PLAYLIST 5 is
86% VINYL FRIENDLY. Excellent.
Lyric of Playlist 5:
‘Television, the drug of the nation, breeding ignorance and feeding radiation. T.V. It satellite links our United States of Unconsciousness. Apathetic, therapeutic and extremely addictive, the methadone metronome pumping out 150 channels 24 hours a day, you can flip through all of them, and still there’s nothing worth watching… ‘ etc etc.
Tracks marked * have been given a tiny (or sometimes, slightly bigger) 41 Rooms ‘tweak’ 😉
(Intro) THE FLAMINGOS – Stars (Edit) – Unreleased demo – 1983
Episode #1 for info.
NEW ORDER – Sunrise (Instrumental Rough Mix) – Discreet Campaigns , v/a cassette only – Rorschach Testing – 1985
Via a P(roduction) and D(istribution) deal with Rough Trade, 2675 copies were produced and sold. A sort of successor to the Rorschach Testing magazine, we (myself and Mick Lowe) were privileged to have some heavyweights agree to contribute to.
FELINE – Sun In My Eyes – 7″ – Chrysalis – 1998
THROWING MUSES – Bright Yellow Gun – 7″ – 4AD – 1994
Well over a decade into their existence at this point and the the Kristin Hersh led band were still sounding like they meant it. To my knowledge, never any yellow or gun shaped vinyl. Probably just as well on the latter…
UK indie trade mag, The Catalogue, #71, June ’89.
PATTI SMITH – So You Want To Be A Rock ‘n’ Roll Star – 7″ – Arista – 1979
The Byrds’ song (birdsong?) given some balls and drive by Ms Smith and her crew… and I’m most definitely with the latter. It makes the Byrds’ rendition sound like some mariachi misfit.
DELLA REESE – It Was A Very Good Year – 7″ – ABC – 1966
Snappy and gritty soul… the brass and keys matching Reese all the way. Rockin’! Beware! The Stateside 7″ has a live version… not as good.
BLADE – Keep It Goin’ On – The Lion Goes From Strength To Strength – 2LP – 691 Influential – 1993
An artist from the ‘right’ side of hip hop/rap, he was always up against… ‘it’. Note to self – reacquaint myself with the Mind Of An Ordinary Citizen white label 12″ I used to have.
Jazztronik – Pathways * – En-Code, 12″ EP – Especial Distribution – 2006
This stuff nearly gets spiritual for me sometimes. Not immediately obvious but the winning combination of Galliano and Two Banks of Four stalwarts, Rob Gallagher’s lyrics and Valerie Etienne’s gorgeous vocals. A heavy and crude edit here to keep the bits I reeeeally liked.
RJD2 – Peace Of What * – Dame Fortune, 2LP – RJ’s Electrical Connections – 2016
All the time struggling to find new stuff that makes me smile, I’m a bit like a kid when it does happen… and it did here. Peace Of What… uuu da man! Still chopped it around, though.
PAUL HAIG – Shining Hour – European Sun, Archive Collection 1982-1987, LP – Les Disques Du Crepuscule – 1987
Instantly recognizable – here’s Paul Haig on top form. The US music industry used to call them ‘signature’ voices – not that Haig or Josef K, sadly, ever worried the US charts too much. Might risk the live version at some point.
SIOUXSIE AND THE BANSHEES – Fear (Of The Unknown) (Album and Urban Dub Mixes Segue) * – 12″ – Geffen – 1991
I still haven’t gotten around to her post punk gems… but I will. I’m guessing this might have been a bit of a (US) college radio, dancefloor hit-type-thing.
SHIPS – You’re Gonna Feel It (Live) – Dublin, 2012
Essentially, the Dublin-based duo of Simon Cullen and Sorca McGrath. Recorded live at the city’s Sugar Club by Synth Eastwood, you can find this very performance on Vimeo. Would be nice though if you wait ’til you’ve got through the podcast 🙂 ‘Footage collected’ (was it scattered around somewhere?) by Albert Hooi, Peter Martin & Synth Eastwood, and edited by the latter.
ASHLEY THOMAS – Bop Bop (Ashley’s Boogie Remix) – 12″ – Counterpoint – 2008
The funky acid jazzy soul type of guy, it’s his earlier stuff for me.
ROISIN MURPHY – So Into You * – 12″ – Echo – 2005
Moloko were the sort of class act that I’d happily have in the charts… if I ever looked at/listened to them, and Roisin’s solo work is no different. I must stop chopping tracks about… or maybe I won’t.
BRIGID POWER-RYCE – I Told You The Truth (Live) – Dublin, 2014
Sometimes we need ‘delicate’ – and Brigid’s music is just that. Her first album It’s Clearing Now will be out on June 10 on Tompkins Square but this take of I Told You The Truth is a great showcase. Video filmed and edited by Laura Sheeran, audio recorded and mixed by Marc Aubele at Unit1 Studios, Dublin. More info on her Facebook page and website.
BILL FAY – Some Good Advice – 7″ – Deram – 1967
This was Fay’s first single, but within a few short years he was – as he said himself – ‘deleted’. In 2012 though, through a growing interest in his early recordings, he released his first new studio album in over forty years. Cool stuff happens…
CRAIG DOUGLAS – Don’t Mind If I Cry * – 7″ – Pye – 1969
Whoooaaarrggh! Heard this for the first time about three years ago, and I’d bet it was recorded a few years before it surfaced and lay hidden as a B-side (to Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head!) on this 1969 Pye single. It’s certainly got more of an early-mid 60s feel, and it’s not surprising it got picked up on by the northern soul/mod brigade and re-released on Spoke in 2011. A copy though of the original Pye single will be mine at some point.
As it happens, Douglas’ voice would have been one of the first I regularly heard as a four, five, six, whatever year old – his cover of Sam Cooke’s Only Sixteen being one of a bunch of sevens that came with the Dansette my dad bought second hand in the early 60s, very likely at Peacocks auction rooms in Bedford.
The track’s 2011 re-awakening.
WAX TAILOR – We Be (Feat Ursula Rucker) – Hope & Sorrow, 2LP – Decon – 2007
Had Erykah Badu in my head when I first heard this. Slinky and smart…
and the sort of ‘conscious’ lyrics that may have got it Lyric Of The Podcast on any other 41 Rooms show, and would have done here if it weren’t for…
Lyric Of The Podcast…
DISPOSABLE HEROES OF HIPHOPRISY – Television, The Drug Of The Nation (Ultimatum Remix) – 12″ – 4th & Broadway – 1991
Michael Franti telling it like it was… and still is… only it’s worse now. A crucial piece of music.
PROMMER & BARCK – The Machine (Original) – 12″ – Derwin Recordings – 2013
Expect nothing but quality (even if you don’t actually like it) from anybody connected with the Jazzanova family in Germany. Fresh sounding beats music.
SCOTT HARDKISS – Come On, Come On (feat Lisa Shaw) – Technicolor Dreamer, LP – God Within Recordings – 2009
DEAD CAN DANCE – Threshold – Self-Titled LP – 4AD – 1984
There’s no-one quite like Dead Can Dance and getting them to play Bedford was another coup for me. The setlist was predominantly made up of tracks from their debut album and we were given the OK to film the gig. And as of April 2016 the soundcheck footage that surfaced a few years back (most definitely NOT through us) appears to be the earliest known video footage of the band.
PURESSENCE – I Suppose – 12″ – Island – 1995
I was/am a big fan of this lot. I interviewed James Mudrikzki and Kevin Mathews in Manchester in 1998 for a magazine called Circuit (and it’s below) and they pretty much trod their own path, which appealed to me. They had a particularly big following in… Greece!
Circuit #2, 1999
PSYCHEDELIC FURS – India – Self-Titled LP – CBS – 1980
VISITORS – Compatibility – 7″ – Rational Records – 1981
THE CUTLER – Pyramid Of Power – The Best Things In Life Aren’t Things, CD – Steel Tiger – 2012
ARCHIVE – Londinium (Kevin Shields Remix) – (Acetate) – Promo only 12″ – Island – 1996
Review of the main/album version: This haunting ambient piece with the rapping of Roscoe plus the emotional vocals of Iranian-born Roya is curiously effective. Out originally on a limited pressing earlier this year, it has now been picked up by a major and if this Croydon-based collective can continue to make tunes of this quality then they’ve a bright future ahead of them… The more you listen, the more you like it, so watch out, this act could be huge. ***** Tim Jeffery, Record Mirror (Music Week), 19.10.96
BOMB THE BASS – Sleepyhead – Clear, LP – 1994 – 4th & Broadway
THE FOLK IMPLOSION. – No Need To Worry – One Part Lullaby, 2LP – Domino – 1999
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