Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Track Listing from April Britpop Revival Show

Owing to a variety of reasons, some planned and some unplanned, there had not been a Britpop Revival Radio Show for a couple of months.  So to make it up to people I decided to make this show a 'Hit' special.

Being a monthly live show on a local FM station, BRRS is usually more mainstream than Vapour Trails, our weekly, specialist show.  However for this edition I decided that every song would be a Top 40 hit from a different artist.  (Well, there was one song that only made it to 41 - got to break the rules somewhere!)

This is the playlist:

  1. Blur - Parklife
  2. Elastica - Waking Up
  3. The Bluetones - Slight Return
  4. Manic Street Preachers - La Tristesse Durera (Scream To A Sigh)
  5. The Chemical Brothers (ft Noel Gallagher) - Setting Sun
  6. Kula Shaker - Hey Dude
  7. Oasis - Supersonic
  8. 60 Ft. Dolls - Talk To Me
  9. Gay Dad - To Earth With Love
  10. Radiohead - Karma Police
  11. Gene - We Could Be Kings
  12. Supergrass - Pumping On Your Stereo
  13. The Candyskins - Monday Morning
  14. Cast - Alright
  15. Cataonia - Mulder and Scully
  16. The Boo Radleys - Wake Up Boo!
  17. The Seahorses - Love Me and Leave Me
  18. The Charlatans - Tellin' Stories
  19. Echobelly - Insomniac
  20. Dodgy - Staying Out For The Summer
  21. James - Runaground
  22. The Auteurs - Lenny Valentino
  23. Suede - Beautiful Ones
  24. The Supernaturals - Smile
  25. Sleeper - Nice Guy Eddie
  26. Ash - Burn Baby Burn
  27. Pulp - Common People
  28. Shed Seven - Getting Better
  29. The Verve - Sonnet
That is a lot of quality tunes!

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Saturday, 20 April 2013

SULK Interview

So this basically a blog posting just linking to another blog posting!

SULK are one of my favourite new bands.  I've always been a sucker for a jangly guitar and they have them in spades.  Their debut album Graceless has just been released and is already a contender for my album of the year. Yes, there are comparisons to be made with the Stone Roses but there is plenty that is original here and I strongly recommend giving them a listen.

I had lead singer Jon on the Vapour Trails show recently and you can read my interview with him on the Strangeways Radio blog.

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

It starts and ends with Suede

Suede at The Alexandra Palace, 30.03.13

There is something in the timing of this event.  20 years to the day (well, almost) since the release of their eponymous decade defining debut and just a month after they put out their first new album in 11 years, this feels like a key moment.

There is a lot of money to be made on the nostalgia circuit and the 20th anniversary of a classic album would be reason enough for many bands to hit the road one more time.  However with Bloodsports sitting in the top 10 of the albums chart and garnering glowing reviews, this could not be more different.  Suede have always had an arrogance and a swagger to them and with the new album on display they have both in abundance.  The scene is set, not for the 90s or even just a gig, but, given that we are in a palace, for a coronation.

When Fred Macpherson of Spector, ends his band’s support set by saying “And let us not forget that we are gathered here this Easter to witness the resurrection of our lord... Brett Anderson”, he is joking but also assessing the mood of the sold out crowd.  This needs to be good, no it needs to be glorious.  Nothing less will do.  

The PA incongruously blasts out Sabbath and then the Pistols, an amalgam of album artwork backdrop illuminates the stage with an unknown (to me) classical surge of violins that lasts for what seems like ages but is probably only a minute.  Then they take to the stage, all dressed in Sleeperbloke black apart of course from Anderson.  Still skinnier than any other 45 year old I know, still moving like Jagger, he and the band have aged well.  I’ve seen other 90s bands where the years have left them looking, well like many fortysomethings, with retreating hairlines and expanding waistlines.  Still good bands but looking... old.  Suede just look like Suede.

They tear straight into Barriers the opening track from Bloodsports and the crowd reacts as if it was their biggest hit.  The first three songs are from the new album, all driving intensity such that when they follow them with Animal Nitrate and Metal Mickey, the big hits from that debut, it just fits.  An incredible opening salvo of 5 songs that are 20 years apart but are equals in candour and fervour.  Even the back of the hanger-like Ally Pally is bouncing like they are down at the barriers.

Brett spent quite a bit of time down by the barriers himself, disappearing for entire songs at a time into the front rows, wanting to be part of it.  I half expected to see him crowdsurfing his way to the back.  It must have been a great experience for those at the front, for the rest of us it left us watching what felt like an empty stage until his return.  

White shirted in the spotlight, striking messianic poses or windmilling his mic with a ferocity that would make a health and safety inspector cry, he commands your attention.  There is no ‘banter’ but plenty of communication and an hour and a half has already passed before we realise that Trash and Beautiful Ones can only mean the end of the set.  “Sing along with this one.  You know the words and if you don’t know the words then why are you here?” he asks.  Everyone knows the words.

Thank you and goodnight!