Monthly Archives: July 2015

14 Years Behind The Times

Not saying that I’m behind the times but I played this for the first time last week – a freebie from 14 years ago and it’s only just worked its way into my CD player.

A select of tracks from 2001 a number of which I love and I’ve only just discovered now. That could be seen as depressing but I prefer to look on the positive side – I’ve got so much music to work through I’ll be finding new gems for the rest of my life.

So my two new ‘go to’ tracks on this CD? They are –

Aerodynamic by Daft Punk. Now I know that DP are big but this is the first thing I’ve ever knowingly heard by them. Love the repetition of themes and the kicking guitar – not so keen about the cartoon in the video though, for me it distracts from the music.

Witness (1 Hope) by Roots Manuva. Normally this isn’t my sort of music but for some reason I really like this. Good lyrics coupled with a decent beat do the job………

Various Artists – Q Best of 2001 (2001) – CD

  • The Strokes – The Modern Age
  •  The Charlatans – Love Is The Key
  • Ryan Adams – The Rescue Blues
  • Gorillaz – 5/4
  • Roots Manuva – Witness (1 Hope)
  • N.E.R.D* Featuring Kelis & Terrar – Truth Or Dare
  • Daft Punk – Aerodynamic
  • Elbow – Newborn (Album Version)
  • Radiohead – You And Whose Army?
  • Muse – Hyper Music
  • Turin Brakes – Underdog (Save Me)
  • R.E.M. – All The Way To Reno (You’re Gonna Be A Star)
  • Ed Harcourt – Hanging With The Wrong Crowd
  • Ash – Shining Light
  • AIR – How Does It Make You Feel?
  • OutKast – So Fresh, So Clean
  • Andrew WK – Party Til You Puke
  • Starsailor – Fever
  • Stereophonics – Step On My Old Size Nines

Rate – 3/5

Listening Since Day One

CDs – 27, Vinyl Singles – 16, LPs – 17, Downloads – 5, Cassettes – 1

Total Tracks: 630, Time: 47h 39m 06s

A Man Who Spoke Wonders

So much catching up to do………..

I may (or may not) have said before that after discovering Nick Cave’s work back in the mid-80s (courtesy of spending a lunchtime away from work and at Slough Record Centre down the Farnham Road) I’ve become fascinated and fixated with his work – obviously in a commercial purchasing of music/books/dvds kind of way, not in the creepy turning up at 2am and knocking on his front door asking for a cup of sugar, ‘Misery’ kind of way.

Lyrically and musically “The Boatman’s Call” and “The Firstborn is Dead” are, for me, the touchstones in his oeuvre. Whilst ‘Boatman’ can be a bit too dark and sombre to take in one sitting (a friend refers to it as ‘music to cut your wrists to’) it has some essential tracks on it.

When those tracks are coupled with the inherent imperfections in Cave’s vocals this becomes the perfect CD to sing along with at full volume in the car. If you’re driving around Windsor and hear a driver intoning “Not to touch a hair on your head /  To leave you as you are /  And if He felt He had to direct you /  Then direct you into my arms” apologies, it’s me.

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – The Boatman’s Call (1997) – CD

  • Into My Arms
  • Lime Tree Arbour
  • People Ain’t No Good
  • Brompton Oratory
  • There Is a Kingdom
  • (Are You) The One That I’ve Been Waiting For?
  • Where Do We Go Now but Nowhere?
  • West Country Girl
  • Black Hair
  • Idiot Prayer
  • Far from Me
  • Green Eyes

Rate – 5/5

Listening Since Day One

CDs – 26, Vinyl Singles – 16, LPs – 17, Downloads – 5, Cassettes – 1

Total Tracks: 611, Time: 46h 21m 31s