“In the End, It Took Me a Dictionary to Find Out the Meaning of Unrequited” #9

When posting songs about unrequited love in this series, it’s quite hard to overlook today’s selection.

And because of the straight-forwardness of the title, it also means I don’t need to say much by way of explanation.

So: taken from one of my favourite albums of the past ten years, this is Lykke Li:


Lykke Li – Unrequited Love

More soon.

Acoustic Afternoons

Ahh, Evan Dando and the Lemonheads. About time they cropped up here, for I have quite a few tunes of theirs performed acoustically.

See, old Evan I think sees himself as quite the troubadour, travelling around the land armed only with an acoustic guitar and a plaid shirt, tossing off unplugged versions of some of his finer moments for his adoring fans, of which, just so there’s no confusion, I am most definitely one of them.

In fact, the first time I ever saw Dando play live, it was without the Lemonheads, an acoustic gig, upstairs in Cardiff’s Clwb Ifor Bach, and it was a wonderfully sing-a-long affair, as you would expect.

Here’s an acoustic version of a track from their “Come On Feel The Lemonheads”, which cropped up as an extra track on one of the singles released from the album:

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The Lemonheads – Down About It (Acoustic)

Aficionados of the original version will know that backing vocals were provided, as they often were on Lemonheads records, by Juliana Hatfield (I’m not entirely sure if it’s her that crops up at the end of that acoustic version). Coincidentally, Juliana released an album of acoustic cover versions in 2012, and here she is performing one of Led Zeppelin’s finest moments:


Juliana Hatfield – Rock And Roll

And to round things off here for today, I’m going to take you back to Evan. Last night I watched the Nick Broomfield documentary about Whitney Houston, which leads me to this:

ificouldtalkcoverThe Lemonheads – How Will I Know?

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Sunday Morning Coming Down

Yesterday, I posted a song by Tracey and Melissa Beehive, a cover of a Johnny Cash song, which was lifted from an album called “‘Til Things Are Brighter – A Tribute to Johnny Cash” which I described as being “one of those typically patchy tribute albums that were all the rage once upon a time.”

This description seems to have been a little misconstrued; what I meant was that typically those tribute albums, which were all the rage once upon a time, could be a little on the patchy side. I was not describing “‘Til Things Are Brighter” as patchy, though I see why it might be thought that was what I meant.

And to prove it, here’s another tune from the same album:


Michelle Shocked – One Piece At A Time

Hope that clarifies!

More soon.

Late Night Stargazing

Long ago, I started writing a series entitled “Sunday Morning” where the intention was to post songs that you could happily listen to as you enjoy the traditional day of rest, be that by relaxing, or recovering, or both.

Over the following months, as more and more of those songs turned out to be Country songs, the series changed into “Sunday Morning Coming Down”, which focuses exclusively on the genre. There’ll be another in that series along in a couple of hours.

But back when it was in its original incarnation, this was the first song to feature there, and so it seems only right that I restore it to its rightful place here instead.

This is a cover of an old Minnie Riperton classic, but given a glorious make-over and update. If you’ve never heard either version, give this a listen, you’re in for a treat:


4hero – Les Fleur

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Replenishing The Vinyl

It appears to be Saturday morning again, which makes it time to have a peek at what vinyl I’ve bought recently.

Today: a debut album from 1988 by a band who achieved some modicum of success with it, releasing five singles (and re-releasing a further two). I’d bought their second single on 12″ the first time it was released (in 1987, when it wasn’t a hit), and managed to give my smug “yeah, I bought that the first time it was out” an airing for the first time when it got re-released (in 1988, when it was).

Centre-stage were Tracey Bryn and Melissa Brooke Belland (you have to be careful how you write and pronounce that) who became better know as Tracey and Melissa Beehive, and there was Woody from Madness on drums.

I speak, of course, of Voice of the Beehive, and here’s some songs from “Let It Bee”:


Voice Of The Beehive – Just A City

Voice of the Beehive – I Say Nothing

Voice of the Beehive – I Walk the Earth

Voice of the Beehive – Don’t Call Me Baby

Voice Of The Beehive – Man In The Moon

Listening back to those, I don’t think they’ve aged all that badly at all, really.

As a special little treat (although you may disagree), here’s Tracey and Melissa covering Johnny Cash, from one of those typically patchy tribute albums that were all the rage once upon a time:


Tracey and Melissa Beehive – Five Feet High And Risin’

More soon.

Time, Where Did You Go?

Yes, yes, I know. There wasn’t an edition of The Chain this week. The tracks are all sourced, running order sorted, sleeves uploaded, amusing clips decided on…but somehow, time got away from me, even though I’ve not really done very much, truth be told, and before I knew it, the whole week had come and gone.

Tell it like it is, Hugh.

I wish that clip were longer.

Anyway, I think I’ll blame the eponymous character in this belter of a tune, and since it would have been his birthday on Wednesday, lifted from a compilation album of Peel Sessions which I picked up quite some…erm…time:


Pale Saints – Time Thief

More soon.