A mysterious start to the week. ‘Sorrow & A Cup of Joe’ was one of the last things James Marcel Stinson ever recorded. Nonchalant deep house from one half of the Drexciya crew. “Only moccachino, make me feel alright.” Have a great week.
It’s a Monday folks. At 1m 50s, the immediacy of the classic ‘Fell In Love With A Girl’ seems most fitting on a Monday. If The Strokes rocked the casbah in 2001; 2002 was the year of Jack and Meg White. Released as the second single off the 2001 album White Blood Cells, the recipe was so in your face: Meg’s simple beat versus Jack’s white-hot guitar and tales of uncontrollable lust. Have a great week.
Before we get to the nitty gritty of choosing some favourite sounds of the year, a quick canter back to 2002, with songs in no particular order:
Honourable mentions also go to: John Murphy for ‘In The House, In A Heartbeat‘; Múm for ‘Green Grass Of Tunnel‘; The Promise Ring for ‘Become One Anything One Time‘; People Under The Stairs for ‘Acid Raindrops‘; The White Stripes for ‘Fell In Love With A Girl‘; The Libertines for ‘Up The Bracket‘;and Red Hot Chili Peppers for ‘Universally Speaking‘.
Sampling The Real Thing’s very average ‘Love’s Such a Wonderful Thing’, Thomas Bangalter (Daft Punk) and Stéphane Quême (DJ Falcon) did something extraordinary in 2002. ‘So Much Love To Give’ featured on every dance floor and spawned so many awful copycat treatments that it near enough killed house music. It certainly served the dominant Roulé label a fitting end to the halcyon days of the French filter house scene. Have a great weekend.
Using a vocal sample allegedly originating from a David Koresh cult member, Boards of Canada were pushing the boundaries of inspiration to create ‘1969’. With synthesizers and vocoders abound, this intelligent electronicity features on their darker second pressing, Geogaddi.
It would be harsh to call Swedish alt rockers Caesars one-hit wonders, but their canon was certainly dominated by one song. In 2002, ‘Jerk It Out’ featured on their debut album, Love For The Streets; in 2003, it was included on their compilation 39 Minutes Of Bliss (In An Otherwise Meaningless World); in 2004, it featured as an iPod commercial; and then in 2005, it found another slot on their fourth album Paper Tigers. 1-2-3, “‘Cause it’s easy once you know how it’s done…”
Good morning! In 2002, the Red Hot Chilli Peppers released By The Way. It is notable for its unexpected nod to the The Beatles. Beyond the standout singles ‘The Zephyr Song’, ‘Can’t Stop’ and the title track, the Chili Peppers also included the melodic arrangements and harmonies of ‘Tear’ and ‘Universally Speaking’. I select the latter because it still includes their signature funk rock sound.
Bleak, harrowing, cool, The Black Heart Procession took a few pages out of a Nick Cave score for their fourth album, Amore del Tropico. The song ‘A Cry For Love’ is like the soundtrack to smoke-filled movie scene. If I close my eyes, I can picture their San Diego right now – all bereft of love.
Before they disbanded, electronic duo Imogen Heap and Guy Sigsworth (aka Frou Frou) released just the one album Details in 2002. The two of them wrote the song ‘Let Go’ and it would go on to feature during the end credits of the movie Garden State. Emotional electronica, like the Everything But The Girl a few years before.
In 2002, the world of the bastardised mashup was on the rise. No more so than in the experimentation of Belgian duo 2 Many DJ’s. Their Soulwax compilations were pushing the boundary of what was acceptable on the dance floor. On As Heard on Radio Soulwax, Pt. 2., they gave Electric Six (formerly known as The Wildbunch) a big break by my mashing “Danger! High Voltage!” with Les Rythmes Digitales’ “Hey You What’s That Sound”. The Jack White-like vocals were chi-chi, even on a dance floor. And in 2002, there were still enough people on the scene that hankered after the ironic abandon of the 1980s.
The Promise Ring are one of a shortlist of bands forever associated with emo. And I have to say, the term “emo” is usually a red flag for these ears. But in 2002, Davey von Bohlen and crew set a new course with the release of Wood/Water. For example, ‘Become One Anything One Time’ was less crisp, less urgent, but more thoughtful, more mature. The change in direction would be the last voyage for the band. What is a promise ring anyway? Pre-engagement commitment? A youthful oxymoron.
Today, The Coral continue to tour their new studio album Distance Inbetween. Back in 2002, the band released ‘Dreaming Of You’ as a show of their love for ’60s beatpop. Bill Ryder-Jones was still on the bus and turning out one of the great indie-solos midway through this classic slice of pop.
Last week’s covers got me thinking. Imitation is of course the sincerest form of flattery – but what if the new performance can claim to be the cherry on top. It will be a theme this week – and all listed in a satisfying chronological order. ‘Hurt’ is a song originally released by Nine Inch Nails on their 1994 album The Downward Spiral. In 2002, Johnny Cash covered the song for his album, The Man Comes Around – the fourth album in his American series. Have a great week.