Hullo. We had a decent spike in readership last week thanks to a couple of facebook shares. One came from our very own Paul D’Cruz, more of him later.
The other came from another lovely Paul, Mr Paul Garner. Thanks again chum! If you ever get the chance, please check out his band..Thee Strawberry Mynde Theyrrre Grrreat!
If you feel you’d like to share it too, then be my guest. The more, the merrier!
Cracking on then. This weeks playlist has the second ‘Paulo’s Pick Of The Week’. In which my very good friend, bandmate and West Yorkshire waterski champion 1986, Paul D’Cruz supplies us with another choice cut from his brilliant mind.
So, without further ado-Ron Ron..
Track 1. Walk To The One You Love by Twin Peaks.
I was introduced to these Chicago rockers just last week when Green Gartside played them as he stood in on Gideon Coe’s show. They’ve been doing the rounds for some time now and are due to release their third LP this coming May. This is the lead single from it and it’s smashing. A Kinksy throwback that’s also got echoes of T-Rex with some great shouty harmonising in the background. I’ll be checking out their back catalogue on the strength of this.
Track 2. Too Much Attention by Gilbert O’Sullivan.
Driving home from that London the other week, the M1 was being it’s usual awkward self. I punched the radio presets in an attempt to find some sing-along music to stave off fatigue and I stopped on Radio 2 as they had a special concert by this feller. I’ve always liked his songs, ‘Alone Again, Naturally’ has to be one of my favourite seventies tunes. The gig was thoroughly enjoyable, even his new stuff sounded great with the backing of Laurie Holloway and the BBC concert orchestra. I decided there and then that he would make an appearance on NL, and here he is with a lesser known upbeat offering from his debut 1971 LP, ‘Himself’.
Track 3. When I Knew by Eleanor Friedberger.
Our cover star this week, Eleanor struck out on her own a few years back after critical acclaim with her brother Matthew in their band, The Fiery Furnaces. Though her solo output has been a bit more straightforward than the experimental work with TFF, that’s not at all to its detriment. This is a great example of her knack with a melody, it’ll be bouncing round your bonce for weeks.
Track 4. Red Beans and Rice by Booker T and the MG’s.
You know what you’re getting here. A 1965 release from the Stax house band. Jones, Cropper, Dunn and Jackson Jr doing what they do, and marvellously so.
Track 5. Re-Make/Re-Model by Roxy Music.
What a thrill it must have been to have this, the first track on their debut LP unleashed on your ears back in 1972. I can’t think of anything preceding it’s release that comes close to it’s utter strangeness. The musique concrete beginning, Ferry at his most anguished, Eno beavering away at his Oscillator, the band taking it in turns to showcase their instruments at the end before it all comes crashing down gloriously. Truly trailblazing, this.
Track 6. Don’t Let Him Waste Your Time by Jarvis Cocker.
Whenever I’m up and down the motorway with my portable music device set to shuffle, something strange happens as I pass over that Sheffield flyover. More often than not, a band from the area pops up out of nowhere as if the steel city is influencing the random function. True to form, Cocker reared his head the other day just as I got to Meadowhall. This, from his debut album also features one of the city’s sons in the shape of Richard Hawley, his distinctive guitar ringing all over it.
Track 7. Corner Piece by Dent May.
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Here we go with the second selection from Senor D’Cruz and it’s another belter. May originally hails from Jackson, Mississippi but is currently based in L.A. His music has absorbed all that Californian sunshine and this, from his second album ‘Warm Blanket’, is infused with Soleil. It’s been three years since his last release, I can only imagine he’s in the process of creating his third opus as I type. Hurry up Dent!
Track 8. Baroque Jazz by Nino Rapicavoli,Leopoldo Perez-Bonsignore.
No real info on this one. I think it’s from the early seventies and possibly French. Anyway, if you like your jazz with a side order of harpsichord, this is for you.
Track 9. El Llorar (Crying) by Kronos Quartet.
Back in the early days of the interweb, I was a member of the NME message boards, then called ‘Angst’. When somebody submitted a post involving a certain Journalist and a banana, the boards were closed down leading to an alternative rogue board being set up, imaginatively titled ‘Alt Angst’. I spent a couple of happy years posting on these forums and consequently I was introduced to a plethora of acts, Kronos Quartet being one of them. If you’re hearing this for the first time, be prepared for a blast of Mexican magic. As far as I’m aware, the alt angst message board still exists. I left it behind when the cliques took over, as they so often do with this kind of thing.
Track 10. Let Him Run Wild (Instrumental) by The Beach Boys.
When pushed, I often cite this as my favourite BB track of all time. So why include the instrumental version from their proto-Karaoke album ‘Stack o Tracks’? To appreciate Wilson’s genius, that’s why. This is one of the first stepping stones on the way to the majesty of Pet Sounds. To listen to the arrangement stripped of vocals is to understand the embryonic vision that Brian had that ultimately led to the creation of his masterwork.
Track 11. Upholstery by The Beach Bums.
The diminutive Paul Williams was everywhere in the seventies. As well as numerous film and Television roles, he composed hit songs for The Carpenters, Barbara Streisand and countless others, as well as penning the musical Bugsy Malone. This particular song is taken from his soundtrack to Brian De Palma’s 1974 movie ‘Phantom Of The Paradise’ in which he also starred. Following on from our previous BB track, this is a pastiche performed by a fictional surf band in that film, and it’s a note perfect parody. Williams is still around, he guested on Daft Punk’s last LP, singing the brilliant ‘Touch’.
Track 12. Don’t Let Them In by Perfumed Genius.
Taken from his third, and to date, last LP. This finds Mike Hadreas at his most elegiacal.
Track 13. Dance Away Your Ego by Jonathan Rado.
Foxygen man Rado up next with a cut from his solo record from 2013. Funky organ sounds which are cribbed straight from one of this weeks other featured artists, Booker T Jones. This also has a melody line which almost sounds like a mod version of the theme from The Magnificent Seven. Shoulder shrugging goodness.
Track 14. Jenny Ondioline by Sterolab.
Here at NL, we don’t do half measures, so here’s the full eighteen minute version of Stereolab’s motorik colossus. Three movements of hypnotic, retro-futurist tones, this 1993 release pointed to an exciting tomorrow before all those blokes with guitars came along and sold us a re-hashed yesterday.
Track 15. Teardrop by Santo and Johnny.
The follow up to their massive smash, ‘Sleepwalk’, this is another slice of steel guitar dreaminess from the Farina brothers. Evoking memories of drive-ins, malted milks and high school hops that we never actually experienced, but somehow feel we did.
Track 16. C’est La Mode by Annie Phillipe.
I mentioned last week that everyone should have a prescription of Sixties French pop. Well here’s your weekly dose from Annie Phillipe. It begins with a great fuzz guitar and drum riff which is absolutely ripe for sampling.
Track 17. A Gain by Tim Burgess.
Charlatans frontman Burgess released a beautiful solo LP in 2012. Totally at odds with his baggy past, it was written by Lambchop’s Kurt Wagner and his influence is all over it. Filled with his trademark country rock stylings, Burgess’ voice is surprisingly well suited to Wagner’s patented brand of Americana. This track from ‘Oh No I Love You’ has some gorgeous gospel backing underpinning Tim’s weary lead.
Track 18. Angela by Bob James.
‘Goodnight Mr Walters’
Track 19. What’s Wrong With Groovin’ by Letta Mbulu.
Soweto born Jazz singer Mbulu left South Africa in the sixties due to apartheid. She went on to forge a career as a well respected artist in her field, and on this showing it’s obvious why. Still active today, her sweet voice was utilised by Quincy Jones on the Michael Jackson track ‘Liberian Girl’.
Track 20. I Don’t Want To Have To Wait by Barbara And The Browns.
Completing this weeks playlist we have another soul slowie. A 1966 cadet release from one of the finest gospel/soul voices of the time. I’ve always thought Otis would have made a fine job of this song. As it is, it belongs to Barbara.
And there we have it, another twenty tracks, and another 1500 or so words about them will be coming your way, same time next week.
Until then, if you can’t be with the one you love, love the one you’re with.