|Paul Court & Tracy Tracy of The Primitives, 100 Club, 28 September 2013|
More than a few of my favourite artists crop up in this month's playlist. Here goes...
1. Chubby Parker and His Old Time Banjo – “King Kong Kitchie Kitchie Ki-Me-O” (1928)
There aren’t enough songs about frogs marrying mice performed by fat men playing a 5-string banjo and whistling.
2. Dick Justice – “Henry Lee” (1932)
A boarding house lady tries to tempt Henry Lee with her cheap lodgings but he’s not having any of it, remaining loyal to his true love. His reward is a pen knife plunged into his chest before being chucked down a deep, deep well, where he lies until the flesh drops off his bones.
3. Eddie Kirk – “Hog Killin’ Time” (1964)
This was the way to record a blues harp – down, dirty and distorted.
4. Arthur Alexander – “Where Have You Been All My Life?” (1962)
Love everything about this record (tucked away as the flip of “Soldier of Love”) - the production, the arrangement and Arthur’s beautifully passionate vocal.
5. Smokey Robinson & The Miracles – “Ooh Baby Baby” (1965)
Stripped of the Funk Brothers, this accapella version from Studio A of Hitsville is truly hairs-on-the-back-of-the-neck stuff. Listen here.
6. Curtis Mayfield – “Back To The World” (1973)
Governer Pat Quinn has declared today (29th September) as Curtis Mayfield Day in Illinois. Every day is Curtis Mayfield Day in Monkey Mansions.
7. The Primitives – “Dreamwalk Baby” (1987)
It was great to hear the Primitives perform the whole of Lovely last night at the 100 Club. It’s an album so packed with goodies it’s difficult to single out one track but this got the head bobbing somewhat frantically. If that wasn't enough for a memorable Saturday night out, dancing with Mike Joyce to "This Charming Man" made it slightly surreal one too.
8. Baby Strange – “Friend” (2013)
Fiery Glaswegian young uns follow debut single (“Pure Evil”) with another raucous blast on white vinyl as thick a dinner plate.
9. Manic Street Preachers – “This Sullen Welsh Heart (featuring Lucy Rose)” (2013)
Their 100 Club gig this month was good this but the Shepherd’s Bush Empire one two weeks later was even better with nearly two thirds of rustic folk/Welsh soul Rewind The Film getting an airing; a fair greater amount than they usually afford new albums which says much about how pleased they are with it. “This Sullen Welsh Heart” sets the mood in breath-taking fashion.
10. Mary Epworth – “September” (2013)
This is more than a bit bonkers. A short stomping glittery glam rocker about hiding under a leaf instead of going back to school. I think.