After last week’s exciting 20-plus comments I am feeling a little faint. There’s a starburst of sound for you this week, I hope it brings me round. Warning: Toto is very, very catchy.
Part Chimp – Cover Me – Severin: I bought their first album because my friend and work colleague, Nick, was the bass player. His previous band was called Scarfo since you ask. “It’s not the sort of thing I normally listen to these days” I said. “It’s not the sort of thing I listen to these days” he replied. He left after this album to spend more time working in local government which may have been a bad move. This was by some distance my favourite track of theirs. It sounds nothing like Joan Armatrading or Katzenjammer but it’s kind of catchy.
Cruel Black Dove – Love Song – bethnoir: a bit Polly Jean, maybe, but I keep wanting to listen to this song by the new band from Brooklyn, NY again.
Beck – Pay No Mind – Albahooky: Here’s one from the old happy-go-lucky, as opposed to the current scientology Beck – “give the finger to the rock ‘n’ roll singer as he dances on your paycheck” I can dig that.
Pink Military – Did You See Her? – beltway: Here’s another gem from my brother’s ongoing project to digitise his extensive collection of obscure Scouse New Wave vinyl, a really catchy bugger this one, the real standout track from an otherwise “so so” album (Do Animals Believe in God). Vocals are by Liverpool legend Jayne Casey of “Big in Japan” fame. I believe this was a regularly played by John Peel back in the day, which I can well believe…
Spearmint – Sweeping The Nation – bishbosh: Probably the greatest hymn to the indie underdog built around a Dobie Gray sample ever recorded.
Toto: Rosanna – Abahachi: Courtesy of German radio’s liking for classic soft rock. I don’t think I’ve heard this since it was originally released (1982?), and some of the synth sounds are definitely dated, but it is damned catchy …