That sounds like a cue for some progressive house…

Link: Well Hung Parliament – We Can Be… (Club Mix)
Link: Well Hung Parliament – We Can Be… (Underground Mix)
Link: Well Hung Parliament – We Can Be… (S1000 Mix)

And a bonus tune for the sometime MP for my constituency…

Link: The Corries – Bonnie Dundee


I’m not staying up all night for this.

Link: The Bonzo Dog Band – No Matter Who You Vote For, The Government Always Gets In (demo)

Link: The Boo Radleys – Kingsize

A swingin’ election

I was going to schedule a post for 4am saying “Well that’s the NHS fucked then”, but I may as well say it now. Well, that’s the NHS fucked then.

And while we’re waiting for that to be confirmed, here’s two tunes for polling day.

A lesser-known Nina Persson recording from 2012, collaborating with New York political cabaret troupe The Citizens Band on a cover of Jack Teagarden‘s 1939 swing classic…

Link: The Citizens Band featuring Nina Persson – I Swung The Election

And Leicester’s Deep Freeze Mice with a typically tongue-in-cheek number from 1979…

Link: The Deep Freeze Mice – I Vote Conservative (Because I’m In Love With You)

P5 7pm x13

Sharing thirteen versions of this song, is definitely overkill. I had planned to share a three-track single and then got carried away and started gathering all the versions I have. I will highlight my favourites as we go along…

Pizzicato Five

The song in question is “Tokyo Wa Yoru No Shichiji” (literally “7pm in Tokyo”, but known in English as “The Night Is Still Young”), a 1993 single which was the first major release by Japanese alt-dance oddments Pizzicato Five after they’d slimmed down to a duo of Maki Nomiya and Yasuharu Konishi.  It’s one of their straighter club dance tracks, rather than one of their quirky “modern retro” things like “Twiggy Twiggy” or “Baby Love Child”. At this stage they were still unknown in the West but the single would eventually appear on Matador’s second P5 compilation, The Sound Of Music, where I first heard it. The original version is still a favourite…

Link: Pizzicato Five – The Night Is Still Young (single version) – recommended pick!

The original single also featured an instrumental version (which I don’t have) and this mellower remix by Yukihiro Fukutomi:

Link: Pizzicato Five – The Night Is Still Young (talking toolbox mix)

Then in 1994, they revisited it in two very different versions. On the EP “A Television’s Workshop”, they did it in a more disco arrangement with rhythm guitar and strings. Nice! I suspect that if P5 themselves had to choose a definitive version, this might be the one. Probably the most immediately likeable version as well.

Link: Pizzicato Five – The Night Is Still Young (MFSB Readymade Mix) – recommended pick!

The other 1994 version was this remix (by Fukutomi again) which appeared on their album Overdose:

Link: Pizzicato Five – The Night Is Still Young (One Year After mix)

In 1995, during a promotional tour for The Sound Of Music, the duo did this live acoustic version for KCRW Los Angeles.

Link: Pizzicato Five – The Night Is Still Young (KCRW acoustic session) – recommended pick!

And when P5 finally split in 2001, their farewell compilation Pizzicato Five RIP (on their Japanese label Nippon Columbia, not Matador) featured yet another remix.

Link: Pizzicato Five – The Night Is Still Young (The Final Episode)

Karia Nomoto

Since the split, both halves of the duo have revisited the song solo. Yasuharu was first, producing this 2006 version for his protege Karia Nomoto, aka Karly. “The First Cut” is the album version (the album being Dance Music, which I will share at some point), and is somewhere between the original and the Readymade MFSB arrangements:

Link: Karia Nomoto – The Night Is Still Young (The First Cut)
Link: Karia Nomoto – The Night Is Still Young (Karly Mix)
Link: Karia Nomoto – The Night Is Still Young (Kagami Mix)

Maki Nomiya

Maki Nomiya waited a bit longer, and then put versions of “The Night Is Still Young” on four consecutive albums! The deluge started in 2012 when she marked 30 years in the business we call show by recording an album of “self covers”, including this:

Link: Maki Nomiya – The Night Is Still Young (“30” version)

I’m not sure that really adds anything to the previous versions. However, Nomiya’s more recent takes on the song, actually do something different with it. First is the swing arrangement on her 2014 live album Miss Maki Nomiya Sings Shibuya-kei Standards:

Link: Maki Nomiya – The Night Is Still Young (live) – recommended pick!

…which she also did a studio recording of for her 2015 album What The World Needs Now Is Love.

Link: Maki Nomiya – The Night Is Still Young (swing studio)

And her most recent re-invention of the song is this distinctively Japanese “bon odori” version, tacked on as a bonus track to her 2016 album Un Homme Et Une Femme. It’s a little bit cheesy, but an interesting twist all the same.

Link: Maki Nomiya – The Night Is Still Young (bon odori version)



Picnic In The Summertime

I don’t know how the weather is holding up elsewhere (it’s alternating between sunburn and monsoon on a roughly 90-minute cycle here) and I may have missed the moment, but I’ve uploaded this now, so here it is. This 1994 single is from the tail-end of cardiac groovemasters Deee-Lite‘s career, when Lady Miss Kier and Super DJ Dimitri were plodding on without founding member Towa Tei. 

Deee-Lite – Picnic In The Summertime (various single mixes, 1994)

Link: Deee-Lite – Picnic In The Summertime (Ronin’s Down Tempo Mix)
Link: Deee-Lite – Picnic In The Summertime (Guru’s Jeeper Self Mix)
Link: Deee-Lite – Picnic In The Summertime (LP version)
Link: Deee-Lite – Picnic In The Summertime (H-Man Happy Trails Mix)
Link: Deee-Lite – Picnic In The Summertime (Sampladelic Jumbo Jungle Mix)
Link: Deee-Lite – Picnic In The Summertime (Picnicapella)

This House Is Condemned

Here’s a Pulp single from 1991, roughly the time that they started to get taken seriously by the music press. It was also around this time that they were getting chummy with Sheffield’s FON Studios / Warp records axis, as evidenced by the B-sides here, one of Russell Senior‘s weird-outs remixed by the team of Parrot (Funky Worm / Sweet Exorcist) and Winston (Forgemasters).

Link: Pulp – My Legendary Girlfriend
Link: Pulp – Is This House?
Link: Pulp – This House Is Condemned (remix)


Way back in the mists of time, I noted that I see “Lopez” by 808 State posted on blogs quite often, but not the other singles from the Don Solaris album, “Bond” and “Azura”. I posted “Bond” at the time and said I would post “Azura” if it turned up among my disorganised backups. Well, it has. So here it is. Lyrics and vocals by Louise Rhodes out of that there Lamb. Mmmm… minty.

Link: 808 State – Azura (A Radio Edit by Eat Me)
Link: 808 State – Azura (A Mix By 808 State)
Link: 808 State – Azura (A Mix By Dillinja)
Link: 808 State – Azura (A Mix From Don Solaris)

Down with a discobug

I was going to write something terribly out-of-character and real-worldy and not-musical-at-all about the systemic impotence of Trading Standards, but maybe some other time. I think I need to make a few FOI requests first.

Unfortunately, as I’m not writing about that, I’m left without anything to pad this post out with.

I don’t know anything about the guy behind this. I would guess he’s a DJ and part-time Belisha beacon salesman, collects umbrellas, speaks Farsi, Tagalog and Klingon, and has a false leg made of cheese. But I am just guessing.

This is mainly generic 90s progressive-trance-house, but head straight for “The Difference Mix”, a piano-heavy choon that actually lives up to the “Discobug” title.

Freakyman – Discobug ’97 (CD single, 1997)

Link: Freakyman – Discobug ’97 (Radio Edit)
Link: Freakyman – Discobug ’97 (Da Klubbkings Mix)
Link: Freakyman – Discobug ’97 (The Difference Mix)
Link: Freakyman – Discobug ’97 (Dance Therapy Mix)


Geoffrey Bayldon

Well, someone had to mark his passing by posting this…



Cranes, not the band

Moonshake have featured here before, with their first EP. Today, their last proper single.

I say “their”, but by the time “Cranes” came out in 1996, Moonshake were down to only one original member, David Callahan. Original co-leader Margaret Fiedler and bassist John Frennett had gone off to form Laika, taking producer and unofficial fifth Moonshaker Guy Fixsen with them. And drummer Mig Moreland had jumped ship to join original shoegazers Moose.

“Cranes” was the first and only single from the album Dirty & Divine, which pulled back from the jazzier stylings of previous post-Fiedler LP The Sound Your Eyes Can Follow. Actually, it pulled back from complex arrangements in general, sticking largely to percussion (live and sampled), bass, saxophone and of course Callahan’s vocals. It works surprisingly well.

B sides are another album track “Gambler’s Blues” and a mostly instrumental remix of “Cranes”, re-titled “Night Tripper 2”. There was a previous “Night Tripper” (it was on a bonus 7″ accompanying an Indie Top 20 compilation) but as far as I remember, it was an unrelated track.

Moonshake – Cranes (UK CD single, 1996)

Link: Moonshake – Cranes
Link: Moonshake – Gambler’s Blues
Link: Moonshake – Night Tripper 2