At least I don’t have to put any effort into this gimmick! First up for this installment, The Sabres Of Paradise. I don’t think there’s any doubt here that the band was named after the song – heck, Andrew Weatherall probably chose it expressly to wind up Jeremy Healy (who in case you didn’t know, was half of Haysi Fantayzee before becoming a top DJ). “Wilmot Meets Lord Scruffage” is easily the best of today’s tracks.
There’s definitely no connection in this instance. Also no similarity at all between the slightly-too-upbeat 80s synthpop of Modern Romance and the gloomy Yeah Yeah Yeahs number with which they share a name.
And no connection here either. Catch (not to be confused with The Catch, who became The Tourists) were an indiepop band of no particular renown. For the last twenty years I’ve been carrying around the idea that one of them was Angus Deayton’s son, but now I come to check it out, this turns out to be nonsense. As for the song, you were going to get The Cure here, but then I found this Sunscreem CD. They never did release the album this was supposed to presage.
I thought that maybe I should do a straight post of a single or something, so I delved into my shoebox of CD-Rs and picked out this 1991 EP by Melbourne janglers The Sugargliders, which revolved around brothers Josh and Joel Meadows. Soon after this, they started an association with Sarah Records, and I suppose you could say they’re pretty much exactly the sort of band Sarah Records were known for. This early EP isn’t up to the same level as their Sarah stuff, but it’s pleasant enough on its own terms.
I’m sorry I don’t know where I got this rip from; there’s a little bit of crackling on it but it’s not bad.
Link: The Sugargliders – Butterfly Soup EP (password: salad)
- Book of Dreams
- Police Me
Every music blog needs a gimmicky series, so here’s one for you! I post pairs of songs, the title of one is the artist of the other. The song may be named after the artist, or the artist after the song, or there may be no connection…
So first, here’s a very 1985 pop-rock number by a former teenage heartthrob, and some 21st century janglepop referring to the artist in question:
So you get the idea. I don’t think there’s any connection in this next pairing, but two cracking tunes. The first is a fine bit of 70s funk, one of those soundtrack staples that you hear on TV and film all the time and might not know what it is (like I didn’t until this very week) and currently being used by the Beeb to promote “Last Chance Lawyer NYC”. The second is a soul classic that surely needs no introduction:
And finally, here’s one where the artist is named after the song. Both of the songs in this pairing are folk standards which have been recorded by zillions of people, so as far as “Nancy Whiskey” (the song) goes, I just went for the version I’m most familiar with. As for the artist Nancy Whiskey (born Ann Wilson), I thought it was a bit of a cheat to use the best-known Chas McDevitt version of “Freight Train” (because the song’s not called “Chas McDevitt Skiffle Group Featuring Nancy Whiskey”) so I found this very different solo recording instead.
Oh, sod it, here’s the classic version of “Freight Train” as well…
For those who’d like a better quality version of the Nits ICA at The New Vinyl Villain, here’s a link to the zip file I originally supplied (password: salad):
The files are the same size and bitrate (128kbps) as the downloads over there, but sound a whole lot better, and I don’t know what went wrong. Once I’d got wise to the fact that JC only shares at 128kbps, my last few ICAs have been deliberately compiled from tracks that still sound OK compressed to that rate, and then supplied in that form. In this instance, it obviously hasn’t worked…
By the way, if you click on the “Elsewhere” link at the top of this page, you can find links to all the other Imaginary Compilation Albums I’ve done for T(n)VV. They’re much better written than the rubbish I post here, I promise you.