Hullo. Welcome to playlist number 40. Yes, it’s still going with no end in sight. Well, maybe. I’m toying with the idea of ending on number 50, or maybe 52 so you’ve got a full year of not listening. We’ll see. When I started compiling these playlists it was only meant to be an occasional thing but the very next week I did another and it rolled on from there. I suppose I’ll keep on going until it becomes a chore, but at the moment I’m still enjoying it so, as I said, we’ll see…
Anyway, what have we got for you this week? More of what you’d expect and a few surprises here and there including of course Paulo’s Pick Of The Week. This week my very good friend, bandmate and the man who dubbed the English voice of Zoltar in Battle Of The Planets has chosen a throwback to seventies P.I.F’s. (Public Information Films).
Hey ho, Let’s go…
Track 1. Ruby by Silver Apples.
What better way to kick off our ‘Ruby’ edition of Nobody’s Listening than with this 1968 track from electronic music pioneers Silver Apples? Actually it was a close call between this and tracks by Kaiser Chiefs and Kenny Rogers. Nah, not really, this was a shoe in. They’re playing a few shows in the UK next week, unfortunately work commitments mean I can’t attend, but I urge you to catch one if you can.
Track 2. My Smile Is Just A Frown (Turned Upside Down) by Carolyn Crawford.
This minor Motown hit was released in 1964 by Ms Crawford who was only fourteen years old at the time. The winner of a Detroit radio station talent contest, her prize was a recording contract with the esteemed Motor City label.
Track 3. Intern by Angel Olsen.
After our sixties opening salvo we bring you bang up to date with this weeks cover star. Olsen released this single in June this year as a pre-cursor to her LP ‘MY WOMAN’ which is slated for release next month. It begins as a minimalist electronic piece until the minute and a half mark when her yearning vocal takes a higher register and the synths swell before melting away once more. Slightly truncated video below, so seek out the whole track if you can.
Track 4. Mind How You Go by The Advisory Circle.
****PAULO’S PICK OF THE WEEK****
Ghostbox recordings are a record label I have long admired since discovering them on Stuart Maconies excellent ‘Freakzone’ show in the mid 2000’s. Along with Belbury Poly, The Advisory Circle have been listening staples since then, their seventies inspired soundscapes influenced by schools programmes, public information films and long forgotten British films of the time. With nods to the BBC Radiophonic workshop and the use of analogue synths and sound clips, their patented brand of retro futurism has that same unsettling nature of their source material. This week, Paulo has gone for the first release from Jon Brooks’ T.A.C from 2004. He’s also specifically requested the below video which features clips from those P.I.F’s that served as nightmare material for impressionable youngsters in the 70’s/80’s. Do sleep well.
Track 5. Do It Do It Disco by Myron And E.
Modern day soul next from a duo based in San Francisco. Taken from their 2013 debut ‘Broadway’, this has a relaxed vibe that shares similarities with their Bay area friends and fellow retro soul outfit, Blackalicious.
Track 6. Sense by King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard.
KGATLW have been incredibly prolific since their inception in 2010. Eight albums in just under four years is pretty much unheard of these days. What is also amazing is that the quality doesn’t suffer either, great care has been taken to ensure each release contains only top notch psych-rock. This is a quieter moment from last years ‘Paper Mâché Dream Balloon’. Terrible band name, but never judge a book by its cover..
Track 7. I Walk Alone by Marijata.
Eleven minutes of rare Afro funk from 1976 up next. Perfect for these late summer evenings, lose yourself in a Ghanian odyssey that has superb laid back playing, particularly from the guitarist and trumpeter. All backed by a rhythm section that doesn’t get too showy but holds everything down perfectly.
Track 8. A Pleasure To Burn by Rose Windows.
We keep languid next with a Seattle band who formed in 2010 and released two LP’s on sub pop before splitting last year. A shame, as the two albums showed great promise and their live performances were hypnotic, enchanting experiences, as evident in the video below.
Track 9. First Run by Cian Nugent.
Taken from the Irishmans debut solo release from earlier this year, ‘Night Fiction’, this track has a Kurt Vile easiness about it in the vocal delivery while Nugent’s skill as a guitarist is the reason you’ll want to come back to it again and again.
Track 10. Mary Won’t You Warm My Bed by Colin Blunstone.
The Zombies’ frontman frequently popped up on Radio 2 in the eighties with his Denny Laine penned-early seventies hit ‘Say You Don’t Mind’. I always enjoyed it when it made an appearance, enough to seek out his debut solo LP from 1971 ‘One Year’ which features this magnificent track, written by his former bandmate Rod Argent. The album as a whole is thoroughly enjoyable by the way, with sumptuous arrangements by Argent and Tony Visconti.
Track 11. Wack Wack by Tim ‘Love’ Lee.
A bit of light relief next. Tim ‘Love’ Lee started out as Hammond organist in Katrina And The Waves before reinventing himself as a DJ, mixer and ‘selector’ in the nineties. This track from his 1997 debut features a heavy sample from Young-Holt Unlimited’s instrumental of the same name.
Track 12. Balek by Marc Moulin.
Fender Rhodes and oscillator heavy goodness from the Belgian Jazz great next. Released with his band ‘Placebo’ (No, not that godawful, arse end of the nineties outfit), this has the air of a mid seventies cop movie car chase sequence that segues into sci-fi.
Track 13. Ebolo by Bell’a Njoh.
Back to Africa next with a slab of primitive Disco funk from 1978. I have no information whatsoever on the artist so just enjoy, and get down.
Track 14. Searching For My C.C by Inez And Charlie Foxx.
This brother and sister duo from North Carolina are probably best known for their 1963 million selling hit ‘Mockingbird’, a song which went on to bear countless covers, most notably by James Taylor and Carly Simon. This is a far more rocking affair and showcases Inez’s soulful voice.
Track 15. I See Her by Bob Chance.
This oddity from 1980 came to my attention through the always excellent tastes of Jonny Trunk. Hard to describe, Mr Trunk himself tries to put his finger on its weirdness thus..’A touch of Giorgio Moroder, a bit of the Beach Boys and a sprinkle of Glen Campbell as a serial killer.’ The album this track comes from ‘It’s Broken’ is a trip in itself. Go seek!
Track 16. Let Me Love You Like I Do by Padang Food Tigers.
This slight, atmospheric instrumental from London based experimental folk duo, Padang Food Tigers is over almost before it begins. At just over two minutes, it’s actually one of the longer tracks from their 2012 LP ‘Ready Country Nimbus’. No video, unfortunately.
Track 17. Meshkalina by Traffic Sound.
Next up we have some Peruvian psychedelia from 1969. Traffic Sound began covering popular rock outfits of the time including The Doors, Cream and Jimi Hendrix before going on to release their first album of original material titled ‘Virgin’ in ’69, from which this track became a big hit in South America. Their follow up LP, ‘Lux’ was recorded shortly afterwards but subsequently disappeared after a strike at their recording studio. It materialised some 27 years later and proved to be a lost classic.
Track 18. Am I The Same Girl by Barbara Acklin.
A few weeks back, I mentioned the instrumental version of this 1968 track by The Young-Holt Unlimited, ‘Soulful Strut’ and made a mental note to include Acklins version at some point, so here it is. Later to be made a hit by smooth jazzsters Swing Out Sister in the eighties, who to be honest made a decent fist of it. This original is the bees-knees though.
Track 19. The Greatest Love by B.J. Thomas.
Perhaps best known for the Bacharach and David song ‘Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head’, Thomas has other treasures to be found in a career that is fifty years strong and continues to this day. Here we find him in fine voice on a cut from his 1973 LP ‘Songs’.
Track 20. Once In A While by The Chimes.
Back to Doo-wop for our soul slowie closer with a band formed, like so many others, in Brooklyn in the mid fifties. This, their first single, was a version of Tommy Dorsey’s ‘Once in a While’, released on Tag Records. The song became a hit in the U.S., peaking at No.11 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1961.
Alrooty then. That closes our twenty pop picks for another week. Don’t forget to get involved with our facebook page Here and many thanks again for all your shares and likes. Keep spreading the good word, keep not listening, and we’ll meet back here next week., Kay? Kay.
Until then, I’ll see you on the next one, and don’t be late.