Oh you all know the rules (such as they are) by now. Which of these poor defenceless ickle
kittens songs are you going to break my heart by putting up against a wall and shooting? And are there any you might consider giving a good home to?
Track and artist names after the jump (as I believe they call it)…
Yes folks, I’ve gone eclectic. Possibly too eclectic…
1. Indian Ocean – Kandisa: Based on an ancient prayer in Aramaic, I love this tune’s mix of spiritual and celebratory. I promise none of the others are as long as this… Not quite, anyway.
2. Missy Elliott – Pass That Dutch (Amended – aka Unsweary – Version): I’m not a big one for hiphop, but I love Missy’s inventiveness. And turn of phrase. And sense of humour. And voice. And and and… she’s just brilliant basically.
3. Cheikh Lô – Jeunesse Senegal: Since the Africa Express gig, I’ve been revisiting everything African on my iPod. I find this utterly joyous – especially those horns. And the bit where he goes “Africa nice!” always makes me grin.
4. The Originals – Suspicion: Northern Soul ticks all the boxes for a pop nerd, doesn’t it? Motown tunes and production but with the extra cachet of being a bit of secret, insiders’ club. If I ever heard this in a club, it would get me up and dancing.
5. Jacques Brel – La Chanson de Jacky: Speaking of up and dancing, I’ve probably confessed before that in my late teens, my dad once walked in on me in my bedroom, standing on a chair and singing along to (Marc Almond’s version of) this at the top of my lungs, haven’t I? At least I wasn’t w*nking, I suppose.
6. The Charlatans – How High: A group I have tended to find a bit second-rate; a song I find anything but. A huge shot of adrenaline, essentially.
7. Echo & The Bunnymen – My Kingdom: My musical coming of age. Something from the Bunnymen was always going to feature…
8. Caetano Veloso – Cucurrucucú Paloma (Live): … as was something from a film soundtrack. This had me in tears in Talk To Her and often still does.
9. Eyuphuro – Othiawene: Another one from Africa. goneforeign is tangentially responsible for this being in my collection as his Marrabenta Star Orchestra earworms sent me in search of more tracks of the same ilk. Thanks gf!
10. The Checkmates – Love Is All I Have To Give: Still a bit gutted this didn’t get listed in ‘Desperation’ week.
11. Nina Simone – That’s All I Want From You: And finally, because sometimes I want chest-beatingly overwrought and sometimes I just want simple, quiet emotional honesty. (And because no accurate representation of my musical tastes could now fail to include at least one song introduced to me by RR and/or the ‘Spill.)
I have my own suspicions of what track will prove least popular. Let’s see if I’m right… Cheers all! bb x