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Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Architecture & Morality

I picked up Architecture & Morality the third album from 1981 from Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark  recently for 95p in my local charity shop.
Unfortunately it came without the rather splendid outer sleeve designed by Peter Saville and Brett Wickens. Fortunately there is some of their work on the inner sleeve
As it was only the inner sleeve I initially thought it was a 12 inch single so it was a bit of a result when it turned out to be the album.
I've featured two of the three singles from the album Joan of Arc which made number 5 in the singles chart and Souvenir which got to number 3 which was the highest for any of their singles.

It would be remiss of me to feature this without  a reference to the legendary Half Man Half Biscuit and Architecture, Morality, Ted and Alice. Genius as always.

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark - Maid of Orleans

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark - Souvenir

Half Man Half Biscuit - Architecture, Morality, Ted and Alice

Monday, 21 August 2017

Anyone for Tennis?

I woke up the other morning thinking about tennis players who have featured  in the title of songs.As you do.
Two immediately jumped to mind.
First up is The Iceman from Sweden Bjorn Borg multiple grand slam winner and one of the all time greats

He features in the title but not in the lyrics of The Ballad of Bjorn Borg a song on the Pernice Brothers  2001 album The World Wont End

Bjorn is followed by Conchita Martinez  who in 1994 was the first Spanish player to win the woman's singles title at Wimbledon her only grand slam  victory although she did reach another two finals.
She is also the subject of a song on Saint Etienne's 1993 debut album So Tough.

I briefly thought of featuring Billie Jean but then thought the better of it.
Any other suggestions welcomed.

Pernice Brothers - The Ballad of Bjorn Borg

Saint Etienne - Conchita Martinez

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Jackie Brown

On Wednesday's Burnt Offerings post I mentioned that The Delphonics first came to my attention when their song Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time) featured in Quentin Tarantino's 1997 film Jackie Brown.

This led to some reminiscence in the comments section from Brian , Alyson and Jamie about discovering them in the same way and the tape in the car scene.
I can't find a clip of that so this will have to do

In addition to introducing me to the Delphonics it also brought Bobby Womack to my attention.
I had vaguely heard of him but the fabulous Across 110th Street which starts the film completely blew me away and led to me seeking out more of his stuff.

I've posted it before but make no apologies for posting it again.

The Delfonics - Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time)

Bobby Womack - Across 110th Street

Saturday, 19 August 2017

Vintage Country Vinyl - Conway Twitty

Conway Twitty - great name, great hair, great clothes - pretty average singer
He released a shed load of albums from 1959 up to his death in 1993 aged just 59
Play Guitar Play is from 1977 (just when punk rock was hitting Britain) and reached number 3 in the US Country Charts. My copy was purchased  recently in the Wigtown Community shop along with a truly awful Chet Atkins album which I will not subject you to
I would describe him as a poor man's George Jones.
Sadly Mr & Mrs Twitty did not  actually have a son called Conway - rather he was christened  Harold Lloyd Jenkins which doesn't really have the same ring to it

The second song is for all us bloggers other halves!

Conway Twitty - I Can't Believe She Gives It All To Me

Conway Twitty - One in a Million

Friday, 18 August 2017

The Blues Collection - Koko Taylor Revisited

Wang Dang Doodle by Koko Taylor was the first of the Blues Collection CD's I bought way back in December 2003. The following day I revisited  the charity shop and negotiated a job lot.

Koko has been long overdue a re-airing. She sprung to my mind recently for two reasons.
Firstly, Drew recently played a belter of a song by Linda Jones and her voice and delivery put me in mind of Koko.
Secondly I have just finished reading Feel Like Going Home the first in the great roots trilogy by Peter Guralnick.
In the chapter when he visits Chess Records in Chicago he tells of meeting Koko in the lobby who was there on her day off her work as a maid..Probably only a few years after these songs were recorded in 1965.
I suspect that many of the artists in the series needed a day job from time to time to break even.

Koko Taylor - Don't Mess With The Messer

Koko Taylor - Wang Dang Doodle

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Papa Was a Rodeo

As I mentioned the other day I've finally got around to acquiring 69 Love Songs by the Magnetic Fields.
There is a lot to digest and I am taking my time and getting there slowly.

It does however give me the opportunity to finally compare and contrast the original of Papa Was a Rodeo with the cover by Kelly Hogan.
Taken from Beneath the Country Underdog a 2000 album on Bloodshot and billed as Kelly Hogan & the Pine Valley Cosmonauts it has long been a firm favourite of mine.
I would go as far as saying it is probably one of my top 10 songs ever and it has certainly appeared on just about every CD mixtape compilation I have compiled since then..

The Magnetic Fields original is of course excellent but obviously not as good as Kelly

What a coincidence your Papa was a Rodeo too

The Magnetic Fields - Papa Was a Rodeo

Kelly Hogan & the Pine Valley Cosmonauts - Papa Was a Rodeo

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Burnt Offerings 30

We are off to Sheffield, Philadelphia and Maryhill this week in the 30th installment of Burnt Offerings.

We start with Sheffield indie pop band The Long Blondes  who lasted from 2004 to 2008 releasing two albums in the process
In 2006 they won the NME Philip Hall Radar award and were described by the Guardian as the best unsigned band in the UK.Rough Trade took the hint and in 2006 their debut album Someone to Drive You Home.on which this song features.

The Long Blondes - Giddy Stratosphere

Next up are Philadelphia Soul trio The Delfonics who first crossed my radar when their song Didn't I (Blow Your Mind this Time) featured in the Quentin Tarantino film from 1997 Jackie Brown. This their other big number was released in 1968 a year before Didn't I

The Delfonics - La La Means I Love You

Finally, from Maryhill in Glasgow we have the Urban Spaceman himself  the hippy folkie Donovan Leitch
From 1966 Sunshine Superman topped the Billboard Hot 100 for one week and reached number 2 in the UK
He is still going strong and was inducted into the Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame in 2012.
If you hang around long enough ....

Donovan - Sunshine Superman

The penultimate assorted nonsense selection next Wednesday