Category Archives: Rock

The Kinks – I Go To Sleep (1965)

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‘I Go to Sleep’ is a song written by Ray Davies and first released by The Applejacks. It was never officially recorded and put out by The Kinks, but a demo can be found on the reissue of their second studio album Kinda Kinks. But the reason that most know the song is because Chrissie Hynde and her Pretenders successfully recorded a cover in 1981.

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Ocean Colour Scene – The Riverboat Song (1996)

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My wife and I travelled through Moseley yesterday en route to Birmingham to see my daughter in a concert. I don’t know the area, save it being a hangout for artists and the inspiration for OCS’s second long player Moseley Shoals. The album’s opening track was ‘The Riverboat Song’ inspired by the river journey from Apocalypse Now and clearly the riff and all from Led Zeppelin’s ‘Four Sticks’. Have a great week.

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Queens Of The Stone Age – No One Knows (2002)

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Did QOTSA ever get better that the lead single from their 2002 album Songs For The Deaf? I don’t think so! With riffs abound and, as Pitchfork once put it, “it’s four-to-the-floor slime of the highest quality”, this classic deserves all the plaudits. It’s undoubtedly a great guitar track, but Josh Homme’s vocal should not go without mention. The soulful cowboy. Have a great weekend; particularly if you’ll be out cycling like me.

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Loving – Visions (2019)

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Loving is the musical collaboration of David Parry and brothers Lucas and Jesse Henderson from Victoria, BC. They recently released a new single ‘Visions’. Lyricist Jesse Henderson explains, “the song dwells on a question: that if our lives, what we pursue, or even desire, are often shaped or determined by forces beyond us – what kinds of freedom can we find within that?”. Despite the currency of his existential questions, the sound is all warm pop of yesteryear.

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Crowded House – Fall At Your Feet (1992)

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I can’t finish a week of tracks from 1992 without a mention of Crowded House. It’s all a bit time and place, but I spent a few days listening to their standout album Woodface while travelling across California. It was the best 1980s-sounding album released in 1992; and it didn’t get much better than ‘Fall At Your Feet’. Have a great weekend.

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9 of the best – sounds of 1992

A compilation for sunny day in June. 1992 could have been a creative wasteland between what had been (Madchester, shoegazing, grunge) and what was to come (the Wu-Tang, trip hop, Britpop). But no, far from it. For starters, this was the year that Slanted and Enchanted and Selected Ambient Works 85-92 reached our ears.

Pavement – Summer Babe

Aphex Twin – Xtal

Flowered Up – Weekender

Pulp – Babies

R.E.M. – Nightswimming

The Black Crowes – Remedy

Crowded House – Four Seasons In One Day

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Honourable mentions also go to: Sade for ‘No Ordinary Love‘; Derrick May for his Illusion First Mix of ‘Sueño Latino‘; Mel’isa Morgan for ‘Still In Love‘; Coco Steel & Lovebom for ‘Feel It‘, My Bloody Valentine for ‘Only Shallow‘, Sergio Mendes for ‘Fanfarra (Cabua Le-Le)‘, Spiritualized for ‘Shine A Light‘, Kevin Saunderson for his Tunnel Mix of Inner City’s ‘Pennies From Heaven‘, X-Press 2 for ‘Muzik Xpress‘; and The Pharcyde for ‘Passing Me By‘.

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The Black Keys – Never Gonna Give You Up (2010)

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The Black Keys did something remarkable once they joined the likes of Wilco on Nonesuch Records. Over the course of four albums, they completed a journey from a blues-rockin’ duo in Akron, Ohio to awesome glam soul stadium rockers travelling the globe on a cloud of musical distortion. But during this rise, they were also able to fit in a cover version of Jerry Butler’s ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’. Style.

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Vetiver – I Know No Pardon (2006)

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Some midweek midtempo sounds… Vetiver’s frontman Andy Cabic is a good friend of Devendra Banhart. Where Banhart’s neofolk channels Tropicália, Cabic’s work is very West Coast. ‘I Know No Pardon’ features on Vetiver’s sophomore album To Find Me Gone.

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The Kinks – Supersonic Rocket Ship (1972)

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Everybody’s In Show-Biz was The Kinks’ tenth studio album, but often labelled one of their silliest. Despite all of its drunkenness and camp vaudeville, it contains two unqualified classics: ‘Celluloid Heroes’ and ‘Sitting In My Hotel‘. So, let’s put those to the side and revel in the quintessential Ray Davies that is ‘Supersonic Rocket Ship’. And yes, I did see Avengers: Endgame this weekend.

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Flamin’ Groovies – Shake Some Action (1976)

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As with their peers Big Star, Flamin’ Groovies’ mix of bluesy rock and power pop made them a go-to influence for bands that followed. Part of their cult appeal is their ability to create a timeless sound. If I couldn’t see their onstage clobber, I would place ‘Shake Some Action’ in the 1980s.

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George Harrison – What Is Life (1971)

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I can’t mention George Harrison in a week and not revisit the treasure trove that is his 1970 album All Things Must Pass. Harrison originally wrote this for Billy Preston who was one the early artists on the Beatles’ Apple label. But the song was clearly more rock than gospel and he kept it to himself. Insanely though, ‘What Is Life’ was released as the B-side to ‘My Sweet Lord’ in the UK. Have a great weekend.

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Cream – Badge (1969)

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Eric Clapton co-wrote ‘Badge’ with his pal George Harrison. And as with their earlier collaboration on the Beatles’ ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’, the pair swap guitar lines. ‘Badge’ ended up being Cream’s last charting single, never peaking above no.18 in the UK and no. 60 in the US. How is that possible?

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Silver – Wham Bam (Shang-A-Lang) (1976)

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I missed a post yesterday. Sorry. It’s the heat of the Easter break that’s been the distraction. The Samuel family are on a road trip to the coast with the rest of London. So today, I post a sound made for a sunny day on the tarmac. Silver were formed in late 1975 by John Batdorf. They were short-lived, but were able to release their eponymous album a year later and it featured the guilty pleasure ‘Wham Bam (Shang-A-Lang)’. Have a great weekend.

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Supertramp – Breakfast In America (1978)

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Now for a quick interlude in anything hip about having a music blog. Supertramp. An English band that can contest any list of the most uncool AOR bands that achieved major radio play. They’re a guilty pleasure of mine that compares to the output of Christopher Cross, ELO and Hall & Oates. They are the antithesis of the new wave we’ve heard this week. ‘Breakfast In America’ is the title track off their 1978 album. I spotted that it’s a feature on YouTube for the first time in ages. A completely valid excuse.

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Mark Mulcahy – Let The Fireflies Fly Away (2013)

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Former frontman for Miracle Legion, Mark Mulcahy released the album Dear Mark J. Mulcahy, I Love You to small applause. It was his first full album in almost a decade and people may have forgotten. But within the album there are some real treats. The song ‘Let The Fireflies Fly Away’ is one such example. “Waiter, there’s a frog in my…”

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