Mark Knopfler/Gerry Rafferty – The Way It Always Starts
Rafferty had turned his back on his singing career and retreated to the country but was persuaded to record this Mark Knopfler penned song in 1983 for the soundtrack to the film “Local Hero”. After years of alcohol abuse Rafferty died in 2011. Wonderful voice, greatly missed.
Sammi Smith – This Room for Rent
This song is rather typical of the 70s song by the female country singer, Bobbie Gentry, Billie Jo Spears and others could have done rather well. Sammi Smith was just about the only female in the Outlaw Country sub-genre and there’s just a little less sentimentalism and little more bitterness here than you often get (or am I imagining it?).
One2Many – Downtown
No, not that “Downtown”. Petula Clark this isn’t. But this was another of those Woolworth’s bargain bin cassettes, bought on the basis of (a) it being only 50p and (b) a vague remembrance of liking a lone track. “Downtown” was, apparently, a big hit in ’89. Do we remember it? Should we? I still like it – happy Norwegian pop with a nice bit of piano.
Steeleye Span – Cam Ye o’er frae France
Apparently a Scottish song from the Jacobite era. I just love the all over the place tune and the strange pronunciation; until I just looked online, I had no idea what it was about, but even without the history the tune is remarkable.
Django Reinhardt-Swing De Paris
Mrs. Fintan & I have been hooked on Django Reinhardt since seeing Midnight In Paris. As usual, Woody has unimpeccable taste in 30′s jazz. This makes me glad to be alive, it does.
Fleetwood Mac – Seven Wonders
I’d never heard of the Mac before Tango In The Night came out. I blame my age. I was seduced into buying the album on the back of this exotic beauty – and subsequently deeply disappointed by all the insipid Christine McVie ballads therein. Favourite bit? Stevie’s faded-out singing over the outro: “I hope and I pray, well, maybe it might work out some day…”
Heard – or been reminded of – any stick-in-the-ear tunes lately? Why not share them with the ‘Spill? The address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Don’t forget to write a short blurb to accompany the music! Thank you!