>Hypnotise Us


I posted a different mix of Hypnotone’s Dream Beam ages ago, the Ben Chapman version with it’s huge bleepy intro. This version was by remixed Danny Rampling and on the Creation does dance Keeping The Faith compilation. Rampling keeps the big vocal, gives us synth stabs rather than pianos and a well Balaeric rhythm to hypnotise us, as the vocal sample says several times. A friend of Bagging Area reckons the over-riding thing about records like this one was the sense of possibility in them. He’s not wrong. I saw Hypnotone play Dream Beam at the Sefton Park festival in Liverpool in summer 1990, sitting by the pond in almost complete darkness. It’s stayed with me ever since. Tune, as people used to say.

Dream Beam(Danny Rampling mix).mp3

>Space Needle


A few years ago one of the first blogs I began visiting regularly was Spoilt Victorian Child, now defunct but formerly a home to all things leftfield and guitary. Through SVC I discovered Space Needle and this song Never Lonely Alone. Dreamy, blissed out, Spacemen 3esque, experimental- Space Needle were a US band active between 1994 and 1997, and without the internet and music blogging I’d never have heard of them. This is a lovely track which deserves a wider audience. Cheers Spoilt Victorian Child.


>Side Project Death Match


Nick Cave’s hirsute side project Grinderman get remixed by Faris Badwan’s mascara’d side project Cat’s Eyes to good and somewhat spooky effect. I imagine no-one involved sees these as side projects, but it’s a bit inevitable. Faris Badwan, spindly goth/art-rock front man from the Horrors, has joined up with Canadian classical starlet Rachel Zeffira to make music inspired by Italian horror soundtracks and the 60s girl groups, with an e.p. and album to come. They played their debut gig at the Vatican. Amazingly, they make all these things seem like really good ideas.

When My Baby Comes Cats Eyes Remix.mp3

>Dum Dum Dum


Dum Dum Girls take their cues from the 60s girl groups, the mid 80s shambling indie scene and The Ramones, with front woman Dee Dee described as a ‘goth rock Susannah Hoffs’. Whilst there may not be much here you haven’t heard before here, they’re young enough to have an excuse and they do it very well. This is I Will Be from last year’s e.p. of the same name. They have a new e.p. out, He Gets Me High, which you can probably buy or steal from the usual places.


>Johnny, You’re Too Bad


The Slickers, a three part vocal reggae group, found some fame and attention when this song, Johnny Too Bad, appeared on the soundtrack to The Harder They Come in 1972. The song criticises Johnny and the rude boys for the shooting and knifing and making the women cry, while also managing to glamourise him and his lifestyle. Either way, this is a great song.

11 Johnny Too Bad.wma

>Friday Night Is Reggae Night This Week


Bagging Area takes a break from the rockabilly this week, to select some more reggae to start off your weekend. This is partly due to a lack of inspiration in the quiff/blue jeans department and partly due to recent reggae posts here, there and everywhere in the wake of Reggae Britannia and all that. This is Sister Nancy and Bam Bam, a magnificent vocal reggae anthem from 1982. Does that make it dancehall? Not sure. Enjoy it whatever it is, it’s a blast.


>Like Lykke


Swedish indie/electropop siren Lykke Li has a new album, Wounded Rhymes, out soon. You can probably find half of it already if you look in the right internet places- the bloggers like her. Or lykke her. I can see the appeal. This is I’m Good, I’m Gone from previous album Youth Novels remixed in fine style by Metronomy in 2008.


>Thursday Reggae


One of the great things about reggae is the super heavy, critic friendly, leftfield dub stuff and the fluffier pop-reggae are, to my mind, equally good. Davy H posted Susan Cadogan’s Hurt So Good the other day, a pop-reggae tune that is surely as good as anything by King Tubby or Lee Perry, just poppier. This is Wild World, the Cat Stevens song, given the treatment by Jimmy Cliff’s honey coated voice. Also contains very nice piano. Probably will not cause drowsiness. May make the user feel better, possibly even mild euphoria.

Wild World.mp3



We haven’t had much 60s garage rock round here for a while so here’s The Standells with Medication. Their best known song is Dirty Water which opened the classic Nuggets compilation and which was posted here about a year ago. This is an equally good blast of garage action- short, rough and dirty. You could probably play most of The Standells back catalogue while listening to yesterday’s Wilco track or the David Holmes monster.

On a medication note we take I.T. to the hospital today to get his cochlear implant switched on. Fingers crossed.


>On A Private Beach In Michigan


Another lengthy track, this time ten minutes of brilliance from Wilco. I love some of their stuff- Heavy Metal Drummer also on this album for example- but the more country-ish, piano-led balladry does less for me. This is a huge guitar track with relentless motorik drums, great sounding guitars and funny noises, and a huge stadium power chord chorus bit. It’s fantastic, although what it’s all about I have no idea. Why spiders and kidsmoke? Is Michigan well known for it’s private beaches? No matter- when this is playing, it’s totally absorbing and not a second too long.