The Return Of Friday Night Is Rockabilly Night 28

Or rockabilly songs from Ctel part two. Long Tall Texans (and don’t they look fine?) also recorded this song, Gotta Go, a bit of a good ‘un. It’s a cover of a song by The G-Men, a new one to me. There’s a Youtube link here, worth having a look at. Sun’s out, and tonight the alcohol must be cold…

Man Ray Style

The Rayographs are an all girl three-piece from London who I heard on Weatherall’s recent 6 Mix excursion. While in town last weekend, negotiating record shops with I.T. in his wheelchair (not always easy) I found a 7″ from two years ago in Piccadilly Records. They have a spooky, psychedelic/bluesy sound. There’s several of their songs you should look out for- Francis, Space Of The Halls, Yellow Hair, all of which shimmer with a drop of the dark stuff. This is from their debut single.

Fa Fa Fa Fa, Fa Fa Fa Fa Fa Faa

Talking Heads, so normal looking they were deeply odd, hit the pop culture consciousness with this song- Psycho Killer. I’ve been listening to this song for two and a half decades. It’s got multiple vocal hooks, David Byrne’s from-the-point-of-view-of-a-serial-killer lyrics, some scratchy, choppy guitar work from Byrne and Jerry Harrison, Chris Frantz’s no nonsense drumming but really it’s all about Tina Weymouth’s bass. How come it hasn’t been sampled more often?

This version kicks, and is from a 1977 radio session, released on the The Name Of This Band Is Talking Heads album. Dum dum dum dum, dum du dum…

Sten Guns In Knightsbridge

One more Clash cover? Oh go on then. Here Edwyn Collins tackles year zero manifesto 1977- Joe claiming no Elvis, Beatles or Rolling Stones while Mick recycles a Kinks riff. Edwyn takes his acoustic guitar to it and adds some hard won wisdom.

She Was An American Girl

I don’t really buy into the whole guilty pleasures thing- a good song is a good song no matter who wrote/played/sings it. Hence, as Drew pointed out a long time ago, Push The Button by Sugababes is just a great tune regardless. I don’t usually go for U.S. AM/FM radio rock, but there’s nothing at all wrong with Tom Petty’s American Girl, sheer joy from start to finish. And we all know where Julian Casablancas nicked the riff for Last Nite from.

It’s Always Tease, Tease, Tease

Another Clash cover comes in via the wonders of the internet, this time from Ctel whose Acid Ted blog is a standard setter for dance music blogs. This is Should I Stay Or Should I Go? as done by Brighton based three piece rockabilly band Long Tall Texans, formed in 1985 and still treading the boards today. I should’ve saved this for Friday night but luckily Ctel sent another song by them as well.

Out Of The Loft

Pete Astor has featured at Bagging Area before as head honcho of 80s indie bands The Loft and The Weather Prophets and 90s/00s ambienty act Ellis Island Sound. As well as becoming a lecturer in Popular Studies he’s got a new album out called Songbox- 2 cds, one of new songs and the other cover versions of his songs by others. It comes in a very nice cardboard box. Pete’s an underrated songwriter but a good one, as this swinging, bluesy song demonstrates, and the woodwind instruments make this as good a way as any to start the working week.