Earworms 24 September 2018

Greetings all, don’t forget to check your horoscopes – here are your songs about signs of the zodiac. Special starry welcome this week to Shiv Sidecar, and thanks to Sev for bullying him into it. Not quite a full house, but Scorpio, Aries, Libra and Aquarius are all mentioned by Curtis Mayfield, so that’s all right. If you have an Earworm you would like to share, please send a link or an .mp3 to earworm@tincanland.com, with a few lines about why you’ve chosen it. Next week’s theme will be timepieces.

Curtis Mayfield – Readings In Astrology – tincanman: I’ve almost sent in Curtis Mayfield songs twice recently but I guess the stars weren’t aligned correctly until now.

Nat Adderley Sextet – Taurus – Ravi Raman: From their Soul Zodiac album. I thought I would learn something about myself as it’s my sign. It just reminded me of what an awesome person I am.

Big Bill Broonzy – Bull Cow Blues – severin: Taurus. And my name is Big Bill. Or rather his is. This is my favourite kind of blues. Nothing wrong with the electric stuff but this deceptively raggedy acoustic music is what I love about the genre.

Kevin Ayers – Gemini Child – Shiv Sidecar: I’m sending you a contribution for the next Earworms – because, er, severin told me to… I posted “Gemini Child” by Kevin Ayers & the Whole World on the current Song Bar topic, and he drew my attention to this week’s Zodiac theme. So here it is. I’m not sure that this heralds a bright new dawn of me as a ‘Spill regular, but you never know. And I will definitely find time to listen to this week’s Worms…

The Unthanks – Soft Shelled Crabs – AliM: From their recent album, “The Songs and Poems of Molly Drake”. For the Cancerians.

Youssou N’Dour – The Lion (Gaiende) – severin: The online translated lyric seems to have little to do with Leo the Lion, being more concerned with ideas like “You don’t have to do what your mother has done, This is your life, this new life has begun. It’s your day – a woman’s day”. Maybe it should be called The Lioness. Anyway it sounds so good it deserves a place in the musical zodiac I reckon.

Alex Niggemann – Virgo – AliM: Alex Niggemann is a German music producer and DJ, he is also a classically trained pianist, also an audio engineer. Here is something to dance to.

Sidney Torch and his Orchestra – The Archers (theme) – AliM: Here’s one for the Sagittarians, “Barwick Green”. It reminds me of when my granddad lived with us, he would listen to The Archers over lunch (cockles (not crabs) were one of his favourite lunches).

Kris Kristofferson – Jesus Was A Capricorn – Ravi Raman: My first thought after reading the topic. A firm favourite with many singers in Chennai back in the day (is that the correct term?) (Yes – Ed.).

Steve Hillage – Salmon Song – AliM: One of my favourite Steve Hillage tracks, from the album “Fish Rising”, which is appropriate for a Piscean like me.

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Earworms 17 September 2018

Monday’s child is fair of face / Tuesday’s child is full of grace / Wednesday’s child is full of woe / Thursday’s child has far to go / Friday’s child is loving and giving / Saturday’s child works hard for a living / And the child that is born on the Sabbath day is bonny and blithe, and good and gay. Here are your songs about days of the week. If you have an Earworm you’d like to share, please send an .mp3 or a link to earworm@tincanland.com, together with a few words about why you’ve chosen it. Next week’s theme will be signs of the zodiac – feel free to widen this, e.g. if you can’t find a song about “Libra”, find a song about scales. Or diplomacy. Or something relevant. Many thanks to all contributors. (Me? I was born on a Wednesday, natch.)

Lau – Saint Monday – AliM: Saint Monday is the tradition of absenteeism on a Monday, dating back to times when the working week was Monday to Saturday. Pay day was often Saturday, so workers had a little left-over money and food to tide them over till Tuesday. But in this case, the industry is long gone.

Smithereens – Groovy Tuesday – tincanman: I have no idea what a groovy Tuesday is, but I do know a Smithereens’ Earworm when I hear one. (Which is pretty much any of them).

This Is The Kit – Wednesday – AliM: I went to see TITK a few weeks ago, and very good they were too, in a laid-back trippy sort of way. Not music to dance around the kitchen to, but music to snuggle up with someone / something of your choice to. Which was unfortunate as I was (a) driving and (b) with someone un-snuggly. Hey ho.

John Lee Hooker – Wednesday Evening Blues – glassarfemptee: Classic John Lee Hooker with a familiar riff and a song of falling out of love.

Sam Baker – Thursday – tincanman: Sam Baker’s quiet lamentations on life could be as morose as fellow Texas troubadours past and present, but usually at least offer a hint at hope no matter how dire his characters’ circumstances. His rewriting of Mother Goose at the end seems fitting this week

New Orleans Nightcrawlers – Thursday Morning Revival – Ravi Raman: Picked this up during RRSA New Orleans week. Not sure what the revival stands for though. Lovely album.

JJ Cale – Friday – Ravi Raman: A thank god it’s Friday song in his inimitable style. Yet to get him zedded. (It will happen. It will happen. It will happen.)

Glen Richardson – Dress Down Friday – glassarfemptee: From Brighton-based Glen Richardson, a juicy pop ditty about redundancy making it Dress Down Friday every day.

King Crimson – Book of Saturday – AliM: No doubt familiar to many but a true Earworm for me, one of the first King Crimson songs I ever heard, usually followed by it’s Larks Tongues in Aspic bedfellow, “Exiles”.

Pyotr Leschenko – Mratschnoje Woskresenje (Gloomy Sunday) – severin:  The “king of Russian tango” forsook the dance floor for this version of the notoriously cursed Hungarian song/dirge. You probably recognise the tune from many other recordings but, be fair, in Russian? Possibly the language barrier helps in this case. Whether he includes the “I was only dreaming” Hollywood ending of most English versions I really couldn’t say.

Elvis Costello – Seven Day Weekend – severin: I suppose that’s what I have since I took the redundancy money, asked for early retirement and ran like hell. I think the bloke in the song is just dreaming of such a thing. “You say Monday’s long enough, but this is just the start. Tuesday’s just the same as Monday without the surprising part”.

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Ten Tracks


I’m not sure who, if anyone, is going to do the next “Ten Tracks” slot. So, following on from one of GF’s comments, here are ten excellent tracks featuring music from Africa – Malian, Congolese, Mozambican, South African, Mauritanian, Nigerian, Cameroonian, Senegalese, Ethiopian and the Ivory Coast. All very different, probably very familiar. Feel free to widen our listening pleasure by suggesting others.

This in no way prevents anyone else from going ahead with their own Ten Tracks feature!! Or any other feature!!

Earworms 10 September 2018

Good evening, here are your songs on the subject of meetings. Joyous; tedious; unfortunate; eagerly anticipated; dreaded and (in our case) virtual. If you have an Earworm you’d like to share, please send an .mp3 or a link to earworm@tincanland.com, together with a few words about why you’ve chosen it. Next week’s theme will be days of the week (any day you like). Many thanks to all contributors.

The National – Secret Meeting – vanwolf: From Alligator – seems a long time ago now!

Todd Snider – Long Year – tincanman: Todd goes to an AA meeting to no great effect.

Lindisfarne – Meet Me On The Corner – AliM: Here’s a blast from the past – 1972, in fact. Dream pedlars R us.

Squirrel Nut Zippers – The Ghost of Stephen Foster – Ravi Raman: An earworm and a quirky band name! Their salute to an 1840s songwriter. There is a video too, their nod to the animation of the ’30s and ’40s.

Unwound – Treachery – vanwolf: “Now you want to know why his coat was ripped to shreds?
His girl found an address book and this is what it said / “Meet me at the entrance and don’t forget your play””. Epic album.

Ting Tings – That’s Not My Name – tincanman: Ting Tings are a Manchester pop duo (admittedly rather annoying to some) consisting of Katie White and Jules De Martino. White was frustrated that in meetings all the male music industry sorts deferred to De Martino and kept getting her name wrong, if they spoke to her at all.

Macy Gray – I Can’t Wait to Meetchu – AliM: From her 1999 album, On How Life Is. Self-explanatory, I think.

Dent May – Meet Me In The Garden – glassarfemptee: I know nothing about Dent May, but SXSW in Austin, Texas each year is a rich source of talent spotting, a bit like a giant version of The Great Escape in Brighton. I picked this one up in 2009, and it meets the requirements! 

Ry Cooder – Jesus and Woody – Ravi Raman: two dreamers meeting up in Heaven (I guess). From Cooder’s latest album The Prodigal Son, an excellent mix of covers and originals.

Fairground Attraction – Allelujah – severin: More a song about being trapped really. Or a song about escape. Or a song about falling for a stranger. But she does say “meet me on the corner at eight” so that’s ok. And I think it’s still my favourite of all their songs.

Mary Coughlan – Meet Me Where They Play the Blues – severin: There are plenty of versions of this song. This is the one I heard first so in my mind it’s “the” one. And as I may have said before (ad nauseam) Mary’s voice is something I can’t resist. She could sing anything as far as I’m concerned.

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Earworms 3 September 2018

Good afternoon, welcome to this week’s va va vroom Earworms about cars. If you have an Earworm you’d like to share, please send an .mp3 or a link to: earworm@tincanland.com, together with a few lines about why you’ve chosen it. Next week’s theme will be meetings. On the corner, in a club in old Soho … see you there.

Buzzcocks – Fast Cars – severin: “Sooner or later, we’re going to listen to Ralph Nader”.  Ralph Nader was at the time best known for authoring the book “Unsafe at Any Speed” which denounced the American car industry. Most rock songs about cars are a touch more celebratory than this. Most British punk songs didn’t name-check American environmental campaigners.

Queen- I’m in Love with my Car – Maggie B

Was (Not Was) w/ Leonard Cohen – Elvis’ Rolls Royce – Ravi Raman: A seemingly unlikely collaboration but it works here. A movie, The King, came out recently chronicling a drive through America in one of his Rolls. Just about o-kay.

Herbie Mann – Sports Car – Ravi Raman: I’m not sure of his reasoning for the title but hey it’s a flautist with flair and I have very little of those.

The Rolling Stones – Black Limousine – Maggie B: Very bluesy.

Justin Townes Earle – Champagne Corolla – tincanman: It’s hard to write romantically about sexy cars that go vrooom, son of Steve says, when you grow up in a lower middle-class neighborhood “and every goddamn body and their mother drove a fucking Corolla, or a Camry, or an Altima or something like that.”

Katzenjammer – Driving After You – severin: If you try to leave her she’ll come driving after you. Not, by any means, a typical song from this lot. Even on their (probably) final album where they tried a number of different styles this one sounded rather out of place. Written by Marianne of course.

The Doors – Cars Hiss by My Window – Ravi Raman: From the LA Woman album, though this was issued as a bonus in the 40th anniversary edition.

Neil Young – Johnny Magic – glassarfemptee: As many of you will know, Neil Young has converted a 1959 Lincoln Continental to be a hybrid running on rechargeable battery and bio-fuel. He calls it the LincVolt, and released an entire album about it (Fork in the road, 2009), and this song is a paean to the mechanic who did the conversion, Johnathan Goodwin of H-Line Conversions in Wichita.

Marc Cohn – Silver Thunderbird – AliM: “Don’t you gimme no Buick / Son you must take my word / If there’s a God in heaven / He’s got a Silver Thunderbird.”

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Earworms 27 August 2018

From merry widows to curtain twitchers, curly locks to dreadlocks and flappers to the folically challenged, hair (or lack of it) provokes a wealth of emotions and preconceptions. How strange. Anyway, here are your songs on the topic. (I’ve recently had highlights put in mine,  I will let you know in due course whether blondes really do have more fun – no evidence so far). If you have an earworm you’d like to share, please send an .mp3 or a link to earworm@tincanland.com together with a few words about why you’ve chosen it. Next week’s topic is cars – F1, old bangers, vintage – surprise me.

Mystic Inane – Grease Inna Hair – vanwolf: A nice noisy one. 

Junior Byles – Curly Locks – severin: Can Curly Locks find true love with Dread Locks? Not if her daddy has his way but I somehow doubt that he will. Lee Perry production of course, from the “Black Ark Years” compilation.

Blind Alfred Reed – Why Do You Bob Your Hair Girls? – tincanman: Blind Alfred Reed started out conservative in his thinking but as a young adult in 1920s Virginia became a champion of social justice and a prototype for satirical protest singers. In other words, he didn’t really think women would be denied entry to heaven for wearing their hair up. (In an alarming portent, his town passed a law in 1937 prohibiting blind street musicians, to shut him up).

Devil’s Haircut – Beck – AliM: A characteristically morose song from Beck’s 1996 album, Odelay.

Jake Thackray – The Hair of the Widow of Bridlington – severin: A jaunty tale that takes a rather grim turn toward the end. Hair as symbol of freedom and its removal as a grim symbol; of puritanical misogyny. Still uplifting at the very end though. Jake wasn’t always what you might call a feminist but he’s on the side of the angels here.

Grooms – Comb the Feelings Through Your Hair – vanwolf: I love this fab ‘math rock’ track.

Super Black Blues Band; Eddie ‘Cleanhead’ Vinson – Cleanhead Blues – Ravi Raman: I’ve been waiting a long time to suggest this old favourite of mine. And every time someone from my school batch shaves his pate to offset his balding charms, I send him this with an accompanying note – Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow. Very original, no? Needless to say I’m much loved.

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Earworms 20 August 2018

Good evening, I hope this finds you well and more chipper than last week, ready to listen to some songs about holidays. A fine selection as usual, so thank you all for your contributions. If you have an Earworm you’d like to share, please send an .mp3 or a link to earworm@tincanland.com, together with a few words about why you’ve chosen it. Next week’s theme will be hair – sleek, curly, receding, animal, or just downright embarrassing. Have fun.

Loggins and Messina – Holiday Hotel – AliM: In trouble with ‘er indoors, by the sound of it.

Lori McKenna – You Won’t Even Know I’m Gone – tincanman: This is from her new album The Tree, just out this month, and there’s an ominous note about it that makes it unclear if she’s just going away on holidays for a couple of days or something longer and more permanent. I like it.

Sleigh Bells – Beach Girls – Vanwolf: Oh oh oh, oh oh, oh, oh oh oh!

Dire Straits -Twistin’ By The Pool – abahachi: Okay, it is basically the Vengaboys’ We’re Going to Ibiza with guitars – but most holiday songs make sense only if you’re on your fourth beer, the sun has gone down so it’s cool enough to move about, and you can smell the barbecue…

Savoy Brown – The Doormouse Rides The Rails – Ravi Raman: I know most people outside India have a dim view of our railways.  It is, however, my favourite way to travel. I’ve been on some fantastic journeys including one from the tip of southern India straight to Kashmir. Unforgettable. And I suppose the dormouse (don’t know why it’s spelled doormouse) is on an equally fun trip.

The Names – Postcards – Vanwolf: Maybe a little downbeat? 🙂

Olivia Chaney – Roman Holiday – severin: Love is on this balcony. Or so I gather. A holiday for two amidst the historical ruins of Rome. My song of the year (so far) which I really should be saving for the Festive Spill, so keep it under your hat. Can you cope with my high-handed ideals and demands?

Kate Rusby – The Serving Girl’s Holiday – AliM: “And when we stop beside the track / At the inn, this Sunday, Jack / I’ll whet my whistle and pay my whack / As on every holiday.” Sounds good to me. (Also sung by Maddy Prior and Tim Hart on their “Summer Solstice” album in 1971 – from a traditional poem).

Steve Earle – The Week of Living Dangerously – Ravi Raman: My first thought especially as we had another by Earle last week. Some holidays may not turn out the way we thought.

Mary Coughlan – Sunburn – severin: A dire warning. And not just about spending too much time in the sunshine.

The Sex Pistols – Holidays in the Sun – Maggie B: A song very much of it’s time – Johnny Rotten singing about the Berlin wall.

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