Going For A Song: ‘Heart Translation’

Art of Fighting – Heart Translation

Yes, it wasn’t that many posts ago I chose a song by Art of Fighting. No, I don’t see a problem; I’ve just listened to this song a few times this weekend. No reason why; no reason sought; just wanted to hear it; and I just wanted to acknowledge that.

Going For A Song: ‘Cheap Wine’

Charlie Parr – Cheap Wine

Every time I listen to a live recording of Charlie Parr it sounds like the most fun you can have at a gig with just one man and a selection of guitars on stage. At its best Parr’s music – the fast stompers or the slower songs – deeply involve the listener with the characters that populate them: like the liquor store owner narrator of ‘Cheap Wine’, his customers: the old ladies who “ain’t no better than all these bums”, and the kid, in the wrong place, who “wasn’t so bright, drunk all the time”.

Going For A Song: ‘I send my love to you’

Palace Brothers – I send my love to you

I’ve returned to this Palace Brothers’ recording a lot this week. It’s a song that demonstrates song’s ability to take a simple, perhaps overused, sentiment; one you might struggle to use outside of song, and forge it into something authentic to the moment.

Going For A Song: ‘Lola’

Nicky Thomas – Lola

There’s a record shop on Lee High Road, Lewisham High Street end, about twenty minutes from where I currently live. It’s small but filled top to bottom with records, VHS videos, books and old music magazines. Walking in you usually find the owner on the left, behind the counter on which the store’s record player sits. On occasion the owner’s position is taken by a customer going through a pile of 7″ singles. The last time I popped in, a man was stood there working his way – listening to only a small excerpt of each song – through about thirty reggae singles. One of them, this version of the Kink’s ‘Lola’ by Nicky Thomas, caught my ear. I didn’t know it was by Nicky Thomas then. And perhaps I wouldn’t have ever found out if it wasn’t for the owner, his interest also piqued, appearing from the backroom asking, who’s that?

Going For A Song: ‘Hungry Heart’

In Bruce Springsteen’s recent interview for Desert Island Discs he tells interviewer Kirsty Young how the E-Street band’s snare drum sound was based on the snare sound on Elvis Presley’s ‘Hound Dog’. If you compare the snare drums on ‘Hungry Heart’ and ‘Hound Dog’ you discover he isn’t being disingenuous.

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