MIND DE-CODER 2 (25-02-10)
MIND DE-CODER 2 (25-02-10)
A slightly poppish variation of the show before it all turns mental next week.
JULIAN COPE KOLLY KIBBER’S BIRTHDAY
The mighty Julian cope in full psychedelic mode with this radically different version of the song you’ll find on ‘World Shut Your Mouth’. This version comes from the ‘official’ bootleg album CHRIST VERSUS WARHOL, a collection of demos that preceeded his first solo album. Originally found on the internet, Julian bought all the copies available and released them through his own website which you can find at www.headheritage.co.uk
THE TICKLE SUBWAY
The Tickle only made this one single, released in 1967, and their fans voted on what should be the A-side and what should be the B-side. This is the A-side and slightly faster than any other version you may have heard. I was given a tape of the original by the DJ of a club I used to go to back in the early 80’s (The DJ was ‘The Doctor’ from Doctor and the Medics, trivia fans). Over the years the tape must have stretched or something, but after I’d hunted down the original recording it turns out I prefered this slightly faster version as this was the version I’d been listening to for the last 25 years or so. This is one of my favourite songs ever, this.
ANNE BRIGGS BLACKWATER SIDE
This absolutely gorgeous ballad was recorded by Anne Briggs in 1971 for her album ANNE BRIGGS, though it can also be found on either of her compilation albums ‘Classic Anne Briggs’ and ‘A Collection’. Anne’s singing is hypnotic, and despite the sadness of the lyric itself, this remains one of the most beautiful songs I’ve ever heard.
A.C. MARIAS JUST TALK
From the album ONE OF OUR GIRLS (HAS GONE MISSING), a one-off music project by film maker and photographer Angela Conway, released in 1989, this track features Angela’s precise, delicate and etherial vocals over Wire’s Bruce Gilbert’s guitar playing. Atmospheric and eerie, anyone who has ever seen the video to this track will never forget it, although that might just be me.
OPTIGANALLY YOURS OAR
Optiganally Yours is a band formed around the optigan – a toy organ produced by Mattel in the 1970’s that records the sounds of instruments that have been recorded onto a celluloid disk. This track is taken from their second album EXCLUSIVELY TALENTMAKER, released in 2000. It is lilting and slightly dizzy, just the way I like them, in fact.
NOBODY AND MYSTIC CHORDS OF MEMORY FLOATING
The kind of music you wish your ears had tastebuds for, this track is taken from the album TREE COLOURED SEE, released in 2006. This is an album of jelly-pink loveliness, in a folky Stereolab-ish kind of way – one of my favourite trip albums. This track drifts and floats around like the sigh of someone who just realised he’s fallen in love with the girl from the trouser shop and needs a good walk around the park to think about it. Or something.
KAHIMI KARIE KEMURI
Or, Kemuri (Remixed by DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid), to give it it’s full title. Taken from the album EDITION 2000, released in 2000, this dreamy slice of whispered psychedelia by the jap-pop princess is as rare as hens teeth. Psychedelic hip-pop, anyone?
CAN VITAMIN C
The closest to a pop LP that Can ever got, this is my favourite track from EGE BAMYASI, Can’s 1972 release. Urgent and sexy, Damo Susuki’s vocals take krautrock out of the commune and into the bedroom.
DAVID CROSBY MUSIC IS LOVE
Released in 1971 (following the success of Crosby, Stills and Nash’s DEJA VU) David Crosby’s solo album IF I COULD ONLY REMEMBER MY NAME actually featured the cream of L.A.’s loved-up rock set. On the mantra like Music Is Love Crosby is joined by such luminaries as Neil Young, Jerry Garcia, Grace Slick and Joni Mitchell, in an organic, blissed-out jam that only exists because the sound engineer remembered to press the record button before partaking in whatever it was that everyone else was having.
NICK DRAKE WAY TO BLUE
From Nick Drake’s debut album, the shimmering FIVE LEAVES LEFT, released in 1969. Beautiful and autumnal, elegant and aching, sparse and mysterious, existential and romantic. And so on.
COLATRON I’LL BE THERE IN TWIN PEAKS
The first of two mash-ups that appear in todays show, this is taken from the album, MASHED IN PLASTIC, a tribute to the films of David Lynch in mash-up stylee. This track bizarrely mixes Lynch’s longtime collaborator Angelo Badalamenti with the Jackson 5 and Leona Lewis. It shouldn’t work at all, but somehow this track manages to transcend the sum of its part and is genuinely touching. The rest of the album is this good. It’s available as free download from www.mashedinplastic.co.uk
PHIL RETROSPECTOR NANCY GETS BANGED
The second mash-up in todays show from my current favourite bootlegger, Phil Retrospector, this mashes up Nancy Sinatra’s ‘Bang Bang’ with Ryuichi Sakomoto’s "Railroad Man’ to ghostly effect. Sometimes the feel of a track is all you want, and this one gets it just right. You can find more of Phil Retrospector’s work (bedroom producer and part-time genius) at philretrospector.wordpr
THE BEATLES ACROSS THE UNIVERSE (PSYCHEDELIC VERSION)
This is a rare unreleased mix of the song recorded in 1968 which finally saw the light of day onAnthology 2, 1996. And about time, too.
The show is concluded with a short message from Haille Selasie