Here we go again. Some of the stuff that’s been floating through my head this week.
I had almost completely forgotten about this song, which was on *heavy* rotation in 1982. They were supposed to be the next Rush. Apparently, Canada had a knack for producing prog-rock-influenced AOR from four-letter bands. Loved this song, though, and was pleased to rediscover it. Saga – “On The Loose.”
From old to new, or rather, to “new from old.” A blistering track from the most recent album by post-punk stalwarts Killing Joke. My Brother-in-Law played this track for me over the holidays, and it hooked me pretty much immediately. Killing Joke – “European Superstate.”
Back to old — classic turn-of-the-80s New Wave from the UK: Squeeze – “Another Nail In My Heart.” Difford and Tillbrook were pretty much the New Wave’s answer to Lennon and McCartney (or, less flatteringly, perhaps the Oasis of the time?).
New again — specifically a great example of the dubstep genre. This track took the form from a purely club thing to reaching the top 10 of the UK charts this past summer. Magnetic Man – “I Need Air.”
Back to the 80s — when I hear this song, I still see a cigarette boat crashing through Caribbean waves on Miami Vice. When the drum beat kicks in, it still strikes me as the coolest riff in the world. Russ Ballard – “Voices.”
More new — another track from the Danish former-ballet-dancer-turned-model-turned-popstar Nanna Øland Fabricius (AKA Oh Land), that I first talked about in mid-December. (again — holy crap, LOOK AT HER.) This time around, she turns out a fairy-tale-meets-Bond-theme-ballad. Oh Land – “Wolf & I.”
We’ll close with the US version of Republica’s big 90s hit — I always preferred this version to the UK/Europe release, because the US version added heavier guitars to the largely-electronic track, which added much-needed energy, in my opinion. Republica – “Ready to Go.”
There you go, kids — Enjoy!