Ian Dury – Billericay Dickie
I am currently working away from home in Denmark all week, so when I am at home at weekends, I try and make the most of my time.
Last weekend we watched the Ian Dury biopic “Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll”, which is excellent and I urge everyone to see it. Andy Serkis is uncanny as Dury, a truly incredible performance. There is so much great music in the film that it is hardly surprising that one of the tunes has lodged in my head on a virtually permanent basis and that tune is “Billericay Dickie”. It could have been almost anything though, his music is that infectious. – caroleb
Arcade Fire – Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)
My favourite from their last album by far, a surprising use of synths from them, it builds nicely with a driving beat, brimming with optimism. Makes me want to “punch the clock” and drive to it. – ejaydee
Rosana – Si Tú No Estás
In 1996 the singer-songwriter Rosana burst onto the scene with her début album Lunas Rotas. It was a breath of fresh air in a genre, that here in Spain has traditionally been dominated by over-earnest “man-with-a-guitar-with-lots-to-preach-about-but-limited-musical-imagination” types. I absolutely loved the album and listened to it non-stop. She went on to release further albums but went down the sad, dusty, repetitive road that so many of her ilk seem destined to follow. But I still love this. A deceptively angry song pleading with her lover not to even think about leaving her. – makinavaja
Fred Neil -The Dolphins
The song for which the term flangently-planging was coined.
‘You know sometimes I think about Saturday’s child’.
Fred was the king of the couplet worm and this song is both allusive and elusive in its atmosphere of yearning melancholy. – tatankayotanka
Taj Mahal – Statesboro Blues
As they used to say, when this first album came out in 1968, “the walking anachronism – Harlem to Amhurst Massachusets and a BA; a twentyfive year old electric Lemon Jefferson! ” I had a hard time buying a blues guy with a name like that but I bit the bullet and I’ve been buying ever since. A great first album with Jesse Ed Davis and Ry Cooder doing the honors on gts. James Thomas on bass and Sanford Konikoff doing the drums. The song’s by Blind Willie McTell from 1928, Allman brothers did it also. – goneforeign
Gustav Temple and the Blades – Puddings and Pies
I was listening to the excellent “Sympathetic Sounds of Toe Rag” compilation (from 2003) this morning and not surprisingly this one stuck in my head. Mmmmm…..”jam roly-poly”……..love the guitar sound on this too. – japanther
Note: I’m (thankfully) very busy work-wise at the moment and Mondays and Tuesdays are absolute killers. I have decided to program Earworms to appear at 12.00 midday on Mondays. So now you know – RR drawbidge and Earworms will go up at the same time! Hope this is OK. (If anyone is about at the time and could post a link on RR, that would be cool!)
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