17 Hippies are a fairly recent addition to my list of favourite bands. There aren't 17 of them and they aren't hippies, either! This song, from their 2007 CD Heimlich, builds little by little. It's gentle, sweet and there's absolutely no percussion. I haven't got a clue what the lyrics are about - I don't think I want to know - it's part of the song's mystery - ouch!
With Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward releasing 'Volume Two' of their collaboration next month, I've been revisiting 'Volume One', from which this is the standout track, a countrified, Spectorish song of innocence.
This song has got me this week, from Owen Pallett (the artist formerly known as Final Fantasy). It's off his new album, Heartland. Strange contradiction - the song sounds happy and upbeat, but the lyrics speak of serious violence.
This came on in the car the other week and my girlfriend said "Yeah, but I still think the David Gray version is vastly superior," like that's a thing people say. Next day, she played the DG version and I remembered exactly what I hated about it - an atrocity of a Dylan impersonation drearily plotting a route through Almond's luminous torch song with the same lazy slur Amy Winehouse brought to Valerie. Soft Cell vs Gray - there's no comparison, right?
Mr. Z. (Sheddi) has just purchased, via eBay, some vinyl and even though he hasn't played the Twisted Sister LP yet, I've had their version of "Leader of the Pack" bouncing around my head ever since the postman handed me the 12" square parcel
One of the great voices. Up there with Ella and Patsy. I remember this from when we used to listen to the BBC "Light Programme". Lovely soaring melody. Excellent for singing in the shower I've found. What's not to like?
From the 2006 eponymous LP by the ex-Psychedelic Furs frontman. I put it on 'Repeat1' to decipher if that strange metallic voice floating around W-A-A-A-Y back in the mix was some kind of subliminal whisper. Before I knew it, it was almost two in the morning and I was still falling in love with different bits of it.
3 spots filled for next week; 3-4 left. First-come, first-served(ish). Preference to non- RR 'leftovers'.