Shakedown 1979

I was doing some ironing an hour or two ago while listening to BBC 6 through the TV (I know what you’re thinking; take it from me, the fun never stops round here). Karl Hyde of Underworld was playing a diverse and eclectic mix of songs that inspire him, one of which was 1979 by The Smashing Pumpkins. Now, I never liked The Smashing Pumpkins- grunge by numbers with bad hair, and Billy Corgan always seemed like such a dick. How, incidentally, did he end up playing with New Order? But 1979 was one very cool song, ace drum intro, great guitars, wistful vocal. Love it. I’ve got their Greatest Hits, bought in 2001 (2001?. Jeez!), pre-internet days for me when I used to buy cds for the odd song. I bought it solely for 1979 but hoping there’d be something else on it as good.

There wasn’t.

1979

Sea Shanty

The ever-reliable Occultation Recordings (home to ex-Factory band The Distractions, ex-Fall Martin Bramah’s Factory Star and The Wild Swans) sent this to me a week ago- the debut album from New Zealand band Opposite Sex. This song should be enough to get you hooked, but the whole album’s well worth a punt. Sea Shanty is a sing-song but off-beat tune with some chiming guitar and woozy brass that does the ear worm trick easily. There’s some post-punk here (Raincoats, Mekons) and some lo-fi and some strange and off-kilter pop. Marc Riley likes it and so do I. And so will you.

Sea Shanty

Happy Easter.