Tuesday, 23 January 2018
Last night I was searching my itunes for a particular Pink Floyd track when I came across this little gem from Aphex Twin that I had forgotten about. You may be asking why I was looking for POink Floyd in the first place? Well I like the Floyd, deal with it.
A few years ago on soundcloud a couple of hundred tracks appeared on Soundcloud tagged to user48736353001 which turned out to be tracks by the one and only Richard D James aka Aphex Twin. The archive was made up of unreleased tracks produced from the late 80s to the mid 90s all in 320 kbps Mp3s which were downloadable. Which was rather generous of the techno innovator. Quite a few of the tracks came with notes by James, for 20 Pink Floyd he stated "Didn't have many records to sample back then and the girl who lived next door had a floyd lp, never listened to them then or since, just bagged the sample and made the tune, few different versions of it, been in the atic (sic) for all these years". Now, I don't want to question Mr James' honesty but if he had never listened to Floyd, then how did he know what bit he wanted to sample. I have no such qualms about stating on record that I have listened to Pink Floyd on more than a few occasions and love them, well most of their stuff. I lost interest once Roger Waters parted company with the rest of the band, finding his solo work better to that of the then trio's.
Aphex Twin - 20 Pink Floyd
Monday, 22 January 2018
The first time I heard this track was when I went over to the dark side and spent some time in the Modern room at a Togetherness Weekender, well after about 50 hours of nearly non stop northern a bit of a change was in order. Imagine my surprise when sometime later while reading, I heard the very same song coming from the TV when L was watching Ally McBeal, a TV show if I remember rightly more than a few soul staples were murdered by a very bland, blonde singer.
Al Green - Keep On Pushing Love
Friday, 19 January 2018
I wasn't really that fussed by the original version of Devotion by Nomad that was released back in 1990, I couldn't really be doing with the Welsh rapper on the track, the instrumental version was ok but was not the one that got the airplay. The fact that the man responsible, Damon (Nomad backwards, get it?) Rochefort wrote for the Bizarre column in The Sun made me more than a little skeptical about the record. Also the use of popular samples from Lyn Collins "Think" and Ten City "Devotion" gave the impression of House by numbers. Last year however Pangaea released a remix which is right up my street. Making it fresh for 2017, speeding it up, giving the track a new bass line and most importantly ditching the rap. When on the subject of the rap, on the original, MC Mikee Freedom mentions Hawk The Slayer and earlier this week on Twitter, Simon, of the much missed The Songs That People Sing and Jake Sniper were discussing that very sword and sorcery film and spookily this tune had already been picked for today's post.
Airdrie are not in action tomorrow, as it is the 4th round of the Scottish Cup and you may recall that the Diamonds were ignominiously kicked out of the cup by Highland league team Cove Rangers in the last round. Last week's 3 -2 defeat away to Stranraer saw the team slip down a league position to 7th. This week it was also revealed that next season Airdrie will be back to part time football, a sensible move I think. Also this week the promising youngster Willis Furtado decided to move on and is now signed for JC's team Raith Rovers.
Have a good weekend people
Nomad - Devotion (Pangaea edit)
Thursday, 18 January 2018
The opening lines of this song has always reminded me of I Want You by Bob Dylan especially the live version from the Budokan album. It doesn't detract from the fact that I Love You (Listen to this) is a very good track in it's own right but I can't help but think of Dylan for the first thirty seconds or so. The song was originally on the third and my favourite Dexy's album Don't Stand Me Down and is also the shortest track on the album. This live version comes from the Duke of York concerts in April 2013. It was also the b-side of the 7" single that I was lucky enough to get when I went to see the documentary of the film of those shows as I had pre-booked my tickets. A documentary that Stiff very nearly missed as I stood arguing with the girl at the Forge that the film was definitely on there until the penny dropped and I realised my mistake, the Fort not the bloody Forge! We then had to try and navigate through the East End of Glasgow, most of which was closed off for the rehearsals for the opening of the Commonwealth Games which was taking place that very same night, We took our seats just as the opening credits started rolling.
Dexys - I Love You (Listen To This) Live Duke of Yorks Theatre.
Listen for yourself and see if I'm talking pish
B D - I Want You
Wednesday, 17 January 2018
Cathy Rich laid down the vocal track of this cover of a tune written by Sonny Bono when she was just twelve years old. I had heard the Sonny and Cher version in my late teens but it wasn't until the All Seeing Eye's "And The Beat Goes On" that I was alerted to this far superior version. As I said I knew the song but there was no way that the vocal sampled on the 1997 version by the group from Sheffield was Cher's and so I started digging and found out that the version was by The Buddy Rich Big Band and so the search started to get a copy of this song. A couple of years later it was included on a great compilation of music that could be heard at the Blow Up club, a place that I had never been to but bought the album on the strength of the inclusion of the Beat Goes On and Love Potion No 9 but there really isn't a duff track on the album. The hunt is still on for a copy of the 7" single released in 1967. A few years later Cathy Rich went on to record a version of Wild Thing with Kim Fowley on production duties.
The Buddy Rich Big Band - The Beat Goes On
Cathy Rich - Wild Thing
Tuesday, 16 January 2018
This caught my attention when I heard it at the end of last week. It reminds me of 212 by Azealia Banks and like that tune it has some truly shocking lyrics. "You gotta get loose with the Henny and the coke" I despair for the younger generation and the future of civilised society if they are drowning good Cognac with sugary Ginger. Mes amies en France will be horrified!
Monday, 15 January 2018
Sunday nights eh?
Anyway, over the festering season I was thinking about what I could do to freshen up the blog, maybe kill of the dead horse that is "It's Friday. . . Let's Dance and think of something different to kick off the week. But try as I might, I'm buggered if I can think of a better way to enter the working week than with a bit of soul so there won't be many changes here and as for Fridays well last week may have given you a clue.
Marva Whitney, or Soul Sister #1 she was often referred to had released three pretty unsuccessful singles before she came to the attention of James Brown with whom she toured Europe, Africa and Asia in 1967/68, She also had a relationship with the band leader who would produce her fourth single, "Unwind Yourself", one of those records that from the mid 80s onwards was sampled to death. The follow-up single is the one that we concern ourselves with today or more specifically the flip side of "What Do I Have To Do To Prove My Love To You", "What Kind of Man". The single was released on the King label in 1968, however this single also for some unfathomable reason failed to chart. She would not bother the Billboard Chart until her 11th single "It's My Thing" which proves that the USA was not ready for the possibly the "rawest, brassiest" soul voice ever in 1968.
If you like this then you could do worse than purchase "Its My Thing" the album that collects together most of the King singles from 1968/69 which was re-released on Soul Brother Records on CD back in 2000 with extra tracks and double vinyl in 2015. It's well worth the money.
Marva Whitney - What Kind Of Man
Friday, 12 January 2018
Wednesday's post by SWC at The Sound of Being Ok got me pondering how many tunes I had in my collection that have sampled the drum break from Apache by the Incredible Bongo Band. Off the top of my head I could think of at least half a dozen, however after consulting Who Sampled Who, I have at least 30 tracks out of a potential 528 tracks that have sampled some element of the track.
Here's the first one that I could think of, a remix of a single from the fourth album by Future Sound of London. We Have Explosive was remixed by pioneering DJ, remixer and producer Curtis Mantronik. When I dug out the single I was surprised to learn that it came out in 1997, I would have placed it no later than 96 but would have put money on 1995.
Some very good news on the Airdrie front, the consortium have managed to buy the ex-chairman's shares and are now effectively running the football club which should ensure some stability going forward and has already resulted in the signing of a few players, including a much needed striker. Last week's nil-nil draw with East Fife. This was the first nil nil the team have had in nearly three years of competitive games. Tomorrow the team travel to Stanraer who are fifth in the league one point and one place above the Diamonds. As ever in this league there is everything to play for.
I will be mostly watching a squad of nine year olds go-karting this weekend as Leo is 9 today and has decided that this is what he wants to do on Sunday with his mates.
Have a good weekend people.
Future Sound of London - We Have Explosive (Mantronik Plastic Formulae #1)
Thursday, 11 January 2018
The above picture was pinned to the following tweet last week from @paulwhitelaw -
"The other day I decided to save on the subway fare by walking from Govan to Partick via the Clyde Tunnel. A tense terrifying, lonely half hour. I felt Like I was trapped in a claustrophobic Cold War nightmare. NEVER AGAIN."
I have contemplated this journey under the river Clyde on a couple of occasions but have bottled out both times, which I now think was a wise move as it looks like an incredibly eerie place. This song and especially this remix, proper scary stuff, sprang straight to mind.
John Foxx - Underpass (Dark, Long and Sinister mix)
Wednesday, 10 January 2018
I'm of to see the Skids tonight at the Wah Wah hut with the Wilson brothers and will most likely bump into JC as he is attending tonight also. Still in two minds about this one to be honest, everybody who caught them live last year has raved about them but I just don't know. I will let you know how it turns out. If it's anything like TRB last year then I have nothing to worry about.
Here is the first Skids single I ever bought from Trax in Airdrie as much for the cover as I hadn't heard the track up until that time.
Skids - Charade
Tuesday, 9 January 2018
But still head and shoulders above most other things released in 1984.
I spent the weekend looking for an Aztec Camera performance from the Barrowlands in 1984 after a request from Brian over here after his excellent (well apart from the last one) posts on the brilliance that is Oblivious. Alas the tape has not turned up yet of the 84 performance but I did find one from 1988 recorded in Manchester which doesn't sound that great and an absolutely terrible recording of the Barrowlands gig in August 1990 when I was asked who Mick Jones was.
It doesn't take much to nudge me into listening to Roddy and Aztec Camera and so I spent a good part of the weekend listening to various things, apart from Sunday afternoon when I listened to Morning Dove White, possibly the best album of the 1990s, an argument for another day possibly.
We will concern ourselves with an album that caused controversy when it was released, Knife, the second album from Aztec Camera. Personally I have always really, really liked it but I know quite a few others who don't rate it at all. The reason why I like it is probably the same reason as others don't in that it is not High Land Hard Rain part 2. It really is quite different there is a bit of a more poppy danceable feel to it, nothing near the soul lite of its successor, Love but in songs like Just Like The USA and Back Door To Heaven, the weakest track on the album but one I would listen to rather than most singles released in 1984.
I think that one of the main problems with a lot of fans of HLHR is Frame's choice of producer for the album, Mark Knopfler. Now I have severe problems with this man and his band, in fact he was second on my list all through the 80s and the 90s of who come the revolution would have been up against the firing squad. But he didn't turn the band into Princes of Purile Pop never mind Sultans of Swing, and there was never a sweatband in sight. Yes there are synths here and there and some fake horns but no real horrible production, that would come in 1987 where it was a lot more difficult for the worth of the songs to shine through. The track that gets the most criticism I find is the title track which I really don't understand as right from the start I have loved it. It is said that this is the track where Knopfler's influence is felt most, possibly but that doesn't make it any less of a track and neither does the fact that it lasts nine minutes. I do feel that there was more than a hint of musical snobbery in all of the criticism of this album and the production/producer.
So let me have it,
Aztec Camera - Knife
Monday, 8 January 2018
When I started this nonsense I did not expect it to last nine weeks let alone nine years but somehow I have got away with spouting pish and posting some music that I think some other may want to hear for this long. I am aware that the quality wasn't that great from the beginning but has gotten worse over the past few months due to work and other shit going on but I have made a resolution to try to post if not every day during the week, then most days. I am not promising that the quality will improve or that the content will change that much but at least it may be a little more frequent than it has been of late.
As I have said before it is the comments and the interaction that keeps me and most other bloggers going, so if you think something is rank or I am talking absolute shite then please feel free to leave a comment. A huge thanks to all of you who have done in the past, if I have not replied sorry, it was not a snub but my attention span is not what it once was and I have most likely meant to and forgotten.
What other song could I post today other then From Across The Kitchen Table and I make no apologies as it is what it is.
The Pale Fountains - From Across The Kitchen Table (7" Version)
Wednesday, 3 January 2018
Sunday, 31 December 2017
. . . and in with the new, as they say.
Good riddance to 2017, the year that started off badly got better and then from October took a turn for the worse once more. A time that got me questioning the people and things that should matter in my life and also made me come to terms with an uncomfortable fact about something that I thought was a given. In time I may rant on about it at some length but for now the sore has yet to scab over.
There were some highlights of course. The Jesus and Mary Chain restoring my faith and convincing me that middle aged "rock stars" could still be relevant. There was also tons of good music including the unbridled triumph of the return of Mick Head. It would also be remiss of me not to mention the highlight of the year when a load guys with the optimism of youth rapidly receding in the rear view mirror met, many for the first time in Glasgow in May for the weekend, got drunk together talked shit without a serious cross word being uttered and had a thoroughly enjoyable time. The less said about the Prof's beetroot falafel the better. I know that everybody is heartily sick of hearing about it but it was rather special.
I have never been a big fan of New Year being quite a misanthropic person, which is particularly difficult in Scotland where there is absolutely no getting away from these three days of getting totally full of it, dewey eyed with nostalgia and unrealistically hopeful for the year ahead. So much so that for a few years during my early 20s I refused to acknowledge it at all. After getting in tow with L this became impossible as she loves any excuse to party and I was dragged from one gathering to the next until the dying embers of the 2nd of January after which life could go back to normal and I no longer had to feign interest in what others were up to.
I am however quite looking forward to tonight as I don't have to leave the house and the guest list only includes our close friends and their offspring.
I would like to thank everybody who has looked in here over the last year and especially to thoise who have left comments, all of which are appreciated especially the negative ones, I have especially loved the few from Maria baiting me regarding Trump and Brexit.
Health and happiness to you all for the coming year and beyond.
Jimi Hendrix - Little Drummer Boy/Silent Night/Auld Lang Syne