So bad, it’s actually genius! – Secret Artist Mini-Quiz

I first came across this little gem over 10 years ago as a B-side to a CD single I picked up in a record fair.

Now, i’m not one for novelty songs or irony in music, but his has got to be Number #1 in my list of songs that are so BAD, they are actually BRILLIANT!
A load of crap? Maybe
Postmodern irony for wacky students? Possibly
The most preposterously ridiculous song ever recorded? Quite probably.
An 80′s-style pop/rock stormer that’ll have you pumping your fist and singing along by the second chorus??Definitely!!

‘Spill points for anyone who can guess the secret artist. Although, if you think about it, there’s only really one human being on the planet with the lack of self awareness and balls to pull off a tune like this!

Other nominations for “so bad it’s good” tunes also welcome…

Spillstake Update

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/2914197/SpillstakeQF.doc

At last, the relentless pace of the World Cup slackens enough to permit a little quiet reflection.  Especially by Fabio Capello, Carlos Quieroz, Raymond Domenech and Marcello Lippi, but also by Williamsbach, who has been promising a ‘Spillstake update for a couple of weeks now.

 Having tried and tried and failed, despite Tincanman’s best advice, to produce a pretty picture (something to do with jpegs, my laptop and incompetence), I have downloaded a screenshot to a Word document.  There’s a link above; hope it works!

In summary, Garethim (Spain), Daddypig (Uruguay), Mrs Bluepeter (Ghana), Barbryn (Argentina), Gordonimmel (Germany), Toffeeboy (Holland), Cauliflower (Paraguay) and Alimunday (Brazil) are through to the quarter finals.  Everyone else, sadly, is out, including Cameroon who were both the first team knocked out and my pick, not necessarily a coincidence.

I’m still waiting for prize confirmation from DarceysDad, CaroleBristol, Bethnoir (second), Mrs Bluepeter, Toffeeboy and Cauliflower.  Let’s have ‘em soon, people….

Holland v Spain in the final, anyone?

All this could be yours someday

Menomena are back (yay!) with their slightly scary brand of suspense-rock. “Five Little Rooms” is a slow burner that gets going after a tense first half and has some vaguely disturbing lyrics that I’m too feart to delve into too deeply. The hook melody is a strong one, and whereas the song is not as out and out bonkers as their first record was, I’m gonna be checking out some more.

After the jump is the incredible video for “Evil Bee” – I know I’ve spilled it before – but it really is quite something; watch if you dare!

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Hey Tinnie, did ya bring us back anything nice from Canada in that briefcase?

Do the Arctic Monkeys have a summer home in Canada? Here’s two tracks – YVR; Zero Results –  from the Victoria, B.C. band Hot Hot Heat’s fifth album Future Breeds. They’ve struggled to break through so maybe this was a good plan. They don’t quite have Alex Turner’s way with words though.

Questions of the Week or whatever they are called

Never let it be said that I’m not one to pitch in. When there’s pitching to be done, I’m in. (Except tents. I don’t get tents)

1.What’s the best non-musical festival/showcase you have/would attend?
2. What’s your best tip for keeping cool?
3. Who do you most sound like (normal speaking voice)?
4. Make up a word. Come on, you can do it. Now what does it mean?
5. Are you a high tide or a low tide kind of person? (No point googling, it’s an esoteric thing I made up.)

‘Spilling ourselves across the world


Blue Peter reports in from South Africa. Having a great time, he says, atmosphere great. Disappointing about England, of course.

”So far have seen Germany v Ghana (above), Argentina v Mexico, and last night Brazil v Chile. All great games in terrific stadiums (stadia?) and with supporters from all over the world just out to have a good time, enjoy themselves and smile and take photos.
”Two more games here and then off to the Kruger Park for 4 days. Will miss one of the semis but back for the final. (Don’t have tickets for that one yet, but the feelers are out).”

He doesn’t say he misses us terribly. Probably just got cut off.

Earworms (June 29)

Robert Elms always began his BBC Radio London show with an instrumental track (or one with few words ) so he could get in a few words about the upcoming proceedings. He played this when it came out in 2001 and had so many people call in and ask about it that he had to play it in full during his stint – in full and without interruption. Moulin, an accomplished jazz pianist, died of throat cancer in 2008.     – bluepeter

I was playing this to someone I know who thought Gene Vincent was just “Be-Bop-A-Lula” and they were amazed. Then we decided to do it in the band and so I played it for the other guys and now I can’t stop playing it! I’ve always loved it, of course. JUST DON’T CALL IT ROCKABILLY!!!!!     – Mitch

Felt bad about the Guardian’s article slagging off of song titles from Richard Ashcroft’s new album.  Remembered how much i love some of their lovely pop tunes, and this one’s been a cheery earworm on deck ever since.    - prunus

Gotta feel sorry for ‘The Poor’ in England. They woke up this morning to papers rubbing in that a) their footie team sucks and b) their benefits are about to be pinched. And the topless girl on page 3 was nothing special, either. The least the Earworms can do is give The Poor their own song this week. It’s from 80′s electro pioneers from the country soon to be formerly known as Belgium.    -tin

A harmonica classic from 1941 recorded as Bill McKinley. The accompaniment is stellar: Big Bill Broonzy on guitar, Washboard Sam on, er, washboard and unknown stand-up bass player (no-one remembers the bass player, eh Mitch?). The harp, played acoustically, is great, the words are fun and the whole thing bounces along in a pre-skiffle style.  I’ll leave you to puzzle over what the monkey is. (btw Gillum was first to record ‘Key To The Highway’ in the 8-bar format in which it is known today.)    - WilliamsBach

I saw him twice in London in the 50′s and was knocked out. He was without doubt the most riveting performer I’d ever seen/heard. I immediately bought several of his Folkways LP’s, which I still have and still enjoy.    - goneforeign