A song for today #3

Johnny Marr

First of all, congratulations to the blog for making it 2,500 posts! In July I will have been writing this for nine years.

But you can only write a music blog if you’ve got good music to write about – and I get sent more of that than I can possibly listen to, never mind write about.

I mentioned earlier this week about Record Store Day, which is taking place on April 18. The NME have done a list of 25 of the ones they really want to get their paws on (and if you’re the kind of scumbag who buys these things up to sell them on*, you’re a scumbag), and there’s a whole website devoted to it, as well.

This is a fine cover of Depeche Mode’s ‘I Feel You’ as performed by Johnny Marr, which will be released as a 7″ for Record Store Day, backed with a version of The Smiths’ ‘Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want.’

Not a radical reworking, but subtly different when you listen to it closely.

Remember folks, a record store is not just for Record Store Day…

*the items themselves, not the list, obviously

This may be democracy…


…but that doesn’t mean I have to agree with it, or like it.

Scotland is still suffering the effects of the last Tory administration.

To quote the Proclaimers -‘What do you do when democracy fails you?’

Depeche Mode -‘Master and servant.’ mp3

Does there have to be a reason?



Well, in this case, yes.

Have recently been re-reading Rip It Up And Start Again, and for the first time, Totally Wired, which are the interviews that Simon Reynolds conducted to write the former book.

Utterly awesome and both are well worth it if you have any interest in the music that came from Europe and America after punk between 1978-1984. The years where the music was ‘post-punk’ and then evolved into ‘new pop.’ In fact my only gripe would be that the Cure and Kate Bush aren’t considered important in this period by Reynolds. And Gary Numan doesn’t seem to get much of a look in either. Other than that, great stuff, covering an era that shows Reynolds is right in saying that it vies with the sixties for quality and creativity.

So a few songs from the era concerned…

Propaganda -‘Dr. Mabuse.’ mp3 (This band bridge the gap perfectly between post-punk and ‘new pop.’ )

Human League -‘Being Boiled.’ mp3 (both ‘post-punk’ and ‘new pop.’)

Gary Numan -‘Cars.’ mp3

The Cure -‘A Forest.’ mp3

Kate Bush -‘Wuthering Heights.’ mp3

Gang Of Four -‘Damaged Goods.’ mp3

Delta 5 -‘Mind Your Own Business.’ mp3

Depeche Mode -‘Master and Servant.’ mp3 (in which the subversive ideas of wreckers of civilisation like Throbbing Gristle enter the top ten and Top Of the Pops)

Finally, one of the true pioneers, Green Gartside of Scritti Politti, deserves two entries, one for his none more post-punk and DIY and the second for being one of the best songs ever, bridging the gap between post-punk and new pop:

Scritti Politti -‘Skank Bloc Bologna.’ mp3

Scritti Politti -‘The ‘Sweetest Girl’.’mp3