Well, another week has hurtled by and here we are again, Earworms on a Monday morning. Hope they brighten your week, and please keep sending them in to firstname.lastname@example.org. Many thanks. GF, I think you’ve sent me the Gilberto Gil version of Easy Skankin’ rather than the Bob Marley one, but I’ve included it anyway ‘cos it’s great.
Rose of Avalanche – Never Another Sunset – bethnoir: released in 1989 this ballad has stayed in my head for a long time, the Leeds band were usually less introspective and deserve to be more remembered.
Dantalian’s Chariot – Sun Came Bursting Through My Cloud – beltway: A beautiful bit of British 60’s Psychedelia (or proto-prog maybe), with the great husky voice of Zoot Money piercing through the sweet instrumentation. That’s Andy Summers from The Police on guitar there as well.
Mark Seymour – Legend of the Snowmen – deanofromoz: Another legend of Australian rock for you, Mark was the lead singer of 80’s pub rock band Hunters and Collectors, but I think he has really come into his own in his post band solo career. His ability to tell a story with his passionate vocal delivery is amazing. I just recently went to one of his gigs, and this track, which is about asbestos of all topics, really stood out to me.
Grateful Dead – Sunrise – chris7572: Apart from one flatulent line, this is rather lovely. The only song that Donna Godchaux wrote for the band is (almost definitely) a tribute to Rex Jackson, their iconic roadie who died in a car crash the previous year. His shamanistic presence entranced men and women alike, resulting in children by two different band ladies and a charitable foundation bearing his name. Donna’s evocation and the band’s restraint seems to come from a place of special reverence, and the continual minor-to-major modulations define ‘bittersweet’.
Thurston Moore – The Best Day – carolebristol: This track has been popping up on BBC 6Music over the last few days. Very catchy. What else do you need to know? Oh yeah, it’s got guitars and riffs, it is called The Best Day and it is by Thurston Moore. That’ll do for me.
Bob Marley and the Wailers – Easy Skankin’ – goneforeign: I’ve got at least a dozen books about Bob and not one of them mentions this song in their indexes nor does the album ‘Songs of Freedom’ from which it comes. Nor was I able to find anything via Google and Wiki. Strange. Skankin’ is dancing, Easy Skankin’ is self evident and the rhythm reinforces that. One detail, it was recorded in the ’70’s at the height of the police/army roadblock arrests, a la Three o’clock Roadblock. Tosh took a militant stand re. ganga, even confronting Manley and Seaga personally and directly at the One Love Peace Concert for which he paid a price, Bob took a much lower key approach, ‘Excuse me while I light my spliff’.