Rays Of The Rising Sun

Denise Johnson, whose vocals have graced records by Primal Scream, Electronic and A Certain Ratio, had a stab at a solo career in the early 90s with this lengthy 12″ single. Sunday morning sounds, classy but it never quite catches fire. It also features the understated guitar work of Mr. Johnny Marr. She used to live round the corner from us y’know.

Rays Of the Rising Sun (12″ Extended Mix)

Indeed I Do

Other people have already paid tribute to Frank Wilson who died yesterday. But it would be remiss of me not to remember the man who made a record as brilliant, as up lifting and as life affirming as this. No download- in the spirit of the most rare and expensive vinyl 7″ single ever, you should go and find this yourself (it’s on practically every cheap Northern Soul compilation anyway).

Country And North-Western

Tim Burgess, Charlatans frontman and ‘nicest man in rock ‘n’ roll’, has a solo album out called Oh No I Love You. It was written in collaboration with Lambchop’s Kurt Wagner and is an unexpectedly pleasant, country soul surprise and much better than it should be. I don’t make these claims lightly- it actually is rather good. It’s recommended by Paul Weller as well- stamp of quality or kiss of death depending on your point of view I suppose. You can stream the whole thing here. After doing that (or more likely before) you can go here and get a Time And Space Machine remix of the song White for free (in exchange for your email address, which means you’ll get emails from Tim or his team from now until the end of time/until you unsubscribe). The Time And Space Machine remix is good also- discofied, bouncy bass and horns and sweetly sung. Worth the email address exchange really.

Let’s just not mention the hair eh?

The Return Of Friday Night Is Rockabilly Night 75

If this rocking  instrumental song from The Rhythm Rockets in 1959 doesn’t get you dancing, nothing will. I shall be shimmying near the girl in the polka dot skirt.

The Slide

Trip Trip Away

I heard this the other, day pop-dance from 1990 (re-released in 1991). It sounded really good. Not that we’ve had any sunshine. Plenty of rainy days. I posted this song at the somewhat irregular This Blog Continues To Decline blog, unfairly as it is a good tune.

Sunshine On A Rainy Day (Extended 12″ Mix)

For added joy here’s Zoe on Top Of The Pops. That dancing wouldn’t pass muster on a reality pop show now (and all the better for it).


S.C.U.M.’s album closer Whitechapel is a blast of goth-synth goodness; the combination of bass and keys does something to my central nervous system and the hairs on the back of my neck. I had an mp3 of them doing it on Marc Radcliffe’s Radio 6 show but can’t find it, and it’s possibly even better than the album version. Maybe it didn’t survive the last hard-drive decluttering. In which case I made a mistake deleting it. This is the version from Alone Into Eyes from last year.


Reboot The Mission

I like Mick Jones. He seems like a decent bloke (Drew’s rant about BA’s use of London Calling and presumably Mick’s approval notwithstanding). He loves to play live, he’s accepted he didn’t always behave well while in The Clash and knows he had to grow up, he moved on to another groundbreaking band (BAD), he dances like your uncle at a wedding. He put the Justice Tonight band together. He’s a good guy. He’s on our side.

Mick Jones has joined up Jakob Dylan’s band The Wallflowers for the new single off their forthcoming album. The song, Reboot the Mission, sounds like an offcut from Sandinista or Combat Rock that could segue into ‘Ring, ring, 7 am’ at any moment, albeit with Bob Dylan’s son on vocals. It’s alright. I suspect the rest of the album will be in the American alt-rock vein- a bit Tom Petty, a bit Bruce, a bit The Hold Steady, a bit y’know the kind of thing.

From Big Audio Dynamite’s Tighten Up Vol ’88, a reggae influenced tale of rockers, dreads and tribes.

The Battle Of All Saints Road