Please Stop Crying

While things are all Screamadelic in various pockets of internetland I thought I’d post this- the Terry Farley mix of Loaded, which appeared on the Creation dance compilation Keeping The Faith (various Keeping The Faith tracks have been posted here at Bagging Area during the year). In this reworking of Weatherall’s Loaded Terry Farley pretty much keeps Loaded as it was and puts Bobby’s vocal from source track I’m Losing More Than I’ll Ever Have back over the top. When I previously posted a Terry Farley remix a regular reader left the comment ‘I’ll remain anonymous for this one- great track but Terry Farley is an elitist knob’. Bagging Area cannot comment on this claim. Mr Farley remains unavailable for comment.

Mod Action

I’ve seen a lot of blokes recently wearing desert boots, which irritates me. Partly because I hate it when a long time staple of my wardrobe gets popular- I don’t want to look like everybody else. Should I stop wearing them until the trend subsides or persist? When I look closely I notice they’re usually not Clarks’ desert boots, so, um, they’ve got it wrong haven’t they? Desert Boots which aren’t Clarks? Lunacy. Which, sadly, makes me feel better. I should probably, by my age, have got over these things, but I can’t help it. The mod in me never dies.

This is Better In Black by top mod revivalists and Medway garage-rock band The Prisoners, from their 1982 album A Taste Of Pink, re-issued on cd a while back and available at most download stores, as is the album shown above The Last Fourfathers, which has a much better cover. Better In Black is top quality guitar and organ action from Graham Day, James Taylor (later of The James Taylor Quartet), Allan Crockford and Johnny Symons.

The Prisoners – Better In Black.mp3

New To Me

I do like it when I discover something new- last Friday Drew at Across The Kitchen Table posted a new Weatherall remix, one I knew nothing about. I must be slipping. I’d get over to Drew’s place sharpish if I were you. It’s a remix of Silver Surfer, Ghost Rider, Go, Go, Go !!! from Danish artist Trontemoller’s album Into The Great Wide Yonder, and very good it is too. The 12″ turned up on Saturday morning, with the original version, Trentemoller’s own remix, Weatherall’s stomping 50s inspired mix and Lulu Rouge’s dubstep remix. Not having my finger on the pulse of the Scandinavian electronic scene suddenly I’ve got a whole new thing to go at, knowing I’ll be shelling out for both his albums and other stuff besides. This track is Shades Of Marble, also from Into The Great Wide Yonder, and is a lovely piece of melancholic but pacey electronica, with great swathes of 50s tremelo guitar popping up.


Some Dub For Sunday

Some dub for Sunday to warm the cockles, especially as it’s hovering around zero outside. This is Lee Perry’s dub version of Zap Pow’s River, which I posted a couple of weeks ago. River is a hazy, semi-psychedelic reggae tune, and this dub version is equally good. In true dub style Bagging Area recommends you play them back to back. If you didn’t download River it’s still there, alive on the internet all the way from the mid 1970s.

Lee Scratch Perry_06_River Stone.mp3#1#1

Away Goes Trouble Down The Drain

We were out in Manchester last night, sampling some of the masses of bars in the Northern Quarter (Manchester now has more than four quarters), and at one point this song came on, and I’m not saying it saved my life or anything but Indeep’s 1982 hit sounded pretty good.

last night a dj saved my life mirage remix.mp3

Dangerous Liaisons

This is the third post that comes from the Weatherall Screamadelica influences show last weekend, and a new one for me (and isn’t that what good radio djing is about? Opening your ears to stuff you haven’t heard before mixed in with with records you like). This is Liaisons Dangereuse 1981 record Los Ninos Del Parque, described by Audrey Witherspoon as ‘acid house before acid house had a name’. A reviewer at Discogs says of it- ‘equally cold and dark, yet sensual and exotic’. To Bagging Area’s ears this is a tough sounding early electronic dance record, stuffed full of post-punk stylings. However you want to describe it, it’s good stuff, and hey, it’s Friday night. Bottoms up.

Los Ninos Del Parque.mp3

The Leaves On The Tree

There’s been a small outbreak of Billy Fury in one or two places recently which made me think of this- Nothin’ Shakin’ (But The Leaves On The Tree). It also has brackets in the song title, so follows on very tenuously from yesterday’s Delfonics post. This is Liverpool’s Billy Fury in 1964, with a rattling piece of British rock ‘n’ roll, already made slightly redundant at the time I suspect by another bunch of moptop scousers whose name I have avoided mentioning at Bagging Area so far. And, as has been commented on elsewhere, check that quiff.


Mind Duly Blown

Another track from Sunday’s Screamadelica special when Andrew Weatherall played the tracks that inspired Primal Scream’s 1991 album. This is Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind This Time) by The Delfonics, an epic piece of funky Philly soul from 1969. Mind blowing outfits too.

Delfonics, The – Didn_’t I Blow Your Mind This Time.mp3#1#1

But I Know They Must Be Crazy

To compare and contrast here’s the Dr John version of I Walk On Gilded Splinters, from his deranged Gris Gris album (1968). This is bizarre voodoo music, with chanting, voices jumping out of the mix, Dr John’s own gravelly vocal, tom tom drums, weird instrumentation and general craziness. Late at night, in semi-darkness, a little wine imbibed, this song can spook a little.


Some People Think They Jive Me

That Weatherall Screamadelica show on 6 Mix on Sunday night revealed a wide range of influences on the making of the album, from PiL to dub, Can, proto acid house, Eno, The Delfonics, Suicide and Dennis Wilson and more. It’s widely available at blogs all over the place (have a look at the links on the right, or head straight to the reborn Ripped In Glasgow). One of the tracks Weatherall played was this one- I Walk On Gilded Splinters by Johnny Jenkins. I’ve had the Dr John original for years, an 18 carot gold song if ever there was one, but had never heard this version by Johnny Jenkins from his Ton-Ton Macoute! album. So a little internet jiggery-pokery and voila- I Walk On Gilded Splinters by Johnny Jenkins. Jenkins employed a young Otis Redding, and later played with Duane Allman, who contributes some wild guitar to this. Top stuff.

Johnny Jenkins – I Walk On Gilded Splinters.mp3