MIND DE-CODER 6
Written by El on February 16, 2009
MIND DE-CODER 6
KATE BUSH INTERLUDE
Taken from her most recent album, Ariel, released in 2005. Regretably, the rest of the album didn’t sound like this.
MAGNET (feat. LESLEY MACKIE) WILLOW’S SONG
Possibly the most beautiful bit of music I own. This has been covered by loads of bands – The Mock Turtles, The Go! Team, Isobel Campbell, even The Sneaker Pimps, but this is the original, sung by Leslie Mackie, from the recently discovered master tapes of the Hammer Horror film The Wicker Man that were lost for 30 years. The re-mastered sound track was released in 2002; it’s one of my favourite soundtracks from one of my favourite films. Willow’s Song, itself, stops me dead every time I hear it. Lovely lovely lovely.
FLYING WHITE DOTS WALKING ON CLOUDS
The only mash-up on tonight’s show is taken from the album Into The Great Unknown by The Flying White Dots, which is free to download from www.flyingwhitedots.com. This takes the original interview with Rickie Lee Jones that The Orb sampled for their track Little Fluffy Clouds and then plays it over the Orb track to suitable dubby/ambient effect – one of the most inventive bootleg artists around.
ST. ETIENNE WILSON
Before mash-ups there was sampling, and none did it so well as St. Etienne. Their debut album Foxbase Alpha, released in 1991, is a sugary concoction of 60’s basslines and dubby beats. It also features this mad little track – all together now: "Would you like some sweets, Willy…?"
NICK NICELY HILLYFIELDS (1892)
Completely ignored when it first came out in 1982, Hillyfields (1892) is nowadays considered a modern psychedelic classic by those people that make these kind of judgements. It can be found on the album Psychcotropia, an LP featuring his two singles and selected unreleased tracks, which given Nick Nicely’s career accounts for almost everything else on the album. Hillyfields commemorates the fact that the centre of the Universe is a small bit of parkland in South London. It also inspired Andy Partridge of XTC to come up with their psychedelic alter-egos The Dukes Of Stratosphear.
TYRNAROUND COLOUR YOUR MIND
when I first heard this record I was convinced thist this was a genuine artifact from, ooh, 1967. Turns out it was released in 1986 0n a 12" EP by Melbourne band Tyrnaround, who made great 60’s influenced psychedelic pop records until the death of lead singer Michael Phillips in 1999. The 1980’s marked a return of the psychedelic pop record in underground circles. I think it’s because life was generally shit in the 80’s and sensitive pop souls needed something to hang on to inbetween Smiths albums. Or maybe that was just me.
JULIAN COPE CHEAP NEW-AGE FIX
From the last truly great pop album Julian Cope produced, 1997’s Interpreter, this song simply fizzes with crackling energy. Copey has rarely been this playful since. For the best part of 1997 I took this album with me everywhere I went, played it to everyone I met. It even came with a map. I took the map and went exploring. In some ways I never came back.
FRANZ FERDINAND ELEANOR PUT YOUR BOOTS ON
Of course, they’ve got a new album out now, and everyone has more or less forgotten 2005’s You Could Have It So Much Better, but this was always such a pretty track and I kept playing it on the radio. I was hoping that there might be something like this on the new album.
THE SOFT HEARTED SCIENTISTS ROCKFORD’S RETURN
The Soft Hearted Scientists first album, Uncanny Tales From The Everyday Undergrowth, a collection of their first three EPs, is one of my favourite albums ever. I know I say that a lot, but really, I shared a moment with that album and its wistful, dreamy blend of pastoral psychedelia, and soon came to treasure it. This track is from their second album, 2008’s Take Time To Wonder In A Whirling World, that is just a little bit too self-conscious to be as magical as the first. That being said, when The Soft Hearted Scientists tell you to Take Time To Wonder In A Whirling World, you really do have to listen.
LOVE A HOUSE IS NOT A MOTEL
(A BEYOND THE WIZARD’S SLEEVE RE-EDIT)
Contains my favourite line in any song – "You are just a thought that someone, somewhere, somehow feels you should be here", ever since the day I suddenly realised that I knew exactly what he, Arthur Lee, meant. This track was meant to be released on an album by Beyond The Wizard’s Sleeve, but it was withdrawn lest anyone inadvertantly think they were trying to cash in on Lee’s death a couple of years ago.
SPIRITUALISED ANYWAY THAT YOU WANT ME
(DJ BLUE & JONATHON BARRET REMIX)
This is a really spaced out mix I had to rescue from a tape a flatmate gave me years ago so it may sound a little hissy. I was tempted to use the original version by Spiritualised (not The Troggs) as it’s always been one of my favourite recordings by the group, Jason Pierce’s singing sounded so lost and far away, but this remix, that accompanied their debut release in 1990, just takes it somewhere else.
ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE PINK LADY LEMONADE
This track actually lasts an hour. Towards the end it picks up a bit, then it slow down again, then it returns to that same mesmerising refrain. I saw them do this once in the backroom of a tiny pub in Brighton. By all accounts I just stuck my head in the nearest speaker and le them wash all over me. I couldn’t hear anything for a week after – just walked around with a big idiot grin on my face. I still think it’s an amazing piece of music and I really should have just played you the whole track despite my wife only letting me put it on when she’s out. You can find it on tha album Do What You Want To Do, Don’t Do What You Don’t Want To Do, released in 2002.
MATT JOHNSON ICING UP
Taken from the semi-legendary album Burning Blue Soul, released by a pre-The The Matt Johnson, in 1981. An album of melancholic grandeur, eerie melodies, lonely strummed guitars, Eastern chants and Medieval trumpets that linger long after the record has stopped playing. I listened to it a lot in my bed-sit days. Sometimes it made me feel heroic.
And that was Mind De-Coder 6
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