YoungMunday suggested this week’s image should be a depressed worm – I prefer to think of the selection as “thoughtful”, rather than “depressing”, and we have Fibber Island to cheer us up. So instead we have a picture of a rust-coloured elephant with diamond shapes, chosen by YM himself. Thanks for all your contributions; please keep sending your spare worms to email@example.com.
They Might Be Giants – Fibber Island – tfd: I discovered this while visiting my Texas grandson Jimmy, who has three TMBG children’s albums and demands that they be played in rotation every time he’s going anywhere by car. So I heard them though quite a few times and this is my favourite song – the only thing I don’t like about it is that what they call ‘fibbing’ (apparently) I call ‘having an imagination’. I tried to talk to Jimmy about this but he’s only five and I don’t think he really got it.
Christine & The Queens: Paradis Perdu – abahachi: It’s not often that I find myself ahead of the curve in musical taste – leaving aside the possibility that some day the rest of the world will agree with me about the genius of Bohren & Der Club of Gore – so it was quite a shock to find Alexis Petridis making Christine & The Queens – a band, you will recall, that I was promoting in Earworms back in the autumn – his Album of the Week. Okay, it’s not as if I was hanging out in obscure Parisian bars to make the discovery, so much as listening to French radio and hearing unmistakably catchy pop songs.
Strays Don’t Sleep – For Blue Skies – DsD: DsD fave Matthew Ryan was the voice and songwriter in this collaboration. The synth percussion chips away at your earwax, the liquid piano riff pours in through the hole, and before you know it, the repetitive lyrics are exiting your own mouth at the most alarmingly inopportune moments! Yup: it’s a ‘Worm.
Damien Rice – The Blower’s Daughter – AliM: As soon as I heard DsD’s worm I thought of this song by Damien Rice, and it wormed its way back into my head. It’s from O, his debut studio album in 2002, which is when my son was born (so I guess I was feeling sentimental when I bought it).
Gerald Albright – Sooki Sooki – Ravi Raman: though primarily a sax player Albright is a multi-instrumentalist and this is from his Live to Love album, a very good pick for smooth jazz fans. Lots of good vocals in the album as well.
Joan Baez – Diamonds & Rust – goneforeign: A beautiful song by Joan Baez, it was a top-40 hit for Baez on the U.S. pop singles chart and is regarded by critics, as well as by Baez fans, as one of her best compositions. It served as the title song on Baez’s gold-selling Diamonds & Rust album in 1975.
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