Late Night Stargazing

The Dan le Sac vs Scroobius Pip track I posted on Wenesday certainly met with a mixed reaction, mostly positive, so I thought I’d follow up with this, lifted from the first album of the three they have released so far, Angles.

The music from this revolves around a pretty brutal but awesome sample of Radiohead’s Planet Telex, the opening track from their 1995 album The Bends.

It is, as Joey Tribbiani might say, a real thinker:


Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip – Letter From God To Man

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What Becomes of the Broken Hearted?


It’s Valentine’s Day.

If you’re one of the people unblighted by the amorous attentions of anyone, don’t despair.

Seek solace in this, a record that finds inspiration and passion in the rage that lies within the acknowledgement that you are no longer special to that special someone, harnesses that rage, and creates something quite incredible, if a little disturbing towards the end:


Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip – You Will See Me

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Strings on Sunday

Something a little different to the kind of inane pop kind of thing I usually post around here.

When I was a kid, I listened to a lot of classical music. I say that like I had any choice in the matter but of course I didn’t: my parents’ record collection contained not just Country records, but a fair smattering of the more cerebral stuff too.

This is one piece which I’ve always loved, performed here by the St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Vladamir Ashkenazy. I have no idea if this is regarded as a fine rendition or not, it just happens to be the one that I own. Note the inclusion of “Authentic Cannons and Bells from St Petersburg” in the recording, which is code for “Play it Loud”:


Tchaikovsy – 1812 Overture

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Sunday Morning Coming Down

You know that glorious honeymoon period, when you first here an artist, go on a voyage of discovery, find you love everything you come across by them and wonder how you’ve never heard them before?

That’s where I am right now with Laura Cantrell.

Hers is a name I’d heard before, but not any of her records, and then I recently stumbled over today’s track and I’ve been besotted ever since.


Laura Cantrell – Not The Tremblin’ Kind

Any pointers or recommendations gratefully appreciated.

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Claps, Clicks & Whistles #17

Something pretty bloody wonderful to kick off your weekend.

The Pipettes seem to have ground to a halt, but the three band members involved with their short fifteen minutes of fame have moved on to other projects, with varying degrees of success: Rose Elinor Dougall is a solo artist but also performs in Mark Ronson’s band; Rebecca Stephens seems to flit between recording under the name Electric Blue and Projectionists, whilst Gwenno Saunders has toured playing keyboards for some chap called Elton John, whoever he is, and in 2014 released the simply stunning Welsh language album Y Dydd Olaf, which if you’ve never heard I can heartily recommend, even if, like me, you don’t understand a ruddy word she’s sing.

The Pipettes had a distinct look (predominantly polka dot skirts which would make Strawberry Switchblade green with envy) and some corking tunes, not least this, from 2006, their biggest – okay, their only – UK hit. Given how simply loveable this is, it’s a real shame that their time in the spotlight was criminally brief:


 The Pipettes – Pull Shapes

If you’re heading out tonight, I heartily recommend that you incorporate this into your  getting ready routine.

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S.S.O.S. (Stop Spoiling Our Songs)

Back now to our trawl through songs which have been debased by being used in adverts, and your suggestions are coming in thick and fast.

But before we look at any of your suggestions, one of mine which has been annoying me for a little while now.

You could probably excuse the use of Pixies’ Where Is My Mind? had it been used in, say, an advert promoting mental health.

But it’s in an advert for chocolate.

And it’s not even the original, it’s some godawful tinkly piano version.

It’s horrible.

This, the original, from their seminal Surfer Rosa album is not:


Pixies – Where Is My Mind?

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Ba Ba Ba Ba-Ba Ba Ba Ba

When listening to today’s track, try to ignore that this cover version of an old Troggs record was purportedly the inspiration for Wet Wet Wet releasing a bloody horrible version themselves in 1994, which stayed at #1 in the UK charts for 15 weeks until the band finally put us out of our misery by deleting the record from sale.

Instead, think about what a different band R.E.M. would have been if Mike Mills had sung lead vocals more often (I can only think of two others where he does: Near Wild Heaven and Texarkana, both from Out of Time). And then realise why that is, when Michael Stipe’s backing vocals really swoop in towards the end of this:


R.E.M. – Love Is All Around

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I’m Not Too Keen on Mondays

I don’t think I’m understating things when I say that my choice of tune to play here last Monday was not universally appreciated.

So, in an effort to make amends, here’s perhaps the most uplifting record I own, in it’s full just-shy-of-nine-minutes album version glory:


Curtis Mayfield – Move On Up

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