Recorded in 1983 (released in Jan ’84) and it is Michael Jackson on the vocals for the chorus (Jermaine Jackson is even on backing vocals)
It’s like an alternative take on ’82’s “Thriller” with an even more synthesized backing. Motown Records trying to get a piece of the Horror Pop action. A debut international Hit and the title track from Rockwell’s debut album. The 12″ is the same version as the LP’s
The instrumental is an instrumental! (with a tiny amount of vocals – no MJ)
Obscure band of the month (not had one of these for a while)
A trio of Mark Platz, Mike Scott and Phil Scott who were all in another short lived band called East Of Java but changed their name to this and released their fourth and final single in October ’86 and then got dropped by RCA.
All synth horns and one string bass with some guitar on top and some backing vocals given it a commercial shine. It was produced by Gary Bell. There was a song in there.
There’s a cover of the Bob Dylan standard, rattling drum machines and a bit of a gospel feel, it’s almost a House / Dance version with the intro then goes into glam mode, very Roxy Music, they even add the “Virginia Plain” into it! A bizarre listen with a canned audience cheering at the end.
Sneak this little Rock cover in before the week closes. From “The Faculty “and performed by a bit of a Supergroup. Class Of ’99 only did this one track especially for the film, a cover of the Pink Floyd Hit.
Featuring Layne Staley (Alice In Chains), Martyn LeNoble, Stephen Perkins (both of Jane’s Addiction, Porno For Pyros), Matt Serletic, (record producer) and Tom Morello (Audioslave, Rage Against The Machine)
Suitably grungy with a little bit too much kiddie choir for my liking!
I’d like to think that some people just visit this blog to see what Sunday Silly Song has been posted (can’t believe it’s well over a 100 and counting!)
Loungecore or Lounge music was very popular in the late 90’s early noughties with the success of bands like Mike Flowers Pops, Nouvelle Vague and Senor Coconut.
The King (Las Vegas Elvis Impersonator Jim Brown, he was a Postman from Belfast actually!) released this in ’98, an interpretation of the Nirvana classic (fits the weeks theme nicely) from the superbly amusing debut album, “Gravelands.”
Yeh, it still quite rocky! Paul Guerin (Quireboys) on guitar who goes on to enjoy himself on Hendrix’s “Voodoo Chile” with Lee Pomeroy (It Bites) on bass.
Joy Division’s “Love Will Tear Us Apart” gets the croon treatment but keeps the tempo.
So not Lounge but covers with the voice of Elvis, enjoy!
A re-recorded version of the classic from 1972 given a 10 year anniversary make over. It was taken from their 13th LP “Choose Your Masques” – so Lemmy’s not on vocals.
Produced by Pat Moran and founder member David Brock. It was re-recorded at Rockfield Studios in Summer 1982. More synths and sound effects and a drum machine! (Drummer Martin Griffin wasn’t impressed and soon left) The Full Version has plenty more guitar (but it fades out – maybe because of the limited space on the 7″ even playing at 33 rpm) Fine Space Rock!
“Psychedelic Warlords” has quite a lot of synths with classic rock guitar playing over the top. (it was originally recorded back in ’74) Not to many old fans taste.
Early Nick Cave from The Birthday Party (1983). In the Swamp Rock style that Cave developed into his solo career. When I was a Mute Records collector I remember seeing Birthday Party vinyl, I asked for a listen of one and immediately put it back in the rack, Mute ??
Now I can appreciate melancholia and darkness so this was nice to have another listen. The simple quartet of bass – Tracy Pew, drums – Mick Harvey and guitar – Rowland S. Howard.
“Mutiny In Heaven” has crazed lyrics (plenty of swearing) with added extra noise to the mix. Dirty Blues Rock! All about heroin.
“Swampland” is another deranged rocker, whilst sleaze returns on the seedy, “Say A Spell.”
The second offering from Faith No More (and another CD – bet you miss the vinyl crackle!) From January ’98 and not a cover of the Bowie track. More rocky with a guitar solo and crunchy riffs. Shame it is so short.
Weirdly this limited release doesn’t have any mixes of the main track but 2 more remixes of previous post, “Last Cup Of Sorrow” by Rammstein (Richard Kruspe Bernstein to be precise – he puts etheral strings over it with some Drum and Bass, skitter beats, the guitars coming in late to the mix – it later evolved into the Rammstein track “Nebel” )
German DJ Sharam Jey goes heavy on the bass drum on a Tech House remix. Chunky, sequenced bass (Jingo!) The vocals making an appearance halfway sit oddly amongst the Dance Beats.
Bonus track is a live track from Rotterdam August ’97 for a Radio Show on Kink FM. From the ’94 album, “King For A Day Fool For A Lifetime”- “The Gentle Art Of Making Enemies” is a straight Rock thrash out with plenty of swearing.
A couple from Faith No More today with a few interesting remixes.
From August ’97 they released “Last Cup Of Sorrow” from the underrated, “Album Of The Year.”
A mid tempo bit of polished Grunge with the characteristic uplifting chorus. It was produced with Roli Mosimann and keeps the right side of being too heavy. Mosimann provides an extended version, processing the Power Chords and using the sampled strings and jingly loops to give the track a bit of menace, Patton using his impressive vocal range.
Bands bassist remixes the album cut “Pristina” almost goes into Portishead territory with a Trip Hop mix, is that a Roland Olazabel vocal sample ? (I had to check!)
Drum and Bass DJ/Remixer gets hold of previous single “Ashes To Ashes”, good that he kept a vocal loop in with the dark, menacing atmospherics.