Earworms 27 June 2016


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What can I say? I will let the picture speak for itself. Welcome to another week of wondrous worms, I hope you find something you like. Many thanks to all contributors, and please keep those worms coming to earworm@tincanland.com.

Phil Ochs – The Power and the Glory – goneforeign: Phil poured out songs like this almost daily, sadly he burned out very young and died at an early age. He was often spoken of as ‘the next Dylan’ in New York where he lived. I loved his music.

Isaac Guillory – Fingerlude – severin: Talented American folk guitarist who was born (in 1947) at the navy base at Guantanamo Bay. Sadly died at the age of 53 from an undetected cancer. Worked and recorded mostly in the USA but in the 1990s he was a bit of a fixture at British folk clubs which is how I got to hear him. This was released in 1997.

Various – Gayatri Mantra – Ravi Raman: This is a plea for light / enlightenment and one that is very widely used. These four musicians have taken this three line, 24 syllable (or 21 depending on which part of India you live in) and turned it into a sumptuous aural feast. Ambient music Hindustani style!

Hans Theessink – Shelter From the Storm (w Terry Evans & Ry Cooder) – tincanman: Mentioning Europe and ‘blues’ to me is a good way to get punched. Or at least tickled with word play. But this is a hardwood fire going, a stew on the stove and someone special with you.

La Duesseldorf – La Duesseldorf – abahachi: As my formative pop years were the very end of the 1970s and the early 1980s, with a definite thing for New Romantics and post-punk, it’s always a weird experience listening to classic Deutsche Elektronische Musik (*not* ‘Krautrock’) and hearing so many familiar things being anticipated. First PiL album? This was recorded two years earlier. With more football.

New Order – Love Will Tear Us Apart – AliM: I am not a fan of ‘80s music, electro-pop, New Order or Joy Divison. But Seeing BBC coverage of New Order at Glastonbury this weekend may just have changed all that – I can only describe their set as “stonking”; there’s a link to the whole thing here (it just gets better and better)! or you can listen to their cover of Joy Division’s “Love Will Tear Us Apart” starting at 01:12:09. http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p03ybl05/glastonbury-2016-new-order.

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12 thoughts on “Earworms 27 June 2016

    • Glad you liked it. I will listen to these later when I get home. Thanks Ali and sorry about the Teri Deewani mixup.

  1. One of those weeks when every track is new to me. Apart from Ry Cooder and the name New Order I hadn’t even heard of these artists. I really enjoyed Isaac Guillory though. The BBC link doesn’t work here. Should I hunt it down on You Tube?
    Thanks Ali and all Spillers.

  2. If I can add another in the same vein as Phil Ochs, it’s by Woody Guthrie, it’s probably why I’m still here. It’s This Land is your Land, sung here by Neil Young.

  3. Ali: Where in hell did that awful word come from?
    “I can only describe their set as “stonkong”;
    “Stonking!” Is that related to Stinkinng?
    What an awful word, my god how the English language is being degraded these days.

    • The Oxford Dictionary describes it thus: ” Used to emphasize something impressive, exciting, or very large: e.g. “a stonking 207 mph maximum speed””. Apparently it originated in the 1980s, so appropriate for New Order. And I will now hand back my Literature degree!!

  4. I’ve finally got round to listening to the ‘worms this week.

    Phil Ochs – The Power and the Glory This sounds very much of the period, doesn’t it? I don’t much like his delivery. It is too fast. Not enough light and shade.

    Isaac Guillory – Fingerlude Yes, he was a really good player. I saw him a couple of times. His technique is excellent.

    Various – Gayatri Mantra Shimmering beauty. Oddly, this reminded me massively of the more majestic passages of Yes, with echoes from “Take A Pebble” from the first ELP album, which I don’t mean in a bad way at all.

    Hans Theessink – Shelter From the Storm (w Terry Evans & Ry Cooder) Lovely. I’ve always liked Ry Cooder’s music with Terry Evans and Bobby King.

    La Duesseldorf – La Duesseldorf John Lydon always was a thieving magpie (una gazza ladra to make an obscure football joke) and it shows here, doesn’t it? Loads of fun. I liked it a lot.

    New Order – Love Will Tear Us Apart I watched New Order at Glastonbury on the telly. I thought that they were superb and LWTUA was epic stuff.

    OK, do I have a fave? Well, yes, I do. It is Hans Theessink

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