This track from 51 Peg comes from the Canadian Attack Records And Filmworks Catalogue 2000 album, I don’t know anything about them, other than they rock well. Alan Robinson was manic front-man songwriter and vocalist of the groundbreaking Art College combo, Those Helicopters. This was recorded by Alan and ? after the band disbanded and was never released. All Schools Are Strange hail from somewhere in the South East of the UK, fronted by lyricist, vocalist Mick Torry and maestro guitarist, Gary Moore (no, not…..) and included on the album, Beyond The Door.
Ana Popovic is someone I’ve only recently discovered, a phenomenal American blues singer and guitarist that you can find loads about on the web. This is from 2001's Hush. Beri Sarharof’s track comes from his 1991 album, All Or Nothing, which contains another great instrumental that I’ll include another time. Most of his songs are in Hebrew and not material I particularly like – apparently he writes great lyrics. Bic Runga. I couldn’t start-up a music blog without including Bic, the greatest female singer / songwriter in this Universe (is that over the top?). Well, for me, the best. This is from her Beautiful Collision album.
Bitter Springs 2000 CD single (me thinks) Best Bakers On The Island highlighted this stunning track which they never seemed to top. Shoulda been massive! The Dandy’s are a classic guitar-pop band from Yorkshire, and this track is from their exciting Symphonic Screams album of 1998.
David Cassidy’s track comes from his excellent 1975 semi-autobiographical concept album The Higher They Climb The Harder They Fall album, a funk-rock album, and serious stuff! Duncan Sheik hails from his emotional work, Phantom Moon from 2001. Eric Gale is an awesome bluesman and this number is from 2001’s That’s What I Am release.
Heather Nova - When I was in my teens it was Joan Armatrading, since 1993 it’s been Heather. This comes from her 1997 London Rain single.
Karate sadly only released one CD, Unsolved, in 2000. Intelligent and jarring, jazz and razor blades. Irina Decermic Et Misko Plavi provide a glorious guitar instrumental on the 2000 Soundtrack Too Much Flesh.
Les Thugs track is also taken off the soundtrack of the French Film, Too Much Flesh, 2000. They produced moving, intelligent, transcendent punk rock and I think were on Sub Pop. This comes from around 1997, I think towards the end of the bands existence. I’m not a fan of gruff-vocals, but I like the way they interact with the lead vocals and melodic guitar.
Marc Almond’s version of his classic track comes from his appearance on the Jools Holland Later TV show, an awesome rendition of a truly stunning lyrical work which tears my heart out and makes me smile at the same time!
Marc Bolan & T.Rex go country-rock on this track from 1974’s intergalactic-psycho-rock-soul album, Zinc Alloy And The Hidden Riders Of Tomorrow.
Nikki Sudden, now most likely strumming with the aforementioned Bolan, produced an awesome and highly limited vinyl album, From The Warwick Road To The Banks Of The Nile, on an obscure French label, released in 1997.
The Numbers Band track is from their live proto-punk blues album, Jimmy Bell’s Still In Town, which was recorded in Cleveland, Ohio in 1975 and will burn the paint of your walls!
The Prayer Boat produced only one album, but it’s one of the greatest pieces of music ever recorded and probably among my Top 5 most played CDs. The album is called Polichinelle and you have to get a copy NOW!
Rebecca Facey has somehow not broken into the big time in the way in which she deserves. A great writer, singer and performer – sometimes it’s such a mystery. This is from the album, Brownchild.
Tim Hutton’s song is from his 2000 release, Everything. Likened to David Grey, as great a writer but without the headshaking.
Teena Marie’s awesome track, which I originally had as a 12”, comes from her 1994 I Need Your Loving album. She did a few great dance 12’s I used to boogie too (or didn’t you want to know that?)…. which will appear on here in due course.
Unknown - Hey help me out!!! Know your electric Blues? This is from a phenomenal live LP I borrowed and taped, from somebody but I can’t remember who, and I failed to label the tape before giving it back. Any ideas?
Venus In Furs hail from the South Coast of England and burned the brightest flame on the local scene for a while shortly after the release of this LP. This comes from the band's (at this point a duo) 1985 debut LP, Platonic Love & Other Stories.
The V.I.P.’s had great pop sensibilities, and in the case of this 1979 7”, a cheeky lyric from Jed Dmochowski. You gotta grin. [Check out a great video on YouTube].
The Walkabouts I discovered less than a year ago, although I had the AWESOME CD this track comes from, Ended Up A Stranger stashed in the attic for about 7 years! I’ve 9 CD’s now, about 11 to go I think. From 2001.
The Waterboys hit single that never was, featured on A Rock In A Weary Place from 2000, promos were produced but for some un-fathom-(ha!)-able reason, it was pulled. Tragic. From the pen of the greatest living singer-songwriter-performer-recording Artist.
Was (Not Was) weirdness from this seminal, indestructible art-funk jazz-rock collective from Detroit. This is torn from their debut LP, Was (Not Was) album, released 1981.
White Heaven - The roots of Japanese neo-psych legends White Heaven date back to 1980, originally called Living End, in late 1985 the quintet adopted the name White Heaven. I culled this track from 1993’s Tokyo Flashback 3, a Sampler from Japan’s enigmatic P.S.F. label. It’s cool jazz, be patient with it, there’s a corker guitar solo coning up.
The Yachts, from Liverpool, did a support slot with Costello and got themselves signed to Stiff Records and then later to Radar, producing some great 7” (and LP’s), and this is my favourite 45, from 1977. So evocative of the time, such fun!