Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Friday, December 31, 2010
And another year comes to an end...
Boney M - Gotta Go Home
The lead "singer" of Boney M just died the other day. The hugely popular band was produced by the same guy who created Milli Vanilli, hence my quotations. This song was sampled earlier this year in the smash club hit "Barbra Streisand" by Duck Sauce.
The Ting Tings - Hands (Michael Woods Remix)
Like the song above, this remix is rotten with arpeggiated keyboard effects. And I mean that in the best possible way. Nice to hear the Tings coming back for round two. Hopefully their initial MTV exposure will blow them up a little more this year.
"America doesn't deserve Boney M." - Pete Money
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Cristina - Things Fall Apart
This is Pete Money's favorite Christmas song, for obvious reasons. The Queen of ZE Records released this in 1981 and the holidays were never the same for those of us who prefer our egg nog spiked.
Polly Styrene - Black Christmas
The legendary lead singer of X-Ray Spex just put out this little number, and I must say it's an enchanting, albeit dark take on the season.
Ramones - Merry Christmas (I Don't Want To Fight Tonight)
Makes you wish there were more Christmas songs like this one, doesn't it? Peace on earth, people! Have a nice holiday, if you're into it. And if you're not - go pick a fight with someone!
Monday, December 13, 2010
Two songs from the John Giorno Poetry Systems 1989 compilation Like A Girl, I Want You To Keep Coming.
Deborah Harry - Invocation to Papa Legba
A very unusual direction for Debbie, and perhaps the strangest thing she ever recorded. This is a voodoo chant sung in - what I assume is - Creole? Kind of amazing - I especially like the change in meter half way thru.
David Byrne - Song For The Trees
An solo song from around the time that Talking Heads were wrapping things up. Again, a strange recording, but what a pretty melody! And I love the night time insects buzzing about.
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Sandra Bernhard - Manic Superstar
Jimi Hendrix vs Andrew Lloyd Webber. A really mad medley from the 90s that even made it into video rotation for a minute. I think this was around the same time as "lesbian-chic" became a catch-phrase.
Sandra Bernhard - Phone Sex (Do You Want Me Tonight?)
Bisexual provocateuse vs. straight-man fantasies. Could you imagine, well - first of all being straight - and hearing this and recognizing your own voice on the other end? Shade.
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Kim Ann Foxman - Creature
Another absolutely stunning revisionist house track from the Mr Intl crew. This time it's a solo outing for Kim Ann Foxman, the lesbianesque lead singer for H&LA. Do not attempt to vogue.
MGMT - Congratulations (Erol Alkan Rework)
It has a good beat, and you can dance to it. Erol Alkan is a master of the rework. He gives this MGMT song an atmospheric dark disco effect that sounds really cute in headphones.
Within two days of posting this, the post got pulled down by blogger. Was it Mr Int'l (Kim Ann Foxman) or Columbia Records (MGMT) who filed the complaint with blogger and got it removed? Your guess is as good as mine. Leave your reactions in the comments if you care to. And in the meantime, here's the Kim Ann track via vimeo:
Monday, November 1, 2010
Imagination - So Good, So Right
Masters of the slow jam, inspiration to Pet Shop Boys. They were the women you were always afraid to be, all falsettos and spandex cat suits. No amount of glitter and pomade could satisfy. You wanted more. You gave in to the magic. Imagination!
Imagination - Burning Up
Although they may have gagged more fully, having no frame of reference for such legendary black faggotry, London weren't the only ones gagging. In the United States, these Brits fit right into the proto-house music of the early 80s. Get into this piano-led jam and try not to daydream of Frankie Knuckles.