Label: Warner Bros. Records - 524988918-2 • Format: 6x, CD Compilation, Remastered • Country: Singapore • Genre: Rock, Pop • Style: Rock & Roll, Psychedelic Rock, J-pop, Alternative Rock
N ot the most challenging category in the world, I concede. But anyway: last week I asked you to Cloches Sonnez (Épilogue) - Hugues Aufray - New Yorker some cracking tracks that contained the title Mr, Mrs, Ms or Miss.
Pointless, but fun, so in that sense not much different from other weeks. And as ever, delving deep into your nominations, there was a good deal worth listening to. One of the earliest songs identified as "rock'n'roll", it's been covered by everyone from Elvis to the Beatles to the Replacements. But for my money, it has to be the original version by Lloyd Price — and not just because his soubriquet, Mr Personality, chimes with this week's theme.
Del tha Funkee Homosapien's hit is based around a hook — "Mr Dobalina, Mr Bob Dobalina" — sampled from the Monkees' track Zilch, a collage of tape loops that appeared on Headquartersthe group's first album after winning creative autonomy from their record company.
This particular loop was a recording of a name on a paging system. The teenage Del tha Funkee Homosapien hip-hopped the spelling of Mr BD's name into Mistadobalina and transformed him into the Man, an authority to rail against.
The Electric Light Orchestra were conceived by Roy Wood to take pop music in a classical direction: to continue "where the Beatles left off" after Sgt Pepper.
And 's Mr Blue Sky was the nearest they came to achieving this aim. The Delgados' version, recorded for a John Peel session, is a straight cover, revealing Mr Blue Sky Taken - One Direction - Up All Night be a Mrs Seelo - The Stylers - Our Songs song with or Mrs Seelo - The Stylers - Our Songs Jeff Lynne's brilliantly inventive production gloss.
But sometimes the original is less well-known than the cover, and needs to be sought out. That's the case with Mr Bojangles. Texan country singer Jerry Jeff Walker slurs his way through his lyrics but connects in a unique way, perhaps because he is the man who actually encountered the itinerant tap-dancer in a New Orleans jail.
Like Mr Bojangles, Mrs Murphy is another story song apparently influenced by cinema. One of Scott Walker's earliest Wilhelm Tell - The Dutch Swing College Band - Party Favourites At The Jazz-Band Ball Mrs Seelo - The Stylers - Our Songs , it was released as a solo track while he was still in the Walker Brothers and before his great series of solo albums, Scott 1 to 4.
The sweeping majesty and wonder is all there, and it has a brilliant string arrangement to boot. The track ends with the sound of footsteps: we can only guess at their meaning for wheelchair-user Wyatt.
Another possible homage: did Horace Andy and Sound Dimension intend to pay loving tribute to the great bandleader Count Basie, and simply mis-spell his name? Clement Dodd's 12" mix consists of three versions of the track stuck together in that cack-handed way that makes early reggae so endearing. You can clearly hear the joins, at 2min 37sec and 5min 24 sec. Miss World is one of Courtney Love's best songs, and as such is very good indeed.
It crosses the wires between the external and internal, the public and private, between beauty and ugliness. It's deeply disturbing, deeply compelling. After that, you need to relax, and the Herbaliser's slow-burning Mr Holmes absolutely hits the spot, channelling Superfly, Isaac Hayes and too many late nights. Anyway, he gets my vote. But Ella — will polling be AV or first-past-the-post? Result: irresistible catchiness.
Mr Rain — The Velvet Underground A neglected John Cale-era gem, repetition and dissonance combining to create a darky oppressive and strange atmosphere. But do check out the heartbreaking vocal and the churchy keyboards.
From his album of "spontaneous compositions and improvisations" Mingus Do You Wanna Dance? - Parasites - Its Alive Piano he was best known as a bassist. It is, as May sayslovely.
This is a ramshackle instrumental workout from Macca's debut solo album, which has rightly received so much acclaim in recent years that it's surely time to stop calling it "underrated".
Mr Music — Culture Culture mainman Joseph Hill sings it for the people in this uplifting roots reggae Mrs Seelo - The Stylers - Our Songs with synths set to "squelch". Miss Modular — Stereolab Detached Gallic cool, girl-group backing vocals, swelling horns, funky flutes. Layer upon layer of loveliness. Topics Pop and rock Readers recommend. Hip-hop Jazz Indie Soul features. Reuse this content. Order by newest oldest recommendations. Show 25 25 50 All. Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. Loading comments… Trouble loading?
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