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Running From the Thoughts

Dub Pistols feat. Terry Hall

2nd April 2007 (LP)

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The fourth song in my trilogy of Terry Hall-related tracks, here he is providing vocals to the 2007 track Running from the Thoughts on the “Speakers and Tweeters” LP by Dub Pistols.

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My Baby’s Taking Me Home

Sparks

14th October 2002

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Few acts have gone through as many musical re-inventions as Sparks. This is from one of those changes of direction, 2002’s Lil’ Beethoven LP.

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Jesus of Suburbia

Green Day

21st September 2004 (LP), 25th October 2005 (single)

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The first in a trio of “big songs” - long, relatively complex songs that sound like they were the product of putting together separate pieces into one. Jesus Of Suburbia was made exactly that way.

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Gumball Machine Weekend

Yppah

18th May 2009

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The second in a trio of songs by a pair of my favourite artists of recent years. Following Salt Spring by Anomie Belle, we have Gumball Machine Weekend by Yppah, from his 2009 LP “They Know What Ghost Know”.

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Lovely Allen

Holy Fuck

Single (2008), LP (2007)

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The final song in a trio of tracks by bands with sweary names, and the second instrumental. It combines electronics with live instruments in a tune that really “grooves”.

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Olympians

Fuck Buttons

14th October 2009

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The second in a trio of songs by bands who couldn’t resist getting a bit sweary in their names, this is a powerful, uplifting, instrumental that fitted in perfectly when used in the 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony.

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I Trawl The MEGAHERTZ

Paddy McAloon

27th May 2003 (Paddy McAloon), February 2019 (re-release as Prefab Sprout)

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Prefab Sprout were a pretty popular band in the 80s that, to be honest, I didn’t really like that much. But 20 years later I heard about singer Paddy McAloon’s solo record and it’s a fascinating story, which resulted in an amazing album. In 2019, this album was re-released under the Prefab Sprout banner.

I Trawl The Megahertz is the second in a pair of “spoken word” records.

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All Mapped Out

The Departure

2nd August 2004 (single), 13th June 2005 (LP)

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Another song from the 2004 “Golden Era”. This one is heavily influenced by the “New Romantic” movement of the late 70s, early 80s.

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Interstate 5

The Wedding Present

15th November 2004 (single), 14th February 2005 (LP)

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Another one from the golden year of 2004, this is another of my all-time favourites. The Wedding Present at this point wasn’t a reformed original line-up, but a renamed and refocussed version of Cinerama.

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Thru The Glass

Thirteen Senses

1st March 2004 (single), 27th September 2004 (LP)

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The standout years in my annual best-of-year compilations are 2004 and 2016. The mix for the former kicked off with this track from Cornwall’s Thirteen Senses.

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Throw Down Your Arms

Sinéad O’Connor

28th September 2005

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Although Sinéad O’Connor is an amazing songwriter, she is best known for her version of a song written by Prince. This is a cover, but not that one - this track is from an album she made of classic reggae songs she grew up with.

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Something Good ’08

Utah Saints

1992 (single), 1993 (LP), 2008 (remix)

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This record takes a sample from Kate Bush’s single Cloudbusting, and builds a new song around it - though my preferred version is the 2008 remix that replaces Bush’s vocal with a re-recorded part.

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Mathematics

Cherry Ghost

9th April 2007 (single), 9th July 2007 (LP)

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Cherry Ghost started as the solo project of singer-songwriter Simon Aldred, and this the first single, a beautiful waltz-time piece.

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Wishery / Upular

Pogo

2013?

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South Africa-born Aussie Pogo makes tunes from edits of video, particularly from Disney films. I couldn’t decide whether to include Upular or Wishery, so consider this a “double A side” entry in the blog.

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I Need Some Fine Wine and You, You Need to Be Nicer

The Cardigans

21st September 2005 (single), 17th October 2005 (LP)

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Imagine coming up with a title and lyrics this good when English isn’t even your first language.

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Lost in the Plot

The Dears

15th April 2003

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This is a song in three movements from the Canadian band’s second album. It doesn’t have a conventional verse-chorus structure - it’s more like a linear piece with three distinct sections.

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Into U

Richard X ft Jarvis Cocker

23rd August 2003

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A song by producer Richard X featuring a vocal from Jarvis Cocker and a sample from Mazzy Star’s Fade Into You creates something even greater than the sum of its parts.

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