Spillyear 1977

If you’ve been paying attention over the last couple of weeks, you’ll have realised that our next stop is 1977.

What a momentous year for music! The top-selling singles in the UK were “Mull of Kintyre” by Wings, “Don’t Give Up On Us” by David Soul, Julie Covington singing “Don’t Cry For Me, Argentina”, “When I Need You” by Leo Sayer and “Silver Lady” (David Soul again). Notable albums included Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumours”, Meatloaf’s “Bat Out Of Hell” and “Going for the One” by Yes. Other best-selling records included “20 Golden Greats” by the Shadows, “20 Golden Greats” by Diana Ross and the Supremes and “The Sound of Bread”.

Am I missing out on anything significant?

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Classik Trax of the ’80’s

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Barbryn mentioned in a comment during his ’88 ‘spill years post:

I’m not at all a dance music expert, and could be wrong, but my impression is that the acid house scene didn’t leave behind many records that you’d want to listen to if you weren’t off your face at a rave. But it did cross-fertilise with indie to give us the Stone Roses, Happy Mondays and so on, and came into full flower a few years later when DJs and dance acts became superstars (as Fuel alluded to in last week’s thread).

So I thought I’d sling together a playlist because the rise of acid / house / techno music and it’s euphoric beats is to me just the equivalent of someone sitting in a field and getting emotionally involved in the intricacies of a ’60’s guitar/sitar/drum wig out …. you can experience it in that field on drugs or analyse and enjoy it on a record player without added stimulants. Continue reading

Burning Down The House

feuer hs 11 jeannot groß(Photo: Holger Wentzlaff)

This week got off to a difficult start when fire broke out in a neighbour’s flat early Monday morning. We had 22 fire engines here, it took all day to get the fire out (and even then it started up again 2 days later) and we were very, very lucky to get away with only one person in hospital with light burns. Another person had to crawl across the roof to escape, three flats are completely burned out – the people living there have lost everything they possess – and a further eight flats had to be evacuated and will take at least six months to repair and renovate.

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Following on from Panthersan’s ‘Famous House Guest’ Post… or, My How ThatBoyWonder’s Grown!

Luke’s post about potentially famous (or not!) German musicians sharing his bathroom has prompted me to subject you to an update on TheBoyWonder’s musical career. His band (The Box) is no more, the others having gone away to university and/or a gap year in warmer climes. Himself is currently singing for his (often liquid) supper, quite literally, in the smaller Hamburg clubs, opening as support for the evening’s headline acts, as can be viewed in the video above.

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My twelve months with RR

Hello everyone

If you don’t mind, this is a slightly self indulgent post, so feel free to stop reading at this point if you are not interested.

This week marks a year since I started playing Readers Recommend. Its been a lot of fun, and I wanted to share a few thoughts about it, including revisiting the six A listers that I have had since I began playing.

Several years ago I had stumbled across the RR blog, when I was google searching something about a song, I can’t really remember, but I didn’t really pay much attention. I got whatever I was searching for and moved on without giving it much more thought. In more recent times though, the Guardian had launched their Australian news website, which is largely the UK version with a little bit extra Australian content. So in June 2014, I was on the main page of the website looking at the news of the day, when I saw a link to Readers Recommend, songs about taxis, and decided to follow it and add some thoughts of my own.

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