List seven songs you are into right now. No matter what the genre, whether they have words, or even if they’re not any good, but they must be songs you’re really enjoying now, shaping your spring. Post these instructions in your blog along with your 7 songs. Then tag 7 other people to see what they’re listening to.
So if you’re interested, consider yourself tagged. This list is pretty random, and if it tells you anything, it’s that I’m not really down with da kidz musically. It isn’t what I would pick for “seven best songs”, just stuff I’m enjoying at the minute. There’s nothing here that’s very street cred, and a couple of outright guilty pleasures. But I hope the list is eclectic enough that something will tickle your fancy.
Diamond Head, “Helpless” – Diamond Head should have been bigger than Iron Maiden. Of course they weren’t, due mainly to problems with record labels that meant their stuff was virtually unobtainable for years. Early Diamond Head does have a certain rough-at-the-edges charm, and “Helpless” has to be one of their best efforts – if you’ve heard the clunky Metallica cover, don’t let that put you off. Perhaps best heard in its eight-minute studio version, it’s a showcase for Sean Harris’ vocals as well as having guitar work that comes after you like a barracuda.
Andrew Gold, “Lonely Boy” – A shameless slice of 1970s singer-songwriter nostalgia from a man who’s either so perfectionist or so lazy that he releases an album maybe once in a decade. A great driving track, and thanks to its use in the Boogie Nights soundtrack will be forever rooted in its era.
Capercaillie, “Coisich A Rùin” – Have I ever mentioned the extraordinary erotic qualities of Karen Matheson’s voice? Not being competent in our own Gaelic, never mind the Scottish version, I have no idea what she’s singing about, but it’s enough to just let the vocals wash over you. As good in its way as Charlotte Green reading the shipping forecast.
Blue Öyster Cult, “Joan Crawford” – This is from Fire of Unknown Origin, one of the Cult’s lesser albums it’s fair to say, but with a few gems there. It’s defined by a slightly sinister camp rather than the mystical or sci-fi themes that BÖC are most associated with. Written by David Roter, who also gave us the wonderful “Unknown Tongue” from Cultösaurus Erectus. By the way, nice piano work from Allen Lanier.
Girls Aloud, “Biology” – See, this is what I like about Brian Higgins. It’s easy, too easy, to just dismiss Girls Aloud as being all about stripy hair, dance routines, pounding beats and nonsensical lyrics. But Higgins has craftily used the combo’s bubblegum image to get away with some really audacious, sometimes bizarre, songwriting. “Biology” is possibly as complex a top-ten single as you’ll ever get – it sounds like bits of three completely different songs welded together, or possibly a radically edited 20-minute prog epic, while still hanging together as a pretty decent dance number. Thom Yorke wishes he could write stuff like this.
Seka Aleksić, “Aspirin” – Yes, it’s the up-and-coming Bosnian turbofolk diva. From the Kraljica album, a thoroughly infectious slice of Euro-disco. As a summer track, it works as well as anything. Not that I really do drunken beach parties, but that’s where it would go down a storm.
Alice Cooper, “The Lady is a Tramp” – No, really. Give it a go. Alice should do this stuff more often.
And there you go. Scanning it again, eclectic probably is the word. Isn’t the random play function brilliant?