Sunday, 28 March 2010

Super Furry Animals - The Man Don't Give A Fuck 12"

By way of yet another apology for being a bit slack, here's a special request. The 12" version of this magnificent SFA single, which apparently has some exclusive remixes. The single itself should need no introduction, but it's a proper sing-along bit of cussin', and very well worth a listen if you've not heard it before/for a while. It's dedicated to Robin Friday, a legendary Cardiff City footballer, in action (to an extent) here.

The b-sides are very much from the SFA era of having their own rave tank which I remember being confused by at Reading one year. If that's your taste, then you'll be right into these. And if you're into Howard Marks you might be interested. For me, it's all about the a-side to this one, but it's an a-side which you should have.

1. The Man Don't Give A Fuck
2. The Man Don't Give A Fuck (Howard Marks Mix)
3. The Man Don't Give A Fuck (Wishmountain Mix)
4. The Man Don't Give A Fuck (Darren Price "Mix")


Pizzicato Five - Mon Amour Tokyo 7"

So, do you know these guys? If you do, then this won't come as any surprise. If you don't, well, now that the spring is here (for one day only) and the daffodils are coming out, it's time to stick the b-side to this record on loud and open all your windows. If 'Twiggy Twiggy/Twiggy vs James Bond' doesn't have you simultaneously bopping, giggling and wondering what the hell's going on then you're a hard, hard man/woman to please.

Japanese, on Matador, from 1993. Ladies and gentlemen, may I present the sound of Pizzicato Five?

1. Mon Amour Tokyo
2. Twiggy Twiggy/Twiggy vs James Bond


Tuesday, 16 March 2010

Sparklehorse - Rainmaker 7"

So that's weird. This was going to be the next post I put up, having kind of delayed it for fear of it being spotted and taken down by those folks at the DMCA. Now, for all the wrong reasons, there's Sparklehorse stuff all over various blogs, so hopefully no-one will mind. Anyway, for the second time in this blog's short history it's an accidental tribute, but a tribute it is, to a wonderful songwriter who will be sadly missed.

This single is a great introduction to the band if you don't know them, a killer track if you don't know it, and an excellent b-side if you're not in the first two categories. This is off the first LP, 'Vivadixiesubmarinetransmissionplot', and apparently made it as high as #61 in the UK chart. So it was a hit then, and still is now.

1. Rainmaker
2. I Almost Lost My Mind


Sunday, 7 March 2010

Teenage Fanclub - What You Do To Me 7"

It's that time of year, the sun's out, the birds are singing, and it's time for what may be the last installment of my trawl through TFC's singles, although there may be one or two more hidden away... Back to 1992 for this one. That's right. 18 years ago. Does that make you feel old? It does me.

Anyhew, this is quite simply a great song, with a nice cover, and a nice cover on the other side. The TFC-written b-sides are alright, but to be honest they kind of live up to their names. Not to say they're not good, and they're worth a listen for sure (for completeness if nothing else), but they're not LP material. 'Life's A Gas' is a good version.

Now put it on whatever you carry around with you and listen to it on a picnic.

1. What You Do To Me
2. B-Side
3. Life’s A Gas
4. Filler