Thursday, 20 July 2017

Life Just Bounces

Only a week to go until New Facts Emerge, the latest long player from the mighty Fall. I know Ctel, only eight days more to wait! I am hoping that the vocals are a bit clearer and actually contain some real, actual words, although judging on the evidence of recent gigs I wouldn't go putting any money on it. I yearn for the days of non-rhyming couplets like

"on tv today somebody claimed their dog
had been molested by a textile chemist

But life just bounces so don't you get worried at all
sometimes life just bounces so don't you get worried at all"

Lines from Life Just Bounces which was originally released on Cerebral Caustic. This version is the live one from the In The City cd. Apparently the tune was inspired by Elton John and Kiki Dee's Don't Go Breaking My Heart, which must be true as MES said so in an interview in the Melody Maker,

The Fall - Life Just Bounces (In The City)

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Carmen Villain

The majority of stuff that I am enjoying at present could be said to be either psych or kraut influenced. Here is another brilliant pulsing motorik 4x4 driving beat that could easily go on twice as long without being boring ( I know that I have used that phrase on more than a couple of occasions but repetition is the key anyway. This track comes from a 12" of remixes of tracks from Norwegian Carmen Villain's only album to date, Sleeper. The 12" includes remixes of a couple of other tracks by Peaking Lights and JD Twitch and is well worth seeking out.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Why Don't You Smile

Today's piece of mid 60s Garage greatness isn't as furious in tempo as most of the other tracks in this unintended series have been,  Why Don't You Smile was the flip side of the debut single of  The All Night Workers from Syracuse,  New York and was released on the Round Sound label in 1965. The a side is a blue eyed soul number that picked up some plays on the northern scene, however I find it rather formulaic and well,  meh. The flip is far more interesting not least as the track is also the first recorded output of a collaboration of two young guys who the following year would write and record one of the most influential albums ever,  not that it was apparent at the time. The two talented songwriters were Lou Reed and John Cale and according to the latter this song was written after a heavy drinking session.

The All Night Workers - Why Don't You Smile

If the song sounds familiar it may be because you have heard either the cover version from 1966 by The Downliners Sect or more probably the Spiritualized interpretation released as a single in 1991. The version posted below is an alternative version from the Blue on Blue bootleg which Will Carruthers sold by mail order in 2007 to raise some cash

Spiritualized - Why Don't You Smile (Alt mix)

Monday, 17 July 2017

You've Been Away

Northern soul music has been used to sell all sorts of shit over the years. Credit Cards (Come On Train), Fried Chicken (loads of tracks) and bloody eggs (Do I Love You) to point out just three products that have used classic songs to entice you to get further into debt, make an omelette or end up with heartburn,  Butt the connection between product and song usually has me at a loss, But none is as incongruous as the use of Rubin's absolute belter to sell fucking cat food?

The single was released in 1968 on Kapp and as usual failed to chart and subsequently when re-discovered became huge on the northern scene for about a year and then fell out of favour until resurrected for the cat food commercial and has been very popular since then. The identity of "Rubin" is not entirely clear and has been open to speculation ever since the record was unearthed.

I seem to have misplaced the dodgy bootleg copy I have.

Rubin - You've Been Away

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Happy Birthday

I saw this on Twitter and thought that it should be marked, Harry Dean Stanton, one of my favourite actors is 91 today. I loved him in, Pretty in Pink, Repo Man and especially his heart bursting performance in Paris Texas. Below is a post from the very early days of this blog,

All the best Harry and here's to many more!

Today's track is a bit of a curiosity. I say track but it is really a scene from one of my favorite films which was included in it's entirety on the soundtrack album.

Paris Texas was a film directed by Wim Wenders from a story written by Sam Shepherd and starring Harry Dean Stanton. At it's basics it is the story of an amnesiac who has reappeared after 4 years and of his attempt to make sense of what happened and try to reconcile his family on his return. The film is beautifully shot and has some wonderful performances notably Harry Dean Stanton and Dean Stockwell. Or as one of my less discerning friends once said, "self indulgent, chin stroking pish".

I've never been a great fan of Ry Cooder's music but I don't think that this film would have half the impact without the harsh, jarring sound of his steel guitar and especially the acoustic Spanish guitar which breaks in half way through the track posted and which turns an already emotional scene into a heartbreaking one.


Ry Cooder - I Knew These People

Friday, 14 July 2017

It's Friday . . . Let's Dance

I bet that you have missed your weekly dose of less than "upfront" dance tunes on a Friday for the past few weeks, eh? Well today's almost fresh sound from only twenty four years ago should maybe fill that void. Smells Like Heaven was one of the many aliases of Fabio Paras, or Fabio Borzacco as he is known to his mother. This is the man who was responsible for That Piano track by Outrage which featured on The Junior Boy's Own Collection and some cracking remixes for the likes of The Aloof and De Ja Vu. Londres Strutt like most of the producer's output is heavily percussion driven and in the Rhythm De Londres mix throbs along with the best progressive house monsters of 1993. It was originally released on Dean Thatcher and Charlie Chester's Cowboy records and then later the same year picked up by DeConstruction and given a couple of remixes by Gypsy and Boomshanka, however the version posted is the one, the original mix annoys me with the repeated use of the "baseline, baseline, baseline kicking, I'm grooving" sample. Wellin my opinion anyway.

Have a good weekend people.

Smells Like Heaven - Londres Strutt (Rhythm De Londres mix)

Thursday, 13 July 2017


There is something about repetition like the drone that just sucks me in. So when I heard that Al Lover, an artist who I also found via Hoga Nord,  was releasing an homage to one of the pioneers of the sounds that would become known as Kraut along with the equally groundbreaking Suicide it didn't take much for me to hit the buy now button. The resulting white 10" single entitled Neuicide has one side dedicated to the duo from NYC and the other to the band from Dusseldorf and both are well worth purchasing. For me, at the moment the NEUicide side as oppossed to neuICIDE on the flip is winning out.

Al Lover - NEUicide

Wednesday, 12 July 2017


I first stumbled across Hoga Nord Rekords  at the tail end of 2015 when I heard the Pistol Disco 7" double header Goo/Pool and since then have been hooked and have bought all of the singles since and due to the quality took the plunge at the beginning of this year to join the singles club. The label is based in Gothenburg in Sweden and I assume that most of the acts on the label are from Scandinavia but I could be wrong as the likes of Timothy J Fairplay, The Brian Jonestown Massacre and Al Lover have all had output on the label  All three releases this year have been by bands, collectives, whatever that I have never heard of before but all of which have been extremely good. The track featured today is the b-side of the latest release,  HNR020 by Ultra Satan, whose members have also recorded with various other acts from the label. This laid back groove and barely audible vocal is just right for the long lazy days of summer that people get elsewhere and if it went on twice long as it does it would not outstay it's welcome. This track is not for download due to it being current, the single can be purchased straight from the label or from Piccadilly Records and I'm sure are the tracks are available digitally from the usual outlets.

Ultra Satan - USB

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

I'm A King Bee

The Bad Seeds were formed in Corpus Christi, Texas in 1964 and if the records that I have heard are anything to go by they owned more than a couple of Rolling Stones records. I'm A King Bee is the flip side of the group's first single, A Taste of the Same released on local label J-Beck records in 1965. They went on to release another couple of singles but disbanded not long after coming second in a Battle of the Bands competition to the Zakary Thaks who I have featured before. I think there's a good chance that an original of this could be found Lux and Ivy's in record collection.

The Bad Seeds - I'm A King Bee

Monday, 10 July 2017

One More Chance

Well that was a quick two weeks. The pantry is now well stocked up on Foie Gras, Cassoulet and Confit du Canard. I think that I may have also done some serious damage to my suspension with the amount of wine that we brought back! But now it's back to the grind.

This Monday's bit of soul is from deep in the heart of Texas, Houston to be precise, at least that was wher etyhe Back Beat label was based but I know that some singles released on the label were recorded in Memphis, Chicago and also Detroit so this may have been produced elsewhere to. Shirley Lawson also known as Shirley Walker was the lead vocalist in the Curtis Mayfield produced group the Fascinations and therefore there is a good chance that One More Chance may have been recorded in the Windy City but I can't find anything to back that up. Irrespective of where the track was recorded this uptempo bit of soul released in 1966 makes the start of the new working week that little bit easier to bear. This track should not be confused with the song by Margie Joseph with the same title.

Shirley Lawson - One More Chance

Friday, 23 June 2017

It's Friday . . Je Vais En Vacances

This will be our digs for the next fortnight and I cannae wait to get there sometime in the afternoon Sunday. It has been a long time coming and I have been counting down the days for some months now.  We have had quite a lot of shit over the last 6 months, and we are not alone there I know, which will not miraculously dissipate during two weeks in the middle of France but it won't be any worse and the good food and wine may help. I am looking forward to finding out what Jean-Paul and Philippe think about the UK's exit from the European Union.

I've never been the biggest fan of Sasha, or God as he was known by more than a few during the mid 90s but live he was an excellent dj, could build up the vibe and manipulate a crowd, sure he was no Weatherall but nobody was. He also produced some belters of remixes which I was reminded of the other week after listening to his Scene Delete album from last year  and deciding to revisit some of the reworking of other artists material.that I have This one from 1994 of Talk To Me by Hysterix for me is the pick of the bunch and probably one of the highlights of his seminal Renaissance mix from that year that kind of made his name for those who had yet to experience Alexander Paul Coe djing.

Have a good weekend people.

Hysterix - Talk To Me (Sasha's Full Music Master mix)

Thursday, 22 June 2017


I'm not sure why I haven't featured Daughter before as they are frequently on the turntable and I have often thought that they should be better known than they are (like featuring them on here is going to further that end much!).  I know that Walter has posted them once or twice and rates them quite highly. When I have seen them mentioned,  the article or review usually contains a comparison with The xx which I suppose is quite valid, however there is more to them than that whereas the xx have that sort of electronic feel, Daughter feel more organic with more than a hint of folk now and again in their sound and the distinctive voice of Elena Tonra,

To date they have released two very good albums and quite a few singles and eps. Today's track comes from one of my favourite releases, a US only 10",  The Wild Youth ep from 2011, the trio's second record.

I am not one for watching Channel 5, the likes of CSI, CSI New York, CSI Timbuktu or whatever are not the kind of thing that I get into but a year or so ago I happened to be away with work one Monday night and started watching an episode of Person of Interest which I actually really enjoyed.  So much so that when I was at home the following week I made a point of watching the next episode and then the next and then in the middle of the run the station decided to stop it for some reason. After a couple of weeks I decided to see if I could get the series on DVD and found the first four seasons could be purchased quite reasonably from eBay and the fifth and final one slightly more expensively than the other 4 together. So I decided to buy all 5 and have been watching them from the start for the past couple of months.and a few weeks ago Medicine by Daughter was used to great effect in one episode which got me looking back and remembering that there had been quite a few decent tracks used throughout the series, by the likes of Massive Attack, Mazzy Star, DJ Shadow and funnily enough The xx. The music is mostly very subtly used in the drama, never taking center stage, mostly in the background, sometimes to the fore but always very effectively.

I am still not wholly sure as to why this particular series grabbed me rather than others of note such as Breaking Bad as this kind of vigilante violence, conspiracy theory stuff  isn't really my bag but it did and I thoroughly enjoyed it, so much so that I am at a loss now that I have watched it all, I have been toying with going back to Twin  Peaks but the last time I tried I got bored. I have the feeling that I am not going to get much out of revisiting it. It could be time to binge on Northern Exposure again.

Daughter - Medicine

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Walking With A Stranger

Some of you may have noticed that the posts on here have become somewhat sporadic and if it were possible even shorter than they have been for some tie. There hasn't even been any rants for quite some time even though there have been a huge amount of things to rant about lately. But I really can't find the words, it's not that I can't be bothered with the blog anymore I still want to go on but just can't find the inspiration. At the end of this week I am off for a couple of weeks and hope that after two weeks in south-west France I will have renewed inspiration and a few new ideas to come back with.

Getting back to the music, on Monday I mentioned that I had a song that I thought may have been inspired with a Toast To The Lady. It is unlikely as the Eddie Wilson song is not that well known but there are similarities in the organ sound on both tracks and I find myself wanting to play Waking With A Stranger after a Toast To The Lady or vice versa. Of course it is probably all in my head and you will be thinking "what the fuck are you on about, they sound nothing like each other".

Waking With A Stranger by the Tyrell Corporation came out in 1992 and came to the attention of absolutely bugger all as I think that it is a great record which has featured here before in the early days of the blog when my levels of enthusiasm were a lot higher than at the moment.

The Tyrell Corporation - Waking With A Stranger

Monday, 19 June 2017

Toast To The Lady

What seems like a lifetime ago I compiled a tape (a compilation, not a mixtape as no mixing was involved) titled "Table For One" comprised of soul/northern soul break up songs. I know what your thinking, aren't the vast majority of soul songs concerned with the dissolution of romances. Well a heck of a lot of them are. For this tape I wanted to start from the dawning that the affair or whatever was on the road out  through the separation, the anger and finally the acceptance and getting over the whole thing, I can't remember the full track listing at the moment and I don't have have a copy of the tape more's the pity but it did include No One There by Martha Reeves, The Night The Angels Cried. and finished with I Walked Away by Bobby Paris where I imagined the protagonist after just more than the right amount of wine getting up and walking away from his table for one with that " fuck it, I'm fine, she 's the one who will regret it" feeling,  the one that would inevitably be gone the next morning when he was alone with just his hangover for company but at that moment he felt he was "over her".

Toast To The Lady, the flip side of Just Call On Me, released in 1964 on Tollie Records the Vee Jay subsiduary was the inspiration for the said tape. Well that and sitting alone at a table in the Newcastle Malmaison after just the right amount of alcohol. I have posted this song before after sitting listening to it one night and noticing the similarities to Burt Bacharach and Bob Hillard's Any Day Now but when I played it again in the early hours of yesterday morning I could hear a resemblance to another song more of which tomorrow.

Eddie Wilson - Toast To The Lady