Thank you for responding to the call for Valentine Worms, what a soft lot you are. Back to normal next week with no particular theme – if you have an earworm you’d like to share, please send an .mp3 or a link to: firstname.lastname@example.org together with a few words about why you’ve chosen it. Happy listening!
Kadri Gopalnath – Amudum Thenum – Ravi Raman: a sax instrumental that I prefer to the OTT lyrics – “Why do I need milk and honey with you next to me”, etc. etc.
Black – Sweet Breath of Your Rapture – DsD: No need to repeat myself – you all know I love everything about this.
Dream Wife – Hey Heartbreaker – severin: A bit of a bloody valentine here. “I see you talking to your wife, and I see you holding your child, and I see you everywhere I go”. Makes a change from “Roses are red…” Their album’s out by the way. And very good it is too.
Ketty Lester – Love Letters – severin: I’ve posted this to Earworms before but another outing won’t hurt. The original version and, to my mind, still the best. And it’s actually about getting messages of love through the post. How on-topic can you get?
Henry Priestman – Valentine Song – tfd: Valentine Song by Henry Priestman: bit soppy, I know, but after all it’s Valentine’s Day. Henry’s playing Stony Stratford on Feb 24, so let me know if you’d like to come and I’ll get you a ticket.
Marc Cohn – True Companion – DsD: This was supposed to be my & Julie’s first dance at our wedding party, until doofus me forgot to put the CD in my pocket, and the DJ didn’t have it. (We settled for Black’s Wonderful Life instead).
Matching Mole – O Caroline – severin: Robert Wyatt singing, of course. Plaintive vocal and the most heart-breaking love song I have ever heard. Too late to properly be a Valentine of course but let it pass.
Son Little – Mad About You – tincanman: Young Philadelphian has the blues but sings soul to exorcise his demons, and I recommend an extended listen to last year’s New Magic.
Canned Heat – I’m A Hog For You, Babe – Ravi Raman: my first thought when I read the “you can be cynical” for Valentines worms was their Parthenogenesis. But at 20 minutes I would have to strain credulity to call it an Earworm. Instead here’s a fairly straightforward number, at least for them.
Guillemots – Redwings – DsD: Another one you all know I love. Usually RRecommended using the phrase “one of the most romantic songs I know”, so a shoo-in here. And we all need more brass band music in our lives, no?
Placebo – Pure Morning – AliM: Valentines? Schmalentines. I’ll take what I can get.