Going For A Song: ‘Anthem’

Leonard Cohen – Anthem (Live in London)

Thank you so much for your warm hospitality this evening. We are so grateful to play for you. [Interruption] [Laughter] I heard that. Thank you so much friends. We are so privileged to be able to gather in moments like this when so much of the world is plunged in darkness and chaos. So ring the bells that still can ring, / forget your perfect offering, / there is a crack in everything, / that’s how the light gets in.

Leonard Cohen,1934-2016

Going For A Song: ‘Champagne Body’

General Levy – Champagne Body

because…it more often than not makes me smile; for its joyousness; for its revelling in repetition and rhythm; for that bass line; for it doesn’t, no, can’t bring itself to finish; for then the only solution is the fade out; for with this somehow leaving the impression the song continues on regardless somewhere.

Going For A Song: ‘Steady Jam’

Sad City – Steady Jam

When it comes to introducing me to new music the Gilles Peterson show and Stuart Maconie’s Freak Show (and its offshoot the Freakier Zone) on BBC6 Music have filled the role the music press used to play. I’ve mentioned and featured songs I’ve heard on the Freak Show in this blog previously, so I wanted to give a quick mention to the Gilles Peterson show.

On a Saturday afternoon the scope of what he is able to play, unencumbered it seems by any restrictions, is impressive. It’s a compliment to the show I think that I can hear it being broadcast at 3pm or 3am. This by Sad City is an example of one of the longer tunes Peterson seems to be able to place seamlessly into the show; and is yet another song heard on the show I’ve since listened to again and again.

Going For A Song: ‘Ghost Riders In The Sky’


The Space Lady – Ghost Riders In The Sky

Instead of trying to rebuild space stations and attempting to land on Mars I am of the opinion that astronauts and their colleagues’ time would be better spent rigging up a very big sound system out there “in the darkness”, so as to broadcast music back to earth. (Like Radio Caroline but, you know, in space.) It won’t fall to me to consider the implementation of such a system. But I would happily give guidance as to what records to play. And the first record I’d recommend would be this: The Space Lady’s version of ‘Ghost Riders in the Sky’.

It’s not just because of her moniker I think it an apt choice, but it’s the very odd ethereal syntheness of it that makes it a prime candidate. And as I now imagine ‘Ghost Riders In the Sky’ emanating from “the heavens”, I can’t help but conclude the whole planet would benefit greatly from the whole experience. If doubting put it on now and look up into that darkening sky (if it indeed it is darkening where you are) – see if I’m not right.

Going For A Song: ‘Life of Crime’

The Triffids – Life of Crime

From one Australian band last week to another Australian band this week: The Triffids. The Triffids, as with Art of Fighting, didn’t quite get the recognition they deserved when they were playing and recording. They were maybe even in danger of becoming forgotten until Domino Records, in 2006, remastered and rereleased their albums to much deserved fanfare and acclaim. This is ‘Life of Crime’ off their 1986 album Born Sandy Devotional *presses play*.

Going For A Song: ‘Eastbound’

Art of Fighting – Eastbound

Art of fighting are one of those bands who – like I wrote of Chris Mills – never got the recognition I felt they deserved. They released three fantastic albums through the early to mid 2000s: Wires (2001), Second Story (2004) and Runaways (2007). And it’s a testament to the quality of these records, how the albums operate as a whole, that I found it very difficult to choose one song to separate out. But I feel ‘Eastbound’ and the album it’s from, Runaways, can stand this separation and the subsequent reintegration without harming either.