1: Swarrrm – Pain ~ Panthersan
I realise that Japanese grindcore may not be immediate Earworm material, but I played this LP a few nights ago and the bluesy riff that runs through this track has been in my head ever since. Don’t forget to play it LOUD……or perhaps cover your ears and hide behind the sofa!
2: Curved Air – Backstreet Love ~ Severin
Much though I love Sonja’s recent adventures into ambience (aka Mask) I do find that this song takes me back to the age of thirteen and that performance on Top of the Pops. I saw the revamped version of the band in London recently and they can still send shivers down your spine.
3: P.J. Proby – Nikki Hoeky ~ SpottedRichard
Jim Ford wrote this song. Although it’s been covered by Aretha Franklin, Bobbie Gentry and others, this is my absolute favourite version. P.J. Proby rocks!
4: Scarlet Fantastic – No Memory ~ Zalamanda
Apparently this song’s parent album was rereleased last year, “due to popular demand” (I’m happy with my vinyl copy). This – the hit – is easily the pick of the record. Upbeat 80s pop-rock, slightly cheesey, sufficiently alternative/indie in feel to belie its PWL source.
5: The Housemartins – Flag Day ~ bishbosh
Is it juvenile of me to want to play this VERY LOUDLY every time I hear the words “Diamond Jubilee”?
6: Darden Smith – Little Victories ~ SweetHomeAlabama
Texan Darden Smith had one of those careers that never seemed to fit any defined radio format. After recording country in the ’80s, his biggest hit “Loving Arms” was lite rock, and “Frankie and Sue” was a perfect retro-pop song that became an unlikely college radio/alternative hit and reads like a romantic comedy just waiting to be made.
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