Johnny Favourite

Drew’s post on Friday of David Holmes’ My Mate Paul put me in mind of his epic debut single (Holmes’ not Drew’s), Johnny Favourite, a fifteen minute progressive house stomp (done with Sabresmen Jagz Kooner and Gary Burns).

Johnny Favourite is named after a missing singer in the 1987 film Angel Heart. In the film Mickey Rourke plays Harry Angel, a private detective hired by Louis Cypher (geddit), to find the singer. In the Deep South he runs into all kinds of trouble- Robert de Niro peeling hard-boiled eggs, southern horror, the beautiful Lisa Bonet and some very messy voodoo…

I haven’t seen Angel Heart for years. I remember it as having atmosphere and tension. I’d like to see if it still stands up. Holmes’ track does.

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Memrise

Something new on the net from Frank Ocean- everyone’s saying it’s his first work for two years but they seem to be forgetting Hero with Diplo, Paul Simonon and Mick Jones from earlier this year. The song (fragment might be more accurate) is pretty low key and under two minutes long. It opens with distorted, phased backing, sounding like someone’s playing it on a laptop next door. Frank’s staccato vocals add to the disorientation. Then there’s some Stevie Wonder electric piano and singing, smoothing things out. Intriguing.

The Return Of Friday Night Is Rockabilly Night 161

A charming MTV feature from the 80s on the then rockabilly revival with interviews from The Stray Cats, The Blasters and The Rockats and a not-at-all-basic guise to rockabilly. For added 80s-ness it’s been uploaded from VHS, complete with tracking lines and squiggles. And MTV was a music channel back then- imagine that!
It has been a very long week, more like a fortnight really, and quite intense. Get a round in someone- I’ll get the next one.

Talking In Tones

This limited edition single from The Charlatans came out at the end of September. It doesn’t scream single at you but it’s very good, a lovely tune that sticks in the memory, touched with melancholy. It’s good to see a band as long in the tooth as they are, who could just give in to the heritage circuit, still doing something new and quite different from the sound of their glory days. The band have a new album out in January, their first since the death of drummer Jon Brookes.

Today On This Programme You Will Hear…

Greg Wilson is a dj legend and famously the Hacienda’s first dance music dj. He is also said to be the first British man to mix live on TV (on The Tube). He took a long sabbatical in 1983 but has been back since 2003 playing disco, electro funk, house, dance music generally, around the world.

This Greg Wilson edit of 808 State’s Pacific State contains that Jesse Jackson sample that Weatherall used for his Come Together remix. Some wag said that Pacific State is just Stranger On The Shore for the E generation but it’s easy to be sniffily reductionist about things. This record is a club classic and still has the ability to make the hairs on the back of the neck stand up.

Greg Wilson’s Soundcloud page, with edits, mash ups and dj mixes, is here. You could pick your way through it for days and still not play it all. His blog Being A DJ is here.

Covered Wagon Medicine Show

Medicine Show was/is one of Big Audio Dynamite’s best songs- one of the best singles of the 1980s if you ask me- and a show of post-Clash songwriting ¬†and production strength from Mick. Six minutes of choppy guitar riffs, drum machines, spaghetti Western samples triggered from Don Letts’ keyboards and proper funny lyrics. It sounds like good fun and was innovative too. The United States got a different version, or at least a remix. I don’t know why- it doesn’t sound especially American or FM radio, the guitar riff is chopped up a bit and song has less of a flow than the original. Of interest to the completists among you (and thanks to Dubrobots).

Medicine Show (US Remix)

Bonework

This is good, discovered and shared via two internet friends a few days ago. A lovely bass-led dubby deep house track (with a great acid bleep and whooshes), from Leftside Wobble. Nice vocal too. Listening to it makes me feel young again, despite physical evidence to the contrary.