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The Pitchfork 500 – The 500 greatest songs (1977 – 2006)

We are a very naive and gullible lot, here at stupid & contagious. That’s why we’re so eagerly looking forward to Santa Claus’ impending visit this month – on December 25th, we believe!

We are salivating like mad pavlovian dogs at the thought of the great fat man clambering down our chimney. Especially so, given that we don’t even have a fucking chimney!

Anyway, as well as the new uncensored Maria Ozawa DVDs, the reindeer fondler shall be lumping this fine tome, The Pitchfork 500: Our Guide to the Greatest Songs from Punk to the Present, compiled by the good people at Pitchfork Media exploring the greatest 500 tracks of the past thirty years!

The great tracks in question are listed below.

Of course, instead of waiting to hear groans coming from a non-existent chimney (and we always much prefer to hear groans coming from the bed rather than from a chimney!) the wonderful Simon & Schuster or Pitchfork might send us a copy, so we can eulogise about it!! (We’re not known for grovelling and never ever do so ….. but please please please send us the fucking book Mr. Paul Simon and Art Schuster! Please, for the love of God!)

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Ladies and gentlemen, as you know, today, November 11, Simon & Schuster imprint Fireside Books publishes The Pitchfork 500: Our Guide to the Greatest Songs from Punk to the Present. This handy paperback chronologically explores Pitchfork’s 500 favorite songs from 1977-2006, constructing an alternate history of the past three decades of popular music– one that extends beyond the typical Baby Boomer-approved canon of the Clash, Prince, Public Enemy, Nirvana, Radiohead, and Outkast.

From art-rock and proto-punk godfathers such as Brian Eno, Iggy Pop, and David Bowie to today’s leading lights such as the Arcade Fire, the White Stripes, and Kanye West; from superstars to cult heroes; and from punk, indie, and pop to hip-hop, electronic music, and metal, we’ve created the ultimate playlist. Interspersed throughout are sidebars on the most vital subgenres from electro to grime to riot grrrl, along with pieces like “Career Killers: The Songs That Ended It All” and “Runaway Trainwrecks: The Post-Grunge Nadir.”

Edited by Pitchfork founder/president Ryan Schreiber and editor-in-chief Scott Plagenhoef, and written by an all-star team of contributors, The Pitchfork 500 is the perfect book for the train ride to work, a cozy winter’s night by the fireside, or extended stays on the toilet. And it sure would make for a nice holiday gift, hint hint.

The book is available in your friendly neighborhood bookstore right now. Or you can order it via Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Borders, Insound, Powells, or Simon & Schuster.

To celebrate the release of The Pitchfork 500, we’ve lined up a few events and media appearances. If you’re in the Chicago area, head on over to the Borders Books & Music in Lincoln Park (2817 N. Clark St.) on Thursday, November 13 at 7 p.m., where Pitchfork editor-in-chief (and Pitchfork 500 co-editor) Scott Plagenhoef and Pitchfork managing editor (and Pitchfork 500 contributing editor) Mark Richardson will read from The Pitchfork 500, followed by a Q&A session and a book signing.

For those of you in Ohio, Mark Richardson will speak on a panel hosted by the Wexner Center For the Arts at Ohio State University in Columbus on Thursday, November 20 at 5 p.m. Peel Slowly and See: Warhol, Music, and Image will feature a discussion of the Velvet Underground and Warhol’s role in music by Mark, Dean & Britta’s Dean Wareham, and Professor Barry Shank of OSU. A performance by Dean & Britta will follow the panel.

Tune your radios to New York’s WNYC-FM at 2 p.m. on Thursday, November 13 to hear The Pitchfork 500 co-editors Ryan Schreiber and Scott Plagenhoef on “Soundcheck” with host John Schaefer. The next day, Friday, November 14, New Yorkers can tune into WRXP-FM’s “Matt Pinfield in the Mornings” between 6 and 10 a.m. for an interview with Ryan Schreiber, while Chicagoans can catch Scott Plagenhoef on WGN Radio’s “The Noon Show” chatting with host Bob Sirott UPDATE: Scott will be on at 2 p.m. with host John Williams. Then on December 2, Scott will appear live on Chicago’s WGN “Midday News” television show to discuss The Pitchfork 500.

For a complete rundown of these and future events, head over to

by Amy Phillips
Nov 11, 2008

So many of our favourite tracks are in here. So many of our favourite artists! So many diverse genres. So many seminal sounds. And so many “so’s” in this paragraph!

Some amazing tracks here too that are new to us. And not many duds!

Now, what if someone was to go to the tremendous effort of compiling all these tracks? Well, you’d get the greatest musical compilation to surface in many a century! Probably the greatest since Johann Sebastian Bach compiled the best of his majestic works back in 1740 – but that was just a huge pile of musical scores though and would be unplayable on most CD players!

Which is what some kindly souls at the great have actually done – compiled this amazing collection of 500 tracks covering the past thirty years!

We saw something about this compilation on another blog pitchfork-500

(For dumb internet nazis, the phrase “on another blog” means on another fucking blog. Not on this blog! )

The Pitchfork 500 – The 500 greatest songs (1977 – 2006)

1977 – 1979

David Bowie – Heroes
Iggy Pop – The Passenger
Lou Reed – Street Hassle
Kraftwerk – Trans-Europe Express
Brian Eno – 1/1
The Ramones – Rockaway Beach
Talking Heads – Psycho Killer
Television – Marquee Moon
Patti Smith – Rock n Roll Nigger
The Sex Pistols – God Save the Queen
The Clash – (White Man) In Hammersmith Palais
Buzzcocks – Ever Fallen in Love?
Vic Godard and the Subway Sect – Parallel Lines
X-Ray Spex – Oh Bondage! Up Yours!
The Adverts – One Chord Wonders
Wire – Ex-Lion Tamer
Donna Summer – I Feel Love
Giorgo Moroder – The Chase
Chic – Good Times
Thelma Houston – Don’t Leave Me This Way
Gloria Gaynor – I Will Survive
Michael Jackson – Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough
Parliament – Flash Light
Marvin Gaye – Got To Give It Up
Public Image Ltd. – Public Image
Gang of Four – Damaged Goods
Magazine – Shot by Both Sides
The Cramps – Human Fly
The Misfits – Night of the Living Dead
Wire – Outdoor Miner
Joy Division – Disorder
Althea and Donna – Uptown Top Ranking
Lee Perry – Roast Fish and Cornbread
The Congos – Fisherman
Willie Williams – Armagideon Time
This Heat – 24 Track Loop
The Slits – Typical Girls
The Pop Group – She Is Beyond Good and Evil
The Clash – The Guns of Brixton
James Chance and the Contortions – Contort Yourself
Suicide – Dream Baby Dream
Cabaret Voltaire – Nag Nag Nag
Throbbing Gristle – Hot on the Heels of Love
Devo – Mongoloid
Candido – Jingo
Dinosaur – Kiss Me Again
Machine – There but for the Grace of God Go I
Kate Bush – Wuthering Heights
Goblin – Suspiria
Blue Oyster Cult – (Don’t Fear) The Reaper
AC/DC – Highway to Hell
Van Halen – Runnin’ with the Devil
Fleetwood Mac – The Chain
Steely Dan – Deacon Blues
Electric Light Orchestra – Mr. Blue Sky
The Only Ones – Another Girl, Another Planet
The Undertones – Teenage Kicks
Plastic Bertrand – Ca plane pour moi
The Records – Starry Eyes
Cheap Trick – Surrender
The Cars – Just What I Needed
Elvis Costello and the Attractions – Radio Radio
The Cure – Boys Don’t Cry
XTC – Making Plans for Nigel
Blondie – Atomic
Talking Heads – Memories Can’t Wait

1980 – 1982

Kurtis Blow – The Breaks
Spoonie Gee Meets the Sequence – Monster Jam
The Sugarhill Gang – 8th Wonder
The Treacherous Three – The New Rap Language
The Clash – The Magnificent Seven
Talking Heads – Born Under Punches (The Heat Goes On)
Yoko Ono – Walking on Thin Ice
Klein + MBO – Dirty Talk
ESG – Moody
Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five – The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash on the Wheels of Steel
Funky 4+1 – That’s The Joint
Kraftwerk – Numbers/Computer World 2
Afrika Bambaataa & Soulsonic Force – Planet Rock
Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five – The Message
Glenn Branca – Lesson No. 1 for Electric Guitar
Laurie Anderson – O Superman (For Massenet)
Joy Division – Atmosphere
The Fall – Totally Wired
Elvis Costello and the Attractions – Beyond Belief
The Pretenders – Back on the Chain Gang
The B-52’s – Private Idaho
Dexys Midnight Runners – There There My Dear
Young Marble Giants – Final Day
Altered Images – Happy Birthday
The Specials – Ghost Town
Robert Wyatt – Shipbuilding
Bauhaus – Third Uncle
Adam and the Ants – Kings of the Wild Frontier
Scritti Politti – The Sweetest Girl
The Human League – Don’t You Want Me
Soft Cell – Tainted Love
The Associates – Party Fears Two
ABC – All of My Heart
New Order – Temptation
The Jam – Town Called Malice
Duran Duran – The Chauffeur
The English Beat – Save It for Later
The Go-Go’s – Our Lips Are Sealed
Tom Tom Club – Genius of Love
Prince – Dirty Mind
Daryl Hall & John Oates – I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do)
Michael Jackson – Billie Jean
ABBA – The Day Before You Came
Roxy Music – More Than This
Queen – Under Pressure
Bruce Springsteen – Atlantic City
Journey – Don’t Stop Believing
Bad Brains – Pay to Cum
Minor Threat – Minor Threat
Dead Kennedys – Holiday in Cambodia
Black Flag – Rise Above
Wipers – Youth of America
Flipper – Sex Bomb
Motorhead – Ace of Spades
Iron Maiden – Run to the Hills
Orange Juice – Blue Boy
The Television Personalities – This Angry Silence
The Fall – The Classical
The Clean – Tally Ho!
The Feelies – The Boy with the Perpetual Nervousness
R.E.M. – Radio Free Europe
Violent Femmes – Blister in the Sun
Mission of Burma – That’s When I Reach for My Revolver


The Smiths – This Charming Man
Sonic Youth – Death Valley ‘69
Husker Du – Pink Turns to Blue
Meat Puppets – Plateau
The Replacements – I Will Dare
Minutemen – History Lesson (Part II)
R.E.M. – So. Central Rain (I’m Sorry)
Echo and the Bunnymen – The Killing Moon
The Cure – Close to Me
Siouxsie and the Banshees – Cities in Dust
Run-D.M.C. – It’s Like That
Crash Crew – On the Radio
Rammelzee vs. K-Rob – Beat Bob
Boogie Down Productions – South Bronx
New Order – Blue Monday
Prince and the Revolution – When Doves Cry
Talking Heads – This Must Be the Place (Naïve Melody)
Kate Bush – Running Up That Hill (A Deal with God)
U2 – New Year’s Day
Simple Minds – Don’t You (Forget About Me)
The Replacements – Bastards of Young
The Mekons – Last Dance
Big Black – Kerosene
Scratch Acid – The Greatest Gift
The Jesus and Mary Chain – Just Like Honey
The Smiths – How Soon Is Now?
Cocteau Twins – Lorelei
New Order – Bizarre Love Triangle
Billy Bragg – A New England
Metallica – Battery
Slayer – Angel of Death
Saint Vitus – Clear Windowpane
Einstruzende Neubauten – Halber Mensch
Art of Noise – Beat Box (Diversion One)
Frankie Goes to Hollywood – Relax
Liquid Liquid – Optimo
Alexander Robotnick – Problemes d’Amour
Shannon – Let the Music Play
Section 25 – Looking from a Hilltop (Restructure)
Madonna – Holiday
Cyndi Lauper – Girls Just Want to Have Fun
Prince – Kiss
Run-D.M.C. – Rock Box
LL Cool J – I Can’t Live Without My Radio
Beastie Boys – No Sleep Till Brooklyn
Mantronix – Needle to the Groove
The Go-Betweens – Cattle and Cane
The Chills – Pink Frost
Felt – Primitive Painters
The Smiths – There Is a Light That Never Goes Out
Tom Waits – Jockey Full of Bourbon
Bruce Springsteen – I’m on Fire
Scott Walker – Rawhide
U2 – Bad
Don Henley – The Boys of Summer
Paul Simon – Graceland
Wayne Smith – Under Me Sleng Teng
Anthony “Red” Rose – Tempo
Model 500 – No UFO’s


Mr. Fingers – Can You Feel It
Rhythim Is Rhythim – Strings of Life
A Guy Called Gerald – Voodoo Ray
M/A/R/R/S – Pump Up The Volume
My Blood Valentine – You Made Me Realise
Spacemen 3 – Walking With Jesus
Ride – Dreams Burn Down
Glaxie 500 – Blue Thunder
Happy Mondays – Kinky Afro
The Stone Roses – She Bangs the Drums
Sonic Youth – Teen Age Riot
Dinosaur Jr. – Freak Scene
Butthole Surfers – Human Cannonball
Pixies – Where Is My Mind?
Fugazi – Waiting Room
Audio Two – Top Billin’
Eric B & Rakim – I Know You Got Soul
Public Enemy – Rebel Without a Pause
N.W.A. – Straight Outta Compton
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – The Mercy Seat
Ministry – Stigmata
The Jesus and Mary Chain – Head On
The Sugarcubes – Birthday
The Cure – Just Like Heaven
Morrissey – Everyday Is Like Sunday
The Pogues – Fairytale of New York
The Wedding Present – My Favourite Dress
The Field Mice – Emma’s House
Another Sunny Day – You Should All Be Murdered
The Dead Milkmen – Punk Rock Girl
The Primitives – Crash
The La’s – There She Goes
They Might Be Giants – Birdhouse in Your Soul
Superchunk – Slack Motherfucker
Fugazi – Merchandise
The Jesus Lizard – Mouth Breather
Slick Rick – Children’s Story
Gang Starr – Just to Get a Rep
Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock – It Takes Two
Sal-n-Pepa – Push It
Beastie Boys – Hey Ladies
De La Soul – Me Myself and I
Biz Markie – Just a Friend
Public Enemy – Fight The Power
Guns N’ Roses – Welcome to the Jungle
Swans – Beautiful Child
John Zorn – The Sicilian Clan
Prince and the Revolution – If I Was Your Girlfriend
Madonna – Like a Prayer
Deee-Lite – Groove Is in the Heart
Pet Shop Boys – Being Boring
Sinead O’Connor – Nothing Compares 2 U
The Orb – Little Fluffy Clouds
The KLF – Wichita Lineman Was a Song I Once Heard
808 State – Pacific State
Orbital – Chime
Depeche Mode – Enjoy the Silence
My Blood Valentine – Soon
The Vaselines – Son of a Gun
Beat Happening – Indian Summer
Daniel Johnston – Some Things Last a Long Time
Mudhoney – Touch Me I’m Sick
Pixies – Wave of Mutilation


Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit
Pavement – Summer Babe
Archers of Loaf – Web in Front
Yo La Tengo – From a Motel 6
Sebadoh – The Freed Pig
A Tribe Called Quest – Check the Rhime
De La Soul – A Roller Skating Jam Named ‘Saturdays’
Black Sheep – The Choice Is Yours
Massive Attack – Unfinished Sympathy
Tricky – Aftermath (Version 1)
Primal Scream – Higher Than the Sun
Spiritualized – Step into the Breeze
Slowdive – Alison
Aphex Twin – Xtal
Talk Talk – Ascension Day
Slint – Good Morning, Captain
Disco Inferno – The Last Dance
Stereolab – French Disko
Acen – Trip II the Moon Pts. 1 and 2
The Future Sound of London – Papua New Guinea
Human Resource – Dominator (Joey Beltram Mix)
Metalheadz – Terminator
Omni Trio – Renegade Snares
Red House Painters – New Jersey
Teenage Fanclub – The Concept
Heavenly – C Is the Heavenly Option
Tindersticks – City Sickness
Unrest – Make Out Club
Tenor Saw/Buju Banton – Ring the Alarm Quick
Dr. Dre – Nuthin’ but a ‘G’ Thang
Ice Cube – It Was a Good Day
2Pac – I Get Around
Souls of Mischief – 93 ‘Til Infinity
Suede – The Drowners
Blur – For Tomorrow
Elastica – Stutter
Ween – Doctor Rock
Wu-Tang Clan – Protect Ya Neck
Geto Boys – Mind Playing Tricks on Me
Pete Rock and C.L. Smooth – They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)
Bikini Kill – Rebel Girl
Melvins – Hooch
Dinosaur Jr. – Start Choppin’
Pixies – U-Mass
Liz Phair – Divorce Song
PJ Harvey – Rid of Me
The Afghan Whigs – Debonair
Rage Against the Machine – Killing in the Name
The Lemonheads – It’s a Shame About Ray
Beck – Loser
The Breeders – Cannonball
Nirvana – Scentless Apprentice


Hole – Violet
Smashing Pumpkins – 1979
Green Day – Longview
Weezer – Say It Ain’t So
Blur – Girls & Boys
Oasis – Live Forever
Pulp – Common People
The Notorious B.I.G. – Juicy
Nas – It Ain’t Hard to Tell
Mobb Deep – Shook Ones, Pt. 2
GZA – 4th Chamber
Pavement – Gold Soundz
Built to Spill – Car
Modest Mouse – Broke
Frank Black – Headache
The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Bellbottoms
Guided by Voices – I Am a Scientist
Nine Inch Nails – Closer
Bjork – Hyper-Ballad
Beck – Devil’s Haircut
Portishead – Sour Times (Nobody Loves Me)
Saint Etienne – Like a Motorway
Basic Channel – Octagon
Paperclip People – Throw
DJ Shadow – Midnight in a Perfect World
Dr. Octagon – Blue Flowers
Common – I Used to Lover H.E.R.
Jeff Buckley – Grace
Mazzy Star – Fade Into You
Arthur Russell – This Is How We Walk on the Moon
Low – Words
The Auteurs – Unsolved Child Murder
Jawbox – Savory
Drive Like Jehu – Luau
Brainiac – Pussyfootin’
Napalm Death – Twist the Knife (Slowly)
Darkthrone – En As I Dype Skogen
Ol’ Dirty Bastard – Brooklyn Zoo
Snoop Doggy Dogg – Gin and Juice
Luniz – I Got 5 on It
Cutty Ranks – Limb by Limb
The Prodigy – No Good (Start the Dance)
Underworld – Born Slippy (NUXX)
The Chemical Brothers – Setting Sun
Daft Punk – Da Funk
Belle and Sebastian – The State I Am In
Elliott Smith – Needle in the Hay
The Magnetic Fields – Take Ecstasy with Me
Palace Music – New Partner
Arab Strap – The First Big Weekend
Tortoise – Gamera
The Sea and Cake – Parasol
Pavement – Rattled by the Rush
Guided by Voices – Game of Pricks
Weezer – El Scorcho


Radiohead – Paranoid Android
Bjork – Joga
The Verve – Bitter Sweet Symphony
Elliott Smith – Between the Bars
Cat Power – Cross Bones Style
The Clientele – Reflections After Jane
Bonnie “Prince” Billy – I See a Darkness
Smog – Teenage Spaceship
Silver Jews – Random Rules
Autechre – Arch Carrier
Boards of Canada – Happy Cycling
Herbert – So Now…
Aphex Twin – Windowlicker
Uilab – St. Elmo’s Fire
Air – Le Soleil est Pres du Moi
Massive Attack – Teardrop
Black Star – Respiration
The Notorious B.I.G. – Hypnotize
Outkast – Spottieottiedopaliscious
The Roots – The Next Movement
The Flaming Lips – Waitin’ for a Superman
The Beta Band – Dry the Rain
The Olivia Tremor Control – Hideaway
Neutral Milk Hotel – Holland, 1945
Super Furry Animals – Ice Hockey Hair
Stardust – Music Sounds Better with You
Basement Jaxx – Jump n’ Shout
Wilco – Via Chicago
Pulp – This Is Hardcore
Belle and Sebastian – Lazy Line Painter Jane
Yo La Tengo – Autumn Sweater
Sleater-Kinney – One More Hour
Refused – New Noise
The Dismemberment Plan – The City
Boredoms – Super Shine
Mogwai – Like Herod
Jim O’Rourke – Halfway to a Threeway
Sigur Ros – Svefn-g-Englar


Daft Punk – One More Time
Radiohead – Idioteque
Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Storm
The Avalanches – Since I Left You
Broadcast – Come On Let’s Go
Aaliyah – Try Again
Justin Timberlake – Cry Me a River
Luomo – Tessio
Vitalic – La Rock 01
Kylie Minogue – Love at First Sight
Jay-Z – Big Pimpin’
Outkast – B.O.B.
Eminem – The Real Slim Shady
Ghostface Killah – Nutmeg
Missy Elliott – Get Ur Freak On
The White Stripes – Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground
The Strokes – The Modern Age
…And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead – Another Morning Stoner
Interpol – Obstacle 1
Electric Six – Danger! High Voltage
Golden Boy with Miss Kittin – Rippin Kittin’
Jurgen Paape – So Weit Wie Noch Nie
Osymyso – Intro-Inspection
The Knife – Heartbeats
LCD Soundystem – Lossing My Edge
The Rapture – House of Jealous Lovers
The Streets – Weak Become Heroes
Aesop Rock – Daylight
Rjd2 – Good Times Roll Pt. 2
Bright Eyes – The Calendar Hung Itself
Wilco – Poor Places
Queens of the Stonge Age – No One Knows
My Morning Jacket – The Way That He Sings
Modest Mouse – 3rd Planet
Clinic – Distortions
Shellac – Prayer to God
Mclusky – To Hell with Good Intentions
Lightning Bolt – Ride the Sky
The Microphones – The Moon
The New Pornographers – Letter from an Occupant
The Shins – New Slang
The Decemberists – Here I Dreamt I Was an Architect
Radiohead – Life in a Glasshouse
Broken Social Scene – Cause = Time
Deerhoof – This Magnificent Bird Will Rise
Spoon – The Way We Get By
Dizzee Rascal I Luv U
M.O.P. – Ante Up
Clipse – Grindin’
Talib Kweli – Get By
Jay-Z – Takeover


Outkast – Hey Ya
Kanye West – Through The Wire
R. Kelly – Ignition (Remix)
Beyonce – Crazy In Love
Gnarls Barkley – Crazy
!!! – Me and Giuliani Down by the School Yard (A True Story)
TV on the Radio – Staring at the Sun
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Maps
The Walkmen – The Rat
Devendra Banhart – A Sight to Behold
Joanna Newsom – Peach, Plum, Pear
Sufjan Stevens – Casimir Pulaski Day
Antony and the Johnsons – Hope There’s Someone
Animal Collective – Leaf House
The Books – Take Time
M83 – Don’t Save Us from the Flames
The Postal Service – Such Great Heights
Annie – Heartbeat
M.I.A. – Galang
The White Stripes – Seven Nation Army
Franz Ferdinand – Take Me Out
The Fiery Furnaces – Here Comes the Summer
The Mountain Goats – No Children
The Wrens – She Sends Kisses
Les Savy Fav – The Sweat Descends
Ted Leo and the Pharmacists – Where Have All the Rude Boys Gone?
The Exploding Hearts – Modern Kicks
Art Brut – Formed a Band
Boris – Farewell
Mastodon – Sleeping Giant
Madvillain – America’s Most Blunted
T.I. – What You Know
Kelly Clarkson – Since U Been Gone
Amerie – 1 Thing
Ciara – Oh
The Go! Team – The Power Is On
Feist – Mushaboom
Arcade Fire – Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)
Wolf Parade – I’ll Believe in Anything
Band of Horses – The Funeral
The Hold Steady – Stuck Between Stations
Beirut – Postcards from Italy
Johnny Boy – You Are the Generation That Bought More Shoes and You Get What You Deserve
Love Is All – Busy Doing Nothing
Jens Lekman – Black Cab
Christian Falk – Dream On
Peter Bjorn and John – Young Folks
Justice vs. Simian – We Are Your Friends
Hot Chip – Boy from School
Animal Collective – Grass
Black Dice – Cone Toaster
Liars – The Other Side of Mt. Heart Attack
Panda Bear – Bros


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1960’s Rock ‘N’ Roll Collection – 8 CDs of amazing music!

1960’s Rock ‘N’ Roll Collection
8 CDs of amazing music!
Mp3 @ 320

A wonderful collection of classic Rock ‘N’ Roll cuts! Some amazing well known groups but some rare wonders too!

All this and an excuse to post Bettie Page! Perfect!

1960’s Rock ‘N’ Roll Collection CD 1 @ 320

01 – The Twist – Chubby Checker
02 – He’s A Rebel – The Crystals
03 – Duke Of Earl – Gene Chandler
04 – The End Of The World – Skeeter Davis
05 – Raindrops – Dee Clark
06 – Sheila – Tommy Roe
07 – Leader Of The Pack – The Shangri-Las
08 – The Boy From New York City – The Ad Libs
09 – Hey! Baby – Bruce Channel
10 – (Just Like) Romeo And Juliet – The Reflections
11 – Surf City – Jan & Dean
12 – My Boyfriend’s Back – The Angels

Total Size: 70,36MB

1960’s Rock ‘N’ Roll Collection CD 2 @ 320

01 – Runaway – Del Shannon
02 – Stand By Me – Ben E. King
03 – It’s My Party – Lesley Gore
04 – Save The Last Dance For Me – The Drifters
05 – Happy Together – The Turtles
06 – Cherish – The Association
07 – This Diamond Ring – Gary Lewis & The Playboys
08 – Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head – B. J. Thomas
09 – Games People Play – Joe South
10 – Ferry ‘Cross The Mersey – Gerry & The Pacemakers
11 – Cara Mia – Jay & The Americans
12 – She Cried – Jay & The Americans

Total Size: 76,86MB

1960’s Rock ‘N’ Roll Collection CD 3 @ 320

01 – Wooly Bully – Sam The Sham & The Pharoahs
02 – What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted – Jimmy Ruffin
03 – Hawaii Five-O – The Ventures
04 – Lady Willpower – Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
05 – Grazing In The Grass – Friends Of Distinction
06 – Judy In Disguise (With Glasses) – John Fred & His Playboy Band
07 – Let’s Twist Again – Chubby Checker
08 – Judy’s Turn To Cry – Lesley Gore
09 – Tossin’ And Turnin’ – Bobby Lewis
10 – The Little Old Lady (From Pasadena) – Jan & Dean
11 – Hurt So Bad – Little Anthony & The Imperials
12 – Rinky Dink – Dave ”Baby” Cortez

Total Size: 71,61MB

1960’s Rock ‘N’ Roll Collection CD 4 @ 320

01 – One Fine Day – The Chiffons
02 – Little Honda – The Hondells
03 – Rubber Ball – Bobby Vee
04 – Sad Movies (Make Me Cry) – Sue Thompson
05 – Wipe Out – The Surfaris
06 – Elenore – The Turtles
07 – Bend Me, Shape Me – The American Breed
08 – Hair – The Cowsills
09 – Kind Of A Drag – The Buckinghams
10 – She’s Not There – The Zombies
11 – Sunday Will Never Be The Same – Spanky & Our Gang
12 – Laugh, Laugh – The Beau Brummels

Total Size: 72,26MB

1960’s Rock ‘N’ Roll Collection CD 5 @ 320

01 – A Summer Song – Chad & Jeremy
02 – Five O’Clock World – The Vogues
03 – Incense And Peppermints – Strawberry Alarm Clock
04 – Spooky – Dennis Yost & The Classics IV
05 – Western Union – The Five Americans
06 – Pony Time – Chubby Checker
07 – She’s A Fool – Lesley Gore
08 – The Night Has A Thousand Eyes – Bobby Vee
09 – Deep Purple – Nino Temple & April Stevens
10 – Deadman’s Curve – Jan & Dean
11 – C’mon And Swim – Bobby Freeman
12 – Denise – Randy & The Rainbows
13 – You Don’t Have To Be A Baby To Cry – The Caravelles

Total Size: 74,80MB

1960’s Rock ‘N’ Roll Collection CD 6 @ 320
01 – Peppermint Twist (Part 1) – Joey D. & The Starliters
02 – Hey Paula – Paul & Paula
03 – If I Had A Hammer – Trini Lopez
04 – Under The Boardwalk – The Drifters
05 – Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye – The Casinos
06 – Cool Jerk – The Capitols
07 – I’m Leaving It Up To You – Dale & Grace
08 – Goin’ Out Of My Head – Little Anthony & The Imperials
09 – Tell Him – The Exciters
10 – Diane – The Bachelors
11 – Cry Like A Baby – The Box Tops
12 – Telstar – The Tornadoes
13 – Lightnin’ Strikes – Lou Christie

Total Size: 79,89MB

1960’s Rock ‘N’ Roll Collection CD 7 @ 320

01 – Midnight Confessions – The Grass Roots
02 – More Today Than Yesterday – Pat Upton formerly of Spiral Staircase
03 – Worst That Could Happen – Brooklyn Bridge
04 – Bread And Butter – The Newbeats
05 – Poetry In Motion – Johnny Tillotson
06 – The Monkey Time – Major Lance
07 – What’s Your Name – Don & Juan
08 – Tragedy – The Fleetwoods
09 – Nut Rocker – B. Bumble & The Stingers
10 – Respectable – The Outsiders
11 – You Don’t Own Me – Lesley Gore
12 – Twine Time – Alvin Cash & The Crawlers
13 – Rescue Me – Fontella Bass

Total Size: 78,58MB

1960’s Rock ‘N’ Roll Collection CD 8 @ 320

01 – Uptown – The Crystals
02 – Two Faces Have I – Lou Christie
03 – Sugar Shack – Jimmy Gilmer & The Fireballs
04 – Hats Off To Larry – Del Shannon
05 – Mr. Bass Man – Johnny Cymbal
06 – Soul Man – Sam & Dave
07 – Shakin’ All Over – Chad Allen & The Guess Who
08 – Along Comes Mary – The Association
09 – The Shoop, Shoop Song (It’s In His Kiss) – Betty Everett
10 – Remember (Walkin’ In The Sand) – The Shangri-Las
11 – Love Potion No. 9 – The Clovers
12 – Wild Thing – The Troggs
13 – Young Girl – Gary Puckett & The Union Gap

Total Size: 75,50MB

And some more Bettie, huh?

OK then!

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October 8, 2008 Posted by | Bettie Page, Music_ClassicRock, Various Artists, _MUSIC | Leave a comment

Two great music Collections from boxsetgo

Two great music Collections from the wonderful boxsetgo

He has an eclectic knowledgeable taste! A bit like me! Check his site out if you have eclectic knowledgeable taste!

Here we get some great obscure bands we loved back in the day – and still love!

Here we get wonderful Irish acts we liked back in the day – Brian, and , amongst others!

And great Brit cult acts we loved such as , the Blue Aeroplanes, The House Of Love, etc.

And some Scottys too … The Trash Can Sinatras, Teenage Fanclub etc!

These are from November 2007. All text and content from

Seasonal Affected Disorder – Give Me A Smile Mix

Well it now appears that winter is well and truly upon us. I enjoy winter but I find that the change in the seasons can disorientate me a little. A friend of mine told me that it may be Seasonal Affective Disorder which made me laugh as it really just sounds like bollocks. However, just in case there is any truth to it I have been listening to the “Give Me A Smile Mix” – served twice daily with Echinacea and Prozac and the results have been staggering. 12 great pop songs here – lots of chiming guitars and quick drums. If you need cheered up look no further!

All songs on this mix had to be very melodic and generally upbeat to beat the winter blues – BTW I make no apology for Travis or The Thrills – granted I am not a big fan of either the songs here are superb!

Another mix next week…

01. Welcome Back – The Trash Can Sinatras
02. She Takes You Away – Brian
03. All I Want – The Lightning Seeds
04. Funny How – Airhead
05. Did I Say – Teenage Fanclub
06. Harbour Police – The Railway Children
07. In Your Life – Day One
08. Tiny Spark – Brendan Benson
09. Superman – REM
10. The World Is Turning On – The Pooh Sticks
11. Say It Ain’t So –the Thrills
12. Coming Around – Travis

Knocking On The Door Of Fortune Mix

I had another mix uploaded for this week but I changed my mind yesterday when I listened to this one. This one features some guitar bands from the 80s-90s that played outstanding melodic rock music. The Veldt opens it up with the fantastic “CCCP” – found this in a bargain bin years ago and needless to say I have been shopping out them ever since. Eat give us “Shame” which was probably their strongest single from the earliest 90’s. Other notables from this collection include Diesel Park West, The Chameleons, The Starlings, House Of Love, The Bridewell Taxis, Blow-Up, The Blue Aeroplanes, Into Paradise, The Bevis Frond and Scotland’s finest Goodbye Mr Mackenzie…yes I am aware that I have now mentioned every band on the mix – that is because they are all worth mentioning.

1. CCCP – The Veldt
2. Shame – EAT
3. Like Princes Do – Diesel Park West
4. The Fan And The Bellows – The Chameleons
5. Thames Eternal – The Starlings
6. Can’t Stand It – The House Of Love
7. Face In A Crowd – The Bridewell Taxis
8. Somersault Sunrise – Blow-Up
9. The Applicant – The Blue Aeroplanes
10. Don’t Let Me Down – Into Paradise
11. He’d Be A Diamond – Bevis Frond
12. Love Child [Extended] – Goodbye Mr Mackenzie

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October 1, 2008 Posted by | Brian, Into Paradise, Music_Alternative, Teenage Fanclub, the Blue Aeroplanes, The Chameleons, The House Of Love, The Railway Children, The Trash Can Sinatras, Various Artists, _MUSIC | 1 Comment

Various Artists – Basement Full Of Motown
Various Artists – Basement Full Of Motown
Mp3 @160

Some classic and sublime soul songs in this great 28 track Motown collection!


01 – Four Tops – Clip My Wings
02 – David Ruffin – Show Her In Another Way
03 – Martha & Vandellas – Talking About Love
04 – Isley Bros – My Love Is Your Love
05 – Elgins – My Love Is Your Love
06 – Velvelettes – A Love So Deep Inside
07 – Kim Weston – I Got A Weak Heart
08 – Supremes – Don’t Take It Away
09 – Elgins – Love Where Are You Hiding
10 – Jimmy Ruffin – Shake Hands With A Dreamer
11 – Kim Weston – Fancy Meeting You Here
12 – Chuck Jackson & Yvonne Fair – It Must Be Love Baby
13 – Tammi Terrell – Give In, You Just Can’t Win
14 – Velvelettes – He’s The One
15 – Brenda Holloway – He’s My Kind Of Fellow
16 – Elgins – That’s The Night Love Died
17 – Bobby Taylor – Serve Yourself A Cup Of Happiness
18 – Martha & Vandellas – Too Far Gone To Save Myself
19 – David Ruffin – That World I Lived In
20 – Four Tops – Get My Hands On Some Lovin’
21 – Martha & Vandellas – Save Some Room In Your Heart
22 – Elgins – My 2 Arms
23 – Brenda Holloway – Who Could Ever Doubt My Love
24 – Kiki Dee – Mr. Loneliness
25 – Barbara McNair – Into My Empty Arms
26 – Chris Clark – In The Neighborhood
27 – Four Tops – Starving For Your Love
28 – Jimmy Ruffin – I Love The way She Loves Me

Here be soul: 88Mb

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September 28, 2008 Posted by | Music_Soul, Various Artists, _MUSIC | Leave a comment

Darjeeling Limited Soundtrack (2007)

Darjeeling Limited Soundtrack (2007)
Released September 25, 2007
Genre Film Score / Rock / Classical
Length 55:48
Producer Wes Anderson and Randall Poster

We do like Wes Anderson’s films! We’ve posted a lot of his OST and other stuff before – including the DVD for this filmHERE!

He’s a genius at placing music within his works.

And here once more is another quirky, disjointed, excellent soundtrack from a Wes Anderson film. A wonderfully eclectic album!

A lot of Indian music here …. unsurprisingly!

Most of the album features film score music composed by great Bengali filmmaker Satyajit Ray and other artists from the cinema of India. The works include “Charu’s Theme”, from Ray’s acclaimed 1964 film, Charulata.

The album also features three songs by The Kinks, “Powerman”, “Strangers” and “This Time Tomorrow”, all from the 1970 album Lola versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One,

The album also features “Play With Fire” by The Rolling Stones. This is actually the first Wes Anderson soundtrack album to feature a song by The Rolling Stones – since, although Bottle Rocket, Rushmore, and The Royal Tenenbaums all featured Rolling Stones songs, contractual reasons prevented the songs from appearing on the soundtrack albums!

Warning! There is one vile Peter Sarstedt track here!

The film is the first of Anderson’s not to feature music by Devo’s Mark Mothersbaugh.


1. “Where Do You Go To (My Lovely)” (Peter Sarstedt) – 4:38
2. “Title Music” (Vilayat Khan) – 2:25
* From Satyajit Ray’s Jalsaghar
3. “This Time Tomorrow” (The Kinks) – 3:25
4. “Title Music” (Satyajit Ray) – 1:25
* From Satyajit Ray’s Teen Kanya
5. “Title Music” (Jyotitindra Moitra) – 1:37
* From Merchant Ivory’s The Householder
* Performed by Jyotitindra Moitra and Ali Akbar Khan
6. “Ruku Room” (Satyajit Ray) – 0:49
* From Satayajit Ray’s Joi Baba Felunath
7. “Charu’s Theme” (Satyajit Ray) – 1:01
* From Ray’s 1964 film, Charulata
8. “Title Music” (Shankar Jaikishan) – 2:33
* From Merchant Ivory’s Bombay Talkie
9. “Montage” (Satyajit Ray) – 1:15
* From Nityananda Datta’s Baksa Badal
10. “Prayer” (Jodphur Sikh Temple Congregation) – 1:07
11. “Farewell to Earnest” (Jyotitindra Moitra) – 1:59
* From Merchant Ivory’s The Householder
12. “The Deserted Ballroom” (Satyajit Ray) – 0:46
* From Merchant Ivory’s Shakespeare Wallah
13. “Suite Bergamasque: 3. Clair de Lune” (Claude Debussy) – 4:57
* Performed by Alexis Weissenberg
14. “Typewriter Tip, Tip Tip” (Shankar Jaikishan) – 4:37
* From Merchant Ivory’s Bombay Talkie
15. “Memorial” (Narlai Village Troubador) – 1:26
16. “Strangers” (The Kinks) – 3:20
17. “Praise Him” (Udaipur Convent School Nuns) – 0:43
18. “Symphony No. 7 in A (Op. 92): Allegro Con Brio” (Ludwig van Beethoven) – 6:48
* Performed by Fritz Reiner and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
19. “Play With Fire” (The Rolling Stones) – 2:15
20. “Arrival in Benaras” (Vilayat Khan) – 1:44
* From Merchant Ivory’s The Guru
21. “Powerman” (The Kinks) – 4:19
22. “Les Champs-Élysées” (Joe Dassin) – 2:39

Here she be:


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September 16, 2008 Posted by | Mark Mothersbaugh, Music_ClassicalModern, Music_ClassicRock, Music_OST, OTHER_CINEMA, Rolling Stones, Satyajit Ray, The Kinks, Various Artists, Wes Anderson, _MUSIC | Leave a comment

DIY-Starry Eyes UK Pop II (1978-79)

DIY-Starry Eyes UK Pop II (1978-79)
Mp3 / Bitrate: 320 / 2 files

Another great punk/pop collection with wonderful bands like the Buzzcocks, the Undertones, XTC and Squeeze, amongst others!

This is a fine follow up to the excellent collection already posted here .. DIY Teenage Kicks – UK Pop I (1976-79)

Velllyyy Niccceeee!

Picking up where Teenage Kicks left off, D.I.Y.: Starry Eyes: UK Pop II is even more pop-oriented than its predecessor, and that’s taking the Buzzcocks’ searing “Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve?)” into consideration.

Although it includes a handful of great singles from artists that were on Teenage Kicks (the Undertones’ “Get Over You,” XTC’s “Life Begins at the Hop,” Squeeze’s “Up the Junction,” the Revillos’ “Where’s the Boy for Me?”), plus Joe Jackson’s familiar “Is She Really Going Out With Him?,” Starry Eyes shines in rounding up terrific singles from under-appreciated artists like Bram Tchaikovsky (“Girl of My Dreams”), the Jags (“Back of My Hand [I’ve Got Your Number]”), the Records (“Starry Eyes”), the Searchers (“Hearts in Her Eyes”), and Purple Hearts (“Millions Like Us”).

These are sparkling pop songs, with ringing guitars and immediate, catchy melodies. Very few of these songs were actual hits, but they are the cornerstone of British new wave and power pop, which has rarely sounded as energetic and vital as it does here.

~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide


1. Ever Fallen in Love? – Buzzcocks
2. Get over You – The Undertones
3. Yachting Types – The Yachts
4. Is She Really Going Out With Him? – Joe Jackson
5. Schooldays – Starjets
6. Girl of My Dreams – Bram Tchaikovsky
7. This Is Airebeat – Squares
8. Life Begins at the Hop – XTC
9. Up the Junction – Squeeze
10. Back of My Hand (I’ve Got Your Number) – The Jags
11. Let’s Talk About the Weather – The Radiators
12. Starry Eyes – The Records
13. Mourning Star – Zones
14. Millions Like Us – Zones
15. Time Goes by So Slow – Distractions
16. Hearts in Her Eyes – The Searchers
17. Where’s the Boy for Me? – Revillos
18. White Mice – Mo Dettes
19. So Good to Be Back Home Again – The Tourists

Here she be:

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Various Artists – C81 Tape

Various Artists – C81 Tape (1981)
Alternative / Indie
Mp3 @ 269kbps

Less famous than the C86 tape, from Brit music mag, New Musical Express together with seminal Indie label Rough Trade, this is a fascinating look at what the Indie Music world in UK – and further afield – looked like at the dawn of the eighties!

C81 was a cassette that was obtained through the British magazine New Musical Express in 1981 (hence (C)assette 81) and released in conjunction with the record label Rough Trade. Intended to mark the first 5 years of the independent label movement in the UK record industry and Rough Trade itself, it was the first in a series of many cassette releases from the paper. Probably the best known (and derided) was the C86 compilation.

Publishing a tape was also an acknowledgment of the flourishing self published cassette culture of the time that the NME had been supporting in its short lived Garageland column.

C81 was compiled by NME journalist Roy Carr, and Christopher Rose, who worked in public relations for Rough Trade. To get a copy, NME readers had to collect two coupons from the newspaper and send off £1.50. The 15,000 orders were sold out within a month.

The tape contained a set of 24 diverse tracks ranging from jazz (James Blood Ulmer), poetry (John Cooper Clarke), ska (The Beat), and the folksy ‘Canterbury Scene’ (Robert Wyatt).

British music writer Simon Reynolds called it “post punk’s swan song”, noting the appearance of three acts from Scottish independent label Postcard Records, and the emerging new pop tendency of bands such as Linx and Scritti Politti.

This is actually much better than C86 in terms of the quality of the acts. Many great bands. Some amazing music.

It’s even got Dublin punk cabaret act The Virgin Prunes, led by one Gavin Friday (professional friend of Boner, sorry Bono!)

A great piece on the C81 Tape below from Stylus;

nME’s C86 cassette was promoted with a week-long series of gigs at London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts, spawned a genre of the same name, and is feted on a regular basis by blogs such as Indie MP3 – Keeping C86 Alive! Twenty years later, the compilation remains firmly entrenched in the indie pop enthusiast’s consciousness.

But C86’s predecessor has never reaped such rewards—quite an injustice too, since NME’s less-heralded, oft-forgotten C81 compilation is more catholic in reach and gleaned from a coterie of far more influential artists.

Like an ancient amphora unearthed during an excavation, the 24-song cassette brilliantly captures the aesthetics of its bygone era: the unfettered boldness, the challenging complexity, and the earnest self-consciousness of post-punk. The comp’s provenance is fairly basic: it was borne out of a conversation between an NME journalist, Roy Carr, and a promotions department employee from Rough Trade Records, Christopher Rose. At the time, Rose was working at Rough Trade with, as he put it, “one of the best-ever PR teams”: one-time Smiths manager Scott Piering and former Slash patriarch Claude Bessy.

“On one of my regular trips to the NME, I was talking with Roy, and during the convo came up with the idea. Obviously I loved it—it was my idea!—and he did too, so we spoke to our respective people and everybody liked it.”

The decision to release the compilation on cassette was Rough Trade and NME’s way of acknowledging the then-prosperous cassette culture. (American and U.K. artists were avidly selling or exchanging music on cassette through a loose network of other artists, as well as fanzine readers.) The compilation was also expected to build on the relative momentum generated by Elvis Costello’s Ten Bloody Marys and Ten How’s Your Fathers (released Nov. 6, 1980) and Bow Wow Wow’s Your Cassette Pet (released one week later)—the U.K.’s first cassette-only releases.

“Cassette culture was very important then,” said Rose, who now runs a vacation villa in Spain. “People had been taping stuff for years, first on reel-to-reel and then on cassettes. I’ve still got loads of tapes of the John Peel show and other stuff. Scott and I—mostly Scott—used to tape loads of gigs by bands we worked with. This was for our own pleasure; I seem to recall some of the recordings were even released. Obviously this trend lives on in the whole bootleg, pirate CD, file-sharing culture of today.”

It’s also important to note C81’s influence upon pop music’s great egress in the late 70s/early 80s. Twenty-five years ago, personal music portability was an unknown concept. However, thanks to releases like C81 and a revolutionary piece of technology introduced in 1979 known as the Sony Walkman (previously dubbed the Stowaway, the Soundabout, and the Freestyle), pop music began to leave the bedroom. It became more disposable, an accessory: “Something that your Pakistani tobacconist will be able to sell under the counter,” as Malcolm McLaren once said.

Just as importantly, C81 also lionized the nascent independent movement, showcasing acts from fledgling labels that had sprouted up in the previous five years: Postcard, 2 Tone, Industrial, and New Hormones.

“It was just another phenomenon that weakened the control of the music industry by the six major labels that existed then,” Rose explained. “We used to say that before the arrival of independent labels and, crucially, independent distributors, six people actually controlled whether you could be in the music industry or not. The independent labels and distributors completely broke that control, although it’s obviously regressed somewhat since then.”

Of course, C81’s status as a landmark release was solidified by its tracklist, which was unparalleled in scope. The cassette cut a wide swath across the post-punk landscape—from industrial and free jazz, to The Sound of Young Scotland and conceptual pop, to DIYers and pre-post-punk luminaries such as Pere Ubu and The Red Krayola.

Compilations with such grandiose ambitions typically spur derision in some listeners, but any Icarusian tendencies on C81’s part are bridled by the inclusion of tracks like the barmy “The Day My Pad Went Mad” by mad Manc John Cooper Clarke, as well as cookie-cutter (but catchy, nonetheless) pop fare from Essential Logic and Linx.

Simply put, the collection delivers highlight after highlight: the volcanic opening crescendo to Orange Juice’s “Blue Boy,” and its lyrics detailing a lad stricken with lovesick schoolboy disease; the saccharine-y pop bliss of Scritti Politti’s “The ‘Sweetest Girl’”; “Kebab Traume Live” by D.A.F. and its garrote-around-the-throat sound; the tribal rhythms, gypsy violins, and plucky guitars in “Shouting Out Loud” by The Raincoats; “The Milkmaid” by The Red Krayola, and its siren-like vocals, lulling the listener into a trance; the humorous vitriol in the lyrics of The Specials’ “Raquel”; Josef K’s “Endless Soul” and its sharp, clean riffing; the chest-constricting tension of Cabaret Voltaire’s “Raising The Count”; and the compilation’s closer—the epic, breathless “Parallel Lines” by Subway Sect.

According to Rose, accumulating such a pop bonanza wasn’t particularly difficult. “Rough Trade was also a distributor of other labels, so we had a huge amount of contacts,” he said. “Getting material really wasn’t a problem; everybody was keen to be involved. I’m pretty sure that there was way more material than space available.”

Upon its release, C81 did have its naysayers, particularly those who felt the compilation was about profit, and was not a true crystallization of cassette culture and the independent label movement. However, such negativity was atypical, as C81 ended up being a massive hit for Rough Trade and NME; thousands of readers ordered the cassette (complete with its dowdy colors and a campy illustration) by doing the necessary busywork: clipping two coupons from the magazine and mailing in £1.50.

“If memory serves,” Rose said, “the C81 compilation sold over 15,000 copies, giving a response rate of way over 10 percent. Normal response rates are typically around the one to four percent range, so this was a big commercial success, as well as a great slice of culture.”

That success led to subsequent compilations offered by NME: the follow-ups, Jive Wire and Mighty Reel, which were released in 1982; Mad Mix II (1983); Raging Spool (1984); Tapeworm and Department of Enjoyment (both in 1985). And, of course, C86.

And what were Rose’s thoughts regarding that particular comp?

C81 was way better than C86, which was much more about the NME trying to shape and control indie music, and keep itself relevant. It failed!”


Side A

Scritti Politti – The Sweetest Girl
The Beat – Twist and Crawl Dub
Pere Ubu – Misery Goats
Wah! Heat – 7,000 Names of Wah!
Orange juice – Blue Boy
Cabaret Voltaire – Raising the Count
D.A.F. – Kebab Traume
Furious Pig – Bare Pork
The Specials – Raquel
Buzzcocks – I Look Alone
Essential Logic – Fanfare in the Garden
Robert Wyatt – Born Again Cretin

Side B

The Raincoats – Shouting Out Loud
Josef F – Endless Soul
The Blue Orchids – Low Profile
Virgin Prunes – Red Nettle
Aztec Camera – We Could Send Letters
Red Crayola – Milkmaid
Linx – Don’t Get in My Way
The Massed Carnaby St John Cooper Clarkes – The Day My Pad Went Mad
James Blood Ulmer – Jazz Is the Teacher, Funk Is the Preacher
Ian Dury – Close to Home
Gist – Greener Grass
Subway Sect – Parallel Lines
John Cooper Clarke – 81 Minutes

Here she be:


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September 3, 2008 Posted by | Aztec Camera, Music_Alternative, Music_PostPunk, Music_Punk, Various Artists, _MUSIC | 1 Comment

Various Artists – NME C86 tape

Various Artists – NME C86 tape (1986)
Alternative / Indie
Mp3 @ 269kbps
2 Files = 56MB + 53MB

The legendary tape from Brit music mag, New Musical Express with a seminal look at the new UK scene of that period! Including the short-lived Shoegazers!

This album has, along with its predecessor C81, attained legendary status!

Some great bands. Some amazing music.

A real Classic!!! has a great piece on this album ….

The C86 tape was originally a tape you had to send away for from the NME. It later appeared as a limited run of 500 as a radio only copy before getting a full release on Rough Trade Records. The tape collated bands from the UK Indie Scene in 1985/86 with the angle that some (Bodines, Shop Assistants, Mighty Lemon Drops) would burst through on the commercial scene. This never happened although bands like The Wedding Present and Primal Scream scored success a few years later.

Another striking point, compared to the the “indie” scene today was how political some of the bands on the tape were. After all, at this time, the NME was a socialist music paper in all but name. Why was this? It was certainly a reaction to the policies of Thatcher’s Conservative government which had ripped the heart out of the traditional working class industries and left them in ruins resulting in mass unemployment, poverty and depravation. The steel workers, the ship yard workers, the UK car industry and more importantly the miners who were crushed by Thatcher’s government with help from the police and the British industrial ruling class, rendering the British trade unions all but useless. It’s no wonder that bands like McCarthy and The Wolfhounds emerged carrying on the musical struggles of The Gang Of Four and The Redskins amongst others. It is also no surprise that many of the non-political bands on the tape came from those areas affected by Tory policies and formed bands, no doubt on benefits for some of the time, because of lack of work and it was better than being on the dole – a quote I read in many interviews with the likes of the Shop Assistants etc at the time.

What other impacts did C86 have? Leading on from punk anyone could be in a band playing shambling Ramones covers! I was even a stand up drummer for two weeks! It didn’t matter if you couldn’t play as it was all about passion resulting from the disillusion that was prevalent. I never saw as many fanzines as I did at the heights of 1985/86! Fanzines written in the bedroom, bands rehearsing and recording in the living room and 7″ records, in plastic bags with paper inserts, distributed from the kitchen. A real cottage industry if there ever was one.

C86 certainly wasn’t twee as you may have been lead to believe. Just listen to bands like Bogshed or A Witness. Twee came later with bands like Talulah Gosh and the likes of Sarah Records but was certainly inspired by the bands of 1985/86 as are many today such as Camera Obscura, Belle and Sebastian and American bands like Dressy Bessy.

Was C86 a definitive round up of the time? No, not really as it contrasted greatly to the sounds of it’s predecessor, C81 which covered a wide range of genres unlike C86. As Alistair Fitchett writes the bands on C86, many who looked towards Orange Juice, Fire Engines and Josef K for inspiration but not these bands love of genres such as funk and disco, resulting in a lack of diversity on the tape (apart from maybe Age Of Chance and Mighty Mighty). No reggae, no dance, no dub but it had a little soul so to speak!

Further Reading

For more on C86 read the excellent essay by Krister Bladh which has contributions by The Legend!, Amelia Fletcher, Alistair Fitchett and me amongst others.

C86 entry on Wikipedia

mockingmusic wrote a nice piece about this album … read below!

C86 is a genre of music. That and a famous NME (New Musical Express) cassette. The genre is indie. More precisely, it refers to mid to late 80s and early 90s British indie pop that was generally”twee” (think Scottish group Belle & Sebastian for definitive twee).

Although most tweepop groups grow from c86, the c86 genre is arguably identified as jangle pop. This was a British movement, but there were many American and Canadian bands that were also c86 in all but location in the following years, like Velocity Girl (Which takes its name from an original C86 track) or Jale. The original movement is now almost as old as a lot of the people reading this, yet it still holds a place of importance in contemporary music beyond being mere reference fodder for indie elitists. Its pop-culture relevance has only become more apparent in the last year. Look for the influences of all those bands you or your little brother is rocking out to on the OC, and you’ll invariably find yourself back at C86.

But wait, didn’t I say something about a tape? You got me. C86 is literal abbreviation for Cassette 86, which refers to a tape given away with then 34 year old NME magazine in, unsurprisingly, 1986. NME was perhaps beginning to feel old and listless but, rather than focusing only on the biggest possible bands and celebrity gossip as with its (then 24 year old) cousin, Rolling Stone, NME decided to try something new.

“We [tried] to invent an alternative scene – our own version of punk you could say – by forcing a coterie of new bands onto a cassette called C86. It’s not entirely convincing and you should get out more if you remember The Shop Assistants – but it nails our colours to the mast. We, it said, for better or worse, are indie.”

The Forgotten Shop Assistant
A Former Shop Assistant, Forgotten and Discarded Returns To His Shop
The Cassette featured exclusively independent artists, most of whom were not hugely popular at the time. While C86 came to be a genre rather than a literal tape, some of the bands on the original compilation were neither janglepop nor twee (ie. not all the bands on C86 were C86). Examples being Primal Scream‘s Velocity Girl or Stump‘s “Buffalo”. Regardless, C86 was the cassette that launched a genre (rather than just recognizing one).

Says the freakishly well-informed uau of Freeway Jam, “C-86 was an extraordinary release; most of the bands had been unknown prior to its issuance, but taken together they resembled a scene. Almost every one of the groups that appeared on C-86 were short-lived, but in their wake, newer indie bands on both sides of the Atlantic began experimenting with this airy, tuneful style.”

Tom of Indie-mp3 whose tag-line is “Keeping the c86 alive” points out another distinction between the current twee pop and indie music scene and the c86 scene: politics. Unlike many of the C86 groups, indie music right now is rarely political. Personally, I prefer my music sans politik. Politics and music make for sloganeering, good protest chants, and propaganda, but not intelligent debate. That said, music remains the perfect visceral outlet for frustration, anger, or apathy born of perceived political disenfranchisement. “At this time, the NME was a socialist music paper in all but name,” Tom explains in his C86 overview. He goes on to further link the politicization to Thatcherism, but I’d argue that there are as many, if not more, reasons for a band to be political today. Though that’s likely every generation’s claim.

In writing this, I’ve relied on more than a few quoted references. Hopefully this makes me look credible and journalistic, and not confused and lazy. I’ve also avoided actually describing the music. This was not unintentional (i.e. this was intentional). I’m no good at it. This sometimes makes having a blog with a primary purpose of music description a bit tricky. I’ve never claimed it was a useful blog. Essentially, c86 is poppy but underproduced. Doesn’t that describe all indie pop? Well, yes, but.. um . . . this stuff is, uh, jangly too. And old.


Side A

1. Primal Scream – Velocity Girl
2. The Mighty Lemon Drops – Happy Head
3. The Soup Dragons – Pleasantly Surprised
4. The Wolfhounds – Feeling So Strange Again
5. The Bodines – Therese
6. Mighty Mighty – Law
7. Stump – Buffalo
8. Bogshed – Run to the Temple
9. A Witness – Sharps And Sticks
10. The Pastels – Breaking Lines
11. The Age of Chance – From Now On This Will Be Your God

Side B

1. Shop Assistants – It’s Up To You
2. Close Lobsters – Firestation Towers
3. Miaow – Sport Most Royal
4. Half Man Half Buiscuit – I Hate Nerys Hughes
5. The Servants – Transparent
6. The MacKenzies – Big Jim (There’s No Pubs In Heaven)
7. Big Flame – New Way (Quick Wash And Brush Upon Liberation Theology)
8. We’ve Got a Fuzzbox and We’re Gonna Use it – Console Me
9. McCarthy – Celestial City
10. The Shrubs – Bullfighter Blues
11. The Wedding Present – This Boy Can Wait

It’s 1986 again!!

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Both Sides Now – The Spirit of Americana – VA (2002)

Both Sides Now: The Spirit of Americana – VA (2002)
Mp3 @ 160 kbps / 2 files – 89.5 MB & 86.0 MB / RS

Both Sides Now – Best Of Americana was a 2002 UK-exclusive release, compiled by Uncut magazine’s Nigel Williamson.

The collection aims to offer a comprehensive summary of Americana as it currently stands with 37 tracks from such an array of amazing artists like Bob Dylan, Flaming Lips, Lambchop, Mercury Rev, Jim O’Rourke, Thea Gilmore, Radar Brothers, Be Good Tanyas, Silver Jews, Hope Sandoval & The Warm Intentions & many more.

Funny, I wouldn’t associate many of these with Americana! But so fucking what! It’s great music!

Yap – although they did cast their Americana net a little too widely, there are still plenty of gems on this compilation.

Those seeking a purer form of Americana could do worse than check out the Flyinshoes podcast which comes from Nottingham, in the middle of the UK, rather strangely! I always knew Britland was the 51st US State!!

Some of these rather good podcasts can be had here;

Both Sides Now collects two discs’ worth of contemporary artists who work loosely under the genre label Americana, although it is difficult to imagine some of the these acts actually falling into that drawer, like the Flaming Lips, for example, whose “Do You Realize” is included here.

That said, this is a pretty cool anthology with a lot of highlights, starting with the first track, Bob Dylan’s “High Water (For Charley Patton).” The woefully underappreciated Rodney Crowell contributes “Ballad of a Teenage Queen,” while Steve Earle brings his courageous (and controversial) “Ballad of John Walker,” and the two songs seem to sort of bookend the American experience. BR5-49 does a loving cover of Gram Parsons’ “Hickory Wind.” The Flaming Lips’ erstwhile cousin Mercury Rev, another band that works “in the spirit of Americana” rather than in Americana itself, is represented here by the pretty “Little Rhymes.” A fine introduction to some interesting artists who seem to never show up on MTV ( or on CMT, either, for that matter).

– Steve Leggett
Well, here’s a useful catch-all, catch-up compilation in time for slipping into your Americana Christmas stocking. Sub-sub-titled The Best of Americana 2002! It rather stretches a point to include the Flaming Lips’ pop-glorious Do You Realise? and Warren Zevon’s You’re A Whole Different Person, but otherwise this embraces all shades of the genre, from sparse mountain music to gutsy guitar rocking, from the Be Good Tanyas, Arlenes and Silver Jews to Jason Ringenberg, Jay Farrar and Grant Lee Phillips.

Rather than the review descending into an extended list, suffice to point you in the direction of Raul Malo & Shelby Lynn’s revamp of It Takes Two To Tango, Rodney Crowell’s Johnny Cash tribute album version of Ballad of a Teenage Queen, the inclusion of little known but worth discovering names Dan Bern, Wiskey Biscuit, Departure Lounge, and Cicero Buck, After All This Time from Darden’s Smith’s criminally underpublicised comeback album, and the fragile beauty of Hope Sandoval’s Suzanne.

But whether your taste leans more to Dylan (High Water) or Lambchop (I Can Hardly Spell My Name) with its balance of reliable old timers and emergent heirs to the throne (Mary Gauthier step right up), even with the notable omissions of Ryan Adams, The Guthries and Eileen Rose, this is ridiculously good value for money, even though it’ll probably cost you a fortune tracking down the albums by the artists you’ll just be discovering within. And I managed to get through the whole review without once drooling over the fact it also contains Thea Gilmore’s not-entirely-Americana-but-who-cares cover of I Dreamed I Saw St Augustine from her forthcoming new album. Oh darn!

– Mike Davies


CD 1 – 78:18

01 Bob Dylan – High Water (For Charley Patton) 04:05
02 Raul Malo & Shelby Lynne – It Takes Two to Tango 03:35
03 Lambchop – I Can Hardly Spell My Name 03:22
04 The Flaming Lips – Do You Realize 03:34
05 Jim O’Rourke – All Downhill From Here 05:00
06 Jeff Finlin – I Am the King 04:12
07 Warren Zevon – You’re a Whole Different Person When You’re Scared 05:14
08 Jay Farrar – Barstow 03:54
09 Radar Brothers – Rock of the Lake 04:59
10 Dan Bern – New American Language 05:13
11 Jason Ringenberg – Bible and a Gun 04:37
12 The Be Good Tanyas – Don’t You Fall 03:40
13 Silver Jews – Horseleg Swastikas 03:23
14 Caitlin Cary – Shallow Heart, Shallow Water 04:36
15 Hayden – I Should Have Been Watching You 01:43
16 The Vessels – Don’t Waste Your Time 03:07
17 Chris Mills – Silver Line 02:56
18 BR5-49 – Hickory Wind 04:18
19 Stewboss – I Hope I Miss You 03:39
20 Rodney Crowell – Ballad of a Teenage Queen 03:11

CD 2 – 75:19

01 Josh Rouse – Feeling No Pain 04:20
02 Steve Earle – Ballad of John Walker 03:41
03 Wiskey Biscuit – Santa Ana River Delta Blues 05:51
04 Mercury Rev – Little Rhymes 05:12
05 Thea Gilmore – I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine 04:35
06 Chuck Prophet – Summertime Thing 05:11
07 Grand Drive – Track 40’s Gone 04:45
08 Grant Lee Phillips – Like a Lover 04:32
09 Departure Lounge – King Kong Frown 02:58
10 St. Thomas – Oh I Have Left the Ground 03:28
11 Cicero Buck – Delicate Shade of Grey 03:35
12 Will Kimbrough – Hey Big Sister 05:11
13 Mary Gauthier – Our Lady of the Shooting Stars 03:30
14 Dolly Varden – Overwhelming 05:21
15 The Arlenes – Lonely Won’t Leave Me Alone 05:27
16 Darden Smith – After All This Time 02:54
17 Hope Sandoval & The Warm Intentions – Suzanne 04:48

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August 19, 2008 Posted by | Jim O'Rourke, Josh Rouse, Mercury Rev, Music_AltCountry, Silver Jews, Steve Earle, Various Artists, _BOB DYLAN, _MUSIC | Leave a comment

Mercury Rev – Back To Mine (2006) @320

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Mercury Rev – Back To Mine
Released in 2006
Mp3 @320kbps / 142 Mb / 2 RARs
A wonderfully eclectic and excellent compilation via the boys from Rev!

Yap, this 2006 compilation was handpicked by Alternative heroes Mercury Rev and features many songs that have influenced them as well as a few current favorites.

Amongst the array of great talent here are Suicide, David Bowie, Nico, Alex Chilton, Galaxie 500, Billie Holliday and John Cale. There are also some more obscure music – including an amazing Nicolai Dunger track.

I could live without the awful Terry Jacks track though! Thank fuck for delete buttons!

And, if that’s not enough, there’s a brand new Mercury Rev track, ‘Cecilia’s Lunar Expose’, recorded specifically for this collection!

Get downloading now mofos!!

As one might expect from a band as eclectic as Mercury Rev, their late-night mixtape compilation offers a selection of style and genres, incorporating legends (Billie Holiday, George Jones, Nico, Pharoah Sanders and Randy Newman) alongside more outré talents. What’s also no surprise, given the layered approach of their early albums, is the elegant congruence of many of the segues: the opening link from Bowie’s “A New Career in a New Town” to Johan Johannsson’s “Hotel Borg”, for instance, is all about shared intent and melodic echoes, while the move from John Cale’s “Days of Steam” to Andrew Bird’s “Opposite Day” involves the subtlest of shifts from viola to violin.

The most sustained progress, however, is from the band’s “Cecilia’s Lunar Exposé”, a slice of Saucerful Of Secrets-era Floydism, through the Neu!-style groove of Spacemen 3’s “Big City”, to the erotic trance-scape of Suicide’s “Dream Baby Dream”, a beautifully modulated arc for the more ambitious musical explorers, with childlike comforts furnished by “Seasons In the Sun” and “When You Wish Upon A Star”.

Highlights :’Days Of Steam’, ‘Big City’, ‘Dream Baby Dream’, ‘Cecilia’s Lunar Exposé’


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1. A New Career In A New Town – David Bowie
2. Hotel-Borg – Johan Johannsson
3. Seasons In The Sun – Terry Jacks
4. When Will You Come Home – Galaxie 500
5. I’m A Fool To Want You – Billie Holliday
6. Days Of Steam – John Cale
7. Opposite Day (Reprise) – Andrew Bird
8. The Grand Tour (Clean Version) – George Jones
9. If I Were A Little Star – Nicolai Dunger
10. Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams – Nico
11. Cecilia’s Lunar Expose – Mercury Rev
12. Big City – Spacemen 3
13. Dream Baby Dream – Suicide
14. Let Me Get Close To You – Alex Chilton
15. Astral Traveling – Pharoah Sanders
16. Cast Anchor – Hanne Hukkleberg
17. Uncle Bob’s Midnight Blues – Randy Newman
18. When You Wish Upon A Star – Cliff Edwards

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August 19, 2008 Posted by | Alex Chilton, Billie Holiday, David Bowie, Galaxie 500, Hanne Hukkelberg, John Cale, Mercury Rev, Music_Alternative, Music_Electronica, Nicolai Dunger, Suicide, Various Artists, _MUSIC | Leave a comment

Elizabethtown – Soundtrack (2005)

Elizabethtown – Soundtrack (2005)
Mp3 @ 160 kbps
Released; September 13, 2005
Genre; Rock, pop, alternative country
Length; 58:47
Label; RCA Records
Producer; Cameron Crowe

The OST from the 2005 movie directed by the insanely over-rated Cameron Crowe.

A few interesting tracks from the likes of Ryan Adams, The Hollies, Tom Petty, My Morning Jacket et al.

Some ridiculous “artists” too … Elton fucking John et al!

And no, I’ve not seen the movie. Nor am I gonna rush out and buy a copy of the DVD!


1. 60B (Etown Theme) – Nancy Wilson
2. It’ll All Work Out – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
3. My Father’s Gun – Elton John
4. IO (This Time Around) – Helen Stellar
5. Come Pick Me Up – Ryan Adams
6. Where to Begin – My Morning Jacket
7. Long Ride Home – Patty Griffin
8. Sugar Blue – Jeff Finlin
9. Don’t I Hold You – Wheat
10. Shut Us Down – Lindsey Buckingham
11. Let It Out (Let It All Hang Out) – The Hombres
12. Hard Times (Come Again No More) – Eastmountainsouth
13. Jesus Was A Cross Maker – The Hollies
14. Square One – Tom Petty
15. Same In Any Language – I Nine

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August 15, 2008 Posted by | Music_Alternative, Music_ClassicRock, Music_OST, Music_Pop, Ryan Adams, Various Artists, _MUSIC | 1 Comment

Various Artists – Lonely Is An Eyesore (wonderful 4AD compilation)

Various Artists – Lonely Is An Eyesore
Vinyl rip at 320 Kbps
Released 15 June 1987
Length 42:19
Label 4AD
Producer Ivo Watts-Russell

Magnificent collection of tracks from bands on the peerless Brit Indie Label 4AD back in the late eighties.

Just look at the quality of acts like Cocteau Twins, Dead Can Dance, Muses and 4AD “supergroup” This Mortal Coil !

As a former 4AD addict, I had this on cassette back in the day! It’s great to get it digitally now!

Lonely Is an Eyesore was first released back in June 1987. It was originally available on LP, CD, cassette, and in a limited edition wooden box containing all audio formats, video tape, and etchings. A VHS compilation of music videos for all the songs was released as well.

The CD was re-released in the 1990s.

All thanks to cosmos65 for the great vinyl rip!

If the artsy British independent label 4AD has a calling card, it’s 1987’s Lonely Is an Eyesore. Featuring many exclusive selections from their late-’80s staples, you get tribal mysticism from Dead Can Dance (“Frontier,” “The Protagonist”), fractured pop mysticism from Throwing Muses (“Fish”), dream pop mysticism from the Cocteau Twins (“Crushed”), gothic mysticism from This Mortal Coil and Clan of Xymox (“Acid, Bitter and Sad” and “Muscoviet Musquito,” respectively), instrumental mysticism from Dif Juz (“No Motion”), sound collage mysticism from Colourbox (“Hot Doggie”), and pop art mysticism from the Wolfgang Press (“Cut the Tree”). It isn’t exactly a sought-after independent label sampler in the manner of Rough Trade’s Wanna Buy a Bridge?, and it’s not as legendary as Factory’s A Factory Sampler, but it does offer some fine examples of 4AD’s excellence, especially in the cases of the Throwing Muses and Dif Juz selections. The compilation was also released in a severely limited edition (try 100, of which only 30 were commercially issued), encased in a wooden box with a VHS supplement and a number of graphic prints.



1. “Hot Doggie” (Colourbox)
2. “Acid, Bitter and Sad” (This Mortal Coil)
3. “Cut the Tree” (The Wolfgang Press)
4. “Fish” (Throwing Muses)
5. “Frontier” (Dead Can Dance)
6. “Crushed” (Cocteau Twins)
7. “No Motion” (Dif Juz)
8. “Muscoviet Musquito” (Clan of Xymox)
9. “The Protagonist” (Dead Can Dance)

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August 15, 2008 Posted by | Clan of Xymox, Cocteau Twins, Colourbox, Dead Can Dance, Dif Juz, Music_Alternative, The Wolfgang Press, This Mortal Coil, Throwing Muses, Various Artists, _MUSIC | 3 Comments

VA – Greatest Motown (Non) Hits

VA – Greatest Motown (Non) Hits

A nice piece found on fullundie.blogspot about great Motown songs that we might have missed but should know about because the songs are so good.

I’m not sure if fullundie.blogspot compiled the collection himself or not. Perhaps someone on Many thanks nevertheless to whoever did compile this great collection!


01 Martha Reeves & The Vandellas – Benjamin
02 Tammi Terrell – All I Do Is Think About You
03 The Temptations – You’re The One I Need
04 The Velvelettes – A Bird In The Hand
05 Frank Wilson – Do I Love You
06 The Supremes – Going Down For The Third Time
07 Carolyn Crawford – Forget About Me
08 Syreeta Wright – I Can’t Give Back The Love I Feel For You
09 Chris Clark – Love’s Gone Bad
10 Diana Ross – My Place
11 The Isley Brothers – I Can’t Go On Sharing Your Love
12 The Four Tops – Don’t Bring Back Memories
13 Carolyn Crawford – My Smile Is Just A Frown (Turned Upside Down)
14 Gladys Knight & The Pips – He’s My Kind Of Fellow
15 Diana Ross & The Supremes – Discover Me (And You’ll Discover Love)
16 GC Cameron – I’m Gonna Give You Respect
17 Yvonne Fair – It’s Bad For Me To See You
18 Brenda Holloway – You Can Cry On My Shoulder
19 Martha Reeves & The Vandellas – No One There
20 Chris Clark – I Want To Go Back There Again
21 The Velvelettes – Lonely Lonely Girl Am I
22 PJ – T.L.C. (Tender Loving Care)
23 Diana Ross – After You
24 Jimmy Ruffin – He Who Picks A Rose
25 Linda Gringer – Goodbye Cruel Love
26 Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell – This Poor Heart Of Mine3
27 The Monitors – Since I Lost You Girl
28 The Lewis Sisters – You Need Me
29 Hearts Of Stone – One Day
30 The Isley Brothers – It’s Out Of The Question
31 Tammi Terrell – More, More, More
32 Gladys Knight & The Pips – The Stranger
33 Chris Clark – From Head to Toe
34 The Four Tops – Since You’ve Been Gone

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BIG GUITARS FROM TEXAS :Trash, Twang, & Thunder (1985)

BIG GUITARS FROM TEXAS :Trash, Twang, & Thunder (1985)
The local punk scene was hoppin’, and thanks to Stevie Ray Vaughan and others Austin’s long suffering roots ‘n’ blues scene was finally getting some national recognition…

… A bevy of six-string wizards known collectively as Big Guitars From Texas made a couple of records that celebrated the joy of ax.

Virtually everybody who was anyone back then participated; Big Guitars From Texas ” Trash, Twang, & Thunder” featured Frankie Camaro (Dino Lee, Dragstrip, Moto-X), Don Leady (LeRoi Bros, Tail Gators), Evan Johns (Leroi Bros, H Bombs), Danny Freeman (Southern Feeling, Cobras, Lou Ann Barton), Drummer Mike Buck (Fab T-Birds, LeRoi Bros) and Bassist Keith Ferguson (Fab T-Birds, Tail Gators).

The songs covered a wide range of styles and were strictly instrumental.


03.The Lost Incas
04.Shanghai Cobra
05.The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly
06.Guitar Army
08.Ride Of The Ruthless
09.Bulldoggin’ Boogie
11.Do The Dootz
13.Near East Beast
14.Riot At Huntsville

Here be big guitars

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Dream Babes (Songs by Girl Groups/Singers)- Volumes 1 – 5

Dream Babes just keeps getting better and better the further along the Dream Team (St. Etienne’s Bob Stanley , RPM Records’ Mark Stratford , Kieron Tyler and Mick Patrick ) get with their incredible romps into the 1960s Brit Girl Groups/Singer sound!


The ever controversial Dream Babes compilation series reaches volume five with one of the best volumes yet. I think I say that about each volume that comes along. I’ve come to realize in my travels that the Dream Babes series is not everybody’s cup of tea. Whether it’s a question of people’s tastes when it comes to defining what girl group music from the 1960s truly is; or if it has to do with something deeper: I think the Dream Babes series is an ever fascinating adventure because it spotlights what actually was happening back in the heyday of the 1960s. Rather than look back through fog colored glasses by putting a twist to the times to make it seem like it’s one thing, Dream Babes leads us the other direction: it was many things.

This go round, Dream Babes presents Folk Rock and Faithfull. The play on Marianne Faithfull’s name is telling. Even though she’s not included here, her folk rocking influence is heard throughout. Mostly a British phenomenon is presented of course, since RPM is a British label (as are the label compilers, St. Etienne’s Bob Stanley, Mick Patrick, Kieron Tyler, and Mark Stratford), with a few foreigners from California (Jackie DeShannon when she was visiting London), Germany (Nico, heard here recorded in London before her fame with VU in NYC), and Australians (unknown Aussies, Maggie Hammond and Gemini). Other than that, we get Brit born and bred – The Caravelles, Gillian Hills, Phillipa Lewis, Twinkle, Jennifer Lewis and Angela Strange, Vashti, Leonore Drewery, Caroline Carter, The Chantelles, Angelina, Judi Smith, Gay Shingleton, Ruth, Trisha, and Greta Ann.

First and foremost, this compilation is worth every penny to finally hear The Caravelles 1967 single Hey Mama You’ve Been on My Mind. I’d been making do with a muddy cd-r copy of this incredible Spectorian folk rock gem. The Caravelles are best known for their early 1960s hit You Don’t Have To Be A Baby To Cry. I’d been dying to hear the highly sought after Hey Mama You’ve Been on My Mind for as long as I can remember, and to finally hear it in crystal clear cd sound is awe inspiring. Not to be confused with the Dylan tune Mama, You Been on My Mind, The Caravelles‘ song was probably inspired by a similar Dylanesque vision, but doesn’t ape him at all. It’s a soaring, wonderful piece of folk pop.

If you’ve heard Nico’s cover of Gordon Lightfoot’s I’m Not Saying from her Immediate years, you actually have a good idea what a lot of Dream Babes: Folk Rock and Faithfull sounds like. Recorded in London by Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham for his Immediate record label and featuring both Brian Jones and Jimmy Page on guitars. I remember the first time I heard it, I was quite surprised how different it sounded from her later recordings. it’s a gem, if you’ve never heard it.

Jackie DeShannon was all over the place in the 1960s – and I guess she was visiting the UK (shagging Jimmy Page, who knew?) when she recorded the stomping Don’t Turn Your Back on Me. Since Jackie also wrote Marianne Faithfull’s huge hit Come and Stay With Me (not included here), it makes sense to include Don’t Turn Your Back on Me, which is in a folk rocking vein. Judi Smith also covers the Jackie DeShannon/Jimmy Page composition Leaves That Come Tumbling Down, which bounces along with an autumnal stride and is fittingly beautiful for the equally stunning Smith. Gay Shingleton also covered the DeShannon/Page composition In My Time of Sorrow – a far cry from Page’s later Zeppelin rip-offs; In My Time of Sorrow is not a stolen folk blues song (as the title even suggests), but rather a wispy piece of female voiced folk rock with drama and poise.

Another Page tune Get Along Without You (this time written with Gay Shingleton) is covered by Phillipa Lewis. A lower toned vocalist, Phillipa‘s voice is deep, but not without a feminine charm. The french horn solo adds a depth to the musical backing, which pounds along behind Phillipa while she relives the drama of getting along without her lost lover.

Caroline Carter recorded the DeShannon tune The Ballad of Possibilities, a beautiful song with hammered dulcimer used in a pop song setting. It sounds like a lost PF Sloan tune, really wonderful.

Vashti also recorded for Immediate Records, but here we hear her singing Train Song and Love Song from an EMI/Columbia single from 1966. Vashti’s got a dreamy, mysterious sound which chugs along in a Francoise Hardy styled way. Train Song is a bit more upbeat, and my favorite of the two songs. An album called Just Another Diamond Day was also recorded, and reissued in 2000, which I believe has just about everything the mysterious, wispy Vashti recorded. Fans of Linda Perhacs or Nick Drake should check Vashti out.

Vashti helped Jennifer Lewis and Angela Strange record their single – and the two girls bring a dulcet stride to Bring It to Me, while You Know could well have been recorded by any number of C86 twee Brit bands.

Reading about Gillian Hills in Cha Cha Charming Magazine made me both curious and apprehensive to hear her music. Sheila seemed very opinionated about her various recordings, which made it seem like she’d be all over the map style-wise, and somewhat so-so quality-wise. To be expected with a beauty like Gillian; gladly however, I can report that her folk rock song Tomorrow Is Another Day included here is wonderful. Not at all the in your face Ye Ye I was expecting, this is dreamy and sweet, precious vocals about walking in the sand in a dreamy kind of way.

Twinkle tries her hand at a rollicking take on the P.F. Sloan / Steve Barri tune What Am I Doing Here With You. When is Twinkle not rollicking? Well, this time she’s not singing about death, and there’s more emphasis on the folk strumming guitars of course, but she’s also helped along with some fiery horns too.

One of my all-time favorite tunes on Dream Babes Volume Five is 87 Sundays by Ruth. Little is known about this previously unreleased song which was an acetate discovered in a Glasgow charity shop. This could even be included in your next Christmas playlist, especially if you are into a lonely Christmas vibe.

The Chantelles (of London) have always been a favorite Brit girl group of mine (they are members from Dusty Springfield’s first girlgroup, the Lana Sisters). Ris Chantelle has a voice perfectly suited to the folk rock sound, and it’s truly the highlight of the previously unreleased Weeping Willow. The musical backing and background vocals seem a bit scattered; but I love to collect Chantelles songs, even sloppy unreleased songs.

Trisha sings a quiet, quaint Donovan song called The Darkness of My Night, a song he never released himself, so Donovan fans should check this one out.

Greta Ann’s Sadness Hides The Sun sounds like the theme to a Western – plucked guitars, crazed Western styled wordless backing vocals and soaring strings: it was written by Eric Woolfson who later was in The Art Movement and The Alan Parsons Project. Closing credits, exit the theater, until next time.



01. Hey Mama You’ve Been on My Mind – The Caravelles
02. Tomorrow Is Another Day – Gillian Hills
03. Get Along Without You – Phillipa Lewis
04. Don’t Turn Your Back on Me – Jackie DeShannon
05. What Am I Doing Here With You – Twinkle
06. Sunshine River – Gemini
07. I’m Not Saying – Nico
08. Bring It to Me – Jennifer Lewis and Angela Strange
09. Train Song – Vashti
10. Rue – Leonore Drewery
11. You Know – Jennifer Lewis and Angela Strange
12. First Time Ever – Leonore Drewery
13. Love Song – Vashti
14. The Ballad of Possibilities – Caroline Carter
15. Weeping Willow – Chantelles
16. Wishing My Life Away – Angelina
17. Leaves That Come Tumbling Down – Judi Smith
18. High Flying Bird – Maggie Hammond
19. In My Time of Sorrow – Gay Shingleton
20. 87 Sundays – Ruth
21. The Darkness of My Night – Trisha
22. Sadness Hides the Sun – Greta Ann

Here she be:



Go Girl – Dream Babes Volume Four is yet another incredible romp into the 1960s Brit Girl Group Singer Sound.

The Dream Team this time around have centered their attention on the groups, the superstars and the Northern Soul Classics. The groups included are – The Chantelles : with a whopping 5 tracks of their delicious vocal mayhem; The Orchids aka The Blue Orchids in the States and The Exceptions when they tried to lose that schoolgirl image that producer Larry Page tried to tag them with – here The Orchids are all school girl fun all of the time at the tender ages of 14 and 15; The McKinleys whom continue their reign of sweet and tender girl group sounds which started on Dream Babes Volume 3; and The Breakaways , one of the most prolific girl group singers in the UK.

The Dream Team have also turned the raised spotlight on the super stars turned singers – including sides by Twiggy , Linda Thorson (who played Tara King of The Avengers television show), and Ross Hannaman , the face of the year 1968 and Mark Wirtz’s wife. The final thread of girl group sounds the Dream Team delve into is Northern Soul classics by including tracks by Jacki Bond , Paula Parfitt , and Janie Jones.

The Chantelles’ fans get a treat: 5 songs – a virtual goldmine for those who have worn out the grooves to the many fine 45s they released throughout the mid-60s. Starting out the collection is The Chantelles powerful rendition of the obscure Sadina song I Want That Boy , which mixes Riss Chantelles sensual drawl with the other Chantelles crazed backing vocals to create compulsive listening. Gonna Give Him Some Love is a go go get him kind of a tune. Please Don’t Kiss Me is as sweet as the title of the song infers, as The Chantelles sway through the vocals. I Think of You is a loungey number which will stir your martini for you. The final Chantelles song is a dreamy, odd one from 1973 called Another Time Another World , which points to the musicals that Riss and Nola York worked on after The Chantelles passing. Now here’s hoping the final Chantelles single, released in the US only as The Chantelles (of London) will be reissued on cd soon.

Love Hit Me by The Orchids has that American girl group sound that The Orchids mined so well, with it’s driving beat and girl-ish vocals. One of the supreme highlights of this set is the phenomenal Mr Scrooge by The Orchids , which was used in the pop movie Just Like You , where The Orchids performed next to Freddie and the Dreamers , Peter and Gordon and The Merseybeats . What a mighty little gem of a song which i’m sure you will be singing to yourself long after it’s finished playing. Gonna Make Him Mine has a more rocking guitar driven beat, which sounds like it has The Kinks on the backing, which wouldn’t be surprising seeing as Ray Davies wrote one of The Orchids songs (not on this compilation) and The Kinks backed the girls up when they toured.

The McKinleys have two songs on Dream Babes Volume Four – When He Comes Along is a sweet song, the A-side of their second song, and was written by Geoff Stephens (who also wrote The Crying Game ). It sounds like an Everly Brothers tune sung by girls. The second McKinleys song is the dreamy That Lonely Feeling – a song that sounds like it could’ve been written by Jagger/Richards (you know that love they had with the girl group sound early on). It was the B-side to Sweet and Tender Romance (a highlight from Dream Babes Volume Three ).

The Breakaways have a full cd forthcoming which centers wholly on The Breakaways output. Right now we get two of them. Sacred Love is a fuzzed out piece of psych girl group nirvana, that reminds me of the uber-cool 60


01. I Want That Boy – The Chantelles
02. Love Hit Me – The Orchids
03. Gonna Give Him Some Love – The Chantelles
04. Love Is Wonderful – Paula Parfitt
05. Here I Am – Linda Thorson
06. When I Think of You – Twiggy
07. Go Go Away from Me – Janie Jones
08. Mr. Scrooge – The Orchids
09. He Say – Jacki Bond
10. Gonna Make Him Mine – The Orchids
11. Please Don’t Kiss Me – The Chantelles
12. I Think of You – The Chantelles
13. When He Comes Along – The McKinleys
14. Bad Time to Stop Loving Me – Linda Thorson
15. I Can Hear Music – The Breakaways
16. That Lonely Feeling – The McKinleys
17. Down Through Summer – Ross Hannaman
18. Time Has Come to Choose – Janie Jones
19. Sacred Love – The Breakaways
20. Reviewing the Situation – Jacki Bond
21. Another Time Another World – The Chantelles
22. Beautiful Dreams – Twiggy

Here she be:



By far this is the most exciting Volume in the Dream Babes series. Rather than look at the recordings from major label releases, Volume Three concentrates on the 60’s British Girl Group recordings made by independent producers including Shel Talmy, Joe Meek, Giorgio Gomelsky, Tommy Scott, John Carter, Mark Wirtz, Miki Dallon and Pierre Tubbs. Compiled by the Dream team which consists of Bob Stanley, Kieron Tyler and Mark Stratford – this collection really digs into the vaults for some wonderful sounds.

1. Sweet And Tender Romance – The McKinleys We start out with a bang and some awesome female vocals mixed with distorted blues guitar. Really a nice surprise with this combination that sounds like it has a really raw Jimmy Page guitar solo in the middle of this one.

2. Lying Awake – Dany Chandelle Next up is this multi-sectional song cycle – an amazing Mark Wirtz production which makes a curiosity out of the echoed guitar combined with the unique drum sound and an inspired Phil Spector-esque Wall of Sound which all send this one soaring. In 1965 Mark Wirtz was experimenting a-plenty and here’s one of the great payoffs.

3. Come Tomorrow – Peanut Peanut is back and singing what sounds just like a Beach Boys melody to me (from Pet Sounds). That alone makes this one a winner. Peanut’s voice combined with the wonderful banjo-esque solo make this sweet number a real keeper.

4. A Way Out/ Judi Johnson Here’s an upbeat Heatwave sounding tune with a catchy chorus. Sweet lead vocals counterpoint the backing voices wonderful here too.

5. Someone Cares For Me – The McKinleys

Strummed start and stop rhythms send this one soaring into Phil Spector Wall of Sound land. Add an amazingly sweet melody and you’ve got a great one! Originally released on cd on the crucial Touch the Wall Of Sound cd.

6. Gonna Get Burned – The Chantelles Here’s a driving tune by the former Lana Sisters from when they regrouped after Dusty Springfield had left their ranks. Crucially under-looked, with a handful of amazing singles put out from 1965-1968-ish – I’m so glad to see them finally make it on cd.

7. I’ll Forget You Tonight – Cheryl St Clair* One of Bob Stanley’s (from Saint Etienne – as detailed in Clenbuterol #15) faves – this one has a Walker Brothers or Dusty Springfield feel to it. Wonderfully orchestrated and organic sounding – truly unique for the era.

8. We Don’t Belong – Sylvan A piano driven pounder with a mysterious vocal by Sylvan – a pretty sweet death song with bells, tension, eery horn solo. what a find.

9. You’re Gonna Get Your Way – Glenda Collins A Joe Meek production oddity by Glenda Collins. Great sounding drums and Glenda’s weird intonations sweeping into a soaring chorus.

10. Go Ahead – Samantha Jones There’s a wonderful vocal on this upbeat soulful number, “Go ahead and hurt me….”

11. Mickey – Twinkle Yes, one of my fave tunes in the past weeks shows up again. I love this piano pounding singalong.

12. Two by Two – Perpetual Langley This one sounds just like Petula Clark with a hint of French YeYe phrasing when she says Two By Two – thumbs up from me.

13. How Many Times – Judi Johnson Upbeat horns and odd rhythm start this one out quite uniquely. There’s a nifty organ solo and Honeys’ like background vocals adding to the pot.

14. Don’t You Worry (bout Me) – Jacki Bond Here’s a soulful pounder with Mae West-like quavering voice tempting the player piano-styled led beat. 15. No-one Needs My Love Today – Samantha Juste Things slow down with this sleepy, delicately voiced number. Wonderful – this could’ve been done by Brian Wilson.

16. Lonely Room – Cloda Rogers A folk-inspired number with pitter patter drums representing the pitter patter of the singer’s heart and an “accordion feel” to string/flute arrangement which actually reminds me somewhat of early Jethro Tull because of the complex arrangement.

17. I’ve Heard It All Before – Jennifer Lewis & Angela Strange Here’s counter-pointed folksy understated dual lead vocal which reminds me of the Cake a lot. Every so often there are some horn flourishes to remind me this is British.

18. Give Him My Love – The McKinleys This is another folksy number which also reminds me of the Cake. Sweet stuff.

19. I Know You Love Me Not – Julie Driscoll Julie does a Dusty sound-a-like – with a Brian Wilson styled orchestration. This is probably my least favorite track on the compilation because it seems like she could’ve worked on the vocal a little bit more.

20. If Trees Could Talk – Samantha Juste This is the other Bob Stanley favorite and what sweet upbeat girl pop it is – I love her accent. What a find! Bravo!

21. Someone’s Gonna Be Sorry – Peanut Peanut gets folksy on this blues banjo strummer with a big beat and Lesley Gore styled vocal.

22. Yours Sincerely – Jan Panter We end the compilation with this folk rocker which has a plucked guitar melody and a swarming string arrangement and a galloping beat.


These songs range from the beautiful to the bizarre, all of them catchier than the flu! There’s something special about their obscurity as well – listening to this compilation is like hearing a radio broadcast from a long lost world.Highlights include The Chantelle’s fierce “Gonna Get Burned,” Peanut’s charming “Come Tomorrow,” the McKinley’s three blues/folk inspired pop gems (one of which written by Donovan), Samantha Jones go-go-tastic “Go Ahead,” Sylvan’s cinematic “We Don’t Belong,” and Cheryl St Clair’s heartbreaking Bacharach-esque “I’ll Forget You Tonight.” This compilation is a must have for fans of girl groups, classic pop, modern club pop like Pizzicato Five and Saint Etienne… and any fans of music. I’ve had it on non-stop play for months.

– Amazon reviewer


01. Sweet and Tender Romance – The McKinleys
02. Lying Awake – Dany Chandelle & The Ladybirds
03. Come Tomorrow – Peanut
04. Way Out – Judi Johnson & The Perfections
05. Someone Cares for Me – The McKinleys
06. Gonna Get Burned – The Chantelles
07. I’ll Forget You Tonight – Cheryl St. Clair
08. We Don’t Belong – Sylvan
09. You’re Gonna Get Your Way – Glenda Collins
10. Go Ahead – Samantha Jones
11. Micky – Twinkle
12. Two by Two – Perpetual Langley
13. How Many Times – Judi Johnson a The Perfections
14. Don’t You Worry (’bout Me) – Jacki Bond
15. No One Needs My Love Today – Samantha Juste
16. Lonely Room – Cloda Rogers
17. I’ve Heard It All Before – Jennifer Lewis & Angela Strange
18. Give Him My Love – The McKinleys
19. I Know You Love Me Not – Julie Driscoll
20. If Trees Could Talk – Samantha Juste
21. Someone’s Gonna Be Sorry – Peanut
22. Yours Sincerely – Jan Panter

Here she be:



While I prefer the first volume in this series (Am I Dreaming?) by no means does Reflections come off like “here’s all the odds and ends that weren’t good enough to include on the first one.”

This is more quality British girl pop from 1962-1971. Some personal faves include Linda Laine’s “Low Grades & High Fever” (a re-write of The Orlons “Don’t Hang Up”), Jean & The Statesiders (actually from Liverpool) cover of the Shirelles’ “Putty in Your Hands” (later covered to great effect by the Yardbirds and the Detroit Cobras), Cilla Black’s (yeah, yeah, the coat-check girl from Liverpool’s Cavern Club) “Work Is a Four Letter Word” and “You Too (Can Have Heartac hes)” by Jackie Lee (Lee later sang the theme for Rupert the Bear, covered by Sunshine Day on Siesta’s Algebra Spaghetti collection).

Sure there are a number of rather overwrought vocal offerings and a few second-rate Dusty Springfields, but the pros drastically outweigh the cons. Even Bond-Girl-to-be (she was in The Spy Who Loved Me) Caroline Munro’s white-bread blues-by-number ditty, “This Sporting Life” is redeemed by (Tomorrow’s) Steve Howe’s blazing guitarification. Oh, and in case you need one more reason to check this out, it was compiled by Saint Etienne’s Bob Stanley. So there!

Dream Babes is now up to 6 volumes and is described as the Golden Age of Brit Girls.Its where the UK having by now conquered the States more or less carried on from where it was before, covering American hits and copying Phil Spector and the current wave of American pop music.

Dismissed in the main at the time as it added very little to the British Invasion now means a new generation of fans are discovering what is seen as a valid addition to nostalgia especially with the Northern Soul explosion.

With fact pacled booklets and repros of original adverts this is a worthwhile series which makes available recordings which have never been reissued unless they were by big name artists like Alma Cogan or Cilla Black.So it means plenty of obscurities.

The adverts also show how much has changed when one is for a hairspray called Go Gay!!

By Richard “Alice Collector”


01. Low Grades and Higer Fever – Linda Laine
02. You Too ( Can Have Heartaches) – Jackie Lee
03. He’s Gotta Love Me – Elkie Brooks
04. Over and Over Again – Three Bells
05. Work Is a Four Letter Word – Cilla Black
06. He Knows How to Love Me – Helen Shapiro
07. Gonna Spread Love – Brenda Arnau
08. Somebody Else’s Baby – Samantha Jones
09. Splendour in the Grass – Gullivers People
10. Putty in Your Hands – Jean & The Statesides
11. This Sporting Life – Caroline Munro
12. Don’t Leave Me – Carol Elvin
13. And Now I Cry – Jill & The Boulevards
14. I Love Him – Jeannie
15. People Will Talk – Three Quarters
16. I Did Nothing Wrong – Patsy Ann Noble
17. Don’t Do It Baby – Linda Laine & The Sinners
18. Babe I’m Leaving You – The Levee Breakers
19. Crying the Night Away – Diamond Twins
20. You Won’t Forget Me – Jean & the Statesides
21. See If I Care – Ria Bartok
22. Strange Love – Tracy

Here she be:

This collection is a neat introduction to the ’60s Brit Girl sound showcasing the talents of various singers (mainly of the obscure kind- no Sandie,Cilla or Lulu here!).

Worth buying just for the Jane Hillery northern souly number and Cindy Williams tale of suburban spying ,although you’ll find the others just as listenable.As the tracks range from 1962 until 1970 so the styles vary from pop/teenage lovesongs to ballads and folk-rock.Added bonus of lovely pictures to look at whilst listening!


The first, and arguably the best, of the Dream Babes series, this compilation gives a tantalising taster of the richness of the 1960s Brit girl scene. Don’t be put off by the fact that there’s not even a sniff of a top 40 hit on here – it’s a mystery how some of these singers and songs remained undiscovered by the record-buying public at the time.

At the very top of the pile is Samantha Jones, whose ‘Don’t come any closer’ should have been huge, while Jane Hillery, Cindy Williams and Sandra Browne provide other highlights of this collection.

By “grahamwelch”


01. They Talk About Us – Cindy Williams
02. I Deserve It – Samantha Jones
03. The Town I Live In – Jackie Lee
04. You’ve Got That Hold On Me – Jane Hillery
05. I Can’t Stop Thinking About You – Linda Kaye
06. Baby Let Me Be Your Baby – Deano
07. You’d Think He Didn’t Know Me – Sandra Browne
08. Sour Grapes – Patsy Ann Noble
09. Am I Dreaming? – Tiffany
10. Softly In The Night – The Three Bells
11. Snakes And Snails – Alma Cogan
12. Wait ‘Til My Bobby Gets Home – Beverly Jones
13. Breakaway – Beryl Marsden
14. You Don’t Love Me No More – Madeline Bell
15. Don’t Come Any Closer – Samantha Jones
16. Cry To Me – The Track
17. Be His Girl – Sami Sloan
18. Too Young To Go Steady – Andee Silver
19. You Kissed Me Boy – Lesley Duncan
20. Biggity Big – Suzie Cope
21. Some People – Carole Deene
22. I Gotta Be With You – Emma Rede
23. Once More With Feeling – Alison Wonder
24. I Don’t Love Him Anyway – Peanut

Here she be:

Big thanks to corrientetextual.blogspot

July 28, 2008 Posted by | Gillian Hills, Marianne Faithfull, Music_Pop, Nicolas Hodge, Various Artists, _MUSIC | Leave a comment

Various Artists – Beatlemania Volume 2

Various Artists - Beatlemania Volume 1 (Mojo Magazine sampler) (2004)
Various Artists – Beatlemania Volume 2 (Mojo Magazine sampler) (2004)
MP3 @ 192kbps | cover | RAR | 73.5mb
Genre: Pop, soul, rock

Second of two discs of Beatles covers that came with a 2004 issue of Mojo Magazine.

Some interesting artists in here … Grant Lee Phillips etc.

Some legends … Wilson Pickett etc.

Some I’ve never heard of!


1. Magical Mystery Tour – Cheap Trick
2. Here Comes The Sun – Grant Lee Phillips
3. She’s Leaving Home – Harry Nilsson
4. I’m A Loser – Vince Guaraldi And Bola Sete
5. Hey Jude – Wilson Pickett
6. Rocky Raccoon – Richie Havens
7. Eleanor Rigby – Trudy Pitts With Pat Martino
8. Revolution (Part 1) – Nina Simone
9. With A Little Help From My Friends – Steve Cropper
10. I Feel Fine – Harvey Averne
11. Got To Get You Into My Life – Four Tops
12. Let It Be – The Mar-Keys
13. Lady Madonna – Gary Puckett And The Union Gap
14. Jealous Guy/Don’t Let Me Down – Claudine Longet
15. Hey Jude – The Overton Berry Trio

Here she be …. yeah yeah yeah!

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July 27, 2008 Posted by | Music_Pop, The Beatles, Various Artists, _MUSIC | Leave a comment

Various Artists – Beatlemania Volume 1 (Mojo Magazine sampler)

Various Artists - Beatlemania Volume 1 (Mojo Magazine sampler) (2004)
Various Artists – Beatlemania Volume 1 (Mojo Magazine sampler) (2004)
MP3 @ 192kbps | cover | RAR | 73.5mb
Genre: Pop, soul, rock

One of two discs of Beatles covers that came with a 2004 issue of Mojo Magazine.

Some interesting artists in here.


1. THE POSIES – I’m Looking Through You
2. LONNIE MACK – From Me To You
3. THE FREE DESIGN – Michelle
4. DILLARD & CLARK – Don’t let Me Down
5. SCOTT McCARL – Yes It Is
6. BOOKER T & THE MGS – You Can’t Do That
7. THE DILLARDS – Yesterday
8. CHARLES RIVER VALLEY BOYS – I’ve Just seen A Face
9. THE CYRKLE – I’m Happy Just To Dance With You
10. THE CRYAN’ SHAMES – If I Needed Someone
13. BILLY PRESTON – Eight Days A Week
14. ISAAC HAYES – Something
15. THE BAY-KEYS – Hey Jude

Here she be …. yeah yeah yeah!

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Big thanks to the original poster

July 27, 2008 Posted by | Music_Pop, The Beatles, Various Artists, _MUSIC | 1 Comment

The Rebel Kind – A Collection Of Contemporary Garage Rock And Psychedelic Bands (1983)

V.A. The Rebel Kind – A Collection Of Contemporary Garage Rock And Psychedelic Bands (1983)

Some amazing music on this Frenchie release from 25 years ago.

The Rebel Kind was a 1983 French 14-track compilation LP featuring some of the finest contemporary garage/psyche bands around including The Nomads, Fuzztones, Plasticland & The Long Ryders amongst others.

A compilation of neo-psychedelic garage-rock, this collection was one of the best of its kind at the time of its release. There were a few bands such as the Fuzztones that had reached some level of underground currency already, but most acts – highlights include Plasticland, Long Ryders, and Plan 9 – were relatively unknown.

At the time, psychedelic music was considered strictly past-tense in most indie radio circles even though some blurry sounds were being heard between the lines from bands like Wall of Voodoo, Green on Red, and REM.

By showing that psychedelic music was indeed ‘contemporary’, it also allowed a great many 60’s psychedelic bands to again become relevant and playable in a punk context. This subsequently forged the path toward commercial acceptance of the so-called ‘Seattle Sound’, when it was recognized, including the advent of Nirvana much later.

Released on the Lolita label in France, this was available as an import.


1. LSD – The Sickidz!
2. Invisible People – The Slickee Boys
3. 7 Come 11 – The Viceroys
4. From Here – The Shout
5. Have Love Will Travel – The Nomads
6. Shadows Of Rainbows – United States Of Existence
7. Ward 81 – Fuzztones
8. No Apology – The Unclaimed
9. All My Life – The Point
10. Elongations – Plasticland
11. Infected With You – The Miracle Workers
12. And She Rides – The Long Ryders
13. What Is In There – The Last
14. Lucifer Sam – Three O’Clock

Here she be;


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July 23, 2008 Posted by | music_Garage, music_Psychedelic, Various Artists, _MUSIC | Leave a comment

In Covers We Trust 4 – Various Artists

In Covers We Trust 4 – Various Artists
Mp3 / 76MB + o –

An interesting collection of covers from some very decent groups (Pixies etc).

Some strange shit in here also!

Fucking Hell! Therapy? are here! I ain’t heard of those hardcore /pop purveyors form Norn Iron (aka Northern Ireland) in donkey’s years!


01-Face to Face – Helpless (Sugar)
02-Pixies – Head On (Jesus And Mary Chain)
03-Didjits – Sit Around At Home (Buzzcocks)
04-Frantic Flintstones – Stuck In The Middle With You (Stealers Wheel)
05-Liz Phair Wth Material Issue – Tra La La Song (Banana Split Tv Show)
06-Therapy? – Denim Demon (Turbonegro)
07-Les Thugs – Moon Over Marin (Dead Kennedys)
08-Mudhoney – Fix Me (Black Flag)
09-Lower Class Brats – Belson Was a Gas (Sex Pistols)
10-Full Blown Cherry – Highway To Hell (ACDC)
11-Mighty Mighty Bostones – Detroit Rock City (Kiss)
12-Limp Bizkit – Jump Around (House Of Pain)
13-Unwritten Law – Guns Of Brixton (The Clash)
14-Joan Jett & The Blackhearts – I Wanna Be Your Dog (Iggy Pop)
15-Nirvana – Son Of A Gun (The Vaselines)
16-Failure – Enjoy The Silence (Depeche Mode)
17-Man Or Astroman – Manta Ray (Pixies)
18-Seaweed – Warsaw (Joy Division)
19-Matanza – San Quentin (Johnny Cash)
20-Flaming Lips – Bohemian Rhapsody (Queen)

Here she be:

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July 23, 2008 Posted by | Music_ClassicRock, Music_Pop, Various Artists, _MUSIC | Leave a comment

VA – Plum (Thrill Jockey Compilation) [2007]

VA – Plum (Thrill Jockey Compilation) [2007]

A great release from Thrill Jockey – one of my favourite labels and one on which I’ve spent a shitload of moolah down the years!

This is a limited edition boxed set featuring 20 Thrill Jockey artists covering classic Thrill Jockey material from the archives.

Some amazing artists are featured here!

Fifteen years ago, Thrill Jockey Records was founded on the Lower East Side of New York City. In other words, it was 1992, so Thrill Jockey did as many new labels of those days did and released a number of 7” singles, with now-familiar names like Tortoise and Freakwater, and some now-less-familiar early Thrillers like Sugarshock and Gorilla.

In the fifteen years since 1992, the 7” singles have been fewer and farther between, but with some definite gems from time to time. Brokeback made its debut with a fine delight of a single called Returns to the Orange Grove. The Lonesome Organist bended minds with his 7” and its pop-up deluxe cover, and The National Trust made it happen with a 7” tribute to The Raspberries.

Now Thrill Jockey is looking back to that tradition for a way to celebrate fifteen years of making records for our favorite bands. Inspired by the delicious Devil’s Jukebox 7” box set released in 1989 by Blast First, Thrill Jockey will release a limited edition, heavy weight vinyl 7” box of our own: Thrill Jockey bands covering their favorite Thrill Jockey songs.

The collection is planned as a set of 10 singles. The bands were allowed to cover any song by any Thrill Jockey band, and here’s some of what they chose.

Tortoise chose to cover “Falls Lake” by Nobukazu Takemura, a Japanese musician whose ground breaking albums are delicate combinations of live instrumentation (largely played by Takemura himself), analog synths and computer manipulated or simulated voice recordings (on one record he used a computer program designed for those who are speech impaired).

Arbouretum recorded “Bus Stop,” a dark beauty by Thalia Zedek, a Boston musician also known for her work in the bands Come and UZI. Thalia will be recording her second Thrill Jockey record this fall for release in early 2008, and also makes a contribution to the box set. Special guest on Arbouretum’s recording is Victoria from Beach House, with whom Arbouretum are touring Europe this fall.

The Sea and Cake recorded “Spider’s House” by Califone from their most recent album, Roots and Crowns. The vocal styles of The Sea and Cake’s Sam Prekop bring an entirely new feeling to the song. Califone and The Sea and Cake are touring this fall and will both be performing at Thrill Jockey’s Anniversary shows in London and Chicago.

Pit er Pat selected a gem by The Lonesome Organist, “Flew Out my Window,” from his album “Cavalcade,” re-interpreting it with a killer calypso feel. Pit er Pat’s Butchy Fuego recently performed as drummer number 7 in Boredoms’ 77 Boadrum performance in New York. Pit er Pat are touring in North America this fall with The Fiery Furnaces.

Directions in Music covered “Toy Boat” by Jeff Parker, reminding us very much of the first Tortoise singles when Bundy Brown was in the band. Also, Pullman covered “3 am” by the Chicago Underground Quartet.

David Byrne covered “Ex Guru” by The Fiery Furnaces.

Archer Prewitt covered “Mrs. Turner” by The National Trust.

Bobby Conn, Califone and Thalia Zedek covered Freakwater songs – “Washed in the Blood,” “Jewel” and “ Flat Hand,” respectively.

Freakwater covered “Passengers” by The Zincs.

The Zincs covered “Blue Marble Girl” by Giant Sand.

Howe Gelb covered “Boxers” by John Parish.

John Parish covered “Vampiring Again” by Califone.

Sue Garner & Rick Brown covered “ UMO” by OOIOO.

Adult. covered “Underwater Wave Game” by Pit er Pat.

Angela Desveaux covered “Two Moons” by Arbouretum.

Eleventh Dream Day covered “I Like the Name Alice” by Sue Garner.

Mouse On Mars covered “Middlenight” by The Sea and Cake.

We hope you all enjoy this box set as much as we do and that it inspires you to chase down and listen to the originals – they are killer too! These songs will not be released on CD, and the box set will be pressed in a limited edition.


1 – Angela Desveaux – Two Moons (by Arbouretum)
2 – John Parish – Vampiring Again (by Califone)
3 – Arbouretum – Bus Stop (by Thalia Zedek)
4 – Califone – Jewel (by Freakwater)
5 – The Sea and Cake – Spider?s House (by Califone)
6 – The Zincs – Blue Marble Girl (by Howe Gelb)
7 – Tortoise – Falls Lake (by Nobukazu Takemura)
8 – Pullman – Three In The Morning (by Chicago Underground Quartet)
9 – Thalia Zedek – Flat Hand (by Freakwater)
10 – Eleventh Dream Day – I Like The Name Alice (by Sue Garner and Rick Brown)
11 – Bobby Conn – Washed In The Blood (by Freakwater)
12 – ADULT. – Underwater Wave Game (by Pit Er Pat)
13 – Pit er Pat – Flew Out My Window (by The Lonesome Organist)
14 – Sue Garner and Rick Brown – UMO (by OOIOO)
15 – David Byrne – Ex-Guru (by The Fiery Furnaces)
16 – Directions in Music – Toy Boat (by Jeff Parker)
17 – Freakwater – Passengers (by The Zincs)
18 – Archer Prewitt – Mrs. Turner (by The National Trust)
19 – Howe Gelb – Boxers (by John Parish)
20 – Mouse on Mars – Middlenight (by The Sea And Cake)

Here be some plum music!

March 31, 2008 Posted by | Music_Alternative, Various Artists, _MUSIC | Leave a comment