Earworms 26 June 2017

Thanks for all the good wishes for my Prague trip last week, I can recommend it – a beautiful city. Anyway, enough of that – here is a fresh selection of worms for your enjoyment. If you’d like to join in, please send an .mp3 or a link to earworm@tincanland.com, with a few lines about why you’ve chosen it. Many thanks to all contributors – comments welcome, below.

Offa Rex – The Queen of Hearts/Blackleg Miner – severin: Offa Rex are The Decemberists plus Olivia Chaney on vocals and various instruments. They have an album forthcoming – released in July. These are two of the three tracks available so far. One not so familiar. One well-known from versions by Ewan McColl, Steeleye Span and many others.

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Sounds on Sunday 36

More new music to sample – just a short Soundcloud list this week, with the remainder on YouTube (links provided). Have a listen and let us know what you think, in the comments below. Many thanks to all contributors.

Malory – Rapture: “South London singer/songwriter and creative multi-coloured pop artist Malory gears up for her debut EP ‘Dystopia’ with the release of lead single ‘Rapture’. The epic production comes courtesy of Danny George as the pair deliver 3 minutes of blissful alt/pop. The orchestral driven anthem ebbs and flows beautifully using layered vocals, tribal drums and folk elements. The 22-year-old has been championed on radio XFM; BBC Radio2, and BBC London. Other highlights include supporting George Ezra on tour and live performances at BBC Introducing Hyde Park and for a BBC 6 Music Chris Hawkins’ showcase event.”

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The Wheel of Your Tune

The Wheel of Your Tune works like this; I metaphorically turn my spinning top to reveal a random letter and number.  The letter relates to an artist or the name of an album in my collection and the number relates to the track by that artist or on that album.  This week’s spin landed on S4.  This week I’ve chosen track 4 from the 1980 Simple Minds album Empires And Dance called This Fear of Gods.  The track is an absolute corker, even if you are not a fan of Simple Minds, it’s worth a listen.

What’s your S4 track?

TV Theme Tunes – Discuss

I’m writing this whilst watching the TV.  I’ll be honest, I’m finding it difficult to come up with “discuss” topics.  But as I’ve been watching, I’ve thought of something.  It is likely to be lame so apologies up front.

I’m on my own this week.  I’m not good at being on my own and often do things I wouldn’t normally do to take my mind off the fact that I am on my own.  So I’m watching “Detectorists” on catch up; I have watched all 6 episodes of the first season back-to-back.  The BBC seem to be replaying it, probably in advance of a new season starting – I don’t keep up with these things, so I have no idea.  I never watched it first time round, but (and here’s the point), I have known the theme tune for a long time.  Ever since I was introduced to it as a nomination on RR shiny songs.  I don’t know who suggested it, but I listened to it and was instantly captivated, it has been a regular on my favourite playlist for some time now.  It’s a song as gentle as the programme itself.

Folk musician Johnny Flynn wrote the entire score and the theme tune.  He appears in episode 3 as a participant at an open mic night and sings it then.  It is a beautiful moment.  I loved this song before watching the programme.  Now I can associate the two together, I love it even more.  I know this won’t always be the case with theme songs.  I want to know what you guys think.

Yet again ‘Spillers I come to you to discuss this issue.  What do you know about all of this?  Have you been introduced to an awesome tune or song via a TV programme or film?  Has the use of a popular song as a theme tune spoilt its loveliness for you?

Btw – thanks for last week.  I feel much better for having got all that off my chest and for knowing I’m not alone.

Here’s the trailer for the programme in case you are interested.

World Music Day

An online magazine I subscribe to tells me it is World Music Day today and it shared this quote:

“Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy”
Ludwig van Beethoven

I am currently sat at my local lido having had an early morning swim, so I can’t share anything right now.  

The website tells me this day is about celebrating the universal language of music.  

So, ‘Spillers, I say “get celebrating” and share something that you think speaks to us all no matter what our preferences or native tongue….