Three Johnnies

Tuesday brings three Johnny songs, none of which I own in any format and all suggested by friends in the comments boxes. Simon went for Lucille #1 by Prefab Sprout and Echorich concurred. It’s from that moment in the mid 80s when some of the indie heroes went all sophisticated and adult. This performance is from the Old Grey Whistle Test in 1985.

Very nice. I had the Steve McQueen album on cassette but never replaced it after the tape died out.

Johnny #2 is from Drew and his almost annual pilgrimage to see Stiff Little Fingers, usually at this time of year. Simon loves this one too. SLF do a rip-roaring cover of Bob Marley’s Johnny Was. This version from a 1999 tour is seven minutes long and causes punk pandemonium.

Thirdly, Ctel, chronicler of all things dance music related at Acid Ted, requested Motorhead or Hawkwind doing Lost Johnny. The internet is sharply divided into those who favour Motorhead’s fast and angry version and those who go for the earlier, trippier and heavier Hawkwind one. Out of the two I prefer Hawkwind’s stoner rock, distorted bass and reverb-laden vocals. Lemmy it should be noted played bass and sang on both.

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Dirge Dub

I missed a comment left a month or so ago from a reader called J who was looking for this- Death In Vegas’s Dirge (with the lovely Dot Allison on vox) remixed by dubmaster Adrian Sherwood. And though this may tip me towards the edge of the monthly bandwidth with Boxnet I’ll stick it back up anyway. Dubbed out Monday nights.

Dirge (Adrian Sherwood Remix)

Heliocentric Request

I’ve had a request for the Two Lone Swordsmen remix of Paul Weller’s Heliocentric, a record released back in 2000 but only as a limited white label- which makes it a bit of a rarity. I don’t think it’s ever had any kind of official release. Apparently Weller didn’t like it- although given the influences on and nature of his recent albums he should probably have another listen and reconsider. This is Weller put through the krautrock wringer by Weatherall and Tenniswood; driving drums and bass, doomy, odd noises, veers into Killing Joke territory. I love it. Play loud.

Heliocentric (Swordsmen 4UR Mix)

Surf Sunday

Regular Friday night rockabilly enthusiast and reader George asked about some surf music. I’m not sure I’ve got a huge amount and some of what I have got I’ve already shoehorned into the rockabilly series (Chantays’ Pipeline cropped up in May). George also referred to Dick Dale and his epic surf instrumental Miserlou (best known to many as the theme from Pulp Fiction). So, as a starter in what may be a somewhat short series of Surf Sunday posts, here’s Dick Dale and his Deltones with another string bending surf song.

Let’s go Trippin’

Skanga

A reader called Anthony James has made a request, ‘on bended knee’ no less (quite fitting with all this reverence for our dear Queen)- One Dove’s Skanga. I’m only too happy to oblige with this majestic 12″ B-side slice of dub-house with Dot’s wonky vocals. Wonderful record.

Skanga

I think I’ve mentioned this before but I can’t understand why this song and their cover of Jolene weren’t on Morning Dove White, instead of the multiple versions of Breakdown and White Love- they would have made it a different and better album.

A Good Day



Dirk read this morning’s Lily Allen post and commented that he hoped Lily and Mick Jones’ cover of Straight To Hell was still up. It wasn’t but I’m having a good day so it is now. A Level results have been good and I’ve just opened a letter that says I successfully overturned a parking ticket from UK Parking Control that was looking like it was going to cost us 90 quid. Victory is mine!

*punches air, high fives wife, does little dance*.

A Reader Requests

A reader called Freesoundcollective (possibly not his/her real name) has asked for a repost of Luna’s cover of Sweet Child O’Mine, yes that Sweet Child O’Mine, done for a radio session. Luna were Dean Wareham’s follow up to Galaxie 500 and this cover is a genuine thing of beauty so I’m more than happy to oblige. If you haven’t heard this before, you really should.

SweetChildOMine.mp3