Captain Beefheart And His Magic Band – The Dust Blows Forward ‘N’ The Dust Blows Back
Great track from a personal favorite album of mine.
The cut ups in this field recording are just magic to my ears. It may be brief but it does it’s job perfectly.
Soundtrack to the summer, in my opinion.
Sex Pistols – God Save the Queen
The first time I heard this was in 1977 when it was released and it still blows me away today. It may have been played to death but it still brings a feeling of nostalgia and joy to my ears. I still recall when it was banned in the UK and all the trouble it caused. It was great hearing the song being played at the local Silver Jubilee street party in ’77! I think that’s one of the reasons I still love this song. The great riffs, the great lyrics and the fact that it pissed of the powers that be!
Butthole Surfers – Kuntz
A genius track by a genius band. Just one of the many great songs from Locust Abortion Technician. Taking an old song. twisting it to their advantage and melting the brainwaves in the process! Genius at the time and still genius today! It was really hard to pick a fave off the album, but this particular track has always made me smile. A true work of art from a truly original band.
Nomeansno – Bitches Brew
An epic track from one of my all time favorite bands. Everything Nomeansno does is amazing, in my opinion. This track, however, is something else. The way they have taken a legendary Miles Davis song and added their own brand of darkness and humor, but still manged to keep the respect of the original piece intact, is a work of genius. Rob Wright’s lyrics make Davis’ piece even more special. It’s one of those rare times that a cover version actually adds to the original. You hardly notice the time going by while listening to it, its captivating in every way. And Nomeanso are one of the greatest punk / hardcore bands that have ever existed. perfection in just under 15 minutes.
The Beatles – What’s New Mary Jane
The Beatles, well, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, in experimental mode on this number. If I remember rightly, the track was recorded as a demo from inclusion on ‘The Beatles’ (The White Album) but because Revolution 9 was already included another sonic assault wasn’t needed. I love the way the song starts off with John singing a nice little tune, obviously drug fueled, and then, as if getting higher, the listener floats away into the soundscape that the tune drifts into. A completely under-rated Beatles track that should be played more. Not as experimental as the aforementioned Revolution 9 but still a nice dreamy soundscape to chill out to.
The Stranglers – Princess of the Streets From the Album Rattus Norvegicus
A great song from a great album by a great band. J.J Burnel is great on this classic Stranglers track. A love song about a prostitute that has broken his heart. At the time, The Stranglers were getting more than a little reputation over the so called misogyny in their songs. Feminist baiting lyrics about smacking woman and women being pieces of meat! That was the whole Punk ethic though, piss people off! And The Stranglers managed to do that quite effectively. Burnel is also one of the best bassists of the 70’s UK Punk scene and his chords in this song are just glorious! One of my favourite tracks from Rattus Norvegicus!
George Melly – Send Me to The ‘Lectric Chair
Classic George Melly doom!! The late, great Jazz singer is in fine form on this track from The 50’s EP ‘George Melly sings Doom’. A wonderful rendition. In my opinion, this is the best version of this song! Beautiful arrangement and accompaniment from Mick Mulligan and his band. I think every home should have at least one George Melly ‘best of’ album within its walls. If not, I may have to get together a petition! Great stuff from a great man.
Hijokaidan – The Beyond
One of the best Japanese Noise tracks from one of the best. The Beyond is a total assault to the mind and ears. This track is needed to be played at full volume! Junko’s screams collide with Jojo Hiroshige’s guitar which fights with the harsh electronics to create a wall of sound that is truly unbelievable. Yes, there maybe harsher, louder soundscapes made since, but this is one of the originals, and still manages to pack a punch to the ear hole today. I love everything about this track. It is the perfect soundtrack to wind down my day. A classic in every sense of the word.
Dead Kennedys – Kinky Sex Makes the World Go ‘Round
One of the most hard hitting Dead Kennedys songs, Kinky Sex Make The World Go ‘Round is still relevant today. It’s basically phone sex between Secretary of War in the US and the British Prime Minister (which was Margaret Thatcher at the time). While the song obviously has it’s dark humour, it is also one of the most chilling anti-war songs ever produced. I can never tire of this track. The song used in the background to Jello’s voice is Bleed for Me by DK. Haunting. Imaginative. Effective. Brilliant. Anyone that thinks Dead Kennedys is just Too Drunk To Fuck and Nazi Punks Fuck Off, needs to listen to this as soon as possible. Flawless punk rock. Flawless anti-war statement.
Crass – Reality Asylum
I wont say anything about this track, just listen and learn.