I know that this blog has been relatively serious since I restarted posting, so as a reward for sticking with it, here’s some music. The theme is body parts (though I restrained myself to only one “heart” reference to stop it being too easy)
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Before You Close Your Eyes – Tindersticks
From Simple Pleasure, the ‘sticks go Philly Soul
Grandma’s Hands – Bill Withers
How do you turn a duck into a soul singer? Put it in a microwave until its Bill Withers. Ahaha. Bill’s paean to happy family life – where apparently it’d be perfectly appropriate to whip a small child for dropping an apple core.
Goin’ Out Of My Head – Florence Ballard
The ex-Supreme’s cri de coeur over a boy who just doesn’t appreciate her properly.
L’Eau A La Bouche – Serge Gainsbourg
Early, jazzy, Serge.
Ce Petit Coeur – Françoise Hardy
Typically jaunty stuff from the queen of French pop.
Fistful Of Faith – Herman Dune
Some French dudes who actually have the decency to sing in English.
Hairstyle Of The Devil – Momus
Momus addresses the common fear of being cuckolded by Beelzebub.
Maria’s Little Elbows – Sparklehorse
No-one makes a word salad more affecting than Mark Linkous.
Faces And Names – Lou Reed & John Cale
The Velvet Underground alumni get back together in a tribute to Andy Warhol, this is a fairly straightforward song amongst the sharper edges of Songs for Drella.
Get On Your Knees – Kevin Blechdom
Kristin Erickson’s had her heart broken, and she’s not happy about it.
Follow These Eyes – The Hidden Cameras
One of the many reasons I never became a music journalist was an utter inability to describe songs like this. It’s indie pop. It’s pretty good.
Mick Jagger’s Lips – Li-Lund
Surely most of us have been fascinated by Mick Jagger’s lips at some point. Li-Lund takes it to the logical conclusion.
Couples Holding Hands – Ian Cockburn and the Whole World
A righteous (and witty) tirade against the tyranny of public displays of affection.
Les Mains Dans Les Poches – Les Roche Martin
People’s hands in their pockets is a much underdone topic for pop songs. The ye-ye band try to correct this.
Idle Hands Are The Devil’s Playthings – Palace Brothers
It’s true. Keeping this blog going is my desperate attempt to keep Satan at bay. Alt-country par excellence.
Akhian Udikdian (My Eyes Are Desperately Seeking For Your Look) – Faiz Ali Faiz
The translation looks a bit dubious, but who am I to argue.
Your Head To Your Toes – Hefner
Simple song, simple sentiment. It works.
Lovin’ Arms – Etta James
Gorgeous, tragic lament from my favourite soul singer.