>Indie Train

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Third in the Bagging Area train series. Last week I picked up a Smiths 12″ single, a German import with Yootha Joyce on the cover. The A-side was Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others- who thought in 1986, ‘what the German indie market is crying out for is Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others as a single, that’s the cross-over song’?. Seems a slightly strange choice. The two songs on the B-side were Frankly, Mr Shankly and The Draize Train. It’s a lovely pressing, great clear sound. Yes, I’ve got the songs already. I don’t know if it’s worth anything, but it only cost me a couple of quid. This record buying lark is an affliction isn’t it?

The Draize Train is one of only three Smiths instrumentals. For whatever reason, Morrissey couldn’t, wouldn’t or wasn’t allowed to provide vocals to for it, and it’s a bit difficult to imagine how he could’ve. The Draize Train is a funky little number, with some Johnny Marr rock guitars, a shuffling groove, quite un-Smithsy really. It also sounds a little dated which is unusual for a Smiths song but there you go. All aboard.

The Draize Train.mp3#2#2

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>Rockabilly Train

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Elvis. He kissed a girl, and she liked it.

From riding the rasta train earlier this week to a short hop on the rockabilly train. Elvis’ Mystery Train is the grandaddy song, one of the actual starting points for this thing we’re all obsessed with. It’s got many qualities that are impossible to pin down and I’m not even going to try, except to say if you haven’t got this, get it now. We’re going away for a week, not by train sadly. Back online on Saturday April the 16th I should think. Be good while I’m away. Don’t make a mess and remember to feed the cat.

>Rasta Train

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Mystery train, sixteen coaches long, freedom train, long black train, there’s a train a-coming you don’t need a ticket you just get on board, train in vain, the train from Kansas City, take me to the station and put me on the train, driver 8, night train, midnight train to Georgia, trainspotting, modern life is rubbish. Rasta Train by Lee and Jimmy, produced by Lee Perry, deep 70s dub.