Last of the 1991 posts for now. Not crazy for Revolver but I quite liked this single at the time and still enjoy hearing it now. And I also like the one where they're bangin' away on an acoustic or something....next post: some stuff you've never heard of.
Tonight we're gonna party like it's 1991! Nice Led Zep drum sample in this one. Siouxie then ended up taking a sample from this track as well. I always thought Breather should have been a single. I do believe the b-sides here showed up on the re-release of Whirlpool but i don't think the edit of Pearl did.
I think it was the imaginary natural form "Gold Spiral" sculpted within computer 3D by William Latham cover that first attracted me to the Horoscope single by Easy. I was probably buying some Ride or Swervedriver at the time when this caught my eye. The song was alright but didn't blow me away but I bought it anyway, figuring that I was one step ahead in the shoegaze department and that in 17 years I would post it on my blog, proving my years beyond cool. However, the 3rd track, Apples For You, made it onto many a mix tape over the years, being a wee low-fi indie rarity for those minds that think alike.
Although You is a pretty good Jamish rocker, this EP is really worth the price for what I think is the best song the band released, Cuddly Drug. Almost predicting the britpop template with enough baggy in it to have caught my attention at the time. Have had this one in my head for a couple days so I thought I'd share it with ya'll. I'm also gonna dedicate this post to my friend Derek, who had a baby girl born today and that's the cuddliest drug that you can get!
Sad news. After 15 years, Phantom Planet will play their last show next week. I'm bummed cause I never got to see them live and 2004's self titled album is one of my all-time favourite records. The album that came out this year, Raise The Dead is drop dead gorgeous and it has fallen on deaf ears. May they continue down new musical paths because the loss is tremendous! I give you a live version of Big Brat and a Japanese bonus track, Stiffs, from the last record.
I wonder what Simon Tong is doing. First The Verve get back together and don't extend him the invite, and now it seems Blur will do the same. Although I'm quite pleased Graham Coxon will be back in the fold, poor Simon bails out classic bands in need and then gets the shaft in the end. He's probably relieved about not rejoining the Verve. Have you even listened to Forth? It's bloody awful! I think Blur made a great record without Coxon, Think Tank, but they are a much better band with him and look forward to see what they might do next year. In the meantime, here's 2 versions of the very rare limited 2002 promo release of Don't Bomb When You're The Bomb, made just after Graham left the band....Oh yeah, Simon, if you're listening, my band needs a guitar player really bad!
Shaped CD's were all the rage at one point, weren't they? Actually, i only have a couple of them, this being one. The Liam shaped picture disc is quite the wonder and is it any wonder really? What's contained on it is simply the Oasis acceptance speech from the 1996 Brit awards. Don't you just love the hole through Liam's eye? I mean it had to go somewhere. And yes, track 1 and 2 are the same. The only thing I can figure is cause there was a red vinyl 7inch (which I have as well) that had it on both sides. Great version of Parklife included! (Hey, I like Blur too.)
Here's a little rarity for you today. An interview with Shaun and Kermit from Black Grape I taped off the radio the day of the show. Yes I went and it was amazing. Here they chat about their debut album, Dave Gahan, Liam and Noel, Bez's absence, and a lot more. Enjoy.
10,000 HITS!!! Wow. I can't believe this blog has now recieved over 10,00 hits. Compared to some of the amazing blogs out there i know that it is barely scratching the surface in the blogsphere, but I really though only my friends would check it out, so thanks! It makes me wish I could post more and I will try. It's been a busy time with work and getting the new bands single recorded and mixed. Plus, alot of the rare stuff I wish to post is still living in another city from me so I still gotta work that shit out! regardless, thanks again and i hope todays offering will please. It's a rare remix of EMF's Perfect Day. It came on one of the best free Select Magazine tapes of all time with some very memorable rarities and exclusives from The Boo Radleys, Spiritualized, Stereolab and many more. I saw EMF in Toronto at the legendary El Mocambo on the Schubert Dip tour and would you believe they played Unbelievable TWICE! The crowd was monsters for the F and once they'd run out of songs to play, they had no choice. More or DIE! It was a great show. Stay tuned for more as I've got some neat stuff to post including a Black Grape interview done in Toronto and some other tasty stuff for ya!
One of the greatest and mostly unknown bands from the Brit-Pop era, Tiger put out some classic records before disbanding right after their second full LP. I was hooked right away after hearing b-side Icicle on a Vox Magazine compilation and went on to collect all of their releases. All but one. The second album Rosaria spawned the 2 part Friends single. The band split before the second one got it's commercial release. This would be the 2 part Girl From The Petrol Station. Promo copies did go out and I managed to find part 1 with it's exclusive b-sides, Paul Young and Sea Shandy which you can DL below. The part 2 b-sides are another story. Even Dan from Tiger himself could not find a copy for me. I know they are out there and they are called God It's Good and Rolling Rose. If you have them, please send them to me for they are the only 2 official Tiger tracks I have never heard! In the meantime, enjoy the 3rd and 4th rarest Tiger tracks out there. Cheers!
In late January of 1995, Manchester legends The Stone Roses finally came to Canada for the very first time. Although there was no gig, Ian and John came over to speak to the press and announce they would soon grace our shores with their live show. In Toronto, they would come to the radio station, CFNY, for an interview and spin some cuts from their recently released, 5 years in the waiting sophomore release, Second Coming. The interview was open to the public, so early afternoon we made our way to the station to find an already jammed studio. Fortunately we managed to be a couple of the last to get in the door. The wait was on but when Ian and John finally entered the room, it was really really exciting. The interview was done by DJ Kim who went into it with quite a chip on her shoulder, the Roses having a rep for not saying much, but by the end you can hear she's slightly won over by the duo's nonchalance. After the interview, they talked to everyone there and signed every last autograph, including mine pictured above. I made it home in time to tape the whole thing off the radio and would like to share it with you. I edited out the tunes they played, (no one needs crapy radio rips of Driving South and Good Times!) so what you get here is everything Ian and John had to say. Enjoy!
One of my favourite pop songs ever and the perfect summer driving song. I got to see Aztec Camera on the Love tour and this was the 3rd single released from the Love album. Roddy is still kickin' it these days, most recently playing guitar for Edwyn Collins from the other 80's Glasgow pop masters, Orange Juice.
Also included today is the b-side from the latest Mystery Jets 7" single, Two Doors Down, which not by coincidence is a cover of Aztec camera's, Somewhere In My Heart. They definitely make it their own, with all the pop still there but adding a little bit of weird to it. Totally amazing.
Somewhere In My Heart (Album Version) Somewhere In My Heart (Remix Version) Somewhere In My Heart (Alternate Version) Somewhere In My Heart (Mystery Jets Cover Version)
Have had a request for this for some time but it took awhile to find the disc. Also my scanner is down so no sleeve, but when I get it back up and running, I'll do a large Kai post with rarities and pics and stuff. I played drums in the band so believe me, I've got more stuff. This album came out in 1999.
My Heart's Parade New World Anthem On My Street Dream In Stereo Hollywood Porn Star Boring Day Do U The Ballad Of Johny Christ Anna Thesia Gun Memergreen Sunshine Blue
The late 90's brought us some very short but very memorable appearences by some new wave of new wave bands. Some very great records were made by the likes of Tiger and Gay Dad who both put out killer debuts, only to fade in popularity with their follow up records, Tiger's Rosaria which was fantastic and produced by Stephen Street. Gay Dad's Transmission, which wasn't as good as the first one. And that brings us to Warm Jets who never got to put out a follow up to their brilliant album, Future Signs. A lo-fi, new wave album which boast some pretty memorable pop dities in the vein of....hmm..I'm not really sure. Can't put my finger on it. Check out this single and you tell me. These are from the 2 CD set of the single Never Never, which is like the only video I have seen of the band. The b-sides are quite as great as the stuff on their album, but you will become a fan and are glad that somebody has these hard to find tracks.
Never Never On The Floor There Is Still Mystery Underground RTZ
Only one more week til the new Phantom Planet album finally hits the streets. It's been 4 years already since their amazing self-titled 3rd album. This track is amazing and will be on the forthcoming Raise The Dead album. It appeared briefly on the band's tour EP from last year. They are gonna be on Jimmy Kimmel tonight. Gotta run.
Mystery Jets have a new record out. It's called Twenty One, and it's marvelous. Dad's no longer in the band but it hasn't stopped the Jets from topping their debut with a more percise aproach. My spelling might be atrocious but this track is a standout for me.
This one's been in my head for days recently. An absolute classic pop single from one of the best, New Order. The b-side is also near perfect with amazing guitar from Barney, an all-time favourite New Order track. Also sharing this in tribute to the now defunked (sic) Forced Laugh. You will be missed.
One of my favourite bands of all time, and one of the most original. Considered one hit wonders apart from their homeland of Germany, Da Da Da was great, but Trio put out some really great albums and singles. The North American b-side, Sunday You Need Love is one of their best. If you're really lucky I'll post some live stuff I have at a later date, but for now, The extended of their most popular tune and some of it's various b-sides.
Da Da Da I Don't Love You You Don't Love Me (Long Version) Sunday You Need Love, Monday Be Alone Ja Ja Ja Sabine Sabine Sabine
A break from the eighties in order to introduce you to a great new band from England, The Ting Tings. Don't know much about this duo yet as they've only released a few singles. It's almost like Gwen fronting Lucious Jackson with Peaches attitude, but I could be wrong. Let me know what you think. That's Not My Name is already contender in my books for one of the songs of 2008 so far.
Wow! Mick Jones and Leo Williams from BAD are in town tonight! Leo plays in Mick's new band, Carbon/Silicon along with Tony James from Gen X and SSS.I'm really hoping to go. I have to work 2 shifts tonight and might be able to fit it in in between. I saw BAD when they toured with The Farm and it was quite a memorable show. Of course I never saw The Clash but saw Joe Strummer live and he was awesome as well. Wish me luck, and if I don't get to go, we can listen to Contact over and over instead!
Contact (12" Remix) Contact (Club Mix) In Full Effect Who Beats
Another great single taken from BAD's third album, Tighten Up Vol. 88. The line "I don't care what key it's in, where it's from or where it's been, just play music" pretty much sums it up for this one. Jones was a little more specific in the later single, Looking For A Song in which he requested, "Looking for a song, about 3:30 long, a song that I can sing, it don't need no complicated thing." Precisely!
Just Play Music (Extended Mix) Much Worse (Extended Mix) Just Play Music (Extended Remix)
Possibly my favourite BAD song ever, though there are so many good ones my opinion could change by tonight! From the debut album, This Is Big Audio Dynamite, there were many different versions of this single, today of which I've included most of the various mixes and b-sides that go with the various formats.
Medicine Show (UK Remix) Medicine Show (US Remix) A Party (Remix) E=MC2 (70mm) wide screen mix Albert Einstein Meets The Human Beatbox
One of their last and best singles ever. The F-Punk album was a return to Mick's punk rock style. Real drums, more guitar. The result was pretty lo-fi but absolutly wonderful. You need to check out this highly underated album. Here's the afformentioned single to give you a taste of F-Punk.
I Turned Out A Punk (US Mix) What About Love (Extended Alternative Mix) I Turned Out A Punk (Live Fast Live Fast Mix)
Record Mirror was a pretty cool magazine. Especially when they'd tack on a free 7 inch with rare and exclusive stuff on it. This Is Big Audio Dynamite (Super 8 Mix) appeared on one such record, and I don't believe it has ever been re-issued again. It's funny that this ep is called Free 3. Mick Jones' new band, Carbon/Silicon have a song called MPFree. O.K...not that funny...
Gotta take a short break from the Big Country posts or my girlfriend is going to kill me. Thee Seer 12 inches coming soon. In the meantime.....here is the single for the wonderful Forbidden Fruit by The Blow Monkeys. I saw them live on a bill with Simply Red and The Psychedelic Furs back in 1987. Really great show. This early cut I still believe was their best single.
Final single from Steeltown. The drums and bass pasrt near the begining of the extended version I could loop and hear over and over. Just A Shadow is also one of my top 10 Big Country songs ever. I met the band in 1986 and told Stuart I loved Winter Sky (the b-side) and he was so shocked and happy. He didn't think anyone knew that song at all, of course we did.
Second single from Steeltown. In my top 5 all time Big Country favourites for sure. Amazing guitar work from Adamson and Watson. Lots of Cha's and so on and so on. A stone cold classic. Nice instrumental Bass Dance which goes into the other extra track, Belief In The Small Man quite nicely.
Where The Rose Is Sown (Extended Version) Bass Dance Belief In The Small Man
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