Welcome this week to deanofromoz who has sent us a worm from down under – and very good it is, too. Hope you enjoy this week’s selection, and don’t forget the possibility of ‘Spill points for tinny’s quiz (Pairubu is currently leading). Finally, please remember to send more worms to firstname.lastname@example.org, to keep the bank topped up. Thanks to all.
Foo Fighters – Arlandria – Leavey: Sadly overlooked both here and on the Mothership. I appreciate that the last album Wasting Light had it’s critics, but nonetheless I think that it has some of their finest songs on it and Arlandria is the neighbourhood where Dave lived for a while. It has for me some of the rawness and sound of some of their earlier work, anyway a mighty wormy tune.
Drive-By Truckers – Shit Shots Count – DsD: The opening song from this year’s English Oceans album this was the “newest” I’d heard DBT sound in quite a while. Unforgivably forgotten during RR Brass week, that was a salutary lesson to self: if you only buy a download, you have nothing to hold onto.
– ?? – Uh Uh Uh – tincanman: It’s not the style the band would become known for when they got famous under a different name, but the vocal will steer you in the right direction.
Paul Kelly – Deeper Water – deanofromoz: Paul Kelly is one of my favourite artists, so it’s fitting he is my first contribution to earworms. I had known and liked this song for many years, but one day listening to it, it really hit me as being a wow song, and really moved me. I suspect that might have something to do with me now being a parent, and this “circle of life” type song taking on more relevance and meaning. The way Kelly uses deeper water as a bit of a metaphor for life is quite brilliant. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
Shelagh Macdonald – Peacock Lady – bethnoir: Shelagh’s voice has a lovely lilting quality to it. Perhaps there is slightly more instrumentation than necessary on this track, but I love the lyrics and phrasing.
Ella Fitzgerald and the Ink Spots – Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall – goneforeign: This is a 1944 song performed as a duet by The Ink Spots, featuring Bill Kenny and Ella Fitzgerald. The successful single went to number one on both The Harlem Hit Parade and the US pop charts. The name of the song originates from a quotation of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow from the poem “Rainy Day” http://www.hwlongfellow.org/poems_poem.php?pid=39. In 1944 The Ink Spots and Ella Fitzgerald were both at their peaks, this might sound like ‘The Ink Spots with guest star Ella’ but actually it was recorded as ‘Ella and her friends’, others she recorded with include The Mills Brothers and Louis.