singles by choice
(albums when it's necessary)
27 September 2005
(listening through speakers)Linn LP12
Linn Ittok LVII
Linn Arkiv
TAG McLaren CDT20R / Chord DAC64
TEAD Microgroove Plus
Linn Kairn
Linn LK140 (x3)
Linn Espek

Guppyboy - the poorly named band from which came The Essex Green. (Note: I read earlier today that the Swirlies started out life as a Go-Gos tribute band. I suspect this is untrue.) Regular readers may know my fondness for all things Sasha, so I was quite excited to pick up this off eBay. She’s not singing on the first song. She’s not singing on the second song. Hang on, she’s not on here at all! What’s the music like? Who cares? I’ve lost interest now.

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This single has a nice painting of a hand on the front, and hands are hard to paint, so you have to respect that. Anyway, my ear on the street tells me the kids are going mad for this. It’s really just slightly earnest indie rock, but, oddly, isn’t bad. I think I probably would have gone mad for this when I was 18 too. But, that was 1991, when indie rock wasn’t quite the dead horse it is now.

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Ooh, stomping! Makes me wish I was young and attractive and confident so I could dance in a translucent shirt until four o’ clock in the morning somewhere fashionable. But I’m not, so I’ll carry on listening to The Smiths in my house on my own.

5

All I can hear is some booze addled nutcase shouting over half a rockabilly rhythm. And, of course, it’s brilliant. Oh, looks like what I was just talking about was the b-side, (technically the ‘aa’ side) because the labels are on the wrong sides. For the record, it is my favourite of the two. Best thing they’ve done in years, but you always say that whenever a Fall record comes out. I mean, it’s nowhere near as good as Theme from Sparta FC #2 but who cares? It’s The Fall and it’s fantastic.

5

After the full-strength flavours of The Fall, a bit of Sasha to cleanse the palate. Nice brown vinyl, (or nasty depending on your view of brown) and lazy sounding, with a beat-up, slightly wonky, honky tonky type piano, and an odd ‘b’ which sounds like something from a cowboy film. This is an unusual record. I like unusual records. Who wants to listen to the same thing all the time? (Apart from Fall fans obviously.)

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