Monthly Archives: April 2012

Rufus Wainwright – Greek Song

During the time I was courting Shannon – clumsily, recklessly and completely (like some desperate, lovestruck teenager) – Rufus Wainwright’s first two albums meant everything to me. They were the soundtrack to all that I was going through. I absolutely … Continue reading

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Scarlett Johansson – Falling Down

I like this because I really like Scarlett Johansson’s flat and rather dispassionate voice. I like it most of all though because it’s good to hear a great Tom Waits song that doesn’t have him growling like a twat all … Continue reading

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Yoko Ono and Jason Pierce – Walking On Thin Ice

Walking On Thin Ice was a great single anyway but this remix (from Ono’s excellent Yes, I’m A Witch album) is better. Much better. Not only because it’s full of the beauty and drama of that familiar Spiritualized sound – … Continue reading

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The Cramps – Human Fly

If you removed the words from this song it’d still sound as if it were about some hideous fly/man hybrid thing crawling around in the filth. But with the words, with Lux Interior’s sinister, buzzing vocal, it’s a twisted horror … Continue reading

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The Velvet Underground – Sister Ray

As a teenager I used to play this song over and over again through the headphones at full blast. And despite its seventeen minute length, I was always disappointed when it ended. I still am. I could listen to them … Continue reading

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The Lovin' Spoonful – Darling Be Home Soon

One of my favourite love songs, not least for the fact that the singer is desperate for his girlfriend to return because he misses conversing with her (“for the great relief of having you to talk to”). It’s a lovely, … Continue reading

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The Records – Starry Eyes

Sounding like a New Wave version of The Byrds, this is The Records’ best-known song (from 1978). And although the lyric is all about the troubles with their manager, it’s just a classic slice of life-affirming power pop. The first … Continue reading

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