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I Love Corinne (Bailly Rae)

PostPosted: Thu Jun 01, 2006 9:00 am
by howard male
Isn't it sad to see all this cyber vultures who seem to have suddenly popped up with more frequency since our little world music universe seems under threat? It's as if they smell weakness.

Anyway, here's me fighting back with something new to think about.

OK, I know we've done the guilty pleasures thing to death here but those taste crimes that most people own up to always seem to be in the past. It's all very well confesses of lapses of taste or judgement in our callow youth but does anyone feel they have enjoyed any recent music which they suspect might go down like a ton of bricks with the blues aficionados, jazz elitists and world connoisseurs who contributes to this forum? Or to put it another way - what have you liked recently that CG wouldn't be likely to play?

For example, Corinne Bailey Rae. I really love that single about putting your records on, despite its laboured breakbeat and feelgood overkill. There's something about the little Londonisms that crop up in her phrasing and the laid-back delivery which sets her apart from all the other soppy female singer songwriters of the moment. But don't get me wrong here, I wouldn't go all the way with her; I've not downloaded or bought the album! I don't think I could bare to listen to all that half-decent material and delicious voice with off-the-peg beats and too smooth arrangements turning it into Tesco pop. But I do hold out hope for the next album. I suspect that as someone who once sung with a rock band that if she was given more control a more interesting product might immerge.

So anyone else thing the Arctics are hot or 50 Cent is worth more than his name suggests?

PostPosted: Thu Jun 01, 2006 9:55 am
by Adam Blake
One of the innumerable delights about having a 13 year old daughter is you get to hear lots of dodgy modern pop music - or perhaps, I should say, she provides me with a perfect excuse and get-out clause for hearing lots of dodgy modern pop music. So, yes, I like The Arctic Monkeys! I like the guy's obnoxious Northern delivery - the way he says "get out on the dance floor, you sexy swine" (I think that's what he says) makes me chuckle in admiration. That's proper British rock'n'roll attitude, as invented by the John Lennon who once very publicly told the royal family to rattle their jewelry and, shortly after, in his acceptance speech to then British Prime Minister Harold Wilson for some showbiz award said: "Thanks Harold, thanks for the purple hearts."

But 50 Cent can fuck right off. Sorry to be crude but he doesn't deserve any better.

What else? KT Tunstall is really talented - not my thing but I gotta tip my hat to her.

The Libertines "I Get Along" is a great record for cycling around Central London, as is "Shaking That Ass" by Groove Armada (but both of those are a bit old now).

Oh, and The Streets "Don't Mug Yourself" is just wonderful too.

PostPosted: Thu Jun 01, 2006 10:14 am
by Con Murphy
I like the Arctic Monkeys as well, although that admiration probably has a pretty limited shelf life as it is essentially a novelty album to me – great lyrics, but the music is far too limited.

50 Cent – didn’t he used to be one half of Dollar…..:-) I’m not a fan, but I thought the last two Kanye West albums were excellent in places, very inventive.

My son’s 13, so I get a similar exposure to you Adam, although a slightly more more masculine one – he absolutely worships AC/DC, but also likes The Streets. Again, Skinner’s a very clever lyricist, he’s got that urban vocab down really well even though he’s clearly at one remove from ‘the street’ these days. I do recall an email conversation I had with Charlie around the time of the first Streets album, when CG expressed his feeling that the music itself didn’t match the standard of the words. I think that’s gradually changing with each album, as Skinner draws in gospel, soul and other influences.

PostPosted: Thu Jun 01, 2006 10:43 am
by howard male
I'm with you guys on being pro Arctics and anti 50 Cent but I do find Frank Skinner (or whatever he's called) a little tiresome. I saw some new video of his on Freeview the other night where he's going on and on in this maudlin fashion about his dear old gran and it was just like Clive Dunn goes hip-hop - give me a break! I just got the sense that it was deliberately manipulative, over sentimental tosh contrived to mimic the success of his similarly maudlin hit about loosing his girlfriend.

I dig Arcade Fire though, but they're probably too 'art school' for most of you lot.

And, Adam, isn't it that wonderfully original new comic, Russell Brand, who has "you sexy swine" as a catch phrase, or is that a reference to the Arctics which I'm missing?

PostPosted: Thu Jun 01, 2006 11:16 am
by Con Murphy
<I> I dig Arcade Fire though, but they're probably too 'art school' for most of you lot. </I>

A wee bit, but I spent an Xmas present voucher on them out of curiosity, and they do get under the skin a bit after a while. Can’t stand the main singer’s vocals, though. Far too reedy.

PostPosted: Thu Jun 01, 2006 11:22 am
by Adam Blake
howard male wrote:And, Adam, isn't it that wonderfully original new comic, Russell Brand, who has "you sexy swine" as a catch phrase, or is that a reference to the Arctics which I'm missing?


Dunno. They probably nicked it - just like they nicked the title for their album from the film "Saturday Night And Sunday Morning".

current guilty pleasures

PostPosted: Mon Jun 05, 2006 10:44 pm
by Gordon Neill
OK, I have a confession. I recently heard my partner's latest CD mix. Amongst the usual acoustic romantic twaddle that she generally favours, my ears picked out a really catchy and distinctive song. Imagine my horror when it turned out to be have been number one for the last 8 or 9 weeks (I really should get out more). "Crazy" by Gnarls Barkley, I think. Maybe I should start watching "Top Of The Pops" again.

I Love Corrine

PostPosted: Thu Jun 08, 2006 4:53 pm
by will vine
Despite Charlie's fondness for Emmylou, and his discovering of Mark Knopfler, I doubt we are supposed to own up to enjoying the overly sentimental "All The Roadrunning" cd, but IdigitIdigitIdo ! Will.

PostPosted: Sat Jun 17, 2006 10:18 pm
by Martin_Edney
I also love Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy" (the last time I was intersted in the charts was when Panjabi MC scored with "Mundian To Bach Ke").

Re: current guilty pleasures

PostPosted: Sun Jun 18, 2006 9:28 am
by Charlie
Gordon Neill wrote:Imagine my horror when it turned out to be have been number one for the last 8 or 9 weeks (I really should get out more). "Crazy" by Gnarls Barkley, I think. Maybe I should start watching "Top Of The Pops" again.

I have been meaning to make the Gnarls Barclay album my record of the month, but unforeseen circusmstances have prevented my getting round to it

maybe I can do it in the next few days (before we run out of June!)

Re: current guilty pleasures

PostPosted: Sun Jun 18, 2006 12:26 pm
by Con Murphy
Charlie wrote:
Gordon Neill wrote:Imagine my horror when it turned out to be have been number one for the last 8 or 9 weeks (I really should get out more). "Crazy" by Gnarls Barkley, I think. Maybe I should start watching "Top Of The Pops" again.

I have been meaning to make the Gnarls Barclay album my record of the month, but unforeseen circusmstances have prevented my getting round to it

maybe I can do it in the next few days (before we run out of June!)


Good choice - I don't think any guilt should be attached to getting pleasure out of an album that is at various times a reminder of the best work of Outkast, Was (Not Was), Prince, Sly Stone, the first Terence Trent D'Arby LP and Gorillaz.

PostPosted: Sun Jun 18, 2006 1:52 pm
by ritchie
I wrote this on the 26th Feb after watching Sky and had a reply from Con (I'll not print what he said)

Here's a one then, I was watching the end of the Carling cup final earlier, the end when they roll the credits, and they were playing some music to the 'clips from the action' The lyrics had .....'crazy'..... in them....I think it was a woman singing...any idea what and who it was?


really interesting to see that at the time you could only download it from the internet (perhaps the song that should not be mentioned should only have been available via download)

I was in Asda on Friday and a couple (younger than me) were looking at the charts to see what they should buy (I was looking to see if the had the 'new' Hamish Imlach CD) They picked up 'ST Elsewhere' and then put it back. I wanted to tell them to buy it....but did nt want one of those 'what do you know? looks' Ha little do they know that I like Outkast, Hansome boys modelling school, the Blackeyed peas et al.....I'm a regular groove bucket I am.

PostPosted: Sun Jun 18, 2006 4:04 pm
by Con Murphy
ritchie wrote:I wrote this on the 26th Feb after watching Sky and had a reply from Con (I'll not print what he said)

Here's a one then, I was watching the end of the Carling cup final earlier, the end when they roll the credits, and they were playing some music to the 'clips from the action' The lyrics had .....'crazy'..... in them....I think it was a woman singing...any idea what and who it was?



Oh, so that's what you were referring to - you are so cutting edge no wonder you have us in stitches every time we open one of your posts, Ritchie :-)

As I recall, having not heard the song at the time, I took a wild guess and thought you might be referring to the song written by Willie Nelson. Therefore I'm not ashamed to say that the words Patsy and Cline might have appeared in my reply.

Gnarls Barkley

PostPosted: Sun Aug 06, 2006 10:21 pm
by Charlie
Gordon Neill wrote:Imagine my horror when it turned out to be have been number one for the last 8 or 9 weeks (I really should get out more). "Crazy" by Gnarls Barkley, I think. Maybe I should start watching "Top Of The Pops" again.

In case you missed Gnarls Barkley on Top of the Pops, Gordon, the performance is archived on YouTube or more conveniently on the Matsuli blog that our correspondent Bedward has introduced us to:

http://matsuli.blogspot.com/ really is a wonderful archive, with Congolese music at its heart, but ranging through most of the stuf that this website covers (he even seems to like Hal Wilner's Rum Sodomy and the Lash tribute).

"Crazy" still sounds great when Gnarls Barkley do it live, even though they have brought in lots of people who weren't involved in making the record. My, can that man sing, and just how I like singers to sing.

PostPosted: Mon Aug 07, 2006 5:33 pm
by Dayna
I have spent several hours lately sitting through some Pop music that I don't even like, & that they play 100s of times a day. Then that Gnarls Barkley song comes on & I say, " Well there's something I like to hear more often."