Soul soul soul, as the Wild Magnolias once said. We’re awash with it this time out on WYWRadio, bringing a good mix of vinyl wonder, and some new tasty digital gems. I’ll let your ears do the work rather than my fingers do the typing, just be aware that you’re in for new stuff from the Moton edits crew, Roots Manuva, The Oufit, Paul Weller and Jamie XX. The ladies bring the soul pressure, outreach from Dionne Warwick, Sharon Revoel, and Zulema. Then in the second half of the show get your yacht on – two tracks from the Too Slow to Disco Volme 2 comp, plus some hot hot cheese from Farrell & Farrell, and Deliverance. To finish: a Braindfeeder double, Thundercat on his own, and as bass for the awesome Kamasi Washington. Speaking of which…
– Kamasi Washington – The Epic is the album, and how rightly named. Three bits of vinyl 174, mins running time, and enough spirit that you can shake a spirit stick at. Channeling Alice Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders, and lord knows how many other great spiritual jazz players, it’s essential if you’re ever feeling like going on a three hour jazz journey. Which, fair enough, some of you won’t be, but for those who do venture down the rabbit hole, you won’t be disappointed…
– Paul Weller – Saturns Pattern. I’ve had it on repeat. God knows what album this is for Weller, but this one has it all, psychedelic bits, choruses, doo-waahs, and all sorts.
– Perfect Motion – Not played on the show yet but a double LP of the second wave of psychedelia which apparently was about 1988-1991. Well, I was there, and it was craaaazy. Caroline True records has put out this great compilation to celebrate this time, with tracks from The High, Shack, Primal Scream, St. Etienne, the Pet Shop Boys (!) and other more ravey types. Bonza songs and lovely cover art too.
Vinyl fest this week. A bit delayed due to exporting sound issues – no one likes a too quiet podcast. Let me know how this sounds, feedback appreciated!
Due to the lateness I’ll keep this short – giving you tracks from the funk and soul end of the late 70s, with big hitters like Aquarian Dream, Richard Evans, Ice (formerly Lafayette Afro-Rock Band, formerly The Bobby Boyd Congress) and awesome Milton Wright. Rarer stuff from Raw Soul Express. new tracks from Flako, Nebraska, Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Roisin Murphy. Freakfolk. Praise Poems, A young Disciples sample revisit. A multi-track selection from the Morning Side of Love compilation volume 2 that I never knew existed. Marvellous jazz from Roy Haynes. You’ve got WhatYouWant radio!
– Roisin Murphy – Hairless Toys. Ew, the title could put you off but this is an ace LP. It’s got a few slowies on it, more than I expected, but every track has something. Fave would be the one on the show, Evil Eyes
– Milton Wright – Friends and Buddies. my God, what an LP Friends and Buddies is. Well, at least the version I’ve picked up recently which is the one Athens of the North have reissued based on the original master tapes that were thought lost in a fire. Stripped down, soulful, a must-get
– Psychemagick – Magic Sunset Volume 1. Not on until the next show, but a great new yacht rock/balearic compilation with some mid-pace chuggers for those cocktail evenings by the sea. Volume 2 is soon come, and Too Slow to Disco Volume 2 is also around the corner.
Leaving you with this – RSS Disco, the German crew who WYWRadio is in love with and fellow members of The Good Taste Club, have a residency in Ibiza this summer. Go! Get your tickets now!
Psych Rock – Pierre Henry
Transfer from the Modulation – Les Maledictus Sound
Winchester Cathedral – Perrey/Kingsley
Sexopolis – J.P Mirouze
Young Love – No Artist
Ring of Fire – Jimmy Swaggart
Great Balls of Fire (Live 1974) – Electric Light Orchestra
The Bottom of the Bottle – Porter Wagoner
The Drunkards Doom – The Louvin Brothers
The Sweeney (opening theme) – Harry South
Hard Hitter – Keith Papworth
Grand Prix – Johnny Pearson
Star Girl – Starpower
Rebel Yell – Bikini Kill
6’1 – Liz Phair
Si Je Chante – Sylvie Vartan
I don’t want the night to end – Sylvie Vartan
Hard Luck Story – Elton John
Je M’en Vais – Miossec
A Waltz for the Night – Julie Delpy
Ringfinger, I mean really, do you have subject our ears to such a demonstration of eclecticism and diversity (not the band)? Well guess what, hell yeah I do. In the downtime between sessions of VS, we bring you another Soundtracks and Other Expletives, coming right at ya through the stereophonic glory that is WhatYouWant radio (or is that Monophonic, or perhaps Quadrophonic?).
First up we have a set of freaked out French Moog tracks, the first from the wonderfully experimental Pierre Henry, with a track that has been remixed too many times not to ignore all that remixing nightmare and focus on the original groove off the original vinyl. Next up, we have the weird exotic sounds of Maledictus Sound, helmed by the equally strange Jean-Pierre Massiera, described in far more poetic tones by the sleeve notes than I can offer ‘”The Maledictus Sound are to instrumental rock what Frankenstein was to science, a laboratory monster, a strange creature assembled from a mishmash of diverse musical sounds. Psychedelic pop, romantic ballads, musical tongue-and-cheek, horror movie screamadelia and mega twisted ’60s vibe, eclectic, epileptic. The doctor, here, is Jean-Pierre Massiera, the musical mastermind who gave birth to that monster.” Next up, we have the MOOG glory that is Perrey/Kingsley and their MOOG drenched cover of ‘Winchester Cathedral’ originally by the New Vaudeville Band in 1966 (and won a damned Grammy with). Finally, French soul/jazz funkster Jena-Pierre Mirouze and the B-side of his 1971 single ‘Le Marriage Collectif’. It just might be collectible.
What can be said about the next three ‘pieces’? Well, one is a kids record that has a colouring activity on the back called ‘Young Love’. It is decidly creepy. Next up is American evangelist Jimmy Swaggart warning about the evils of rock and roll, although apparently revealing his cousin is Jerry Lee Lewis. I just checked Wikipedia, and blow me down, it is 100% true. Freaky, and very lucky that gay marriage wasn’t legal in the 1960’s, JLL might have married him. Google that one and look for Myra. Creepy again. Lastly we have ELO doing a cover of ‘Great Balls of Fire’ made famous by JLL. Circles my friends, with circles.
Two examples of the beautiful dark poetry of country music. Sure, you get Nash trash and you get hard loving songs, but you also get songs about pain and God. Porter Wagoner was a genius in a nudie suit (and the ex of Dolly Parton). This track comes from his 1966 record and is an insight into the pain of the drunk. The Louvin Brothers from Alabama were god-fearing Baptists, except Ira has a penchant for drinking, fights and women. These guys are the real deal.
Three gritty library tracks now. The first is the soundtrack to the crime series ‘The Sweeney’ of which you only around 1.20 on the show. But the guitar solo in the middle eight is a face melter. Who did it? Unknown? But they shredded it. Next up two spy related library tracks, one by Keith pap worth that turned up on a Soul Jazz compile but started out on a stupidly rare Music de Wolfe library record from 1975. Finally, Grand Prix by Johnny Pearson was made famous by would you believe by being the soundtrack to the official film of Super Bowl II? In reality, also stupidly expensive, the KPM record from 1967 by the European Sound Stage Orchestra, The called Impact And Action. Years ago, I had been given hundreds of KPM library records that I picked up a couple and gave the rest away. I picked some rare stuff but I must have handed over the best to my friend DJ Monobrow. Enjoy!
These next three songs are fine examples of American indie from the 1990s. We start with a song called Star Girl by Starpower. I heard this song on the radio show of our dear, badly missed friend Giselle called ‘The Girrrly Show’. She also used to play Bikini Kill and this riot grrrl screamer constantly. Finally, the amazing Liz Phair and the first track of her debut Exile in Guyville, another Girrrly Show fave. All three of these are for Giselle.
Bookending here early and disco Sylvie Vartan. She is one of the queens of ye-ye, the daughter of legendary producer Eddie Vartan and ex wife of Johnny Hallyday. The track comes from 1963 and was originally recorded in English (as ‘My Whole World is Falling Down’) by Brenda Lee. Next up, SV goes disco in 1979, produced by Denny Diante, who did so many disco and discoxploitation in the 1970s with discos currently numbering over 150 production credits. I have paired this with brilliant Elton John track from 1975’s Rock of the Westies album called Hard Luck Story. I had forgotten how funky this record was with great guitar from Davey Johnstone and Caleb Quaye.
We round out with two tracks from modern chanson française, Miossec has made a swath of great album but this track from his 1964 record released in 2004 translates as “I’m already late’. Finally the wonderful, the sublime and the generally whacky Julie Delpy on her LP with a song that featured in the second ‘Before…’ film directed by Richard Linklater, and name checks the character played by Ethan Hawke, marvellous the way that story just keeps being told. I love the notion of linear film making and this series delivers in spades.
Next month, VS returns with more zany, fun-filled shenanigans! (well, at least that what we call it, other people might use slightly more evocative expulsions)
Mighty mighty children. Back with #77 a couple of days late, but it’s worth it. This month we’re breaking into a few sections, starting with the blues and funk, working on through the beats into the indie, stopping off at 1970 via a massive piano, then finishing up with some more housey stuff that is channelling 1989. Highlights? Too many to go through them all but Vakula drops space disco from an imagined soundtrack to a 1920s scifi novel, Nils Frahm hits the aforementioned massive piano, Big Lips makes an appearance with a great soundtrack song from Performance, and The James Gang show us how to get footloose. Plus there’s Paul Weller doing house. What more do you want?
As always you’ve got the full tracklisting with links to buy just underneath, and I do indeed urge you get out there and support your artists. In particular this month:
Sufjan Stevens – Carrie and Lowell is such a good record it should be mandatory to buy it. Buy it!!
The Style Council – Originally rejected by Polydor in 1989 Modernism: A New Decade only saw the light of day in 1998. Paul Weller doing house sounds ridiculous but for me this really works! (Vinyl copies now going for silly money!)
Joe South – Big recent discovery. Big voice, 1970s southern rock hair, original writer of ‘Walk a Mile in My Shoes’ AND ‘Rose Garden’. Yikes. But hell, he’s got backing singers and tunes, much recommended for fans of country soul.
Working at a near record pace and delivering to you radio that will at best blow your mind and at worst, will blow, the VS krew (Hey! You!) have produced Show Number Deux for the 2015. Featuring the combined might and power of SCSI-b, Kurac and we let Ringy over there have a track or two because we feel sorry for him/her. If we keep it up at this pace, world hunger, peace, stability and love in the Middle East and dealing with the vexing issue of Zayn leaving One Direction is not beyond our grasp to sort (VS OUT!)
Come back Zayn……!
So, what’s on this show? Let’s start with some found answering machine tape that describes almost all of our Saturday nights. In fact, it could be ours. Notice, we don’t use our real names. Huh? yeah..now you are getting it. SCSI-b is Chris, Kurac is the drunk chick and Ringfinger? He stole the tape. Next up, some Bollywood passion from Ashraf and Akhtar from the Finders Keepers record, Disco Dildar. Copied mercilessly from the site is this nugget of info… “‘Disco Dildar’ features rare plugged-in proxy pop from some of the country’s lesser-known teen flicks spanning the late 1970s and 80s featuring drum heavy disco guesstimates built around multilingual lyrics celebrating Saturday nights, Disco Dildars and Hindustani Hogmanays”. Next up is Inflatable Boy Clams, some minimalist SF freak funk from the 80s. Change of pace, with SCIS-b bringing some sense back to proceedings with the marvellous Father John Misty, which Ringfinger vaguely suggests is influenced by the next Elton John track from the Tumbleweed Connection LP 1970. German legend and frequent performer on the original VS from the last century, Udo Lindenberg drops this track from ‘Lindenberg’ LP of 1971, a rarer piece of kraut. Onto the Beatles next and two country covers, one by the best GWB impersonator in the business, the mighty Buck Owens. From his 1976 LP ‘Buck’em’ we have Lady Madonna. Then the amazing gene Clark doing the 1970 Beatles classic ‘Don’t Let Me Down’. Now, in celebration of the UK election and the hopeful defeat of UKIP we bring you three tracks that break down the cultural barriers of Europe better than Guy Sebastian ever could (Google it bitches). First up from the former Yugoslavia (selected by Kurac whose knowledge of the region knows no bounds) we have Zlatni Akordi with the Who classic Moja Generacija, next up, an Italian cover of the Spencer Davis song ‘Gimme Some Lovin’ and finally back the Balkans with Tomi Sovilj i njegove Siluete and his cover of Wooly Bully called Vule Bule. The Jugotron label is veritable goldmine of classic stuff which we have featured on this very show. Watch out for more. Promise.
Right, let’s take this mother home. Right Can, nuff said. Hunters and Collectors were an Australian band from the early eighties who tried to become popular and wrote songs that were used to advertise the football. It worked. But nothing beats this slab of Krautrock influenced mastery from 1982. produced by the masterful Tony Cohen, this started a run of some really great records produced at Conny Planks studio in Cologne, Germany. There is a great film clip by the acclaimed Richard Lowenstein below.
Next up is the track ‘Hunters and Collectors’ by Can, which like derr, they used for their name. Finally, we round out with a track by the late Leonard Nimoy which Ringfinger used to play all the time back in the day on his SF radio show ‘Smeg Radio’. I love this song so much. It is such a lovely piece of weird pop with mixed characterisation and almost Monkees like glee. Finally, SCSI-b expresses her inner hiphop with the reformed D’Angelo.
That’s it peeps. Listen. Tell your friends. Sell your mother. Live the dream and refuse to see 1D until Zayn is back. Peace out.
I am coming for my things, I need my things gets ORGANIZED
M.Ashraf & Nahid Akhtar – Too Hai Phool Main Dal
Inflatable Boy Clams – Skeletons
Father John Misty – Bored with the USA
Elton John – Talking Old Soldiers
Udo Lindenberg – We’ve had our time
Buck Owens – Lady Madonna
Dillard and Clark – Don’t Let Me Down
Zlatni Akordi – My Generation
xx maurizio – t’amo de morire
Tomi Sovilj i njegove Siluete – Vule Bule
Can – Vitamin C
Hunters and Collectors – Talking to a Stranger
Can – Hunters and Collectors
Leonard Nimoy – Highly Illogical
D’Angelo and the Vanguard – It’s Done (Tutu)
After last time’s vinyl extravaganza it’s back to the bucketload of recent releases on the digital scene on WYWRadio#76. This two hours features a lot of new reissues, and selections from some of the best compilations over the last few months: Too Slow to Disco, Spiritual Jazz Volume 6, Praise Poems – all monsters, and well worth your hard earned cash. Overall I guess the feeling this month (and remember, it’s all about the feeling, as Marvin Gaye’s daughter will tell you now that she’s freed from the chains that Pharell Williams and Robin Thicke so thoughtlessly put around her while trying to channel her dad’s groove on Blurred Lines) is modern soul with a twitch of yacht rock, a soupcon of disco, and a little bit of boogie. A regular WhatYouWant Radio then, enjoy…
Three LPs for you:
Tuxedo – the LP is finally with us and Mayer Hawthorne and Jake One don’t disappoint on the full length. For fans of 80s boogie with 21st century production, and for people who like R&B pop songs with just the right amount of cheese. On repeat.
Praise Poems/Spiritual Jazz Volume 6 – OK, so these are two LPs under one bullet but they are both well worth it. Praise Poems is from Tramp Recordings in Germany, a righteous comp of 70 soul and funk with a nice folk touch and a unified sound, while Vol 6 of the Spiritual Jazz series reaches for the vocals and includes many of the greats – Andy Bey with Gary Bartz, Pharoah Sanders with Leon Thomas, Mingus, and the awesome Masequa Myers track starting the show. For fans of tailored kaftans, bells, and jazz incense.
Vakula – Vakula has been around for ages and I’ve basically missed him. The new double LP (Track on next months’ show) is seriously out there, an imaginary soundtrack called Voyage To Acturus (based on a 1920s novel of the same name). If you like house, with a disco tinge, but are also prepared to be at times overwhelmed by prog done by a “Ukrainian house mystic” (thank you Juno records) then this LP is for you!
Apologies: to Domino records and All We Are – in the podcast I state that the All We Are album is on Bella Union but it’s actually on Domino. Doh!
All vinyl folks! I promised, and I delivered. Occasionally there are those record shopping trips where pretty much everything you buy turns out to be gold, right? well, towards the end of last year I ended up with about six or seven records that had multiple winners on them, and I just kept playing them. Normally on the show I try to only play one track off of each LP or 12 inch, but this time I’m breaking with tradition and am going to give you three or four from MadDisco edits series, two from the most recent Moton offering on Joe’s Bakery, two from Young and Company ($3 for that!) and so on and so on – you see how this is going. There’s a disco edit vibe running through everything, but with a heavy side-order of the most delectable Jazz. I’m not gonna talk you through every track though, so just dive in yourself!
This month’s recommends:
It’ll be on next month’s show but the Universal Togetherness Band’s LP put out on Numero is completely ace. From sometime in the 70s, it’s photo-Jamiroquai!
Gospel? Yeah, perhaps you didn’t consider buying any gospel recently. However, that would be a mistake – The Supreme Jubilees LP on Light in the Attic records is a killer. 100% recommend!
Gaz Coombes. I’ll be a Supergrass fan until the day I die. So happiness abounds in this household with Matador, the new LP from the hirsute one from Oxford. Go get.
And ooh, what’s this, D’angelo in Amsterdam next week? I’ll be there.
You can check the links below if you like anything in particular – you should be able to find someway of tracking the vinyl goodness down!
Exploitation. one of the most versatile words in your musical lexicon. In this show, DJ Ringfinger (that’s moi!) exploits the depths of his £2 vinyl collection to bring your a smattering of the joy that is, exploitation records. Recorded on the cheap, released on nondescript labels and sold at places likes Woolworths in the UK and Waltons in Sydney, these records rode the wave of popular music that was driven by radio in the 1960s and the FM radio in the 1970s. Mostly, these records aped popular music, covered versions of songs in often an incongruous style and was sometimes, just sometimes was funky as fuck. This is not an exhaustive trawl. Three quarters of my exploitation collection is located 16500km away in Sydney. It makes me sad. It is just the first 20 records I find in my collection. You like it? Well, I might do a part two.
Let’s start with beatlexploitation The Beatles spawned more exploitation than almost any other band. The Sessionmen Do Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band was released on the famous ‘MusicWay’, an offshoot of the incredibly prolific MfP label in 1978 in South Africa of all places. The funky take on ‘Get Back’ is the best of the bunch. Hammond is another classic exploitation instrument. This is the masterful Ena Baga playing Eleanor Rigby, with a great snappy drum break in there for good luck. Ena is famous for doing silent movie accomnpaniments in London from the 1920s. This record came out on the exploitation stable Hallmark.
Next up is two tracks from the Euopa label, a German label that put out some great XP (what we call it from now on) focused on those who like dancing. This track is from a compile called “High Life – Kesse Tanzmusik’ and once again features the Hammond Organ. The track is called ‘Das Wandern ist des Mullers Lust’ which translates as the hiking is enjoyable. This fine LP came out in 1968 and is credited to the Great Griffin Group. Next up, Beatxploitation and the Spots with Cherries and Cream (with a heavy german accent). This record came out in 1967 and was also released on the Europa label. Keep on streaking is a motto I live my life by. Apparently. It is also a track from the 1974 Ray Davies and the Button Down Brass album ‘A Button Down Party’. It features the ‘funky’ trumpet of Ray Davies (not the Ray Davies of course).
One of the great traditions in exploitation records is the compilation. Lots of different orchestras and bandleaders all aggregated together in celebration of the ‘hi-fi sound’ or ‘phase 4 stereo’. This track comes from one of those is arises from the baton of the great German bandleader Werner Muller. It is a cover of the Julio Iglesias track ‘Eso es el Amor’. Next up we hit some some drumxploitation. Great drummers are few and far between, these two hit the big beats, though not always noticeably. We start with the Big Beat of Eric Delaney on ‘One Mint Julep’ a track from his Marble Arch recording ‘The Big Beat of Eric Delaney’ record in 1968. The intersection of jazz, soul, lounge and exploitation is highly blurry in a lot of these records. Many of the artists like Eric Delaney were accomplished musicians and bandleaders often ‘reduced’ to making these supermarket records. But in the end, they didn’t skimp, they may records like this with great brass and amazing hammond. Lost in the £1 bins of history, until now. Of course, we couldn’t have drumxploitation without the american maestro Sandy Nelson. Like most these records, you can find Sandy Nelson LPs everywhere cheap, but they ar just so funky, dirty and full of breakbeats from hell. This track is from the 1969 LP ‘Rebirth of the Beat’ and is a stonking patch cover of Cream’s ‘Sunshine of your Love’. Thank you unnamed guitar player for one of the dirtiest imitations of Eric Clapton ever. Speaking of geetar, can you go past the Super Guitar of Lightnin’ Red? I don’t think so. On the superlative Stereo Gold Award label, this is an exploitation of an exploitation record.Funky Friday is the track. So much wah-wah, so much flange, so much tremolo. POWER. Sampled like the mother (by Fatboy Slim) this series was written by the label impresario himself.
Rolling Stones-xploitation is almost as popular as Beatlesxploitation. From French covers to Sitar version, the Rolling Stones catalogue is rife for picking. This cover of Satisfaction comes from The Helmut Zacharias Orchestra from 1971. HZ was a famous German violinist who say much profit to be made from cover sod stoned sixties legends. Here the psych violin in its entirety here. Next up is the Flash starring Denny Jones doing ‘Paint it Black’. This is another exploitation trope, the sound-a-like record. Oh dear. Denny certainly tries to sound like Jagger.And we finish with one the funkiest covers ever of Jumpin Jack Flash by the Peter Thomas Orchestra, a staple of so many compiles of the crate dug exploitation classics. This comes from the 1968 LP ‘Organic’. Very Psych.
Of course a show of this type would not be complete without some Moogxploitation. One of the most expensive instruments of its time, the MOOG would commit some many crimes against music. This is not one of them. Jungle Juice is a funky break ridden track from the Moog record ‘Go Moog’ by the Elektrik Cokernut (UK by the way). I can never ignore this Moog record, the classic Country Moog (also known as Switched on Nashville). Gil Trythall released two collections of Moog country tracks, this of course being his cover of the Jeannie C Riley classic, Harper Valley PTA. One of the great tropes of Moogxploitation is that the Moog plays both the rhythm and melody lines, aping the singer. Ah, the 1970s.
With one of the best cheesecake covers ever, Enoch Light and the Brass Menagerie take us home with the Doors classic ‘Touch Me’. released in 1969 on the Project 3 label. Really, Enoch Light is someone you have to check out, brilliant percussion albums, plenty of exploitation classics and then this brass ridden homage. Another trope on display is the medley. I have extricated two classic hard rock tracks from this Les Humphries Singers record entitled ‘Singing Revolution’ from 1971. We start with Deep Purples ‘Black Night’ which morphs into Humphries own ‘Woman I’m gonna make you mine’. Yes, clearly it was the 70s people. Oh yes, then then they do Paranoid by Black Sabbath, as most easy listening bands do. Really. See Cindy und Bert. Do it. And finally in this metal set we have German grunge meister Dieter Zimmerman doing ‘Whole Lotta Love’ by led Zeppelin. We play this when we DJ most every night, brings the house down. It is from the 1971 BASF album, Meine Welt. Surrounded by a whole heap of crud, this is a polished Zeppelin.
OK, now it just gets weird. The Alan Tew Orchestra is a record released on Phase 4 in 1967 and featuring the cream of the UK session set (Alan White from Hollies, Nicky Hopkins who played with the Stones, John Paul Jones from the Zeppelin on bass, this has to be one of the weirdest covers ever of the Nancy Sinatra classic…love the vocal. Come on Booties, take off! On to Little Marcy, a marionette puppet who simply is the stuff of your nightmares. She released too many records in the sixties and this one of my favourites…When Satan knocks at my Heart’s Door. Finally, we have one of funkiest tracks I have ever played at a club. This is Light up my Fire, by the Young World Singers on the jesusxploitation label Cherry Pie, quite inappropriate really. I love this song. Lyrics, just let yourself go and sing along. Not quite poetry.
There you have it, exploitation in a nutshell. Part 2 will return (like Jebus) soon.
Word. WhatYouWant Radio returns for another year and we’re already playing catch up. So many good tunes left hungover from the end of last year so this one’s a bit of a 2014 fest. Fear not though! 2015 is here and there’s plenty of good stuff to come in the months ahead…
Something different in this month’s mailout. The tunes here are all high quality and I’d advise you to jump right in and enjoy, you don’t need me to hold your hands through each one any more. Suffice to say that in the selection you’ll start at funk and disco, move through a little modern soul (all the way modern up to Shaffiq Hussain and D’Angelo), detour into French Indian jazz piano and then level out with some future thinking house, disco edits and beats. Oh, and there’s a song that sounds like it was found down the back of a car seat. Hopefully something for everyone.
What I will do this month is make three tips. You gotta get these:
• A Fine Selection of Disco 1978-1982 – Soul Jazz Records do it again with this amazing comp, 19 tracks in all, complete with a fatass sidekick of a 300 page hardback book of disco covers. Amazing! MP3, CD or Vinyl, the links are over at www.whatyouwantradio.com. Two tracks from that comp in this week’s show
• Athens of the North – a brilliant little re-issue label from Edinburgh I think, mostly doing vinyl but with quite a few digital purchases available. There’s three tracks on this week’s show but the one I’m looking forward to is out in February on vinyl – Milton Wright’s alternative version of ‘Friends and Buddies’. Check!
• D’Angelo – do I really need to tell you to go out and get Black Messiah? 14 years in the making, almost rush-released just before Christmas after the Ferguson riots, this is a modern classic already. Every song a winner (if you can get past that thick sludge of track 2!). Make sure you got your tix for the Spring shows!
Links to buy the tracks below. Remember to check the VS Radioshow too, WYWR’s sister show. If you’re not already checking Dom Duchamp’s new show on Frisson Radio, The Weight, you should be. And keep your eyes peeled, we’ll be adding to the roster of shows on WYWRadio in 2015!
How to achieve sexual harmony in marriage vs Bongos
Jocko Bozo – The Firemen
Agitated – The Electric Eels
Hilton Bomber – Thought Criminals
Diseases – Thrush and the C*nts
Sick of myself – Primitive Calculators
This is not about us – Kindness
Silver – Caribou
Lord of the Flies – Demis Roussos
Whole Lotta Love – Dieter Zimmerman
Ne igram uz ritam taj – Boye
Citadel – Elektricni Orgazm
Just because I am not the man I used to be – Jim Richards
I remember Elvis Presley – Danny Mirror
Definitive History – Augie March
Bury Our Friends – Sleater Kinney
Well, the year was 2014 and we were so exhausted from the effort of bringing you one show and one best of 2014 (and SCSI-b did all the work for that one). We needed to take a sabbatical on the private VS island located in the Dutch Antilles (eiland veel sodomie). We needed to find our ‘zen space’. We needed to have Ringfinger deloused. Kurac needed to serve out his time as the Deputy Pope. So we now return refreshed and happy in 2015 with our first show of the year. And we start as we left off with the usual heady mix of innocently spoken word made dirty by the sexual grinding of lounge beats. This time we corrupt the engaging Dr Rebecca Liswood off her late sixties record ‘Hear how to achieve sexual harmony in marriage’ entangled with the fevered bongo magic of Les Baxter, Ringfinger is so infantile.
Next up two tracks from the diseased mind of Kurac. Jocko Bozo is a Devo cover from 1979 by the new wave band ‘The Firemen’ whose discography is shorter than SCSI-b’s. The Electric Eels were a Cleveland, OH band formed in the early 70s, who played only 5 live shows but had a reputation for violence that was second to none. This was a single put out in 1978 by Rough Trade.
We move onto Australian post-punk now. Naughty words abound in this set so those with sensitive dispositions, why are you listening to a show called Vinyl Sod…oh wait, I promised SCSI-b that it would remain just VS. Dang. The Thought Criminals are an amazing band out of Sydney in the late 1970s. All of their stuff is stupidly rare, but we have this original single called ‘Hilton Bomber’. For those Aussies amongst this song is about a bombing of the Sydney Hilton Hotel in 1978. The band featuring Roger Grierson, noted label and band manager reformed in 2006. Following that we have a track from the 1985 Australian movie soundtrack ‘Dogs in Space’ which was directed by Richard Lowenstein and starred Michael Hutchence. Thrush and the C*nts were part of the little band scence in Melbourne in the early eighties. The Little Band scene got its name from “Little Band nights”, gigs organised in Melbourne by members of Primitive Calculators. Thats why we play some Primitive Calculators and a new-ish song released in 2012. The other side references the previous band.
SCSI-b keeps it real now. She starts with the Kindness, which was one of her best of 2014 picks and then rockets into Caribou and a track from their 2014 LP ‘Our Love’. There ain’t much more to say there, these songs segue perfectly into the next set which starts with the Demis Roussos. Oh yes, we went there. This track is a masterful cut from 1971 and come just after the breakup of Aphrodite’s Child, the band Demis helmed with Vangelis. Yes, we went there as well. We follow this up with an incredibly funky cover of Whole Lotta Love by Led Zeppelin, orchestrated by the German baton wielder Dieter Zimmerman, which was released in 1971 on his ‘Meine Welt’ LP.
Boye were a Serbian (Yugoslavian) band from the late 1980s. Originating in Novi Sad, this track comes from their 78 record. According to Google Translate, the song title means ‘I don’t play with the Rhythm’. I will have to ask Kurac what it actually means. Next up we have another former Yugoslavian band, Električni Orgazam, this time from Belgrade, and a track from the 1983 Les Chansons Populaires covers LP. This cover of the Stones ‘Citadel’ is absolutely stinking. Right, coming to the end of the show and we take it down a bit now and time for some country music, this track being a perfect example of why country is a genre that never stops giving. We follow that up with an Elvis tribute by Dutch singer Danny Mirror, which apparently charted all across Europe in 1977. Linked by some of the simply transcendental ‘Having fun on stage with Elvis’ LP (for newbies this record is a spoken word album of all the weird stuff Elvis said between songs in his fat period – I first got a copy in 1989 and gave it Kurac. It has taken me until October 2014 to find a copy of my own, which I did in Washington DC). SCSI-b takes us home with the new Augie March and the new Sleaster Kinney, both unexpected treats at the end of 2014.
Well, that is it for us, we shall see you in 2016, after we have recovered from this amazing effort.