oh...and below is the aforementioned 'other side of the moon'...
Tuesday, 31 March 2009
Monday, 30 March 2009
Friday, 27 March 2009
For those of you unfamiliar with his work, please check out the links below. Highly recommended.
Some great lines in there...'all human being will be flunkies...in a world of gorillas and monkeys',
''one of these days, we're going to blow ourselves up'....
If Tim Burton had used this as the theme in the remake it could have been half decent...maybe... got to love the Planet of the Apes films though...
Thursday, 26 March 2009
Anyhow, it has a great sleeve and a nice happy sound!
Here's a charming ditti from the other side,so to speak...'the Monkey Song' by Robyn and Crystal Bernard. I've also included their take on the Ecuminical movement to help you grasp just where they're coming from.
Wednesday, 25 March 2009
Tuesday, 24 March 2009
This track comes from an LP called 'A Manchester Collection' and features bands from 'the Manchester Collective', seemingly camped outside the 'Band On The Wall' pub on the cover.
'Property Of...', sums up a lot about that period and the early/mid eighties for me.
Great album of British music hall songs from these two old 'pro's'...the sound quality is not the greatest, particularly at the start, but you get the drift...great accent, delivery and lyrics!
Sunday, 22 March 2009
Saturday, 21 March 2009
Although almost 7 minutes long the track never outgrows it's welcome and managers to sound reasonably modern, perhaps, in part, due to the drifting harmonium/guitar/vocal melodies....
Neon Pearl managed to produce a quite unique sound for a track recorded in 1967, in the midst of all that swings...
Friday, 20 March 2009
Mad Monster Party by Ethel Ennis from the superb Rankin/Bass animated film of the same name, see trailer above(sick-a-dilic?).The soundtrack to the film is mostly instrumental but here we get a great Bond-type track that sets the scene perfectly!
The film also features the inimitable Phyllis Diller...whether or not we'll ever 'be ready for that', well, only time will tell!
Wednesday, 18 March 2009
It's interesting to hear the similarities between this and the Sparks sound (at least to these ears!?) considering their later highly succesful collaboration and Moroder's massive influence on dance/electronic music generally...I guess they were aware of each other..maybe not???
I think the album stands up well today and i certainly give it repeated listening...alongside his more famous works.
Tuesday, 17 March 2009
Back in late 1960's and throughout the 1970's various record labels thought it a good idea to put all the top hits of the year together onto one album and call it something simple like 'Big Hits' or something...coupled with an image of a rather fetching lady on the sleeve this seemed to be a winning idea.
However, there was a tragic downside to this concept.
All the tracks were actually re-recorded for these albums by session groups and not the original artist's themselves, which led to some 'interesting' interpretations, to say the least.
I am a fan of these compilations in general and though you often end up wading through lots of guff, you do get the odd track that is so...different, so 'bad' as to be valid in it's own right...unfortunately, this track isn't one of those...
What it does do is It go some way to show just how great a band Sparks are and what a great track this really is, so get your cash out and buy The Sparks back catalogue. (you'll need lots of cash BTW, but you know, probably less than a for a car or something, and it will do you a lot more good in the long run)
P.s-There must be a version of 'This Town Ain't Big Enough For The Both Of Us' out there on one of these albums...so if anyone's got that...I would love to hear it...
As a counter to that here is The Great Body Shop's 'No Drugs No Way'.
Keep it real...You know it makes sense!
Friday, 13 March 2009
Wednesday, 11 March 2009
'One Kiss Can Lead To Another: Girl Group Sounds Lost And Found'
Great vocals, lyrics, delivery and sound make for one of the best pop songs of it's genre...enjoy!
Tuesday, 10 March 2009
Monday, 9 March 2009
Friday, 6 March 2009
Taken from the 'Joy Of A Toy' re-issue, this is the slightly longer, slightly rougher version which is said to feature Syd Barrett...
I think I thought I saw Kevin Ayers on a beach in Ibiza a while back...I was in the sea, frolicking...I guess it could all have been a dream?
Check out his new album-'The Unfairground' and buy the back catalogue is my advice!