Wednesday, August 16, 2017

40 From 40: 2001

We haven't read Meet Me In The Bathroom yet apart from some bookshop flickage, but we're delighted that it gives over a chapter to Jonathan Fire*Eater. Their apparent spiritual bretheren got people all het up from 2001 on, but beyond those 2001 was a year of flux and wane. Nu-metal attempted to build and grow with System Of A Down's breakthrough, but Limp Bizkit's hubris led to its eventual collapse. 9/11 brought Clear Channel into a brighter light with its all-encompassing ban list. Aaliyah was killed. Mariah Carey broke down. Pop Idol debuted as Hear'Say embarked on their firework career. S Club 7 piled in, followed from another direction by So Solid Crew and everything/everyone they brought with them (no, their inclusion below is not ironic - consider it a make-good for forgetting Pow in 2004) Kylie had her big Paul Morley-inspiring moment. Yankee Hotel Foxtrot became a cause celebre. Napster closed, briefly, six months after iTunes debuted, not that anybody quite knew what that was. The charts were assailed by Lady Marmalade, It Wasn't Me and Hey Baby. Meanwhile... just 37 in the Spotify list here as Felix da Housecat disappeared right before we put this up, Jay-Z isn't on due to commerce, nor Mo-Ho-Bish-O-Pi pretty much for the exact opposite reason.

Lift To Experience - These Are The Days
Radiohead - I Might Be Wrong
Death Cab For Cutie - A Movie Script Ending
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - As I Sat Sadly By Her Side
Pulp - Sunrise
Super Furry Animals - Receptacle For The Respectable
Eels - Souljacker Part 1
Fugazi - Furniture
Jarcrew - Paris And The New Math
Muse - New Born
The Dandy Warhols - Godless (Massive Attack Mix)
Ikara Colt - Sink Venice
Mo-Ho-Bish-O-Pi - Hear The Air
The White Stripes - Fell In Love With A Girl
The Strokes - Hard To Explain
Life Without Buildings - PS Exclusive
Jetplane Landing - This Is Not Revolution Rock
Liars - Mr You're On Fire Mr (no, apparently this isn't on YouTube at all)
So Solid Crew - 21 Seconds
Roots Manuva - Witness (1 Hope)
Jay-Z - Izzo (H.O.V.A.) (yeah, that's not much like a workable version, but what can you do)
Gorillaz - Rock The House
Michael Franti & Spearhead - Rock The Nation
Stereolab - Captain Easychord
Electrelane - Film Music
Ladytron - Playgirl
Felix Da Housecat - Silver Screen Shower Scene
Dub Pistols feat. Terry Hall - Problem Is
Missy Elliott - Get Ur Freak On
Melys - Chinese Whispers
Stephen Malkmus - Jenny & The Ess-Dog
Belle & Sebastian - I'm Waking Up To Us
Mull Historical Society - Mull Historical Society
Murry The Hump - Cracking Up
Comet Gain - You Can Hide Your Love Forever
Camera Obscura - Eighties Fan
J.Xaverre - Saturday
Elbow - Red
Turin Brakes - The Door
Sparklehorse - Gold Day

Previously on 40 From 40: 1970, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009

Monday, August 14, 2017

STN recommends... July 2017

Obviously nobody's given a shit but we've pulled the new track posts because, well, it's 2017, who cares about meaningless fluff any more. Everyone loves an interactive playlist, though!

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

40 From 40: 1985

The year of Live Aid, of course, and with it and We Are The World came the birth of the superstar, so much so that by September Michael Jackson could outbid Paul McCartney for the Beatles' publishing. Wham! went to China, Brothers In Arms popularised this strange and bijou 'compact disc' format, 19 made Vietnam into a cut-up pop groundbreaker. Also, all this. (We should also mention a mistake in an earlier 40, where we put 1985 release Take The Skinheads Bowling by Camper Van Beethoven in the 1986 mix. And we were doing so well up til we realised that too late)

Dexys Midnight Runners - This Is What She's Like
The Pogues - Sally MacLennane
Tom Waits - Rain Dogs
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Tupelo
Robyn Hitchcock & The Egyptians - The Man With The Lightbulb Head
Prefab Sprout - Faron Young
The Long Ryders - Looking For Lewis And Clark
The Smiths - Rusholme Ruffians
Lloyd Cole & The Commotions - Lost Weekend
R.E.M. - Driver 8
The Loft - Up The Hill And Down The Slope
New Order - Love Vigilantes
Microdisney - Birthday Girl
Hüsker Dü - Makes No Sense At All
Time Zone - World Destruction
Big Audio Dynamite - E=MC²
Schoolly D - Put Your Filas On
LL Cool J - Rock The Bells
Wayne Smith - Under Me Sleng Teng
Scritti Politti - The Word Girl
Talking Heads - Road To Nowhere
Yello - Oh Yeah
The Fall - Couldn't Get Ahead
The Cult - She Sells Sanctuary
The Cure - Close To Me
Prince - Paisley Park
Grace Jones - Slave To The Rhythm
Cameo - Single Life
Mathilde Santing - Too Much
The Dream Academy - Life In A Northern Town
Suzanne Vega - Marlene On The Wall
Double - The Captain Of Her Heart
Kate Bush - Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)
Cocteau Twins - Aikea-Guinea
The Jesus & Mary Chain - Just Like Honey
Felt - Primitive Painters
Madness - Yesterday's Men
Propaganda - Duel
The Style Council - Walls Come Tumbling Down!
Pigbros - Hedonist Hat

Previously on 40 From 40: 1970, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009

Friday, August 04, 2017

40 From 40: 2000

The first year of the millennium! Nu-metal! Metallica vs Napster! Coldplay! Stan! Um, here's what else went on in a fertile year, new century anxiety likely contributing to much boundary pushing, intensity and inventiveness.

Shellac - Prayer To God
At The Drive-In - One Armed Scissor
The Avalanches - Frontier Psychiatrist
Outkast - B.O.B.
Wu-Tang Clan - Gravel Pit
M.O.P. - Ante Up (remix)
Dilated Peoples – The Platform
Deltron 3030 - Things You Can Do
Primal Scream - MBV Arkestra (If They Move Kill 'Em)
Doves - The Cedar Room
The Delgados - American Trilogy
Clearlake - Winterlight
Boards Of Canada - In A Beautiful Place Out In The Country
Piano Magic - No Closure
The Fall - Dr Buck's Letter
Low - Dinosaur Act
Broadcast - Come On Let's Go
Grandaddy - He's Simple, He's Dumb, He's The Pilot
Six By Seven - Ten Places To Die
Radiohead - Optimistic
Life Without Buildings - New Town
Sleater-Kinney - You're No Rock N' Roll Fun
Queens Of The Stone Age - The Lost Art Of Keeping A Secret
The (International) Noise Conspiracy - The Reproduction Of Death
The Hives - Die, All Right!
The New Pornographers - Letter From An Occupant
Clinic - Internal Wrangler
Super Furry Animals - Ysbeidiau Heulog
King Biscuit Time - I Walk The Earth
Black Box Recorder - The Facts Of Life
Sugababes - Overload
Spiller - Groovejet
Mint Royale feat. Lauren Laverne - Don't Falter
Calexico - Crystal Frontier
Hefner - The Greater London Radio
Elliott Smith - Son Of Sam
Mull Historical Society - Barcode Bypass
I Am Kloot - Twist
Lambchop - Up With People
Eels - Mr E's Beautiful Blues

Previously amongst the 40: 1970, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1997, 1999, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009