Good morning, I hope you’ve all charged up your love batteries in preparation for another week and a crackling compilation of songs about electricity. If you have an earworm you’d like to share, please send an .mp3 or a link to email@example.com, together with a few words about why you’ve chosen it. Next week’s theme will be royalty. Many thanks to all contributors.
Buzzcocks – Love Battery – severin: “I’ve got this crazy current that slips through my underwear, and when it really connects, I come and go everywhere”. Not the best thing to say when the interviewer asks what skills you can bring to this organisation.
Rod Clements – Ragtown-. tincanman: The Lindisfarne co-founder was sitting at home one evening watching a documentary about the making of the Hoover (hydroelectric) Dam during the Depression, and decided to mute the telly and write this song about the harsh, remote workcamps.
Pavement – Trigger Cut – vanwolf: A cert to get me on the floor. Lies and betrayals, fruit covered nails, EEEEElectricity and lust.
They Might Be Giants – Bird House in Your Soul – AliM: There can’t be many songs written from the perspective of a nightlight: “There’s a picture opposite me / Of my primitive ancestry / Which stood on rocky shores and kept the beaches shipwreck free / Though I respect that a lot / I’d be fired if that were my job / After killing Jason off and countless screaming Argonauts / Bluebird of friendliness / Like guardian angels it’s always near”.
Rival Sons – Electric Man – Ravi Raman: I’m not sure who in the group passed this on but it’s a great, energetic number.
Nitzer Ebb – Lightning Man – vanwolf: You better be careful out there.
Rush – Manhattan Project – Ravi Raman: More Rush. More about energy than electricity as such. Still …
Honolulu Mountain Daffodils – Electronic Alcoholic – severin: Wonky parody of Kraftwerk produced in London by people who, themselves, did a lot more drinking than was good for them. The Robots but with all-too human problems.
Steve Hillage – Electrick Gypsies – AliM: Let’s re-discover the healing sound and ride the psychic surf. From his 1976 album, “L”.
Captain Beefheart & his Magic Band – Electricity, and The Walker Brothers – The Electrician – Maggie B: Both these tracks were ahead of their time, first, Captain Beefheart with Electricity – complete with theramin and Ry Cooder on slide. Next the Walker Brothers: The Electrician. (Scott Walker was one of my first musical loves). This song had a big influence on David Bowie. Scott Walker’s beautiful voice singing a perfectly orchestrated song with wonderful guitar playing and about an ugly subject – torture and electrocution. Disturbing…