Thursday, February 25, 2010

Episode 285

Episode 285 - Songs To Learn And Sing

Photo: After Dark, My Sweet (2006, Homesleep Records)

This episode featured two tracks from After Dark, My Sweet the fourth album by Julie's Haircut. I discovered Julie's Haircut through noticing that Pete 'Sonic Boom' Kember was credited for his additional production duties on this album - although he has no hand or part in the two tracks featured in this episode. The Italian band have been together since the mid 90s but this record was the one in which they truely came into their own - fusing experimental improvised sounds with blistering guitar freak-outs. 

  Photo: Paint America Love (1971 Buddah Records, reissued on Rev-Ola Records 2008)

We end this episode with a few tracks from Paint America Love, Lou Christie's 1971 concept album. The album goes for silly money on secondhand vinyl and was finally released on CD for the first time in 2008 by Rev-Ola. This is an absolute lost classic. Duglas T Stewart (of BMX Bandits) describes Paint America Love in the 2008 reissue liner notes as 'a musical travelogue back and forth through time and across the America of John Ford Westerns, Steinbeck and Twain.' If you've never heard this record but are a fan of Van Dyke Parks, Dennis Wilson, Burt Bacharach or Jimmy Webb, then you have to do yourself a favour and check it out. On Paint America Love, Lou again collaborated with his longtime co-writer Twyla Herbert. Twyla saddly passed away in July of 2009 at the age of 87. Lou first met Twyla when he was 15 and despite a 22 year age gap, the two forged a long-lasting, creative partnership.

Photo: Twyla Herbert (RIP) with Lou Christie

Their first hit was Lou's The Gypsy Cried in 1962 and the hit singles kept coming throughout the 60s. Lightning Strikes, Trapeze, Rhapsody in the Rain and Hollywood's My Stop can all be found on the essential Original Sinner (the very best of the MGM years) CD. 'Twyla is a genius. She was going to be a concert pianist but we started writing rock 'n' roll. The hardest part was that we had too many ideas. If we wanted to write a song, it would never stop,' Lou once explained. Twyla was a self-described mystic and clairvoyant who allegedly used to predict which of their songs would become hit singles. They also wrote material for the girl group The Tammys including their brilliant hit Egyptian Shumba famously described as the kind of record that might have been made if Phil Spector had swapped brains with Sun Ra.

Episode 285 - 25/02/10
Monks - I hate You
The Black Angels - The First Vietnamese War
The Loves - Sweet Sister Delia
Julie's Haircut - Openwound
Julie's Haircut - Satan Eats Seitan
The Fall - Blindness
Sone Institute - Dark Forest - Silver Sea
Charlie Alex March - Telephone Song
Polar Bear - Peepers
Calla - It Dawned On Me
Calla - Televised
Fursaxa - Poplar Moon
OP8 - If I Think of Love
Tara Jane O'Neill - Sweet Bargaining
Two Door Cinema Club – I Can Talk
Casio Kids – Grønt Lys I Alle Ledd
Cobra Killer - Hello Celebrity
Fleetwood Mac – Oh Well Part 1
The Time and Space Machine – You Are The One
Lindstrom & Christabelle – Lovesick
Parenthetical Girls – Handsome Devils
Lawrence Arabia – Apple Pie Bed
Girls - Laura
Frightened Rabbit - The Lonliness and the Scream
Yeasayer - Rome
Lou Christie - Lighthouse (from Paint America Love)
Lou Christie - The Best Way to See America (from Paint America Love)
Lou Christie - Chuckie Wagon (from Paint America Love)

1 comment:

Lemonhead said...

Thanks for Charlie Alex March 'Telephone Song'!! Sounded like exactly how I felt - Genius!

Thanks again,
(aka lemonhead)