This week, songs about heaven from Cake, Be Bop Deluxe, Mekons, Grant Hart, Talking Heads and more!
This week, a conversation with Joey Simeone of the fabulous Bellfuries about the band’s past, present and future.
Record Of The Day: George Harrison - Gone Troppo (1982). You’d never confuse the man who made this record with a slick pop songwriter trying to get a hit, although the catchy, synth-driven “Wake Up My Love” coulda been a contender. And apart from a cheeky nod to “Something” in “Unknown Delight” and a rerecording of the White Album outtake “Circles” (featuring Billy Preston and Deep Purple’s Jon Lord!), there’s also little indication that this is a record by a guy who was in the bloody Beatles. No, this is the work of a relaxed, affable looney on vacation, making music to amuse himself and his friends. The doowop cover “I Really Love You,” the Python-quoting tropicalia of “Greece” and Legs Larry Smith’s cement mixer-themed artwork are all contagiously silly in-jokes, while “Mystical One” and “That’s The Way It Goes” are straight-up stunning compositions. George may have made more consequential records, but he never sounded friendlier.
An hour of songs about luck (both good & bad) from The Who, The Plimsouls, Heatmiser, Lene Lovich, ELP, ELO & more
This week, songs about photography from Paul Simon, Wilco, Spoon, Thee Oh Sees, Paul Weller, Van Morrison and more!
Songs about winter from Redd Kross, The Kingsbury Manx, Joy Division, Galaxie 500, The Gris Gris and more!