“After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.”
Thea Gilmore – Ever Fallen In Love (Buzzcocks cover)
You are in a paint or fabric shop flipping through samples of rich autumnal colours for your _____ room and one so warms you to the core that you forget it’s cold outside. That is Thea Gilmore in this song.
Masters Of Haiti – Ti Chans (Pou Ayiti)
I’m not sure when this CD came out, I’ve had it for quite a few years and this is the one song that registered when I first heard it, love the contrast between the rappers and the girl singers and the way they flow together.
Charlie Dore – Pilot of the Airwaves
I was just watching Cropredy on TV when Charlie Dore came on – there’s a blast from the past. Do you remember “Pilot of the Airwaves”? It’s a really good pop song. I’d completely forgotten about it but can’t stop singing it now.
Alaska y Dinarama – Cómo Pudiste Hacerme Esto a Mí
A story of jealousy and death from Alaska one of the leading lights of the 80’s Movida Madrileña – she starred in one of the dodgiest scenes in Almodóvar’s first film. A fine eighties euro disco number that still makes me want to dance.
The Indian Givers – Hatcheck Girl
This comes from another sale bargain of mine – a cassette that I bought with fond, but indistinct, memories of this very song, which was one of the band’s two singles. I was reminded of it by the appearance of a coatcheck girl in a novel I’ve been reading. This is vaguely jazzy synth-pop which seems to have garnered a few Prefab Sprout comparisons.
Spear Of Destiny – Flying Scotsman
Inspired by treefrogdemon & bluepeter blethering about RRSA Trains, I was reminded of this, and just how good Kirk Brandon’s band was in the mid-80s. Take a Post-punk ethic, add sax, politics and a HUGE backing vocal; soak in delusions of grandeur; turn it up to 11, and out pops . . . the riff from The Bonnie Banks O’ Loch Lomond ?!?!? WTF?
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