Here’s the next installment of alphabet soup, now artists and groups starting with the letter Y. X will follow shortly – although it was a pain to compile. Starting with one of the first tunes to feature ‘fuzz’ guitar – Beach Boys’ “Little Honda” performed by the masters of fuzz Yo La Tengo.
Archive for category rediscovered
We’re approaching #100, so I thought, what could be better than dedicating the last 25 numbers to the 25 letters of the alphabet? I’ve introduced a new series of lists on HYMN, compiling songs by artists and bands on each letter. Starting at the end, since X, Y, and Z are always the hardest – I present Part Z here.
The concept is that I simply browse though my folders of music files on my old harddrive and pick songs from each letter – stuff that I haven’t heard in a while or things that may be of interest to the general public. Check out the article on HYMN for the full tracklisting, including comments on each song (in Swedish).
Ashleigh Wyatt of Little Desert and Red Red Krovvy is one of my favourite drummers. Several years ago she was in a group called Pop Singles, who sounded like many of the best pop groups from Australia in the 80s. While Wyatt has been buys in other bands, it’s been fairly quiet from their singer Tam Matlakowski. But now he has made their entire discography available for free on bandcamp, including unheard demos.
To mark the occasion, here are some snaps from the second time I saw them play, in Melbourne back in 2009. While you’re at it you should also check out Matlakowski’s solo album that came out late last year. Released under the name Tam Vantage, you might notice that’s the make of the 12-string guitar he’s playing in the photos above. It will reward you for your time.
And while we’re talking about Australian pop, I must comment that it’s still criminal that The Passengers never got to release this song. I can’t listen to it without shedding a tear.
We’re up to #75 here, so I thought this would be a good opportunity to share the final part of our Garage 100 compilation series. This is a collection of the rarest garage 45s from the 60s, and the final part consists of the last 25 numbers from #75 and down. That means these are still all killer no filler – I mean, just consider the Puslating Heartbeats 45, both sides of which are amazing. I’ve picked the jangly flip here, simply because it’s among my all time faves. I believe all of these have been comped by now, so I’m just doing you the favour of arranging and tagging them. If you’ve downloaded the previous sets, you can now play the G100 in it’s entirety. And that’s just what I’m going to do now.
76 The Timetakers – Love Me Like You Did Before Jowar JW-104 B (Don’t Turn Away)
77 The Chentelles – Be My Queen Fenton 2132 A (Time)
78 The Runaways – 18th Floor Girl Alamo Audio 105 A (Your Foolish Ways)
79 The Pulsating Heartbeats – Anne Pace Setters Internat. 07 B (Talkin ‘Bout You)
80 The Chancellors – On Tour D&C 22 A (Route 66)
81 The Hustlers – If You Try Chelle 145 A (My Mind’s Made Up)
82 The Nomads – Be Nice Spotlight 5019 A (Empty Heart)
83 The Abandoned – Come On Mary The Abandoned 4867 A (Around and Around)
84 The Inferno – The Inferno Plastic A 15383 A (Girl, Girl)
85 The Sound Extraction – I Feel Like Crying J-Three 509 A (Tina)
86 The Liv’in End – She’s a Teaser Rickin 007 A (The Orange Rooftop of My Baby’s Mind)
87 The Benders – Can’t Tame Me Big Sound 3006 A (Got Me Down)
88 The Savages – The World Ain’t Round, It’s Square Duane 1054 A (You’re On My Mind)
89 Th Roks – Hey Joe Mark VII 1012 A (Transparent Day)
90 The Mustangs – That’s For Sure Nero 1002 A (Nova Blues)
91 It’s Us – Don’t Want Your Lovin’ Arab 9001 A (I Can Find My Way)
92 Our Gang – Careless Love Warrior TS-21166 A (Heartbeat)
93 Y’alls – Run For Your Life Ruff 1016 B (Please Come Back)
94 The Human Expression – Love At Psychedelic Velocity Accent AC-1214 A (Every Night)
95 The Blue Boys – I Know Feature 113 A (Hey Ho)
96 The Merlynn Tree – Look In Your Mirror Dixietone 6794 A (How to Win Friends)
97 The Retreds – Black Mona Lisa R&T RP-6601 A (Johnny B. Goode)
98 The Reasons Why – Don’t Be That Way Sound Track ST-2000 A (Melinda)
99 The Ascendors – I Won’t Be Home Lee 105 A (My Friend)
100 The Intruders – Total Raunch Cinema 6901 A (Ruins)
Two bands who have mastered the art of making faithful cover renditions, but without losing the power of the original tunes. Miriam Linna released her first album in 2014, and Nobody’s Baby turned out to be one of the best records of that year. These were some of the best versions of 60s underground classics to come out since Fabienne Delsol was in The Bristols with Liam Watson of Toerag Studios. Then last year, a single called “The Hand Don’t Fit the Glove” appeared along with a tongue-in-cheek karaoke video. That song was originally done by Terry Reid, and is now included on a second LP with songs by as widely differing artists as The Beau Brummels and David Bowie. It actually came out in October last year, but I didn’t see a copy until this January.
Now, we all know Bowie passed away, but “You’ve Got a Habit of Leaving” was recorded before that. What more fitting tribute to David Bowie could there be on Record Turnover than a cover of one of his very best compositions, originally released in August 1965 under the pseudonym Davy Jones. Unfortunately he did make a habit out of leaving – the faked death of Ziggy Stardust wasn’t enough.
Another band I’ve been missing out on is French garage masters The Missing Souls, whom I seem to have discovered last year but then forgotten about. Their 2015 release was a 45 featuring covers of “You Just Gotta Know My Mind” by Karen Verros/Dana Gillespie and “Bad Way to Go” by The Bruthers. That came out on a label called Dangerhouse Skylab, who will be putting out their debut LP sometime soon. On the strength of that single, they were picked up by Hidden Volume for a second 45. This one has got covers of the legendary Oscar & the Majestics, as well as The Uniques. It came out last month but this amazing video from two years ago really captures the energy of the song.
Pick up the 45 here, and keep an eye out for the LP which will features both of their previous a-sides.
The new podcast is a sampler I mixed down a couple of months ago in preparation for some upcoming gigs. Be sure to follow my new blog at kristerbladh.com/blog for updates on DJ commitments. There’s no tracklisting for this one, but if there are any tunes you are curious about just leave a comment below.
Todo Gira sampler 2016
Following on from the ’85 in ’15 playlist theme, here’s the reappearance of the Record Turnover club night for one night only. In keeping with the original concept, there will be a unique guest DJ – who has indeed been invited to Record Turnover in the past – Jasmine Berganäs. Saturday next week we will be playing vinyl from 80s indie labels, and some 90s labels. Expect to hear all your favourites from Narodnik, 53rd and 3rd, Bus Stop, Summershine and A Turntable Friend.
And don’t forget to check out the playlist in my previous post.
Söder Om Småland, Malmö
’83 In ’05 was the title of a song released by Pants Yell! in 2005, but it was of course originally called ’83 In ’03 – detailing the life of Creation Records boss Alan McGee in 1983. These days a lot of people have been participating in a ‘7 songs in 7 days’ meme on facebook, telling everyone about some important and formative music throughout their lives. Fortunately, no one has nominated me for this meme yet. But it has made me think a little about favourite bands I’ve had earlier in my life.
I guess it started at the age of 10, when I bought my first LP. It was a Doors compilation featuring “Peace Frog” any many other great tracks, and I just loved hearing it through the massive (as I thought at the time) speakers in my parents’ living room. This soon led me on to my first favourite band Led Zeppelin, and from there to The Ramones and later Primal Scream. I purchased my first guitar at 16 and learnt pretty much every Belle & Sebastian song on the Sinister forum. The next five or so years I probably wrote about 50 songs, with the main inspiration being Felt. As I found out around that time, Primal Scream had initially been a punk version of The Byrds.
I became increasingly interested in similar bands from around 1985-86, that were sort of a half-breed with one foot in the 60s style and fashion one in punk confrontation. There really wasn’t much difference between the mod and garage revival bands that started popping up and the indie bands that were lumped together as C86 – after a giveaway NME cassette. They all shared a love for guitar-based popular music, and I started to get immersed in Rickenbacker, Vox, Burns and Selmer equipment. Eventually, I wrote my first academic essay about that tape, and attended the 20th anniversary gigs at the ICA in London – where I met many of my idols (including Lawrence Hayward, Johnny Johnson, Phil Wilson and Harvey Williams).
Eventually, I had ploughed through the most obscure record labels, one-off 45s, flexis and demos. After that I concentrated on the 60s scene and listened much more to soul and psychedelic music. And that is still where I am today. But recently I’ve bought some singles I never got around picking up back then, and I suspect there will be a DJ set of 80s indie before long. Until then I’ve made a playlist of some of my favourite songs of that era, right up to The Stone Roses, who – along with britpop – became the end result of all that independent flurry of activity. And after them it all went mainstream I guess. This year is also the 30-year mark for many of these indie releases, as well as being my 30th year on this planet. Last year the C86 compilation was reissued as a 3CD set and The Guardian published an article about the original tape.
Click the icon below to access the playlist, featuring many artists who appeared on my erstwhile radio show The Rain Fell Down, which was named after a song by Jesse Garon & the Desperadoes. That song is not available (unsurprisingly), so I’ve picked another one by them to start things off. After that, “Don’t Die On My Doorstep” by Felt, which was the name of my first club night, started in 2007. Louis Philippe’s “Heaven Is Above My Head” then became the name of my blog. There’s The Sea Urchins too, naturally, who are pictured above. 30 tracks in total, not covering 30 years but definitely the 85-90 period.
The Swedish cultural organisation Kontrapunkt have done much for refugees arriving to Malmö, but there is still a lot more to be done. I suggest you support them or any local aid organisation helping arrivals in your city or country. Thanks to a Swiss member on the Verygoodplus forum who auctioned out his copy of Mother Sunday’s classic “Midnight Graveyard”, all my money from the winning bid is going to Kontrapunkt, to help them in their future efforts. I wish there were more initiatives like this.