Thirteenth of May – unlucky for some – but not for us, I hope. The following worm cast has no particular theme, other than that the tunes all seemed to fit together somehow. “Themelessly”, you might say, if you had a lisp. See what you think – fingers firmly crossed.
Sailing Day – Bump of Chicken – Sakura: I am a big fan of Japanese indie band Bump of Chicken. This is one of my favourites by them. The song is about taking risks and being adventurous. I really like the positive feel and message of it.
The Dharma Bums – Cruel Acres – Rich James: The Bums were a Portland band during the late eighties/early nineties, tipped to be the first alternative band to really break into the mainstream. They didn’t – Nirvana did, and the rest is history. So their heartfelt paens and poignant pop songs about youthful longing were lost and forgotten. This is my favourite song from their debut record. Shimmering guitars and gutsy singing. And lousy sound quality.
The Men They Couldn’t Hang – The Colours – bishbosh: “And to the masters, we are the rabble, we are the swinish multitude, but we can rearrange the colours of the red and the white and the blue…” Yes, it’s crude and a tad Les Mizzish, but it’s a right rousing tune. And these days, we should all constantly be yelling something similar at Cameron, Osborne and co, shouldn’t we? (And props to the likes of Mitch who are!)
Wild One – Jerry Lee Lewis – RockingMitch: The Killer covering the only rock & roll ‘classic’ to come out of Australia (Johnny O’Keefe). Later re-done by Iggy Pop.
The Bluebells – Cath – BeltwayBandit: Best known for the very catchy “Young at Heart”, there were some other great Celtic influenced pop songs in their canon, and I’ve always rather liked this one. Helpful if you are ever trying to work out how many words rhyme with “Cath”.
Coolio – Gangsta’s Paradise – Abahachi: One of the very small number of singles that I have ever bought, as I loved this song (and not just because of Michelle Pfeiffer in the video) but found the hair too annoying to contemplate a more extensive engagement with his music…