Friday, November 25, 2016

"Here Come The Girls!"




                                                                                              



Hello friends,

yes, another one of those boring mixes, but, believe it or not, one I enjoyed doing mightily indeed!

My wife got hold of one of these radios from the 50's for the living room, you know what I mean, not originally from the 50's, brand new in fact, those cheap things that have a turntable and a tape slot, USB device plus radio function, but look as if they were from the 50's. The pick-up is utter crap, but the tape and the USB bit sounds pretty good. So in my wisdom - basically in order to avoid having to hear shitty radio stations chosen by Mrs. Loser all the time - I made up another one of those mixes and put it on some USB stick, so that at least I can listen to some good tunes from time to time without having to run upstairs and bring them all down separately.
Don't ask me why, but it turned out to be all women on this mix ... again. The last posts about girls making noise seem to have struck a chord with quite a few of you, so I thought "oh, why not, let's try it again!", so there you are, enjoy ...:


"Here Come The Girls" (mp3-mix)


 








clockwise left to right: Alison Moyet (Yazoo), Barbra Donovan (Glass Torpedoes), Björk Guðmundsdóttir (Sugarcubes), Amelia Fletcher (Heavenly)


clockwise left to right: Catherine Ringer (Les Rita Mitsouko), Cindy Wilson (B-52's), Claudia Brücken (Propaganda), Elizabeth Freeth (Bang Bang Machine)


clockwise left to right: Els Pynoo (Vive La Fete), Emily Haines (Metric), Johnny Johnson (Siddeleys), Harriet Wheeler (Sundays)


clockwise left to right: Julia Sophie Heslop (Little Fish), Justine Frischmann (Elastica), Katrina Mitchell (Pastels), Meriel Barham (Pale Saints)


clockwise left to right: Natalie Merchant (10.000 Maniacs), Poly Styrene, Rebby Sharp (Orthotonics), Renee Scroggins (ESG)


clockwise left to right: Rhoda Dakar (Bodysnatchers), Tabitha Tindale (Joy Zipper), Tammy Ealom (Dressy Bessy), Wendy Morgan (Popguns)





Something in it for everyone, I would have thought, right? Let me know what you think, right?

Until then, take good care,

Dirk

PS: ah, and isn't Els Pynoo smoking hot?! 






Thursday, November 10, 2016

More Colorblind James Experience !!!


Good morning friends,


does it happen to you as well that you find yourself adapting more and more certain habits of your parents, bearing in mind that for the last 30 years or so you so often swore to yourself that this shall never happen? Well, it happens to me occasionally, but, as we'll find out in due course, it's not a bad thing at all:


My mum would never throw anything anway, and I mean never! A manner I disliked intensenly when I was younger, but yesterday I found out again that I am not much better than her: it's all in the genes, you see!


Over at Jez' place the topic of the most wonderful Colorblind James Experience came up a few days ago and the tune Jez posted seem to have struck chord with a few people. Now, early stuff from The Colorblind James Experience is not terribly easy to get hold of these days, but luckily I remembered that somewhere I still have a cassette of their second album, 'Why Should I Stand Up?', released in 1989, two years after the great debut album. Quite why I bought it on cassette back then and not on vinyl, I simply can't remember. Old age, for sure ....


In a true "Give-'Em-Enough-Rope - style" (everybody will understand what that means, apart from George, so there you are, sorry George!) the album certainly isn't as good as the first one. But, being colorblind myself - so there still is a certain affection from my side - I ripped it for you, should anyone be interested and - so I should add - we are talking about an original Cooking Vinyl - cassette, not one of those cassettes copied in the 80's from a friend on a dodgy tape deck who had a friend with a dodgy tape deck who copied the album from a friend who had it on second hand vinyl, no Sir!


See, it's good not to throw too many things away too early (I still do miss this bunch of early Postcard singles I gave away for 20 Deutschmarks back in the early 90's, oh boy! *), anything might become useful again sooner or later. The same is true for my dodgy tape deck, apparently, as this post shows!


Why Should I Stand Up?6:09
She'll Break Yours, Too2:27
Buster Cornelius5:21
Polka Girl1:50
Ride Board3:36
I'm A Sailor3:36
That's Entertainment2:32
(He Must've Been) Quite A Guy6:28
Wedding At Cana6:06
Rockin' As Fast As I Can3:57
Hi Fi Alphabet5:29
If Nobody Loves You In Heaven4:01


So, friends, enjoy, enjoy, I'm sure there are at least a few who certainly will!


Best,


Dirk


[*: just joking, Brian, just joking .... couldn't resist!]

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Oh no ... it's Election Day !!!





Evening friends,


and especially American friends. There ain't many of you, I admit, but honestly, tonight I don't envy you one bit for being American (actually I don't do it at others nights either, but that's a different story): whatever you do, whichever of the two cunts you choose to vote for, you just can't do the right thing, I'm afraid.


And the main problem is that it won't be all too long before all of this will have a serious impact on European politics as well: God help us all!


Here are a few tunes that I just couldn't get out of me head within the last few days:


Johnny Osbourne - 'Politician' ('81)
Clash - 'I'm So Bored With The USA' (Demo Version '76)
Cortinas - 'Fascist Dictator' ('77)
Talking Heads - 'Don't Worry About The Government' (live Maynard, Mass. '77)
Dead Kennedys - 'We've Got A Bigger Problem Now' ('81)
Smirks - 'American Patriots' ('79)
Anti-Pasti - No Government' ('81)
Attila The Stockbroker - 'The Ballad Of Airstrip One' ('84)


Tonight's dilemma is so crucial, at least so it seems to me, that - in comparison to the the two jerks currently shivering on the other side of the Atlantic in the thought of whether or whether not they will be leader of the free world by tomorrow morning - the title of this next one has become true. And I never thought I'd ever say this:


Notsensibles - 'I'm In Love With Margaret Thatcher' ('/9)


Ah well ...


Dirk


PS: I'd love to have included John Cooper Clarke's mighty 'Twat', because by and large it sums up neatly my thoughts about those two imbeciles, but for the life of me I couldn't find it. Sorry, but then again I suppose you know it by heart anyway ...





Friday, September 23, 2016

"Too Hot To Handle ... Rock's REAL Goddesses! ... Part 4"

Evening friends,


yeah, and you thought all of this nonsense was already finished? Well, so did I, but below comment came in from Badger:


"One slight correction. Swc once many moons ago whilst a journalist had a thing with one of keyboardists from Tiger. Not me. It was a long time ago. A few more suggestions whilst I'm here...
The singer from Summer Camp. The singer from Best Coast And an obvious one from swc alexis from Sleigh Bells. Much love Badger".



Very sorry, Badger & SWC, for my mistake in Part 1, no idea how this may have happened. Nevertheless, the real shame is that SWC still didn't reveal which of the three ladies pictured below is the keyboarder he once "had a thing with" .... we'll never know, I'm afraid!






Coming straight to Badger's/Badger on behalf of SWC's suggestion(s) then, here's to you:


Elizabeth Sankey out of Summer Camp:




Bethany Cosentino out of Best Coast:




Alexis Krauss out of Sleigh Bells:



Very neat, all three of them, it must be said: I trust you agree!

And here are the according tunes, enjoy, enjoy:


See you soon, take good care,

Dirk



Tuesday, September 20, 2016

"Too Hot To Handle ... Rock's REAL Goddesses! ... Part 3"


Hello folks,
so, as promised, I got it ready in time: part three of Rock's REAL Goddesses, chosen in its entirety by our friend Robster! As you will be able to tell he indeed is a man of great taste - that's great as in gourmet, not as in glutton, mind you - so, without further ado, here are his goddesses of choice. Enjoy, enjoy!
Louise Post out of Veruca Salt: a great choice!


Miki Berenyi out of Lush. Now, I know that at least another one of you (Hi, SA!) can identify with this, and rightly so, it must be said. What a girl!!


Harriet Wheeler out of The Sundays. Most perfect again! I used to love her as well when the first record came out and I was a lucky chap whenever I had the chance to find a picture of Harriet in one of the music papers occasionally. Mind you, this was before the days of internet, you really had to do something in order to get near to your stars ... at least sort of near!







Louise Wener out of Sleeper. I don't have all too much by Sleeper, but I think upon the evidence of below picture I should rectify this situation immediately ... stunning!









Julianne Regan out of All About Eve. Hmmm, Robster's first choice I can't immediately identify with, but to each his own, I always say ....








Julia Ruzicka out of Future Of The Left: another hot choice and perhaps even the cutest of the lot, Robster!






Alright, that's it for today, friends. I hope you enjoyed my little summary ... I mean, YOU chose it all at the end of the day, well, Robster did in this case!!
Have fun,
Dirk






Saturday, September 17, 2016

"Too Hot To Handle ... Rock's REAL Goddesses! ... Part 2"

A-OK,


very sorry, this took a little while, but my mum was in hospital and I was rather busy with finding some appropriate treatment for her afterwards. But it all went well in the end, she's back to form and will be able to stay in some specialized clinic from Wednesday on, so far, so good!


Quite a lot of suggestions came in since the last post, and in my true Miss Marple- style I collected them from the comment sections of various blogs. Astonishing, really, if you look at them all, I mean, tastes vary, and why not ... it simply shows that the few readers of this site are men of an acquired taste indeed! Needless to mention that most of the goddesses we fancy are way too young to even realize that we are in the same room with them (that's if we ever were, but you know what I mean), but hope dies last, so here's a summary of what your wet dreams are made of. Send your Missuses to the shopping center before you scroll down further, friends,  and keep your hands abbove the blanket, alright?


Walter came up with both Susanna Hoffs and Debbie Harry, the latter being Echorich's favourite as well. A most perfect choice, of course, and although numerous stunning pictures have been taken of Debbie in the last decades, this one here captured her best:







Also it's a song you don't hear all that often perhaps, a really well performed live version of the old favourite:




And as for Susanna Hoffs, well, very old readers to this blog might or might not know, her and me nearly became a couple when she smiled a me at a gig in 1985 or thereabouts and boy, what a smile that was, unbelievable! Also I read an article at that time saying that apparently she fancied eating Mars bars under the shower, the pure thought of that alone still makes me shiver ... some 30 years later!







Next up we've Brian with his goddess of choice:



Now this is Elizabeth Morris out of Allo Darlin'! A band I don't know all too good, I'm ashamed to say and thus I only have a few songs to choose from. This is but one of them, a fine rendition of a Ramones - tune:



Btw, Brian let me know via mail that Mrs LTL seems to live in great disapproval of our beloved Sturdy Girl, as pictured in all of her glory not only on this site, but on others as well. This of course, Brian, is a very critical situation and if it helps I'm happy to have a word with Mrs LTL at her earliest convenience in order to pinpoint to her all of Sturdy Girl's amenities!


Good, it's JC next. I've taken the piss often enough in reminding him about how Clare Grogan out of Altered Images once told him to bugger off, apparently he's gotten away with it by now, perhaps this is why he mentioned Stina Tweedale of Honeyblood to be his latest desire. Having a look at Steena, I do hope she'll treat you more respectfully than good ole' Clare did, should you ever have the chance to approach her. Perhaps you'll be a little bit more subtile too this time?





Just like Walter and Echorich, our Charity Chic seems to like it a bit of the old-fashioned way, and nothing wrong with that! His dreams consisted (still consist? We'll never know ...) of Siobhan Fahey out of Bananarama!





Another great choice and one I can perfectly identify with. Again. This is the only Bananarama record I own, so:



A little bit more contemporary than that - perhaps because he's younger than CC, I don't know, is our Swiss Adam, he seems to have a spot for Shirley Manson out of Garbage!



Cute, ey? Frightening, to a certain degree, but cute. Still I wouldn't like her to get angry with me, no Sir!


Badger, your turn! You mentioned 'the keyboardist in Tiger'. Now, somehow Tiger seem to have managed to keep the internet clean of pictures by themselves, this is the only one I could find, which means I have to break my self-imposed rule of showing no men in this post whatsoever!


Apparently Tiger had two keyboard players, Tina Whitlow and Dido Hallett. I leave it up to you to decide which of the three ladies pictured above is the one you admire ... I only hope it's not the tall giraffe in the back, she looks a bit like my sister back in 1985, so come on!

But a good racket they make, Tiger, here's:


Having had Badger, naturally we have to have SWC next ... obviously! And SWC went for a lady I would have gone for as well, the mighty Hope Sandoval out of Mazzy Star, unfulfilled dream of a thousand nights! This woman really is special and I'd give both my legs for spending just half an hour in conversation with her, believe me! I mean, not that I would be able to speak only one reasonable word, I would just sit there and stare at her sheepishly, but no matter ... it would do for me! I still can't understand that she spent so much time with this bad-tempered midget out of The Jesus And Mary Chain ... I would have carried her on my hands instead!





Apparently our friend Drew prefers the more Nordic type, stone cold, blonde and a bit dangerous. Then again he's from Scotland, which by and large is located on the same latitude as Denmark, home of  Sharin Foo out of The Raveonettes, someone else you wouldn't want to get in trouble with, I would think:




Ah well, I'm lost for words, you too, I suspect?


Moving on to Mr. 'More Soon' - Jez. He said: "Kim Deal. Not the front-woman of Pixies, but goddamit Kim and her twin sister Kelly in The Breeders". Now, if this made any sense to the rest of you, congratulations! I didn't understand it! Jez, are you trying to tell us that Kim looked a great deal differently when still being in The Pixies compared to how she looked when forming The Breeders a little while later? How confusing it all is, to be sure!



Either way, here are The Breeders, for you, mate:


Phew, that's it for today, friends. I bet you've all been wondering why our friend Robster hasn't been featured. Well, he's a man of r.e.a.l.l.y. acquired taste, let's put it that way, so much so that the sheer mass of suggestions he came up with will easily fill a third part of this series! And if everything turns out according to plan (i.e. I get up early tomorrow morning and get this done before Little Loser comes back home - he's not in tonite, staying with two girls he goes to school with ... him being 8 years of age, now that's an example of how to do it properly for you, should you need one - I'll even have this third part ready fairly soon!

Until then, take good care,

Dirk





































Friday, August 26, 2016

"Too Hot To Handle ... Rock's REAL Godesses!"





Evening fellows,


the sexiest woman in rock? To the five readers this blog has this certainly isn't bloody Tina Turner, although media tries to make you believe exactly that since 50 years!


No, we stayed young - well, only at heart, because, at least so I assume, our bellies and our thin hair don't make us look young at first sight nowadays. Perhaps that's why we still are deeply and profoundly in love with some of rock's hottest women, and I mean real hot! They started playing with their bands some 20-25-30 years ago and - unlike us - they have aged well, all of them ... must be their rock'n'roll lifestyle, surely!

When we were younger, they by and large were our age, so young and innocent. But contrary to us - having boring 9-5 - jobs and/or studying some nonsense - they already fronted a band. Which of course was waaaay cooler than everything anyone of us did back then. We admired them for what they did, they way they acted and we admired the racket they made. We admired what they said in interviews and we did our utmost to go and see them playing live, whenever we had the chance to do so. Yes, we also admired their good looks and in our dreams, we ... I mean, hey, we're male, so do you really expect anything else than that?

So what are the best bands led by awesome looking rock godesses? If you ask SA, it's Garbage, because of Shirley Manson. If you ask Charity Chic, it's Bananarama, because of Siobhan Fahey. If you ask JC, it'll doubtlessly be Altered Images, because of Clare Grogan. If you ask Badger, it's Mazzy Star, because of Hope Sandoval. If you ask Brian, it's Lush, because of Miki Berenyi. And if you ask Robster, it'll be all of the above plus an extraordinary number more, because our Robster is a man of taste, that's what he is!

So hopefully over the next weeks or so I will find the time to make further investigations and try to sort out some more bands in addition to those mentioned above, start a little rambling about them and add one or two tunes of theirs. Any suggestions are - of course - more than welcome here!

So, without further ado, let's start with a personal favourite of mine: Galaxie 500,  whose bass player and part-time vocalist was the outstandingly cute Naomi Yang, pictured in all of her glory here:























Now, some explanation: those pictures don't even show halfway how cute Naomi really was in real life, but it were the best ones I could find. And, believe it or not, I'm some kind of expert on Naomi, because I once stood right beneath here for half an hour at a gig in Germany in 1990, where Galaxie 500 were on one bill with James, Einstürzende Neubauten and others. I think it was James we watched together, but I cannot vouch for that these days as I was in a state of shock because of Naomi's presence. Literally we only stood about 30 centimeters away from each other, when suddenly her left hand slowly started caressing my  ..... no, I made that up, of course: the distance was true though, but nevertheless I did not manage to speak a single word to her in all of those 30 minutes. 'What a poor loser', you might think, and of course you'd be perfectly right!


The tunes? Well, neglectable, I hear you say! But we all know good looks ain't everything in life, so please enjoy:


1) 'Blue Thunder' - from the 'On Fire' album, '89
2) 'Ceremony' - from the 'Blue Thunder' 12", '90
3) 'Submission' - from a Peel Session, '90
4) 'Melt Away' - from the 'This Is Our Music' album, '90


So, I do hope you liked my choice for today and - to quote Jez from the ever wonderful 'A History Of Dubious Taste': more soon!


Regards,


Dirk





Tuesday, June 21, 2016

"Wales, You Deserve To Succeed!" (for Robster)







Well,


indeed do you, Welsh team, after yesterday's match! Having kicked the bloody Russians' arses the way you did on the pitch yesterday evening plus your fans' spirit justifies this little tribute perfectly well, I would think:




mp3: Armstrong: 'You Deserve To Succeed'


A neat tune, from 1996, and Armstrong are in fact a Welsh outfit, although I don't know where they come from exactly: I'm sure though Robster does .... I mean, at the end of the day, somehow they're all distantly related in Wales, aren't they?


Cheerio,


Dirk

Friday, May 20, 2016

"A Few Faves From 1979 - 1981 ..."




Hello friends,

long time no see, ey? Hope you have all been alright. Me? Well, having run out of bright ideas, really, that's the plain and simple truth behind the hiatus of this blog ... and if you think this status has now been rectified, you'll be dead wrong! Thing is, our friend Brian commented on a comment I left, saying he'd appreciate another go here at Sexyloser, and as his will is my command, I tried to think of a little bit to post here for him ... and for the other four of you rest of you as well, of course. I'm afraid though it's nothing spectacular, no revolutionary new idea, it's just some songs from 1979 - 1981 I really like. They're from 1979 - 1981 because over the years I found that especially this period provided us with some really fantastic tunes, punk was dead and wave just came into being. Perhaps it was a perfect time for something new, who knows? I don't and I certainly won't even try to explain why it is that I like the songs from this era so much.

The bulk of them are rather uncommon and you might not know them by heart, but I always think: "if even one of those blighters hears something for the first time on this site, and he really likes it, then this has made my day and I'm a happy chap, 'cos that's all I want". Of course there are some songs you know - or should know if you have at least some taste - being included 'cos I know how important it is to offer something with some recognition value as well. Yes, I know how easily pissed off you all are!

But what makes this compilation so worthy is, at least in my humble opinion, the tunes that you don't hear all that often, some real killers are included, if you ask me. Another worthy aspect is that you get quantity for your money today, 'cos - as we all know - size DOES count (and it's only lads with very small penises who tell you otherwise!). Enough of that, enjoy, friends (links to be found behind the title numbers, but you knew that all along, right?):

01 - Blondie - 'Die Young Stay Pretty' (live in the Apollo, Glasgow 31.12.79)
02 - Marching Girls - 'True Love' ('80)
03 - Laurel Aitken - 'Rudi Got Married' (Peel Session '80)
04 - Undertones - 'Rock 'n' Roll' (Peel Session Version '80)
05 - Damned - 'Billy Bad Breaks' ('81)
06 - Jags -  'Back Of My Hand' ('79)
07 - Silicon Teens - 'Memphis Tennessee' ('80)
08 - Any Trouble - 'Second Choice' ('80)
09 - Jim Carroll Band - People Who Died ('80)
10 - Monochrome Set - 'He's Frank' ('79)
11 - Dr. Feelgood - 'No Mo Do Yakamo' ('80)
12 - Mental As Anything - 'The Nips Are Getting Bigger' ('79)
13 - Cockney Rejects - 'Power And The Glory' ('81)
14 - Toy Dolls - Tommy Kowey's Car ('80)
15 - Arthur Kay and The Originals - 'Play My Record' ('80)
16 - Moondogs - 'Ya Don´t Do Ya' ('79)
17 - Buzzcocks - 'You Say You Don't Love Me' ('79)
18 - Smirks - 'To You' ('79)
19 - Akrylyks - 'Spyderman' ('80)
20 - Sussed - 'I've Got Me Parka' ('80)
21 - Golinksi Brothers - 'Bloody' ('80)
22 - Approved Men - 'Quite Like You' ('80)
23 - TV21 - 'On The Run' ('81)
24 - Monitors - 'Telegram' ('79)
25 - Girls At Our Best -  'Getting Nowhere Fast' ('80)
26 - Letters - 'Nobody Loves Me' ('80)
27 - Vibrators - 'Judy Says' ('79)
28 - Raincoats - 'Lola' ('79)
29 - New York Gong - 'Much Too Old' ('79)
30 - Tearjerkers - 'Love Affair' ('79)
31 - They Must Be Russians - 'Don't Try To Cure Yourself' ('80)
32 - Bodysnatchers - 'Ruder Than You' ('80)
33 - Freshies - 'I'm In Love With The Girl On The Virgin Manchester Megastore Checkout Desk' ('80)
34 - Pink Boyz - 'Put Your Hands On The Radio' ('79)
35 - Beat - 'Jackpot' ('80)
36 - Boys - 'Poor Little Rich Girl' ('80)
37 - Invaders - 'Best Thing I Ever Did' ('79)
38 - Notsensibles - '(I'm In Love With) Margaret Thatcher' ('79)
39 - Merton Parkas - 'Face In The Crowd' ('79)
40 - Selecter - 'The Whisper' ('80)
41 - Chords - 'Maybe Tomorrow' ('80)
42 - Xdreamysts - 'I Dont Wanna Go' ('80)
43 - Outcasts - 'Self Conscious Over You' ('79)
44 - Glass Torpedoes - 'Morning, Noon And Night' ('79)
45 - Television Personalities - 'Geoffrey Ingram' ('81)
46 - Leyton Buzzards - 'Saturday Night Beneath The Plastic Palm Trees' ('79)
47 - Department S - 'Is Vic There' (French Version '80)
48 - Fay Ray - Family Affairs ('81)
49 - Photos - 'I'm So Attractive' ('79)
50 - Slickee Boys - 'Gotta Tell Me Why' ('79)
51 - Radio Stars  - 'No Russians In Russia' ('79)
52 - Wipers - 'Mystery' ('79)
53 - Garage Class - 'Terminal Tokyo' ('80)
54 - Motels -'Total Control' ('79)
55 - Wire - 'Map Ref. 41N 93W' ('79)
56 - Vapors - 'Spring Collection' ('80)
57 - Embryo - 'I'm Different' ('80)
58 - Peter Dayton Band - 'Perfect Wave' ('81)

Now, that was fun, wasn't it? If it was, I would appreciate a comment or two, would be really nice, you see ...

And if you're interested, I'll make up one of those mixes for you, but not tonight, tomorrow evening perhaps. Just let me know ...

Take good care,

Dirk













































 

Thursday, December 31, 2015

"This Year's List"

Good day to you, friends!

yes, everyone's doing it, so why can't I, I wondered! Well, the answer is rather simple: I can't do a list of my favorite songs released in 2015, because I'm so far behind in this game that I wouldn't be able to present it before 2017 or thereabouts! I have listened to some new stuff, yes, but only a handful of songs really convinced me. As for the rest, I always tend to rely on your impressive lists, which shows what a lazy bastard I am! The thing is, year ends today and so far I've only briefly gone through Brian's list in its entirety and I've downloaded parts of Walter's list, but the rest of your lists will have to follow. But I haven't found the time to listen to any of these tunes closely so far, although I'm confident they all are wonderful.

So, to cut a long story short: what you will get today is a list of songs I downloaded for various reasons within 2015, although the bulk of them is dead old!!

Reasons why I wanted to have these tunes on my computer were many: some of them I used to have on vinyl, some of them I still have on vinyl but can't be arsed to rip them, some of them I always wanted to have but never got me hands on them so far, some of them I never heard of and just discovered them within last year, some of them I nearly forgot about and thought it would be neat to have them again.

When flickering through them last evening, I thought to myself: hold on, why not do another one of those boring mixes again whilst enjoying the rest of the bottle of Portuguese red, not too much of an effort, isn't it?

And so there you are, in my list of 2015 I have for you a few songs which were indeed released this year (# 01, # 27), including one of the best records in the history of the whole world ever (# 12), two songs The Clash apparently approved of (# 10, # 11), a handful of nice covers (# 05, # 06# 13, # 25, # 26), some old punk stuff you don't hear all too often (# 21, # 23), some old punk stuff you hear often enough but has stood the test of time, at least I think it has (# 16, # 19), some tunes new to me - most probably nicked from sites from all of the four readers of this blog, as a matter of fact - (# 02# 03, # 04, # 07, # 14, # 17), a lot of tunes I knew all along, but am now glad to have in more or less decent mp3-quality (# 08, # 09, #15, # 18, #22), The Raveonettes, because I slacked them off last week and Drew - rightly - complained (# 24), a little bit of Ska (# 20) and a tune with a fitting title to end this mix and sentence (# 28):



I do hope some of you enjoy this compilation. Links to the specific songs are hidden in the brackets above and the aforementioned mix is here.

So, have fun, enjoy whatever your plans may be for tonight and  - most importantly - please stay healthy, so that you can provide me with tons of good stuff and the usual rants within 2016!!

Take good care and have a wonderful New Year!

Dirk



Saturday, December 26, 2015

"The Twelve Days Of Christmas ... Day 12"

Good morning,

yes, you made it, congratulations! The final installment in this series and what a gem I have for you today: really, if you don't simply love this song, then something is seriously wrong with you!

Low come from Minnesota and Minnesotans know a thing or two about harsh winters – and perhaps that’s why this song, while containing the requisite amount of jingle bells, has a decidedly weary quality to it. At its heart it’s very sweet, being about one of those little shared moments that make you feel Christmassy, even though everything around you is telling you otherwise.

And that's exactly why you should listen to it closely .... and fall in love with it. Now!

mp3: Low - 'Just Like Christmas' ('99)

Alright, I hope you enjoyed one or two of my choices. I certainly did. But more than that I hope you had a fantastic Christmas and I hope to find you all back in healthy form in 2016!

Take good care, my friends,

Dirk

Friday, December 25, 2015

"The Twelve Days Of Christmas ... Day 11"

 
Good morning again, friends,

Day 11, and I can imagine that the vast majority of you will be fighting with a nice little hangover after yesterday's Christmas bash or will already be on their way to visit their aunts and uncles in the sunny Midlands or something along those similar lines!

If so, you'll miss another catchy little Christmas tune, for sure:

mp3: E - 'Everything's Gonna Be Cool This Christmas'

That's 'E' out of the Eels, of course, but you'll have spotted that already. From 1998.

I do hope the title of this song is true for all of you and that Christmas - so far - is cool indeed!

See you tomorrow for the final day of Christmas, okay?

Dirk

Thursday, December 24, 2015

"The Twelve Days Of Christmas ... Day 10"

Good morning dear friends,

and a very merry Christmas to all of you! I'm not quite sure if you already are allowed to give Christmas greetings on the 24th where you are, but it's my blog and so I'll do it, right?

So the working year is over for me today, and a hell of a year it was, so thank God it's finally done! Looking forward to having a few days off until January 4th, I do hope it will turn out to be more or less relaxing.

And if Santa will bring you nothing else, here's to you one fine tune indeed, one of my all time favorites in fact. Turn the volume up now:


                          mp3: Basement 5 - 'Last White Christmas' (Peel Session Version '80)
Now, Basement 5 just have to win the award for the most grievously underrated band of all time, I often think! Isn't this song absolutely bloody fantastic?! If only someone could provide me with the full lyrics, I'll be eternally grateful! Here you get the Peel Session Version of 'Last White Christmas', in many ways better than the original version. Vocals no longer by Don Letts, but by Dennis Morris.

Two more days of Christmas to come, tomorrow and the day after tomorrow, so you'll get two more great tunes, of course!

See you then, I hope .... party hard!

Dirk

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

"The Twelve Days Of Christmas ... Day 9"

Good morning,

just one day to go, friends, and if you don't have passed your wishes on to Santa yet, it's nearly too late now!

I know what I want this year:

mp3: Fountains Of Wayne - 'I Want An Alien For Christmas' ('97)


See you tomorrow, perhaps you'll find the time to pop in. Would be highly appreciated!

Take good care,

Dirk

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

"The Twelve Days Of Christmas ... Day 8"


 


Good morning,

on day 8 I present to you The Raveonettes, a band I have mixed feelings about! Some of their output I can live without at times, but they do have the occasional good tune (well, perhaps that's a bit harsh, the majority of things they issued isn't all too bad) as well.

This one here is really good though, although the lyrics made me smile: "All the lights are coming on now / how i wish that it would snow ..." Jesus, I'm sitting here, typing this whilst wearing nothing but a T-Shirt in the middle of December! (*) No snow in sight whatsoever, in fact I'm contemplating to get the pool ready again!

Either way, here's the song, from 2001:

mp3: Raveonettes - 'The Christmas Song'


See you tomorrow, have a nice time until then!

Dirk

(*): I should add that I am wearing trousers as well, so don't be too aroused alarmed, alright?!

Monday, December 21, 2015

"The Twelve Days Of Christmas ... Day 7"

Good morning again,

and welcome to day 7 of my little collection of Christmas songs I like very much!

After yesterday's belter I thought you'd perhaps need something more "fragile" and Christmas-related stuff. And exactly this is gonna come up today, but nonetheless it is a very fine tune indeed!

From a Peel Session, and if memory serves correctly, from a Peel Christmas Session held at Peel Acres in Stowmarket in 2002, a place I once had the honour to stay in for a few days with the great man back when I was much much younger!

Here's to you an old Christmas favorite, presented by Belle & Sebastian. Enjoy:

mp3: Belle & Sebastian - 'O Little Town of Bethlehem' (Peel Session)
See you soon, take care,

Dirk

Sunday, December 20, 2015

"The Twelve Days Of Christmas ... Day 6"

 


Good morning my lovelies,

day six it is, which means half the fun is already over: what a shame this is, to be sure!

the again Christmas comes nearer and I bet you are all looking forward to it a great deal ... I most certainly am, although I cannot expect big presents this year, we had to buy anew car and Little Loser got a new room as he had grown out of his baby-like furniture, as he likes to call it.

Another real treat for you today, and again a combo which I virtually know nothing about, I'm ashamed to say. Apparently the guy hails from Washington D.C., the tune was a 7" back in 1978, and that's all I can tell you. The track though grows on you, so give it a good and loud listen:

mp3: Root Boy Slim & The Sex Change Band with The Rootettes - 'Xmas At K-Mart'


See you all tomorrow, hopefully!

Dirk

 

Saturday, December 19, 2015

"The Twelve Days Of Christmas ... Day 5"




Good morning friends,

okay, for a change we have a tune today which is a bit older, nevertheless it's a real gem, another real Christmas favorite, at least for me:

John Wilson and John Wessler only cut this one 45 back in 1965 but it’s become one of the key works in that fascinating sub-genre, the soul of Vietnam. Whether it's the powerhouse vocals or the busy guitarist, there are so many things to admire here. A really heartfelt plea from the battlefield this – a superb record! Alas I can't find a picture of Johnny and/or Jon anywhere, so you'll get one of the original 7" instead:


mp3: Johnny & Jon: 'Christmas In Viet Nam'




Leaves you rather speechless upon its brilliance, ey? At least I'm lost for words now and that's why I say:


Goodbye, see you tomorrow!


Dirk







Friday, December 18, 2015

"The Twelve Days Of Christmas ... Day 4"

Good morning my beauties,


as the women who run the bar where I DJ'd in when I was much much younger often said to me: 'Dirk, you gotta play at least sometimes something familiar in order to jolly the guests along', here's something more familiar for you today, a song you can all sing along to. And that's what you really want to do when Christmas is near, isn't it?


A nice version (from 1995) of the old favourite for day 4, I'm sure you agree:




mp3: The Dandy Warhols - 'Little Drummer Boy'




The Dandy Warhols come from Portland, Oregon, and this, basically, is all I know about them. Should I delve deeper into their back catalogue? You tell me ....


See you tomorrow,


Dirk



Thursday, December 17, 2015

"The Twelve Days Of Christmas ... Day 3"

Morning my friends,


so yes, here we go again with the next tune in this series of posts! I do hope you enjoy my efforts, it might be the only thing you get for Christmas, who possibly knows?!


DJ Riko is a nice chap, so nice in fact that he provides us with a brilliant Christmas mix each year since 2002 (!): all of them are fantastic and have become frequently played over the festive season in our household, much to the dismay of Mrs Loser. Have a look at Riko's website (http://www.djriko.com/mixmases.htm) and get the 2015 Merry Mixmas - mix (or any of the previous ones as well) whilst it's hot!


Today's choice for day 3 comes from the 2007 - mix and it features Marcie, whom I know nothing at all about. But if she looks at least halfway as good as she sings, I'm sure she is a breathtaking beauty!




mp3: DJ Riko feat. Marcie - 'Hey Mr. Santa'


Great tune, right? Makes you look forward to tomorrow, isn't it? Well, stay tuned!


Cheers,


Dirk

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

"The Twelve Days Of Christmas ... Day 2"



Good morning, friends,

yes, day 2 in our little series, and I bet most of you thought that I wouldn't get that far, right? Ah, no, you're wrong, and although I admire those of you endlessly who manage to post on daily basis, partly for years, I never could do that.

Nevertheless I'll try my very best to keep up with my aim to give you a little Christmas present, or, if you'd rather, twelve Christmas presents!

Here's number two for you:



mp3: The Killers - 'Don't Shoot Me Santa'

I don't know all too much about The Killers, they come from Las Vegas and apparently they have issued ten of those Christmas - singles over the years. This is but one of those, the second one, from 2007 in fact. Not all of them are killers (ha ha! got it?), but this one is, for sure!

Watch out for more to come tomorrow!

See you,

Dirk