Good evening, it’s a cloudy outlook this week, but a good long list to get lost in.
If you have an Earworm you’d like to share, please send an .mp3, .m4a or a link to email@example.com, together with a few words about why you’ve chosen it. Next week’s theme, suggested by ghe, is songs with, or referencing, sitars.
Stay safe everyone, and many thanks to all contributors.
Charanjit Singh- Raga Megh Malar – Ravi Raman: Legend has it that musicians would use this raga to bring forth clouds and rain to the sun parched skies of the sub continent. Megh – clouds, malhar – rains. Presented here by an early visionary of acid house.
Ozric Tentacles – Dissolution (The Clouds Disperse) – LongTallSIlly: Psychedelia meets dance, maybe what e’s were invented for?
Protomartyr – Dope Cloud – vanwolf: A different sort of cloud.
The Rolling Stones – Get Off Of My Cloud – Suzi: He’s in a flat on the 99th floor – could it be above the clouds? Or is he referring to some other kind of cloud, literal or metaphorical? Whatever, he doesn’t welcome intruders.
Boy Hits Car – I’m A Cloud – AliM: A loud cloud. I have shared this before, it used to be my go-to after a frustrating day at the office.
Mike Bloomfield, Al Kooper & Steve Stills – Fat Grey Cloud – glassarfemptee: It’s hard to believe the Super Sessions were as long ago as 1968. I lapped them up, having become hooked by The Paul Butterfield Blues Band in ’65 and ’66. The Kooper/Stills/Bloomfield album set off the “Super Group” wave. But this was not actually a ‘super group’, but a couple of duos. Kooper booked two days of studio time to record with Bloomfield, and they cut the first side on day one. The second day Bloomfield failed to show up, so Kooper called in Stills and they cut the second side. This instrumental track was not actually on the original album, but added to a re-issue, from a live set by Kooper and Bloomfield, following the success of the album. Ignore the stage banter at the start.
Long John Baldry – Jubilee Cloud – tincanman: I’m not sure what a Jubilee Cloud is but Long John sure sounds jubilant about it. Elton John adds some boogie woogie to this 60s’ Johnny Kongos rave. If they’d practiced this they’d have ruined it.
Western Centuries – Cloud of Woes – tincanman: This started out as a lighthearted spoof. Somewhere along the way songwriter Cahalen Morrison realised he’d taken a dark turn but carried on anyway.
J.J. Cale – Cloudy Day – Ravi Raman: A guitar enhanced by a beautiful sax line. From his album Shades, which bristles with talent. Dozen or so guitarists lining up to back Cale as sessions artists.
Mark Lanegan – Big White Cloud – glassarfemptee: Mark Lanegan came from the Seattle crucible that included Nirvana, and has collaborated with a huge rollcall of talent. Here he is on a 2014 anthology, with his trademark sandpaper voice.
Toy – Clouds That Cover The Sun – vanwolf: I’ve been lax of late. Child and work busy.
Beach Bunny – Cloud 9 – severin: I suspect that their new(ish)album wasn’t made with my demographic in mind but I love it anyway. The lyric treads a narrow line between true love and unhealthy dependency. I think (hope) that’s intentional.
The Seekers – Cloudy – severin: One of the Paul Simon/Bruce Woodley songs recorded by both Simon and Garfunkel and Bruce’s combo. But is it Art? No it’s Judith. (gong)
Joni Mitchell – Both Sides, Now – Suzi: ‘Rows and flows of angel hair/ And ice cream castles in the air/ And feather canyons everywhere/ I’ve looked at clouds that way/ But now they only block the sun/ They rain and snow on everyone.’ Memorable images which become metaphors for uncertainty and confusion about life and love. ‘It’s cloud illusions I recall/ I really don’t know clouds at all.’
Ambrose and his Orchestra – The Clouds Will Soon Roll By – severin: An optimistic message from 1932. The singer is Elsie Carlisle
Julian Cope – A Crack in the Clouds – shoegazer: The epic closer from Saint Julian.
Pink Floyd – Obscured by Clouds – Maggie B: From Floyd’s underrated album of the same name. PS.I hope everyone is keeping safe and reasonably sane.
The Orb and Steve Hillage – Little Fluffy Clouds – AliM: Keeping the slightly psychedelic vibe alive …