Socking it to you this week with a mis-matched selection of songs – but, like odd hosiery, they still kinda work when you put them together. Now get those earworms hotfoot to firstname.lastname@example.org – pull yer socks up!
Artie Shaw Orchestra – Begin the Beguine – goneforeign: There was recently a small feature at the Guardian, ‘The songs our parents gave us’, this is one of those. During WW2 my father had an upright radiogram and about a dozen 78’s, this was one of them, I played it to death. It became the best-selling record of 1938 and went on to became one of the most famous and popular anthems of the entire Swing Era. It was probably responsible for my later life love of big band jazz. It was written by Cole Porter.
John Barry – The Challenge – beltway: No idea what it was written for but it oozes that John Barry early 60’s tense suaveness, perfect for listening to whilst driving to work to make you think you are being followed by Russian spies and that the humdrum is no more. And that 7 note brass riff will drive you batty!
Mainframe – 5 Minutes – Shoegazer: Recall something about this being a test for some new (back in ‘85) software. Might be one of the first records created on a PC. Love that the “chorus” seems to belong to a completely different tune.
The Dolphin Brothers – My Winter – bethnoir: When the band Japan split up, David Sylvian’s brother, Steve Jansen and Richard Barbieri made an album together. Do all siblings sing the same? It’s poppy, but I like it.
Avett Brothers – Sixteen in July – tincanman: Such a simple evocation of that first summer you were free(ish) and grown up(ish). The wistful start sounds like it is going to be one of those Townes van Zandt songs where someone has to die, but it’s all warm and cuddly nostalgic.
Blur – Tender – glassarfemptee: I hadn’t heard this for ages, and it popped up on my iPod and reminded me how much I love it. ‘C’mon, c’mon, c’mon, get thru it’. Earworm, or what?”