splat splash splosh

I went on holiday and came back to a million spill e-mails, I’ve been though most of them and couldn’t turn down the chance to get a swimming play list going, even though Boxstr has stopped my account by request.

On another account here are some swimming songs….
I love some of these so much..hope you enjoy them too….

Hot Chip
Swan Lake
Broken Social Scene
I am Kloot
Francois
Tom McRae
Brakes
Bjork and Bronsky Quartet
Brother Brown
Nouvelle Vague

You’ve Come A Long Way

A long, long time ago:

Much, much later:

Oh, first one to mention Glastonbury gets a biscuit.

While I’m at it, here’s a funny little thing I’ve been playing with

Bonus Tracks
Jay-Z vs Fela: Roc Boyz (MikeLove’s Nigerian Gangster remix)

Anybody got other such transformations? I thought of John Lennon obviously, but that’s all I came up with.

Onomatopoeiac Songs!!?!!

The Onomatopoeia Challenge begins here!

We’ve already had:
Umm – Scritti Politti
How I Sang Dang – Arcie Bronson Outfit
Gobbledigook – Sigur Ros
Gesunteit – People Like Us
Pissing – Low
Boing Boom Tschak – Kraftwerk
from Shoegazer

And I’m going to add “Cannonball” by The Breeders, because it has the lyric: “Crash! I’m the last splash!” which is a double point score!!!

‘Spillers: On your marks…set….GO!!!

More Swimming Songs!

“Swim” by Madder Rose

I loved Madder Rose when they were around, they released a coupe of brill albums in a row, and I saw them play quite a few times – they played the day after Kurt did ‘imself in, and dedicated a cover of Sonic Youth’s “Star Power” to him, which I found quite moving at the time. 
“The river’s edge you jump right in
The current’s strong it makes you spin
Your arms in a wild rotation
Your arms in a wild rotation

The truth’s enough to set you afloat
Describe the truth as a yellow lifeboat
Admitting this you climb its ladder
But now the yellow boat
Just looks sadder”

Do we have enough swimming songs for a top ten yet? 

O Pfälzerland, wie schön bist du!

Leinsweiler, Pfalz
Hey everybody! Back in dear old Blighty after a short break or a long weekend (whichever way you want to look at it) spent in the stunningly-beautiful Pfalz. ToffeeGirl and I go there every second year and we just can’t get enough of it – luckily, it’s nowhere near the sea and there aren’t hundreds of nightclubs – the result of which is, virtually no English tourists – not a kiss-me-quick hat in sight. It was a weekend of long walks up deeply wooded hills (they call them mountains but who am I to disabuse them?) with refreshing drinks available at the top – usually in a ruined castle. And when you come down from the mountains, you have the pleasure of driving (or walking) through the vineyards with buzzards and harriers soaring overhead – and then there are the villages with the Weingüte and Restaurants and the hundreds of House Martins and Swallows flying around. Wunderbar!

And before you ask, yes, I am fully aware that this is a music blog and is not primarily dedicated to holidays/travel – please bear with me – I am slowly but surely working my way towards the tenuous music link.

About twenty years ago I made a tape for my brother featuring lots of northern soul, Capitol and Stax tracks that I was listening to at the time. Since he was then living in Hackney, the tape became known as the Hackney Soul tape. Many years later, I made a CD version, took it on holiday (to Germany) and forced the whole family to listen to it as we drove around the beautiful countryside. The two little MissToffees loved it – so much so, that it’s now become an integral part of our trips to the Pfalz and is known, rather incongruosly, as the German Soul CD.

Here are some highlights from said CD for you own listening pleasure. Some you’ll already know – some may be new to you – all, I hope, will hit the spot.

Let me know what you think – and, of course, if you have your own favourite holiday sounds, do tell us what they are…