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?
I want to share with you all something I have been contemplating that I have dubbed Geldof’s Paradox. A few years back I heard Sir Bob being interviewed about Live Aid. He was explaining his concept of it as a “global jukebox” and went on to elaborate that this meant bands were supposed to play their biggest hits or most relevant songs – “not Album 5, Side 1, Track 3” he added sternly. His tone made it quite clear – playing Album 5, Side 1, Track 3 would be considered the unacceptable self-indulgence. Which made sense, until I thought “What if Album 5, Side 1 Track 3 is a band’s biggest hit or most relevant song? What happens then?”
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.
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.
Here’s Part 2 of my random and very occasional series on my favourite record labels.
For my money, Riot Season records is the best label in the UK at the moment and as far as I can tell it’s run out of a back bedroom in Brum by a bloke called Andy, who does it for the pure love of the music.
The order of the day is usually heavy heavy psych rock (Hibushibire, Blown Out, The Cosmic Dead), but there’s straight up rough and ready rock too (Bad Guys), noise rock (Hey Collossus – before they turned into a conventional rock band on their new album!), experimental noise (Shit and Shine) and all things in between.
I can’t stop listening to the Hibushibire record at the moment, so I thought it would be a good time to do a label lowdown. Most stuff gets released on vinyl and everything can be found on their Bandcamp page.
Shit and Shine
Continuing my trend of trying to keep you on your toes, this week I provide a song rather than an artist, none other than Mr Wilson by John Cale.
The song is essentially a tribute to the Beach Boys Brian Wilson, from the former Velvet Underground’s John Cale. It comes from his Slow Dazzle album.
I think there are a few John Cale fans that frequent this blog, so there is nothing I could tell you about him that you don’t already know. My knowledge is quite limited – I only have the Paris 1919 album, (love that title track!)
Truthfully, this week featured track actually didn’t do a lot for me. It might be one where repeat listens are rewarded, but there wasn’t enough there to hook me into a repeat listen.
As for Mr Wilson – you never know, he might pop up on here in the future, but perhaps he is a very obvious choice for inclusion!
Over to you – what do you think of this one?
I’m a sucker for marketing, me. Bill Hicks would be turning in his grave.