Happy Independence Day to those across the pond! These songs have nothing whatsoever to do with Independence Day – in fact I’d be hard-pressed to find any common thread whatsoever. Undaunted, I present them for your enjoyment. Many thanks to all contributors, and please keep the worms coming to email@example.com.
Principal Edwards Magic Theatre – Over and Out – CaroleBristol: Principal Edwards Magic Theatre were spectacularly unsuccessful commercially, but had a reasonable live following. They were a sort of psychedelic folk/rock act with dancers, a light show and poetry all mixed together. They existed between 1968 and 1975 and released three or four albums. This track is taken from sessions for an abortive album that were eventually released in 2008 as “The Devon Tapes“, and which promptly sank without trace. I rather like it, it has a quirky period charm.
Kailash Kher – Teri Deewani – Ravi Raman: “Teri Deewani” (I am crazy/mad because of you) -Kailash Kher is a folk singer who went from deep depression and a suicide attempt to someone who has reinvigorated the Sufi style and North Indian folk music over the past ten years. He comes from a family of folk singers and trained himself by listening to musicians like Bhimsen Joshi and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. This song, like all Sufi qawwalis, is one of devotion and longing – I will live with your name on my lips/ I will die with your name in my heart, etc.
Joni Mitchell – Down to You – severin: Not the most obvious earworm from her “Court and Spark” album but for some reason it’s currently the one I like to return to the most. Just as well it wasn’t recorded by a British artist. “Up to you” just wouldn’t sound right.
Jon Cleary – Boneyard – tincanman: Born in Kent (UK), Jon fell in love with the New Orleans gumbo of R&B, funk and soul to the point that by his 30s he just had to emigrate. Twenty years later, the pianist/singer sounds well assimilated.
I Want a Man by unknowns – goneforeign: This was popular in Jamaica when I was there one summer. I bought the 7″ 45 rpm single. About a year ago for some reason and out of the blue it came into my ear, a genuine ear worm. I looked for the disc but couldn’t find it, I couldn’t remember the title or the artists and the internet was no help. I contacted my LA reggae contacts and drew blanks there also. And then a couple of nights ago I played a mix tape that I’d made in the ’80’s and there it was, but still no names or titles. So here it is, I’ve tentatively called it ‘I want a man’. Hang onto it; it might become a collectors item!
COIMS – The Anericam – abahachi: This one is for Japanther; I suspect everyone else will hate it. Yes, I know I’ve said that before and people have disagreed, and this pair were the support act for last week’s Bohren und der Club of Gore gig in Bristol, and you’ve been surprisingly enthusiastic about their doom jazz; but this is eleven minutes of experimental noise. I think it’s brilliant, and am rather distressed that this duo is so radically hip that their first issue is cassette only. Cassette? I got rid of my cassette deck nearly fifteen years ago. On the other hand, I still have all my old tapes in the loft, and this is tempting me to buy a new one …