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Ok now I'm all Countdowned out, I have regain my sanity and rediscovered two brilliant CDs in my collection that are being played on high rotation, even as I type:

A Life Of Surprises - The Best Of Prefab Sprout: Paddy McAloon is even more underated as a songwriter than Neil Finn is. Why?

A Walk Across The Rooftops - The Blue Nile: Brilliant album with some of the most beautiful music you will ever hear.
Nothing's as good as Bushells, Greatfox! Not even Dilmah. Big Grin Well, maybe Billy Tea made in a real billy.

More Bill Nelson i'm affraid. Bit of a Nelson fest of late. Never got the critical acclaim of bands like Japan, or Depeche Mode, but that didn't seem to halt his sonic explorations.
How he ever did those analog tape looped drum beats off The Love That Whirls album, is beyond me.

Listened to:

"Chimera" -
&
Decline & Fall from "Quit Dreaming & Get On The Beam".

Also had "The Summer Of God's Piano" on as well.
Amazing what he did with a mini moog, guitar & drum machine.
The Black Seeds
On The Sun

A few thoughts on recent posts by other forum members...

SQUEEZE: Been playing their "original" greatest hits album Singles - 45s And Under a bit lately. Love those early, early hits 'Take Me I'm Yours', 'Goodbye Girl' and 'Cool For Cats' - those lyrics are catchy as hell, and Jools Holland does some almost Eddie Rayner-ish keyboard work!

TALKING HEADS: Tina Weymouth - one of my favourite bass players, and damn awesome to see a girl in a rock band but not as a singer.

THE STYLE COUNCIL: I too am guilty of preferring the Council over the Jam! Glad to know I'm not the only one! Their first greatest hits CD has been a firm favourite of mine for many years now. 'Shout To The Top!' is one of the great '80s feel-good songs, and there's plenty of other catchy tunes...'My Ever Changing Moods', 'Long Hot Summer', 'Money-Go-Round'...
This week:

Violator (Depeche Mode) - Forgot how great this album is. Sounds suberb in surround too.

Best Of Mental As Anything - a truly great but quirky pop band. The proof is this 24 track best which is hit after hit but still doesn't feature ALL the hits. A sign of a great singles band.

Ill Communication (Beastie Boys) - probably not Neil Finn's favourite band! But then I find Bic Runga boring so it evens out on the Frenz scale.
Still with the Nelson phase i'm affraid.

Blue Moon & Laughing Guitars
Luminous
& Love That Whirls (again)

& i did lash out & spun a bit of Cocteau Twins just to break things up a bit. Heaven & Las Vegas (heaven thanks!), Sugar Hickup, Aikea Guinea, look they're all good really. Shame they haven't made another one.

I feel a Devo phase coming on. Eeker
Might raid the garden for a flower pot.
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Originally posted by suzanne:
Seany, for a second there I thought you said Willy Nelson!!! Eeker Eeker

I seem to have Spellbound on permanent rotation, even in my car! Especially Devil you know and Semi-detached....


No i didn't, but hey, what a Fantastique
idea. A Willy Neslon Fest. Maybe Bill & Willy are related. Eeker

Nuthin' but blues skies, from now on...
Was listening to Karn Evil 9 by ELP, now listening to Tarkus also by ELP. It's synth progressive madness in my house at the moment Big Grin

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Best Of Mental As Anything - a truly great but quirky pop band. The proof is this 24 track best which is hit after hit but still doesn't feature ALL the hits. A sign of a great singles band.


They are indeed a fantastic band your so {adopt Greedy Smith Falsetto} STROOOOONG Have you heard the unplugged album they released very recently? Some very nice alternative arrangements on the classics. Can I Come Too is absolutely beautiful on it.
This week I've been listening to:

Twelve Stops And Home by The Feeling: New UK band. Proving soft rock ain't noise pollution.

Sunday 8pm by Faithless: One of the few dance/electronic orientated bands worth bothering with. This is as rich and dark as they come.

Fossil Fuel by XTC: Why this band was never huge I will never ever know. They were (and still are) brilliant
Grant Lee Phillips' new album, nineteeneighties...it's so good! covers of 80s songs. hard to pick a favorite, but I'll go with Age of Consent (New Order)...though his take on the Pixies' Wave of Mutilation is awesome, too.

and for some reason I've listened to Is It Like Today? (World Party) about a bazillion times in the past week
I've just acquired some of Lisa Germano's work, been listening to that a lot lately - but it's not for the faint of heart! Compelling, creepy and beautiful all at one time.

I've also been listening to Tom Waits, I saw him last Wednesday (Aug. 9) on one of his rare tours - I was extremely lucky to get tickets! He is a master! The show was great.
Filigree & Shadow, by This Mortal Coil. 4AD had some great artists, & always amazing album artwork & photography. Very Victorian Gothic kind of vibe.

The Cocteau Twins, BBC Sessions. Very raw sound but fantastic stuff.

Ant Music, by Adam & The Ants. Unlock the jukebox, & do us all a favour. Eeker

& the sound of running water as heard through a pvc pipe. I don't know if it's music, but i like it.
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For road listening, I pulled out Sleeper from Nigel Griggs. I totally dig the album though it's not like Enz at all.

While I was shopping (and waiting for my car tires to be serviced), I also bought 3 CDs, 2 greatest hits compilations from The Monkees and Alabama, and the first album from British trio the Outfield (very 80s flashback!).
Divinyls - Greatest Hits (the new one and the most comprehensive)

Groove Armada - Vertigo (7 years old and still brilliant)

Stevie Wonder - Innervisions (probably the best album ever made? Well it's one of them anyway)

Oh, I almost forgot. I am listening to Johnny Cash's "At Folsom Prison" as I am writing this. Got around to getting it on CD (with San Quentin) and it's almost like a religious experience. Now I know why this man is a true legend and will be missed.
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Originally posted by Dazz:
Divinyls - Greatest Hits (the new one and the most comprehensive)

Groove Armada - Vertigo (7 years old and still brilliant)

Stevie Wonder - Innervisions (probably the best album ever made? Well it's one of them anyway)

Oh, I almost forgot. I am listening to Johnny Cash's "At Folsom Prison" as I am writing this. Got around to getting it on CD (with San Quentin) and it's almost like a religious experience. Now I know why this man is a true legend and will be missed.


Gav - IMHO At San Quentin is far better than Folsom. Make sure you buy the remastered/expanded edition. Cool
I think that's because the cook at Folsom was stingier with the oatmeal serves. Wink

Richard Hawley- Cole's Corner. What a little gem of an album. 50's vibe, drenched in gorgeous reverb.

"Hold back the night" indeed. Cool

He reminds me a bit of Johnny Marr & some of The Smiths quieter moments.

That & whatever my neighbours seem to play when they come home from work. Last night it was "Born To Run" by Bruce Springsteen. Still anything's better than David Gray. Eeker
Or James Blunt! Eeker Which my neighbours seem to like and I really don't. Another one of their favourites is Keane... can't make up my mind which one I dislike the most!!

Anyway;

Morrissey- Live from Earls Court. Love his version of There Is A Light That Never Goes Out.



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'Broken Boy Soldiers' by the Raconteurs and the last two White Stripes albums.

I've been told that Q magazine wrote that people who liked the Raconteurs should also listen to Woodface (their 'if you like this you should listen to...') ... I think 'Hands' sounds a bit CH style but otherwise was quite surprised! Though someone pointed out that Not The Girl You Think You Are could be a link (not that that was on Woodface...)

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