I was on top of Mam Tor in a hailstorm yesterday, and I’m still feeling slightly pebble-dashed – it was “cold, cold, cold”. Hope you find something to rock out to in the following selection, and keep those worms shivering along to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dean Friedman – Company – Toffeboy: I went to see Dean Friedman when he played in London in October this year and this was the song (now 35 years old) that he opened the show with. It was a great evening, particularly as I was there with the entire Toffee family – we used to play Dean Friedman in the car when the girls were little and now, aged 21 and 19, they’re both big fans. Sometimes, as a parent, you do something right…
Wazimbo & Orchestra Marrabenta Star De Mocambique – Nwahulwana [electric version] – goneforeign: One of the most famous works of this artist is the ballad Nwahulwana (‘night bird’), released in 1988. Wazimbo expresses some sadness about the lifestyle of a wonderful young lady who he refers to as “his sister – Maria” wasting her life having a different man every night. Some years ago we played the acoustic version here on the Spill.
Nunco Band – Sami Gone to England – Pairubu: “From Korea, a very early 70s feel to this one, I think, don’t be fooled by the pause in the middle. I think “Sami” is a person rather than the people from Finland !
Wilson Pickett covering “Hey Jude”- CaroleBristol: OK, so the main reason I like this is the brilliant guitar work on the outro. The whole thing, however, is a fantastic soulful cover version of, in my opinion, one of The Beatles’ lesser songs. The horns are great, the rhythm section pushes along in a nice funky style and The Wicked Pickett is in fine vocal form but, when that guitar kicks in, it goes to a whole different level. The guitarist? It’s Duane Allman, back in his session-playing days.
Motel Motel – Coffee – DarceysDad: From the RRSA Coffee week, a DsD nomination that has driven me insane ever since. Just who does the singer remind me of? (The Waterboys’) Mike Scott? (Secret Machines’) Brandon Curtis? (Remy Zero’s) Cinjun Tate? (Band Of Horses’) Ben Bridwell? Grant Lee Philips, even? I’m alternately convinced it is, then isn’t, any and all of the above. WHO THE F……. IS IT? Help me out here, folks.
Little Feat – Cold, Cold, Cold – Chris7572: A band still inexplicably missing from The Marconium, this 1972 track is gloriously ramshackle funk, with Lowell George on top form (before he drowned in the snowstorm). This should heat up any woman with red blood in her veins, shouldn’t it?