Monthly Archives: May 2012

Papa M – Turn! Turn! Turn!

A sixteen-and-a-half-minute instrumental version of The Byrds’ version of Pete Seeger’s Turn! Turn! Turn! Utterly brilliant. One of the reasons I love it is that I recall, as a kid, listening to The Byrds’ version on a Walkman (or, rather, … Continue reading

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R Kelly – 3-Way Phonecall

He’s an odd bundle of contradictions, R Kelly: God-fearing yet downright filthy, lovelorn balladeer yet aggressive bump ‘n’ grind merchant, self-centred yet gregarious, humble but completely egocentric, weirdly avant-garde yet fiercely commercial. It’s all of this that makes him one … Continue reading

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Smog – Dress Sexy at My Funeral

As final requests go, this surely ranks as one of the best – and funniest. http://www.jukeboxadvertising.com

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Roy Orbison – In Dreams

Of course, you can’t play this song now without some hipster referencing that scene from Blue Velvet. You know, how Lynch tapped into the terrifying psychodrama of the song, along with all that suburban America as a kind of hell … Continue reading

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The McCoys – Hang on Sloopy

A great piece of garagey pop, played by session musicians but sung – brilliantly – by the then sixteen-year-old Rick Derringer. As well as his screams, there’s the way he takes on the eroticism of the “Sloopy let your hair … Continue reading

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Robin Gibb – The Worst Girl In This Town

Ah, bugger. It looked for a moment there that Robin Gibb was going to make it. A genuine shame that he hasn’t. This, from his excellent (and overlooked) 1969 solo album, contains most of the things I liked about him: … Continue reading

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Dory Previn – Beware of Young Girls (1970)

A cautionary tale for married women, this lovely ballad is an attack on Mia Farrow (“wistful and pale of twenty and four, delivering daisies with delicate hands”) who, according to the song, wormed her way into Previn’s affections in order … Continue reading

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