As usual, Kurac and Ringy can’t be bothered listening to anything new. Any music since 1927 (the band and the year) has not been worth urinating on from a great height (from a great, great height). So, we leave it to our resident trendsetter, hipster and slow brew drip press filter coffee snob, SCSI-b
“Expressway to 2017 This year for the first time since starting this end of year thing, I was not in an office where I could listen to music. The results are obvious: I heard far, far less new stuff, missed my beloved KCRW dearly, and started tutting at any minute sound in the hallway. Sad! A theme this year? Not so much. Few songs from North America. Make of that what you will. This year’s ident theme on the BBC for Glastonbury kept making me go, “what IS that?” Lorde. Lorde!
our annual dose of Latin American in the middle, and no mistake Benjamin Biolay is singing in French but with added feature from Miss Bolivia. Bien. The latest Juanes has gone all Lemonade and is accompanied by a visual album. And lastly in this part, Residente (half of Calle 13) mixes Armenian vocals with a sombre reflection on “La guerra de noche y la guerra de día”. It may not have been the Puerto Rican song that got the most listens this year (that was Despacito of course, with 4.5 billion views on YouTube), but in a year when PR was hit by such a terrible disaster, it cetainly seems more meaningful. Kendrick up next with HUMBLE, whose refrain showed up earlier this year in response to all sorts of things on twitter: “Be humble. Sit down.” Many gifts for Radiohead fans this year, with the release of a 20th anniversary boxset for OK Computer, featuring three long-lost fan favourite tracks. This one used to be called “Big Boots” and first emerged as a contender for the Avengers soundtrack. Delightfully it hadn’t changed much. Pure Comedy didn’t quite reach the heights of I Love You Honeybear for me, but this one seemed to slot right into the social media fatigued climate this year. Last up, two tracks from bands from my hometown. It’s always nice when a band you thought long broken up puts out something new after a long break, thanks Sodastream. And I could not resist seeking out Pond after seeing the cover of The Weather at Rough Trade. Anyone who grew up in Perth in the 80s will instantly recognise it. The album is a concept album about the city, to boot, the boomtown and the mining companies, colonial history and the strange sense of isolation you always feel there. And a song about Tascam 388’s. I’ll be there in two days and can’t wait to be back. Until next year! Green Light – Lorde Waiting – Denitia Los pies helados – Juana Molina Pardonnez-moi – Benjamin Biolay (featuring Miss Bolivia) El Ratico – Juanes (featuring Kali Uchis) Guerra – Residente HUMBLE. – Kendrick Lamar Man of War – Radiohead Ballad of the Dying Man – Father John Misty Colouring Iris – Sodastream All I want for Christmas (is a Tascam 388) – Pond
We also mark the passing of the great, the brilliant, the completely outrageous but always cool Johnny Hallyday. Salut!
Every year, we let DJ SCSI-b control the wheels of composite metals. Every year she forgets there is a space between the words twenty and the year. Every year we remind her. We buy her t-shirts, we meme at her with a badger on twitter. Kurac evens sends her an email. an EMAIL. You can’t get more adult than that.
So, 2016 hey? Pretty fucked, even from our VS paradise. I mean Zsa Zsa Gabor right? FFS, when does it end? Anyway, it is time for the show. Over to SCSI-b
Well, that was a year. Let’s get right to the music, shall we? I think we can all agree despite it all there was some very good music this year, so until 2017, enjoy.
Dot to Dot – Melt Yourself Down
Residual Tingles – The Gaslamp Killer
Uncertainty – Temples
Radio Silence – James Blake
Proclamation Day – Palace Winter
Pink + White – Frank Ocean
Light up the Sky – Bibio
Light Upon the Lake – Whitney
The Noisy Days are Over – Field Music
Ecos de Amor – Jesse y Joy
Cunumicita – Mala (Danitse)
Melatonin – A Tribe Called Quest
Words in my Head – Steve Mason
The Numbers – Radiohead
I tried to think through some clever and witty comeback about why the show had vanished for such a long time. I went through alien conspiracies, Brexit, Boris as foreign secretary or other such clearly made up nonsense (the UK voting to leave the EU, how incredibly implausible…) I could even tell you that Kurac, SCSI-b and I were all in the same country, at the same time, eating sausage, drinking beer and seeing Michel Polnareff and we still didn’t get off our fat arses to do even do a promo. There are two reasons for this. One, this show runs on not caring about it very much. We have been doing it now for 10 years and I bet none of us could remember anything about previous shows. Go on, quiz them. I dare you. We were drunk mainly. Listen to SCSI-b, she is a total lush. And two, we just kind of forgot amongst the beer, the sausages and the Polny. #soz
Right, so let’s get into August and VS 2016 and reacquaint ourselves with the show and what we stand for. VS is the polite name for something else entirely which SCSI-b refuses to let us use. So we start the show with an explanation. Just a quick hint, the V stands for VINYL. Next up we have a curio about why you should just say no. Actually, the next song is also a good reason to just say no as well, with Bobby Jimmy and Critters rapping about going to the toilet. Bobby Jimmy is aLos Angeles comedy rap group from the late ’80s. One of the Critters was the Arabian Prince. His 1986 Macola album spent one week at the very bottom of the LP charts. This song didn’t chart at all. Can’t imagine why.
Introducing VS for the beginner (Who’s sorry now?)
Bobby Jimmy and the Critters – Gotta Potty
Next up MACHO and their cover of the Spencer Davis Group Classic ‘I’m a Man’, all 10 minutes of it. Produced in 1978 by an Italian singer called Marzio Vincenzi, this signified the birth of incredibly popular Rosco movement (a mix of rock and disco). Transformed music forever that movement did, along with Kanye. Next up is another long one, this time from Venezuela and a track from the 1976 compile Música De La Película Soy Un Delincuente, which is worth a little bit (£250 plus) but I will leave to SCSI-b to pronounce. Get the new Soul Jazz compile (Venezuela 70) for a lot less.
Macho – I’m a Man
Miguel Angel Fuster – Polvo Lunar
Next up is the SCSI-b Brexit set, starting with a track from the new Radiohead slab. She saw them in Amsterdam in late May and she was entranced. Mainly by the colour of Ed’s shirt, how Jonny now longer need his RSI wristband and how Thom’s dad dancing was just making everyone embarassed. Oh, she kinda enjoyed the show as well. A LOT. Palace Winter are a Danish/Australian hybrid based in Copenhagen. This is from their 2016 LP Waiting for the World to Turn.
Radiohead – The Numbers
Palace Winter – What happened
I used to see this record in Ashwoods and Lawsons in Sydney all the time. It was almost as cheap as buying Pavlovs Dog or Rodriguez records back in the eighties. This is from their 1979 self-titled record, which now doesnt seem to be everywhere for a dollar. Damned hipsters and their record collecting. Just buy copies of old Elton John LPs, they are un-dug psych masterpieces. Arses. Next up is Jonathan Richman off his 2nd LP from 1977, Rock and Roll with… This is a great LP with so much cool stuff on it, well picked Kurac
The Roches – Hammond Song
Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers – Dodge Veg-o-matic
Take us home DJ. We start with Sustayn. Wow. Really. Listen to the lyrics of the great song. It was found in attic of a record store in Leiden a few years back. I was attracted by the idea that any song could be called Hamburger cream. Sustayn are a Dutch prog rock band and this track comes from 1980, more choogling than noodling, it is a surprisingly good track. We stay Dutch for some reason and go with Drukwerk, a popular Dutch band from the eighties and their paen to the great Number 10 tram in Amsterdam. They are still playing this song today as festivals. Check it out on youtube.
Next up we have Bananarama with the Fun Boy Three doing an instrumental of all things from 1981. It was the b-side of their first single. And finally we have some Mambo funk from 2012, with Dr No and Cuban Mafia horn sectioning it up with their version of the James Bond theme.
Sustayn – Hamburger Cream
Drukwerk – Lijn 10
Bananarama – Give us back our cheap fares
Dr. No & The Cuban Mafia – 007 Mambo (Texas Toni Re-Edit)
Yup, that about does it boys and girls. VS out. See you next decade. Oh, and if you like the spoken word at the top, which is a Pent-R-Books, Inc. – Sexual Pleasures, a film recording from 1975, then DJ Ringfinger (in his guise as ‘A sad Waltz in D-Minor’ hacked some beats together and made this piece called “I wish my mood would mask more than tape”. It is from their Loss series, which you can watch and listen to the whole shebang by going to HERE
Your love still brings me to my knees – Marcia Hines
I’ve got the music in me – Marcia Hines
Standing in the rain – John Paul Young
Australian disco took the world by storm, it polished the dance floor boards of clubs as far as Ermington, Dundas, Rydalmere and Parramatta. You think I am joking? Bee Gees anyone? This bracket we have two tracks from the Queen of Pop, Marcia Hines from 1976 and 1977. Australian disco people. It is a thing. Then we have JPY, the king of pop and his German smash hit from 1976, Standing in the Rain. Written by Vanda and Young of the Easybeats and Flash and the Pan, this song is, like I said. Australian DISCO. andavagoodweekend.
Live and Let Die – Fausto Papetti
Silver Machine – James Last
Ace of Spades – She Goes Bang
Ace of Spades – The Bad Shepherds
Fausto is a lounge legend and often entirely unheralded outside of some obscure sampling and breaks. This brilliant cover comes from 17A Raccolta LP released in 1973. The sax replaces the McCartney lead vocal with an cool fuzz guitar and a whacked out lead break at the end. Genius. James Last up next starting what amounts to a VS.SAOE tribute set. One of the worlds greatest bandleaders, James Last died at age 86 in 2015. Here he is covering the Hawkweed classic ‘Silver Machine’ which was of course sung by the late Lemmy of Motorhead, OK, lets top that shall we? Not one, but two cover versions of ‘Ace of Spades’ the Moorhead classic that has had a hammering since the passing of Lemmy. First up is She Goes Bang, this dark and intense cover cracks a whip over the song revealing less speed and more metal. Next up we have the Bad Shepherds, a band fronted by Young One Ade Edmondson.
Star – Techno Cowboy
Ziggy Stardust – derpferdheissthorst
Life on Mars – Barbara Streisand
Bowie. Not much to add the reams of discourse. So I simply present these three tracks. Star by Techno Cowboy comes from the The Ziggy Stardust Omnichord Album released in 2009. Next, derpferdheissthorst which roughly translates as ‘A horse called Horst’. A german cowpony band, this is a weird cover of Ziggy Stardust. Then there was Streisand. Really, I actually went there.
Satan lied to me – The Louvin Brothers
Telling me Lies – Trio
Shoot out the lights – Richard and Linda Thompson
And now. Satan. The Louvin Brothers. A ‘country-gospel’ duo who recorded din the fifties before they split because of the other demon, drink. This comes from their 1958 record ‘The Family that Prays’. Not as Satan heavy as their legendary ‘Satan is Real’ LP, but still HEAVY. Next up, Trio. A forgotten classic from Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton and Linda Ronstadt. This track was written by Linda Thompson as a damning indictment of her relationship with Richard Thompson. I simply love this version (the original is a on a hard to find 1985 solo LP ‘One Clear Moment’). It shows the sheer power that is Linda Rondstadt’s voice. The final chorus has such majesty and investment in the lyrics. Finally, we have the one of the darkest albums ever released, the final Richard and Linda Thompson LP ‘Shoot out the lights’ and the title track. This is one of Richard Thompson’s greatest works and in part shows a marriage in collapse (their marriage was over as this record was released in 1982).
Hallogallo – Neu!
Samantha’s Rabbit – Guru Guru
Last up we head to Germany for some Krautrock to take us home. First up from the Neu! LP (1972) we have the motorik beat driven Hallogallo. Playing on the german slang for wild partying, this song is driven by a repetitive 4/4 beat that every one called motorik, but that band called a bunch of other terms meaning repetitive (see Wikipedia for the list). This is a great introduction to the Krautrock canon and features some of the legends of the scene in Klaus Dinger and Michael Rother and produced by Conny Plank. Last track of the day bar the secret bonus one (did I say secret?) is Guru Guru, another Krautrock band fronted by drummer Mani Neumeier.
This month’s show is brought to you by the dulcet tones and toned abs of the heart and soul of the crew, DJ SCSI-b…over to you..
An hour of power to ferry you from wherever you are to wherever you’re spending the holidays and New Year this end of 2015.
We start out with Carla Morrison, a huge leap forward on her new album, fierce Amor Supremo. Get it, you won’t regret it. Then, dance supremo from Colombia’s Bomba Estéreo before awesome punky/electronic angular stuff out of DC from Beauty Pill. We woke up to Sleater-Kinney soundchecking A New Wave outside our window in Barcelona, what better way to start the day? Great albums from Father John Misty, Wilco, Sufjan Stevens and more this year. Frontera stylings from Calexico, before a little something for family members heading home to the suburbs for the new year and wrapping up with exceptional stuff from Grimes.
Until the next one!
Un Beso – Carla Morrison
Mar (Lo Que Siento) – Bomba Estéreo
Drametomania! – Beauty Pill
A New Wave – Sleater-Kinney
Sea Calls Me Home – Julia Holter
Strange Encounter – Father John Misty
Them Changes – Thundercat/Flying Lotus
No Comprende – Low
All of Me Wants All of You – Sufjan Stevens
How Much a Dollar Cost – Kendrick Lamar
Random Name Generator – Wilco
Cumbia de Donde – Calexico
Hasta la Raíz – Natalia Lafourcade
Cheer Up, My Brother – HNNY
Depreston – Courtney Barnett
Artangels – Grimes
In the absence of any ideas, songs, fragments and/or youtube lists for the illustrious DJ Ringfinger to traipse all over, it seemed time for another Soundtracks and Other Expletives, vinyl edition. This month, ‘ole Ringy as he gets called in Memphis has dug deep into his collection and found rare grooves, scratchy beats and a whole lot ‘o shit. We start with this deep cut from 1973 co-written by Mr Ghostbuster himself Ray Parker Jr and amazingly named Hamilton Bohannon and the b-side to his 1973 disco hit called ‘Disco Bomp’. Next up, Earl Wright and his Orchestra and this Northern Soul stomper called ‘Thumb a Ride’. Released in 1965, I picked it up for the b-side, which is a cover of Dylan’s Like a Rolling Stone. I just loved this track more. So it is here, for your pleasure. Oh, did I note that it was produced by the sublime, Mr David Axelrod!
Run it on down Mr DJ – Hamilton Bohannon
Thumb a Ride – Earl Wright
Next up, Ted Heath and his Orchestra decide its time to screw around with M.Jagger et al and do a version of Satisfaction. It starts a bit only but when the organ and the brass kick in, Keith Richards cowers behind his amp. Then it goes Lounge again, this time with a woodwind break. Then the brass come back in to funk you over again, led by the trumpet. Funk-kay. Time to get grungy and dirty, and a well played and worn copy of The Strangeloves in 1965 doing “I Want Candy’. This is the original on Bang and it is so garage. So overplayed. I think it adds to the sound. Complaints can be addressed Ringfinger c/- the end of fucking time. Next up, some original rock and roll on Speciality from 1957 and Short Fat Fannie by Larry Williams. This track has been covered by no less than Levon Helm and the Beatles during the Get Back sessions. Great song, with lot’s of rock and roll references (Hound Dong, Blue Suede Shoes, Mary-Lou)
Satisfaction – Ted Heath and his Orchestra
I Want Candy – The Strangeloves
Short Fat Fannie – Larry Williams and his band
Aussie. Aussie. Aussie. Oi. Oi. Oi. Let’s hit some late sixties Aussie genius. We start with Coloured Balls, the band put together by legendary Aussie guitarist and producer Lobby Lloyde. The Balls were one of the loudest, heaviest blues bands of the time, regularly blowing the shit out of amps. Matched only by these boys, the legendary Rose Tattoo. How could we go by without shaping your life with the Tatts and a track from their debut LP. Bad Boy for Love is a dark tale of prison and violence that influenced so much metal of the eighties (like G’n’R) it ain’t funny. Chisel. The carrion call of the western suburbs of anywhere in Australia in the seventies. Barnsey, Mossy, Don and the rest were all consumate songwriters. The blues belter was always a show stopper, a perfext example of the Barnes ‘singing’ style.
Johnny B.Goode – Coloured Balls
Bad Boy for Love – Rose Tattoo
Goodbye (Astrid Goodbye) – Cold Chisel
Let’s keep it punk, shall we? Wayne Kramer from the legendary MC5 put this cover of the old MC5 song in 1978. See what Brother Wayne had to say about this benefit single ..
Wayne Kramer: Yeah. While I was in the penitentiary, he wrote me at one point that all the bands over there were outraged that I had to go to prison and a couple of labels had gotten together — Stiff Records and Chiswick Records — and they were gonna put out two of those tracks as a benefit for me, and they were gonna give me all the money when I got out of prison, which was really a brotherly thing for them to do, considering that most people come out of prison with what they have when they go into prison, which is nothing, and that’s generally the reason they wind up going back to prison. But when I came out, I had like 2000 dollars as a cushion to help me adjust to life back on the street. It really, really made the difference for me…not that I would have gone back to dealing drugs or selling stolen TVs or guns or whatever, but it really did…a couple grand, y’know, straightens you out. Takes the pressure off…”
Legendary electro genius Afrika Bambaataa next with his cover of the MC5 ‘Kick out the Jams’. I was going to play this off the record store day ‘Side by Side’ released, but the fucker st Rhino put it in a sleeve that destroyed the record. Good argument for RSD. Last but not least, we have Brother Wayne’s late bandmate Fred ‘Sonic’ Smith and one of the best Detroit punk songs ever written and recorded, City Slang. Don’t hold back, throw yourself around the room.
Ramblin’ Rose – Wayne Kramer
Kick out the Jams – Afrika Bambaataa
City Slang – Sonic’s Rendezvous Band
Obscure country time. Jim Richards and his 1971 croon, Just Because I am not the man I used to be. That wasn’t a counterpoint in anyway to Sonic. Released on princess records, this is in now ay related to the Fine Young Cannibals song. Now have Rusty Draper, and Free Home Demonstration was released by Rusty Warren in 1953. Who knew Door to Door salesmen would ‘give you a little bit of hug, little bit of squeeze’. Double Entendre. Classy.
Just Because I am not the man I used to be – Jim Richards
Free Home Demonstration – Rusty Draper
Right, let’s bring it home, Italian Soundtrack style. We start with ‘The Telegraph is Calling’ by the Pawnshop, an incredibly rare psych single from 1971 and featuring Alessandro Alessandroni in disguise. It might sell for your house. Then we have this 1972 funky break by
Francesco De Masi from the sound track to La Macchina Della Violenza (Original Soundtrack). You can pick one of these up for a cool £150. Last, but not least with this set, we finish with Nico Fidenco getting funky and porny, all at once with a track from the 1975 soundtrack to Emanuelle Perche’ Violenza Alle Donne?
called Eternal Anguish. This is a very cool flute lead track that I am sure carried plot forwards. It is all about the plot. In porn. The plot. and the music. thanks Nico.
The Telegraph is Calling – The Pawnshop
Running Against the Time – Francesco De Masi
Eternal Anguish – Nico Fidenco
Let’s play two songs for France. So much of my musical life emerges from that country. These two tracks are not the best, the deepest or the coolest, but they are from two of the great champions of French chanson. First up France Gall from her 1975 self-titled record and le declaration d’amour. and finally we have Michel Polnareff from his 1978 record Coucou me revoilou, which was not especially well received but has this cool little title track.
Le Declarationd’amour – France Gall
Coucou me revoilou – Michel Polnareff
ENOCH LIGHT lights the fire of Dr Liswood (aka 16 orgasms)
Driving Stupid – Fast City!
Hammersmith Gorillas – You really got me
The Blackbirds – She
Rev C.L Franklin – I am going through part 1
Rusty Adams – If Jesus played guitar
Irene Ryan – Granny’s Mini Skirt
Leona Williams – Country girl with hot pants on
Pedro Roche Y Lupe Martinez – Contrabandistas Tequilero
Los Corraleros – Baila Mi Boogaloo
Coco Lagos y sus Orates – Guajira Boogaloo
Gilberto Gil – Viramundo
Cem Caraka -Oy Babo
Johnny Hallyday – Rivière… ouvre ton lit
Claude Francois – Magnolias For Ever
Gianni Lazzaro – Si
Yoko Ono – A Thousand Times Yes
Bonus Track – Ken Nordine -Magenta
Yeah hup. Welcome back to VS 2015 and our third show for the year. We are positively exhausted from the effort. Just back from the world tour of record stores that served as our research trip for the show, we returned to our Bahamas lair with arms full of vinyl, a fist full of beats, a murder of crows and a throng of arrest warrants (all for SCSI-b). But hey, we have decided to change it up a bit. Yes, Ringfinger is in the house, SCSI-b reveals her true identity and Kurac drops in late in the day. For the first time in over 10 years we are all in the same studio, well kind of, well actually, I think we have had to do a Brandon Lee in the Crow and use some old footage of Kurac when he young and handsome. Ah, how fake is Hollywood?
We start with some stern advice from Sex Education specialist Dr Rebecca Liswood who takes is through how women organs (in her opinion) and recounts the story of scaring the shit out of canasta players. Sexy. Next up we have garage from 1966 and the Driving Stupid with the crazy ‘Fast City’ We follow that with the Hammersmith Gorillas and their 1974 cover of the Kinks You Really got me. This slab of proto-punk has been comped on a recent Soul Jazz comp called ‘Sick on You! One Way Spit!’ We finish this little bracket with the Blackbirds, a german psych band and later one of the progenitors of Krautrock, go figure. This is from 1968 if you are keeping count.
We start the next batch with one of the most prolific preachers on record, the Rev, C.L Franklin and his lo-fi “I am going through part 1’. Released on the well-0known Checker label (part of Chess), the Rev recorded with no less a gospel singer than Aretha Franklin. According to the interns ‘Tragically, he was shot during a robbery attempt at his house in Detroit in June 1979. He remained in a coma for 5 years and died on July 27, 1984’ Get’s the mood just right for the next track. On the wonderful Plantation Records, this one shot 45 from Rusty Adams implies that if Jesus was a guitar player, he would, most definitely play country music. Aside from perhaps joining Throbbing Gristle or taking the spot of Zayn in One Direction, we here at VS agree with ole Rusty. We stay country for the next two songs, both about various items of Southern pret-a-porter. We start with Irene Ryan who play Granny in the sixties TV show Beverly Hillbillies and her Grandpa destroying twist and jerk. Next up, we go for hot pants, on a country singer? Never? Country girl with hot pants on is by Leona Williams and was released on the Hickory label in 1971. And just for Kurac, it is important to note that Leona did a duet with his hero Merle Haggard in 1983. No accounting for taste.
SCSI-b explains the next batch of tracks so much better in the show, and I am lazy and can’t be arsed typing notes, especially with all those Spanish characters. So, listen to the damn show!
Oy Babo is that grand combination of Turkish music released in Germany (for the huge Turkish diaspora there). This track is from 1971 and is HUGE. And then it just so much fucking bigger with this amazing Johnny Hallyday track, it is a psych masterpiece from one of the greatest singers of all time. Produced and played on by Mick jones from Foreigner, Glyn Johns (producer of the Beatles), this track just smashes your brain with guitar breaks. Genius.
Disco now, which is no way counter to the majesty of Hallyday. We start with Claude Francois. Now this track was a huge hit for the late French singer, but has always passed me by, mainly because there are few garage motifs, psych crazy or ye-ye for my gallic tastes. But on second listening, it is a stinking disco track. 1977 (pedant). We match this with Gianni Nazzaro, Italian crooner who in 1980 dropped this little piece of funkiness. Wow. The other side is straight Italo-croon, Lord knows how this got in there. Finally, Jona Lewie with his 1976 rarity Hallelujah Europa (part 1). This is a controversial song with a very controversial clip which you can find on YouTube. You know how to search, do it yourself! Let’s take this puppy home with Yoko Ono. Really. Yoko. From 1973, and the Feeling the Space LP and the track ‘A Thousand Times Yes’. Funky, and not featuring John Lennon (on this track).
And there is a bonus track, dedicated to @donnalanclos, who reminded me of the majesty that is Ken Nordine.
Psych Rock – Pierre Henry
Transfer from the Modulation – Les Maledictus Sound
Winchester Cathedral – Perrey/Kingsley
Sexopolis – J.P Mirouze
Young Love – No Artist
Ring of Fire – Jimmy Swaggart
Great Balls of Fire (Live 1974) – Electric Light Orchestra
The Bottom of the Bottle – Porter Wagoner
The Drunkards Doom – The Louvin Brothers
The Sweeney (opening theme) – Harry South
Hard Hitter – Keith Papworth
Grand Prix – Johnny Pearson
Star Girl – Starpower
Rebel Yell – Bikini Kill
6’1 – Liz Phair
Si Je Chante – Sylvie Vartan
I don’t want the night to end – Sylvie Vartan
Hard Luck Story – Elton John
Je M’en Vais – Miossec
A Waltz for the Night – Julie Delpy
Ringfinger, I mean really, do you have subject our ears to such a demonstration of eclecticism and diversity (not the band)? Well guess what, hell yeah I do. In the downtime between sessions of VS, we bring you another Soundtracks and Other Expletives, coming right at ya through the stereophonic glory that is WhatYouWant radio (or is that Monophonic, or perhaps Quadrophonic?).
First up we have a set of freaked out French Moog tracks, the first from the wonderfully experimental Pierre Henry, with a track that has been remixed too many times not to ignore all that remixing nightmare and focus on the original groove off the original vinyl. Next up, we have the weird exotic sounds of Maledictus Sound, helmed by the equally strange Jean-Pierre Massiera, described in far more poetic tones by the sleeve notes than I can offer ‘”The Maledictus Sound are to instrumental rock what Frankenstein was to science, a laboratory monster, a strange creature assembled from a mishmash of diverse musical sounds. Psychedelic pop, romantic ballads, musical tongue-and-cheek, horror movie screamadelia and mega twisted ’60s vibe, eclectic, epileptic. The doctor, here, is Jean-Pierre Massiera, the musical mastermind who gave birth to that monster.” Next up, we have the MOOG glory that is Perrey/Kingsley and their MOOG drenched cover of ‘Winchester Cathedral’ originally by the New Vaudeville Band in 1966 (and won a damned Grammy with). Finally, French soul/jazz funkster Jena-Pierre Mirouze and the B-side of his 1971 single ‘Le Marriage Collectif’. It just might be collectible.
What can be said about the next three ‘pieces’? Well, one is a kids record that has a colouring activity on the back called ‘Young Love’. It is decidly creepy. Next up is American evangelist Jimmy Swaggart warning about the evils of rock and roll, although apparently revealing his cousin is Jerry Lee Lewis. I just checked Wikipedia, and blow me down, it is 100% true. Freaky, and very lucky that gay marriage wasn’t legal in the 1960’s, JLL might have married him. Google that one and look for Myra. Creepy again. Lastly we have ELO doing a cover of ‘Great Balls of Fire’ made famous by JLL. Circles my friends, with circles.
Two examples of the beautiful dark poetry of country music. Sure, you get Nash trash and you get hard loving songs, but you also get songs about pain and God. Porter Wagoner was a genius in a nudie suit (and the ex of Dolly Parton). This track comes from his 1966 record and is an insight into the pain of the drunk. The Louvin Brothers from Alabama were god-fearing Baptists, except Ira has a penchant for drinking, fights and women. These guys are the real deal.
Three gritty library tracks now. The first is the soundtrack to the crime series ‘The Sweeney’ of which you only around 1.20 on the show. But the guitar solo in the middle eight is a face melter. Who did it? Unknown? But they shredded it. Next up two spy related library tracks, one by Keith pap worth that turned up on a Soul Jazz compile but started out on a stupidly rare Music de Wolfe library record from 1975. Finally, Grand Prix by Johnny Pearson was made famous by would you believe by being the soundtrack to the official film of Super Bowl II? In reality, also stupidly expensive, the KPM record from 1967 by the European Sound Stage Orchestra, The called Impact And Action. Years ago, I had been given hundreds of KPM library records that I picked up a couple and gave the rest away. I picked some rare stuff but I must have handed over the best to my friend DJ Monobrow. Enjoy!
These next three songs are fine examples of American indie from the 1990s. We start with a song called Star Girl by Starpower. I heard this song on the radio show of our dear, badly missed friend Giselle called ‘The Girrrly Show’. She also used to play Bikini Kill and this riot grrrl screamer constantly. Finally, the amazing Liz Phair and the first track of her debut Exile in Guyville, another Girrrly Show fave. All three of these are for Giselle.
Bookending here early and disco Sylvie Vartan. She is one of the queens of ye-ye, the daughter of legendary producer Eddie Vartan and ex wife of Johnny Hallyday. The track comes from 1963 and was originally recorded in English (as ‘My Whole World is Falling Down’) by Brenda Lee. Next up, SV goes disco in 1979, produced by Denny Diante, who did so many disco and discoxploitation in the 1970s with discos currently numbering over 150 production credits. I have paired this with brilliant Elton John track from 1975’s Rock of the Westies album called Hard Luck Story. I had forgotten how funky this record was with great guitar from Davey Johnstone and Caleb Quaye.
We round out with two tracks from modern chanson française, Miossec has made a swath of great album but this track from his 1964 record released in 2004 translates as “I’m already late’. Finally the wonderful, the sublime and the generally whacky Julie Delpy on her LP with a song that featured in the second ‘Before…’ film directed by Richard Linklater, and name checks the character played by Ethan Hawke, marvellous the way that story just keeps being told. I love the notion of linear film making and this series delivers in spades.
Next month, VS returns with more zany, fun-filled shenanigans! (well, at least that what we call it, other people might use slightly more evocative expulsions)
Working at a near record pace and delivering to you radio that will at best blow your mind and at worst, will blow, the VS krew (Hey! You!) have produced Show Number Deux for the 2015. Featuring the combined might and power of SCSI-b, Kurac and we let Ringy over there have a track or two because we feel sorry for him/her. If we keep it up at this pace, world hunger, peace, stability and love in the Middle East and dealing with the vexing issue of Zayn leaving One Direction is not beyond our grasp to sort (VS OUT!)
Come back Zayn……!
So, what’s on this show? Let’s start with some found answering machine tape that describes almost all of our Saturday nights. In fact, it could be ours. Notice, we don’t use our real names. Huh? yeah..now you are getting it. SCSI-b is Chris, Kurac is the drunk chick and Ringfinger? He stole the tape. Next up, some Bollywood passion from Ashraf and Akhtar from the Finders Keepers record, Disco Dildar. Copied mercilessly from the site is this nugget of info… “‘Disco Dildar’ features rare plugged-in proxy pop from some of the country’s lesser-known teen flicks spanning the late 1970s and 80s featuring drum heavy disco guesstimates built around multilingual lyrics celebrating Saturday nights, Disco Dildars and Hindustani Hogmanays”. Next up is Inflatable Boy Clams, some minimalist SF freak funk from the 80s. Change of pace, with SCIS-b bringing some sense back to proceedings with the marvellous Father John Misty, which Ringfinger vaguely suggests is influenced by the next Elton John track from the Tumbleweed Connection LP 1970. German legend and frequent performer on the original VS from the last century, Udo Lindenberg drops this track from ‘Lindenberg’ LP of 1971, a rarer piece of kraut. Onto the Beatles next and two country covers, one by the best GWB impersonator in the business, the mighty Buck Owens. From his 1976 LP ‘Buck’em’ we have Lady Madonna. Then the amazing gene Clark doing the 1970 Beatles classic ‘Don’t Let Me Down’. Now, in celebration of the UK election and the hopeful defeat of UKIP we bring you three tracks that break down the cultural barriers of Europe better than Guy Sebastian ever could (Google it bitches). First up from the former Yugoslavia (selected by Kurac whose knowledge of the region knows no bounds) we have Zlatni Akordi with the Who classic Moja Generacija, next up, an Italian cover of the Spencer Davis song ‘Gimme Some Lovin’ and finally back the Balkans with Tomi Sovilj i njegove Siluete and his cover of Wooly Bully called Vule Bule. The Jugotron label is veritable goldmine of classic stuff which we have featured on this very show. Watch out for more. Promise.
Right, let’s take this mother home. Right Can, nuff said. Hunters and Collectors were an Australian band from the early eighties who tried to become popular and wrote songs that were used to advertise the football. It worked. But nothing beats this slab of Krautrock influenced mastery from 1982. produced by the masterful Tony Cohen, this started a run of some really great records produced at Conny Planks studio in Cologne, Germany. There is a great film clip by the acclaimed Richard Lowenstein below.
Next up is the track ‘Hunters and Collectors’ by Can, which like derr, they used for their name. Finally, we round out with a track by the late Leonard Nimoy which Ringfinger used to play all the time back in the day on his SF radio show ‘Smeg Radio’. I love this song so much. It is such a lovely piece of weird pop with mixed characterisation and almost Monkees like glee. Finally, SCSI-b expresses her inner hiphop with the reformed D’Angelo.
That’s it peeps. Listen. Tell your friends. Sell your mother. Live the dream and refuse to see 1D until Zayn is back. Peace out.
I am coming for my things, I need my things gets ORGANIZED
M.Ashraf & Nahid Akhtar – Too Hai Phool Main Dal
Inflatable Boy Clams – Skeletons
Father John Misty – Bored with the USA
Elton John – Talking Old Soldiers
Udo Lindenberg – We’ve had our time
Buck Owens – Lady Madonna
Dillard and Clark – Don’t Let Me Down
Zlatni Akordi – My Generation
xx maurizio – t’amo de morire
Tomi Sovilj i njegove Siluete – Vule Bule
Can – Vitamin C
Hunters and Collectors – Talking to a Stranger
Can – Hunters and Collectors
Leonard Nimoy – Highly Illogical
D’Angelo and the Vanguard – It’s Done (Tutu)
Exploitation. one of the most versatile words in your musical lexicon. In this show, DJ Ringfinger (that’s moi!) exploits the depths of his £2 vinyl collection to bring your a smattering of the joy that is, exploitation records. Recorded on the cheap, released on nondescript labels and sold at places likes Woolworths in the UK and Waltons in Sydney, these records rode the wave of popular music that was driven by radio in the 1960s and the FM radio in the 1970s. Mostly, these records aped popular music, covered versions of songs in often an incongruous style and was sometimes, just sometimes was funky as fuck. This is not an exhaustive trawl. Three quarters of my exploitation collection is located 16500km away in Sydney. It makes me sad. It is just the first 20 records I find in my collection. You like it? Well, I might do a part two.
Let’s start with beatlexploitation The Beatles spawned more exploitation than almost any other band. The Sessionmen Do Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band was released on the famous ‘MusicWay’, an offshoot of the incredibly prolific MfP label in 1978 in South Africa of all places. The funky take on ‘Get Back’ is the best of the bunch. Hammond is another classic exploitation instrument. This is the masterful Ena Baga playing Eleanor Rigby, with a great snappy drum break in there for good luck. Ena is famous for doing silent movie accomnpaniments in London from the 1920s. This record came out on the exploitation stable Hallmark.
Next up is two tracks from the Euopa label, a German label that put out some great XP (what we call it from now on) focused on those who like dancing. This track is from a compile called “High Life – Kesse Tanzmusik’ and once again features the Hammond Organ. The track is called ‘Das Wandern ist des Mullers Lust’ which translates as the hiking is enjoyable. This fine LP came out in 1968 and is credited to the Great Griffin Group. Next up, Beatxploitation and the Spots with Cherries and Cream (with a heavy german accent). This record came out in 1967 and was also released on the Europa label. Keep on streaking is a motto I live my life by. Apparently. It is also a track from the 1974 Ray Davies and the Button Down Brass album ‘A Button Down Party’. It features the ‘funky’ trumpet of Ray Davies (not the Ray Davies of course).
One of the great traditions in exploitation records is the compilation. Lots of different orchestras and bandleaders all aggregated together in celebration of the ‘hi-fi sound’ or ‘phase 4 stereo’. This track comes from one of those is arises from the baton of the great German bandleader Werner Muller. It is a cover of the Julio Iglesias track ‘Eso es el Amor’. Next up we hit some some drumxploitation. Great drummers are few and far between, these two hit the big beats, though not always noticeably. We start with the Big Beat of Eric Delaney on ‘One Mint Julep’ a track from his Marble Arch recording ‘The Big Beat of Eric Delaney’ record in 1968. The intersection of jazz, soul, lounge and exploitation is highly blurry in a lot of these records. Many of the artists like Eric Delaney were accomplished musicians and bandleaders often ‘reduced’ to making these supermarket records. But in the end, they didn’t skimp, they may records like this with great brass and amazing hammond. Lost in the £1 bins of history, until now. Of course, we couldn’t have drumxploitation without the american maestro Sandy Nelson. Like most these records, you can find Sandy Nelson LPs everywhere cheap, but they ar just so funky, dirty and full of breakbeats from hell. This track is from the 1969 LP ‘Rebirth of the Beat’ and is a stonking patch cover of Cream’s ‘Sunshine of your Love’. Thank you unnamed guitar player for one of the dirtiest imitations of Eric Clapton ever. Speaking of geetar, can you go past the Super Guitar of Lightnin’ Red? I don’t think so. On the superlative Stereo Gold Award label, this is an exploitation of an exploitation record.Funky Friday is the track. So much wah-wah, so much flange, so much tremolo. POWER. Sampled like the mother (by Fatboy Slim) this series was written by the label impresario himself.
Rolling Stones-xploitation is almost as popular as Beatlesxploitation. From French covers to Sitar version, the Rolling Stones catalogue is rife for picking. This cover of Satisfaction comes from The Helmut Zacharias Orchestra from 1971. HZ was a famous German violinist who say much profit to be made from cover sod stoned sixties legends. Here the psych violin in its entirety here. Next up is the Flash starring Denny Jones doing ‘Paint it Black’. This is another exploitation trope, the sound-a-like record. Oh dear. Denny certainly tries to sound like Jagger.And we finish with one the funkiest covers ever of Jumpin Jack Flash by the Peter Thomas Orchestra, a staple of so many compiles of the crate dug exploitation classics. This comes from the 1968 LP ‘Organic’. Very Psych.
Of course a show of this type would not be complete without some Moogxploitation. One of the most expensive instruments of its time, the MOOG would commit some many crimes against music. This is not one of them. Jungle Juice is a funky break ridden track from the Moog record ‘Go Moog’ by the Elektrik Cokernut (UK by the way). I can never ignore this Moog record, the classic Country Moog (also known as Switched on Nashville). Gil Trythall released two collections of Moog country tracks, this of course being his cover of the Jeannie C Riley classic, Harper Valley PTA. One of the great tropes of Moogxploitation is that the Moog plays both the rhythm and melody lines, aping the singer. Ah, the 1970s.
With one of the best cheesecake covers ever, Enoch Light and the Brass Menagerie take us home with the Doors classic ‘Touch Me’. released in 1969 on the Project 3 label. Really, Enoch Light is someone you have to check out, brilliant percussion albums, plenty of exploitation classics and then this brass ridden homage. Another trope on display is the medley. I have extricated two classic hard rock tracks from this Les Humphries Singers record entitled ‘Singing Revolution’ from 1971. We start with Deep Purples ‘Black Night’ which morphs into Humphries own ‘Woman I’m gonna make you mine’. Yes, clearly it was the 70s people. Oh yes, then then they do Paranoid by Black Sabbath, as most easy listening bands do. Really. See Cindy und Bert. Do it. And finally in this metal set we have German grunge meister Dieter Zimmerman doing ‘Whole Lotta Love’ by led Zeppelin. We play this when we DJ most every night, brings the house down. It is from the 1971 BASF album, Meine Welt. Surrounded by a whole heap of crud, this is a polished Zeppelin.
OK< now it just gets weird. The Alan Tew Orchestra is a record released on Phase 4 in 1967 and featuring the cream of the UK session set (Alan White from Hollies, Nicky Hopkins who played with the Stones, John Paul Jones from the Zeppelin on bass, this has to be one of the weirdest covers ever of the Nancy Sinatra classic…love the vocal. Come on Booties, take off! On to Little Marcy, a marionette puppet who simply is the stuff of your nightmares. She released too many records in the sixties and this one of my favourites…When Satan knocks at my Heart’s Door. Finally, we have one of funkiest tracks I have ever played at a club. This is Light up my Fire, by the Young World Singers on the jesusxploitation label Cherry Pie, quite inappropriate really. I love this song. Lyrics, just let yourself go and sing along. Not quite poetry.
There you have, exploitation in a nutshell. Part 2 will return (like Jebus) soon.
wait for the bonus track…:)
How to achieve sexual harmony in marriage vs Bongos
Jocko Bozo – The Firemen
Agitated – The Electric Eels
Hilton Bomber – Thought Criminals
Diseases – Thrush and the C*nts
Sick of myself – Primitive Calculators
This is not about us – Kindness
Silver – Caribou
Lord of the Flies – Demis Roussos
Whole Lotta Love – Dieter Zimmerman
Ne igram uz ritam taj – Boye
Citadel – Elektricni Orgazm
Just because I am not the man I used to be – Jim Richards
I remember Elvis Presley – Danny Mirror
Definitive History – Augie March
Bury Our Friends – Sleater Kinney
Well, the year was 2014 and we were so exhausted from the effort of bringing you one show and one best of 2014 (and SCSI-b did all the work for that one). We needed to take a sabbatical on the private VS island located in the Dutch Antilles (eiland veel sodomie). We needed to find our ‘zen space’. We needed to have Ringfinger deloused. Kurac needed to serve out his time as the Deputy Pope. So we now return refreshed and happy in 2015 with our first show of the year. And we start as we left off with the usual heady mix of innocently spoken word made dirty by the sexual grinding of lounge beats. This time we corrupt the engaging Dr Rebecca Liswood off her late sixties record ‘Hear how to achieve sexual harmony in marriage’ entangled with the fevered bongo magic of Les Baxter, Ringfinger is so infantile.
Next up two tracks from the diseased mind of Kurac. Jocko Bozo is a Devo cover from 1979 by the new wave band ‘The Firemen’ whose discography is shorter than SCSI-b’s. The Electric Eels were a Cleveland, OH band formed in the early 70s, who played only 5 live shows but had a reputation for violence that was second to none. This was a single put out in 1978 by Rough Trade.
We move onto Australian post-punk now. Naughty words abound in this set so those with sensitive dispositions, why are you listening to a show called Vinyl Sod…oh wait, I promised SCSI-b that it would remain just VS. Dang. The Thought Criminals are an amazing band out of Sydney in the late 1970s. All of their stuff is stupidly rare, but we have this original single called ‘Hilton Bomber’. For those Aussies amongst this song is about a bombing of the Sydney Hilton Hotel in 1978. The band featuring Roger Grierson, noted label and band manager reformed in 2006. Following that we have a track from the 1985 Australian movie soundtrack ‘Dogs in Space’ which was directed by Richard Lowenstein and starred Michael Hutchence. Thrush and the C*nts were part of the little band scence in Melbourne in the early eighties. The Little Band scene got its name from “Little Band nights”, gigs organised in Melbourne by members of Primitive Calculators. Thats why we play some Primitive Calculators and a new-ish song released in 2012. The other side references the previous band.
SCSI-b keeps it real now. She starts with the Kindness, which was one of her best of 2014 picks and then rockets into Caribou and a track from their 2014 LP ‘Our Love’. There ain’t much more to say there, these songs segue perfectly into the next set which starts with the Demis Roussos. Oh yes, we went there. This track is a masterful cut from 1971 and come just after the breakup of Aphrodite’s Child, the band Demis helmed with Vangelis. Yes, we went there as well. We follow this up with an incredibly funky cover of Whole Lotta Love by Led Zeppelin, orchestrated by the German baton wielder Dieter Zimmerman, which was released in 1971 on his ‘Meine Welt’ LP.
Boye were a Serbian (Yugoslavian) band from the late 1980s. Originating in Novi Sad, this track comes from their 78 record. According to Google Translate, the song title means ‘I don’t play with the Rhythm’. I will have to ask Kurac what it actually means. Next up we have another former Yugoslavian band, Električni Orgazam, this time from Belgrade, and a track from the 1983 Les Chansons Populaires covers LP. This cover of the Stones ‘Citadel’ is absolutely stinking. Right, coming to the end of the show and we take it down a bit now and time for some country music, this track being a perfect example of why country is a genre that never stops giving. We follow that up with an Elvis tribute by Dutch singer Danny Mirror, which apparently charted all across Europe in 1977. Linked by some of the simply transcendental ‘Having fun on stage with Elvis’ LP (for newbies this record is a spoken word album of all the weird stuff Elvis said between songs in his fat period – I first got a copy in 1989 and gave it Kurac. It has taken me until October 2014 to find a copy of my own, which I did in Washington DC). SCSI-b takes us home with the new Augie March and the new Sleaster Kinney, both unexpected treats at the end of 2014.
Well, that is it for us, we shall see you in 2016, after we have recovered from this amazing effort.
A year of unexpected albums from artists assumed retired, farewell albums from others, and slimmer pickings for new artists: that’s DJ SCSI’s 2014. In a year which found your correspondent DJ coming and going from every continent, quite often the best place to be was a couch at home, headphones optional.
Classical album of the year – Become Ocean – John Luther Adams
Comeback of the year – Havens Dumb – Augie March
This year, no classical on the podcast as the year’s finest was a 43 minute piece that I couldn’t chop up for the podcast. So you’ll just have to check out Become Ocean all on your own. Hundred Waters kick proceedings off for real, an ethereal glistening beast. Actress next, with a track from what is supposedly his final album. We’ll see. Onwards to Flying Lotus and an album which was all over the shop with fewer standout tracks than previous efforts, but after Lone it leads into Thom Yorke whose second solo album had more to say about distribution than musically, but managed a couple of decent tunes including Guess Again! Influences from all those that precede clearly worn on a sleeve (Actress, FlyLo etc) yet still clearly Thom. When’s that new Radiohead album coming, then?
tUnE-yArDs’ singalong qualities made for regular listening in the latter part of the year. Don’t we all feel like Mr Tembo sometimes? “It’s where he is now but it wasn’t what he planned”. It’s about an elephant. Genius. The War on Drugs bring us the kind of indie that’s been missing for a long while. Caribou, so hard to choose from a standout album, when Silver comes soaring in at 3:27 it’s magic. Constant repeat. True too for Jungle: falsettos and soul, what’s not to like? St Vincent kept me good company in Jakarta with Rattlesnake. TV on the Radio burst through with a fantastic new album in November, and Beck recovered from back injury with his best in some time.
Angie March haven’t made easy listening with Definitive History – a clear swipe at the Abbott government and its impact: “strangers welcome, just not here”. A truly unexpected return from a band that had all but disappeared. Streaming’s probably the best way to hear Havens Dumb outside of Australia, no local Europe release as yet, but it’s worth seeking out. We stay in the region for Neil Finn, In My Blood has only the lightest touches of Dave Fridmann’s production, just right.
To wrap up the year, and to bring up the tempo, we go latin! Sebastian Tellier got carried away with a concept album that had something to do with Brazil (World Cup was good timing?) and Romeo Santos tore up the charts with Odio despite Drake phoning it in: “he speaking Spanish, I get it translated” huh. This year I got hooked on listening to Super Estrella (Spanish language station out of California – be glad I haven’t included this year’s biggest hit, Bailando), and from there to close out 2014 something truly huge, catchy and tragic, Decidiste Dejarme (You Decided to Leave Me). And with that, I leave you, until next year!
And to the tunes:
Out Alee – Hundred Waters
Gaze – Actress
Obligatory Cadence – Flying Lotus
Meeker Warmer Energy – Lone
Guess Again! – Thom Yorke
Hey Life – tUnE-yArDs
Mr Tembo – Damon Albarn
Disappearing – The War on Drugs
Silver – Caribou
Time – Jungle
Rattlesnake – St Vincent
Careful You – TV on the Radio
Say Goodbye – Beck
Definitive History – Augie March
In My Blood – Neil Finn
Ricky L’Adolescent – Sebastian Tellier
Odio – Romeo Santos featuring Drake
Decidiste Dejarme – Camila