Founded by former Th’ Faith Healers mainman Tom Cullinan, Quickspace are helpfully described by Wikipedia as “space rock, krautrock, noise pop” and as “a kind of Stereolab that rocks”. I’ll go with that; it saves me the bother of trying to describe them anyway. This is their debut album from 1996 and should appeal to people who like “space rock, krautrock, noise pop”, particularly with lo-fi production (you can really tell this is not a high-end studio job). I hadn’t played it in years and I’m not sure why not (especially as I have it on both CD and vinyl); there’s nothing on it quite as awesome as the “Superplus” single but it’s… quite good if you like that sort of thing, which I do, sometimes.
Link: Quickspace – Quickspace (password: salad)
2. Song for Someone
6. Docile One
7. Docile Two
Here’s another single that was released for the christmas market, but isn’t actually very christmassy at all. From 1996, P. J. Proby teams up with Marc Almond (who also co-produces with regular collaborator Neal Whitmore) and the musicians from orchestral pop outfit My Life Story for a cover of the 1967 Little Anthony And The Imperials US hit “Yesterday Has Gone”, and it’s as insanely overblown as you would expect from that line-up.
The B-sides are both new songs written specially for Proby: Almond and Whitmore contribute “Devil In Red Velvet”, while “Pain in Your Heart” is written and produced by Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs of Saint Etienne.
Link: P. J. Proby and Marc Almond – Yesterday Has Gone (password: salad)
1. P. J. Proby & Marc Almond ft the My Life Story Orchestra – Yesterday Has Gone
2. P. J. Proby – Pain in Your Heart
3. P. J. Proby – Devil In Red Velvet
4. P. J. Proby & Marc Almond – Yesterday Has Gone (Balearico Mix) [supposedly featuring the My Life Story Orchestra, but they seem to have been mixed out of it]
The weather warnings are here! Possible snow on the way for parts of Scotland (though so far, my corner looks OK), which prompts me to dig out this Stereolab single from 1996. I bought this on the day it came out, which I think was in November, and then overnight it snowed and the next day I went out stomping around, making footprints in the snow, with the song “Pinball” playing on my… well, it wouldn’t be a Discman, it would have been some lesser brand of personal CD player. Anyway, the point is that since then, I’ve always associated “Pinball” with snow, and in the unlikely event that we do get a covering this weekend, I shall probably go yomping about to the accompaniment of said track again. And so can you!
Link: Stereolab – Fluorescences (password: salad)
3. You Used To Call Me Sadness
4. Soop Groove #1
I suppose it must be about 20 years ago that Melody Maker gave away a free book called, I think, “Unknown Pleasures” in which various MM journos wrote essays about underrated and unfairly maligned albums. I’m sure I’ve still got it somewhere, and I do remember a few of the albums covered within. One was “The Lexicon of Love” by ABC, and it seems strange to think that was once an underrated album, considering it’s now rightly recognised as one of the great albums of its era. Another was “Risque” by Chic, selected by (I think) Paul Mathur, and it was reading that essay which got me interested in Chic’s work.
Back in the late 1990s, Chic were not a lauded act. In fact they were pretty much a completely forgotten act. However, that essay sparked my interest, and as it turns out, Mathur (or whoever it was) was right, they were pretty damn good. I think the phrase he used as “the Lennon and McCartney of disco”. Though for me their second album “C’est Chic” edges out “Risque” as their best work. (For those not familiar with the oeuvre, “C’est Chic” has “Le Freak ” and “I Want Your Love” on it, while “Risque”‘s big hit was “Good Times”). Anyway, from there it’s been a bit strange to watch Chic’s reputation being restored. I think the real turning point was in 2011 when Nile Rodgers published his autobiography (titled… Le Freak, of course. What else could it have been?). Suddenly he was everywhere, doing interviews to promote it, and the knock-on effect was that his musical legacy suddenly got a whole lot more attention too. Then there was “Get Lucky”… and suddenly it was as if Chic had always been an admired and acclaimed band. Which of course they were, in certain very small circles, but now they’d gone mainstream again. Kings of disco.
Sadly Rodgers’ writing partner, Chic bassist and sometimes vocalist Bernard Edwards, didn’t live to see it. He died of pneumonia during a concert trip to Japan in 1996, shortly after recording the album I’m sharing today (and just hours after recording “Live at the Budokan”, a much better tribute to their work together). It’s not strictly a Chic album, though a later reissue attempted to pass it off as one, but rather a Nile Rodgers solo project with some old friends, Edwards among them, along for the ride. And honestly, it’s not that great. If you want an introduction to Chic, this is definitely not the place to start (go for “C’est Chic”, the compilations “Ultimate Groove Collection” or “Up All Night”, or even the first Chic/Sister Sledge collaboration “We Are Family” instead) but it’s long out of print and never seems to get shared, so somebody might find it interesting.
Link: Nile Rodgers – Chic Freak and More Treats (password: salad)
- Everybody Dance
- Dance Dance Dance
- Let’s Dance (ft Christopher Max)
- Le Freak
- Upside Down (ft Ashford & Simpson)
- Do That Dance (ft Simon Le Bon)
- He’s The Greatest Dancer (ft Taja Sevelle)
- Good Times
- I Want Your Love
- Music Is My House (ft Christopher Max)
- We Are Family
- Do That Dance (Dancehall Rap Remix) (ft Wayne Thompson)
- Just One World (ft Christopher Max)
Whatever happened to them? Oh, the usual story: bad deals, label meddling, not getting paid… they did re-emerge a while later as Psychodelicates and while they don’t seem to have been active for about a decade, their website still exists at http://www.psychodelicates.com.
Link: Sexus – The Official End Of It All (password: salad)
1. The Official End Of It All
2. Longing Without Belonging
3. King Of The Fairground Swing
4. The Official End Of It All (Hi-Lux Not Enough Clothes Mix)
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.
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)
Hi, sorry I haven’t posted in ages. While out jogging, my companions asked what sort of music I like, and I completely forgot that a good answer to this question would be, “well, I’ve got a blog called We Will Have Salad where I post music I like, you should check it out”. So it’s probably high time I got back to sharing some more bangin’ choons.
And on that note, here’s a classic single lifted from Leftfield‘s 1995 album Leftism. And shockingly used to advertise some processed cheese product a few years back. The tune may be processed, but it ain’t cheesy, unlike this sentence.
Leftfield – Release The Pressure (1996 CD single)
Here’s a band I bought a few singles by, about twenty years ago, and paid no further attention to. But reading up on them today, I think I should probably investigate further. I just remember David Devant and his Spirit Wife as also-ran Camden scenesters but they had a theatricality and a retro-modernity like World of Twist taken to the next level. I shall explore…
Meanwhile, here’s their debut single from 1996. Third track “Trouble” is a setting of the poem “The Trouble With Geraniums” by Mervyn Peake. I’ve split off the hidden track, which originally appeared after six minutes of silence following “Trouble”.
David Devant and his Spirit Wife – Cookie (1996 CD single)
Link: David Devant and his Spirit Wife – Cookie
Link: David Devant and his Spirit Wife – One Hand
Link: David Devant and his Spirit Wife – Trouble
Link: David Devant and his Spirit Wife – [unlisted hidden track]
Earlier this year, my old computer died. Not the hard drive but the… other bits. I don’t understand computers. Anyway, happily my back-ups were not too far out of date so I didn’t lose much. And I did eventually work out how to get stuff off the old hard drive as well, though that’s a bit of a headache because… well, as I said, I don’t understand computers.
Anyway! This sent me back to my backups to try to figure out what I did and didn’t have backed up. I have about half a terabyte’s worth of USB sticks (most of them identical, which doesn’t help) and a shoebox full of CD-Rs and DVD-Rs and DVD+Rs (whatever the difference is… but they seem to work the same, anyhow). And this resulted in me rediscovering a load of stuff I’d completely forgotten I had, stuff probably downloaded from blogs that are now long gone. So this post is just some random stuff from one of my absurdly large number of discs, this one a TDK CD-R labelled, with my customary eye for detail, “BACKUPS”, and mainly containing out-of-date copies of the portable versions of several popular open source software products, but also some music. Of course if anyone actually wants an ancient copy of Audacity Portable 1.2.6 revision 3, I’ll happily upload that as well…
So what we have here is…
808 State – Bond
Featuring misanthropic miseryguts M Doughty from hip-hop-jazz-rockers Soul Coughing (and I really must post some of their stuff some day), this was one of the singles from ver State’s 1996 LP Don Solaris. I see the lead single, the loping 5/4-time “Lopez” featuring James Dean Bradfield, appear fairly often on the blogs I frequent, but this one not so much. (The other single, “Azura” with Louise Rhodes, is also pretty good and I hope it will turn up somewhere in my backups as well. I’ll post it if it does! Unfortunately the only physical CD I have of it is a one-track radio promo.) Basic album version here, plus a harder, rockier alternative mix and a bonus B-side.
Flor-De-Lis – Todas as Ruas de Amor
Chirpy Portuguese folk-pop that came somewhere in the middle of the table at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2009. Well, I liked it anyway. This version is from their album Signo Solar, which came out a couple of years later, though I seem to recall preferring the earlier versions.
Mauerblümchen Brie – Happyness Is Not For Me
Guitar-based indiepop. Seems to be the only thing this band ever released. Apparently off a 1998 compilation called What You Hear Today, You’ll Be Singing Tomorrow, which would be a great title for a blog, if anyone’s looking for one. I guess I didn’t think much of the rest of the tracks as this is the only one I backed up (unless the rest is somewhere else… which is actually quite likely).