Earworms April 25th 2016


Electronic? Funky? Folky? Mexican-y? Pseudo R&B-y? U.S. X-Factory? I think we’ve got it covered this week. Thank you for all the worms – please keep them coming to earworm@tincanland.com, the more variety, the better.

One Dove – Fallen – abahachi: This is probably very familiar to everyone who’s likely to like it, but I don’t care; my birthday present this year from MsStepAbahachi was a replacement for my long-defunct cassette copy of Morning Dove White. It is truly terrifying that this is nearly twenty-five years old…

Avenue Blue feat. Jeff Golub – Funky Is As Funky Does – Ravi Raman: from the Naked City album – a laid-back, mellow jazz and soul fusion, with guitarist Jeff Golub, who is one of the better crossover jazz guitarists around. Kind of music that I play all through my working day.

Mexrissey – Cada Dia es Domingo (Everyday is Like Sunday) – severin: Here’s a track I forgot to nominate on Songbar for “cover versions by the opposite sex”. I saw Mexrissey live at The Barbican last year and they went down a storm. A Mexican band performing Morrissey and Smiths songs with male and female vocalists. I know it sounds like a novelty and it kind of is but – but it was more than that. Their album only seems to include solo Morrissey and no Smiths. Possibly copyright reasons. Shoey has posted their take on Suedehead in his “Quarterly” post. This is the other best track on the album I think.

Lake Street Dive – Side Pony – tincanman: Too cute by half, but it’s (nearly) summertime so a bit of catchy, timeless sounding and naughty pseudo-R&B is just what’s needed for shakin’ what you got.

Fred Neil – The Other Side of this Life – goneforeign: Fred Neil seems to be almost unknown as a major pop singer of the Folk era, which is too bad since to my mind he was one of the major figures; he mostly wrote for other artists, i.e. Buddy Holly and Roy Orbison. Here he sings one of his better-known songs.

Fifth Harmony – Ex’s and Oh’s – alimunday: Heard this cover of Elle King’s song on “Live Lounge”. I like the sassy original but this adds some subtlety to it, I think – anyway, it’s firmly stuck in my head. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NwnqWqP6kUc

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8 thoughts on “Earworms April 25th 2016

  1. What a great lot. Liked them all and Aba this is the first time I’m hearing of your pick, let alone the track. Mexrissey is aces and my favourite this week.

  2. Wow, those are some, erm, unique covers.

    Big fan of Fred Neil so thanks for shouting him goneforeign . He sure has been covered by an eclectic lot (Belafonte, Emmylou, Harold Melvin, Karen Dalton, Harry Nilsson of course, Sandy Denny, Belafonte, Dion, Billy Bragg, Richie Havens, Tim Buckley, The The, Jose Feliciano, Martina McBride, Stone Poneys/Ronstadt, Spanky & Our Gang, Neil Diamond, Bobby Goldsboro, Leonard – yes that Leonard – Nimoy, Stevie Wonder, Martha & The Vandellas, Ray Coniff, Louis Armstrong, Tony Bennett, Vera Lynn, Beautiful South, Engelbert, Bobby Bare, Madeleine Peyroux, Crowded House, Susan Tedeschi, Iggy Pop, Diana Krall, The Animals, Chad Mitchell, Jefferson Airplane, Gram Parsons….)

    With the exception of Candyman, he was the first to record his own songs, so I don’t think he wrote them for other people per se. More a case of others – lots of others – falling in love with what they heard on his albums.

  3. I do like that One Dove track and, no, I hadn’t ever heard it before. I hear a similarity to Primal Scream’s Come Together which was also, I think, 25 years ago. Are they based on the same sampled rhythm or something? Do I sound daft asking a question like that?
    Avenue Jack were, yes, mellow, jazzy and funky. Went down very nicely indeed.
    I wish you could see the lady who sings the Mexrissey song. She was such a star. Hang on, you can of course. http://www.wnyc.org/story/soundcheck-mexico-loves-morrissey-live-radiolovefest/
    Lake Street Dive were indeed cute and catchy and hugely enjoyable I reckon.
    I had never heard of Fred Neil although maybe I’ve heard him on the radio back in the sixties. His voice does sound familiar. Liked it anyway. Ah! I see he wrote “Everybody’s Talkin'” and “Dolphins”. Well done that man.
    Also never heard of Fifth Harmony or the song they’re covering (I know nothing). Another madly catchy one though and a nIce song to end on.

    • Like Primal Scream, One Dove is an Andy Weatherall production; certainly similar style, and wouldn’t be wholly surprised if he’d repeated some samples as well. So, no, spot-on question.

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