Those of you who take an interest in such things will notice that Earworms is late today. Apologies for that, life seems to be getting in the way at the moment – half term; builders; mess … I smell of methylated spirits and the dog has been sent on a doggy holiday until order is restored. Anyway, first world problems and all that, hope you enjoy this week’s selection and please keep those earworms coming into the bank at email@example.com. Thanks all.
Moondog – Bird’s Lament – CaroleBristol: I suppose that most people know Mr Scruff‘s track Get A Move On with that incredibly hooky sax riff. It is an earworm in its own right. It is also a motif that I have always known I knew from somewhere, but I couldn’t place it. Anyway, I was looking for loads of old tracks because I am trying to reconstruct the playing order of an old CBS sampler album called “Fill Your Head With Rock” and I stumbled over the original track that Mr Scruff sampled for his hit. It is on the 1969 album “Moondog” by Moondog (look him up, he’s interesting), which someone I knew as a student used to play all the time. And here is the original track.
The Wainwright Sisters – El Condorpasa – glasshalfempty: One of the gigs I have fondest memories of is Kate and Anna McGarrigle in the early seventies. The Wainwright/McGarrigle clan have now led on to The Wainwright Sisters. Here’s a taste of Martha and Lucy channelling their folky heritage.
Robbie McIntosh Band – Dadi – severin: Raynes Park High School. Class of 1976. My life with the stars … As I posted a while ago, members of The Sound and the Honolulu Mountain Daffs were in my year. And so was Robbie McIntosh. Not the bloke from the AWB although they are always being confused in the media. This guy was lead guitarist with The Foster Brothers and later with Filthy McNasty. Oh and then he was with The Pretenders for their third and fourth albums. And Paul McCartney’s band for his world tour and all recordings from 1989 to 1993. And he was (for what it’s worth) Douglas Adams’ second favourite guitarist after Mark Knopfler. This is from his 1999 solo album, Emotional Bends. It’s the album closer and the only instrumental. It’s also by far the best track but don’t tell anyone
The Mamas and The Papas – California Dreamin’ – goneforeign: The song starts with those few ordinary words, then the whole number drives forward relentlessly, always sweetened and strengthened by Cass Elliot’s million-dollar trick of sustaining a lyrical overtone even when she was belting the melody like a blues-shouter. Her untimely death was like losing the music of happiness.
Colleen – Holding Horses – YoungMunday: Colleen was born in France and composes ambient / electronic music, using loops but also acoustic instruments played through pedals. YoungMunday and I like this a lot.
Mogwai – What Are They Doing In Heaven Today? – DsD: Who needs a hug? Here’s one from Mogwai. Warm’n’fuzzy yes, but if you listen more than twice, it’ll burrow into your lughole and stay there all day.
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