“The discovery of song and the creation of musical instruments both owed their origin to a human impulse which lies much deeper than conscious intention: the need for rhythm in life… the need is a deep one, transcending thought, and disregarded at our peril.”
Blenders – Don’t Fuck Around With Love
Unbelievably, this was recorded in 1953 at the insistence of the label manager as an alternative version of “Don’t PLAY Around With Love”. I didn’t know that the ‘rude version’ practice went so far back, but maybe RockingMitch can enlighten us further. Anyway, here’s some sweary doo-wop, what could be better!
Robert Demontigny – Eso Beso
A peculiar mixture of French and Spanish for this 60s French pop version of the song. It makes me want to borrow a poodle, some sunglasses and walk purposely along the Seine dressed in 60s Coco Chanel (or a daytime version of that Paco Rabanne dress that Sakura raves about!).
The Dominoes – Have Mercy Baby
This was one of the last tracks with Clyde McPhatter on lead vocal before he went off to Atlantic to form The Drifters, his place being taken by Jackie Wilson. A few years later, James Brown did a remake of this, but I think this 1953 recording was better.
The Avett Brothers – Kick Drum Heart
I heard this song on the radio, I didn’t know who it was (despite Tin’s best efforts to educate me). At first I felt a little guilty for liking it, because it seemed so poppy. Then I loved how raggedy it was, and how it got more wild and raggedy as it went on…all the while being happy and poppy. And then I didn’t want it to end. And then I came home and bought it and now I can’t stop listening to it.
The Killers – All These Things That I’ve Done
Xenomania’s Brian Higgins recently named Brandon Flowers his favourite living songwriter in the Graun. This song gives a good indication why, bearing as it does many of the hallmarks of the best Xenomania tracks: a driving beat, a lyric that sounds good but verges on meaningless (“I got soul but I’m not a soldier…”) and four songs’ worth of hooks crammed into one. Favourite bit? Brandon’s hard-won howling from the four-minute mark.
Ling Tosite Sigure – Telecastic Fake Show
凛として時雨 is the name of the band but I am not sure how this is romanised. I have seen both Ling Tosite Sigure and Rin Toshite Shigure. Anyway the name in English means Dignified and Drizzle. They are a three-piece band with 2 guys and girl. I think having a female vocalist as well as a male vocalist makes them quite versatile. This track is from their 2009 album Just a Minute. It always gives me energy and puts me in a good mood!!! They played in London and Brighton in 2010 – maybe you saw them???
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