This past week I’ve best guest curating Neglected Nuggets – a Twitter account frequented by music anoraks like me, hollering across the interwebs about tracks shockingly lacking their deserved place in the cultural hive mind. And with this past week being nearly over, Twitter not being everyone’s pinot grigio, I thought I’d go about saving my list of SHOUTY SHOUTY LISTEN TO THIS missives shouted through a cloud of liquor and lost vinyl.
This isn’t a tracklisting of favourite songs – more a snapshot of psyche, mid-September evenings filtered through a highly rigid template of Track / Artist / Year / Comment / Link. Should this read like nothing more than a list of disparate tunes… well, it is; 140 character essays on a particular piece of music ain’t easy – especially when half of the space is taken up with artist, title, link. But as you’re still here, I’ll embed the track underneath each tweet if available; if not, and to save cluttering up this page with videos, the subsequent link will be either to a well-known online sound+vision aggregator, or words written by LGM on the record in question.
ELVIS COSTELLO ‘What Do I Do Now’ (1996) Indie by numbers transformed into something wonderful. Link
BEN & JASON ‘Emoticons’ (1999) Three albums of barbed tenderness. Your twee Sunday starts here. Link
PROLAPSE ‘Tina, This Is Matthew Stone’ (1994) Probably the best band in the world ever. Although they forgot to tell anyone of the fact. Link
TARWATER ‘Inside The Ships’ (2010) The perfect track for lazy, rainy Sundays. Link
MOMUS ‘What Will Death Be Like?’ (1987) Probably like a drawn-out game of Monopoly. Link
JULIAN COPE ‘Kolly Kibber’s Birthday’ (1984) The 2nd best song with a Brighton Rock reference. Link
ALEXANDER TUCKER ‘Poltergeists Grazing’ (2008) Intelligent post-rock folk fusion, with layers of embedded grace. Link
VIRGIN SLEEP ‘Secret’ (1967) Wonderful British psychedelia; the very definition of a neglected nugget. Link
THE FIELD MICE – ‘Let’s Kiss And Make Up’ (1989) On Sarah records *swoon*. As covered by Saint Etienne. Link
MATSON JONES ‘A Little Bit Of Arson’ (2004) Twin cellos that resemble buzz-saw guitars. K’pow.
PLONE ‘Top & Low Rent’ (1999) Spooky electronica from the same scene that gave us Broadcast and Pram. Link
ROSALIE ALLEN ‘Hitler Lives’ (1945) Anti-fascism in a C&W style. Aidan Moffat introduced me to this. Link
WILD BILLY CHILDISH AND THE BLACKHANDS ‘Underneath The Mango Tree’ (2008) From Capt Calypso’s Hoodoo Party. Class. Link
THE POPGUNS ‘Waiting For The Winter’ (1989) Another twee pop classic from the vaults. Link
SHOCKING BLUE ‘Send Me A Postcard’ (1970) Sounding like a Dutch Jefferson Airplane. Best known for ‘Venus’; this is funkier:
JAKE THACKRAY ‘The Kiss’ (1977) From his final studio album; Jacques Brel had he been born in Yorkshire. Link
ROBERT WYATT ‘Lullaloop’ (2003) From the Cuckooland album. Sly, dramatic, beautiful.
MOOSE ‘Jack’ (1991) The type of track that enfolds you in layers of evocation. Also: shoegaze alert.
MALCOLM MIDDLETON ‘Blue Plastic Bags’ (2008) “6 bottles of Stella, Jacob’s Creek, and 20 fags”. Links
THE PASTELS ‘Baby Honey’ (1987) Pretty much the finest track to ever call Glasgow home; and there’s been a few to pick from. Link
OMR ‘The Door’ (2004) Final track for tonight; sultry, nocturnal French electronica. Not for everyone; there’s a sting. Link
JOSEF K ‘Sorry For Laughing’ (1981) Why Ambassador, with that jangly guitar you truly spoil us. Link
YOUNG MARBLE GIANTS ‘Final Day’ (1980) A blend of delicious vocal and pared-back instrumentation that grabs every time.
ERLEND ØYE ‘The Black Keys Work’ (2004) The orbit of the perfectly flighted pop song. Link
VIVIAN STANSHALL ‘Strange Tongues’ (1974) From the Men Opening Umbrellas Ahead album. Understated; eerily beautiful. Link
DENIM ‘Here Is My Song For Europe’ (1992) Lawrence from Felt. The finest glam rock album ever was released in the ’90’s?
THE RUTLES ‘Eine Kleine Middle Klasse Musik’ (1996) My final Bonzo Dog reference for tonight. Who Oasis wished they were. Link
MATT BERRY ‘Love Is A Fool (Again)’ (2008) The comedian with a big voice; also a damn fine singer. A Ronnie Hazlehurst vibe. Link
IAN HUNTER ‘Ships’ (1979) The former head-honcho Hoople, from probably his finest solo album. Link
JOHN BETJEMAN ‘Indoor Games Near Newbury’ (1974) Perfect poetic sentiment. Disagree, and I challenge you to a duel. Link
WIRE ‘The 15th’ (1979) My final track tonight; post-punk poise = perfect. Link
I, LUDICROUS ‘Preposterous Tales’ (1987) Twee pop meets a warped sense of humour in this smile-inducing 4 minutes.
MARC AND THE MAMBAS ‘The Animal In You’ (1983) The flip side to Soft Cell. Link
OYSTERBAND ‘Country Life (I Like To Rise)’ (2004). With Eliza Carthy on vox / fiddle. Link
FRANCE GALL ‘Baby Pop’ (1966) Words and music by Serge Gainsborg – c’est évident – et c’est formidable. Link
LULU ‘Mighty Quinn’ (1969) Not exactly a singer with cultural caché, this cover of the Dylan track is ballsy, definitive. Link
SLOWDIVE ‘When the Sun Hits’ (1993) Because Souvlaki is the ultimate shoegaze LP. Such depth from the pedal board.
TALULAH GOSH ‘Don’t Go Away’ (1987) One twee-pop classic per day. Link
ROY BUDD ‘Carter Takes A Train’ (1971) Iconic cinema. Iconic soundtrack, recorded for the price of a night out in Newcastle. Link
THE WOODENTOPS ‘Get It On’ (1986) Never sold many records, despite Morrissey’s patronage. Eclectic and clever. Link
BILLY MACKENZIE ‘Give Me Time’ (1997) A remarkable, haunting vocal; only grows eerier with context *sob* Link
STEREOLAB ‘Super Falling Star’ (1992) The opening track on début LP Peng! One day I’ll have the words to describe this. Link
I LIKE TRAINS ‘Sirens’ (2010) The intensity of evocation. From the under-rated He Who Saw The Deep album.
CABARET VOLTAIRE ‘This Is Entertainment’ (1980) From the album The Voice Of America. Dada-ism with bite. Link
TALK TALK ‘Time It’s Time’ (1986) Because The Colour Of Spring is the type of album that enfolds, passionately. *Sigh* Link
KING CREOSOTE ‘Grace’ (2005) Tribute albums = notoriously hit and miss, but Dream Brother, songs of Tim/Jeff Buckley = wow. Link
CLINTON ‘Buttoned Down Disco’ (2000) the Cornershop side project. Funk that’s hot, sticky, with a glint in its eye.
RIDE ‘Leave Them All Behind’ (1992) Not the most neglected, admittedly, but oh, that intro. 8+ glorious minutes. Play loud. Link
GABRIEL YARED ‘Betty et Zorg’ (1986) If of a certain age (and especially male) the Betty Blue soundtrack is guaranteed to hit you right here.
EDWYN COLLINS ‘Keep On Burning’ (1997) The partially-forgotten follow up to ‘A Girl Like You’. Still gigging, still recording. Link
NANCY SINATRA ‘You Only Live Twice’ (67) Music by John Barry, lyrics by Leslie Bricusse. A leggy stunner of a track. Link
DRIMBLE WEDGE & THE VEGETATIONS ‘Bedazzled’ (67) One of the greatest tracks of the 60’s. The “band” might just be a pseudonym. Link
MORRISSEY Disappointed (88) The b-side to ‘Everyday is Like Sunday’. Not necessarily his greatest but the panache haunts Link
THE MAGNETIC FIELDS – Old Orchard Beach (82) Finding beauty in the most unorthodox of places. Link
MY BLOODY VALENTINE I Only Said (91) The aural equivalent of setting phasers to stun link