N.E.W. R.E.M.

Okay, not technically new, but definitely previously unreleased.

With all proceeds going to directly to the Mercy Corps’ emergency response efforts in the Bahamas following the battering that the north-west islands endured at the hands of Hurricane Dorian, which caused widespread destruction and left 76,000 people homeless, Fascinating is available to stream for free on the band’s Bandcamp page, or you can purchase it for a minimum of $2.00 (at the time of writing that’s £1.60).

The song first appeared on the original master of 2001’s Reveal but was cut at the last minute (amazingly Chorus & The Ring kept its place), and was re-recorded for 2004’s Around The Sun album, but it was deemed not to fit there either. Many will know that Around The Sun is generally considered to be their worst record, so you can maybe find some hope in that.

And Fascinating is really lovely, and would have provided a much-needed boost to either of those albums.

You should give it a listen (and preferably buy it too):

R.E.M. – Fascinating

More soon.

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I’m Not Too Keen on Mondays

Pretty sure I won’t be the first in the blogging world to post this tune this month, and I imagine any radio DJ worth their salt will already have given it a spin, but hey, what the heck: it’s a stone cold classic and just what’s needed to get yo’ groove on of a Monday morning:

Earth Wind & Fire – September

More soon.

Sunday Morning Coming Down

I was quite saddened to read yesterday that Sheryl Crow has announced that her current album, Threads, will be her last.

If they weren’t already converts, anyone who managed to catch her recent Glastonbury performance can only have been persuaded of Crow’s pedigree.

Personally, I’ve been a fan ever since I first heard today’s tune, another delve into my days as serial cassingle purchaser. It’s a joyous devil-may-care tale of daytime barfly drinking, with pithy observations on life, men, and the life in men:

More soon.

Sunday Morning Coming Down

And so as my Glastonbury family prepare to head off down to Pilton for a few days of bloody lovely debauchery and vodka alchemism without me (I’ll expand on this in the next few days), I thought I’d post something to remind folks of one of the legendary appearances in the Sunday Legends slot:

Dolly Parton – Sweet Summer Lovin’

You kids have fun now.

More soon.

Late Night Stargazing

It’s rare that I dedicate a song to a specific person here, rarer still that it’s to a famous person, even rarer that it’s to a Tory politician for whom I have absolutely no respect whatsoever.

I appreciate that doesn’t narrow it down that much.

But, Michael Gove, this one’s for you, you rubber faced goon:

The Webb Brothers – All The Cocaine in the World

More soon.

50 Ways to Prove I’m Rubbish #6

Today’s choice, as with the next one, and probably the one after that, would make an ex-girlfriend of mine really laugh.

We met at Uni, when I was DJ’ing and she came to ask me to play something. Yeh, I know, a totally irresponsible abuse of my power.

The record she asked me to play that night will feature soon enough; for now though, I think it’s fair to say that when we first got together our musical tastes were polar opposites; not just at completely different ends of the spectrum, but without a single cross-over point. It would have made the dullest Venn diagram ever.

It’s odd, because now, musical taste is probably the highest thing on my list of things I look for in a potential partner, if I could be bothered looking at all.

Despite this, we stayed together for seven years, and never once in that time could I bring myself to admit to her that I quite liked some of the records I owned.

She, on the other hand, being a girl and therefore much more grown-up than I was at the time, was quite happy to tell me she liked a record I did. Which is how she ended up being bought an I, Ludicrous vinyl 10″ as a Christmas present once.

Our split, when it came, was amicable. Over the next few years, we would occasionally bump into each other in pubs and bars around Cardiff. We were always civil, and I was always pleased to see her, and if she wasn’t pleased to see me too then she gave a good impression of someone who was.

I didn’t end up buying this until she was a just a dot in the rear-view mirror, a safe distance away that I had accepted she would never breeze into my bedroom again, flick through my CD collection, and hold this triumphantly aloft. Not that she would have done that anyway, she’d probably have just said: “Luther Vandross…?” *knowing look* “I see…”

So, anyway, this is bloody great:

Luther

Luther Vandross – Never Too Much

More soon.

Footnote 1: If ever you are compiling a playlist, and feel the urge to include the above tune, can I recommend you pop this tune in next to it? They sound just perfect sitting next to each other.

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The Crusaders feat. Randy Crawford – Street Life

Footnote 2: I’ve always considered this to be a record by Randy Crawford, but in researching this post – yes, I know, it’s staggering, but I do occasionally do research – I can’t find anything to suggest that Miss Randy Crawford ever released this as a single, she *just* features on The Crusaders tracks, and as far as I can glean even they didn’t have the courtesy to credit her.

I’m open to correction on this point, of course.