The Songs That People Sing

First let's hear somebody sing me a record that cries pure and true

Month: May, 2009


…..The new Madness album The Liberty Of Norton Folgate….it is superb. Easily the best album they’ve made, but also one of the best ‘London’ albums I’ve heard in a while. Cracking songs, including the early doors favourite of mine Sugar And Spice, which is luvverly!

Like Adam over there I’m not going to post anything from it, because it is really worth your dough.

Go and buy!!!!

Meanwhile little sunshine is even more luvverly…sigh….

It’s A Boy!

The drinks are on me. I’m completely blown away. I love my wife so much. And now my little man.

Random Play: Sneaker Pimps

Here’s a tune from the mid 90s, Sneaker Pimps and their major hit 6 Underground. I loved this tune: this version is the album mix, which isn’t as concise as the single mix. I think I’ve about 5 or 6 mixes of this.

Looking back over everything the mid 90s might just be my favourite time for music.

Meanwhile: a quick rush through the blogs I’ve had going on in my head that I can’t quite be bothered to write or upload for!:

ashes to ashes, episode 4 of this series was everything the rest of this series and the first series for that matter should have been: dark and humourous rather than tongue in cheek and strong in story and acting. The rest of Ashes To Ashes feels like a blurry mess compared to this one. “pigbag – papa’s got a brand new pigbag”

last gang in town: I’m finally coming to terms with the fact that I’ll never form the next Clash, I’ll never be the next Joe Strummer. Does this mean I’m growing up? Although I’m still convinced I’ll be the next Han Solo when they remake Star Wars. “the clash – stay free”

40 and frisky. I’m absolutely obsessed with Pokerface by Lady GaGa. Damn fine pop music with a soaring chorus. Even if it does sample Boney M. I never thought I’d still get obsessed with pop music once I was…middle aged. Is middle aged the new teens? “Lady GaGa – Pokerface”

I can’t quite believe the stories about the MPs and their expenses. Part of me, the cynic isn’t surprised. Another part wonders if any of us wouldn’t take the option if it was given to us to have our bills paid for us. I worked in the music industry for a few years, and have many friends who still do. Freebies were our lifeblood, mostly because wages were so crappy. And would you say no to free albums or gig tickets? But those freebies weren’t paid out of taxpayers pockets. Tax payers who are being told how bad the recession is and could be, by these people who are then claiming for help on second homes and swimming pools and luxury furnishings. But mostly I’m surprised by how many of them really don’t look sorry or apologetic: surprise and annoyance is what I’m seeing in most of their faces; surprise that people are angry and annoyance that they may have to give up these perks. Latest news is that some of them might be investigated by the police to see if fraud has occurred, and the possibility of huge tax bills on the horizon is very likely. Which is I guess a way of saying you have to give it back. Wonder where it will end up then? “booker-t & the mgs – hang em high”

Sneaker Pimps – 6 Underground

Random Play: Madness

Sunday, scrambled eggs, Joss Whedon’s Firefly, toys made out of socks, good coffee and a hint of sunshine through the blinds.

And some Madness best played loud.

Madness – On The Beat Pete

Random Play: Generation X

Generation X’s version of Shaking All Over today; a fantastic song and Gen X do it justice. In fact Billy Idol was probably born to perform it and it’s filled with some great guitar work too. All of which go together to make it one of my favourite cover versions, and certainly my favourite Gen X performance.

Meanwhile in other news: all my plans for the week have been left by the wayside. A week bookended by ‘false labour’ has left us feeling absolutely knackered. Strangely calm however.

Very exciting!

Generation X – Shaking All Over


Bank Holiday Weekend. Now we’re into May the clock is ticking. I’m finding that I’m actually quite calm, but I can’t really focus on anything, hence the lack of posts this week, even though the frazzled mind of the previous weeks has relaxed.

Musically I’m exploring the pastoral side of pop, lots of relaxing sounds. Although I’m punctuating that with some spiky punk. More on that later on the week. In the meantime sit back and enjoy some Young Marble Giants and their wonderful Wurlitzer Jukebox.

Heading to the pub for Sunday roast later, which will be nice. Remember, take time to enjoy the weekend, whatever you’re doing. Be careful out there!

Young Marble Giants – Wurlitzer Jukebox