Which Reminds Me…

Late last night I posted a thing about Primal Scream, which mentioned “Loaded”, the first single to be lifted from their ground-breaking/seminal/pretty bloody spectacular album “Screamadelica”.

“Loaded”, of course starts with a sample of Peter Fonda, taken from Roger Corman’s 1966 biker movie “The Wild Angels” (released three years before the much better known “Easy Rider”, from which many mistakenly think the sample originates):

We wanna be free, we wanna be free to do what we wanna do
And we wanna get loaded and we wanna have a good time
And, that’s what we’re gonna do, (no way, baby, let’s go!)
We’re gonna have a good time, we’re gonna have a party,” Our Pete says on the sample.

Actually, if we’re being strictly accurate, what he actually says in the film is:

When Primal Scream released “Loaded” in 1990, many were surprised by the change in direction, by the use of samples, loops and other electro-trickery more often associated with dance music, and of course, we have the likes of Andrew Weatherall and Terry Farley to thank for this.

But The Scream weren’t the first band to use this sample.

Here, from 1988, is a band who you equally wouldn’t expect to be found using samples, let alone the very same one which resurfaced two years later. For here are Sub-Pop grunge godfathers Mudhoney:


Mudhoney – In ‘n’ Out Of Grace

And if that doesn’t wake you up on a grey Tuesday morning, nothing will.

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Which Reminds Me…

And so this is where we’ve been heading all day, unbeknownst to any of us, least of all me.

Earlier, I mentioned Morrissey. Just now I mentioned Girls Aloud and a tune with a vaguely Rockabilly sound.

And so to this:


Morrissey – Pregnant For The Last Time

Wedding party DJs of the world rejoice, for if you play that and the Girls Aloud tune next to each other, you will see which fills the floor more and work out where to go from there.

(PS – It’ll be the Girls Aloud one. Nobody likes the mention of a pregnancy at a wedding.)

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Which Reminds Me….

A couple of posts last week included songs displaying verbal dexterity.

And earlier today, I mentioned Chas & Dave.

You know where I’m going with this, right?



Chas & Dave – The Sideboard Song (Got My Beer In The Sideboard Here)

I’m away this weekend, so all of this weekend’s posts have been written in advance. You should be grateful, for, result permitting, you may have had one of Chas & Dave’s many Spurs songs instead…

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Which Reminds Me…

Following on from yesterday’s post about songs which cram in as many words as possible, it would be remiss of me not to post this, the opening track from 1965’s “Bringing It All Back Home” album, a song jam-packed with some of Grizzly Bob’s finest blink-and-you-miss-’em lyrics:


Bob Dylan – Subterranean Homesick Blues

Maybe not his finest moment, but there is if course an iconic clip from 1967’s “Don’t Look Back” that insists on being posted too:

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Which Reminds Me…

In the last “This Is Pop” post that I could be bothered to write, I mentioned a remix by Soulwax of Sugababes’ “Round Round” that I love, and that reminded me of another remix they had done of an even more world famous pop kitten, which I thought I’d dig out for you today.

If you were to ask a former presenter of BBC TV’s “Top Gear” to describe this, he would undoubtedly punch you in the face and stomp off in search of some meat and an ethnic minority to abuse, pausing only to tell you that David Dewaele, Stephen Dewaele and Stefaan Van Leuven (the Belgian trio who make up Soulwax) had lifted up her bonnet and added some extra grunt:


Kylie Minogue – Can’t Get You Out of My Head (Soulwax Kyluss remix)

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Which Reminds Me…

I was never all that enamoured with the whole “shoegaze” movement from the turn of the ’90s; bar Ride and Lush, I never heard anything by Slowdive, Chapterhouse, Revolver and the rest of the scene that floated my boat.

But having heard Slowdive’s comeback single, “Star Roving”,their first release in, I think, 22 years, I’m wondering if I rather missed out.

As you will know, I have a policy of not posting links to mp3s of new or current songs, so instead here’s the video for “Star Roving”

If the rest of their new stuff is as great as that, I hope there’s not another 22 year gap between releases.

It’s been bugging me for a while just what that reminds me of, and then it came to me earlier today. This, by David Holmes, which I first heard when it was used in the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics:


David Holmes – I See Wonders

I think it’s the vocal that leads me from one to the other; I’m assuming that the vocal on the Slowdive track is Neil Halstead, and wondered if perhaps he had loaned his dulcet tones to the David Holmes track, but other than my slightly wonky hearing, I can’t find any evidence to support this. It seems it’s Holmes himself warbling on I See Wonders”.

Both vocals, it seems, owe quite a lot to this lot, and specifically to William Reid, who sings lead on this one, as opposed to the more-recognised (because he sang all of the singles…because he’s the lead singer….) sibling, Jim Reid:


The Jesus & Mary Chain – Nine Million Rainy Days

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Which Reminds Me

In all honesty, I don’t know how I’ve lasted so long without doing one of these in the day or so after I’ve posted the latest instalment of The Chain, for often something someone posts will lead me to think of something else, much as it does with the regular contributors to that thread that I host.

I’ve had a few lovely messages and emails recently telling me how much The Chain is loved, and how it must take me a long time to prepare, and to thank me for taking the time to do it. Thanks to all who have taken the time to send me such messages, genuinely it is very much appreciated.

But I maintain all I do is host it: it’s you guys and girls who write it, all I do is pull it all together, stick a couple of gags in (you’ve noticed them, right?), suggest a couple of tunes myself, and hey presto! Done.

False modesty. It’s actually a lot more time consuming than that.

Anyway, thank you to all the Chain Gang, no matter how many times you’ve made a suggestion, it pleases me no end to know you enjoy what I do here every Wednesday, even if the rest of what I post largely goes unnoticed.

Often, I find myself willing people to suggest a certain record. I try to suggest a maximum of three per week, and once I’ve decided on those three, just like most of you, I find myself face-palming myself and going “Doh! How could I forget….(insert obvious record title here).

The “willing someone to suggest a certain record” thing happened the other week, when Dirk suggested Wall of Voodoo’s “Dance You Fuckers” (which, for the record, I think I like more than “Mexican Radio” – but then I’m a juvenile at heart, entertained by rude words), and also made reference to Colorblind James Experience. Charity Chic (kinda) picked up on it and (kinda) formally suggested their wonderful “Considering a Move to Memphis”, a tune I love, which holds many happy memories for me, and which I will take any excuse to post.

I was presented with a copy of this album when I was at college; it was just as I started DJ’ing the Indie Night – my first step to if not world then campus domination – when frankly I was getting lots of pasty looking Indie kids thrusting records at me and asking me to play them. But this came from a girl I utterly fancied; she presented me with a copy on a C90 cassette which I still have, buried in a box somewhere, hibernating until I get my act together and buy a sound system that allows me to actually play it. (Sound system?? How old am I????)

But there’s another song, by the same band, from the same album, which perfectly bridges the gap between the two songs. Stylistically it’s not a million miles away from “Considering…” but since whenever Colorblind James Experience is mentioned, invariably its that tune that gets posted, I thought I’d give you a different one by the same folks today.

I’ve never managed to lay my hands on an original copy, and as I upload it, I realise that I probably downloaded it from Dirk’s wonderful Sexyloser blog god knows how long ago, which adds a nice bit of circularity to it all. Actually, not even probable. Definitely. If you download it, you will see what leads me to that conclusion.

So, here, from the same debut album as “Considering…” is “Dance, Critters!”, with thanks to Dirk:


The Colorblind James Experience – Dance Critters!

More soon.