Shuffle of the week #47

1. Fatboy Slim – Soul Surfing (You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby, 1998) [singlepic id=371 w=80 h=50 float=left]

One of the less known tracks from the Hotel California of the nineties, freely dropping four singles in the top of the charts and personally bringing the big beat genre to the attention of the great audience thanks to all the hooks and well-chosen samples. Fair enough, but I’ll pick my druggy Hotel.

2. Ray Price – There’s No Fool Like A Young Fool (Night Life, 1963) [singlepic id=373 w=80 h=50 float=left]

I couldn’t have imagined a greater contrast to start this shuffle with, as we move over to mister Ray Price, born and died in Texas at the blessed age of 87. Price moved to Nashville during the early fifties, where he became the great ambassador of honky tonk. Just when Bakersfield was about to launch country music to prominence during the early sixties, Price released his best album about the real Night Life: not the preceding joyful expectations, not the ecstatic moments of drunkenness, but the disappointing conclusions right before closing time.

3. Pink Floyd – Pigs on the Wing 1 (Animals, 1977) [singlepic id=372 w=80 h=50 float=left]

Lighthearted, acoustic bookend about Waters’ girlfriend at that time, on Pink Floyd’s tenth album, that was itself bookended by Wish You Were Here and The Wall. On WYWH, Waters was primary aiming at the music industry of which Floyd had inevitably become part of. On Animals, he broadens his critical sight to late seventies Britain as a whole, drawing capitalist parallels with Orwell’s Animal Farm and presenting a decent successor to Selling England… from prog pals Genesis. Its promotion tour In the Flesh, with massive arena gigs culminating in Waters spitting at a fan, directly led to Water’s next project: The Wall.

4. The Beatles – When I’m Sixty Four (Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, 1967) [singlepic id=267 w=80 h=50 float=left]

Small step to another guy who loves the bass, himself and the idea of a good concept album. And of course, McCartney (who wrote the song when he was 16, to record it only eight years later when his father turned 64) wouldn’t be McCartney if he didn’t add a clarinet trio to this composition.

5. The Mountain Goats – Song for Dennis Brown (The Sunset Tree, 2005) [singlepic id=375 w=80 h=50 float=left]

Indi folk band from California, that originally consisted mainly of singer John Darnielle. He led a lo-fi life with an overwhelming need to write songs throughout the nineties, before recording well-thought through albums in the new century. After discussing his meth years on the third one, this album treats his not so enviable childhood. This album breathes revenge.

6. Echo & The Bunnymen – Rescue (Crocodiles, 1980) [singlepic id=35 w=80 h=50 float=left]

Jim Morrison meets The Smiths, literally, on this lead single from The Bunnymen’s (Liverpool) debut album. Nothing to laugh about here, that way setting the tone for a series of four strong albums. And those covers, those beautiful covers…

7. Blind Faith – Presence of the Lord (Blind Faith, 1969) [singlepic id=369 w=80 h=50 float=left]

Probably the strongest track on this muscular album, with Clapton on guitar and vocals from Steve Winwood. Talking about album covers, this must be one of the weirdest in rock history. The portrayed 11-years old girl asked for a horse as compensation for the use of her image, but had to settle with 40 pounds…

8. The Move – The Last Thing on My Mind (Shazam, 1970) [singlepic id=205 w=80 h=50 float=left]

Clapton and Winwood fantastically fade into one of my absolute favorite cover songs of all time. It was originally written by Tom Paxton and covered numerous times afterwards. But this version absolutely tops them all: top class vocals complemented by delicious guitar solos towards the end.

9. Sonic Youth – Rain King (Daydream Nation, 1988) [singlepic id=374 w=80 h=50 float=left]

A jump in time, but the guitars are still there on this electric powertrip. They took their time, but with this album, Sonic Youth brought the guitar back home. Not in any specific nation, but at the forefront of the music scene.

10. Broken Social Scene – Shampoo Suicide (You Forgot It in People, 2002) [singlepic id=370 w=80 h=50 float=left]

A pleasant surprise after my recent addiction to Apostle of Hustle’s Folkloric Feel, although this track rather sounds like Tortoise or something like that. Didn’t like BSS’s debut album, but this one is a young and modest classic.

50 Albums you must hear before you buy a house 3.0 (2)

Today, #40-31:


40. (30) Radiohead – OK Computer (1997)
“Best album ever about people wanting everything and getting nowhere by doing so, by a band that’s not searching to find something but just searches because of the searching, that way going somewhere nobody else went before.”

39. (*) Sonic Youth – Daydream Nation (1988)
“Moore and Gordon bearing the nineties after a pigfuck.”

38. (43) Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavillion (2009)
“Favorite box of chocolates.”

37. (33) The Band – Music from Big Pink (1968)
“Ticket to Big Pink, duration: 43 minutes, free of charge. Get on that cannonball.”

36. (29) Crosby Stills Nash & Young – Déjà Vu (1970)
“When four stuck-up musicians are trying to outclass each other, great things can happen.”

35. (26) Talking Heads – Remain in Light (1980)
“The Unstoppable One.”

34. (37) 13th Floor Elevators – Easter Everywhere (1967)
“Take the elevator, leave your body behind.”

33. (22) Electric Light Orchestra – Out of the Blue (1977)
“Jeff Lynne kidnapping Brian Wilson, Lennon & McCartney and Ray Davies to party in space.”

32. (*) The Smiths – Strangeways Here We Come (1987)
“Awesome pass from Marr, and accurately finished by Morrisey: The Smiths’ winning goal.”

31. (41) Fleetwood Mac – Bare Trees (1972)
“The album you always have with you, as it can be played at any place at any time of the day.”


40. (19) Eagles – Hotel California (1976)
“Arguably the strongest collection of individual songs on this list. The sum isn’t .”

39. (*) Bob Dylan -Blonde on Blonde (1966)
“Dylan’s White Album. Where perfection meets misdirection.”

38. (*) Donald Fagen – The Nightfly (1982)
“Carefully crafted soundtrack for driving around at night. Sunglasses allowed.”

37. (25) The Beatles – Rubber Soul (1965)
“The first glimpse of godhood.”

36. (37) Cat Stevens – Tea for the Tillerman (1970)
“Cat, tell me another of your bittersweet stories about how you’ve clearly lost your way. Also, lighten the f*ck up.”

35. (35) Pixies – Doolittle (1989)
“You’ll sit down and listen while Black Francis forcefully implants his seed into you.”

34. (24) Guided By Voices – Bee Thousand (1994)
“The Black-Francis-seed in full fruition. Two minute songs are lame anyway.”

33. (32) Santana – Abraxas (1970)
“A free trip to a Caribbean island. Involuntary headbobs and hipshakes included.”

32. (22) Radiohead – OK Computer (1997)
” ‘And when you gaze long into an abyss, the abyss also gazes into you.’ “

31. (21) Jefferson Airplane – Surrealistic Pillow (1967)
“No fear of gazing too long here. Relax and let the summer of love wash over you.”


40. Beirut – Gulag Orkestar (2006)
“Het nummer Nantes is beter dan Nantes.”

39. Eddie Vedder – Into the Wild (2007)
“Het rustgevende en ingetogene van de natuur.”

38. Nick Drake – Five Leaves Left (1969)
“Bij het uitkomen enkel gesmaakt door de fijnproever, nu op het menu van iedereen die begaan is met muziek.”

37. John Cale – The Island Years (1996)
“Je blijft nog wat wegdromen terwijl de eerste cd na ‘Rollaroll’ geluidloos blijft ronddraaien en dan moet op cd 2 ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ en ‘Guts’ nog komen.”

36. Emmylou Harris – Wrecking Ball (1995)
“Er staat maar één vrouw in deze lijst, zodat ze met haar warm-omarmende- stem helemaal alleen kan schitteren tussen de doorrookte en ruwe mannenstemmen. “

35. Sigur Rós – Takk… (2005)
“Iets anders, iets dat je bij elke luisterbeurt naar een andere wereld meevoert. ”

34. Lou Reed – Coney Island Baby (1976)
“‘I’m just a gift to the women of this world’ … of hoe je met zelfvertrouwen alles kan doen, maken en zeggen wat je wilt.”

33. Talking Heads – Remain in Light (1980)
“Als je met de fiets ergens heel vlug moet zijn, deze cd op en je trappers kunnen je benen niet volgen.”

32. Paul Simon – Graceland (1986)
“Vakantie, het broodnodige de kofferbak in, de autodeur dicht, Graceland op en weg.”

31. The Beatles – Revolver (1966)
“Teruggetrokken in hun studio, weg van het publiek, enkel maar gemaakt om de muziek.”