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Lost In Time – Day Ten: Dexys, Radio 4 & Hefner

 

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My final choice in our wander along the mews cottages at the back of memory lane is ‘This Is What She’s Like’ by Dexy’s Midnight Runners. After the commercial triumph of Too Rye Aye, Kevin Rowland decided to release Don’t Stand Me Down, a ‘concept’ album with no obvious singles and only reluctantly released this track to promote the album. Meanwhile on the cover Dexys abandoned the dungarees in favour of smart office attire. Suffice it to say there would not be another Dexys album for 27 years. Nonetheless it is probably one of the greatest, bravest and most moving albums ever and with the hindsight of decades is often now cited as an all time classic album. Commercial suicide in 1985 however.

‘This Is What She’s Like’ clocks in at over 12 minutes. The only version of the video on youtube is heavily edited and I have imbedded it below. However the full version of the song and video, which I cannot recommend highly enough can be found on a French music site here, but I can’t work out how to embed it directly. For non French-speakers, to get rid of the banner ad click the pink button top right saying ‘ Acceder directement a wat.tv’. You won’t regret it.

“Bill, you know the newly wealthy peasants
With their home bars and hi fis?
Eh, I’m not sure actually
You know, the ones who parade all their possessions
And put ‘fabulous’ and ‘super’ in each sentence
Oh yeah, I know the ones
Well I don’t really like these scumbags
May I be clear on this point. Sure.
She’s not a bit like that
No, nothing like that”

Meanwhile scroll down for Andy and Roy’s choices, see the whole list here and a big thanks to all who have contributed to this particular theme, our most popular yet. Let us know if there’s another topic you’d like us to do in the future.

So… what is she like, Kevin?

Lost In Time – Day Nine: Hope Of The States, I Ludicrous & Morrissey

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My penultimate choice is from 2004. Is it possible to be ‘Lost In Time’ after just a decade? Arguably even more so, as the recent past is often the least analysed and codified. Is ‘the Noughties’ even a definable coherent decade in the way we think of the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s?

When I first saw this video I was hugely impressed, but despite releasing two fine albums, ‘The Lost Riots’ and ‘Blood Meridian’ Hope Of The States never really made it – either in terms of mainstream success or critical adulation. Perhaps they just didn’t fit into any recognisable musical movement at the time, or perhaps by the 21st century there are no ‘new’ movements or musical revolutions to be a part of – in the digital age we now have a multitude of genres in parallel, available on demand at the push of a button, with all of music’s past and present co-existing on youtube and spotify.

In any case ,their first single ‘The Red The White The Black The Blue’ features the only fiddle solo in our lists so far, but don’t let that put you off. It’s also one of my favourite videos of all time.

If you believe in Parallel Worlds Theory then in some other alternative Earth, Hope Of The States are the secret band topping the bill on the middle night at Glastonbury. Based on this video that isn’t such a daft idea. They could and should have been huge.

As usual, scroll down for Andy & Roy’s choices or catch up on the story so far here.

 

Lost In Time – Day Eight: Pizzicato Five, Puressence, White Town & The Wonder Stuff

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Today I’m popping back just two decades to 1994 and it’s my second choice from Japan, Pizzicato Five. They released many many albums and for me sat somewhere to the left of St Etienne with some B-52s and DeeLite mixed in. No hits in the UK but this track is apparently much beloved of Futurama fans as it crops up in Season 4 episode 5 ‘Leela’s Dream’. Also worth checking out are ‘Twiggy Twiggy’ and  ‘Magic Carpet Ride’, but I have opted for the quite lovely ‘Baby Love Child’.

 

 

Meanwhile over to Roy:

“A double ‘lost in time’ for today’s selection from 1995 – both band and track. ‘I Suppose’ by Puressence and another of my favourite ever tracks.
By far the best band from Manchester you’ve never heard of, it was just their bad luck to be from that City at the same time that Oasis launched themselves on the worldUnfathomably. huge in Greece and The Balkans, and after four mostly, quite brilliant, albums and a few singles that bothered the lower reaches of the Top 40, they finally called it a day in 2013.”

Scroll down for Andy’s choice or click here for the list so far

Lost In Time – Day Seven: The Redskins, Farley Jackmaster Funk & John Martyn

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18 months after this blog started, WordPress tells me this is the 100th post. I also note that we seem to have advertising now, although rest assured that none of the resulting dosh goes my way.

Talking of capitalism (dubious segue),  today I’m abandoning any pretence at chronological order and hopping back to 1985 to bring you ‘Bring It Down (This Insane Thing)’ by The Redskins. The Redskins only recorded one (classic) album, the catchily titled ‘Neither Washington Nor Moscow But International Socialism’. At a time when political pop centred around Red Wedge led by Weller and Billy Bragg, they remained on the outskirts, suspicious of being seen to hang out with Neil Kinnock and opting instead for ideological purity. They did however tour  with Billy Bragg and performed a stunning version of Levi Stubbs Tears at their final gig in 1986.

Posterity tends to focus on The Redskins’ politics and not enough –  in my opinion – on the glorious music,which updated Northern Soul far more successfully than the Style Council. A revolution you can dance to.

The video, featuring  Alexei Sayle, reflects an age in which football oligarchs meant Robert Maxwell. Their biggest hit, this reached the giddy heights of Number 33…

Afterwards, scroll down for Andy & Roy’s choices, or catch all the ‘Lost In Time’ lists so far here

 

Lost In Time – Day Six: The Sundays, The Motors, The Bodines & New Musik

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A short hop into the 1990s now and the B-side of The Sundays single ‘Goodbye’ which was released in 1992. It’s a cover version of ‘Wild Horses’ and I don’t have much to say about it other than it is one of the most perfect tracks I’ve ever heard, with Harriett Wheeler’s vocals in particular simply breathtaking – not X-Factor vocal gymnastics, “look at what a great voice I have” histrionics but sung simply and with plenty of character.

The musical equivalent of sitting on the Sussex downs watching the sun set. Enjoy and then scroll down for Andy & Roy’s choices or click here for the list so far

 

 

Lost In Time – Day Four: Was (Not Was), Tom Petty and Thomas Dolby

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I am still in the early 80s with my next choice which is ‘Tell Me That I’m Dreaming’ by Was(Not Was). It’s another 12″ mix which is way ahead of this time. If you heard this on 6 Music today you would just assume it  was the new Daft Punk single. It features Ronald Reagan samples two years before Trevor Horn liberally spread them over various remixes of Two Tribes, as the middle section uses Reagan’s first State Of The Union address from 1981: “Can we who man this ship of state deny, it is somewhat out of control?

Was (Not Was) did go on to have a novelty hit with ‘Everybody Walk The Dinosaur’ and bizarrely are not the only act in my nominations to be more famous for a novelty hit about the Stone Age. I seem to recall I had it as a 7′ single with the mix spread over both sides which I then had to edit back together for compilation tapes, but here it is its uninterrupted, video-less glory.

Meanwhile scroll down for Andy & Roy’s choices or catch up on the list so far here

 

Lost In Time – Day Three: YMO, XTC, UV

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Today I’m hopping back to 1980 and across to Tokyo for ‘Firecracker’ by Yellow Magic Orchestra. YMO always existed slightly on the fringe of early 80s electronic music, perhaps as victims of geography.

Their main claims to fame are  ‘Behind The Mask’ which was covered by Eric Clapton of all people, and being the first project of Ryuici Sakamoto, acclaimed film score musician for such films as ‘The Last Emperor’ and ‘Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence’ (check out the sublime ‘Forbidden Colours’ with David Silvian from that soundtrack).

They were so much more than just the Japanese Kraftwerk and you can see a clear lineage to Random Access Memories, particularly the opening track. Even the stage layout in this Budokan performance is very Daft Punk. Firecracker was re-released in the UK as ‘Theme from Invaders’ to attempt to exploit the new craze called ‘video games’ and got to number 17….

Meanwhile scroll down for Andy & Roy’s choices or catch up on the list so far here