The Witches of Elswick – Bring Us a Barrel
The ladies go a capella boozing. I love that you can hear their accents, and they certainly sound like they are having fun. This always reminds me – in spirit – of the scenes involving Falstaff and young Hal in the hostelry in Shakespeare’s Henry IV part 1.
Rykarda Parasol – Drinking Song
From my 2011 album of the year, ‘For Blood and Wine’, this has a touch of Siouxsie-Sioux-meets-Patti-Smith about it. Many more dark and mysterious lyrics on the album, but I know nothing about Ms. Parasol and am hoping someone (Fintan maybe?) can enlighten me…
Queen – Sheer Heart Attack
Proto-thrash metal? Freddie’s gauntlet-throwing response to the punk explosion?? A one-chord throwaway demo/jam promoted to full release to hide a dearth of new ideas??? No idea which of these theories (if any) is true, but by ‘eck I still love the rush this gives me!
Atari Teenage Riot – Sick To Death
The reformation of ATR this year has had me listening back to old 12″s. I bought this when it came out in 1997 and thought it was the most extreme and just plain best thing I had ever heard. It still sounds pretty full-on 15 years later! (Aficionados of underground 70s punk – that’s you Wyngatecarpenter! – may recognise the appropriation from the Users.)
YUI – Never say die
YUI is my all time favourite singer songwriter but she does do a lot of pop rock type tracks as well as the typical acoustic guitar singer song writer stuff. This is such a positive track and as soon as I hear it I want to start to dance ! ! ! It was released in 2009 as a double A side with “It’s All Too Much” and was her 5th consecutive number 1 single.
Warren Zevon – Don’t Let Us Get Sick
Absent a lifelong phobia of doctors, Zevon’s cancer might have been caught before it was too late. He spent the year between diagnosis and death doing what a true artist would do – record a last album. It is a mightily poignant work from one often dismissed as lightweight because of his earlier wittier work.
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