Strings on Sunday

Bored of the “Acoustic Afternoons” series, I’ve continued in my search for decent topics for a series with an alliterative title.

Found one!

To kick this series off, an orchestral re-working of what was already an wonderful single.

The Stealth Sonic Orchestra is a pseudonym of dance act Apollo 440, which, when you consider their own output (which I have a bit of a soft-spot for, as it goes, for reasons which are about to become clear) includes a version of the Lost in Space theme tune, and a track which samples Status Quo, makes this remix even more incredible.

This came out as an extra track on one of the singles from Manic Street Preachers’ break-through album, “Everything Must Go”, and, in case I haven’t eulogised about it enough already, let me add breath-taking and beautiful to the list of adjectives:

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Manic Street Preachers – Motorcycle Emptiness (Stealth Sonic Orchestra Remix)

More soon.

Sunday Morning Coming Down

A little while ago, I announced that this series would no longer exclusively feature Country records, but I would widen the net to feature other songs which seemed to have a Sunday morning kinda vibe about them.

Since then, I think that bar one song, the Country theme has continued.

Until now.

If you’re one of the people who were unhappy with my decision, you might want to look away now.

This is bloody great:

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Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox  – Never Gonna Give You Up (feat. Gunhild Carling)

Backlash awaited.

More soon, in any event.

Late Night Stargazing

I think a little piece of me dies whenever I hear a song I love being used in an advert.

More so, when it’s turned into a cover version, performed by a breathy young lady, usually accompanied by either a ukulele or solo piano.

Tonight’s song does feature in an advert at the moment, and much as that makes my heart feel heavy, at least it attempts to use it in an upbeat way.

The original is a gospel-backed jaw-dropper, but this mix is even better.

I first heard it on the way to a wedding. My friends Colin, Llyr and I were driving from Cardiff to Hay-on-Wye, and both Llyr and I had prepared mix-tapes to listen to en route.

We stopped at Llyr’s parents’ house in Brecon on the way, so that he could collect a suit from his Dad to wear to the ceremony.

Colin and I remained in the car when he went in, his mix-tape still playing on the car stereo.

And this song came on; at a certain point – and you’ll know which point that is when you hear it – both of us stared in surprise at the cassette player.

“Blimey,” said Colin, “I wasn’t expecting that.”

Me neither.

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Blur – Tender (Cornelius Remix)

Shortly afterwards, we were invited in. Llyr’s dad misheard my name, and thought it was Des. This gets mentioned whenever we meet these days, which is not as often as I’d like.

More soon.