Sunday, 20 February 2011


Not heard too much great new stuff this month so a more classic feel to February's listening.

1. The Astors – “In The Twilight Zone” (1965)
There aren’t that many Stax records with a strong northern soul flavour but this – with Curtis Johnson’s lead vocal and cool group harmonies – is one. It’s predecessor “Candy” being another.

2. The Seeds – “Falling Off The Edge Of My Mind” (1967)
Acid Bluegrass anyone?

3. Desmond Dekker and the Aces – “You’ve Got Your Troubles” (1967)
I always think DD is going to sing “Do you take me for fooking fooking child”. He never does, only in my head.

4. West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band – “Until The Poorest of People Have Money To Spend” (1968)
Sitar bothering hippies get all righteous.

5. The Meters – “Sophisticated Sissy” (1969)
The Meters lay down the tightest funk without breaking into a cold sweat.

6. The Flying Burrito Brothers – “Hot Burrito #1” (1969)

7. Brook Benton – “Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright” (1970)
One of Dylan’s most masterly putdowns is turned on its head by Benton who sounds like a favourite jovial uncle sitting by a log fire chuckling and eating Werther’s Originals.

8. The Prisoners – “Deceiving Eye” (1986)
Liam Gallagher would’ve been better off naming his new band after this fuzzed up cruncher than John Lennon’s dribbling knob.

9. Primal Scream – “Blood Money” (2000)
Mani’s menacing, claustrophobic bass leads the Scream Arkestra on an exhilarating journey through the darkest outer reaches of space aged spy ring super funk.

10. The Lovely Eggs – “Have You Ever Heard A Digital Accordion?” (2009)
Only The Lovely Eggs could (or rather would) rhyme Richard Brautigan with beef bourguignon.


  1. Brilliant stuff as always! Went through a bit of a Prisoners rennaisance a few weeks back but somehow "In From The Cold" sorta made me cold, luckily the other stuff still sounded magic!

  2. Yeah, that LP was so disappointing. We saw them every few weeks for about a year before it came out so knew a lot of the songs backwards by then and it was like, huh? Such an inappropriate production that knocked all the stuffing out of them. "Deceiving Eye" was always a live favourite and had it's own little actions a handful of the audience would do to the "hiding/running/sleeping" lyrics. When everyone else wanted to be Steve Marriott - I wanted to be Graham Day...