Seven songs for summer

Well, it’s back to the music theme. I’ve been tagged by Madam Miaow, and Phil has also been running this, both showing rather more presentable taste than me. The remit is:

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?


  1. Darren said,

    June 10, 2008 at 9:41 am

    Don’t take this as a sectarian dig but you’ve got worse taste in music of all people I’ve seen who’ve done this meme. Hopefully AVPS’s Phil will save the day by doing the meme. 😉

    And hiding behind the old bollocks of “guilty pleasures” doesn’t get you off the hook.

  2. splinteredsunrise said,

    June 10, 2008 at 10:10 am

    Darren, I am deeply touched. I would have been napping on the job had I not managed to appal anybody. 😉

  3. Darren said,

    June 10, 2008 at 10:35 am

    I’m sure an SWPer would have popped up at some point to denounce you for not including a Redskins track. 😉

  4. splinteredsunrise said,

    June 10, 2008 at 10:38 am

    I can take the Redskins or leave them alone, though I do like some of the old Tom Robinson stuff.

  5. Harpymarx said,

    June 10, 2008 at 11:21 am

    Well, I am doing mine this evening……it’ll be a shocker…maybe not!

    Splintered, it is eclectic (Blue Oyster Cult…ahh the memories) and Darren, like I said, I am doing mine this evening not sure if that’s bedtime in your neck of the States.

    And taste is subjective but Girls Aloud..dearie me! 😉

  6. Cian said,

    June 10, 2008 at 11:21 am

    “it sounds like bits of three completely different songs welded together,”

    Well yeah, already existing songs.

  7. Ed Hayes said,

    June 10, 2008 at 11:37 am

    The Redskins are on Youtube in all their soul/punk/rockabilly glory with lyrics almost written by Tony Cliff, except forced to rhyme. Anyone remember Easterhouse the RCP’s representatives in the School of Rock?
    I think that the first few Girl’s Aloud singles are a lot better than the shite that their putting out now. Its just pop folks.

  8. splinteredsunrise said,

    June 10, 2008 at 11:43 am

    I have a vision of a Cliff speech dubbed over trip-hop…

  9. Ed Hayes said,

    June 10, 2008 at 11:48 am

    Sweet divinity…does it bring you up or down?
    I just thought of the best Girl’s Aloud track: Love Machine, with more than a hint of the Smiths in the bass line.
    The Redskins motto was ‘Sing like the Supremes, Walk like the Clash.’
    Remember a Hot Press interview with Easterhouse where the Redskins and Arthur Scargill were denounced as sell-outs and Bobby Sands described as the only ‘real working-class hero.’ Despite their name I actually think the band were from Manchester.

  10. Darren said,

    June 10, 2008 at 12:16 pm


    in fairness to both the Redskins and Easterhouse, they both knocked out decent tunes.

    Now the group A Popular History of Signs? That’s a different kettle of rotting fish.

  11. Madam Miaow said,

    June 10, 2008 at 1:44 pm

    Idiosyncratic or what? If you were English, Splinty, you’d qualify as, ahem, “eccentric”.

    Whoops, mystery solved. A plethora of schoolgirls, nubile lovelies, big hair and ’70s face-fuzz. Back to your safe place …

  12. splinteredsunrise said,

    June 10, 2008 at 2:19 pm

    It’s true, I never quite made it past 1977… on the plus side, though, it does mean I keep being mistaken for Tom Selleck.

  13. Mick Brody said,

    June 11, 2008 at 2:52 am

    Love the old Diamond Head, though they’d only have been bigger than Maiden had they kept Paul D’Anno

  14. Harpymarx said,

    June 11, 2008 at 9:35 am

    “on the plus side, though, it does mean I keep being mistaken for Tom Selleck”

    Does that mean you own Hawaiian shirts…as well??

  15. almata said,

    June 11, 2008 at 1:15 pm

    Taste is taste (Niel Diamond can get my toes tapping on occasion and I’m still under 40). But Alice Cooper doing show tunes? That sounds like a Gitmo torture soundtrack.

  16. splinteredsunrise said,

    June 11, 2008 at 2:15 pm

    Does that mean you own Hawaiian shirts…as well??

    In the dim and distant past, I was known to wear such an outlandish garment. Not much call for them around these parts of course.

  17. WorldbyStorm said,

    June 11, 2008 at 7:52 pm

    Hmmm… Diamond Head. I used to have Canterbury. And liked it too. I wish they had been bigger than Iron Maiden. BOC, a funny one with me. I admire them more than I like them. But that said they always have a track or two that shines. Cooper was a pop genius. Girls Aloud, meh. Andrew Gold, hmmm… the other three could be brilliant for all I know.

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  19. June 13, 2008 at 8:20 am

    Darren, I’m sure my taste in music will be pipped to the post in the naff stakes by your fine choices 😉

  20. Binh said,

    June 17, 2008 at 3:16 pm

    ^— Best rap song of the summer.

    Also, has anyone on this board heard of Redsmed (or Red Smed)? Here are the lyrics for a song by them that I have:

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