Friday Music

Another big week — Here we go:

First off, a couple of tracks for my brother, who specifically requested two artists: Echo & The Bunnymen, and The (English) Beat. More than happy to oblige, so I chose my favorite song from both. This first one, featuring one of the best guitar hooks in all of “college rock” (in other words, “alternative” from the 80s before the label was coined), I discovered on Songs To Learn And Sing — the US major-label debut that was essentially a “best of” collection of their UK releases: Echo & The Bunnymen – “Rescue.”

Second, the opening track of Special Beat Service, my introduction to the band, given to me as a dubbed cassette copy in the early 80s by my Uncle Dennis. As it was the first song I heard, it became my favorite. The (English) Beat – “I Confess.”

While on the subject of “alternative” songs I listened to heavily in High School, here’s one from my senior year — a solo effort from Pato Banton, who appeared on the above-mentioned Special Beat Service in a track with Ranking Roger called “Pato and Roger a-Go Talk.” This track features his unique narration on the virtues of marijuana over cocaine: Pato Banton – “Don’t Sniff Coke.”

Gotta stick with the 80s for one more track, because sometimes you just desperately need some over-the-top cock-rock in your day. (Alright — a confession: I loved this guy at the time, and still do. I’m weak.) Billy Squier – “Everybody Wants You.” (Ugh — I feel so dirty.)

Moving on to some new stuff– Here’s a track from Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip. Not their newest stuff, but rather a track that featured on their “Thou Shalt Always Kill” E.P. They take the beat from UK rapper Dizzee Rascal’s big hit “Fix Up Look Sharp” (which was, itself, a sample of a Billy Squier track — see? A smooth seque…), and use it to lambast those who would use hip-hop for commercialism rather than art: Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip – “Fixed.”

A track from Iron & Wine, the stage and recording name for Florida-based folk rock singer-songwriter Sam Beam. Iron & Wine – “Pagan Angel and a Borrowed Car.”

This is the B-side from the new single from Bloc Party. Not only is it nifty-cool, but it also references the English Civil War, making it double nifty-cool. Bloc Party – “Cavaliers & Roundheads.”EDIT:Now hosted on my server, so if you couldn’t get to it before, you can now.

Another great Mashup from DJ Lobsterdust — this one featuring a core of Michael Jackson & Paul McCartney’s “Say, Say, Say”, with Rhianna’s “Umbrella”, plus Nelly Furtado, NIN, Mary J Blige, Diana Ross, Rick James, and The Temptations. Holy Crap. DJ Lobsterdust – “SaySayism Allstar Jam.”


7 Replies to “Friday Music”

  1. I seldom comment on your blog – though I read it avidly – but I just wanted to say “Thank You” for your Friday Music posts. Much of it isn’t always to my tastes but it exposes me to lots of things I wouldn’t encounter otherwise, and I often find a nice bit of nostalgia or something that unexpectedly resonates with me and encourages me to learn more about an artist that I previously knew little or nothing about. It’s a small thing, but it means a lot.

    Thank you.

  2. Thank you for including Iron and Wine… THANK YOU!

    I love them. LOVE.

    I have been getting more and more into that genre of music lately and have exposed myself to a lot of great songwriters. But I am interested in your thoughts or recommendations for some others.

  3. I like the Iron & Wine song; did a little reading up on him, and found out that he’d done work with Calexico. (If you haven’t listened to them, and you like Concrete Blonde as well as Iron & Wine, you’d like them.)

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