1: The Butthole Surfers – White, Dumb, Ugly and Poor ~
A bit of a theme song for me this one. From their 1983 demo it’s, by their standards, a bit tame.
2: Billy Jenkins And The Fun Horns Of Berlin – (Not) Close To You ~
From the 1996 album East And West Now Wear The Same Vest, this for me combines beauty and the blues with political pertinence and some fantastic avant-garde thrashing. From a time when the reunification honeymoon was well and truly over, and the new Germany was indeed a state of ambivalence, what better way to portray it musically than this monumental Bacharach – David cover ? Billy Jenkins is not only a great British jazzer, he is also accredited by the British Humanist Association as a humanist funeral celebrant. And he went to school with Billy Idol.
3: Kim Weston – Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me A Little While) ~
Here’s a real earworm; so much so that my sig. oth. gives me The Look when I start to sing it. Not obscure, not clever-clever, maybe even a bit naff, but a performance of immense proportions, IMHO. Often covered, but how the Doobies, the Isleys or Phil Collins (!) thought they could better it I’ll never know.
4: Edgar ‘Jones’ Jones – Oh Man, That’s Some Shit! ~
An infuriatingly catchy number from a strangely “not known as well as he should be” super talent – it takes its lead from classic highly repetitive Gospel chants, but is perhaps more of a hymn of praise to some particularly good Mary Jane…
5: Handsome Hank And The Lonesome Boys – Video Killed The Radio Star ~
Switzerland’s most famous Country and Western band. This is a fine example of their “Alpine Blue Ridge” style.
6: Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears – Get Yo Shit ~
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