The return of The Cure!

At some point this year, The Cure (my all-time favourite band, and whose second album gives this blog its name) will release their fourteenth album 4:14 Scream.

In the meantime, this video is doing the rounds of them covering The Beatles ‘Hello Goodbye’ for a forthcoming tribute album to Paul McCartney entitled The Art of McCartney (and the tracklisting for that can be found here). It’s a faithful cover, featuring James McCartney on keyboards and yet it is unmistakeably The Cure.

The bonus disc features Robert Smith covering ‘C Moon’ though I’ve yet to find any evidence of that on the web, apart from a listing…

17 Seconds Top re-issues and compilations of the year 2011


1. Raincoats Odyshape
2. Various Artists Bristol Reggae Explosion Volmes 1 & 2
3. Roy Harper Stormcock
4. Scritti Politti Absolute
5. Throwing Muses Anthology
6. Roy Harper Songs Of Love and Loss
7. Primal Scream Screamadelica
8. Queen A Night At The Opera
9. Paul McCartney McCartney II
10. Manic Street Preachers National Treasures -The Complete Singles

I have a dream that one year I will manage to produce all sorts of Specialist lists on here. This IS the specialist list for this year.

And as they’re pretty damn relevant, read my Roy Harper and Raincoats interviews too!

Find more The Raincoats songs at Myspace Music

Album Review – Paul McCartney (re-issue)


Paul McCartney – McCartney II (Commercial Marketing)

Taking pot shots at McCartney for what he has done since 1970 is a bit like shooting fish in a barrel. There are quite a few deserving targets. But these aside, there are a few things that do deserve praise. ‘Live and Let Die’ – best Bond Theme of the 1970s. Band On The Run. Much of the collaborative efforts that appeared on his and Elvis Costello’s 1989 albums, Flowers In The Dirt and Spike, respectively. ‘Another Day.’ ‘Hi, Hi, Hi.’ Wings may have had a stupid name. They certainly suffered from being McCartney’s post-Beatles band, but they had their moments. Over the course of the 1970s, they proved themselves successful in their own right.

This album was McCartney’s first solo album in ten years, recorded in 1979 and emerging in 1980, by which time there had been the infamous Japanese bust and Wings seemed to have imploded. ‘Solo’ album is accurate -even Linda isn’t on here. It’s quite highly rated in McCartney circles -largely because it is full of gems. Album opener ‘Coming Up’ is genuinely funky – and reportedly John Lennon loved it.

There’s definitely a sense of what was going on in the post-punk climate filtering through. Instrumental tracks like ‘Frozen Jap (not, as thought, a dig at Japan for imprisoning him, as it was recorded before the bust -but perhaps a silly title) and ‘Front Parlour’ see Macca experimenting with synths and producing work which has more in common with Sheffield electronic acts of the time (pre Dare Human League, Cabaret Voltaire) than might have been expected then or now.

There’s also ‘Temporary Secretary’ which has become one of those tracks that the hipsters like to pull out of thin air (see also ‘Was Dog A Doughnut?’ by Cat Stevens). This marries the funk of ‘Coming Up’ with early Soft Cell (think ‘Memorabilia.’) This is worth the price of the album alone -but there’s other great stuff here.

Look: I’m not going to defend crap like ‘Ebony and Ivory,’ ‘The Girl Is Mine’ or ‘Mull Of Kintyre.’ But this album shows that McCartney did (and arguably still does) have an experimental side and that to assume Lennon was the only Beatle with an interest in the avant-garde and the experimenta was erroneous.

This is a treat of an album and well worth investigating. Now: anyone prepared to help me defend Back To The Egg?

McCartney II is out now on Commercial Marketing