Oct 24, 2010

Yackety yack

The delectable Chiffons

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With my faltering infirm voice, we're going to keep the chat to a minimum this week. Here are 50 minutes of song about the gentle art of conversation. From the silvered-tongued Sweet Talkin' Guy to the quaint Conversation Piece by D. Bowie.

  1. Sweet Talkin' Guy, The Chiffons, 7", 1963, Laurie
  2. We Can Talk, The Band, Music From Big Pink, 1968, Capitol
  3. You're My Girl (I Don't Want to Discuss It), Rhinoceros, Rhinoceros, 1968, Elektra
  4. Talk to me, Al Green, Green is Blues, 1969, Hi
  5. Conversation Piece, David Bowie, Space Oddity, 1969, RCA
  6. Everybody's Talkin', Elephants Memory, Songs From Midnight Cowboy Plus, 1969, Buddah
  7. Communication Breakdown, Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin I, 1969, Atlantic
  8. Nothing To Say, Jethro Tull, Benefit , 1970, Island
  9. Small Town Talk, Bobby Charles, Bobby Charles , 1972, Bearsville
  10. New York Telephone Conversation, Lou Reed, Transformer, 1972, RCA
  11. Speakin' Out, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Tonight's the Night, 1977, Reprise
  12. Small Talk Stinks, Bauhaus, In the Flat Field, 1980, 4AD
  13. It's My Life, Talk Talk, It's My Life, 1984, EMI
  14. Talk About The Weather, Red Lorry Yellow Lorry, Talk About The Weather, 1985, Red Rhino
  15. Some Candy Talking, The Jesus & Mary Chain, Darklands, 1987, Blanco Y Negro

Oct 16, 2010


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It's cold season. So to ease your journey into the depths of snotland, here are 15 tunes to help you get there and back again. We've heard Dr. Strangely Strange and The Other Half before on TUWSJ, and we have a double bill from Little Feat.
  1. Strangely Strange But Oddly Normal, Dr. Strangely Strange, Kip of the Serenes, 1969, Island
  2. Here Comes Sickness, Mudhoney, Mudhoney, 1989, Sub Pop
  3. Chest Fever, The Band, Music From Big Pink, 1968, Capitol
  4. Coming Down, The United States Of America, The United States Of America, 1967, CBS
  5. Mr. Pharmacist, The Other Half, Nuggets, Disc Four, 1966, GNP
  6. Rock and Roll Doctor, Little Feat, Feats Don't Fail Me Now, 1974, Warner
  7. How Does It Feel?, The Creation, We Are Painter Men, 1967, Hit-Ton
  8. Underground Medicine, The Fall, Live At The Witch Trials, 1978, Step Forward
  9. You're My Drug, The Dukes of the Stratosphear, Psonic Psunspot, 1987, Virgin
  10. Cold, Cold, Cold, Little Feat, Sailin' Shoes, 1972, Warner
  11. Still Ill, The Smiths, The Smiths, 1984, Rough Trade
  12. Superbad, James Brown, 7", 1970, King
  13. My Death, Scott Walker, Scott, 1967, Phillips
  14. I'll Feel A Whole Lot Better, The Byrds, Mr Tambourine Man, 1965, Columbia
  15. The Kids Are Alright, The Who, The Who Sings My Generation, 1966, Brunswick

Oct 10, 2010

Independence day

Quintessential Indie style

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To mark the independence of Istanbul from the tyranny (and orderliness) of the British occupation, it's indie week. So shake the mothballs off your brown cardigan, scuff up your Doc Martens and get yourself a bottle of Thunderbird blue. A few gems, including the Flatmates, who I saw at the Rumble Club in T. Wells in 1989. I became very drunk on sweet cider and remember little of the gig, except that it was very, very trebly. I even don't remember my girlfriend at the back of the hall copping off with some other bloke.
  1. The Cutter, Echo & The Bunnymen, Porcupine, 1983, Korova
  2. Draygo's Guilt, The Fall, The Wonderful and Frightening World of the Fall, 1984, Beggars Banquet
  3. Bachelor Kisses, The Go Betweens, Spring Hill Fare, 1984, Sore
  4. You've Got Everything Now, The Smiths, The Smiths, 1984, Rough Trade
  5. The Great Escape, The Chills, Kaleidoscope World , 1986, Creation/Flying Nun
  6. Could You be the One?, Hüsker Dü, Warehouse: Songs and Stories, 1987, Warner
  7. Darklands, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Darklands, 1987, Blanco Y Negro
  8. Take Me To The Other Side, Spacemen 3, The Perfect Prescription, 1987, Fire
  9. Pond Song, Dinosaur Jr, Bug, 1988, SST
  10. Heaven Knows, The Flatmates, 12”, 1988, The Subway Organization
  11. Where Is My Mind?, Pixies, Surfer Rosa, 1988, 4AD
  12. Drive Blind, Ride, 12", 1990, Creation
  13. Every Picture I Paint, Teenage Fanclub, A Catholic Education, 1990, Paperhouse
  14. Only Shallow, My Bloody Valentine, Loveless, 1991, Creation

Oct 2, 2010


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This week, let’s get all touchy feely while listening to 50 minutes of songs about senses. If you thought there were five senses, you’re way off. Apparently, there are more than 12, not including a sense of humour or common sense. On the play list are a few oddities this week, including Tony Clarke and Medway's finest Mod-revivalists The Prisoners. If anyone out there as a few more tracks by them, drop me a line. We close the programme with an obvious pick, but a classic.
  1. How Does It Feel?, The Creation, We Are Painter Men, 1967, Hit-Ton
  2. Just To See You, Alex Chilton, 1970, 1996, Ardent
  3. A Taste of Pink, Prisoners, A Taste of Pink, 1982, Big Beat
  4. Touch Me I'm Sick, Mudhoney, Superfuzz Bigmuff, 1990, Sub Pop
  5. I Hear You Calling, Bill Fay, Time of the Last Persecution, 1971, Deram
  6. Sigh’s smell of farewell, Cocteau Twins, Love's Easy Tears, 1986, 4AD
  7. Balance, Funkadelic, America Eats Its Young, 1972, Westbound
  8. Feel the heat, Bill Summers, Feel the heat, 1977, Prestige
  9. Move Move Move, Alan Hawkshaw, Mo’Hawk, 2003, RPM/Cherry Red
  10. Feel the Pain, Dinosaur Jr, Without A Sound, 1995, Blanco y Negro/Sire
  11. (No Conception) No Sense Of Direction, Tony Clarke, (They Call Me A) Wrong Man 7", 1968, MS
  12. Sense Of Purpose, The Pop Group, For How Much Longer Do We Tolerate Mass Murder?, 1980, Rough Trade
  13. See Me Feel Me, The Who, 7", 1970, Polydor
  14. The Good Humor Man He Sees Everything Like This, Love, Forever Changes, 1967, Elektra
  15. Senses Working Overtime, XTC, English Settlement, 1982, Virgin