Monty Python – Monty Python Sings
I think I heard ‘Always Look On the Bright Side of Life’ on TOTP2 once before I’d ever seen any of the sketches/films and obviously liked it. So off I went, down to Pendulum Records (which I kind of miss even though it was awful, everything was overpriced and they never had anything you wanted) and ordered this. I dutifully learnt all the words and sang along, completely oblivious to the meaning of such ditties as ‘Sit On My Face’ (I understood ‘The Penis Song’ though) until a few years later when the first Gorillaz album came out and I just had Clint Eastwood on repeat instead.
Favourite Album (On the Day of Writing)
The Replacements – Let It Be
David Bowie – Low
Maybe it’s not the best cover ever or anything but I really like it. It’s taken from the Man Who Fell to Earth, which is an amazing film and not nearly enough people have seen it. That is all.
Miles Davis – On the Corner
Album with the Longest Anecdote Attached
Oliver Nelson – Screamin’ the Blues
Biggest Mistake Buy (That I Can Still Find)
Tony Allen – Lagos No Shaking
I don’t actually have too many of these as I rarely buy an album without having at least seen a few reviews but there are always exceptions. I bought this one by Tony Allen based on his consistently amazing drumming on Fela Kuti’s records and although the cover is awful, it had some convincingly African-sounding song titles. I haven’t listened to it for ages but I seem to remember it mostly consisted of really rubbish funk with some added congas. I may listen to it again one day and it might be amazing but I am in no hurry when I can just listen to more Fela. I also have an awful Steely Dan album somewhere but I remember liking that once.
Most Recent Purchases
Shackleton – Fabric.55
James Blake – James Blake
Being young and poor, I never have enough money to buy all the albums I want but I got these about a month ago on a trip to Rockaboom in Leicester. I have no idea how Leicester can sustain an independent record store but never mind. The Shackleton is sort of terrifying and although I know it’s great, I haven’t listened much as I think you need to be in a certain mood to appreciate 74 minutes of sub, conga loops and spoken word samples. I think the internet might implode if anyone else gives their opinion on James Blake so all I’ll say is I like some of it.
P.S. I wrote this all a while back and since then, I’ve picked up the J Mascis solo album (which is great), some Burning Spear and an I-Roy record I don’t like much…
Last Record I Fell In Love With
How to Dress Well – Love Remains
Most Likely to Offend My Parents
Genius/GZA – Liquid Swords
There are more offensive albums by a long way but I’m pretty sure the combination of cheesy kung fu movie samples and GZA’s raps would irritate them quite a bit. I think if I looked harder, I could find something they’re hate more but I don’t really like going through my music thinking about it from someone else’s viewpoint as it feels a bit like attacking myself from the inside.
Most Irritating Packaging
Young Marble Giants – Colossal Youth & Collected Works
WHY DID THEY DESIGN THIS IN SUCH A WAY THAT IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO GET THE DISKS OUT OF THE CASE?
Obligatory Preaching to the Converted/Brown Nosing
Nosferatu D2 – We’re Gonna Walk Around This City With Our Headphones On to Block Out the Noise
I don’t really need to say anything about this, do I?
I refuse to reread this as I always hate everything I write so please don’t come and murder me if it’s filled with typos or ill-informed opinions.
Thanks George, I think you're dynamite in a kinder egg.
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