Some atmospheric and possibly creepy songs for you this week, with a “Compare and Contrast” example from Blue Peter. Happy Halloween to those of you who celebrate such things – for those who don’t, lock the door and eat the treats yourself. And keep the worms crawling to firstname.lastname@example.org.
D.I.L.E – Garstang – wilemena: Not surprising that a group from Hyde in Manchester – the town that spawned Hindley and Brady, and the place where Dr Shipman had his practice – would find sinister things going on in the sleepy Lancashire market town of Garstang. For example, did you know that Tupac Shakur was born and killed in Garstang, and is buried next to George Formby in Garstang Cemetery? You do now.
Nina Simone – Don’t let me be misunderstood – goneforeign: This song popped up recently on my iPod and I realized that even though I’d had the album going on 40 odd years the lyrics had never really registered with me. Long time Spillers might remember a post I did some years ago that related to an interaction ‘twixt Nina and myself when she was very confrontational. When I listened to the lyrics I thought that she must have written them, they fit her perfectly, but Wiki tells me that it was written specifically for her, presumably by someone familiar with her temper.
Teitur – The Singer – tincanman: The words are disarmingly confessional, but it’s burlesque. He reveals all, but shows nothing.
Laurie Anderson – O Superman – AliMunday: This is from a live album recorded in New York in September 2001, shortly after “9/11”. The sleeve notes say: “singing lines … like Here come the planes … felt like I had written it yesterday. In fact, I wrote that song in 1980 during the Iran-Contra affair … this war was still going on …” You can sense the atmosphere.
Cream – Sunshine of Your Love and Mother’s Lament – BluePeter: The 1967 album ‘Disraeli Gears’ had Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker together as one of the first supergroups. Most of the tracks on the album have become classics and the playing performances of the trio are legendary. “Sunshine of Your Love” is a prime example of the powerful sound they could produce. They obviously had some spare capacity at the end of the recording session and plonked a “Traditional” song on as a filler. Why on earth they chose “Mother’s Lament” remains a mystery to me to this day. It is also sung in a style that is nowhere near the image they had created for themselves.