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Category Archives: Classic

The Fall – Psycho Mafia

Let’s celebrate the 1st day of Autumn with a song by The Fall!


Captain Beefheart And His Magic Band-Electricity (Cannes Live 1968)

Don and His Magic Band (who truly live up to their name here) juggle fiery demon blues and witchy Americana; managing to keep all the volatile ingredients in place and delivering grooves and thangs. Also, was nice to see this song referenced in Twin Peaks: the Return. Did anyone notice?

The Black Dog – Kings Of Sparta

Twilight electronica; the perfect soundtrack to driving around London on a dark winter night. From their 1993 album ‘Temple Of Transparent Balls’

Renaldo & the Loaf – Lime Jelly Grass

This is where the madness starts! The opening track to the gaggle of lysergic tape-loops, toy drums, and candy-coloured chants that is their 1980 masterpiece ‘Songs For Swinging Larvae’.

Can – Moonshake

We honour Holger Czukay, who sadly passed away, with this mantric, propulsive banger from Can’s 1973 album ‘Future Days’.

The Human Beinz – Nobody But Me

Cool Garage Rock from the Ohio acts debut album from 1967; also titled ‘Nobody But Me’. Rez heads will know this from ‘Meet The Residents’, where the phenomenal Pop combo plundered it for the start of ‘N-ER-GEE (Crisis Blues)’. Dig.

Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood – Sand

A classic from the duo’s 1968 album ‘Nancy & Lee’. Neubauten also covered; seek it out.

Kraftwerk – Heavy Metal Kids

This is from the 1st phase of Kraftwerk, where they sounded like NEU! as imagined by Faust (the NEU! connection was obviously due to the fact that Klaus Dinger and Michael Rother were the rhythmic backbone of this incarnation). This is from some live material from 1971, about a year after they released their absolutely stunning debut album on Phillips; and is definitely in the same vein. Ralf Hütter was taking a break around this time, so this is essentially NEU! with Florian Schneider. (Kraut) Rock on!

Moondog – Moondog Monologue

Louis Thomas Hardin a.k.a Moondog was an American composer who paved the way for many an oddball in later years, and along with the likes of Sun Ra and Harry Partch (also Americans), can be seen as one of the Godfathers of underground music. Their influence can be heard in the music of later maverick Americans such as The Residents, Captain Beefheart, Tom Waits et al. However, Moondog was doing this in the 50’s, which was mind blowing. His material was odd for the time,  but there is no denying it was was rhythmic, melodic (though minimally so in some cases), and direct; especially compared to the aforementioned Partch. Many of his tracks featured his own instruments such as the “trimba”, which can be heard on this piece, and his music was described by him as being in the “snaketime” style. This piece, which comes from the 1956 album ‘More Moondog’ is a wonderful slice of otherworldly Americana, which Moondog delivering a, ahem, monologue over his snaketime rhythms whilst the lilting trimba is sprinkled over them. Truly enchanting.

The Fall – Rowche Rumble

From the 1979 single of the same name (with the wonderful ‘In My Are’ on the B-Side.

Laurence Johns

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