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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Earworms 6 July 2015


Thunder, lightning, hailstones, torrential rain and blazing sunshine – it must be summer. And that was just yesterday. Here’s this week’s selection for you, a complete mixture, like the weather. Hope you enjoy, thanks to all and please keep the worms coming to earworm@tincanland.com.

The Last Post – Silence Seems To Say – DsD: Positioned somewhere between Low and The Sundays, I’ve always loved this song. It popped up on my Walkman shuffle t’other day, and I had to change the play mode to Repeat1 for a good half-dozen listens before I could get away from it again.

Billy Hubbard – Who Are You Listening To? – tincanman: Hubbard recorded this at home the other day and shared it for comment. I feed-backed him that it’s one heck of a song. It’s also earwormy; the title question haunts me now as I go about my daily business.

Bob Marley – This Train and The Stone that the Builder Refused – goneforeign: Acoustic Bob: This is a side of Bob that very few have heard; he’s sitting on a hotel bed strumming an acoustic guitar and working out tunes and lyrics, fortunately some smart soul was sharp enough to switch on a recorder and get a decent recording. Possibly songs you’ve never heard before.

Dean McPhee – Solar Crown – AliM: Dean McPhee is a solo electric-guitarist from Yorkshire. This could have been an entry in RR’s “minimalist” category this week – but I think Nilpferd has enough already. Anyway, it’s rather beautiful.

Givers – Ripe – Fuel: Givers are an indie pop group from Lafayette, Louisiana. “You like your man ripe, I like mine still growin’…” I couldn’t possibly comment. (Ed.)

Fable Cry – Fancy Dancing – AliM: Another promo, this one is from a Nashville-based “theatrical scamp-rock” band, whose album “We’ll Show You Were the Monsters Are” is due out in August. It’s macabre yet earwormy at the same time. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ofJG1svfmyI

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Classik Trax of the ’80’s


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

‘Spillyear 1988

At the end of last week’s hugely enjoyable thread Fuel posted a link to a Guardian article that contained the line “1995 sits with 1967, 1977 and 1988 among pop culture’s true glory years”.

I’m sure the Guardian doesn’t go in for phone hacking, but I’m a little put out that I appear to have had my head hacked.

1988 it is (we’ll come to 1977) though there is some confusion about whether the “Second Summer of Love” was 1988 or 1989. Wikipedia hedges its bets:

The Second Summer of Love is a name given to the period in 1988–89 in Britain, during the rise of acid house music and the euphoric explosion of unlicensed MDMA-fuelled rave parties.The term generally refers to the summers of both 1988 and 1989 when electronic dance music and the prevalence of the drug MDMA fuelled an explosion in youth culture culminating in mass free parties and the era of the rave. LSD was also widely available and popular again. The music of this era fused dance beats with a psychedelic, 1960s flavour, and the dance culture drew parallels with the hedonism and freedom of the Summer of Love in San Francisco two decades earlier. Similarities with the Sixties included fashions such as Tie-dye. The smiley logo is synonymous with this period in the UK.

I have vague memories of repetitive beats coming from the hill a couple of miles away from our house, and smiley stickers made it as far as my primary school. But I also remember the charts: this was a time when Rick Astley was not an ironic internet meme, but a popular recording artist. Ye gods.

So, ‘Spillers: were you leaving an important part of your brain somewhere in a field in Hampshire, swallowing Stock, Aitken and Waterman, or celebrating the twilight of hair metal? Or none of the above?

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A Rainbow Full Of Sound


A rainbow appears at the end of the first Fare Thee Well show’s first set. Was it real, fake or Jerry?

The music started again this weekend, not in some muddy Somerset field but in a soulless US football stadium in California.

A momentous musical event ignored completely by the UK media, I’m hungry for more information, impressions and feedback than I can glean from the web. Fintan!

I thought The Who managed to keep going fairly well for their 60-minute set; 75-year-old Phil Lesh kept going through 3.5 hours, almost non-stop. Reports seem to indicate that some of the music was pretty good too.

Earworms 29 June 2015


Glastonbury weekend again in the UK, lots of interesting music to listen to (from my settee). Surprise treat of the coverage for me so far is Hot Chip’s cover of Springsteen’s “Dancing in the Dark”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=em74pwtr1wE (this clip from Milwaukee). Anyway, here is this week’s selection, have fun and keep sending your worms to earworm@tincanland.com. Many thanks.

Fizzy Blood – Black Sheep – AliM: Here’s one from the many promos that come in to Earworms, taken from the Leeds band’s debut EP ‘FEAST’ which was released recently. A great blast of noise and a band I shall be looking out for, locally!

Bob Moses – Talk – tincanman: Plush, evolving piece of electronica (no, wait. Don’t judge yet) from new Canadian duo Tom Howie and Jimmy Vallance, who are now in New York exploring their unique musical vision.

Hipsway – The Honeythief – Fuel: Catchy piece of late ‘80s pop, from another Glasgow band (toffeeboy, where are you)? Johnny McElhone, the bassist, went on to found Texas (the band, obvs.). Ed.

Vampire Weekend – Cousins – AliM: I owe young Munday for this, he had it on a playlist and I love its freneticism. It reminds me of The Nervous Brothers, a Rockabilly/Rock’n’Roll band who used to play the Bristol circuit and probably still do. Always excellent fun.

Slash (feat. Fergie) – Beautiful Dangerous – DsD: Goddamn it, I love it when hip-hop, funk and/or soul decide to go round to rock’s house for a party. PLAY LOUD!!!!

Les Paul & Mary Ford – How High the Moon – goneforeign: June 9th was the centenary of Les Paul’s birth. This was a huge hit on BBC in 1951, it was a new sound, like nothing we’d ever heard before. Les Paul was a jazz guitarist who worshipped Django Rheindhart, he was also an extremely competent inventor so he applied his skills to his guitar. He’s responsible for the Gibson Les Paul, for ‘sound on sound’, for multi tracking, for new concepts in ‘echo’ plus much more. He single-handedly revolutionized pop music in his Hollywood garage in the 40’s & 50’s.

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RIP Chris Squire

RIP to bass legend Chris Squire of Yes, who must have at least a small handful of fans here in Spilland. Here’s a handy list of the Top 10 Chris Squire Yessongs – i feel no need to argue the toss on this one, because as i scrolled down – #1 must be, it has to be, it is – the magnificent Heart of the Sunrise above. Just enjoy.

If anyone runs into my friend Alfie on the mothership, tell him we’re over here for him if he needs us.