Tuesday Short Song

It may seem like a bit of an admin grind, but I’m actually quite enjoying re-importing stuff into my iTunes library.

Not only am I getting the chance to delete songs that I have multiple copies of and free up valuable memory space, but I’m also taking the time to listen to complete albums again.

With the advent of t’internet, this is a habit I’ve gotten out of: just sitting and listening to an album in its entirety, as it was meant to be heard. I’m not even sure that’s how albums are made any more, we’re all so programmed to dip in and out of things now, I do sometimes wonder if the concept of an album – by which I don’t mean a concept album – truly exists in the way it used to.

And then a tree falls in forest somewhere, and nobody’s there to hear if it actually makes a noise or not, and my brain explodes.

Anyway, one of the albums I’ve very much enjoyed revisiting is Belle & Sebastian’s glorious Brit-snaffling The Boy With the Arab Strap, an album I’ve not listened to properly for a good ten years or so, which is less than many.

And I’d forgotten that tucked away just before the swansong is this little beauty:

More soon.

Tuesday Short Song

Back in 2017, to mark the 30th anniversary of the original release of their wonderful George Best album, The Wedding Present – by which I mean founder member, stalwart and only remaining original member David Gedge – invited Steve Albini to record and produce an entirely new version of the album.

The results are really quite impressive, breathing new life into not-exactly-tired-sounding originals, making them sound much more like live studio recordings.

And, even more surprisingly (given their initial brevity), managing to shorten some of the tracks, including this one, which now ducks just underneath the two-minute ticker tape required to permit it entry into this series:

More soon.

Tuesday Short Song

A cheat by me today, as I simply repeat an old post from three years ago. But you get two songs for the price of…erm..none so shush with your moaning.

NB: the original post included all three songs from the 12″ in question, but as the third crosses the two-minute cut-off mark by a staggering seven seconds, I’m afraid I can’t allow it. I mean, I could, but that would involve me breaking the rules albeit in a very specific and limited way, and there’s no way anyone would think that’s ok, right?

*Checks this morning’s papers”

Oh…

We’ll save that for another day, I think.

Anyway, here’s what I wrote back in 2017:

“Here, from May 1986, is… a three track 12″ that both my brother and I both bought copies of. On the same day.

In a loft conversion in our parents house was a communal room (it was meant for my brother and I and our friends had a room to hang out in without getting in our parents’ way), in which was housed a TV, a sofa, a couple of guitars and a stereo.

The stereo was my brother’s, one of those affairs that are designed to look like a piece of furniture, housed in a wooden frame with a tinted glass door over the tape decks, volume control and record rack, with another tinted glass lid covering the turntable.

As I always did upon purchasing a new record, I bolted up the stairs two or three at a time, bounded into the room, only to find my brother already in there, listening to exactly the same record as I’d just bought, which confused me somewhat since my copy was still in the bag I was carrying.

This one, probably one of the shortest three track 12″ singles ever released, with a total running time of under six minutes, each track a perfect example of short but sweet Buzzcocks-inspired indie greatness”:

The Soup Dragons – Whole Wide World

The Soup Dragons – I Know Everything

More soon. Maybe even something original.

Tuesday Short Song

I like writing this series. It’s quick and easy.

Here’s a short song.

Bosh!

The White Stripes – Fell In Love With A Girl

So to pad this post out a little, and thereby give some vague impression of effort having been made, here’s the excellent video, directed by the ruddy marvellous Michel Gondry:

More soon. (Bosh!)

Tuesday Short Song

And so to the weekly question I find myself grappling with every week when I come to write this post: to theme tune or not to theme tune?

Nah, not this week.

Instead, some RAWK!, and the first single from the band’s second album, produced by Josh Homme, who also appears in the video, along with Dave Grohl and Jack Black:

Eagles of Death Metal – I Want You So Hard (Boy’s Bad News)

Unusually, the album version is shorter than the single version; I was going to prove this by posting the video too, but there are a couple of sequences where young ladies’ clothes are blown off by the electric guitar playing of band frontman Jesse Hughes. It’s all a bit Benny Hill, nobody needs to see that, I thought. Although, to be fair, Hughes’ fretwork does also blow the clothes of pretty much everyone in the video, including Homme and Black too.

So instead, here’s a half-naked Jack Black performing his very graceful Quarantine Dance, which should keep you happy for the time being:

More soon.

Tuesday Short Song

Apologies for the lack of a post yesterday; I could have sworn I wrote something over the weekend to feature in the usual I’m Not Too Keen on Mondays series, but apparently not. I think I decided after writing The Chain that I just couldn’t be bothered, which, given the supposed inspirational, motivational theme of the series is a tad ironic.

Anyway, I’ll try to combine the two, with this rollicking opening track from one of my favourite records ever. The title, however, may be a little inappropriate for these times, but since it clocks in at a mere 1:47 it’s perfect for here, and allows us to look forward to the day when we’re allowed out to have any kind of stroll at all, be it of the Rockin’ or just Plain variety.

The Lemonheads – Rockin’ Stroll

More soon.

Tuesday Short Song

One of the great things about working from home, and thus not electing to have another half an hour in bed or rushing to catch a bus, is that I’ve been able to watch the re-runs of Cheers on Channel 4.

When I was younger, Cheers was a staple of our Friday night for Friday night was Mum-and-Dad-have-gone-to-the-pub night (we were old enough to be left alone, before anyone asks. Four is old enough, right?) and so, suddenly allowed control of the remote, this is what we would watch together. If one of us was feeling particularly brave, they’d sit in Dad’s chair.

Anyway, I don’t think I could have fully appreciated it back then, for watching it now I’m blown away by how great it is. I mean, I knew it was a funny show back then, but I guess I get more of the more adult jokes now, and, having spent more than my fair share of time propping up bars in the intervening years, can probably identify and empathise with Cliff and Norm a lot more.

Which leads me here: I think they’re on the fourth volume of Marc Riley sessions by now, this is from the first (they’re all wonderful, of course):

The Wedding Present – The Theme from ‘Cheers’: Where Everybody Knows Your Name

Yeh, I thought I would have posted the George Best 30 version of Shatner before this too; funny how things pan out, isn’t it?

More soon.