well, it’s continuing to be a journey as I get my head around the technology, but I thought I would give you ten great tracks from five great bands, to celebrate my 150th post here at 17 Seconds.
First of all, what better way to start than the song that gave this blog its title and the first hit for my favourite ever group The Cure
The Cure-‘Seventeen Seconds.’ mp3
The Cure-‘A Forest.’ mp3
Buy Seventeen Seconds here
Next up, rumours have been flying across the blogs that these guys might reform. Having missed them thr first time round, it would be kinda cool… The first track is from their debut ep Ride, and the second is from their debut album Nowhere. The coda on Vapour Trail is just gorgeous.
Ride-‘Vapour Trail.’ mp3
Buy OX4-the Best Of Ride here
These guys have gone from squat punks to post-punk visionaries to new pop to hip-hop to…still bloody amazing. This is their first single, from 1978 and their excellent 1981 single, which features the keyboards of one Robert Wyatt. bear in mind, if you haven’t heard any Scritti pre-‘Wood Beez’ you may be takken aback.
Scritti Politti -‘Skank Bloc Bologna.’ mp3
Scritti Politti-‘The ‘Sweetest Girl.’.’ mp3
Buy Early by Scritti Politti here
You can never have too much Scottish indie (certainly not as far as this block’s concerned!), so the next brace is the first two Orange Juice singles, released on the seminal Postcard label:
Orange Juice-‘Falling And Laughing.’ mp3
Orange Juice-‘Blue Boy.’ mp3
buy The Glasgow School here
Finally, one recent purchase was the first two, re-issued Ian McCulloch albums, now re-issued on CD with bonus tracks. The first track here is the album Candleland‘s first single, and the second is a re-recording featuring none other than Elizabeth Fraser of the Cocteau Twins. Enjoy!
Ian McCulloch-‘Proud To Fall.’ mp3
Ian McCulloch featuring Elizabeth Fraser -‘Candleland (The Second Coming).’ mp3
Buy Candleland here
As always, support the artists involved. These links will be up for one week only. Cake, anyone?