Festive Fifty

4 thoughts on “Festive Fifty”

  1. I jumped on board too recently to note your inclusion of Walter Carlos\’ thunderclap-of-genius Clockwork Orange soundtrack, as well as an entirely suitable defense of the Dandy Warhols. Here\’s my vote for converting the FuckedUpFestiveFifty into the FuckedUpFestiveFiveHundred and soldiering on.

    1. Ha! Now that this has run its course, I’ve been trying to hit upon a suitable replacement for this particular series.

      30 tracks where the bass licks make us melt? 15 records where the backing singers actually do the things promised on ‘Walk On The Wild Side’? The best lyric from The Smiths to have tattooed up your arm (me having a Smiths lyric tattooed up my arm)?

      As you might have noticed, am open to suggestions.

      1. Some good stuff there. Some classic toons as well. Must admit haven’t heard a couple of them (e.g. Idlewild, Boo Radleys, TV On The Radio); bands that seem to have passed me by (or vice versa). Can’t go wrong with Can or Carlos in my books. Always been a personal fave the “A Clockwork Orange” soundtrack. (Heard you had some clockwork oranges parading up you street yesterday). Anyhow, Gainsbourg & BB… Luna did a rather spiffing cover version a few years back; with Lætitia Sadier (swoon) on vocals. Suppose you know it.

        So, why not a top ‘covers’ list?

        As for a The Smiths tattoo, how about: With a Sponge and a Rusty Spanner?
        You’ll get lots of puzzled looks.

  2. Should probably confess that there’s some glaring omissions. No VU, no Jesus & Mary Chain, no Teenage Fanclub. Hmm. Still, that Luna cover is excellent – Lætitia Sadier should be the default choice for any boy needing a duet partner.

    The thing with cover versions is that I find them inherently distrustful. There are obvious exceptions to this rule, but I struggle to see beyond the distraction chiselled from the original. Probably just me…

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