Friday, 16 February 2018

It's Friday . . . Let's Dance



We don't tend to feature the Main room bangers here on a Friday but I dug out this 12" single last week when I was searching for something else. The Mighty Ming by Brother Love Dubs which appears to have gone walkabout. and it sounded really good, a breakdown which for the time was quite novel and a powerful vocal and it didn't sound dated at all. Bedrock consisted of John Digweed and Nick Muir and on For What You Dream Of,  the dulcet tones of Carol Leeming alias K.Y.O. This track was the one that got Digweed noticed and it wouldn't be long, for better or worse, before he was all over the dance scene like a rash, with his mix cds with Sasha. I personally hold them 85% responsible for all the pish that came out in the mid 90s under the trance banner and for dance music retreating up it's own arse. But I do like this.

After a highly entertaining but ultimately pointless excursion to Kirkcaldy to take on Raith Rovers last week, Airdrie are at home to Queen's Park tomorrow. The Spiders are currently sitting 9th in the league and will be desperate for a win to try and get them out of the relegation play-off place and therefore it should be a competitive game. If the Diamonds play as well as they did last week and can find someone to put the ball in the back of the net then they should win but this is the third tier of Scottish football where anything can and often does happen.

Have a good weekend people.

Bedrock feat K.Y.O. - For What You Dream Of

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Do You Work Hard?



I was watching the Wonderful and Frightening World of Mark E Smith on Saturday night on BBC4 and was trying to compile in my head my top twenty Fall tracks, an impossible task but I know for sure that the mighty "Blindness" would be right up there in my top 5. It was recorded by the incarnation of the Fall that would leave Smith in the middle of a tour of the USA and whom he would later immortalise in the title of the next album,  Reformation Post TLC (Traitors, Liars Cunts). I have 24 versions of  Blindness, which was always absolutely immense live, even if Smith himself was not at his best the gruppe always were. The version posted is from The Last Night At The Hammersmith Palais album during which the Fall had two bass players and two guitarists as the Dudes (the Americans he hired to fill in when Elena and he were left high and dry in the States) were yet to go back to their main gig, their band Darker My Love and also two members of the gruppe who would record the previously mentioned Reformation Lp and would be there from 2006 until, sadly the end last month.

The Fall - Blindness (01-04-2007)


Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Psychic Lemon



I stumbled across Psychic Lemon a couple of months ago. With a name like that you're bound to be curious aren't you,  a lot more so than if they were named Cabbage anyway. And I was not disappointed long instrumental space rock wig outs, the kind of thing that really floats my boat at the moment. So I took the plunge and ordered their second album, Frequency. Rhythm.  Distortion.  Delay.  on purple splatter vinyl and it has had a fair bit of turntable time and yesterday I had it on on the Ipod while checking site files and it sounded absolutely glorious through the headphones. The album can be purchased here along with the first one on either cd or download which although not quite as good as FRDD it is worth a fiver of anybody's money.

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Sad Days, Lonely Nights



Jason Pierce has always had exquisite taste in the songs that he covers. Here he takes an absolute classic bit of the blues by legend Junior Kimbrough,  adds the drone and turns it into a piece of mind bending garage rock. This can be found with some other great covers from the likes of Iggy and The Stooges, The Black Keys and Mark Lanegan amongst other of the late Kimbrough's work on the Fat Possum compilation Sunday Nights that was first released in 2005 and then again a couple of years ago.

Spiritualized - Sad Days Lonely Nights

Monday, 12 February 2018

It's All Over



This is a gorgeous piece of Northern Soul that was big on the scene, especially in Cleethorpes in 1975 making it very nearly a new release, well a couple of years old only. It's All Over was released on the ABC label in 1973 and is one of those tracks that when I got into the music I kind of dismissed as it was not a four to the floor stomper, it's a lot subtler than that. Thank god that my tastes evolved as this is just so so good.

Charles Mann - It's All Over

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Lina

I got this 7" single the other week but haven't gotten round to ripping it yet. Nothing remarkable about it, just a lovely piece of  happy, retro pop soul. Not everything has to be groundbreaking and meaningful. As far is I can find out Dip was the only single released by Lina Loi a Texan living in L.A, that's rubbish she has actually released four albums and a wheen of singles most of it that I have clicked on is a little bit too bland for my tastes. . There are a few other things on Youtube like the excellent My Man that is also worth checking out.

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Luton!



I'm down in Luton for a couple of days again for my sins. Mixing with the great and the good within my company and hopefully hearing of some new studies coming my way preferably north of the border but we will see. This song and this version in particular always comes into my head after about two hours in the town that spawned the EDL. I hadn't played this for a wee while and had forgotten about the guitar solo which surely raised a few eyebrows or by 1980 were we far enough away from year zero for such things not to matter.

Angelic Upstarts - We Gotta Get Out Of This Place  

Monday, 5 February 2018

Dennis Edwards



Filling the shoes of David Ruffin as lead vocalist in the Temptations must have seemed at the time to be if not an impossible task then at the very least extremely daunting but that is exactly what Dennis Edwards, up until this point the lead singer with The Contours, did on 28th June 1968 the day after Ruffin was sacked by the other four members of the group after not turning up for one two many gigs. And he did it with aplomb.  It must have been a bit of a pisser for the troubled Ruffin to see the Temptations go from strength to strength with Dennis Edwards up front and Norman Whitfield's change in direction with the  new Psychedelic Soul sound for the group. This led to the group winning the first Grammy for Motown for Best R&B Vocal group in 1969 for the absolutely essential Cloud Nine lp where today's track comes from.

Edwards was the lead vocalist with the Temptations for nine years until he was sacked in 1977  by Otis Williams when he embarked upon an unsuccessful solo career. He returned to the Temptations three years later and stayed until 1984 when he re-launched his solo career on Motown with the hit single Don't Look Any Further, later sampled to great effect by Eric B and Rakim.

He continued touring during the 80s and 90s, firstly with David Ruffin and Eddie Kendricks until their deaths in the early 90s when he toured under the moniker of  "The Temptations Review featuring Dennis Edwards". Which I suspect was not the greatest thing to see as he was the only Temptation in the band.

Edwards sadly died on the 1st February two days short of his 75th birthday.

Dennis Edwards - I Got Find A Way (To Get You Back)





Friday, 2 February 2018

It's Friday . . . Let's Dance



Last week before the sad death of MES I had a couple of further couple of posts with tenuous Pink Floyd links. Thursday's was going to be a cover of Lucifer Sam by Cat's Eyes which after checking back had already been posted a few years ago. I must make clear that last Monday it wasn't my intention to have 4 days of rock dinosaur related posts it was just turning out like that. Anyway I had a belter of a track for Friday, Open Up by Leftfield. Some of you might have clicked by now what Open Up's got to do with Waters, Gilmour, Mason and Wright. The vocals on the track were supplied  by John Lydon, who if I seem to remember had nothing but disparaging comment to make about dance music prior to this collaboration but  he never was one for consistency.  Lydon famously  walked about sporting a Pink Floyd T-shirt that he had sprayed the words "I hate" onto when in the Sex Pistols, so when Weatherall was asked to provide a remix, he subtitled it the "I Hate Pink Floyd mix" which is great but clocking in at 3.54 is more than a little disappointing. Anyway, last year Leftism was 22 years old and as you do when things reach that anniversary you re-release your album with an extra 11 tracks, remixes of the original album.  I'm not sure what they all sound like as that a ripping the pish too far even for me, besides my original triple album is perfectly fine, the Skream remix of Open Up is a belter and if it had been released as a stand alone 12" single I may have been tempted.

Airdrie are away to Forfar tomorrow and so I will not be in attendance. Last Saturday's nil nil draw with Arbroath was possibly the most frustrating game of the season what with dodgy refereeing decisions, Arbroath's Goalkeeper should have been off the park for handling the ball outside the box and the Diamonds inability to turn four great opportunities into even one goal. You wait three years for a goalless drawn and then you get two in two home games. The team are sitting 7th in the league and could do with an away win, Forfar who are two places below also need the win, so the game should be competitive.

Have a good weekend people




Thursday, 1 February 2018

Not To Be Confused With





The Shacks are a duo from NYC who I stumbled across a wee while ago. On Follow Me, the singer sounds like a Brooklyn version of Tracyanne Campbell. Echoes of late 60s grooviness and shades of summer. A little early perhaps but we could do with a little sunshine right now. It is availible as a dinked 45, the best kind. But don't be rash like me if in the UK and buy directly from Big Crown as it will cost you half the price from Juno Records.

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

The Other Talented Head Brother



I have been trying to put together a Shack ICA for JC for quite some time now but every time I sit down to compile the list I get distracted and just listen to the records and keep forgetting that I am supposed to be ranking them and then trying to pick the 10 best. I think that it may be an impossible task but I will keep trying. One thing that this Shack fest has done has been to remind me that there wasn't just one talented member of the Head family. John is also quite accomplished when it comes to writing songs and also singing them. "Not Afraid of Loving You" is a perfect example of this, a gorgeous gentle love song that was tucked away on the b-side of equally as good Byrds Turn to Stone the sole single from the 2003 album  ". . . Here's Tom With The Weather".

A lovely mellow song to brighten up your midweek.

Shack - Not Afraid Of Loving You 

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Live With Me



As I said on yesterday’s post Terry Callier collaborated with Massive Attack back in 2006. Greg Dulli had obviously been listening and decided to cover the song under his Twilight Singers guise and roped in his mucker Mark Lanegan to provide an absolutely brilliant vocal for the lead song on the "A Stitch In Time" ep.

The Twilight Singers - Live With Me

Monday, 29 January 2018

Ordinary Joe



Let's start the week with a bit of uplifting soul from Chicago soul, folk and jazz legend Terry Callier.  Ordinary Joe, a tale of an everyman, was released on the Chi-Town label in 1972. If Callier's name is familiar to you and it isn't for this song or the equally excellent Look At Me Now, it may be for Love Theme From Sparticus which was a big record in the more discriminating clubs in 1997 or his collaboration with Massive Attack on the sublime Live With Me from 2006.

Terry Callier - Ordinary Joe

Friday, 26 January 2018

It's Friday . . . Let's Dance



And just when Ctel thought it would be safe to come back out from his hermetically sealed Fall free room. Unfortunately, I'm not finished yet.

Touch Sensitive along with Theme From Sparta FC is probably the track that non indie music lovers will recognise as it was used to sell whose small card beloved by young boys who love to waste petrol by accelerating too quickly and having ridiculous exhausts fitted. The less said about their choice of bass heavy tunes that they like to inflict on passers by the better, suffice to say it's not the Fall. But I digress, Touch Sensitive was released in 1999 and horror of horrors it contained a dance mix.

"Shut the fuck up, bandwagon jumping, not us, The Fall invented dance music back in the early 80s" was not something MES ever said but it could have been.

Have a good weekend people. I will mostly be listening to the Fall.

The Fall - Touch Sensitive (Dance mix)