Same Title, Different Song

Gosh, this is my 200th post!

And, here’s a surprise: a track by The Wedding Present. Who’d have thunk it?

In early 1990, in between the release of the “Bizarro” and “Seamonsters” albums, the band hooked up with Steve Albini to re-record the “Brassneck” single. Albini dislikes the term “producer”; he prefers to be either uncredited or referred to as the “recording engineer.” The project led to Albini returning to produce engineer the whole “Seamonsters” album.

At the time, The Wedding Present were one of those bands whose B-sides and additional tracks on 12″ and CD singles were worth listening to (see also all singles by The Smiths and oh-go-on-then-I’ll-admit-it early Oasis singles)  featuring as they did songs which at best were potential singles, at the very least album tracks. There will be further evidence of this at some point in the future here.

One of the extra tracks on the “Brassneck” 12″ was this absolute monster:

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The Wedding Present – Don’t Talk Just Kiss

The only down-side of this, one of my favourite Wedding Present songs ever, is that it has the same title as this:

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Right Said Fred – Don’t Talk Just Kiss

Don’t worry, I’ve got this covered. We can salvage something positive from this.

In 1992, the Heavenly record label released a three track 12″ featuring acts from their stable performing covers of songs by Right Said Fred, with all proceeds going to the Terence Higgins Trust. The other two tracks will almost undoubtedly feature on these pages sooner or later; for now though, here’s Flowered Up’s version of the above song, one of the finest moments they ever committed to vinyl in their short-lived career:

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Flowered Up – Don’t Talk Just Kiss

More soon.

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The Return of Friday Night Music Club

Hello! Remember me?

Yes, not only am I back, but so is the Friday Night Music Club.

I’ve been pottering around with a super-long playlist for quite some time now – at the time of writing, it stands at 642 songs long and lasts 1.7 days, so yeh, super-long pretty much sums it up –  and I figured the time was right to share it (whilst adding to it regularly as well).

So, here’s the plan: I’m not going to post it all in one go (needless to say I cannot be arsed), but consider this the start of yet another of my post designed for you to “cut out and keep”, by which I mean listen to or download (and then go out and buy, obviously…) and which hopefully I won’t get bored of or forget to do.

Instead, every Friday I’ll post the next five songs in the playlist; some of these will have already have cropped up within these pages, some will in the future, some will appear then never be heard of again, much like some of the artistes performing them.

Hopefully, in the fullness of time, there will be something for everyone here; for if the Friday Night Music Club were a team on The Apprentice, it would be called “Diversity”

So here’s the first five. I think you can very much consider these mood-setters…

Some_candy_talking The Jesus & Mary Chain – Some Candy Talking

R-85292-1096010617_jpg Flowered Up – Weekender

R-4430515-1365006717-4630_jpeg Johnnie Taylor – Friday Night

MI0001523408 Clinton – People Power in the Disco Hour

giorgio-moroder-donna-summer-barbra-streisand-no-more-tears-enough-is-enough Donna Summer & Barbra Streisand – No More Tears (Enough is Enough)

More next week.