Nothing Can Stop Us

The ever wondrous Ms Minogue covering St Etienne’s third single (and one of their best) Nothing Can Stop Us, on the B-side of 1994’s Confide In Me. Why? I don’t know why. Just enjoy it.

I once took my daughter to see an exhibition of Kylie’s stage and video clothing at the City Art Gallery. She was pretty nonplussed. The clothing was very small and strangely unfinished, including the dress from the video for Can’t Get You Out Of My Head (pictured above).

Nothing Can Stop Us

Always The Traffic, Always The Lights

There aren’t too many band re-unions that go on to make decent music in their second lives (although I’m happy to be corrected on that). The Go-Betweens re-united and made Oceans Apart in 2005, with this standout track which I love to bits. It’s one of those narrative songs which so few people manage to do well. Robert Forster opens up a notebook, ‘The Darlinghurst Years’, and sparks off a train of bittersweet memories of his time living there- gut rot coffee, Joe playing the cello, the non-stop traffic and non-stop lights, Marjorie, Clint, Debbie, people who came and went, and Suzie who they never saw again. The music is equally good; dramatic guitar and strings, and a lone trumpet freaking out at the end.

Darlinghurst Nights

The picture shows Darlinghurst,a suburb of Sydney, at the start of the twentieth century.

Digging Graves, Digging Disco

Mark Lanegan, grunge survivor and scary guy, has a new album out which you should think about getting. Not now, when pay day comes in a week or so. It’s got some of the sparse blues his 2004 Bubblegum lp had, and that voice that sounds like gravel but it’s also got some fuller rockers and the uptempo drum machine and keyboard song Ode To Sad Disco, almost worth the price of admission on it’s own. Seriously, grunge-disco, it’s really good. While you’re waiting for payday listen to this one.

The Gravedigger’s Song

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S.C.U.M.’s lp from last year, Alone Into Eyes, has been on my stereo quite a bit recently, especially album closer Whitechapel, which is dreamy, fluid, bass-led and synthy gothpop. Or something like that. So it makes sense that they covered 586 from New Order’s Power, Corruption And Lies album for a magazine cd a month or two ago. And here it is.

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Baptised

Several years ago I went to see Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy play at The Bridgewater Hall. I went because the original ticket holders were ill. I don’t remember what happened to the other ticket but there was no-one sitting next to me on my right. I was aware of Will Oldham’s work but didn’t own any so had few expectations of the gig. The audience were the most polite and respectful I’ve ever seen, though the formal setting of the home of the Halle probably contributed. In the foyer beforehand various bearded hipsters shuffled around the bar and merchandise stand. I was skint, I think I had a tenner, of which some went on tram fare. I bought a pint and tried to work out how to optimise my funds; two more pints or a tour only 7″ single with free print? Scratching around my pockets I cobbled together enough for another pint and the single. When I saw my friend who’d given me the ticket I ended up giving him the single as thanks for the ticket. Wish I’d kept the single to be honest. It was of this song- John The Baptist- and was superb in the show, Bonnie Billy clicking his heels, dancing a jig, and whooping through the chorus. It’s a cover version of a song by E.C. Ball. This version I found on the internet, from a tribute lp. It isn’t as good as when he did it live but I kind of love it anyway.

John The Baptist

My Chain Hits My Chest

I do like M.I.A. The new single Bad Girls is pretty good but it’s the video that’s causing all the fuss. Well, you try filing your nails while riding on the side of a car that’s up on two wheels. It’s a darn sight better than the limp Madonna collaboration as well. There’s a remix by Stereo Heroes you can download at Soundcloud which sounds like it was remixed while wandering through a demonstration of powertools at B & Q.

Zero Set

German heavyweights Moebius, Plank and Neumeier collaborated an album, Zero Set, in 1983, though it doesn’t sound much like 1983 at all. It’s a funny album in a way- not much of the warm synths, treated guitars and motorik beats but busier with some astonishing African-influenced drumming and a whole load of electronics. Dieter Moebius had previously served in Cluster and Harmonia, Conny Plank had produced everyone (Kraftwerk, Neu!, Cluster, Harmonia, Ash Ra Temple and more) and Mani Neumeier was the drummer in Guru Guru. The album has six tracks, all named after settings on the recording console- Speed Display, Pitch Control, Search Zero are three of them- and is a krautrock album aiming at the dancefloor. Worth checking out, which you can below.

Search Zero