Wednesday, June 13, 2007
A BIG BOX OF TREATS
Until last night, it had been a while since I delved into the cupboard and brought out some vinyl for the USB turntable. I found 3 wonderful 12" singles containing reasonably rare or unusual tracks:-
mp3 : Pete Wylie - Sinful (Tribal Mix)
mp3 : The Smiths - This Charming Man (New York Vocal)
mp3 : Prefab Sprout - He'll Have To Go
The Pete Wylie track is over 8 minutes long, and even now, 21 years after I first heard it, I'm not entirely convinced by it. The actual single was about half that length and a great bit of pop music. The extended mix I feel throws in things just for the sake of it. But if you're a Wylie fan, or indeed just someone who likes the song, it's well worth a listen.
I remember everyone in the flat I was living in getting into an argument when this particular version of The Smiths breakthrough song appeared on the scene in 1983. Morrissey had already announced his dislike of dance music, and yet here was a funky remix that was rather obviously aimed at the dance market. For what it's worth, it is my favourite version of the song, as I love how the other three members of the band come to the fore in the extended instrumental section. It was in a sense a precursor to another fantastic bit of Smiths music - Barbarism Begins At Home.
The Prefab Sprout offering can be found on the b-side of the 12" version of When Love Breaks Down that came out in 1985. It's a cover version of a song that I seem to recall was made famous by country & western legend, Jim Reeves.
And one more song to enjoy is there to marvel over today. And it's all down to Vuka who, having read last month's posting and thoughts on the LP Songs To Remember, responded positively to my plea for a copy of the extended version of a Scritti Politti classic:-
mp3 : Scritti Politti - Faithless (Triple-Hep N'Blue)
There's been quite a number of moments that have made all the hours spent on TVV all worthwhile - hearing that particular nine and a bit minutes once again after more than 20 years was just the latest.
So if you're reading this - thank you Vuka.