Thursday, June 21, 2012

Day 365 Morecambe & Wise "Bring Me Sunshine"

So this is it, the final curtain....
It’s a sad reflection on myself, I know – I should get out more – but I spent some time considering what to choose as the final song of this year-and-a-half long musical odyssey/ vanity project/ pointless bloody waste of time (delete as appropriate.)

There were a few candidates that did a Devon Loch with the finish in sight...

- The Specials – ‘Pearl’s Cafe’ the final refrain of “It’s all a load of bollocks” seems appropriate somehow.

- A number of songs about things ending, from the obvious (‘My Way’, ‘When The Music’s Over’) to the less so (The Eels’ ‘End Times’ sprang to mind.)

In the end I thought I’d go for the something that means a lot to me for sentimental reasons. And I mean sentimental in a positive way. This is the song that reminds me most of my brother Paul. It was one of his favourites, as well as reminding me of evenings in front of the telly at home and all that. We also played it at his funeral nearly six years ago (where does the time go?)   And while I know it's a hoary old showbiz tune, I can't help but be moved by the simple sentiments in it and the associations it has for me. As Frank Skinner (of all people) said about it, “this is a song that used to make me laugh, and now makes me cry.”

Day 364 Glen Campbell "Wichita Lineman"

Here is my favourite song of all time. Simple and mysterious lyrics, beautifully and mournfully sung, shimmering strings, that incredible bass towards the end (played by Glen Campbell) – it’s just perfect.

One to go....what could it be?

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Day 363 Kraftwerk "Europe Endless"

Well, here we go – down to the last three. Had to have some Kraftwerk in here, of course. Like very few other bands, they've created their own world, one which is instantly recognisable and at the same time unique.

I love the “Trans Europe Express” album and this song in particular. With it's Art Deco aesthetic and sense of boundless optimism, it feels like an elegy for what Europe could have been if it weren't for WWII.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Day 362 Ce Ce Rogers "Someday"

I hate it when people say "they were simpler times then." It's normally shorthand for "I was younger and more idealistic/optimistic/ignorant  than I am now."  But this record does take me back to a time when, if the world wasn't simpler, there at least seemed to me a possibility of it getting better. 

I can't imagine the sort of person who isn't moved by the vocal on this. Tories, I expect...

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Day 361 Grace Jones "Feel Up"

I can never get enough of this dancefloor oddness.

Day 360 the White Stripes "Dead Leaves And The Dirty Ground"

It may have been diminishing returns after this, but for a couple of albums (De Stijl and this one) the White Stripes were supreme (despite all that 'are they/aren't they brother and sister' schtick) Garage rock with tunes and a touch of menace in the lyrics - "If you can hear a piano fall, you can hear me coming down the hall"  Good line.

Friday, June 15, 2012