Spillyear 1965

Is it Tuesday already? This challenge is making my life go by too fast.

I’ve been unsure about how far back in time we should go with this. Hearing people’s reminiscences has been every bit as fun as listening to the music, and the further back we go, the fewer of these there’ll be. There’s also the danger that we’ll end up with more of a canonical “best of” list, and fewer personal choices and offbeat discoveries.

But let’s give it a try, and see how it works.

1965. Half a century ago. The year that popular music began to change from light entertainment to the most vibrant contemporary art form? Maybe.

If you were there, tell us about it.

If you weren’t – well, imagine you were…


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Earworms 25 May 2015


Happy Spring Bank Holiday to those who have one, it doesn’t seem five minutes since the last one. For extra ‘Spill points, tell us a Bank-Holiday anecdote or memory – or do they all merge into one? Anyhow, here is this week’s selection, virtually impossible to classify, but feel free to have a go. Take it away, Eric the orchestra leader … and keep the worms coming to earworm@tincanland.com. Thanks all!

Zac Brown Band feat. Chris Cornell – Heavy is the Head – LeaveitAllbehind: A tune from ZBB was in my Festive Spill last year at no. 3. That tune was from the session the band did with Dave Grohl. So it was with some excitement that I listened to their newly released album – Jekyll & Hyde – no kidding! The album opens with some typical country style tunes, nothing wrong with that and then track six comes up, wow – that’s not country, well not ordinary country. ZBB has enlisted Chris Cornell on this powerful rocking number – brilliant and true to the album’s title!

Hercules and Love Affair: Blind (Frankie Knuckles Remix) – bishbosh: When Frankie Knuckles died last year, I realised his was a name I knew without really being able to name any of his records. Apart from this remix, which elevates the song to another plane entirely. Majestic. Perhaps I should check out some more of his work…

Kindness of Strangers – Afraid of the Outcome – glassarfemptee: If you like Dr Who and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, or you play the theremin like Mnemonic does, then this is a weird treat of a song.

Abrams Brothers – Viva La Vida (Coldplay cover) – tincanman: In music as in magnetism, mixing two things you like can be repelling and two things you don’t like attractive together. Coldplay + bluegrass? Earwormers may be poles apart on this.

MGMT – Electric Feel – goneforeign: “The most popular song by far in the Bay Area is, for some reason, MGMT’s Electric Feel”. I came across this comment in the SF Chronicle, it prompted me to pursue it further and see for myself. When I’d listened to it I thought it would be selfish to not share it it; it took only a click to send it to Ari and to inflict it on you all. Enjoy?

Ketty Lester – Love Letters – severin: A classic. Not quite a forgotten one but she isn’t often mentioned when we talk about the great female voices. I heard this recently for the first time in many years and was quite bowled over. In the mid seventies there was a cover version by Noosha Fox. Which was nice. But not as good as this I feel.

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Spillyear 1992


I really enjoyed last week’s 1984 love-in. It was clearly a time when pop music was all shiny and new for a large slice of the ‘Spill demographic. For me, that came a few years later. By the early 90s, I was spending all my paper-round money at Our Price (or sometimes in the independent record shop where you could buy second hand cassettes for around £3.99, which seems absurdly expensive now) and the Melody Maker albums of the year list was a hallowed religious text.

So what were your top 3 records of 1992?

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Earworms 18 May 2015


Can you keep a secret? It’s Daddypig’s birthday today so (everybody): “HAPPY BIRTHDAY DADDYPIG!” Hope you’ve all got your dancing shoes on, because there’s music in the air and we need to make some room… Thanks again to all contributors, and please keep those earworms coming to earworm@tincanland.com.

Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Marie Knight – Up Above My head -goneforeign: It might be hard to believe but this was a top of the pops hit on BBC at the end of WW2, very popular and played all the time. There was another also, it was titled Didn’t it Rain, also very popular. Marie Knight went on to have a solo career and I saw her several times in the 40’s/50’s. The piano backing is by the Sammy Price Trio, the guitar is by Rosetta.

Suffers – Make Some Room – tincanman: A neo-retro blast of fresh, summery goodness from the Houston ten-piece soul collective’s new debut EP.

Rival Sons – Secret – LeaveitAllbehind: I first mentioned this group in my ‘Not So Critically Acclaimed Albums 2014′ post. It was a random find but I’ve been listening to the whole album, subsequently purchased and not just the live sampler I discovered. Here’s Jay Buchanan and the group ‘channeling’ their best Zep impersonation. Rival Sons are a ‘blues rock’ band, aka spot on for Leavey’s musical taste and claim influence from Zep (obviously), Free and The Animals, what’s not to like?

Tom Waits – Cold Cold Ground – tincanman: Stop and smell the flowers, is I think what he’s saying.

Olivia Chaney – The King’s Horses – severin: The album’s finally out. Mix of trad, covers and original songs. Her original songs are quirky and often oddly structured. I love this. If you don’t, there’s always her voice …

Bridie Jackson and the Arbour – Final Lullaby – AliM: I know I included one of their songs the other week, but this is beautiful and, like severin said, if you don’t like it, there’s always her voice! It was written for massed choirs for Holocaust Memorial Day.

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A Case for Late 80’s Pop

Nothing new to anyone on here, just a quick and cheap post I guess to try to convince Bish that pop didn’t suck after 1984, i think it got even better. More polished – probably peaking around 1987 for the swooniest pop for my money. (A monster year overall. We have our work cut out on that one.) Then it started to sort of unpolish itself, and started to go other places by the end of the decade. Which was all good.

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Joe Bonamassa in Vancouver: How NOT to give a concert

joe bonamassa.phone.van.may 2015

I’m not a guitar solo guy, but I’d enjoyed SRV and Buddy Guy concerts and have been listening to Joe Bonamassa for years and was excited to see him despite the premium price tickets.

He started with a blast of light (above) and a blistering guitar solo. Very good start; glad I was there. We got a quick “Hello Vancouver” as he launched into song #2, song #3, song #4….and so it went for exactly an hour. Not one bit of audience interaction. He played like we weren’t even there. At the end of the hour we got a “thank you Vancouver”, band introductions, and one last guitar solo.

I recognized one song. If he has any personality, he sure didn’t share it with us. Being a guitar wizard only gets you so much goodwill – not enough, ever, to mail one in for the paycheck.