Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Period piece

Brilliance!

Monday, 20 October 2014

Josie

Here's an absolute stonker from the Go Violets that I first heard over on the sublime songs for girls to sing blog. (You already visit there, right? Right?!) Songs like this remind you why you loved indiepop in the first place. Ace video too!

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Love Junky

Here's the new single from the Popguns! A sentence I'd never have imagined I'd be using in 2014. It's their first single since 1936, is called Love Junky and is very addictive indeed. Haw haw.

Get it here

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Friday, 17 October 2014

Got The Balance Right

Here's a novelty - a catchy 80s song I wasn't familiar with until recently. From 1981, Breaking Away was the only hit for New York rockers Balance, when it reached the giddy heights of #22 on the Billboard "Hot" 100. The song obviously inspired Stock, Aitken and Waterman when they shamelessly lifted part of the melody for Bananarama's I Want You Back six years later. This is better, but.

Mildly Interesting Pop Fact: Balance were fronted by one Peppy Castro. If that's not the best name in rock, it's got to be in the top three.

Thursday, 16 October 2014

The Fox, The Hunter And Hello Saferide

Can't even begin to tell you how thrilled I was to discover that there's a brand new Hello Saferide album - and it's out now! The Fox, The Hunter And Hello Saferide is Annika Norlin's first new release for six years under the Hello Saferide banner - an awful long time in anyone's book - but thank goodness the wait is finally over. I wasn't even sure if Annika was still interested in making music, to be honest, but thank goodness she is, as she's one of the finest lyricists around and few have the ear for a tune that she possesses.

The standout track for me on first listen is The Crawler, which chronicles the joys and sorrows of using a community swimming pool - the titular character being a selfish git who spoils the harmony and orderliness of the twenty regular swimmers by jumping in the middle lane, flailing his arms about - literally and metaphorically making waves - and generally ruining the experience for everyone else. In the end his exasperated co-swimmers encircle him, hold his face under the water and "wait for the waves to slow down". How could you not love a song like this?

Hello Saferide - The Crawler

It took a little while to find anywhere that was selling the album, but in the end iTunes came up trumps and I downloaded it from there. Best £7.99 I've spent all month.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

A Good Day For Telling Lies

This gem should definitely have been included on yesterday's Swedish playlist. Don't know what I was thinking leaving it out!

PETS - A GOOD DAY FOR TELLING LIES from Nineteen Eighty Records on Vimeo.

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Sweden!

Here's a new playlist of some - all right, most - of my favourite Swedish songs from seven years of this blog. I've put together similar ones on Spotify in the past but, taking a leaf out of Xanthi's book, I've now switched to 8 tracks. Whereas with Spotify you're limited slightly by the fact that i) you can only use tracks that are available in Spotify's own library, and ii) not everyone has a Spotify account - with 8 tracks you can include any track on your computer in your playlist. Infinitely preferable.

Anyway, boring waffle over. Hope you like the mix. I can't say it's a definitive list of favourites as I forgot to include any Jens Lekman, for starters; or the 'Puck' version of Carnival by the Cardigans; or any of The Sweptaways' Christmas singles. But it's close!

1 Will You Love Me In The Morning? - Acid House Kings featuring Magnus Carlson

2 Rise & Shine - The Cardigans

3 Pamplona - Pelle Carlberg

4 Trumpets & Violins - Suburban Kids With Biblical Names

5 Cry No More Tears - Sweet Chariots

6 Make A Right At Jordfallsmotet - Agent Simple

7 Segerns Sötma - Lustans Lakejer

8 On The Radio - The Concretes

9 Arjeplog - Hello Saferide

10 Once I Was A Serene Teenage Child - Frida Hyvönen

11 Summer Of Speed - Andreas Mattsson

12 Starfriend - Freewheel

13 Histrionics - Popsicle

14 Never Killed Anyone - The Wannadies

15 My Cousin The Psychopath - Waterbug

16 At School - Brainpool

17 This Is The Year - Marit Bergman

18 Let My Shoes Lead Me Forward - The Sweptaways

19 Hitten - Those Dancing Days

20 London - Frida Hyvönen

21 Whims and Fancies - Kissing Mirrors

22 Cup Noodle Song - Pineforest Crunch

23 All I Want Is What I Had - Sweet Chariots

24 I Was Definitely Made For These Times - Hello Saferide

25 Rent A Wreck - Suburban Kids With Biblical Names

26 And I Found This Boy - Maia Hirasawa

27 Shiver Gone - Popundret

28 Young & Hairy - Elias & The Wizzkids

29 Somebody Has To Be Me - Mutts

30 Tee Vee Star - Action Biker

31 Teenager - The Drowners

32 Missing You - Club 8

33 Ten - Popsicle

34 If You Were Here - Kent

35 It Only Takes A Flashlight To Create A Monster - The Bear Quartet

36 One Nation Under A Gloom - Swissair

37 Reflected - Ronderlin

38 Maneater - Nixon and Action Biker

39 Water - Eggstone

40 Love Is Dead - The Wannadies

Monday, 13 October 2014

Hanging Around

Tin Tin Duffy, the drummer from Elastica and the cheesy one from Blur got together in the summer of '96 under the Me Me Me moniker to record this minor gem in the Britpop canon. It made number 19 in the UK pop 40 but probably deserved better. Fun/irksome (delete as applicable) vid, too. I like it.

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Lollipop

Only the freshest new beats on this blog, daddio.

Monday, 21 July 2014

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Saturday Love

Best mid-song stage entrance ever. I still remember this as if it were yesterday. "Who the hell is that big lump that's just ambled onto the stage? Oh, his voice is amazing."

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Don't I Hold You

I've always loved this song exactly the same amount that I disdain all the show-offs snogging in the video. If I'd been directing this I'd have surprised every last one of them with a bucket of cold water and a firm ticking off. Honestly, this clip's about as romantic as an edition of Grandstand.

Monday, 14 July 2014

Ooer Sounds A Bit Rude

Ah. They don't make 'em like this any more.

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Love Comes Quickly

You never really hear this any more - a pity, as it still sounds magnificent.