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Silver Jews – Random Rules (1998)

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David Berman took his own life last week. He leaves behind a world that is lesser for his departure. The man that coined the phrase “Slanted and Enchanted” had began Silver Jews in the 1989 with friends Stephen Malkmus and Bob Nastanovich. While the latter pair would go on to form Pavement, Berman’s project never lost their shared interests. Berman’s widest acclaim came with the release of the 1998 album American Water. Its opening track ‘Random Rules’ reminds me of Pavement’s ‘Range Life’. In fact, Malkmus had participated in the making of the early Silver Jews albums as a side project. But all the songs were masterfully written by Berman, even if a lot of what he said was “lifted off men’s room walls”. Last month, Berman released his first work in over a decade since the dissolution of Silver Jews. The self-titled LP by Purple Mountains is his epitaph. RIP DB.

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Her’s – Harvey (2018)

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I have really enjoyed the 1980s feel to the album An Invitation To Her’s. I was really sad to hear about the band’s sudden demise in California this week. R.I.P. Stephen Fitzpatrick and Audun Laading.

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Scott Walker – Jackie (1968)

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The passionate and mahogany tones of Scott Walker… R.I.P. In 1968, the single ‘Jackie’ was released in advance of his sophomore solo album Scott 2, was quickly banned by the BBC and subsequently went to Number 1 in the UK charts. “Stupid-ass”… very rude.

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Buzzcocks – Ever Fallen In Love (1978)

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It’s The Buzz, Cock! Pete Shelley (real name Peter McNeish) R.I.P. Have you ever fallen in love with someone you shouldn’t ‘ve? Have a great weekend.

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Eric Burdon & War – Spill The Wine (1970)

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Ex-Animals frontman Eric Burdon sang the lead on ‘Spill the Wine’. The song was released as a single in May 1970  and was War’s first chart hit. Paul Thomas Anderson used in the movie Boogie Nights as part of a pool party scene. R.I.P. Burt.

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Instant Funk – Got My Mind Made Up (1978)

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Two years after penning the dancefloor classic ‘Touch & Go’ for Ecstasy, Passion & Pain, Philly legend Bunny Sigler produced one of my all time favourite disco tracks. Like many of best disco moments (think ‘Jingo’, ‘Love Break’ and ‘Let’s Start A Dance’), Instant Funk’s ‘I Got My Mind Made Up’ is relentless in its groove. This sultry classic would be immortalised by Public Enemy’s Welcome To The Terrordome’ and De La Soul’s ‘A Roller Skating Jam Named Saturdays’ in 1990-91.  Bunny Sigler died last month; some of the Sound of Philadelphia went with him. R.I.P.

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Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers – Don’t Do Me Like That (1979)

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Tighter than a tight thing, Tom Petty sings ‘Don’t Do Me Like That’ off his 1979 album Damn The Torpedoes. R.I.P. you heartbreaker.

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Chuck Berry – Johnny B. Goode (1957)

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R.I.P. Chuck Berry. Will it be ‘Maybellene’, ‘Roll Over Beethoven’, ‘Sweet Little Sixteen’, ‘Memphis, Tennessee’ or ‘No Particular Place To Go’? No. For the most memorable guitar intro in rock’n’roll, it has to be ‘Johnny B. Goode’ – the song based on the tale of a boy from humble beginnings with a talent for guitar. Have a great week.

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Al Jarreau – Moonlighting (1987)

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It’s a buttery start to the week for I’ve just learned that Al Jarreau died yesterday. His canon of work that so seamlessly bridged pop, jazz funk and R&B, is largely lost on me; mainly because it so seamlessly bridged pop, jazz funk and R&B. However, after much of his most celebrated recordings has passed, he wrote and recorded this Nile Rodgers-produced tune for a TV series that left an indelible feelgood mark on my memory. R.I.P.

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William Onyeabor – Atomic Bomb (1978)

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This week, the mythic William Onyeabor died at home, in Enugu, southeast Nigeria, aged 70. Onyeabor was a pioneering electronic-funk musician who extraordinarily self-released 9 ground-breaking albums between 1977-1985. He composed, recorded, pressed and printed the work at Wilfilms Limited—his personal pressing plant in Enugu. As David Byrne said this week, wherever he’s gone, it’s sure to be a place with a lot of heart and some killer grooves. RIP William. Have a great weekend.

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Wham – Last Christmas (1984)

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R.I.P. George.  A last Christmas.

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A Tribe Called Quest – Can I Kick It? (1990)

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Before I walk away for Easter, I’ve just read that Malik Taylor has died at the premature age of 45. In 1990, Malik and his crew A Tribe Called Quest released People’s Instinctive Travels And The Paths Of Rhythm, an odd mix of rap, hip hop and jazzy rhymes. It was in the alternative furrow that De La Soul had furrowed the year before with their 3 Feet High And Rising. I recall flipping the vinyl and listening to the start of the B-side: ‘Bonita Applebum’ followed by ‘Can I Kick It?’. Genius. R.I.P. Phife Dawg.

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The Beatles – Strawberry Fields Forever (1967)

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R.I.P. George Martin. In 1967, the fifth Beatle was in creative overdrive. On ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’, the producer incorporated reverse-recording, tape loops and the splicing together of two separate versions of the song at around the 60-second mark.

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Earth, Wind & Fire ‎- That’s The Way Of The World (1975)

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Bandmate Philip Bailey once said that Maurice White’s whole vision was to “sneak a little jazz on people”. Before 1975’s breakthrough album That’s the Way of the World, this had tended to entail White’s masterful production overlaid onto a Sly Stone sounding groove. But with this title track, EW&F found their own jazz funk groove. “Hearts of fire creates love desire.” Maurice White R.I.P.

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The Eagles – Lyin’ Eyes (1975)

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R.I.P. Glen Frey. ‘Lyin’ Eyes’ was written by Don Henley and Glenn Frey after a big night out in L.A.. Good times.

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