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Cluster – Sowiesoso

Warm, ever-expanding Kraut-Electronica from this wonderful duo’s 1976 album; also titled ‘Sowiesoso’. Food for every growing Ambient baby.


Captain Beefheart & the Magic Band – Her Eyes Are a Blue Million Miles

Gorgeousness and gorgeousity made flesh; track 10 from 1972’s ‘Clear Spot’ will get you every time.

Dr. John – Gris-Gris Gumbo Ya Ya

What an opener! And what a way to introduce an alter-ego. Unfortunately, Dr. John a.k.a John Rebennack didn’t maintain this kind of sorcery (his Dr. John the Night Tripper phase, to be exact), but we luckily have the artifacts on his early albums, including this one; his 1968 debut ‘Gris Gris’. This track just floats out of the speakers, with the odd rattle or two, and just oozes hokey Voodoo pomp (that’s a good thing by the way) whilst Rebennack reads off a list of ailments he can cure with his snake oil. The Tm Waits comparison is inevitable, and no doubt young Waits was listening to this guy (along with Beefheart). Wonderful.

Miles Davis – Great Expectations

Fluid, Psychedelic Jazz Fusion from the “Electric” master Miles Davis. This tracks rolls at you again and again, with short breaks heralded by Miles’ trumpet blast. Languid yet somehow taut and funky at the same time. That’s the first half, the second has the band in expansive noodle mode (yes, that’s a “mode”), with Tamboura in in the foreground. Just mindblowing stuff from a true master; from his 1974 album ‘Big Fun’.

The Damned – New Rose

The Damned’s ‘New Rose’, (Dubbed as “the first British Punk single” -note the use of the word “British” here, though we’re sure that this could also be disputed), which was released on the 22nd of November 1976, is still a fantastic blast of amphetamine-fuelled Rock with hooks galore. The opening line by Dave Vanian, “Is she really going out with him?” parodied the song “Leader Of The Pack”, a 1964 song by the Shangri-La’s; a move that, in itself, set the tone for what was to come regarding this new movement.

Brian Eno & David Byrne – Mea Culpa

Wonderful 2nd track from the duo’s classic 1981 album ‘My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts’, where samples of an excited radio caller and the stuttering responses overlay a fantastic ethno-forgery that pre-dated Muslimgauze.

Glenn Branca – Lesson No. 2

RIP Glenn Branca.

Frank Zappa – The Blue Light

Excellent silliness from Frank’s 1981 album ‘Tinseltown Rebellion’. Starting from shiny 80’s Rock, the track rapidly descends into daftness a la Zappa, leaving the listener to wonder what any of it meant. However, you can certainly get some tips as to where, and where not, you can get your Pizza.

The Fall – Mr. Pharmacist

A song about chemical assistance from the one and only Mark E Smith. This is from The Fall’s “Bend Sinister” (1986) album, and is a cover of the wonderful 1966 track by The Other Half.

Scraping Foetus Off The Wheel – Hot Horse

A track that sounds like Neubauten accompanying a Hillbilly’s soliloquy about his dating rituals, with the Glitter band laying down some expansive guitar riffs at the latter section. This is from Slim Jim’s classic 1984 album “HOLE”.

Laurence Johns

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