Category Archives: Rock

The Charlatans – Loving You Is Easy (2004)

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The Charlatans have been touring. ‘Loving You Is Easy’ is off their eighth album Up At The Lake. It was the band’s only album to have never received a US release. Tim Burgess gives us his soul on this piano ballad, helped by keyboard player Tony Rodgers who shares the vocals.

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Kings Of Leon – Wicker Chair (2003)

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When the Kings Of Leon debut album, Youth and Young Manhood, hit the shelves in 2003, it was a sensation with the UK music press. Their potential had been heralded earlier in the year by their first pressing, an EP entitled Holy Roller Novocaine. The record contained ‘Wicker Chair’ – a gem of track, with its simple country melody and hook. Until its close, it belies the raucous blues/punk that would take them to the top over the next 5 years.

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The Beatles – Flying (1967)

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A midweek interlude, the instrumental ‘Flying’ is one of the handful of tracks credited to all four mop tops. It first appeared on the 1967 LP Magical Mystery Tour, full of mellotron, guitar, bass, maracas, drums and tape loops. Far out.

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The Cult – Love Removal Machine (1987)

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The Cult’s 1987 album Electric may not have been as exceptional as its predecessor, but it did something that Love had not achieved; it broke America. The album’s calling card ‘Love Removal Machine’ said it all. Listen and think Steppenwolf, AC/DC or Led Zeppelin. At the hands of Rick Rubin, Billy Duffy and Ian Astbury has shed their successful post-punk goth sound for the wider appeal of pure, unadulterated rock. Have a great week.

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Led Zeppelin – Whole Lotta Love (1969)

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This song needs no introduction. Have a great week.

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LCD Soundsystem – Call The Police (2017)

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LCD Soundsystem have returned in the last week with ‘Call the Police’, a seven-minute ode to the sounds of David Bowie and U2. This is a welcome step off the dancefloor from my perspective. However, Mr James Murphy is evidently upset about something: “Well, there’s a full-blown rebellion but you’re easy to confuse/ By triggered kids and fakers and some questionable views,” he sings. The song is the lead single from the band’s upcoming new album – date and name TBC. Have a great week.

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Marah – Round Eye Blues (2000)

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For a while there in the late 1990s, Marah were the heirs apparent to Bruce Springsteen. Formed by singer-guitarist brothers Dave and Serge Bielanko, the band developed a reputation for their Boss-like live shows. The release of their second album, Kids in Philly, cemented this reputation, and no more so than in their delivery of ‘Round Eye Blues’.

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9 of the best – sounds of 2000

A compilation for the weekend. My favourite songs of 2000 in no particular order:

Radiohead – Idioteque

Blonde Redhead ‎- For The Damaged

Lambchop – Up With The People

The Avalanches – Since I Left You

Alan Braxe & Fred Falke – Intro

Outkast – Ms. Jackson

Marah – Round Eye Blues

Richard Ashcroft – A Song For The Lovers

Phoenix – Too Young

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Honourable mentions also go to: Grandaddy for ‘He’s Simple, He’s Dumb, He’s The Pilot‘; Erykah Badu for ‘Didn’t Cha Know‘; Daft Punk for ‘One More Time‘; Augie March for ‘The Hole In Your Roof‘; Missy Elliott for ‘Get Ur Freak On‘; D’Angelo for ‘Untitled (How Does It Feel)‘; and Edu K for his remix of Otto’s ‘Bob‘.

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Fleetwood Mac – Dreams (1977)

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Is this really the first song I’ve featured off the Fleetwood Mac’s off-the-chart success Rumours? Unsurprisingly, it is one of Stevie Nicks’ showpiece sounds ‘Dreams’. This time she takes aim at her strained relationship with Lindsey Buckingham; what they’d had and what they’d lost. Classic. The sound of 1977.

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Monster Truck – Don’t Tell Me How To Live (2016)

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I saw Monster Truck in Camden Town last night. Marshall stacks, Gibson guitars and the howling lead vocals of bassist Jon Harvey… this is Old school hard blues rock and it’s music to make you smile. ‘Don’t Tell Me How To Live’ features on their 2016 album Sittin’ Heavy.

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The Donkeys – Dolphin Center (2008)

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A band of school friends, The Donkeys evoke the nostalgic and sun-streaked sounds of The Band, Neil Young and The Rolling Stones. ‘Dolphin Center’ features on their 2008 album Living On The Other Side and shows how well they can craft laid-back country rock. Sam Sprague provides lead vocals, Anthony Lukens delivers the keyboard soundscape and Jessie Gulati stands out with that shuffling blues guitar solo.

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The Rolling Stones – She’s A Rainbow (1967)

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Good morning Monday people! I give you the trippy, playful sounds of the Stones’ album Their Satanic Majesties Request. Led Zeppelin’s very own John Paul Jones arranged the distinctive string section on standout track ‘She’s A Rainbow’, two years before he joined Led Zeppelin. This was May 1967 and The Rollings Stones were singing a love song for the Summer. Have a great week.

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Richard Ashcroft – A Song For The Lovers (2000)

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Also in 2000, Richard Ashcroft wrote one of those love songs that doesn’t make my toes curl. ‘A Song For The Lovers’ was the opening track off his first solo album Alone With Everybody.

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Craig Finn – Preludes (2017)

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We All Want The Same Things will be the third solo album from The Hold Steady’s frontman and leader Craig Finn. Released by Partisan Records on 24 March, the album will feature 10 tales from the Twin Cities. I read that none will be more autobiographical than ‘Preludes’, which sounds as much The War On Drugs as it does The Hold Steady.

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The Doors – Light My Fire (1967)

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50 years ago last month, The Doors released their incredible debut album. The self-titled collection of songs was slow-burning its way through the early part of 1967 as fans of their hitherto blues rock were adjusting to a new fusion of rock, jazz, poetry and organ riffs. The hypnotic ‘Light My Fire’ would not emerge as their signature tune until Elektra Records and producer Paul Rothchild released a shorter single in April 1967. Inspired by some grade-A touch points (The Rolling Stones’ ‘Playing With Fire’, Fats Domino’s ‘Blueberry Hill’ and John Coltrane’s ‘Olé’), this descendent would climb even greater heights. Have a great week.

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