1. Gang Of Four – Damaged Goods ~ Abahachi
The third episode of ‘Punk Britannia’ sent me back to a load of brilliant records that I can’t have listened to for decades. I can’t imagine I’m the only one – although rumour has it there was a football match on at the same time; give me the Marxist disco-punk any day…
2: Moloko – Indigo ~ Zalamanda
There are almost certainly better songs on Things to Make And Do, but this is the one that consistently lodges in my head (I remember it looping insistently in there while I was cycling home from work one long-ago lunch time). And it’s a welcome lodger: it is exuberantly, repetively, glamishly catchy, with sidelong verbal references to past glories of the ’70s. It’s about being in a band, wanting to make it big. It’s metamusic.
3: The Liminanas – Je ne suis pas tres drogue – SpottedRichard
À jour French garage-fuzz with a daft/annoying musical hiccup. I can’t help thinking Serge would have loved it. Yé-yé.
4: Alabama 3 -Up Above My Head – DarceysDad
In their own ace mash’n’rehash style, the A3 take Sister Rosetta Tharpe’s bare call’n’response tune, electrify it, add new-millennial lyrics -“You left your virus in my daughter’s PlayStation, but you ain’t got your hook in me” – chuck in a guitar solo, and Hey Presto, make a VERY happy DsD!
5: Pop Will Eat Itself – Def Con One Including The Twilight Zone ~ Zalamanda
This song is the only reason that I have ever been heard to utter the words, “Give me Big Mac, gimme fries to go”. Catchy, loud, and comin’ atcha from a Funky Town near you. In the 90s.
6: VCMG – Spock ~ BethNoir
The band name is the initials of the men involved and Depeche Mode is the clue. A piece of kind of polite techno which I keep wanting to play again, hope you do too.
A big Thank You to everyone who has sent 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or a wormhole near you. Thank you.