May 23, 2009

I Can Sing a Rainbow

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We listen to the colours of the rainbow this week on TUWSJ. This week's guest announcers are Nick, Corey and Sylvain from Ankara.
  1. Little Red Lights Todd Rundgren Something/Anything?, 1972, Bearsville
  2. Yellow Bird Davy Graham, The Guitar Player , 1963, Golden Guinea/Pye
  3. Pink Flag Wire, Pink Flag, 1977, Harvest
  4. I'm So Green Can, Ege Bamyasi, 1972, United Artitsts
  5. The Orange County Lumber Truck [Live] The Mothers Of Invention, Weasels Ripped My Flesh, 1970, Reprise
  6. Purple Haze Toad, Dreams, 1975, Polydor
  7. Blue Honey Pop Levi The Return To Form Black Magick Party, 2007, Counter
  8. White Overalls La Düsseldorf, Viva, 1978, Teldec
  9. It really does sound like they're singin
  10. Chinese White Incredible String Band The 5000 Spirits Or The Layers Of The Onion 1967, Elektra
  11. Black Sand Brainticket, Cottonwoodhill, 1971, Bellaphon
  12. Esperando O Messias (Com Golden Boys) Marcos Valle, Marcos Valle (Quarentão Simpático), 1970, EMI
  13. Semi-Multicoloured Caucasian Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band, Ice Cream for Crow, 1982, Virgin
  14. From a Silver Phial Gene Clark, No Other, 1974, CBS

May 16, 2009

Animal Magic (16.05.09)

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This week's guest announcer: Nick from Ankara.

1) Philly Dog, Herbie Mann, The Best of Herbie Mann, Atlantic

2) The Girls And The Dogs, Scott Walker, Scott 2, 1968, Philips

3) Tropical Hot Dog Night, Captain Beefheart and The Magic Band, Shiny Beast, 1978, Warner

4) Oyster Perpetual, Hugh Hopper, Hopper Tunity Box, 1977

5) The Snake, The Pink Fairies, 7", 1971, Polydor

6) Horses, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Greatest Palace Music, 2004, Drag City

7) Call Me Animal, MC5, Back In The USA, 1970, Atlantic

8) Hey Chicken, Loose Fur, Born Again In The USA, 2006, Drag City

9) Silva The Cat, Jukka Tolonen

10) Tiger, Tiger, The Sadies, Stories Often Told,

11) Too Many Fish In The Sea, The Marveltettes

12) It Must Be A Camel, Frank Zappa, Hot Rats, 1969, Reprise

13) Sittin' On Top Of The World, Howlin' Wolf, The Real Folk Blues/More Real, 1953

14) Turkey In The Straw, Earl Scruggs and Lester Flatt

May 9, 2009

The Piano Has Been Drinking

This week's guest announcer: Kevin from Çukur Cuma. A voice made for radio.

1) Tango Whiskeyman Can, Soundtracks, 1970, Liberty

2) Alchoholiday Teenage Fanclub, Bandwagonesque, 1991, Creation

3) Milk and Alcohol Dr Feelgood, Private Practice, 1979, United Artists

4) Yesterday's Wine Willie Nelson, Yesterday's Wine, 1971, Justice
Also to be found on the brilliant One Hell Of a Ride 4-CD Box Set.

5) Whiskey Man The Who, A Quick One, 1966, Polydor, Track, Brunswick

6) Beer As In Braindeer Matching Mole, Matching Mole, 1972, CBS

7) The Man Who Loved Beer Lambchop, How I Quit Smoking, 1996, Merge

8) Drinking Wine Spodyody Pere Ubu, Dub Housing, 1979, Virgin

9) Barstool Blues Neil Young, Zuma, 1975, Reprise

10) The Clouds Are Full Of Wine (Not Whiskey Or Rye) Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band, Lick My Decals Off, Baby, 1970, Straight/Reprise

11) Six Pack Tortoise, Standards, 2001, Thrill Jockey

12) Stinking Drunk Big Black, Atomizer, 1986, Touch & Go
On February 18, 2009, it was announced that Touch and Go would drastically downsize and shut down manufacturing and distribution services for many independent labels. A sad chapter for a great label.

13) Alcohol The Kinks, Muswell Hillbillies, 1971, Pye

14) The Piano Has Been Drinking (Not Me) (An Evening with Pete King) Tom Waits, Small Change, 1976, Asylum

May 1, 2009

Fallen Out

Merhaba, iyi aksamlar ve hos geldiniz.

Welcome to a new season of Tighten Up and to another few months of half-baked comments and badly researched facts interspersed with the words "fantastic" and "erm".

I'm still flogging the theme horse, but this time around it's looser. Rather than an hour of songs from a genre or period, every tune is feebly linked by it's title or some other weak connection. This week is an hour of songs covered by The Fall.

In 30 years the Fall have covered a bucket-load of covers and this is just a small selection of my favourites. I left out Ghost In My House by R Dean Taylor as I played it last season; I'll probably play it again.

1) Mr. Pharmacist The Other Half, GNP, 1966, reissued on Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era, 1965-1968I, Rhino.
(Bend Sinister, 1986)
May contain obscure drug references. Possibly. (This comment is plagiarized from, as is the whole idea.)

2) I Hate You The Monks, Black Monk Time, Polydor, 1966.
(Extricate, 1990)
If you can get it, there's some brilliant footage of the Monks on YouTube. Not to be confused with the band of the same name who did Nice Legs, Shame About the Face. Also a good tune, despite what Bob Brown says. He's so PC.

3) Popcorn Double Feature The Seachers, 7", Pye , 1967.
(Extricate, 1990)

4) The Legend Of Xanadu Dave, Dee, Dozy, Beeky, Mick and Titch, 7", Fontana, 1968.
The best whip-crack sound on record.
(NME compilation, 1992)

5) Lost In Music Sister Sledge, We Are Family, Atlantic, 1979.
(Infotainment Scam, 1993)

6) War Henry Cow and Slap Happy, In Praise Of Learning, Virgin, 1975.
(Middle Class Revolt, 1994)

7) Junkman Groundhogs, Split, Liberty, 1971
(Middle Class Revolt, 1994)
I was once in a bar listening to Steve Malkmus rattle on to me about The Groundhogs (and how he was pally with Tony McPhee, and the like). Typically, I was drunk and I think I called him a boring twat (or something similar). He didn't seem to notice. But he was dull.

8) Beatle Bones 'n' Smokin' Stones Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band, Strictly Personal, Blue Thumb, 1968
(Peel Session, 1996)
They'll be a Beefheart tune in every programme by the way.

9) Jungle Rock, Hank Mizell, 7", Eko, 1958
(Levitate, 1997)

10) I Come And Stand At Every Door The Byrds, Fifth Dimension, CBS, 1966
(Levitate, 1997)

11) This Perfect Day The Saints, 7", EMI, 1977
(Marshall Suite, 1999)

12) The Bourgeois Blues Leadbelly, Midnight Special, Library of Congress, 1938
(Are You Are Missing Winner, 2001)

13) I Can Hear The Grass Grow, The Move, 7", Deram, 1967.
(Fall Heads Roll, 2005)
Re-issued on the masterful Nuggets II: Original Artyfacts From The British Empire And Beyond compilation. I love this tune. RIP Carl Wayne.

14) Coming Down The United States Of America, The United States Of America, CBS, 1968.
(Live, 2006. Mutated into Scenario & Over Over!, Reformation Post TLC, 2007)
Wisely re-issued by CBS as a £6.99 budget disc and not on 180gm virgin vinyl, which is pointless unless you have a very good record player.