The Wheel of Your Tune

Late this week – soz!

The Wheel of Your Tune works like this; I metaphorically turn my spinning top to reveal a random letter and number.  The letter relates to an artist or the name of an album in my collection and the number relates to the track by that artist or on that album.  This week’s spin landed on D3.  This week I’ve chosen Duran Duran’s Hungry Like the Wolf from their most excellent album Rio (it also links back quite nicely to something I posted the other week.  Massive bonus points if the track you choose happens to be a Geldof’s Paradox; track 3 of side 1 of the 5th album of your chosen artist 😉  (Spot my deliberate mistake to make this work, folks).

What’s your D4?

Song titles within a song – Discuss

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I’ve always loved the Arctic Monkeys from the first time I heard them.  Whatever you may think of Alex Turner’s morph into a parody of himself, there’s no denying his gift for lyrics.  To me his songs are like poetry that show me a glimpse of life as a teen in Sheffield or into the mind of a man making drunken lustful calls to a woman he’s obsessed with.  I find them constantly fascinating and appealing; it helps that I like the guitars and drums of their typical sound.  I listen to them less frequently now, but when I do, their tunes lighten my mood and lift my spirit.  There’s always something new to hear.  That’s where this post comes from.

I had their last album, AM, on in the background the other day and the song Knee Socks came on.  Another ditty about getting it on with someone you fancy.  Out of the blue I noticed a line which I’d clearly heard many times before but only just clocked – it’s near the back end of the song and finishes the chorus sections:

Like the beginning of Mean Streets
You could be my baby

As soon as I heard the line, the image of Harvey Keitel’s head hitting the pillow to The Ronette’s singing Be My Baby in the opening scene of that film flashed through my head.

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Lots of artists mention other musicians in their songs, but not many incorporate other song titles into their lyrics (Pavement don’t count – they only listed R.E.M song titles as an homage to Stipe et al).

Yet again ‘Spillers I come to you to discuss this issue.  What do you know about all of this?  Share your tracks where the band/musician has used a song title as part of their lyrics.

An open letter to Glastonbury, from a victim.

An open letter to Glastonbury, from a victim.

I think this is a really amazing story and worth sharing with you all…

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Dear The Eavis family, and all who make Glastonbury happen,

So I write a lot of letters, but I promise this one will be worth reading – stick with it. This isn’t complaining about the crowds or the headliners, or telling the world how life changing the week was for me to provoke envy inducing angry faces all over Facebook. This is a story about a girl who contacted a giant festival who cater for hundreds of thousands with a request for help and was met with compassion, love and overwhelming acts of kindness.

I was lucky enough to get tickets to Glastonbury for the first year ever, with a group of friends who were equally as excited as I was – WhatsApp groups sharing outfits and line up rumours sprung up within minutes of receiving the golden tickets, and June 2017 could not come soon enough.

Unfortunately for me…

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The Wheel of Your Tune

The Wheel of Your Tune works like this; I metaphorically turn my spinning top to reveal a random letter and number.  The letter relates to an artist or the name of an album in my collection and the number relates to the track by that artist or on that album.  This week’s spin landed on A13.  I’m conscious that not many albums extend to 13 tracks so you’ll have to be inventive with your choices this week; 13th track beginning with A, 13th artist beginning with A, 13th album beginning with A – then choose your favourite track…

I happen to have an A13.  Go Ahead in the Rain is the 13th track on People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm, the 1990 album by A Tribe Called Quest.

What’s your A13?

The Wheel of Your Tune

The Wheel of Your Tune works like this; I metaphorically turn my spinning top to reveal a random letter and number.  The letter relates to an artist or the name of an album in my collection and the number relates to the track by that artist or on that album.  This week’s spin landed on V11.  Okaaaay.  It seems the combination of V and 11 is a tricky one to find a track for, but the one I’ve chosen from my limited collection (can you believe I own no Velvet Underground – travesty) is The Kids Don’t Stand a Chance which is track 11 on Vampire Weekend’s self titled first album.  I’m hoping some of you have better suggestions.

What’s your V11?

Found at the back of a drawer…

Last night I was rummaging at the back of a drawer full of bits and bobs (we’ve all got them).  Amongst the detritus of coins, competition medals and lip balms, hiding under a never sent “Good Luck in Your New Home” card I found these 2 cassette tapes.  

These are the first 2 cassettes I bought for myself. The Woolworths sticker on the inside of the Madness case states they accepted into stock early in 1983.  This is about right according to my memory.   I have also used Tippex on each tape so I could write my name on them to ensure they weren’t pinched by any of the girls I shared a dorm with at school (it’s always weird to see my birth name when I haven’t used it for some years).  The Duran Duran tape also has my home address from 1983 on the sleeve, I guess in case I lost it and some kind stranger could post it back to me!

In the same year my dad went on a work trip to Hong Kong and brought back a (no doubt pirated) copy of Thompson Twins’ Quick Step & Side Kick.  1983 was the year I really started to be interested in music.  I was 11. It was the year I started senior school. Today I’m taking my daughter for her first taster day at the senior school she will attend in September.  I feel like I found these tapes for a reason last night…. 

The Wheel of Your Tune

The Wheel of Your Tune works like this; I metaphorically turn my spinning top to reveal a random letter and number.  The letter relates to an artist or the name of an album in my collection and the number relates to the track by that artist or on that album.  This week’s spin landed on E8.  This week I’ve chosen track 8 from Electronic’s self titled first album.  I very clearly remember buying this record. Get the Message is track 8 and it’s a blinder.

What’s your E8?