Earworms 2 July 2012

Let ’em play their flutes and stirrup my boots and place them back to front

1: Barrett’s Privateers – Stan Rogers ~ DaveSheddi

2: Bruce Hornsby & The Noise Makers – The Black Rats Of London ~ SpottedRichard

Verminous tales of biological warfare from the album Levitate.

3: Earl Brutus – The SAS And The Glam That Goes With It ~ bishbosh

Something raucous you say? How about something raucous with hair designed by Nicky Clarke no less? This always leaves me with a big daft grin on my face – and a desire to throw myself drunkenly round a darkened room.

4: Corb Lund – I Wanna Be In The Cavalry ~ DaveSheddi

5; Liz Green – Displacement Song ~ Zalamanda

Extraordinary music about the specific effects of a non-specific war on civilians.

6: Amerigo – Patti Smith ~ Exodus

The more I hear this beautiful opening track from her rather excellent new album Banga the more I think it’s one of the best things she’s recorded in her whole career.

A big Thank You to everyone who has send in these and other songs. If you have more, PLEASE!  Send your juiciest worms plus a line or two per song on how you got hooked: to either earworm@tincanland.com or a wormhole near you. Thank you.

49 thoughts on “Earworms 2 July 2012

  1. Bit of a militant list this week.
    Barretts’s Privateers – Very worthy. Whilst I understand the need to remember our history (both musical or otherwise) this sort of stuff always reminds me of Rambling Sid Rumpo.
    Bruce Hornsby – Yes, ok. Lively, noisy and thought provoking.
    Earl Brutus – Lot of fun and, as Bish says, very noisy.
    Corb Lund – I preferred this of Dave’s 2 entries.
    Liz Green – I did like this. Would have been my pick of the week had it not been for…….
    Patty Smith – Great! Not heard it before, but my favourite track this time.
    Thanks SR.

  2. I liked the same two that Mitch liked…and I’m buying that Patti Smith album, so thanks, exodus!

    Also liked both Canadians – I know Barrett’s Privateers well, thanks to tinny (thanks, Tinny!) but hadn’t heard the Corb Lund one. Bruce Hornsby – hmm, not sure, will have to listen again.

    And bishbosh – where were the hairdos? I couldn’t see a thing!

    • There’s a line that goes “hair designed by Nicky Clarke”. It’s just a big bit of daftness, this song – sticks out like a bit of a sore thumb on this list (on which more anon…) but I rather like that! As, I think, would Earl Brutus.

  3. Oh my, *fans self* first scan of the list and something tells me Mr Sheddi is trying to get into my knicke…wine?, well ok, but just a smidge because I really can’t hold…oh my, Mr Sheddi, what big eyes you have

  4. Stan Rogers – First heard this on a CBC special, and sat there for a few good minutes after with mouth agape. It was him and his band of merry men singing it a capello around a kitchen table. I can’t find a link, but his baritone sounded like it would never ever require amplification and the bon hommie good cheer of it was infectuous.

    Corb Lund – He’s a well-read man and a true cowboy; on breaks from world touring he rides around on a beat up motorbike and an evening well spent is drinking beer on a porch with a bud and shooting .22s at shadowns.And his band, The Hurtin’ Albertans, are brilliant. But there’s become a novelty song tendancy to his work that the band name suggests, and the gimmicks and bon mots that got him noticed are starting to define him. This somg is from Horse Soldier, a loving and sly album about the role of horses in combat that could have gone serious and studious or comic book. A quick look at the caricature poses on his album covers tells you which way he leans. Sad, because he could be an artist.

    Patti Smith – love this, love her new album. Her genius is, like Leonard Cohen and I suppose all great songwriters, she engages you at the level you are ready for whenever you listen. You want high art? You want a tune? She’s got your covered. Shakespeare is like that. You can read/watch it as a whodunnit or get lost in the language and not care.

    And as for the rest: Bruce Hornsby is a lightweight and this doesn’t convince me different; I think Liz Green has talent but needs to move to Texas or somewhere other than Manchestor or London, and from this I have no clue why Earl Brutus is recording. (Sorry Bish)

    Ouch. I know.

  5. Good worms…

    Liked the sea-shanty energy of Barrett’s Privateers.

    Bruce Hornsby I associate with 80s AOR balladry, so was pleasantly surprised by the gutsiness here.

    Earl Brutus was good loud fun (although somewhat incongruous here).

    Corb Lund – I remember tinny giving us this as an album of the week a few years ago – must give it another listen – I remember really liking a couple of the tracks, as well as the whole concept.

    Liz Green – know and love this, though other songs I’ve heard by her haven’t grabbed me as much.

    Patti Smith – oh, hadn’t heard that, didn’t know there was a new album. She’s certainly still got it.

  6. the only one I knew was Liz Green from the Stonehenge CD Zala did when we met up, I liked it already, so thumbs up for that. Small son quite liked the first one as did I, can’t beat a good shanty, unless you have a squeeze box available as well.

    I hadn’t heard that Patti Smith before, but had heard that the new album is good, sounds like it is to me, excellent choice, Exodus 🙂

  7. Stan Rogers: Why does he want to be in sherbet?! Yeah, I like a bit of a shanty. Nice.

    Bruce Hornsby: This is not what I expect Bruce Hornsby to sound like! Where’s the piano? Yeah, like this a lot. Very… rousing. (Not like that!)

    Earl Brutus: Mine obvs. I do find this weirdly adrenalising a blast of noise. Reminds me of going out drinking and dancing in the mid-90s… Ah youth.

    Corb Lund: Know this via tinny. I like it but there’s something a bit ‘novelty hit’ about it. It’s a bit too ‘in character’ to feel heartfelt, imho. If that makes sense! But it’s a jolly sound!

    Liz Green: I have this on my iTunes, presumably from one of youse. (Must get back to putting stuff into the dropbox – I’ve been most lax recently…) Yeah, I like it. Sorry – not feeling very inspired comment-wise today. On the upside, just finished my dissertation and had it printed! Yay! So I shall be pissing about on here a bit more over the next few months…

    Patti Smith: Well, this is really the pick of the bunch, isn’t it? I’ve always felt I should like Patti S more than I do. But this doesn’t need any hard work to (try to) enjoy. Interesting, moving, beautiful, wise. Lovely.

      • Hm, I’ll have to have a think…! It’ll be weird having free time and not having that feeling of guilt that I should be otherwise engaged nagging away at me. I can read novels! I can have lie-ins! I can do NOTHING ALL WEEKEND!

        *note to self: no more study!*

      • Well done bish. Kick back and enjoy the view! You stay there and relax, I’ll go ‘the bar: whaddya drinkin’?

        Re the tunes this week … um, I think I’ll adopt the least said, soonest mended position. Not even one made it past the DsD bouncers on the DropBox door. Sorry, folks.

        If I’ve disjointed any noses with that dismissal, you’ll be able to get your own back fairly shortly: I’ve been pouring tunes into SR‘s ‘worm bucket at quite a rate recently, with more to come. A lack of connectivity whilst my PC was poorly’ick has sent me back to my CD collection with renewed enthusiasm over the last couple of months.

      • Damn, you were my only hope for Earl Brutus as the occasional enjoyer of things loud and sleazy. Hey ho!

  8. This was a very loose theme for the week in which US Independence Day falls. Very anti-colonization, anti-war, anti-glamourization of the portrayal of in the media, etc… with an odd Canadian bias, thanks to Sheddi’s two contributions which I couldn’t bear not to schedule together, especially when Exodus sent in the amazing Patti Smith. With those three, I thought of Bruce Hornsby and the idea that you can kill thousands of people without even picking up a weapon. For light relief I couldn’t resist the imagery of bish throwing himself drunkenly around a darkened room with a Nicky Clarke “do”.

  9. Thematic playlists aren’t something that I think I can do well and I’ll stay mostly away from that. I really enjoyed these songs together though.

    Stan Rogers was a fabulous reminder of our almost lost and forgotten sea shanty heritage. Well done Stan.

    Bruce Hornsy attempted to do what Patti Smith succeeded at, a searing indictment of colonization, but it didn’t quite come off. Still a pretty good tune though.

    Earl Brutus. Oh isn’t tv, celebrity and all that oh so silly? Love this!

    Corb Lund. I don’t mind if there’s a bit of pastiche in his work. The drumming and banjo work here is great. I’ve not heard Corb Lund until the last few weeks and the few songs I’ve heard I liked.

    Patti Smith. An absolutely superb song. Shivers down the spine stuff.

  10. As a fan back in the day, Earl Brutus stood head and shoulders above the competition this week – a completely unique band and if you ever saw them live Tinny, you’d have no doubt why they were recording: because they couldn’t do anything but make music or possibly go to prison!

    Imagine a mangy cross between Begbie from Trainspotting and Mark E. Smith and you’d be close to singer Nick Sanderson (R.I.P) add a mad Japanese fan employed as a Bez-like zen figure to bark incoherently and spin one of those signs you get outside petrol stations for no apparent reason and you get a loud, raucous, dangerous and completely committed band of wonderful freaks!

    Other than the mighty Brutus I rather enjoyed DaveSheddi’s ditties and although I usually recoil automatically from revered figures like Patti Smith, I liked this a lot – she is totally cool!

    • Woop woop! And you were my other only hope, panth! I just didn’t quite dare say so out loud. The Brutus were a deliciously deranged proposition, weren’t they? Wasn’t one of them Martin Fry out of ABC’s brother? Or did I make that up?

      • Yeah, I think you are right!

        And Nick Sanderson himself had a pretty good CV too, he was in a couple of post-punk groups, was a baggy in World of Twist and even played with the Jesus and Mary Chain for ooh….a couple of minutes at least!

  11. I really must apologise to the Earwormer-in-Chief for never getting around to sending in the write-ups I’d sort-of written for my two tracks, and to have both chosen for the same week is simultaneously gratifying (for being appreciated) and embarrassing (for the lack of supporting words). I’ll try to redeem myself here.

    Barrett’s Privateers. I came to Stan Rogers via a curious route. An allusion to another track entirely – The Mary Ellen Carter – cropped up without any real context in a book I was reading. I searched out the song and was rather impressed. That led me back to Stan, who grabbed my attention with both hands as I was already a minor fan of traditional music. Barrett’s Privateers grabbed me firmly with both hands, long before I came to realise that Stan’s music was largely his own work and not “trad. arr. by”. A tale of a young adventurer led astray by promises of easy glory, it’s inspired (knowingly or not) by any number of trad songs about press gangs & recruiting sergeants and the lines they spin.

    I Wanna Be In The Cavalry. Believe it or not, this was the first Corb Lund track I heard, and it’s actually a Stan Rogers song. Well, one of Stan’s tunes – taken from The Idiot – changed in tempo and with wholly new lyrics. The Idiot is a wistful song, with an ex-patriot Newfoudlander reflecting on the turn of events that led him to paid employment in a prairie-locked refinery. … Cavalry makes use of its change of pace (and instrumentation) to turn it into an optimistic, upbeat song looking towards a bright future.

    • Aha! You showed up, Mr Sheddi. Welcome. I really liked these tunes. When I went looking for tunes after hearing Barrett’s Privateers in Zalamanda’s Spring Collection of worms, I found The Mary Ellen Carter. I was tempted to nominate it this week on RR (if you hadn’t) as there was a line I remembered about battening down the hatches – and a hatch is a door, right?

      I liked Corb Lund too. Amazing that it was a Stan Rogers tune. I thought I detected a hint of sarcasm, but perhaps I imagined that.

      These were great choices.

  12. Really happy that Patti Smith is going down well. I’m a bit of a fanboy when it comes to her work – as far as I’m concerned she can do no wrong (although I maybe could have lived without her cover version of ‘Everybody Wants To Rule The World’) – so well aware that I could be raving about something that other people might shrug over. It really is a great album, and that track is extraordinary – I think Tincanman and Bishbosh have said it more eloquently than I could.

    & while I think of it – congrats Bish on finishing your thesis. I’m one year into a part time PhD myself (which explains sporadic appearances here) & can only imagine the sense of relief I’ll feel in 5 years time!

    Personally I’m really liking Liz Green, totally new to me, so cheers for that.

    By the way, anyone else at Heaton Park last weekend?

    • Thanks Exodus! Final day of the course today – one of those slightly anticlimactic days after four years of blood, sweat and tears. So many tears. Relief intermingled with a hefty dose of sadness. Anyway, onwards and upwards…

      How was Heaton Park?! I’m beyond jealous.

  13. Stan Rogers – Thank you Mr Sheddi. I really like this. DsD, it wasn’t raining in Halifax when I came through tonight. That’s because it had moved on to Huddersfield.

    Bruce Hornsby – Lightweight or no, I like BH. This isn’t what I expected at all, but I like it. That’s just the way it is, it is, it is …

    Earl Brutus – like this too, though suspect I would like it even more if slightly drunk and bouncing about a bit (gently, so as not to disturb the coiffue).

    Corb Lund – no idea because my laptop throws a hissy fit when I try to play it.

    Liz Green and Patti Smith – both very good but not my thing. I’m not that keen on female vocalists which is very odd. Having said that I can think of about 23 notable exceptions.

    Thanks everybody!

  14. As might be expected, I know quite a few of these… Stan and Corb get played an awful lot by Sheddi, ad I enjoy both – although like many others, I do find Corb’s tendency to novelty a little jarring. Having said that, it is only a slight tendency and the man’s an excellent musician – it’s just that he pales in the shade of Mr. Rogers. I found it hard to believe that the older Canadian’s songs were originals – they sounded so well rooted that I thought they must be traditional.

    My own choice, Liz Green, borrows from the traditional genre but carves out its own niche. I just happened to be reading a book about war in the Ukraine , where soldiers were forcing people out of their homes, when this CD was new enough to be on seriously heavy rotation – so I have some very distinct images associated with the song.

    In fact, nearly the whole list tends towards the traditional… without ever being it. Whodathunk that Bruce Hornsby would sound folky? Yet he does. There’s a sort of Eastern European thing going on there, I think – it reminds me of Edward II and the Red Hot Polkas. Patti Smith, too veers towards traditional, although I suspect that it was the subject matter that led her there. Even Earl Brutus have a tiny element of trad in there, to my mind – although it might just be in my mind. I listen to that stupendous mish-mosh and I get reminded of so many other things that it’s unbelievable. I got Pop Will Eat Itself, the Pet Shop Boys, Kraftwerk, and Benjamin Obadiah’s version of Tam Lin with The Imagined Village (< look, folk!).

    Much as I enjoyed Bruce and Earl though, it was Patti who stood out from the 'worms that didn't emanate from this household. I do like it when Patti Smith does proper singing.

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