Monthly Archives: December 2011

The Cryin' Shames – Please Stay

The Cryin’ Shames were a run-of-the mill Merseybeat band with just this, their one minor hit, to recommend them. It’s notable for being Joe Meek’s last chart appearance and comes complete with his dense and rather eerie production. But what … Continue reading

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The Rolling Stones – Just My Imagination

A great version of a great song from my favourite Stones album. One of those rare moments when Mick Jagger sings about a woman without coming across as a misogynistic prick. That said, in the live versions I’ve heard he … Continue reading

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Kleenex – U

From one of my favourite seven inches, this is the superior (‘angry’) side of the record. I love the fact that it’s so simple yet so full of drama – those high-pitched ‘eeps!”, the squealy guitar, the throbbing bassline and … Continue reading

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Bonnie Prince Billy – Ease Down The Road

Everything that’s great about Will Oldham is here: the fabulous voice, the superb (and strange) storytelling, the sweet shuffle of the music and the confident sexual swagger: “A fireman her husband was and so to give him duty I duly … Continue reading

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The Smiths – Suffer Little Children

I was watching a documentary about Ken Dodd the other day that made me think a bit about British popular culture. It coincided with a news story about Alan Bennett’s fear that working-class kids are being put off going to … Continue reading

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Fripp and Eno – Swastika Girls

Nineteen minutes of gorgeous Eno tape loopery and soaring Fripp guitar. Just the thing to ease yourself out of the day.    

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Van Morrison – Cyprus Avenue

My favourite Van song. And as Lester Bangs nailed it, I’ll just cut and paste his words here: “A man sits in a car on a tree-lined street, watching a fourteen-year-old girl walking home from school, hopelessly in love with … Continue reading

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