Neu Weatherall

Do you want to hear Andrew Weatherall’s remix of Primal Scream’s 2013 song? Thought you might.

There are some of the lighter aspects krautrock in this- Neu!ish keys, bass and guitars- before the breakdown around 4.44 and then everything gets thrown in, just short of the kitchen sink. Listen on Soundcloud via Fact Magazine. The pre-order advertised 12″ has a dub mix mentioned too. Which I’m looking forward to hearing, buying and playing at considerable volume.

I Got A Letter From The Government The Other Day…

… opened it and read it, it said they were suckers.

Is as good an opening line for a song as any I can think of. In fact, the receiving of a letter is a good starting point for songs generally- Jimmy Cliff’s Vietnam, Son House’s Death Letter both spring to mind. It could die out within a generation couldn’t it?- I was cc’d into an email last week doesn’t carry the same drama.

Tricky’s cover version of the Public Enemy song Black Steel In the Hour Of Chaos is one of those covers that is better than the original. The clattering beats, the female lead vocal shifting everything from the original around, the full on bass, the descending punk guitar riff- this is one of the best songs of the 90s and one of the few Tricky songs I can come back to time and time again. And there was a guitar heavy remix on the 12″ that was even better.

Black Steel

Gypsy Rose Lee got more than a letter from her government- she was investigated by Joe McCarthy and the House Un-American Activities Committee during the Red Scare of the early 50s. You’ve got to watch those burlesque artistes- Commies every last one of them.