Late Night Stargazing

Over the past few weeks in the build up to the General Election, and occasionally before that, I’ve written posts about current affairs and posted a song which seemed vaguely fitting to accompany the piece.

I am conscious that some might construe a song I’m posting as an illustration of my thoughts, or even as a joke.

Which is why, after the events in London at the end of the week, the song I had lined up for tonight’s post suddenly took on a new meaning and seemed a very distasteful record to post, even though I had no intention of writing about the horrific tragedy that was Grenfell Tower. Yet.

So I have scrapped the intended song, in favour of the one which immediately precedes it on the same album. If you’re familiar with Underworld’s “Dubnobasswithmyheadman”, then you’ll know exactly which song has been bumped and why.

This is the version from the 2014 remastered release, a throbbing, pulsating classic:

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Underworld – Dark & Long (Remastered)

More soon.

Late Night Stargazing

Back in the mid-1980s, my parents bought a video player. Yeh, I know, posh, right?

This prompted me to make regular visits to my corner shop, where an extremely limited selection of videos to rent had been installed.

Because the selection was so limited, I would often end up renting the same film more than once. Usually, this was deliberate, but occasionally it would be accidental.

Such was the case with David Lynch’s “Blue Velvet”; rented it once, watched it, then shortly afterwards rented it again thinking I’d not seen it.

I’m going to put that down to Dennis Hopper’s utterly terrifying portrayal of Frank Booth, which I had probably blocked from my mind after the first viewing.

“Blue Velvet” introduced me to a song that I’d somehow managed to have never heard before. No, not the titular song, but tonight’s choice, which was mimed to by Dean Stockwell (he of “Quantum Leap” fame) in one of the oddest scenes from an already odd, surreal (it’s David Lynch, after all), film:

And here’s the original:

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Roy Orbison – In Dreams

More soon.

Late Night Stargazing

A few weeks ago, I had a bit of a phase of posting records by Belle & Sebastian, or by former member Isobel Campbell on this thread.

Tonight, I’m going to briefly pop back to the same area.

The other day, with my trusty mp3 player, as always on shuffle, tonight’s song cropped up.

I could tell it was Belle & Sebastian, but couldn’t put my finger on what it was called or what album it was from, which surprised me as it had all of the hallmarks of a track from one of their earlier albums, which I much prefer to their more recent stuff. (The cut off point, in case you’re interested, is 2000’s “Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like A Peasant”, or maybe, at a push, 2003’s “Dear Catastrophe Waitress”. And yes, I realise that makes me sound like one of those unbearable “Oh, I only like their early stuff, before they got popular” types, but that isn’t true (on this occasion), for I didn’t even know who they were until 1998’s “The Boy With The Arab Strap”)

Anyway, upon further investigation, I found that the song in question is this, lifted from 2006’s “The Life Pursuit”. It’s prime Belle & Sebastian: twinkly piano, mournful brass, lyrics both bitter and pervy at the same time….perfect for a late night, in fact.

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Belle & Sebastian – Dress Up In You

Time for me to reassess those later albums, I think.

More soon.

Late Night Stargazing

Ask anyone to describe Supergrass’ records, and I’d wager that most of them would mention their cheeky, upbeat singles, such as “Alright”, “Caught By The Fuzz” and “Pumping on the Stereo”.

What they’re unlikely to mention is some of their quieter, more reflective songs.

Songs like this, the closing track on their third, eponymous album:

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Supergrass – Mama & Papa

More soon.

Late Night Stargazing

S’ok, no leftie politico ranting here this time.

A little while ago, I got a bit carried away enthusing about “T2: Trainspotting”.

Somehow, I managed to do that without posting this gorgeous track, which featured heavily in the film and the trailers.

If you’ve never heard it before, leave your preconceptions at the door, disregard their name and give it a listen.

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Wolf Alice – Silk

Gorgeous, right?

I don’t think I’ll be giving too much of a spoiler if I point out that the music playing under a soliloquy by Ewen Bremner (aka Spud), officially credited to Underworld, bears an uncanny resemblance to it.

You remember Spud from the first film, right? Hapless, bed-crapping, interview-fluffing, loveable Spud. And because Spud is so haplessly loveable, this tune is all the more heart-breaking:

Hankies at the ready, folks.

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Underworld & Ewen Bremner – Eventually But (Spud’s Letter to Gail))

No, no, I’m alright, just got something in my eye, that’s all.

More (and no more cheerful) soon.

Late Night Stargazing

Apologies that it’s been a bit quiet round these parts this week, another case of life catching up with me and me having other stuff which needed to be done.

I’m at an old friend’s wedding back in Cardiff this weekend, and I’ve not had chance to write much in advance. Normal service will be resumed shortly.

Anyway, this week, I was made to feel very old indeed when I learned that it is now 15 years since Doves released their “The Last Broadcast” album. Ouch.

Here’s the gorgeous closing track from it:

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Doves – Caught by the River

More soon.