Happy Easter Monday (Part 2)

Okay, so having come up with four eggs-tra (ha ha! See what I did there?) songs with Easter-y titles, I decided three of them were a little too tenuous to post (especially as, not exactly being the religious type, I couldn’t quite remember which bullshit story was which and therefore whether they actually were in anyway relevant or not) and decided to plump for this stone cold classic instead:

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Mott the Hoople – Roll Away the Stone

More soon.

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Happy Easter Monday

So this is what posting on a Monday looks like, is it?

I had today’s choice all lined up and ready to go, when I read Adam’s post over at the consistently excellent We Will Have Salad yesterday where he, quite rightly, and unaware of my selection, said that the tune I had decided to post today was a bit obvious. As a result, I toyed with the idea of not posting it, before deciding that I’d post it regardless, that it would be fine to do so as long as I acknowledged its obviousness in a knowing, post-modern kind of way. Which I think I’ve just done.

And anyway, I can always post more than one song today, right?

So here it is:

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The Stone Roses – I Am The Resurrection

This is the full length album version, with the extended guitar wig-out at the end. A friend of mine once said that they hated the part of that where it “sounds like the theme tune to [popular children’s TV show] “Rainbow”

It took me ages to work out what he meant. See if you can spot it, dear listeners.

I’ve been visiting my parents over the weekend, travelling back today, so I’ll use the time on the train to come up with something a bit…well, if not better, then different. At least three have already occurred to me. You have been warned.

More soon.

 

Same Title, Different Song

My recent mention of indie bands who changed their sound when rave culture and the Madchester scene kicked in inevitably made me think of one band in particular.

I’d loved The Soup Dragons until they released their cover of the Stones’ “I’m Free” in 1990. Actually, if I’m honest, I’ve a soft spot for that record too. But they were never the same, or as good, again.

But I massively prefer their earlier stuff, when they sounded like Buzzcocks:

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The Soup Dragons – Whole Wide World

…which gives me the excuse to post this piece of 1977 magic which, unbelievably, was never a hit record except when released by Australian outfit Mental As Anything (they of “Live It Up” fame) and even then the only chart placing it got was Number 53 in the Australian charts.

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Wreckless Eric – Whole Wide World

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Late Night Stargazing

I can’t put my hand on my heart and say I’m particularly fond of The XX, which I realise leaves me out on a bit of limb compared to many of my peers here in the blogosphere. Dunno what it is, they just don’t do anything for me.

I can put my hand on my heart and say that I’m particularly fond of much that Greg Wilson does though.

Were it not for having Mr Wilson’s stamp of approval, I probably wouldn’t have given this a second listen:

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The XX – Night Time (Greg Wilson Remix)

Pretty glad I did though.

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Happy Easter

There are considerably less Easter-y songs than there are Christmas-y ones, which some of you might be quite pleased to hear.

Actually, there might be loads which have a tenuous link, but I can’t think of any. There’s always next year.

What I can think of is this gloriously outrageous slice of Swedish campness which, before you turn your noses up at it, Kurt Cobain praised in his posthumously published journals. Either that or Courtney made it up. You decide.

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Army of Lovers – Crucified

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How To Do a Cover Version

Ok so first things first, Underworld were fricking amazing.

One of the joys of it was the crowd, all incredibly friendly, probably because many of them had scored. I don’t think I’ve had as many random conversations with people since the height of my clubbing days, when random conversations were part of the appeal of going clubbing.

So hello to the blokes who stopped me in the gents to tell me how much they liked my t-shirt; hello to Martin who I met at the bar and decided to talk to me because I was “from his era”; hello to the guy from Dundee who had bought tickets thinking Underworld wouldn’t travel anywhere near his hometown, only to find two weeks later they were playing a festival there; but most of all to the chap dancing in front of me who, when it got to the line in “8-Ball” that goes “Today I met a man who threw his arms around me”, suddenly turned and did that: gave me a massive hug. Afterwards, whilst apologetic, he said “I just thought it’d be a nice thing to do”. Which it was, and it reminded me of why I loved, and why I miss, clubbing so very very much.

Which leads me on to today’s choices, and I have a double-header for you: two classic dance records covered by the same band in a slightly different way. We’re in real “you’ll either love or hate this” territory here, by the way.

The original (which so nearly got included in the Friday Night Post):

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A Guy Called Gerald – Voodoo Ray (Original Mix)

and the cover version:

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The Williams Fairey Brass Band – Voodoo Ray

Yes, that’s a brass band hailing from Stockport.

Like that? Have another one:

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The KLF – America- What Time Is Love (Radio Edit)

Yes. That’s right. They’ve covered that too:

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The Williams Fairey Brass Band – What Time Is Love

And to make it even more peachy, KLF mainman Bill Drummond heard their version and invited the band to collaborate with The KLF (appearing in their alternative personae as The Justified Ancients of Mu-Mu) on a track titled “Fuck The Millenium”

Oh, and in case you were wondering about the t-shirt I was wearing, it was this one:

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People of a certain age will recognise it. The rest of you…well, you know what Google’s for, right?

More soon.