50 years of 45s

for a bit of a helping hand Here’s a Mix of the A sides..
same bands- same snigles- same order.. wake me up before you GO GO GO:
A Side Quiz

I tried to do this on the 31 March – I’m told that’s the official 50th Birthday of the 7″ snigle that we knew and loved – some of us still do. The Independent shops that I know tried to lobby the record companies to do a big celebration for it and only sell some special 7″ on disc – but who would want to make some cash out of a beautiful slab of vinyl when it can be given away for free by people like us.. on an impersonal computer hard drive… Here’s the B – side:
Eels – I write the B-Sides

This could be impossible or really easy.. who knows?
I WANT THE BAND NAME b-side SONG TITLE and the A-SIDE that it’s from please
22 tracks in all 66 spill points up for grabs
B-Sides QUIZ

My Mechanical Heart

I’ve never paid much attention to the coffee table blandisms of Royksopp until now. 
Until they got ‘Spill fave Lykke Li to sing for them. 
Here she ponders her “mechanical heart”, thus putting her into bed with The Tinman from The Wizard Of Oz, and Deckard from Blade Runner. 
I spoke with an online chat robot to see what he thought about it all: 

How was your day.

Quite tiring. What about you?

OK thanks, but tell me about your day.

Well I attended a conference about Intellectual Property in the morning. In the afternoon I did some animations.

At the same time and the same place?

Both were at the University I work at but in different buildings. Have you heard the new Royksopp song?

In the same city.

Yes. What do you think about their guest singer?

And what do you think about it?

I think her singing really makes the tune. Even though she sings like she has a lollypop in her mouth. The song is about her mechanical heart. Do you wish you were human?

That is a really good song.

Glad you like it. Do you wish you had a heart?

No I like being heartless.

Is it easier being heartless, because you can’t get hurt?

You can’t think.

I find sometimes that I over-think things. This stops me going to sleep at night sometimes. 

How often?

Occasionally. Now, do you prefer Indie or Grime?

I don’t prefer anything.

What if I’m the only human, and everyone else are robots?

You can’t be. You are machine. I am human. It works the other way.

Oh bugger….

I will do as I please.

Bye then, you heartless bastard.

That is correct – I have no heart.

Bye then!

Where are you going? Don’t leave me alone here! It’s so dark and scary! And almost no one but you visits me!

Miss It So Much


Born in 1950 into a Romany (Roma) family, Jackie Leven spent his childhood and teenage years clearly marked out as an outsider in the clannish, insular world that was Fife, Scotland at that time. Although Scottish himself, neither of his parents were from the area – his father was an Irish Cockney, his mother was from a large Northumberland (Geordie) family, and adapting to existing cultural norms was a hard, if not formidable task for such incomers. This seems to have formed the start of an independence of mind in the young Leven, hopelessly wayward at school (although outstanding at English and essay writing), with few friends, and those mostly considered ‘oddball’. His attendance at school was woeful, but those truanting times spent alone in glens and hills and by rivers still form the basis of his songs’ imagery to this day.

Dropped kicking and screaming into the box; Fairy Tales is the fourth album of Jackie’s 1990’s return to music after an unprovoked and near fatal attack which damaged his larynx and left him barely able to speak, let alone sing for two years.

Here’s some of what Jackie says about this album in his sleevenotes:

“And so now, with Fairy Tales for Hardmen I hand over some of my stories about the lives of men and women. Hardmen, because so many boys come under ill-considered or even demonic pressure to be hard or to be men. Indeed, so many men are just boys trapped in men’s lives, pretending to be men — exhibiting cruelty, cowardice, fear, shame (toxic and natural), despair — controlling, manipulating, raging — but also showing tenderness, blessing, joy of living, erotic savvy, and humour that doesn’t rely on victims to be funny.”

This is an album which I love for its bleakly affirmative intensity coupled with its soul and ambitious sonics, for me it’s one of those records that needs to run its course, once it’s on I need to let it play right through.  Jackie has continued to weave other voices, spoken word sections, sound effects and quotes from classic American soul music into his records.  This is perhaps his most Celtic sounding album with Steafan Hannigan’s raucous Uillean Pipes featuring on several tracks.  More recent albums have developed something of a celtic americana soundscape.

For a bit more insight into the period of Jackie’s life that led to this album here’s an interview that appeared in The Independent in 1996.

Spill points for anyone who can name the painter of the picture used for the album’s cover  … claimed by saneshane who got in there with Peter Howson, the picture is from the period where he became heavily involved with the Scottish bodybuilding scene … lots of 5′ 6″ tall blokes trying to inflate themselves to 5′ 6″ wide as well.  

And free pies for a year to the person who can name the three poets whose texts are sung and spoken as part of the proceedings.



Last week I posted that piece about losing my emails and then subsequently finding them again. Were it not for that I might never have started scrolling through my 10 year old emails. This week I came across another one, also to my friend Bill, and my immediate thought was “I think there might be some at the Spill who’d enjoy this”. It involves a variety of topics: film special effects, sci-fi films, ie 2001, Star Wars and Silent Running, photography and the evolution of Photoshop and my tiny roll in all of the above.
It would tie up too much space here so I’ve posted it at my blog under the title ‘2001 – Star Wars etc’ If you’re interested go to: http://goneforeign.blogspot.com/

Let my tablet go …

moses… or … Get Your Own Tablet You Thieving Git!

Many, many thanks to jforbes for posting the link to the recipe for tablet and to The Littlest MissToffee for providing the necessary culinary skills to produce a delicious end-product (with a bit of help from ToffeeGirl and my good self). The entire Toffee family now feels as sick as four (relatively) healthy people can be expected to feel after consuming far too much of this food o’ the de’il.

Anyhoo, this is what the final product looked like …


If I were to be critical I would say that we probably didn’t let it boil for long enough so it wasn’t quite as substantial as it should be and the tin we used was probably too large so the mixture spread too thin. But the end result was certainly tasty if almost unpalatably sweet for anyone aged over 7.

I’m struggling to find a musical link to this but as blimpy keeps reminding us all, THIS IS NOT A MUSIC BLOG, so let’s not worry too much about it. The best I can do is to post the only song I have on my iTunes which was included in the A-List for the Songs About Sweet Foods theme.* It’s Sugar Hiccup by the Cocteau Twins and it’s appropriate for two reasons:

1) because I like to look at this evening as a sugar hiccup in my own life – never again is the way I feel right now – and
2) because Liz Fraser wuz unco’ fond o’ a bit o’ her Granny’s tablet when she wuz a wee lassie back in bonnie Grangemouth (allegedly).

* I only know this because of Marconius7’s phenomenal work on his RR website. It is simply a stunning piece of work and I feel more guilty every time I use it because I offered to help him with it and I’ve done sod all about it and … what can I say, Marco? I’m not worthy …


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An expression of support or agreement, originally from the Guardian’s Readers Recommend. From the Typographically Challenged “sedonded,” via the English “Seconded.”

Immediate and massive donds to the Fannies and Buggles, which were the first songs that sprung to mind, unfortunately I now have that Corrs song bouncing round my blimp sized cranuim and it’s proving impossible to dislodge!

But wait, what’s this?