Nobody’s Listening Presents: There Are No Words, An A-Z of Instrumentals.


Nobody’s Listening Presents: There Are No Words, An A-Z Of Instrumentals.

Hullo. I was recently presented with one of those post a video a day tasks that crop up on Facebook from time to time. You’ve seen them, the ones you roll your eyes at and scroll past as someone force feeds you their superior musical taste.

Anyways, for want of something better to do I took up the baton passed by my old school chum, bon viveur and owner of a particularly apely nob, Ron Musgrove and joined in with the ‘Instrumental A-Z daily challenge’.

As is always the case with these things, it was met with little to no interest but I quite enjoyed the assignment of finding Instrumental pieces for each letter of the alphabet and decided to collate the twenty six picks for your listening pleasure.

Above is a spotify playlist containing the tracks I posted each day, with a few tweaks due to the platform not being as exhaustive as youtube. As usual, I’ve also included yootoob links below for those of you without spotify, because I’m nice like that. So relax, and enjoy almost two hours of music unsullied by the human voice.

Day 1. A. Angi by Davy Graham.

Day 2. B. The Box by Orbital.

Day 3. C. Cast Your Fate To The Wind by Vince Guaraldi.

Day 4. D. Danube Incident by Lalo Schifrin.

Day 5. E. Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye by John Coltrane.

Day 6. F. Feel So Sad (Glides and Chimes) by Spiritualized.

Day 7. G. Groovin’ With Mr Bloe by Mr.Bloe.

Day 8. H. Hallogallo by Neu!

Day 9. I. It’s A Minor Thing by Dorothy Ashby.

Day 10. J. Jupiter, The Bringer Of Jollity by Gustav Holst.

Day 11. K. Kids Will Be Skeletons by Mogwai.

Day 12. L. Law Of The Jungle by Link Wray And His Raymen.

Day 13. M. Marseillaise (Générique) by Francis Lai.

Day 14. N. Nicola by Bert Jansch.

Day 15. O. Oh Happy Day by Jimmy McGriff.

Day 16. P. The Planet Krypton by John Williams.

Day 17. Q. Quiet Nights Of Quiet Stars by Oscar Peterson Trio.

Day 18. R. Return Of Django by The Upsetters.

Day 19. S. Solan Goose by Erland Cooper.

Day 20. T. The Thing by Ennio Morricone.

Day 21. U. Until It’s Time For You To Go by Gabor Szabo.

Day 22. V. Viking 1 by Moondog.

Day 23. W. Whistle Down The Wind by Malcolm Arnold.

Day 24. X. X-Ray Bear by The Cactus Channel.

Day 25. Y. You Can’t Sit Down by Booker T And The MG’s.

Day 26. Z. Zulu (Main Theme) by John Barry.

See you soon.

Andrew Orley.


A Figure Walks.


Exit This Roman Shell! A Fall Playlist.

Hello again friends. It’s been a while.

The last time I posted a stand-alone tribute such as this was two years ago when Bowie left us. The sad news of the death of Mark E Smith this evening justifies another tribute to true genius.

You either ‘get’ The Fall or you don’t. There’s no grey area, no dipping in and picking a few favourite tunes. It may take some time, but once Smith gets under your skin, he’s there for life. It took me a while to let him in, my mid twenties in fact. I’d hitherto found that wonderful and frightening sound far too abrasive for my tastes, far too challenging. but here, twenty years later, I can’t remember a time when that vast catalogue of oblique, twisted music wasn’t in my life. Smith challenged, right up to his inevitable but nevertheless untimely passing. Once you embrace challenges you open up a whole new world. I’d like to thank the curmudgeonly old sod for that life lesson.

Above is a playlist I compiled as an introduction to The Fall for a friend a few years back. If you’re familiar with the group then it may help you through todays sad announcement. If you’re bringing fresh ears, prepare to be confused, irritated, beguiled, bothered and bewildered, but hopefully, ultimately, enlightened.

Long live The Fall, Northern white crap that talks back.

Andrew Orley.

You Never Miss A Good Thing ‘Til It’s Gone. Pt.2.


Nobody’s Listening. No.100. 18.12.17.

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Hullo again,

we continue..

NL. No.50. Container Drivers by The Fall.

NL. No.51. Trouble by Girl Ray.

NL. No.52. Don’t Play That Song by Aretha Franklin.

NL. No.53. I Almost Lost My Mind by Pat Boone.

NL. No.54. On Days Like These by Matt Munro.

NL. No.55. Doggin’ Around by Jackie Wilson.

NL. No.56. Can You Hear Me by David Bowie.

NL. No.57. Steady State by Teenage Fanclub.

NL. No.58. Saturday-Sunday by Doug Tuttle.

NL. No.59. Little By Little by Radiohead.

NL. No.60. Kitsch by Barry Ryan.

NL. No.61. Charms Of The Arms Of My Love by Alice Clark.

NL. No.62. 32 Bit Chip by Prince Jammy.

NL. No.63. Isn’t It A Pity (Demo) by George Harrison.

NL. No.64. Calling Miss Khadija by Art Blakey.

NL. No.65. Brains by Lower Dens.

NL. No.66. Bon Chic Bon Genre by Campag Velocet.

NL. No.67. Into Forever by Eat Lights, Become Lights.

NL. No.68. Jenseits des Horizonts by Kosmischer Läufer.

NL. No.69. Cellophane Symphony by Tommy James And The Shondells.

NL. No.70. What You Gonna Do Now? by Carla Dal Forno.

NL. No.71. Sack O’ Woe By Ray Bryant Combo.

NL. No.72. Peppermint by Spectrals.

NL. No.73. Rock & Roll by The Velvet Underground.

NL. No.74. Shine A Light by Spiritualized.


NL. No.76. You Can Have Him by Dionne Warwick.

NL. No.77. Groovin’ by Willie Mitchell.

NL. No.78. Dusty Eyes by Bedouine.

NL. No.79. Flowers On The Wall by Nancy Sinatra.

NL. No.80. Be Proud Of Your Kids by Melody’s Echo Chamber.

NL. No.81. Never Let You Go by Bloodstone.

NL. No.82. When You Are What You Are by Gil Scott-Heron.

NL. No.83. La Bataille De Neige by Domenique Du Mont.

NL. No.84. I Love Every Little Thing bout You by Syreeta.

NL. No.85. Heaven Is A Truck by Pavement.

NL. No.86. Somebody (Somewhere) Needs Me by Ike & Tina Turner.

NL. No.87. Another Sleepless Night by Anne Murray.

NL. No.88. At My Most Beautiful by R.E.M.

NL. No.89. Follow The Leader by Foxygen.

NL. No.90. Archid Orange Dwarf by Hannah Peel.

NL. No.91. If There Is Something by Roxy Music.

NL. No.92. Truth by Kamasi Washington.

NL. No.93. Speak Your Mind by Marc Benno.

NL. No.94. Be That Easy by Sade.

NL. No.95. Strong Suit by Marker Starling.

NL. No.96. Like Going Down Sideways by Cut Worms.

NL. No.97. Queen’s Tattoos by Aztec Camera.

NL. No.98. Come To Europe by Michael Farnetti.

NL. No.99. Rainbow Ends by Emitt Rhodes.

NL. No.100. You Never Miss A Good Thing by The Miracles.

That’s that then. Don’t forget to keep sharing your own picks on the facebook page (link up the top) where I’ll endeavour to keep posting the ‘daily dose’ for your delectation. All that remains is to say thanks for all your support, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed sharing these sounds with you over the past two and a bit years and you never know, we may meet again.

Until then. Adieu, to you and you and you.

Andrew Orley.

You Never Miss A Good Thing ‘Til It’s Gone.


Nobody’s Listening. No.100. 18.12.17.

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Hullo. So here we are, your final weekly playlist and blog. When I began compiling these things just over two years ago I never intended to run as long as I did, yet here we are at number 100.

Various commitments dictate that it’s becoming increasingly difficult to find the time to compile and compose the bloody thing so I’m putting it to bed for now.

It’s not necessarily the end. I may or may not return at some point in the new year with a less frequent format, but it’s definitely the final weekly portion of choice sounds.

For our last collection of choice cuts, I’ve decided to go with a ‘Greatest Hits’ package and while I hesitate to call it a ‘Best Of’, each selection is a stand-out from its respective issue.

Here you go then, almost eight hours of music comprising of 100 tracks, one from each of the previous 99 NL’s and a final soul slowie closer to round things up.

Come on…

NL. No.1. Thieves In Antigua by BC Camplight.

NL. No.2. Marfa Lights by Steelism.

NL. No.3. Divine by Sébastien Tellier.

NL. No.4. Love In Outer Space by Sun Ra.

NL. No.5. Bell Star by The Marketts.

NL. No.6. Out Of Town by The Memory Band.

NL. No.7. Touch by Daft Punk/Paul Williams.

NL. No.8. I Wanna Be Where You Are by Michael Jackson.

NL. No.9. Jumble Sale by Jake Thackray.

NL. No.10. Baby Britain by Elliott Smith.

NL. No.11. This Is What She’s Like by Dexys Midnight Runners.

NL. No.12. Dub Organizer by Augustus Pablo.

NL. No.13. Until We Die by Max Tundra.

NL. No.14. If It Wasn’t For The Nights by ABBA.

NL. No.15. Truly Julie’s Blues by Bob Lind.

NL. No.16. The Rhinohead by Von Südenfed.

NL. No.17. Gut Feeling by DEVO.

NL. No.18. The Train From Kansas City by The Shangri-Las.

NL. No.19. El Llorar by Kronos Quartet.

NL. No.20. Raga Bairagi by Charanjit Singh.

NL. No.21. It Takes A Muscle (To Fall In Love) by Spectral Display.

NL. No.22. Jazzy Sensation by Afrika Bambaataa.

NL. No.23. Tezeta (Nostalgia) by Mulatu Astatke.

NL. No.24. What A Fool Believes by The Doobie Brothers.

NL. No.25. Come On Home by Everything But The Girl.

NL. No.26. Cold Cold Heart by Tommy McLain.

NL. No.27. The Stars Keep On Calling My Name by Mac Demarco.

NL. No.28. Night And Day by Django Reinhardt.

NL. No.29. Bad Girl (Part 1) by Lee Moses.

NL. No.30. Golden days by Whitney.

NL. No.31. With The Ink Of A Ghost by José González.

NL. No.32. Everyday by Diane Coffee.

NL. No.33. Take Your Burden To The Lord by Washington Phillips.

NL. No.34. Don’t Falter by Mint Royale.

NL. No.35. I Pity The Country by Willie Dunn.

NL. No.36. She Was A Question by August Wells.

NL. No.37. Big Fat Mama by Four Vagabonds.

NL. No.38. In And Out Of The Shadows by Dion.

NL. No.39. Mas Que Nada by Oscar Peterson.

NL. No.40. Mind How You Go by The Advisory Circle.

NL. No.41. Para Qué Sufrir by Natalia Lafourcade.

NL. No.42. Walk On By by Isaac Hayes.

NL. No.43. Southern Nights by Allen Toussaint.

NL. No.44. Samba De Uma Nota So by João Gilberto.

NL. No.45. Bros by Panda Bear.

NL. No.46. And When I Die by Laura Nyro.

NL. No.47. Up So Fast by Young Man.

NL. No.48. Loving You by Matt Costa.

NL. No.49. Trans-Pennine Express by Warm Digits.

Part 2 to follow…

If I Make It Through Today, I’ll Know Tomorrow Not To Leave My Feelings Out On Display.


Nobody’s Listening. No.99. 11.12.17.

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Hullo. If everything has gone to plan, this weekly dollop of delights is coming to you from my native north east as we have finally completed our move back to the motherland this very day.

New beginnings bring new endings however, as this is the last regular playlist before a bumper NL 100 next week brings this whole escapade to its conclusion.
Once again, the rubbish wi-fi in this crappy hotel means I’m probably going to fly through this weeks picks, but something is better than nothing and I’m quite keen to wrap things up before the double stress that is moving house close to Crimbletide hits me hard!

Paulo is here for the final time too. My very good friend, bandmate and part-time Hong Kong Phooey impersonator has pulled out all the stops for his final Pick Of The Week. Probably. He’s late again, the get!

Shall we get on with it then? One more time…

Track 1. The Great Big No by The Lemonheads.

We begin with our cover stars. Evan Dando’s outfit were a listening staple for me between ’92 and ’93, the hinterland before UK bands got their collective arses into gear and began making decent pop music again. This was the lead track from their sixth LP ‘Come On Feel The Lemonheads’, a record which was stuffed with Dando’s laconic, melody driven songs. Following on from the previous year’s ‘It’s A Shame About Ray’ and two years before the vastly underrated ‘Car Button Cloth’, the LP is, for me anyway, the bands best work and it’s easy stylings remain eminently listenable today, a quarter of a century after it was released.

Track 2. Breaking Away by Ratatat.


Here he is with his final pick of the week then and an apt title to boot. This comes from the Brooklyn based electronic duo’s self titled debut from 2004 and is a pleasingly straightforward, bleepy instrumental. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the boy wonder for his input over the past two years and for introducing everyone (including me) to some wonderful sounds. Love you man!

Track 3. Expansions by Lonnie Liston Smith.

After serving time with jazz greats Pharaoh Sanders and Miles Davis, Smith struck out on his own with his band ‘The Cosmic Echoes’. Concentrating on the burgeoning Fusion scene, the keyboardist released four superb albums on the Flying Dutchamn label from ’73-’75. This is the none more funky title track from the fourth of those records.

Track 4. Maria También by Khruangbin.

This is the latest release from the Texan trio and is a foretaste of their upcoming LP ‘Con Todo El Mundo’ which drops early next year. Expanding on the Thai-psych stylings that made up their debut, they have now incorporated sounds from Spain and the middle east and it all adds up to something steeped in history but profoundly new. Please take the time to check out the accompanying video below which features archival footage of Iranian women who were exiled or silenced following the revolution of 1979.

Track 5. Zack Is Back by Billie The Vision & The Dancers.

This Swedish indie-pop band are a new one on me although this single from earlier this year comes from their eighth album. It’s all good fun and has piqued my interest enough to check out their back catalogue beginning with the wonderfully titled debut from 2004 ‘I Was So Unpopular in School and Now They’re Giving Me This Beautiful Bicycle’. I mean, with album names like that and the subject matter of this song (From what I can gleam, it extols the joy of having someone leave messages on your mobile phone) how can you not love such irresistible Scandinavian twee-ness?

Track 6. Definite Gaze by Magazine.

The opener from their 1978 debut ‘Real Life’, this was for many the first recorded taste of Howard Devoto’s seminal post punk outfit. The band had toured most of the LP throughout the previous year before hitting the studio with producer John Leckie to record what would become one of the most important albums of the late seventies.

Track 7. And That Is That by Creme Soda.

As we’re wrapping things up round these parts, I thought I’d select a few songs which cover the art of goodbye. First up, we have an act who hailed from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Creme Soda generated a fanatical following based on their legendary single ‘(I’m) Chewin’ Gum/Roses All Around’ which appeared on the Trinity label in 1975. They released one self titled LP from which this slice of west coast soft psych is lifted.

Track 8. This Is The End by The Lollipops.

Staying with the teeth rotting moniker theme of our previous pick and continuing with our trip dedicated to ta-ta’s, next up we have Danish three piece The Lollipops with a piece of pop fluff from the early seventies. These lads were active throughout the mid to late sixties as a slightly garagey boy band, check out this 1966 single a record that one Pete Townshend must have come across, such are the similiaritues to one of his biggest songs…

Track 9. Rainbow Ends by Emitt Rhodes.

Former cover star Emitt Rhodes released his first LP in 43 years in 2016. Working closely with producer Chris Price and recorded in his original home studio, the album (of which this is the title track) was intended as a stylistic follow-up to ‘Farewell to Paradise’, his last record which was released in 1973. It is a beautifully thoughtful album which centres on themes of loss and regret with Rhodes in fine voice and instantly recognisable as the same man who made those perfect pop songs in the early seventies.

Track 10. It Ain’t No Fun by Shirley Brown.

Our final regular soul slowie closer is a slab of seventies Stax courtesy of Shirley Brown. This was the follow up single to her million-selling ‘Woman to Woman’ and the opening track from the 1975 album of the same name which is a long plea to ‘the other woman’ to return Shirley’s man. Stax folded shortly after its release but its a fine epitaph, Brown’s strong gospel voice giving Aretha a run for her money.

Well then. That’s that bar the shouting, your last ever regular NL. Be sure to join us next week for the bumper century edition which will serve as our last hurrah. I’m off to enjoy my new gaff. See you in seven days.

Until then, never give up on a good thing.

Andrew Orley.

And You Think Love Is To Pray, But I’m Sorry, I Don’t Pray That Way.


Nobody’s Listening. No.98. 4.12.17

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Hullo. December already eh? 2017 has fair rattled past if you ask me, it only seems like five minutes ago that I was welcoming you to your new streamlined version of the playlist and here we are with the festive season upon us once again. Blimey.

Ok, what do we have this week on the penultimate regular Nobody’s Listening? All sorts of good stuff is what. Three tracks from this very year are nestled between a superb, little heard song from a glam rock hero and his missus (see photo up there) and a psych-pop oddity from the seventies.

Paul is on the ball this week, submitting his pick with seven days to go. Typical of my very good friend, bandmate and third duke of Wetwang to get his act together when I’m about to pull the plug on this playlist! Cuh!

Alright, breathe and stop, for real, and give it what you got..

Track 1. Come To Europe by Michael Farneti.

Kicking things off this week is a piece of seventies pop majesty courtesy of Floridian Michael Farneti. The interweb comes up short with any real detail on this artist and the LP from which this track is lifted, 1976’s ‘Good Morning Kisses’. I must admit, it was a record that I stumbled upon when I read a review proclaiming it as a ‘true masterpiece of the self-released, self-produced records of the seventies and eighties’ and ‘a visceral experience of such potency’. Well, such hyperbole is impossible to resist isn’t it? The album certainly doesn’t disappoint, choc full of batshit crazy pop but also genuinely touching songwriting (The albums closer ‘The River’ is a thing of real beauty). Imagine if Scott Walker had continued as a pop star and took up residency in Vegas and you’re half way there.

Track 2. Cry Baby by Gloria Jones.

We stay in ’76 for this weeks cover star(s). This track appeared on Jones’ third studio LP ‘Vixen’ which was produced by her partner Marc Bolan and featured no less than seven of his songs including two co-writes with Jones, this being one of them. A T-rex record in all but voice it has the hallmarks of classic Bolan, fuzzy guitar, background strings, a busy bass-line and all with the added bonus of Gloria’s wonderful vocal. It is a superb piece of seventies rock and soul that, for my money, deserves to be as well known as the rest of the pop-pixies canon.

Track 3. I’m A Bigger Badder Bro Than Any Game Of Thrones by The Bongolian.

Ok, next up we have a triptych of tracks which were all released this year beginning with a stand alone track from Nasser Bouzida aka The Bongolian. Released around three weeks back, this continues the feel good vibe of his fifth LP which dropped in early Summer ‘Moog Maximus’ and is a seventies inflected slab of heavy percussion, squelchy synths and funky, proggy Hammond. Move your furniture, roll up the rug, grab something long and fruity, crank the volume and stick two fingers up to these cold December nights by cutting loose to its relentless sunshine groove.

Track 4. Lead The Way by Hypnotic Brass Ensemble.

Our second selection from this annum comes from The H.B.E., an eight-piece, Chicago-based brass ensemble consisting of eight sons of the jazz trumpeter Phil Cohran who released their first album in the best part of ten years just last week titled ‘Book Of Sound’. This is the first record they have made since the passing of their father earlier this year and its themes mainly focus on the unknown universe, asking questions of the great beyond while contemplating mortality. This is the first track from that LP, an arpeggio led piece that sets the scene for a disc that has its roots in some of the great Sun Ra’s cosmic jazz.

Track 5. Saptiro by Locust Toybox.

Leeds based David Firth who trades under the moniker Locust Toybox rounds off our trio of recent releases with a track from his latest record which came out just before Halloween. Warm synths and a steady build provide the backbone with Firth layering sounds until its bleak beginnings transmogrify into something more welcoming. As Firth explains..”I really wanted the misty bleakness of Northern England to come across. It’s an exploration of spacious areas, of descending into comforting madness, of being submerged under miles of water, surprised you are still able to breathe.”. Heavy.

Track 6. Goodbye, My Loneliness by Leland.

And so, we leave the current day behind and head back to the seventies where we find one Leland Yoshitsu. A self financed, cape wearing psychedelic warrior, he released his debut LP in 1976 to an uninterested world. As is the case these days, nothing seems to stay unheard forever and his psych-punk weirdness has finally found it’s audience with hipsters desperate to unearth the next big old thing. Having said that, credit must be paid to whichever bearded digger found this buried treasure, it’s marvellous. Check for yourself..

Track 7. If You Gotta Go by The Flying Burrito Brothers.

Taken from 1970’s ‘Burrito Deluxe’ this Dylan cover is a barnstorming effort from the FBB’s. All wrapped up in an economic two minutes, it is up there with my favourite interpretations of his work. As I’ve mentioned in these pages before, I’ve never been fully on board with ‘ol Bob as I’ve always struggled with that voice but there’s no denying he is one of, if not the, most important songwriters of all time with even his most slight and throwaway numbers carrying more weight than a metric tonne of Ed Sheeran’s efforts. Imagine that! A metric tonne of the copper topped, tiny guitar playing loop merchant’s saccharine blandness! Blurgh.

Track 8. Love’s Unkind by Donna Summer.


So he’s on time and gone all disco on our collective asses..full of surprises that boy. This reached number three in the U.K. hit parade in ’77 and was another of Ms. Summer’s collaborations with diminutive Italian genius Georgio Moroder and whilst it isn’t as truly groundbreaking as ‘I Feel Love’ or ‘Love To Love You’, it’s still incredibly great fun. Some of you may recall it was uninspiringly covered in the early nineties by Sophie Lawrence, the actor best known for her role as Sid Owen’s sister in miseryfest ‘Eastenders’.

Track 9. ’56 by Derek Gripper.

Derek Gripper’s 2012 LP ‘One Night on Earth’ was recorded in a single all night session and features interpretations of the Malian kora on guitar. It takes some musicianship to reproduce the rhythmic complexity of a 21-string African harp, played by the world’s great virtuosos, on a simple six-string guitar but Gripper pulls it off in spades, retaining the haunting quality of the original compositions. This track, taken from that record, is his cover of Ali Farka Touré’s ’56 and is absolutely stunning

Track 10. Superwoman by The Main Ingredient.

Our soul slowie closer this week is one of six songs either written or co-penned by Stevie Wonder which made an appearance on The Main Ingredient’s 1973 LP ‘Afrodisiac’. This song, which featured on Wonder’s ‘Music Of My Mind’ album from the previous year, marked a departure from Stevie’s classic Motown sound and this version slaps some further gloss on, not least in the marvellous lead vocal courtesy of Cuba Gooding Sr.

And with that, Number 98 draws to a close. Be sure to join us in seven days time for your final regular playlist before we bow out with some style the week after with NL 100.

Until then, I’ll love you ’til Tuesday.

Andrew Orley.

Judge This World Through Jaundiced Eyes. They’re Sold Too Soon And None Too Wise.

Roddy Frame/Aztec Camera

Nobody’s Listening. No.97. 27.11.17.

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Hullo. Firstly, apologies if this weeks commentary on your selection of superb-ness is slightly truncated. This is due to the crappy wi-fi connection in this godforsaken hotel which renders the task of putting this thing together frustrating to say the least. Nevertheless, I shall battle on to bring you your weekly portion of poppadums and dips.

This time around we have a chunk of solid sounds from North of the border including a side project from a feller who has appeared on the playlist in two guises previously, a lesser heard version of a song made famous by Billy Bragg (no, not New England) and an early track from a personal hero of mine.

Paulo is here with his pick of the week although my very good friend, bandmate and voice of ‘Uni’ in the old eighties Dungeons and Dragons cartoon is late again. Who knows what secrets lurk in his black magic box?

Ok, come get it, I got it..

Track 1. This One’s For The Humans by Alien Stadium.

We begin with the unmistakable tones of Edinburgh man Steve Mason who has teamed up with Primal Scream keyboardist and fellow Brighton dweller Martin Duffy to record the mini album ‘Livin’ In Elizabethean Times’ which is due to drop next month. This is the first fruits from that project and is exactly what you’d expect from the former Beta Band man, sailing his ship the closest to that groups sound since they disbanded. Marvellously bonkers.

Track 2. Queen’s Tattoos by Aztec Camera.

We stay in bonnie Scotland for our cover star who has been writing and releasing top notch pop songs for thirty seven years now. Thirty seven years! He’s only bloody 53! I have followed Roddy Frame from those very early days, ever since the wondrous ‘Oblivious’ first made me sit up and take notice as a ten year old top of the pops viewer, but it wasn’t until 1987’s ‘Love’ and it’s clutch of perfect pop singles that I became obsessed with the lad from East Kilbride, voraciously eating up his back catalogue. This is the b-side to ‘Pillar To Post’ a rough trade 7″ from 1982 which was a foretaste of the superb debut LP ‘High Land Hard Rain’ and another example of his precocious talent.

Track 3. Tong Poo by Yellow Magic Orchestra.


And he pulls it out of the bag at the eleventh hour yet again. This classic piece of Japanese synth pop, which opened the second side of the YMO’S 1978 debut LP is a joy from start to finish, its frenetic tempo and ahead of the curve production are just two of its many jewels to admire. Its splendour comes as no surprise when you consider the fact it was penned by one of the bands co-founders, the genuine genius that is Ryuichi Sakamoto.

Track 4. Love Don’t Come No Stronger by Jeff Perry.

Next we have another of those superb soul singers who never really got the recognition they richly deserved. Ignored by the masses but heartily endorsed by the Northern scene, this 1975 single is a fine slice of modern that is elevated further by Perry’s first class vocal performance. He would go on to release the excellent 1978 LP ‘Jefree’ which also remained roundly unheard. Criminal, this business.

Track 5. Hammock by Millionyoung.

I can’t quite recall where I first heard this 2010 track, probably on the excellent BIRP! Indie playlist. The pseudonym of Floridian indie/electronica producer Mike Diaz, Millionyoung was just one of a glut of Pitchfork-championed acts that sprang up around the turn of the decade who relied on heavy bursts of sampling and reverb. What sets this apart for me is the gentle build and layers that add up to an evocative piece of chillwave.

Track 6. Subaru Nights by Insecure Men.

Saul Adamczewski of Fat White Family and Ben Romans-Hopcraft of Childhood make up the core duo of London ‘Supergroup’ Insecure Men, joined by various other musicians taking a break from their day jobs in Marley Mackey of Dirty Harrys (who is the son of Steve Mackey of Pulp), Victor Jakeman (Claw Marks) on organ, Joe Isherwood (We Smoke Fags) on keyboards and saxophonist Alex White who is also on hiatus from Fat White Family. Some talent then, and this is their first release which dropped back in September. Woozy synths and Saul’s Robert Wyatt-esque vocal combine to create a dreamscape celebrating the one time motor of choice for urban yoof.

Track 7. Sun by Anna St. Louis.

Anna St. Louis was born and raised in Kansas City spending her time as a painter and singing in punk bands before eventually leaving her hometown to attend art school in Philadelphia. After graduating she made the move to Los Angeles where she began teaching herself guitar, writing songs and recording them on her own in her bedroom. These sketches, including the track I’ve featured here, have made up her debut release ‘First songs’ which came out as a cassette only release just last month. Gorgeous psych folk, this is the sound of an artist finally finding her voice.

Track 8. The World Turned Upside Down by Dick Gaughan.

This weeks third visit to Alba brings us Glaswegian folk legend Dick Gaughan. This track, which featured on his 1981 LP ‘Handful Of Earth’ first came to my attention when it appeared on Billy Bragg’s ‘Between The Wars’ EP from 1985. Always a highlight of his live shows, I assumed it was an original of Braggs until I heard Gaughan’s version on the wireless and assumed the bard of Barking had covered Dicks own composition. However! it turns out Dick didn’t write it either. Leon Rosselson is the author behind this 1975 protest song which relates the tale of the diggers in the 17th century. It has since become a socialist anthem and a rousing one at that.

Track 9. My Conception by Sonny Clark.

Sonny Clark was another of those Jazz artists that never really got the kudos he deserved during his all too short life. Time, however has proven him to be an innovative and generous performer, both attributes clearly evident on this original composition, a post-bop piece which was recorded by Clark and his superb quintet for blue note in 1959.

Track 10. Sad Girl by The Intruders.

Our soul slowie closer this week is from one of the first groups to have hit songs under the direction of Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, and as such, had a major influence on the development of Philadelphia soul. This 1968 single was previously recorded by its author Jay Wiggins in 1963 but this version with G&H’s trademark silky smooth production surpasses it by some distance.

Not too short in the end then, a lousy connection can’t keep a good gobshite down!. There’ll be more of this guff next Friday of course as we creep ever closer to number 100 and what may well be the last Nobody’s Listening EVER!..Ever…ever…ever..

Until then, don’t cry for me Argentina.

Andrew Orley.

I Was In Your Arms, Thinking I Belonged There.


Nobody’s Listening. No.96. 20.11.17.

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Hullo. Welcome back to your weekly portion of ten pieces of pop music accompanied by fifteen hundred or so words about them. This week you find me back on the dreaded night-shift down in Redhill, Surrey. Yet another of those nondescript commuter towns for the capital, it was the former residence of Carry On big feller Bernard Bresslaw and briefly home to Occultist, magician and baldy crackpot racist Aleister Crowley.

So what’s in store this week Andrew? Well, we have another appearance for the finest pop band of the seventies, a track from a Jamaican superstar, but not the big hit you’re probably expecting, and a curio from the dad of a band whose star is very much in the ascendant.

Paul is back of course, once I send a reminder to my very good friend, bandmate and owner of Europe’s largest collection of Top Deck Shandy cans, I’m sure he’ll reply with the goods in double quick time, i.e. Just scrape Thursday’s deadline.

So, let me show you, let me show you the way to go…

Track 1. S.O.S by ABBA.

By now, you should all be aware of my fondness for this weeks cover stars. I think this may be the third or fourth appearance of the Scandinavian pop quartet but definitely their most well known track that I’ve featured so far. I mean come on, this is absolute pop perfection. That opening d-minor passage and Agnetha’s sorrowful vocal at the beginning which belies the full on major chord chorus which explodes with a bank of synths, layered voices and Bjorns rock guitar. Absolutely irresistible. Go on, take the time to listen to it again, loud, with the lights off. If you’re not singing along at any point then you, sir/madam, are a falsifier sporting combustible trouser-wear.

Track 2. She’s My Girl by Salty Miller.

This next track has been bumped from the playlist for the last few weeks or so as it didn’t quite fit with the rest of that given weeks selections. Here it is then, following one of the greatest pop singles of all time so I suppose I’m not really giving it a fair crack of the whip. Still, it’s here for a reason and that is it’s from that reliable source of quality, the Numero group. A 1980 single release, it’s pretty much out of step with everything that was going on around it but time has been kind and what we have here is a pleasingly light-weight piece of beach-pop fluff that has echoes of late sixties bubblegum.

Track 3. The Sinking Feeling by The The.

Matt Johnson recently announced his return to the stage after an absence of sixteen years with three sold out London shows. Bloody London. Hopefully, he’ll follow it up with some nationwide dates and as soon as he does, I’ll be jumping on those tickets with gusto. This is from The The’s debut LP proper, 1983’s ‘Soul Mining’ and I can’t wait to hear it live once he exits that Roman Shell and gets his arse oop north. A band/artist I have loved since their/his 1986 LP ‘Infected’, they/he are/is one of the few acts that I started listening to in my early teens that I still love some thirty odd years later.

Track 4. Procissão by Gilberto Gil.

Ah, the infinite joys of night-shifts and the impossible task of trying to get at least 40 winks at the budget hotel the next day. This is made even more Everest-like when you add incessant, DND ignoring Housekeeping. It turns into an expedition to Olympus Mons when you throw in some hairy arsed builders refurbishing the room next to you while blasting Heart FM from their paint spattered radio. I retaliated by turning this slice of Brazilian genius up to the max on my bluetooth speaker. Hopefully they eschewed their chart fodder and appreciated some quality latin soft psych from 1967. I then called at reception and politely but firmly requested a change of suite. I’m now in the room directly above the lads who, if I’m being fair, are just trying to earn an honest crust. It looks like I’ll have to take another trip to reception although at this stage two pillows over my head seems to be the easy option. Either way, this evenings shift will be a grueller.

Track 5. Sitting In Limbo by Jimmy Cliff.

As I mentioned up the top there, the title track from Cliff’s 1972 movie soundtrack ‘The Harder They Come’ is an evergreen classic that quite rightly garners frequent radio play, but there’s lots more to love on the LP that pretty much broke Reggae to the wider world. In the name of this playlists remit in bringing you undervalued gems, I’ve selected this song from the album which had previously featured on Jimmy’s sophomore LP ‘Another Cycle’ from the year before. Recorded at the legendary Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Alabama, it has a wonderfully laid back Fender Rhodes and flute backing our man who is in fine voice. At present, it’s going some way to easing my frazzled, sleep-deprived mind.

Track 6. Thorn by My Bloody Valentine.


Well, I’ve been proven wrong and he’s managed to get this weeks pick of the week to me on Wednesday evening. Still a touch tardy but I’ll forgive the late showing as it’s this classic slice of shoegaze from MBV. One of the tracks from their first Creation release, the majestic EP ‘You Made Me Realise’, this is one of the bands poppier compositions and is a prime example of how their feedback laden assaults could also be cut with jangly magnificence. See, this is exactly why I put up with the slackarse blighter. He offers up genius such as this.

Track 7. Parallelograms by Linda Perhacs.

Here we have an artist who could best be described as a U.S. Vashti Bunyan, such are the similarities to their stories. Linda Perhacs’ ‘Parallelograms’ was her first and, until the release of ‘The Soul of All Natural Things’ in 2014, only album which was all but completely ignored when originally released on Kapp Records in 1970. Discouraged by the lack of commercial attention and the label’s reluctance to promote the album, Perhacs returned to her career as a dental hygienist. The LP gained a cult following in the thirty years or so after its release and is now regarded as a psych-folk classic and led to her re-emergence with the follow up LP released just three years ago. Here’s the title track from that debut, a soundscape that is built around Linda’s soft Joni Mitchell-esque vocal.

Track 8. Like Going Down Sideways by Cut Worms.

I realise we’ve been a bit oldies heavy this week so let’s inject some new blood into proceedings with this track from Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Max Clarke aka Cut Worms. This is the lead track from his debut EP ‘Alien Sunset’ which was released on Jagjaguar in September and is a deliciously retro sounding piece with some quality songwriting and lushly realised harmonies that evoke classic sixties acts such as the Everly Brothers. To me, Clarke’s voice is strikingly similar to another legend of that era, bearing echoes of the great Bob Lind in his more plaintive moments. I look forward to hearing more from this exciting prospect.

Track 9. Love Stepped Out by Ronnie D’Addario.

We stay in NYC for our next selection which comes from the father of wunderkinds and former NL alumni Brian and Michael D’Addario who are making big waves at the moment with their band The Lemon Twigs. D’Addario senior was something of a prodigy himself releasing a handful of superb pop albums in the seventies very much in the mould of playlist favourite Emitt Rhodes. This is the opening track from his 1976 LP ‘Take In A Show’ and is often performed live by his offspring in tribute to their old man.

Track 10. Deep Shadows by Little Ann.

Our Soul slowie closer this week is an unreleased 1967 song that was almost left unheard until its rediscovery some twenty odd years later. ‘Little’ Ann Bridgeforth hailed from Chicago and cut just one LP in 1969 which was never released. It was not until a couple of Northern Soul crate diggers visited the producer Dave Hamilton in the late eighties that her talent was finally recognised. The visiting enthusiasts remarked that one of the records Hamilton played for them was the casino classic, ‘What Should I Do?’ by Rose Valentine, when he revealed the voice to be Little Ann it was apparent that the record was another Northern Soul ‘Cover Up’, a tactic employed by the scenes DJ’s to prevent rival jocks and collectors obtaining the disc, therefore securing its all important obscurity. This song was among the eight tracks recorded for the lost album and gained a further audience when it was used in a U.S commercial for trainers.

That’s that then. Join us next time when I shall shove another ten tracks in your lovely face.

Until then, carry go bring come.

Andrew Orley.

Take Me Out, Take Me Out Tonight. Come Light The Fire.


Nobody’s Listening. No.95. 13.11.17.

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Hullo. Welcome back to your weekly parade of pop picks. As we reach the beginning of cold weather proper (I had to scrape the car this morning, funny how you can forget about that particular seasonal ballache) I’ve selected a few songs which may transport you to warmer climes and times, including an artist I heard for the very first time last week, completely unaware of a career which stretches back seventeen years. We also celebrate the return of a playlist favourite and the NL debut of a seminal combo.

Paulo is also back where he should be, this week my very good friend, bandmate and the original manufacturer of the smashing orangey bit in McVities Jaffa Cakes has also selected an artist who is no stranger to these shores.

Ok, Let’s begin the beguine..

Track 1. Stage Fright by The Band.

We kick off proceedings with Canadian legends The Band who make their playlist bow with the title song from their third LP which was released in 1970. Rick Danko takes up the vocal duties on this Robbie Robertson song which was performed memorably on the classic, Scorcese directed farewell concert movie ‘The Last Waltz’. Below is that very performance although I’ve opted to include the album version on the spotify playlist to allow you to compare and contrast. Whichever take you choose to listen to, I’m sure you’ll agree it’s a show stopper that also makes a perfect show starter and a classy way to open playlist number ninety-five.

Track 2. Look Away by The Ozark Mountain Daredevils.

We don’t stray too far from The Band’s patented Country rock sound for our next selection, although this troupe tended to stray towards an Eagles-type poppier sound. This track is taken from the sophomore LP, 1974’s ‘It’ll Shine When It Shines’ which contains their biggest single and best known song, ‘Jackie Blue’, which reached number three on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1975.

Track 3. Strong Suit by Marker Starling.

As I mentioned up the top there, this feller has managed to completely evade my attention since he started recording at the turn of this century (Jeez, that phrase makes it sounds positively pre-historic, but we are Seventeen years in, lest we forget). Stanley Kubrick lookalike (Seriously, google him) Chris A. Cummings began life as ‘Mantler’ before setting on the Marker Starling moniker back in 2012. I first became aware of him just last week when his new single Playin’ Along ’99 was featured on the Radcliffe and Maconie show over on six music and was instantly hooked on his Seventies inspired smooth songwriting style. With a knack for a melody that could be described as Donald Fagen shorn of his jazz excesses, his easy way with a song is instantly addictive and I look forward to hearing his new LP ‘Anchors And Ampersands’ from which this track is lifted.

Track 4. Demon Is A Monster by Cornershop.

This brand new instrumental from playlist favourites Cornershop dropped just last month and is hopefully a foretaste of a new, long overdue long player, although the only description I can find online states it is “Soundtrack theme tune for the Remainiacs Brexit podcast”, whatever that is. Led by a groovy Bass, it is pretty much late period Cornershop by numbers, but that’s exactly what I want to hear from one of the few acts that have genuinely ploughed their own path since they formed in the early nineties.

Track 5. Backfield In Motion by Mel & Tim.

Melvin McArthur Hardin and Hubert Timothy McPherson were cousins from Holly Springs, Mississippi, who were discovered by Motown legend Gene Chandler when they made the move to Chicago. Yolanda Hardin, who was Mel Hardin’s mother and McPherson’s aunt, along with their cousins Walita, Catha, Donny and Darris Maxwell helped the duo with songwriting and publicity. Yolanda, formerly a singer, signed them to a recording contract with her Bamboo Records, releasing this featured track which was immediately successful, reaching number 3 on Billboard magazine’s R&B chart and number 10 on its pop chart in 1969. It sold over one million copies and was awarded a gold disc. The version on the playlist is a live, extended cut however below is the original single version which featured on their debut LP ‘Good Guys Only Win in the Movies’.

Track 6. Roller Girl by Anna Karina.

This Serge Gainsbourg penned song featured in Karina’s 1967 musical comedy ‘Anna’ which was a vehicle for the Danish muse of Jean-Luc Godard who featured her in half a dozen of his French New wave movies after their marriage in 1961. It’s typical Gainsbourg with it’s thumping drums and fuzz guitars and a shall we say, ‘interesting’ vocal from the actress. Good old late period Yé-yé fun and a more than welcome re-appearance for a genre that I love.

Track 7. We’re Almost There by Michael Jackson.


Paul has this week selected this 1975 song which was one of the final Motown single releases for the latter day ‘King Of Pop’. The opener of his final LP for the label ‘Forever, Michael’, it marks the beginning of his transition from teeny bopper pop star to bona fide soul legend with a more mature vocal from the then 16 year old and a pointer to the slicker sound that would propel him to super-stardom when he made the move to CBS records. Dripping with class thanks to the songwriting and production chops of the Holland brothers who had recently returned to the Detroit label, it is an often overlooked classic that I haven’t heard for far too long and I must pay massive thanks to Mr D’C for the re-introduction.

Track 8. That’s When I Reach For My Revolver by Mission Of Burma.

This song first came to my attention when it was covered by Blur’s Graham Coxon for his second solo LP ‘The Golden D’ in 2000 and, having no knowledge of the original track, I assumed it was his own composition. Research also shows that it was released as a single by chrome-domed carrot botherer and omnipresent nineties dance-floor git Moby, but having never been a fan of his work, I haven’t bothered to seek it out. Anyways, this is the original from Boston post-punkers Mission Of Burma and was the lead track on their debut EP ‘Signals, Calls, and Marches’, released in 1981.

Track 9. Dreams by Alice Boman.

Our cover star this week is Swedish singer songwriter Alice Boman and a track which was released as a single in September. Over to Alice to explain the genesis and themes of the song..
“I wrote ‘Dreams’ more than 2 years ago and I can’t recall exactly what was in my mind at the time. But I do remember being in the studio later on recording the song. I had just gotten a disappointing text message and I was sad and upset, and then I had to record vocals. And I remember that it hit me, when singing the song, that although I wrote it at another time it captured just how I felt in that moment too. And it comforted me somehow, that that’s how it is. Everything is constantly changing. But some things always feels the same. Heartache is never easy. And in those moments it’s important to find something to hold on to. To keep on dreaming.”

Track 10. There Goes My Used To Be by Wee Willie Walker.

And so, we reach another soul slowie closer. This week we have the b-side to Wee Willie Walker’s superb 1968 cover of The Wackers’ ‘Ticket To Ride’. Memphis born Walker began his career in 1960 as a member of the gospel group The Redemption Harmonizers before relocating to Minnesota. He recorded nine singles for the legendary ‘Goldwax’ label before disappearing only to re-emerge in the eighties when he supported John Lee Hooker. Wee Willie is still recording today and has released three albums in the last eight years or so, his emotive and powerful voice undimmed by time.

That wraps things up for another week. We’re getting ever closer to that all important Number 100 which will be an extravaganza the like of which you have never seen in all your born days. Always nice to go out with a bang isn’t it? NL.96 will drop in your laps at the usual time and place next Friday.

Until then, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.

Andrew Orley.

These Arms Of Mine, They Are Lonely. Lonely, And Feeling Blue.

Otis Redding; photo courtesy Zelma Redding

Nobody’s Listening. No.94. 6.11.17.

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Hullo. It’s a pretty downbeat NL that greets you this week due to the recent loss of our faithful hound Wilson. As any pet owners will understand, our beasts are much, much more than mere animals and they leave a massive hole behind when their all too short lives come to an end. With this in mind, I don’t feel like chatting too much this week, so I’ll leave you with ten tunes that capture my current mood. Don’t worry, none of the following are mawkish, maudlin or specifically sentimental (No “Old Shep” here) but each one has helped me through a horrible seven days.

Paulo is taking a break this week, but rest assured, he will return with his pick of the week for Nobody’s Listening No.95. where normal service will resume.

Track 1. So Long Without You by Bent.

Track 2. When Poets Dreamed Of Angels by David Sylvian.

Track 3. Code by Jane Weaver.

Track 4. Lonesome Town by Ricky Nelson.

Track 5. The Tea Song by Michael Hurley.

Track 6. Pretty Girl Why by Buffalo Springfield.

Track 7. Soul Serenade by King Curtis.

Track 8. The Flow by Melanie De Biaso.

Track 9. Be That Easy by Sade.

Track 10. You Don’t Miss Your Water by Otis Redding.

And with that, I’ll say one last “Night-night bonny lad”. It was a pleasure to have loved you for the last ten years.x

Andrew Orley.