Jun 30, 2009

In the City (30.06.09)

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This week's guest announcer: John Yackley (my brother-in-law).

1) In The City The Jam In The City 1977 Polydor
An obvious choice but a ripping few minutes of power pop. Whatever you think about the yawn-inducing clap-trap he makes now, Weller penned a good tune or two when he was a young man. Do I remember rightly that Hudson made a Weller signature shoe? Shoes just like it go for a few lira off Istiklal.

2) Stopover Bombay Alice Coltrane, Journey in Satchidananda, 1970, Impulse
I can never pronounce the title of the album. This week's programme is no exception.

3) Psychodrama City The Byrds, Fifth Dimension, 1966, CBS
A classic Byrds psyche work-out.

4) Now That Everything's Been Said The City, Now That Everything's Been Said, 1969, Ode
Carole King before Tapestry. Great voice.

5) Aremenia City In the Sky The Who The Who Sell Out 1967 Track
No genocide reference. Actually, what is this song about?

6) City After 3am
Jan Dukes de Grey, Sorcerers, 1969 Decca/Deram/Nova
More obscurantism. Despite what I said on the programme, this band cannot be found on the Legends of a Mind compilation, but it was simultaneously released on Decca Nova and Deram Nova. It has been re-released on Wounded Nurse in 2002.

7) Suffragette City Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, The Rise of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, 1976, RCA
Dynaflex wobble-board copy. Again, I was wrong. Dynaflex was introduced well before the 70s oil crisis. Also, Mrs Johns reminded me the reason why Turkish records in the 70s are so rare was due to the US economic embargo placed on Turkey by the US after the invasion of Cyprus in 1974. The same embargo that produced The Man Who Saved the Earth (Dünyayı Kurtaran Adam). There's a silver lining in every cloud.

8) Sin City ACDC, Power Age, 1978, Atlantic
Another obvious choice but again, a cracking tune.

9) A Sunday in Madrid Robert Wyatt, Shleep, 1997, Rough Trade

10) Copenhagen Scott Walker, Scott 3, 1969, Philips

11) Clash City Rockers The Clash, The Clash, 1979, CBS

12) Electricity Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band, Safe As Milk, 1967 Buddah
A bad pun I know, but as promised, a Beefheart tune in every programme. This isn't going to get easier.

13) Hong Kong Garden Siouxsie & The Banshees, 7", 1978, Polydor

14) The Soul City Walk Archie Bell & The Drells, Dance Your Troubles Away , 1976, TSOP

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