The One and Only

Today, a tune by a man with true music pedigree.

Barry Adamson not only played bass with Magazine, he also was a temporary member of Buzzcocks, as well as working on both Howard Devoto and Pete Shelley’s solo projects, appearing on the first two albums by Visage, playing with both The Birthday Party and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, and remixing Grinderman, Depeche Mode and The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. He’s also contributed to the soundtracks of David Lynch’s “Lost Highway” and Oliver Stone’s “Natural Born Killers”.

But it’s to 1996 we go for today’s tune, and to his “Oedipus Schmoedipus” album, which featured in the 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die” book, and specifically to this groovy little number, which features, and was co-written by, your actual Jarvis Cocker:


Barry Adamson – Set the Controls For the Heart of the Pelvis

More soon.


Same Title, Different Song

A couple of tracks from acts that I love this morning.

First, from their third – and my favourite – album, “Surrender”:


The Chemical Brothers – Out of Control

The Chemical Brothers, of course, often employ guest vocalists (they’ve worked with Noel Gallagher, Tim Burgess, Hope Sandoval, Beck, Wayne Coyne, Beth Orton, Richard Ashcroft, Q-Tip, Kele Okereke, Will Mason, Fatlip, Klaxons, Lightspeed Champion…the list goes on) and, of course, on “Out of Control” it’s the turn of Bernard Sumner and Bobby Gillespie to make appearances; the above is the extended album version.

Similarly ground-breaking and influential are Super Furry Animals, who apparently I mention too often round these parts. If I do, so be it: it’s because they’re effing amazing.

From their sixth album, “Phantom Power”:


Super Furry Animals – Out Of Control

The reason this song title has sprung to mind today is because this week Lush announced the imminent release of their first new material in twenty years, a four-track EP (yes, just like they used to in the good old days) entitled “Blind Spot EP”.

In the press release, Miki Berenyi said: “It certainly took some time to set up, but once we were in the studio, everything came together incredibly quickly. It was great fun! It’s been a long time since I’ve written Lush lyrics, and I realised early on with this EP that what I wrote about then is not what I feel comfortable writing about now. My perspective, and what is close to my heart, has changed, and I think that’s conveyed in the songs.”

Bass player Phil King adds: “I know I’m biased, but I work for a music magazine and so much of the music I hear played in the office sounds non-descript or derivative. Emma has this way of writing unusual chord changes and manages to weave lovely melodies over the top, and it immediately sounds distinctive, like Lush.”

I have a policy of not posting mp3s here that either haven’t yet been, or have only just been released, so you won’t be getting anything from me here – but you can have a gander at the video for the lead track from the new EP, called, you guessed it, “Out of Control”:

I think it’s fair to say that’s a real return to their earlier, ethereal, oh-go-on-then-if-I-absolutely-have-to-say-it-“Shoegazey” sound rather than their later Brit-poppy days, and that’s no bad thing. (I say that as if I don’t like their Brit-pop phase, but I think we’ve established in previous posts that’s not the case)

It’s scheduled for release on April 15th, but you can pre-order it here.


More soon.