The Orb ‘Little Fluffy Clouds’ (Seven Inch Mk I)

It’s funny how, for a type of music so suited to the long form (12″ records, mix tapes, 4 hour dj sets, tracks regularly running over 10 minutes ) the acid house/club culture/dance music scene 20 years ago produced some storming 7″ records. Maybe it was the punk/post punk influence, making music that worked for 3 minutes 30 seconds. This is a great example, the 7″ mix of Little Fluffy Clouds. This is my favourite version- it’s perfect, no need to extend it, just Rickie Lee Jones’ ramblings over those synths and samples on 7 inches of black vinyl.

Other examples off the top of my head? Sub Sub ‘Ain’t No Love Ain’t No Use’, MARRS ‘Pump Up The Volume’, S’Express ‘Theme’, The Beloved ‘It’s Alright Now’ (incidentally if anyone has the 7″ mix of this one as an mp3 I’d love a copy). There must be others. I know there were/are loads of tunes, less poppy chart oriented ones probably, that needed extending out over the 12″, but the 7″ dance single seems like a great part of pop culture.

I shared a house with a friend for two years who was a big Orb fan, so it wasn’t until we moved out that I realised I’d hardly bought anything by them, just used to listen to his, and I still have Orb shaped gaps in my record collection to this day. Must do something about that.

Little Fluffy Clouds (Seven Inch Mk I).mp3

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The Horrors ‘Whole New Way’

One of the revelations of last year was Primary Colours by The Horrors, in particular the tracks Sea With A Sea (electro-krautrock Joy Division) and Who Can Say (Joy Division with the ‘she cried’, Shangri La drum beat bit completely ripped off a Rowland S Howard song from 2004 called She Cried). Regardless, good modern rock songs from a bunch of haircuts and tight jeans you wouldn’t have expected it from. They followed it up at the end of last year with this 7″ single, Whole New Way, which pumps up the 80s influences. Good stuff.

whole-new-way.mp3

Paul Simonon Havana 3am ‘Hey Amigo’

I realised the other day I’ve done a post-Clash Mick post and a post-Clash Joe post, so I thought I better do a post-Clash Paul post, seeing as Paul Simonon was and remains the beating heart at the centre of the only band that mutters. The best looking man in West London. The coolest man ever to wear a bass guitar. Guns Of Brixton. Cheekbones. Paint splattered kit, years ahead of The Roses. Reggae influences worn on the sleeve. Skinhead chic. Finest quiff since you know who. Et cetera, et cetera, et cetera. I could go on, but it would turn into some kind of homoerotic love letter. Ahem.

Paul Simonon’s post Clash career is not littered with goodies, unless you count his paintings. In fact if it wasn’t for the lp he did with Albarn two years ago, we’d have very little to go on. And I’m not going to post any of The Good, The Bad, And The Queen anyway. After The Clash finally split (1985, Cut The Crap, no Mick, shite album) Paul eventually formed Havana 3am. Inspired by punk, bull fighting and Cuba the album doesn’t hold many rewards to be honest. Singer Gary Myrick died of cancer after it’s release, causing Paul serious distress. This is the best track, Hey Amigo, a cross-breed of spaghetti western and dub reggae. It’s actually really good. Just don’t go looking for the whole album. It’s Paul Simonon folks, it couldn’t be all bad could it?

I’ve got nothing Topper did after The Clash, so I suppose this is the end of this particular mini-series.

08 Hey Amigo.wma

Minutemen ‘Little Man With A Gun In His Hand’

Another Minutemen track, from an earlier record, Little Man With A Gun In His Hand from the mini-lp Buzz Or Howl Under The Influence Of Heat. Judging by the download stats at mediafire you lot wern’t that bothered by the first Minutemen track but I’m posting this one anyway, cos it’s ace. Guitar and bass interlocking and building, til the payoff vocal of ‘Little man with a gun in his hand… little man with a gun in his hand’. Give it a go. You might like it. Might make a change from all the Weatherall we’ve all been listening to.

08 Little Man with a Gun in His Hand.wma

Friday Night Is Rockabilly Night 4

This is the daddy- Wayne Walker’s All I Can Do Is Cry. Little known as a recording artist, but a widely recorded song-writer, including songs for Elvis, Johnny Burnette and Waylon Jennings, this is pure rockabilly gold. Driving rhythm and guitar, love lorn lyric, killer chorus. This song appeared when I guested at The Vinyl Villain during his Merry Month Of May series of guest-posts last year, but it’s too good not to be done again. As the legendary series of rockabilly cd’s claims ‘this’ll flat git ya’.

All I Can Do Is Cry.mp3

Yura Yura Teikoku ‘Dekinai’

This song came on my mp3 player on the way home from work yesterday. I had no idea what it was, and don’t remember either downloading it or transferring it to the player.

Yura Yura Teikoku are a Japanese three piece, the name translates as The Unstable Empire, and they formed in 1989. A bit of internet research gets them described as ‘Can meets dub’, ‘psychedelic 70s rock and power pop’, ‘psyche pop and garage rock’, and (gulp) ‘soft rock’. Wait come back. Don’t click back in your toolbar. Stay with me. They released a lp with this track on it on DFA (see, phew, told you it’d be ok). This song’s great- from the fast clattery drum intro(begging to be sampled by somebody), to the guitar and the vocals (in Japanese and it doesn’t make any difference that I havn’t a clue what he’s singing about). A bit like a more focused, poppy Yo La Tengo. Highly recommended.

Dekinai.mp3

DMCA Nonsense

The DMCA have removed my David Holmes posts again despite me re-posting them without the links to the songs. So what they’re saying this time is, I can’t post text about David Holmes or pictures of him either. Is Holmes so important that only qualified journalists can publish articles about him?