then the fantastic Icelandic original followed by a stunning live version from Reykjavik on 2006!

Ramones – Here Today, Gone Tomorrow (1977)

November 11, 2012 Leave a comment

This evening, I have been mostly listening to Ramones DVDs.

Their first three LPs “The Ramones”, “Leave Home” and “Rocket to Russia” are the basis of life itself.

I could have posted any one of 40 tracks to demonstrate this but this track, above all, leapt out tonight. A perfect record on any day and a pertinent record given the nonsense at the BBC today.

The original LP track and then a live version from 1982!

The Beatles – Don’t Let Me Down (1969)

October 17, 2012 Leave a comment

I could have posted any number of Beatles tracks and required no further justification … Strawberry Fields … Let It Be … Paperback Writer … Eleanor Rigby …. Ticket To Ride … Helter Skelter …. I Need You … The Fool on the Hill …. Nowhere Man …. etc. The greatest band in history.

Just tonight, I needed to hear this. B-Side of “Get Back”

The original and then a version from the Let It Be rehearsals …

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