Spill Game Week 9: Eleven Minus

I’ve thought long and hard about this. I have tried to avoid “all dismal, all dead”; I have not picked any West African music because Bish did that last week; and I have tried to make it cheerful. The result is a bit anodyne but that could be a fiendish plot to make it more difficult, unless you are DsD or Shoey, who will probably swing the axe with gusto. The sacrificial lambs follow – which one will you cast out on the mountainside?

Spring Song – Linda Lewis
Spring 1979. Curled in the warmth of a new relationship. Sunday morning, slightly hung over. Linda Lewis’ album “Lark” on the stereo. Sun filtering through the curtains. Toast. Bliss.

She Said – Plan B
It’s a real earworm, great voice, great rhythm, tells a story.
What’s not to like?

Going Down Slow – Steve Payne
A nice bit of blues from Mr Payne – he used to be a regular on the Bristol circuit, with Keith Warmington on harmonica. Not sure who is playing harmonica on this track, though.

Show Me Heaven – Maria McKee
This one is for my inner Bish. Have it on a compilation album, and (a rare thing in my collection) it is sung by a woman. Great power ballad.

Payphone – Maroon 5
This one is for my inner young Munday. He plays it often and it’s so catchy (he has the clean version) but I ignore the bad language in this one. I’m sure he will hear it all at school, anyway.

Yellow Moon – The Neville Brothers
Ahhh. Yellow Moon, what tales you could tell. Thank goodness you’re not on Twitter.

Theme from Boat Weirdos – Joe Walsh
Well, back to the early ’80s when my friend was a big fan of Joe Walsh; The Eagles; The Allman Brothers; Alan Parsons and Steve Miller. I still have lots of compilation tapes and this is from one of them.

The Boys of Summer – Don Henley
I’ve never been to the States but in my mind’s eye I’m there, cruising down the boulevard in my convertible, wind in my hair, looking gorgeous. You may need to work up some imagination here.

Wild Mountain Honey – Steve Miller
See above. We are starting to get seriously laid back and Radio 2 but not so much as:

I Woke Up Laughing – Robert Palmer
Music to wash your hair in? Maybe, the rhythm is rather rain-like, and I love it. It’s just so odd. He struck me as someone who knew how to have a damn good time.

Hocus Pocus – Focus
Oy! Wake up at the back there! Warning: gratuitous whistling may cause aural discomfort. At least it’s not Flo Rida.

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96 thoughts on “Spill Game Week 9: Eleven Minus

  1. Must keep: Hocus Pocus – I’m on a Nederpop kick right now, and this is prog rock that’s silly and fun and doesn’t take itself so seriously.

    The tribe has spoken (torch snuffed out): Wild Mountain Honey – As much as I admire Miller his cluttered sci-fi psychedelia sounds painfully dated today. Dated in a bad way.

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  2. I’m afraid I’m going to have to reject ‘Payphone’ on the grounds that I cannot stand either Maroon 5 or the song. Not a big fan of actual payphones, either ;)

    My keep goes to Plan B for ‘She Said’. I’ve never been a fan of his music but that’s really catchy!

    • Thought Maroon 5 would be the favourite to go, but we shall see … if young Munday gets his friends to vote it could be a different story.

  3. Again, can’t listen til tonight, but here’s a surprise for you:
    Anyone who tries to eject Maria McKee will have to go through me! I was already a fan from back in her Lone Justice days, but this song just tipped my entire stock of lover/protector juice into the emotional blender.
    It’s actually one if those songs that still has so big an effect on me that I have to ration how often and when/where I listen to it.
    Eeps! Big softy admission now out – best get my head down and get back to the over-running kitchen wallpapering. (And air-guitar inch to Freebird on Planet Rock)

    Laters.

    DsD

  4. Hadn’t heard Linda Lewis before, quite a girlish way of singing, isn’t it? The plan B is very catchy, but I preferred it before the man started talking. Lovely harmonica and laid back sound on the next one.
    I might have some doubts about the combination of the words ‘great’, ‘power’ and ‘ballad’, but I will keep them to myself to avoid getting into a fight with DsD.

    Didn’t like the Maroon 5 track, ‘Moves like Jagger’ is the kids favourite in our house, although older son is playing ‘Use Somebody’ for music, so I’ve had that stuck in my head for a fortnight (preferred version is Bat for Lashes).

    Quite liked the Neville Brothers song, the next one is quite dreamy and peaceful, relaxing. I bought the 7″ single of Boys of Summer when it came out, had no idea who Don Henley was, but I liked the song, still sounds good and you are gorgeous darling, don’t be falsely modest!

    Steve Miller and Robert Palmer don’t do it for me, but I did listen in case I’d been misjudging them, I like Focus already, it’s such a fun track.

    I think I’d have to keep Focus for the yodelling, they are fabulous and as a vegetarian I won’t be sacrificing any lambs, but I don’t really want to hear ‘Payphone’ again. Thanks for making the list.

  5. Linda Lewis: That voice may take some getting used to. A bit ‘little girlie’ for me. But nice sound otherwise. Keep.

    Plan B: Absolutely keep. Great song, great production, sound bloke saying stuff that needs to be heard (in general, not in this song in particular).

    Steve Payne: I think I’ve mentioned before that the blues don’t quite connect with me, but this is rather lovely. Nice mellow sound. Keep.

    Maria McKee: Weirdly, despite having her first five albums, I don’t own a copy of “Show Me Heaven”. I do love it though. Even if I have to banish images of Tom Cruise and racing cars. Her “This Perfect Dress” was a contender for my 11 last week actually. Love her.

    Maroon 5: Should I be embarrassed that I’d never heard this before? I don’t mind it at all, though I could do without the rap break. Not because it’s rap but because it’s lazy.

    The Neville Brothers: I first encountered that voice on his I Don’t Know Much duet with Linda Ronstadt and found it a bit weird and quavery. But then, I was a callow youth. I love it now. Keep.

    Joe Walsh: This is sort of passing me by (but then I am sort of working). Not unpleasant though.

    Don Henley: Back when I was a teenager and desperately wanted to be cool, I would never have admitted to enjoying this, but it’s kind of irresistible. Sucks me into feeling nostalgic for an experience I never had. Keep.

    Steve Miller: Well, at least it’s not The Joker. All that “pompatus of love” business… *shudder* Yeah, it’s a chilled listen. I don’t even know about wild mountain honey either. My bad.

    Robert Palmer: Ooh, you’re really pushing all my ‘cool teen’ buttons. It was de rigueur to dislike this old smoothie when I was at school. But again, I secretly enjoyed a few of his: I Didn’t Mean To Turn You On, She Makes My Day. I enjoyed the backing on this more than the singing, but it was all inoffensive.

    Hocus Pocus: Oh dear, I’m sorry but this is making my flesh crawl. At least that makes my decision easy: bin!

    Nice listening experience overall though, Ali. I may start again from the top now!

  6. Linda Lewis: no – that voice nearly had me throwing things at the computer
    Plan B: wasn’t sure quite what to expect, but it wasn’t this. It might grow on me
    Steve Payne: Bristol blues? And why not?
    Maria McKee: she’s one of the few people who’s recorded a TP cover I can tolerate, so props for her (though I believe she broke Benmont’s heart. Or possibly vice versa – he is a Heartbreaker after all.)
    Maroon 5: quite catchy to start with, yes, but the more it went on the more I disliked it. Does young Munday even know what a payphone is?
    Neville Brothers: now, that’s more the stuff!
    Two former Eagles: one I’d never heard, one I’ve heard too often, possibly…but yes, I’m with beth, you are gorgeous.
    Steve Miller: good lord, I didn’t realise he did psychedelic. Pleasant, but I like The Joker better.
    Robert Palmer: also pleasant…and also prefer his earlier stuff (Vinegar Joe! Yay!). What happened at the end there?
    Focus: Wiki says the band have ‘found renewed fame’ but I wasn’t aware of that – I remember them from the first time round. Yes, very jolly!

    This reads as if I’m damning with faint praise, Ali, but all together I thought it was an interesting collection. Payphone has to go though.

    • Payphone still favourite to go – yes, I suspect young Munday has no idea what a payphone is – no idea what happened to RP at the end, it was like that when I downloaded it (but of course I didn’t get to hear the end until I’d paid for the track – flutters eyelashes gorgeously …

  7. I’ll keep Linda Lewis (I have an unusually high tolerance for slightly twee little girl voices, and that was a very pretty song), Plan B and, of course, Maria McKee. Also enjoyed Steve Miller (never knowingly heard anything by him that isn’t “The Joker”) and, surprisingly, Focus. “The Girls of Summer” is a lovely melody: I’d like to hear a cover version free from 80s production crimes.

    Talking of production crimes: Maroon 5 are sentenced to oblivion for grievous auto-tune abuse. I’m afraid I couldn’t make it to the end.

  8. Linda Lewis – I love the backing and I’m generally a fan of women singing in their own voices (as opposed to the X-factor standard). Her voice just about stays the acceptable side of ‘girly’. Short, sweet and a keeper.
    Plan B – Having recently been on a car ride with my son, I’ve heard this before. It’s OK. Ben Drew is a very talented chap and, although I’m not a fan of talky-sing (have I ever mentioned this?!), it can stay. The structure is interesting and the backing is good.
    Steve Payne – Cool. It had me with the triplets in the intro. Although there’s plenty of bog-standard blues phrasing, the overall effect I like.
    Maria McKee – I just got increasingly tense as it built up and her voice started fracturing into yodels. But then it calmed down again and I didn’t have to terminate it. So, that was a relief. Was the tom-tom thing derived from a slowed-down Not Fade Away?
    Maroon 5 – assembled by Musichits Incorporated (c). There may be a transposed ‘s’ in that first word.
    The Neville Brothers – groovy. Those voices could sing the back of a cornflake packet and I still wouldn’t object. The slight dip into reggae-rhythm wasn’t necessary, though. The sax breaks were.
    Joe Walsh – surprisingly pleasant. I was expecting something a lot louder and brasher. Nice.
    Don Henley – I once went into meticulous detail on RR about why these are such bad lyrics. I won’t repeat that here (although I can’t resist noting that a whole lot of young people put new Deadhead stickers on their cars a couple of years after this record attempted to consign the band to the past). I understand the attraction to the concept and music, however.
    Steve Miller – This is perfectly OK, although a bit too drifty maybe.
    Robert Palmer – I just copied his Sneakin’ Sally Through The Alley to CD. I’m not a fan of his sleazy image but he does have a great voice and gets involved in some worthwhile projects. This starts out in showbizland (making the audience applaud itself!) and takes far too long to get started. I love the groove and the odd metre but it also takes far too long to get finished. Was that a Monty Python foot at the end?
    Focus – even worse than Mr Henley’s effort. I do not like this and never have. Yodelling and rawk? I bet the Barron Knights wrote the original. Did I hear a kitchen sink in there somewhere?

    Please remove the Focus thing: it’s dreadful. Even worse than Mr Henley’s effort. The Maroon 5 track can go, too, except that those things are self-replicating, so ejection is futile.

    Thanks for exposing yourself to us, Ali. As that dreadful song says: ‘You’re beautiful.’

    • Thank you. I am only semi-exposed, the songs I care most about are sheltering in the barn and are not going to be let out to graze until it’s safe.

    • Excellent!

      Lineup to date here then -

      Oct 16 – Fintan (email me if you want some help)

      Oct 23 – Beth

      Oct 30- Chris

      Nov 6 – Abahachi

      Nov 13 – Gentle Irish Punk

      Nov 20 – ?

      Unless anyone disagrees, i think it’s probably a good idea to put this series on hiatus over the holiday season. People are very busy and there is a ton of year-end Spill lists to listen to, and i’m afeared that playlists from this series may get lost in the shuffle and won’t get the listen they ought to.

      Anyone still wanting to do a series in that timeframe is of course more than welcome, or maybe we could do a substitute kind of ‘Spill challenge during that time if folks (i’m one) look forward to some sort of a regular Tuesday game.

      • I agree. We will have our top threes of the year to do, etc. I’m hoping for some great releases in the next month or so or my choices are going to be a tad mediocre this year! (No change there then, etc.)

      • bish you raise a good point. Dunno about anyone else, but I was a bit bewildered about all the Christmassy/New Year traditions, despite the general chit-chat about them. Could someone do a quick summary post about what is done, when and what prep work we might be doing. I can’t remember the top 3 thing, for a start. Some of us newer folk might appreciate it?

      • IIRC, there are two established traditions. One is the Festive Spill, in each of us sends in our three top tracks of the year and these then get put together into three giant playlists – which is when some of us discover the music we *should* have been listening to this year… The other is the Spill Awards, an opportunity to vote for the top records, films etc. of the year; I’ve organised this for the last couple of years, and so – unless someone wants to volunteer to take over – I’ll probably put out a call for nominations in late November.

      • That is my recollection, though I guess you could make a case for a track released earlier that you’ve only discovered this year [prepares to be slapped down by the custodians of the tradition].

      • Yes, Amy – released this year or very late last year. I suppose a case could be made for re-releases of stuff that was so obscure that you couldn’t have been expected to have heard it before 2012. But essentially it’s your top three tracks released in 2012.

      • guess i should desperately start trawling the charts!

        SpottedRich -

        As i recall though, there is much, much more going on here as well. A lot of folks put up their own lists and end of year posts, and who is the Christmas song list manager this year?

      • I’d like to see an one-off or occasional “Introduce Yourself” theme.

        Just the simple basics: what country you’re in (right now IIRC, RTJ and I are the only Americans on board that I know of), your basic musical likes and dislikes, how you found RR, explain your choice of avatar, etc.

      • There’s steenbeck and Fintan. And two expat Brits if you count those – gf and Shoey.

        And what happened to eric?

      • SHA, a lot of that stuff happened when the Spill first started – indeed, I think it was the origin of the End of the Week Questions. But there’s been such a change-over of people in the last few years, it would be very interesting to do it all over again.

      • one day, amy, i will think of a list one day .. i’m up two tracks so far
        really enjoy these lists

      • I’m holding you to that, Dralfie. You have plenty of time to think of more, will probably fire up the series again after the New Year.

      • Re introducing ourselves – there used to be a map, we all stuck a virtual pin in it to show where we were in the world – I think it was Cauliflower’s idea. Is the map still ‘live’ somewhere?

      • The Google map is still there and still live, but damned if I can find it! I could’ve sworn I linked my account to it, but am not finding it at the moment.

      • SpottedRichard: For the last couple of years, we’ve had a Christmas Earworms Extravaganza, with lots of people sending in favourite (but hopefully not over-familiar) Xmas songs. Don’t know if you’re volunteering to compile this… :-)

        Everyone: Do please send in your top 3 tracks of the year for the Festive Spill… the more the merrier.

      • @amylee – no, Shoey is traditionally the Festive Spill curator – I’m just an enthusiast. This year is going to involve some hard choices.

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      • Ok. 20th Nov it is. Calendar currently empty and if I don’t have a working PC by then I’ll’ve topped meself out of frustration anyway!!!!

      • We’ll get it done. If you don’t have a PC working by then, maybe you can email me the mp3′s and stuff from your iThing? Ctoss that bridge when we get to it.

  9. For once, I know quite a few of these already, and it’s hard to reject them as a result – even Focus, which is too familiar to be as annoying as it ought to be. As one of the people who’s regularly annoyed Chris on the subject, I have to keep Don Henley (well, also because I love it to bits even now). Plan B, Neville Brothers, Maria McKee, Joe Walsh and Robert Palmer all have to stay as well.

    Which leaves the unfamiliar stuff… Linda’s voice is not at all to my taste, and the rest of the song doesn’t compensate sufficiently. However, is it as aggravating as Maroon 5? I’m really not sure… The rest are fine by me, though none has made a really big impression on first hearing.

  10. Ok. This looks like a good mellowish sort of playlist to start the day off with. Have a bit of an unexpected hangover. The nice young guys next flat over knocked on my door and dragged me out of my rabbithole, plied me with sweet tea vodka and a birthday brownie with ice cream. Bit rough for a beer and wine drinker. If their band ever makes it big i can say i knew them when.

    Linda Lewis – Liked this just fine, she can stay. Vocals even a bit Joni-ish, but more coy.

    Plan B – Uh-oh, candidate for the heap. Bailed out by the unexpected rap break, and can stay probably due to a beady eyeball further down the list.

    Steve Payne – This is more like it, we’re ine th comfort zone now. New to me and nice, he can stay.

    Maria McKee – Not a convert yet. She has a great voice, and i like some of her songs better than others. This one is indeed a bit too MOR power ballady for my liking, but she can still stay.

    Maroon 5 – Pre-conceived predjudice, i think they’re a pack of twats. Do have a sort of inexplicable fondness for She Will Be Loved. And they don’t do so badly with forays into jazzier territory either. This is a candidate for the scrap heap, but again bailed out by the unexpected rap break – what’s that doing in there? Jury out, depending on what’s upcoming.

    Neville Bros – Fantastic, loved it. Candidate for the main keeper, but it would be tough to dislodge the known to me frontrunner further down the list.

    Joe Walsh – I’m touch and go with him. Love James Gang, stuff like Rocky Mountain Way, meh about the Iggles, loathe that maserati one. This one is nice, it can stay. Didn’t know he did mellow.

    Boys of Summer – Well. Never did like this song. And he was wrong, the Dead live. Have recently become acquainted with a tall and exquisite college creature whose favorite band is the Dead. Knows all the same sites Chris does. Due to age he settles for Phish live. In this context, the song doesn’t sound so bad though. Surprisingly to me, i think it can stay.

    Steve Miller – This is nice. Think i may have heard it before, sounds familiar. Steve Miller is one who i never really sought out, but always seem to enjoy his tunes when they come on the radio, familiar as the big hits are. This one can certainly stay.

    Robert Palmer – I love Robert Palmer. Had a great voice. Didn’t know he did reggae-ish, this is lovely. Keep.

    Focus – Tossed a bone to the rock fans, eh? (Thought i might have seen a QOTSA on this list.) Well, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better one. Axe-wank perfection. Had the single as a kid, was obsessed with it, and never, ever get tired of it. I’m holding on to it and running and you’ll never prise it from my grasp.

    For the toss it’s a tossup between Maroon 5 and Plan B. Fraid i’m reluctant to listen to them both again to make a final decision.

    Thanks Ali!

  11. Do you know one of those feathery things is missing an eye? It’s creeping me out. :-)

    Spring Song – Linda Lewis
    I remember her rendition of It’s In His Kiss, but that’s all. I do like her voice. I liked the song very much. Very summery.

    She Said – Plan B
    Nice vocal range – the falsetto reminds me of someone else, can’t think who.

    Going Down Slow – Steve Payne
    Po Boy blues. Nice voice and I like the harp.

    Show Me Heaven – Maria McKee
    Nothing to argue with here.

    Payphone – Maroon 5
    Not a fan.

    Yellow Moon – The Neville Brothers
    Nice. Love that squelchy bassline.

    Theme from Boat Weirdos – Joe Walsh
    Good example of JW.

    The Boys of Summer – Don Henley
    Connecting with my 80s self and instantly regretting I never was a biker chick.

    Wild Mountain Honey – Steve Miller
    Unfairly I cringe when I see Steve Millier because I hate The Joker so much, but this is nice although the rippling tubular bells are the teensiest bit overdone, imho.

    I Woke Up Laughing – Robert Palmer
    Nice rhythm as you say, Ali. Like the marimba particularly.

    Hocus Pocus – Focus
    We have a winner. Playing air-guitar and head-banging along with the song. :)

    Thanks for sharing Ali.

    • The feathery things are made of clay and they all had eyeballs at some point – but we weren’t very good at making them so some of them fell out. It passed an afternoon, though. Not quite sure why we haven’t thrown them out! There was a dragon too, but his leg fell off …

  12. OK, the usual thing, comments as I listen and a decision at the end.

    Spring Song – Linda Lewis
    Linda Lewis was one of those artists who were almost unavoidable on the live circuit in the early to mid-70s. Saw her a few times. She was good live. This one is nice enough, but a bit lightweight. Not one for the drop, though.
    She Said – Plan B
    It’s Mr Plan B, Ben Drew himself that lets this one down. I hate his voice, I hate white rappers trying to sound black. He was rubbish in the recent “Sweeney” film too. A candidate for the “no” vote.
    Going Down Slow – Steve Payne
    Nice guitar playing, nice singing too and I like the harmonica. A keeper. Weirdly, much as I dislike white rappers trying to be black, I can handle white blues singers doing the same thing.
    Show Me Heaven – Maria McKee
    This one satisfies my inner craving for cheese. Maria McKee has a great voice and I simply cannot resist a good power ballad. I like Lone Justice too. A definite keeper. Shivers down my spine is right!
    Payphone – Maroon 5
    Like the late Mr Presley, this one is a very strong candidate to leave the building. I cannot see the appeal of Maroon 5. So much so, in fact, I’ve skipped it.
    Yellow Moon – The Neville Brothers
    This is more like it, a great track from an album I used to have on vinyl. It stays.
    Theme from Boat Weirdos – Joe Walsh
    Ha, this is the classic Joe Walsh sound, it really couldn’t be anyone else. I’d have preferred Rocky Mountain Way though.
    The Boys of Summer – Don Henley
    I love this song. I love Don Henley’s voice and there is nothing about this that could be bettered. I am singing along to this one and dancing in the chair.
    Wild Mountain Honey – Steve Miller
    This is warm Summer evenings back in the 70s, up on the flat roof of the big old shared house where I lived with my then-partner, watching the sun set over west London, nicely befuddled with various intoxicants and wishing I could smell the mountain pines. Beautiful.
    I Woke Up Laughing – Robert Palmer
    Not really a fan of Robert Palmer. Saw him with Vinegar Joe and liked his Sneaking Sally Through The Alley album (with The Meters and Lowell George as his backing band) but lost interest in him when he went all lounge lizard. This is Ok, but not one I’d worry about hearing again. Maybe a possible one for the door, it doesn’t really go anywhere.
    Hocus Pocus – Focus
    Ah, so many memories. Happy ones too, mainly. I saw Focus a couple of times and they were an excellent live act. Keep, and not just for old time’s sake.

    So, what goes? Tricky. I think the female voice lets Mr B off the hook so he can stay. Which leaves a toos up between Maroon 5 and Robert Palmer. It’s a toughy, neither song worked for me, so they are both ejected. Byeeeeeeee!

  13. Hi Ali. Plan B tune a big favourite in our house. Personally, I think he gets off lightly. That soft soulful voice don’t fool me. She should have been the one on trial for slashing his neck with a broken bottle after he dumped her so coldy. Electric chair at one time. Bring out the lie detector test! Wilemena @Jezza Kyle Show.

    • Hi – nice to have a thoughtful and well-balanced view! She may well have had a point – as my dad used to say: “If you don’t want the goods, don’t mess them about.”

      • or….”if you don’t want the goods, don’t open the rapper”. Ha ha! Sorry. I will listen to the whole thing later today with a brew or two. Wifey duties to perform now after being laid up for a wee while (and I do mean housework! ;) x

  14. I know who would really love this playlist, that’s GordonImmel. I like it too. Linda Lewis, Neville Brothers, Joe Walsh, Robert Palmer are my favourites, but Maroon 5 get the heave-ho from me I’m afraid, the only one that merited drying my hands while washing up to fast-forward ! I like Move Like Jagger though.

    Thanks Ali !

  15. Had a quick run through of all the tracks (for some reason I never seem to have much time to myself at this end of the week) , but some of the music I already knew.

    Linda Lewis, Steve Payne, The Neville Bothers and Maroon 5 were all O.K. but nothing special for me.

    Plan B, Maria McKee, Steve Miller and Robert Palmer are all good.

    Joe Walsh, Don Henley and Focus were all absolute standouts.

    Of all of them I’d leave out Steve Payne and keep Joe Walsh.

  16. Linda Lewis – Oh, no, that voice is not for me. An early candidate for the exit door, though the song itself is pleasantly and inoffensively Joni-like.

    Plan B – As I think I saw someone say above, the man is obviously talented, and has earned a measure of my respect when he made my jaw hit the floor HARD the first time I ever heard Kidz on his debut album. Butbutbut … he has repeatedly stuck self-destruct pins into the voodoo doll of his own career with some of the things he’s said/done. And I heartily agree with Carole about white artists who SSSOOOOO want to sound black. So this song isn’t going to earn him the DsD ‘Winner Stays On’ nomination for this week.

    Steve Payne – Never heard of him, but now I want to know why I haven’t. Very listenable, if not very memorable. But … damn, I think I’m guilty of the same hypocrisy Carole also mentioned above.

    Maria McKeeeeeeooooooooohh … mmmmmmm … back in four mins …

  17. Linda Lewis does veer toward the ickle girlie voice that I dislike so much. Mercifully after the first few lines she settled down to singing “properly” and the song was rather good.

    Oh, I know this! Had no idea it was Plan B who I have never, knowingly, heard before. Could that bloke shut up while she’s singing? Liked this apart from the rap.

    Steve Payne, I’d never heard of but liked a lot. Laid back, mellow lazy blues. Suits my mood just fine. Great stuff.

    Maria McKee. Yes I know and love this one, Gorgeous.

    Ah – so this is what Maroon 5 sound like. Do they use that vocal gadget thingie on all their songs? Didn’t like it at all at first. Warmed to it slightly as it went on. Hated the rap.

    Neville Brothers. Lovely. Great voices. This is what I want.

    Oh this isn’t the Joe Walsh I remember. He was usually rockier than this. Took a bit of getting used to. Yes. Quite liked it after adjusting my ear-holes. A bit of a grower because on the third listen it started to sound great.

    Don Henley – I know and neither like not dislike the song. It just exists. Probably shouldn’t be listened to in a small flat in Morden. Where’s my convertable? We’ll both be gorgeous in it (once I’ve learned to drive).

    Steve Miller – Didn’t make much of an impact. The music was quite lush but I just don’t get his voice. I would have enjoyed it just as much as an instrumental.

    Good evening! Robert Palmer – pleasant enough. Didn’t send me.

    Focus – Love this. Always have (although I would not have admitted this between 1976 and 1979). Yodel on.

    If I kept just one it would be Maria McKee. If I lost just one it would be either Robert Palmer or Maroon 5.

    On balance I’ll ditch Maroon 5.

  18. Maroon 5 – Ah, so THAT’S what my daughters have been singing around the house recently. This is rather less appealing than their version, but objectively, there’s only a parent would say that. Don’t feel the need to hear this again, and will be paying rather more attention to EXACTLY which words Jess & Darce are singing from here on in.
    **puts on disapproving parental frown face**

    The Neville Brothers – Don’t think I own this, but I really should listen to more Neville Brothers stuff than I do. Groovin’ in my seat.

    Joe Walsh – Not a song I knew before, and after this week’s Earworms and a day of Planet Rock as accompaniment to my wallpapering, not enough oomph to particularly make me want to put hand in pocket to remedy that, either.

    Don Henley – Was never that keen on this song, but Henley’s The End Of The Innocence album IS a massive DsD fave, so I have no aversion to this Eagle either. Too familiar for me to want to “keep”; I’m gonna hear it periodically whether I want to or not.

    Steve Miller – eeesh, get ON with it man. No, this week’s rockin’ out has left me with way too little patience for the vibe AliM is sharing with us from her Laurel Canyon … I mean, Holme Valley home. Sorry, Ali.

    Robert Palmer – Now here’s a man whose music can make me move & grin. But I think all I can say here is … fits well into the aforementioned playlist vibe. However, this is the song I’m mentally filing away for fitting into future DsD mood-playlists.

    Focus – A permanent fixture on my Walkman, ‘Nuff said.

    So … time for the vote. I think it’s between Steve Payne and Focus . . . for who gets to tell Maria McKee she still has my devotion. In the playoff to avoid relegation, I really couldn’t pick a winner between Maroon 5 and Linda Lewis: is there a scenario in which they could both lose?

    • Well, I expected far more vitriol and I can’t believe you like Maria McKee. And yes, guilty as charged of a rather tame playlist. But I shouldn’t worry about Maroon 5, the version young Munday has is the radio friendly one, so I expect your girls have the same. I’m just going to stick Maroon 5 in the back of the convertible and drive them out of town … Severin, could you ask you admirers to budge up, please? I’ll drop you somewhere nice on the way.

  19. The axeman cometh:

    Linda Lewis needs to lay off the helium – wasn’t bad once you got used to her voice.

    Plan B: Quite liked this too.

    Steve Payne probably will be going down if he doesn’t turn down that fucking harmonica. Bad Brit pub blues. Sorry.

    Maria McKee: Attempted power balladry is reason enough to get you thrown in a lake strapped to Steve Payne. Against my better judgement, however, think she actually gets away with it. This time.

    Neville Brothers. Aaron always sounds a little constipated to me. Nice arrangement though, can stay.

    Moron 5. Auto tune? Off with their heads! (Wasn’t bad apart from that).

    Joe Walsh: Yawn. Thought he was supposed to be the most interesting Eagle?

    Don Henley: Wins the battle of The Eagles, but Joe didn’t put up much of a fight this time.

    Steve Miller: Enjoyed his live set a couple of years ago, can’t really say I enjoyed this.

    Robert Palmer. His stuff was always well produced & stands up pretty compared to other 80′s excesses. Would like to hear the studio version without the endless introductions of his global troupe of session players.

    Focus: What were they thinking? Brilliant – clear winner.

    • Phew! That wasn’t as bad as I expected. Feel a bit sorry for Steve P but I’m not going to argue while you’ve got that axe.

  20. Wow! Not only am I the only one who hates the Focus song but everyone else seems to love it! What’s wrong with you all?!! (Nothing, obviously. You’re all wonderful. I’m the oddity. By definition, really….)

      • I’ve never had a desire to play air guitar, amy. Maybe that’s significant: I’m not interested in how it looks, just how it sounds.

        Yours sincerely
        Mr Po-face

      • From day to day just letting it ride
        You get so far away from how it feels inside
        You can’t let go ’cause you’re afraid to fall
        But the day may come when you can’t feel at all

      • Hey! Quoting me quoting Hunter! Never quite sure how close I ever got to how it feels inside (jeez, I’m glad wilemina doesn’t get around here often). I was brought up in a nice middle-class English household, remember, and have spent a lifetime bottling things up. It’s what we do. (Actually, there’s a series on BBC at the moment about the history of the British ‘stiff upper lip’. It’s fascinating and, to an emotionally-incontinent Yank like yourself (joke!), probably quite informative.)

      • Or, to put it another way, it’s not about the desire to play air guitar, or caring about how it looks. It’s about being moved to play air guitar!

      • No, I did get what you meant, amy. I do get moved by music but it rarely gets manifested physically.

        Ali: Oh yeah, I missed that. Although diametrically opposed to bish in some musical areas (notably the Eighties), there seem to be a number of odd attitudes we share.

    • You are not alone, Bish hated it too. Frankly I expected it to be a candidate for ejection along with Maroon5 (which was a bit like a duck in a barrel, really).

  21. Chucking Maroon 5 out. They one hit wonders. Boring now I’m afraid. Not heard Maria McKee’s solo stuff, probably because was never really keen on this song. I prefered her fiery country girl sound on the Lone Justice album especially ‘Wait Till We Get Home’. myself. Bloody hell! Years since I heard that one. The rest pleasant enough, enjoyed that.

    • Hi Ali. Again. I’m holed up in bed this morning. Still ill. Mr Mena is blitzing the kitchen for me. I don’t believe it! Mind you, last time he attempted some housework, he stabbed an artery in his hand, cleaning the hoover with a sharp knife. I was having a nice relaxing bath, and I had to jump out, pissed wet thru, and take him A&E. So I’m expecting the quiet to end at any time. Anyway. What I wanted to say was, I’ve been enjoying listening to some Lone Justice on YT (haven’t listened for years) inspired by this post, so thanks. You know, I was the only person I knew, in 1985 who liked or even knew of them. I used to be there with my hairbrush belting out those songs in me bedroom. My Dad didn’t mind this stuff tho’.

      Maria is soooo gorgeous here: Sweet Sweet Baby (I’m Falling)

      I’ll stop mithering you now!

      • Hi – sorry to hear you’re still poorly, hope it’s something that’s getting better. DsD likes Lone Justice, I think – Maria McKee is certainly great in this clip, I wouldn’t mind half her energy. Get well soon (if only to save Mr Mena from injury)!

  22. Way, way late to the fray. Nice morning’s listen for me. Catching up on the odd task & pondering where to take Murphy for a walk is my whole agenda at the moment. This went well with some breakfast tea. I’m always amazed at the effect Boys of Summer has on me. Get chill every time. So that’s my keeper. Love it followed by Wild Mountain Honey too. works perfectly. If I’m tossing one Maroon 5 is gone.

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