Fergie - "London Bridge": "How scary is it that I thought of this song when I went over the actual London Bridge?"
Friday, October 26, 2007
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Morrissey - "Hairdresser On Fire": "I kept thinking of this song on my first full day in London, especially when I wound up in Sloane Square! It was as if all of these places I hadn't given much thought to in Morrissey songs were all coming to life for me."
Posted by DJ Wallaby at 10/24/2007 04:08:00 PM
Friday, October 19, 2007
David Gray - "Say Hello Wave Goodbye": "Perhaps not quite as 'pure' as the Soft Cell original, but I thought this version was worth flagging as well. Gray translates the original's icy synths to acoustic guitar and his delivery is very different than Almond's, but it captures much of the same sadness, except blended more with melancholy than bitterness."
Posted by DJ Wallaby at 10/19/2007 07:08:00 PM
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Soft Cell - "Say Hello, Wave Goodbye": "Deceptively simple synth-pop, but Marc Almond's lyrics and delivery are so straight-forward and confessional that they provide a depth far beyond the simple keys that back them. It's so tough and bitter on the surface, but clearly very sad at its' core."
Posted by DJ Wallaby at 10/18/2007 07:02:00 PM
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine - "The Only Living Boy In New Cross": "Wow - until today, I probably hadn't heard this song in fifteen years, but I still remembered the whole thing. From the low-key piano and organ intro through the electro-Brit-thrash core of the song, they somehow blended punk and Pet Shop Boys elements into something really exciting. It seems like this should have been a bigger alternative radio hit than it was..."
Posted by DJ Wallaby at 10/17/2007 07:06:00 PM
Friday, October 12, 2007
Thursday, October 11, 2007
David Bowie - "Untitled No. 1": "People often associate David Bowie with theatricality - but here, Bowie winds up presenting an understated electropop number flavored with subtle undulating instrumentation. There's a certain romantic quality about the song that, despite having a certain intangible quality, imbues it with emotional qualities generally missing from his late-'80s work that proceeded it."
Posted by DJ Wallaby at 10/11/2007 05:45:00 PM
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Mick Jagger - "Just Another Night": "It may play like a weak Stones demo, but Mick's attitude still comes through so strong that you can practically see him strutting around, in his jerky little way, while singing this song."
Posted by DJ Wallaby at 10/10/2007 05:46:00 PM
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
Trunk Federation - "Truck Lover": "Off-kilter, whimsical and a little dumb at times - but still definitely catchy noise-pop. (From Alias - same label to bring you Archers of Loaf - which is why the review of this track sounds a little simiar to my recent AoL post...)"
Posted by DJ Wallaby at 10/09/2007 05:49:00 PM
Monday, October 08, 2007
Betty Davis - "Anti Love Song": "I have a hard time articulating it, but sometimes I think performers wind up sounding dangerous in their songs - and this is one of them. Growling over a funk-rock beat, Betty sounds like a boiling pot of water - busting with heat and perpetually threatening to boil over the edge. She never busts out the way you might expect she would and perhaps it's because she confounds those expectations that Betty (in this song) is so 'dangerous' to me."
Posted by DJ Wallaby at 10/08/2007 06:01:00 PM