“A poet is a nightingale who sits in darkness and sings to cheer its own solitude with sweet sounds.” (Percy Bysshe Shelley). Discuss. And keep those bittersweet worms coming to email@example.com, with a couple of lines to say why you’re sending them. Thanks!
Motel Blues – Loudon Wainwright – goneforeign: I think Loudon is one of the most sensitive and articulate songwriters around, he’s written more songs about real human issues than most. This is one of them, from his 1972 second album, it deals with the reality of the lonely life on the road, staying in cheap motels, eating in middle America coffee shops, night after night as a striving young musician.
Hobocombo – All Is Loneliness – abahachi: Another unusual cover version; here, an Italian trio inspired by the music of avant-garde composer and street musician Moondog (hence their name) tackle a song of his made famous by Janis Joplin…
Elbow – New York Morning – tincanman: The breakthrough Seldom Seen Kid refers to a man who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to support the Manchester music scene. This is Guy Garvey’s tribute to a similar man in NYC.
The Teardrop Explodes – Soft Enough for You – beltway: From when everything Julian Cope touched turned to melodic gold, this is a hypnotic, dark little number with a lovely piano and string arrangement, and that “changing, changing changing” refrain will get stuck in your head for weeks…
Invisible Twin – Trouble – aliM: Another band who sent a sample of their music to Earworms. Dreampop from Mario and Rose Suau, a married couple from Detroit. Lovely haunting vocal (I’m getting soft in my old age) – I can forgive the synthesised sound.
The Hidden Cameras – Boys of Melody – bishbosh: Practically any song off any of their albums could class as an earworm, IMHO – they’re one of the most consistently catchy bands going. But this track from their debut, The Smell of Our Own, is possibly their most lovely.