Saturday, February 10, 2024

Pet Shop Boys - go west cover, 1993

"In 1992, when Pet Shop Boys were asked by Derek Jarman to perform at an AIDS charity event at The Haçienda nightclub in Manchester, Chris Lowe of the duo selected "Go West" as the song they would perform. Though singer Neil Tennant was unable to remember the lyrics during that performance, the two decided to record it as a single."

King Crimson - lizard side b, 1970

"Guest Jon Anderson's choirboy vocals open "Lizard" with a feint toward the light and airy, but Haskell's brassy chorus suggests ritualistic precursors to dark goings-on. The suite then enters its "Bolero" movement, marked by Robin Miller's beautiful oboe and Fripp's swelling Mellotron, with a jazz interlude showcasing Collins, cornetist Mark Charig, trombonist Nick Evans, and a jagged and explosive Tippett, collectively free and even ebullient in their interplay but never fully breaking away from drummer Andy McCulloch's background rat-a-tat snare that foreshadows the howling maelstrom of "The Battle of Glass Tears." After the smoke clears, Fripp's sustained guitar notes cut through the funereal aftermath, dissolving into silence before the swirling "Big Top" coda brings the album full circle, suggesting Lizard's dark journey on an endless loop accelerating into the future."

The Band Of Holy Joy - tactless, 1988

"One thing you can safely say about the Band Of Holy Joy is that they are never predictable"

Plastic Flowers - where are you, 2017

"Georgios Samaras, better known as Plastic Flowers, is a Greek songwriter and academic at King's College London, who has released three full-length studio albums: Evergreen in 2014, Heavenly in 2016 and Absent Forever in 2017."

The BV's – i can't stand the rain, 2024

"One of the main themes of the BV’s has always been abstraction; the space between what is being said and its actual meaning, or whether there is any meaning to be found at all."

Yes - soon, 1974

"Entitled "Soon", the last part of the song "The Gates of Delirium" was issued as Atlantic single #3242 in January 1975"

The Shadows - wonderful land, 1962

"it took me six months to get to the middle. I knew it had to have a second part and I couldn't think of anything"

Chumbawamba - homophobia, 1994

"In January 1998 Nutter appeared on the American political talk show Politically Incorrect and advised fans of their music who could not afford to buy their CDs to steal them from large chains such as HMV and Virgin, which prompted Virgin to remove the album from the shelves and start selling it from behind the counter."

Monday, February 5, 2024

Joy Division - atmosphere, 1988

"if anything, percussion is the heart of the song, the echo and near-tribal roll of the beats suggesting a futuristic ritual"

Neva Dinova - clouds, 2008

"'You May Already Be Dreaming' plugs into amps heavy with reverb, sending its guitars scuttling between jangly pop and roots directions, as Bellows’ lazy drawl walks, slips and slides all over the roots-pop half-breed."

Bathtub Cig - red pine, 2024

"Bathtub cig is the intimate depression pop project of Hilary James. Born in a Minneapolis bedroom the spring of 2017, it is an honest attempt at coping with her long struggle with mental health. She is joined by Dave Power on drums, Skyler Nowinski on bass, and Hannah Heble on synth, flute and harmony."

Six Organs Of Admittance - the mission, 2024

"the intricate tangle of fingers on the fretboard and flash of lens flare slicing the air"

Saint Etienne - only love can break your heart cover, 1990

"In 1990, English band Saint Etienne recorded a cover version of "Only Love Can Break Your Heart", which was included on their debut album, Foxbase Alpha (1991). The vocals are by Moira Lambert (Sarah Cracknell had not yet joined the band as a permanent member)."