Friday, August 30, 2013

Interview - Snakes and Lovers

Second (and last) album from these popsters.  Possibly not as good as their first but now that you've had a taste (and the singers voice has you hooked) well, here's more.  Much harder to get (-ie- impossible) so it would be criminal to keep this LP locked away.  Would love to see a double CD re-ish someday.

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Friday, August 23, 2013

Interview - Big Oceans

You can't help but have a soft spot for this band.  Totally naff name, bland cover and no airplay - a ruthless combination that ensures life begins in the second hand 'el cheapo' bin.  The first thing that grabs you is the singers voice - very different.  The closest reference point could be that of Pavlov's Dog (the band).  Anyway, give this unusual bunch of popsters a good listen - you won't be disappointed.

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Saturday, August 17, 2013

Bobby & Laurie - Hitch Hiker (1966)

Killer album.  Full stop (despite the goofy cover).  This Aussie band were unfairly ignored in the late 60's and have remained so ever since.  Why aren't the multitude talking about this with a full CD re-mastered release?  Damn unfair.  So, all we can settle for (eternally) is my scrubby LP conversion.  Better than nothing despite the sound of cooking bacon.  This is a classic - it still shines.

Check out Jump Back, an excellent compilation LP.

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Friday, August 9, 2013

Little Heroes - Self Titled

Got a real soft spot for these Aussie popsters.  They had a big hit with the song 'One Perfect Day' (not included here) but it's their first album (along with the single 'For A Bleeding Heart') that tickled my ear lobes.  It seems that their three albums have been eradicated from history ... not fair!  Check out this release, then chase up the others.

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Friday, August 2, 2013

Sidewinders - Witchdoctor

Why did these guys not make it big??  They put out three albums (this was the first) then called it a day.  The Sand Rubies followed with a horde of killer releases ... but, same result.  Rich Hopkins kicked on (with The Luminarios and solo) and still does his stuff.  One of my fave alt country artists of all time.  Talk about cult status.  They tear into one of the best cover versions of all time ... Solitary Man (Neil Diamond).  Worth getting just for this.

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