Nov 1 2011, 21h36I sort of liked Oasis, I had some of their CDs, but never listened to them intently. For some reason or other, I decided to get Noel Gallagher's debut solo album. I friggin' love it. The man's a genius. I know he wrote great stuff for Oasis, but those recordings were often steeped in layer upon layer of guitar. Not always pretty. This time, all of that is left out. Noel stripped bare so to say. I tend to agree with others who say that he seems to have kept his best songwriting to himself. And he's a closet romantic. He may come across as all moody and sulky, but underneath all that is a big softy. A big softy that writes bloody good songs.
Out 24 2011, 20h49Kasabian. When did I discover them? I honestly can't remember. Last year? Early this year? I was getting into the whole downloading from Pirate Bay thing and was searching the web for indie bands. I came across the name Kasabian and that was it. Kasabian. Linda Kasabian. Charles Manson. The Tate murders. True crime. You only have to look at my book cases to understand why the name caught my attention. I downloaded two albums: Kasabian and West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum. I don't know why I didn't get Empire (their second album) at the time.
It wasn't until much later that I actually started listening to those two albums. They blew me away. The first album in particular had (and still has) me completely mesmerized. I became obsessed with the lads from Leicester. Listening to their music felt like tripping. I've never done LSD or Extacy, so I don't know their effects, but I have smoked a joint or two, and that came fucking close. I can no longer listen to the first album when I work, because it just won't allow me to concentrate (I'm a translator, so I rely on concentration).
Last month they released their fourth album, Velociraptor!. Slated by lots of fans and praised by as many others, I really didn't like it at first myself. It felt too commercial, too far removed from the psychedelic feel of their previous albums. But then again, if all albums sound the same, you're not progressing, and I think Serge (guitarist and main songwriter) certainly IS progressing.
Switchblade Smiles was one of the songs I tended to skip. Until I watched the video on YouTube, which made me change my mind. Funny what a video can do. And funny what a bit of surfing on the net can lead to...
Out 21 2011, 20h15In 1983 I was totally in love with Paul Young. I can't see the attraction now, but back then my walls were plastered with his face. Anyway, It was him who got me to listen to Otis Redding and Marvin Gaye. You know how it works: your idol talks about his or her idols and you think: mmmm, let's have a listen then. While on holiday I found myself in an obscure record shop somewhere in Belgium, where I bought a double lp of Marvin called Anthology. It was full of his early stuff with, for instance, Tammy Wynette and I loved it. Then came 1 April 1984, the day he was shot dead by his father. He would have turned 45 the next day.
I love all sorts of music, and all sorts of different bands. But ultimately, for me, there's only Marvin and I think his posthumous album Dream of a Lifetime is one of the best albums ever made. May God bless your soul Marvin...
Out 20 2011, 19h52It was January 1984, and a day like any other day. I was half-watching a Dutch music programme called Countdown. Nothing of interest, until they showed the video for the latest song by an English band. The song was New Moon on Monday, the band, of course, Duran Duran. It was the start of a love affair that continues to this day.