Only in the mysterious Land Of Earworms could we go from the tender and beautiful Birdy to Mario Lanza, in one sitting. It’s a strange journey, but enjoyable nonetheless. To help us embark on the next, please send more worms to email@example.com.
Birdy – Strange Birds – glassarfemptee: Birdy is a local (to me) songstress, great-niece of Dirk Bogarde. Whilst she has charted in the UK, she seems better known in Oz than here, but can do some great pop, like the anthemic Wings. Here she is with Strange Birds (another song with a ghost connection).
Neneh Cherry – Dossier – Abahachi: I’m currently finding all but one or two of the songs on Neneh’s new Blank Project album to be thoroughly earwormy. This is one of of the jollier numbers; no depressive metaphors, no strange bleating noises and no angsty songs about menstruation, just a heart-warming tale of boy shyly meets girl, to tempt you in for the harder stuff…
Georgia Anne Muldrow – Akosua – Albahooky: Here’s an uplifting tune from the wonderful Georgia Anne helping us to a higher level of consciousness – you gotta get it in ya soul!
Kodachrome – Paul Simon – goneforeign: I’m not a huge fan of Kodachrome even though I’ve shot a few hundred rolls, much prefer Ektachrome or Agfachrome of which I’ve shot thousands! But I am a fan of Paul Simon who just doesn’t get enough airplay hereabouts. From 1973 and I’ll drink to “When I think back on all the crap I learned in high school, it’s a wonder I can think at all.” None of that helped me with Ektachrome. Did you know that Kodachrome was invented and patented by two NY high school chemistry teachers, Kodak had been working on it for years.
Gregory Porter – Liquid Spirit – Ali: This is another one of those worms that has been around for a while but passed me by, until I heard it in the Co-op … sang it all the way home and subsequently downloaded it. “Tum ti tum … Fill your water tank …” Soon, you’ll be humming it too.
Mario Lanza – The Drinking Song (from The Student Prince) – beltway: This is a song I’ve know for ages mostly through a Joseph Locke album that my mum had in our house, but a few months back I heard this Mario Lanza version played by John Lydon (of all people) on a Radio 6 show he was presenting and it really grabbed me as a top notch pop song, a proper sing-a-long at the top of your voice thing – and you have to remember, this was premiered when America was in the middle of prohibition, so it’s even got an element of punky defiance in there too.