Archive for März 2010

4:36 U2 – New Year’s Day (live 1983)

März 31, 2010

All is quiet on New Year’s day
A world in white gets underway
I want to be with you, be with you, night and day
Nothing changes on New Year’s day

Quite unbelievable but the good old times when U2 made great music are more than twenty-five years ago. Here they set the sky to fire. Adam Clayton’s bass provides a riff that propels this song forward through thick and thin. The Edge’s mercurial, noisy guitar plus a piano solo rounding off a phantastic live performance. Even Bono’s singing is still bearable, U2’s success has not yet gone to his head.

4:37 Opal – Fell from the Sun (1989)

März 30, 2010

They say that every day is dying
Just like the sun

Before Mazzy Star there was Opal. Before Opal there was Rain Parade but that is another story. And before Hope Sandoval there was Kendra Smith. She sings on this gorgeous song from the late 80s. The Paisley Underground movement from the West coast to which Opal’s guitarist David Roback belonged was just fading out. It had put the focus back from the synthesizers to the guitar. There are few songs which marry melody and guitar distortion as successful as this one. Trust me, listening to this is way better than doing acid. And additionally the risk of a bad trip is zero.

4:38 Another Sunny Day – You Should All Be Murdered (1989)

März 29, 2010

One day, when the world is set to rights
I’m going to murder all the people I don’t like

Everything is perfect about this item. A great band name, an over the top song title, succinct lyrics. Don’t we all have sometimes the urge to solve all problems by just running amok? The song starts with a jangling guitar evoking Johnny Marr’s best solos in the Smiths. More than twenty years later it still sounds fresh & inspired unlike almost the entire output of today’s rock bands. Of course Another Sunny Day did not have the success they merited, Harvey Williams joined the most popular Sarah band The Field Mice which disbanded in the early 90s. He has also occasionally contributed to the I Love Music forum.

4:39 New Order – Truth (1981)

März 28, 2010

Oh, it’s a strange day
In such a lonely way
I saw some children dance
I watched my life in a trance

On some days there are hardly any good songs to choose from on others like today the choice is extremely hard. I was torn in between Us3’s Cantaloop („it’s funky, funky“ and the great Cocteau Twins night time ditty Oils of Angels. In the end I went for another song from New Order’s debut Movement. Peter Hook who was one of the first bassists in the rock circus to use his instrument to play the lead starts the song with a cool bass line. The haunting synthesizer sounds, the tribal drum programming, the occasional guitar noise, Barney’s singing, everything is perfect in this song by a band which still sounds a lot like their first incarnation but is already on the way to new shores.

4:40 Beth Gibbons & Rustin‘ Man – Mysteries (2002)

März 27, 2010

God knows how I adore life
When the wind turns on the shores lies another day
I cannot ask for more

4:41 Grace Jones – Pull up to the Bumper (1981)

März 26, 2010

Operate around the clock,
Slow it if you come in?
I’ve got lot’s of space for everyone,
One for you my friend?

Another Grace Jones song, what a surprise. I don’t even like her that much, neither in the 80s nor now. But 281 seconds proved to be a pretty dire length for the songs which have piled up on my hard disk. Anyways this is a nice change from my usual indie pop and songwriting selections. Good stuff to move the hips to. Did I already mention that I also had a soft spot for lyrics about the beast with two backs?

4:42 Joni Mitchell – A Case of You (live 1974)

März 25, 2010

Oh, you’re in my blood like holy wine
You taste so bitter and so sweet
Oh I could drink a case of you darling
And I would still be on my feet

Words fail me right now but Joni has them aplenty.

4:43 Silver Jews – People (1998)

März 24, 2010

Moments can be monuments to you
If your life is interesting and true.
It’s just the same for a man or a girl,
The meaning of the world lies outside the world.

Something is going wrong with the great songwriters these days. Either they kill themselves. Or they stop writing songs alltogether. Like David Berman from the Silver Jews. His songs were not only funny and full of exquisite wordplay but they were also top-notch tunes delivered in a cool raspy deadpan voice.

4:44 Catherine Wheel – Flower to Hide (1992)

März 23, 2010

The sunlight bleaches you
It colours everything you do

My personal shoegazing favourite. What a majestic build up. It shines and glistens as if someone had solved the old alchemist problem of how to make gold. The solution being to start from sound instead of lead. Of course this is also a nostalgic choice as it evokes images of parties in Luxembourg where I was far from being the most sober person. After that jewel of a song I lost aural contact to Catherine Wheel, I don’t think they ever came close to it after.

4:45 Swell – Song Seven (1994)

März 22, 2010

i take their side
and blame the day for luck,
you never know how things might change

In certain circles (students, intellectuals, indie aficionados) in France and Germany they were quite successful in the nineties. Not so much in their own country though. They are from Frisco but what always amazes me about them, their music does not sound like fog at all, more like the sunlight piercing into your eyes or the heat building up in the desert and creating fata morganas at the far horizon.