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The Wonder Stuff – Circlesquare
16th September, 2009 | 383 views

Ever tried to fit a square peg into a round hole? The Wonder Stuff tried, failed and then wrote a song about it.

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The Richard Kent Style – Go Go Children
12th September, 2009 | 207 views

A mod call for the disaffected youth of the sixties to party, somewhere… anywhere… probably after raiding the local pharmaceutical shop!

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Fugi – Red Moon
10th September, 2009 | 138 views

Creedence just saw a bad moon rising whilst Fugi seem to have a lot more on their plate.

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Steve Miller Band – Wild Mountain Honey
8th September, 2009 | 641 views

Save the bees! Listen to this track…

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Ruby – Running Back To Me
31st July, 2009 | 367 views

Pub rock – a most underrated form of music.

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The Youngbloods – Get Together
30th July, 2009 | 191 views

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The definitive version of this track which has been recorded numerous times, although I also have the version by We Five on seven. Love, peace and flowers drip out of the grooves in this universal paean to just getting along maaan, provoking big smiles and the involuntary rocking of the head from side to side to any listeners. Indelibly connected in my mind to the movie adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas, as it was used in the soundtrack that introduced me to some outstanding ‘new’ music. Dialogue from the movie is used to bridge some of the songs on it and Johnny Depp utters the monologue below (adjusted only slightly from the novel) just before the Youngbloods track fades in:

San Francisco in middle of the sixties was a very special time and place to be a part of but no explanation, no mix of words or music or memories can touch that sense of knowing that you were there and alive, in that corner of time in the world, whatever it meant. There was madness in any direction, at any hour, you could strike sparks anywhere. There was a fantastic universal sense that whatever we were doing was right, that we were winning and that I think was the handle.

That sense of inevitable victory over the forces of old and evil, not in any mean or military sense, we didn’t need that; our energy would simply prevail. We had all the momentum, we were riding the crest of a high and beautiful wave. So now, less than five years later, you can go up on a steep hill in Las Vegas and look west and with the right kind of eyes, you can almost see the high water mark; that place where the wave finally broke and rolled back.

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Steve Hackett – Voice Of Necam
2nd March, 2009 | 856 views

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Reminiscent of 10cc’s I’m Not In Love, with the vocal harmonies; for some reason this track always brings to my mind Holkham Beach in Norfolk. Perhaps the sand dunes that stretch into the distance when the tide is out beneath an open blue sky, give an expanse that mirrors the atmosphere created by this song. Or maybe it was played on a portable radio when I was there and forms one of my first musical memories… Something I’ll probably never find out. The album it’s from, Please Don’t Touch, is very strange but in a positive experimental manner and whilst not as overtly prog rock as his debut solo album, Voyage Of The Acolyte (a title that loudly proclaims it’s progressive rock credentials), still has some flute action as well as guests including Richie Havens and Randy Crawford.

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Supertramp – Give A Little Bit
23rd February, 2009 | 2,448 views

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Another acoustic guitar led track that leaves a warm glow inside and a smile on the face when listened to. Was brought up in a household with a parent who was a Supertramp fan and became susceptible to their vocal harmonies and trademark keyboard sound.

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Simple Minds – Kant Kino
3rd February, 2009 | 187 views

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A brief track from the Scottish songsmiths which has been ably employed in ambient mixes by those in the know, including Jon Marsh (of Beloved fame) on his simply sublime Travelogue mix. Perhaps this was the beginning of the habit amongst eighties ‘rock’ artists of including a leftfield slab of ambience tucked away on an album? Always exciting to discover an album that you’ve previously only recognise from the artist or the songs that were released as singles, has something completely different in pace and vibe tucked away unobstrusively in the middle of the B-side. Long may I continue to discover them.

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Luscious Jackson – Take A Ride
30th September, 2008 | 449 views

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Just one track from an accomplished album with perfect production from Daniel Lanois and Tony Mangurian, these are all simply just great songs. My path to discovering the ‘Fever In Fever Out‘ album were the tracks “Naked Eye” and “Under Your Skin” which were, to me, groovy rock tracks with overt dance sensibilities, so it’s perhaps not surprising that this album was released on the Beastie Boys’ Grand Royal record label. ‘Take A Ride’ has a chilled out mellow vibe with complimentary over-dubbed vocal harmonies and a bass that loiters across the track.

Live slow, die old
Live slow, die old

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Coati Mundi – Que Pasa / Me No Pop I
27th June, 2008 | 1,011 views

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Strange quirky track, the way the male vocals are delivered can take some getting used to but it’s a fun latin disco tune. Play it to folk who don’t take themselves or the music they listen to, too seriously.

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