Billie Eilish has said she listened to the song "Runaway" by Aurora when she was 11-12, and this made Billie Eilish decide she wanted to be an artist. I don't remember if I've posted it before, but here it is: AURORA - Runaway - YouTube
Aurora (like Eilish) isn't the jeans and T-shirt type ....
Great track from a new band called Car Sick - It Is What It Is 🍸
Paul McCartney's last album was one I listened to with a bottle of French Malbec. Side one plays like side one of a Beatles' album, possibly Let It Be which grows on me more as I get older.
This track - the climax of Side 1 - has been remixed: Slidin'
Side 1 is so good I've never really got around to listening to Side 2.
Quite a good record. I'm beginning to get a bit emotional as I hear the old boy's voice beginning to show his age. But he's really in a groove in his golden years. His third act remains impressive.
'Beginning to show his age'? It seems to be it's been going for a while now, since Linda departed. This may not be down to grief, I read on one forum that he caught a virus when travelling to India just after then and his voice hasn't been the same since, starting from Driving Rain onwards. His lower register is okay, which is why Women & Wives - in my opinion the best overall track and song he's done in decades - works so well. I went into this album with my eyes - or ears - open, prepared to give him the benefit of the doubt. In truth, I did try out Side 2 after the bottle of Malbec was nearly finished and yes, the first track had a rough vocal, he's better on songs where he can bury it or layer it with double tracks.
There's been a remake of this LP with other artists. The Find My Way track is done by Beck but it really sounds like a cleaned up Macca vocal - you can find it on YouTube, and the video is a DeepFake of Beck as a young Macca. Makes me wonder if the vocal was DeepFaked too and whether this might be the way to go? It's an ethical minefield however.
Anyway, this is a remix of his song Slidin' off that album, revved up and ready to go. Any Macca fans really should check this out.
Huge McCartney fan. Always have been.
I remember as a kid growing up in the Eighties I would listen to Beatles and McCartney albums more than anything else (not in-keeping with my classmates!) When Flowers in the Dirt came out, I think I listened to it and watched the Put It There video until both were worn out. They were hastily replaced by the CD and DVD a few years later.
I like McCartney III but I think Egypt Station is a better album. He hasn't ever produced a poor album in my opinion, and how he can still bang out such catchy songs and complete albums at the age he is with his 'Memory Almost Full' is incredible. Absolute genius.
Flowers in the Dirt was his sort of comeback album, in that after that he was going for the elder statesman tag rather than being a pop star. However, he never really had a Top 10 again, at least in the UK. I bought the cassette when I was on a gap year in the US travelling from East to West coast and back again. That same year the Stones did a similarly fine album Steel Wheels, also tapping in the elder statesmen tag.
Earlier albums in the 1980s were a bit spotty. Press to Play I got, it's struggling a bit. It's odd, because the 1980s wasn't a punky decade, it wasn't like Macca shouldn't have been at the races but he lost his way after his Give My Regards to Broadstreet movie flop.
I didn't buy Egypt Station or the one before it, again I think it's a shame because his songs are right up there but his vocals.... listen to Appreciate off his New album, it's a great song, could be a Bond theme but you'd need a proper vocal on it. I did buy McCartney III on vinyl, it sounds great and likewise I recently snapped up Electric Arguments on vinyl, I think it gives his vocals a better chance.
Röyksopp & Alison Goldfrapp with Impossible 🍸
Twisted Sister is not usually on my playlist, but Ukrainins are starting to use the song "We're not gona take it" as their unofficial rally song. I can see why. The lyrics seem purpose-made for Ukraine's resitance against the Russian invasion:
"No, we ain't gonna take it. We're not gonna take it anymore. We've got the right to choose and there ain't no way we'll lose it. This is our life, this is our song. We'll fight the powers that be just, don't pick our destiny 'cause. You don't know us, you don't belong. We're not gonna take it."
Lead singer Dee Snider's grandfather was an Ukrainan who fled the country in an other time of Russian agression, and he fully supports this use of the song.
Twisted Sister .. We're Not Gonna Take It HD - Dj Acyr Godoy ®.mp4 - YouTube
These really are a great band….Wet Leg with UR MUM 🍸
I’d been watching the snooker, disappointed the miserable Welshman Mark Williams was making a comeback against the Joker in the Pack, the ever watchable Judd Trump, accompanied by a bottle of rioja, and nursing the hours, while the BBC rejigged their schedules. I was still on the coffee and the Tempranillo come-down, when I happened upon a repeat of a 1976 concert by the Carpenters, everybody’s non-favourite MOR band. They had a ton of hits in the seventies and when I managed a music store in the early nineties they had a mini-revival which as I recall took everyone by surprise. Their music’s sort of timelessly bland, the splendidly melodramatic arrangements squeezing every last drop of emotion from lyrics you could scribble on the back on a postcard [“Every sha-la-la, every whoa-a-whoa” etc]. As a young man it was the sort of CD you bought your girlfriend for a treat, clutched her in the darkness of the bedroom while the strings of I Won’t Last a Day Without You soared; a few kisses and you thought you’d made it – but she was more interested in pressing ‘repeat’ and singing along. Karen Carpenter is not a babe magnet.
This was a concert of insufferable destruction. The band had passed the peak of success in 1976 and this concert felt and looked like an attempt not so much to celebrate the past as consign it to the dustbin. The announcer introduces Richard Carpenter with great aplomb and he bounds into a terribly indulgent intro designed to display his keyboard talent. This show-off doesn’t stop there. His sister isn’t even introduced to the audience – it’s a good thing we know who she is – and after a couple of numbers, she’s shunted sideways in favour of another demonstration of King Richard’s talents [not]: a vaudeville abomination of Close to You and a bastardised arrangement of the Warsaw Concerto, both of which pale in comparison to the subsequent percussion demo given by Karen as she sprints between three different drum sets in an attempt to keep pace with the manic backing band, led by her maestro brother. She succeeds, just, and it was with an air of melancholy that we can see Karen enjoying herself immensely during this interlude. When singing, she looks weary.
A medley of a dozen hits doesn’t do justice to her voice and potential showstoppers like Superstar and For All We Know are curtailed to miniscule length, losing all emotional depth and lyrical drama. The lack of a decent backing vocalist doesn’t help. They may have paid for an orchestra, but Karen needed more refined accompaniment than the whiney, nasal crow of her brother, which even sounds as if the mic has been adjusted to favour his voice so often does he drown out the lead singer’s softer, more empathetic timbre.
A concert containing only three full length Carpenter’s songs barely counts as a Carpenter’s concert at all. What it does more than anything is strongly suggest that Richard Carpenter – despite all his protestations since his sister’s unfortunate death – ruled the roost too much in this relationship and that Karen, through a misguided sibling respect, acquiesced too much to his wishes. She deserved to be showcased far better than this, but here we see Richard at work with his fussy pretentions, yet don't witness Karen’s unfussy delivery of simple affecting tunes. Her voice was the reason the Carpenters were so huge and it simply isn’t dominant enough here.
I went and dug out that old CD afterwards… “Sha la la…”
I feel like promoting local music today. Fortunately a local artist just reached second place in the UK with her new album "How to let go". 🥈
Sigrid (Sigrid Solbakk Raabe) is from Ålesund, the nearest large town from here, and her music is really catchy:
Sigrid - Burning Bridges (Official Video) - YouTube
Been listening to this for the past week…great ‘80’s vibe…very Joy Division or early New Order…
Widows by Working Men’s Club 🍸
I'm in the middle of my yearly Van Halen ritual. I came to the conclusion a long time ago that SUMMER = VAN HALEN, so I kick off the Summer season by doing nothing but Van Halen for the month of May. There's something just awesome about driving with the windows down, your sunglasses on, and Van Halen cranked up to 11 to entertain/annoy the drivers around you.
Anyways, my current playlist covers all 6 of the classic David Lee Roth era albums. It's got about 2/3 of the songs, if I had to guess.
Every year at this time I'm floored by just what a masterpiece of a song 'Little Guitars' is off the DIVER DOWN album. Eddie was a riff machine in general, but this song uses probably 4 songs worth of riffs in it. The opening minute contains riffs that could form the frameworks of entire songs yet they're 'wasted' in the intro! Just great.
You also have to admire the fact that apparently David Lee Roth wanted to sing the word "señorita" over and over again.
Here it is:
For something slightly more upbeat…this is a great slice of pop…never been a fan of theirs but this is sublime 🍸
Belle and Sebastian with Unnecessary Drama 👍🏻