Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without.
Hank Ballard & The Midnighters – Broadway
Sometimes you don’t want songs that are ‘meaningful’ or ‘have a strong message’. No, there are times when all you want is a joyful noise and this, I humbly submit, is one hell of a joyful noise.
Diana Brown & Barrie K Sharpe – Eating Me Alive (Undisputed Mix Part 1)
“Rare groove” was late 60s/early 70s US soul, often sampled by hip-hop, rediscovered by British DJs and clubbers, and emulated in the early 90s by British soul/jazz/funk groups. Why we’ve not heard from Diana Brown in 20 years is a mystery as vast as the one about why she shared billing with a Duffer St George fop whose only contribution seemed to be Peter Crouch-style funky moves for a big man, and the occasional, annoying “Damn right!” Masterplan, discussed in a previous Earworms thread, was her shining moment but she had a couple of great follow-ups. This remix channels the Jackson 5 and ends abruptly because Part 2′s a bit Sharpe-led and boring.
Amaral – Toda La Noche en la Calle
Life is a self-balancing contradiction. For every good thing there seems always to be something negative. We have to take the rough with the smooth, look forward, never back and hope we’ll reach the coast and sleep soundly at the seashore.
Daddy Cool – Come Back Again
I heard this once and it wormed into my ear instantly. I had to listen to the whole radio programme again because I just had to hear it once more…Finally I succumbed and bought it on iTunes. This never happens. (Actually there were two studio versions and I bought the longer – better value for money I thought. Now I’m not sure. Maybe shorter is better.)
Kelly Rowland – Stole
I’ve had this in my head since we had “Mary’s in India” here the other week – along with Dido’s album, this was one of the songs Sophia the waitress used to play repeatedly in my local internet cafe in Preveza, Greece. At the time, I hadn’t clocked that it was a Destiny’s Child singing about a high-school shooting, but still found the chorus strangely affecting.
Evie Sands – Any way that you want me
Because every time I scroll through my iTunes I just have to stop and listen.
Please send submissions to email@example.com – thanks! I’m on my holidays at the moment, so we’ll be having a short break from earworms next week. Sorry about that! They’ll be back on Monday, 5 September. See you then! x