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DAVID BRENT'S TOTALLY RANDOM A-Z OF SINGLES AND NOT A CHALLENGE ENTRY AT ALL
All About Music
Member Name: marandina
All About Music
Date: 14/07/04, updated on 09/02/05 (118 review reads)
Advantages: It's cold, outside, there's no kind, of atmosphere
Disadvantages: I'm all alone, more or less
Isn?t it a grey day? Well, it is here, what with the rain and all. The good news is that I have an impromptu day off due to working hugely excessive hours again (I?m an exploited victim of the Blair regime. Erm?.achilly, I?ve just been doin? a bit of overtime) and so have decided to share some time with the lovely folk of Dooyoo. The David Brent reference comes from a fellow Dooyoo writer who also lives in Northampton and is determined to tax the underclass by imposing a duty on fags it seems (he he). Sooooooo?.this is my A-Z of bands and singles which, sadly, is probably rooted in the 80?s mainly as a result of my age (dagnabit). It?s not really part of the Competition man challenge as I just wanted a chance to drone about albums and singles I like so forgive me for that but it is an archive category and a general one at that so here?s hoping I get away with it, getting away with it all my life (getting away with it)????..
A ? Could have had a few in here but I decided to include ABC because of their outstanding debut album, ?Lexicon of Love?. Who can forget Martin Fry and that gold suit belting out ?Poison Arrow?. I?ve listened to this album about a million times and it stands the test of time?even if Martin?s gold suit didn?t.
B ? Boomtown Rats were the Bob Geldof led outfit that made it big before Sir Bob decided to feed the world. I was watching the video to ?I don?t Like Mondays? only the other night although I always question the ethics of that song bearing in mind the tragedy in the US that inspired it.
C ? Has to be the Clash. THE premiere punk band with the exception of D below, I have all of their early LPs probably peaking with the double album (and single) ?London Calling?. J
oe Strummer and co were a rarity in that they were a Brit Punk band that made it in the US. Their debut album is just about as raw as you can get with the widely misinterpreted at the time ?White Riot? going a long way to establish them as a force in the late 70?s.
D ? ?New Rose? is considered by some to be the first punk single to establish the era from 1976 on wards. The Damned simply kicked arse with a string of outstanding albums. Dave Vanian on vocals, Rat Scabies on drums, Captain Sensible on guitar/drums and various on bass guitar over the years, I saw the Damned play The Locarno in Birmingham along with Anti Nowhere League way back when. The band that established spitting as a prerequisite to their stage entry, they were banned from various venues for a while. Still going in their latest incarnation and playing gigs around the country.
E ? Strange one for you here but I adored ELO. Electric Light Orchestra was so different in their day. Jeff Lynne and the boys would come up with these layered harmonies that just rocked your soul. Fav single? "Mr Blue Sky"
F ? The Fall were an underrated band who simply never made it as big as they should. I seem to remember their biggest hit being a song called ?Victoria?.
G ? Oh bum and blast, I can?t think of a G so I?ll slip the Goodies in here. Yes, the irreverent comedy trio from the 70?s who did release a few hits ? see Mauri for further details (lol). What was that Ecky Thump song all about?
H ? I just adored some of the accapella stuff that the Housemartins did before they split up. I know it?s a cover but ?Caravan of Love? is simply haunting and how can you forget the video to ?Happy Hour??
I ? Icicle Works released a track called ?Hey Little Girl? that I proudly own on clear vinyl single (yep, that?s pre-CD folks). They never really did much else but I?ll always love that track.
J ? No contest here. The Jam would be my joint top band of all time along with The Damned. Paul Weller led the 3-piece that issued a fantastic 6 set of studio albums before calling it a day in 1982. I was lucky enough to see them play Bingley Hall in Birmingham (before someone burned it down) and it was the best gig I ever went to. ?All Mod Cons? is such a superb album, what with ?Down in a Tube Station at Midnight?, ?Billy Hunt? ?A Bomb in Wardour Street?. Ahhhhhh?..top draw and, of course, Mr Weller is now considered a rock God.
K ? Killing Joke were a phenomenon in their time. ?Love Like Blood? is thrashed at a million miles an hour and who can forget ?The Gathering?? KJ were a Harlequin inspired outfit who never really fulfilled their potential but burned brightly in their day.
L ? The Lilac Time were the follow up to Tin Tin aka Stephen Duffy, To be honest, I wasn?t that big a fan but I include them as my good lady was a huge fan of the Tin Tin man before the cartoon character owners threatened him with legal action unless he stopped using the name. Oh and my bro? went to the same school as Mr Duffy. Favourite song? ?Kiss Me?
M ? Madness were all the rage when I was a kid. Suggs with his ?Night Boat to Cairo?, Madness were the nutty boys who had hit after hit. You can just see that video, what was it ?Welcome to the House of Fun? all about young spotty youths and condoms.
N ? New
9;rder were responsible for one of THE best footie songs ever but I?ll always remember them for the epic ?Blue Monday? which established 12? singles at the time. Just a heady concoction of electro tune and melody and a top video, New Order were a seminal band of their type.
O ? OMD released many a great album and ?Maid of Orleans? is one of my favourite tunes. I just loved their stuff as it was always a great song with some thoughtful lyrics.
P ? Paul Simon of Simon and Garfunkel fame is a top man especially with the song ?You can call me Al? which drives my partner nuts as she hates it and..erm..I call her Al (Alison). Still, it?s a great song and Mr Simon is a genius in the music world.
Q ? Boring but has to be Queen. Freddie Mercury broke the mould with ?A Night at the Opera? and was number one for like a million years with?damn?what was it now? ?Scaramouch, Scaramouch, can you do the fandango??
R ? Red Dwarf?s ?It?s cold outside, there?s no kind of atmosphere..? springs to mind and I can?t gerrit outta ma heed now.
S ? Snow Patrol. Having listened over and over again to their latest CD, it seems that these sites have a purpose after all with a few people suggesting I give ?em a whirl. Destined for big things methinks! Of course, I should have mentioned Stiff Little Fingers or even Spandau Ballet but I have to get up to date sooner or later! ?Spitting Games? is a top track.
T ? This Mortal Coil released a super LP featuring Gordon Sharp and The Cockteau Twins back in the 80?s. I defy you not to be moved by a song called ?Song to the Siren?
U ? U2 would feature in my top 3 any day. Led by
6;ono with The Edge on guitar and the rest of the boys, I was lucky enough to see them play at The Odeon, New Street, Birmingham following the release of their 3rd album. They?ve gone on to move mountains since then and a good friend of mine is the proud owner of a school photo with her and Paul Hewson (Bono) on it. She?s followed U2 around the world ever since including frequent trips to Las Vegas. Sooooo many great tracks and memories but I guess I?ll always be rooted in their early days with the success of ?Fire? and the like.
V ? Dough faced Steve Strange made Visage a virtual brand name at the time of the New Romantics. I just adore ?Fade to Grey? but his sad demise courtesy of drugs is all too typical of the industry.
W ? West Life?.erm?.who are you kidding?
X ? Has to be XTC. ?Love on a Farm Boy?s Wages? and just sing along to ?Senses working overtime/Trying to tell the difference between a lemon and lime?.? I?ll leave it to you to guess the track and the album for that one.
Y ? Yazoo were a super 2-piece band with Alison Moyet on vocals. ?Upstairs at Eric?s? is typical of her magnificent voice and many of their tracks became dance floor fillers in their day. Best song ?Only You? just because Alison Moyet has a superb voice.
Z ? Zagorakis Melancholiossus is a little heard of Greek goat herder who made it big with ?Sing my Greek Cheese to Sleep?. A Eurovision entry in 1977, it got just one vote from an French jury who weren?t paying enough attention at the time. Actually, I?m making all of that up. I suppose it would be ZZ Top (Yawn) and ?Sharp Dressed Man?
Crikey, that took much longer than I
thought. Have a nice day, now and may all your problems be even smaller ones.
David Brent?s secretary, Marandina.