Monday, May 25, 2009

Dearest friends (and, of course, followers),

is this site dead?, you may have wondered in the recent past. The truth of the matter is 'no', but only the lucky ones of you who can call themselves 'parents' will be able to understand that one's free time (and this includes weekends. Especially weekends, in fact) reduces itself to zero as soon as there is a baby in the house. Which is the case in Sexyloserland for three months now, therefore I can only apologise to you for the lack of posts. But the struggle continues as far as I'm concerned and hopefully I will find myself in a position soon where Little Loser allows me to take care of you all more often. Time alone can tell when this might possibly be though ...

Either way, enough of that. The only time when I can listen to music these days is on me way to work in the car in the morning (and on me way back in the afternoon obviously). Well, this morning I drove along, the sun was shining, and - as it happens rather often - I heard a specific tune which immediately made me think of another tune. Sometimes this is because of similar lyrics, sometimes because the two tracks were released in the same year, sometimes because I bought the two records together when they came out. I'm sure you know what I'm trying to talk about here, if not, here's what happened this morning:
I was listening to this:

The Detroit Cobras (aka Goddesses)

The Detroit Cobras - 'Last Night' (mp3). A great 2003 cover of the Strokes' tune, featured before on this site, but that's no excuse not to play it again.

I was humming along to it when suddenly all this 'Last Night' - stuff in the lyrics brought another line to mind: "Last Night There Were Skinheads On My Lawn", which, I'm sure you know, is included in the very fantastic 'Take The Skinheads Bowling' by Camper Van Beethoven. Now, only last week I heard a brilliant version of this by The Manic Street Preachers, which was new to me until Jim from Quick Before It Melts submitted it for the 'Skin' - episode of the Contrast Podcast. Great tune, Jim, thanks for having chosen it. So here it is to you all, from 1996, The Manic Street Preachers' version of 'Take The Skinheads Bowling' (mp3).

Manic Street Preachers (whom I normally don't like very much, I must admit)

The opening line in it goes "Every Day I Get Up And Pray To Jah", which made me think of another gem, something I hadn't heard for quite some time:

The Natural-Ites & The Realistics' 'Picture On The Wall' (mp3), one of the many tunes from Jamaica which praise Jah. From 1983, and a real belter for sure if you're into Jamaican stuff!

couldn't find any Natural-Ites - pictures, so instead you'll get me, captured in sunny Montego Bay, Jamaica, circa 1990.

Well, thinking of Jamaican music - more of Ska than of Reggae - another great artist came to my mind: the wonderful Laurel Aitken (okay, I know he moved to England rather early in his career, but what the heck: he's from Jamaica and the story in the song I thought of clearly 'plays' in Jamaica): 'Rudi Got Married' (mp3). This is the version he did for a Peel - session back in 1980.

Laurel Aitken (another God, as far as I'm concerned)

Which made me think of another gentleman who got in trouble (in one form or another) with the police: the guy Cock Sparrer sing about in 'Riot Squad' (mp3).

Cock Sparrer

Now, this tune from 1983 was recently chosen by the mighty FiL from the mighty PogoAGoGo, again for the Contrast Podcast. It's good throughout and I must admit I seem to have forgotten over the years. So thanks, FiL, for giving me a reminder: I can't get it out of my head and listen to it frequently these days.

This is also true for the next tune and believe it or not: I have Cock Sparrer on a CD in the car together with The Indelicates' 'We Hate The Kids' (mp3) from 2006 and those two are the fucking best songs I've heard in all of 2009 ... so far. Repeat function is a very good invention indeed, I learned!

The Indelicates: a mighty band!

Now, if you listen more or less closely to The Indelicates' lyrics, you'll hear them moan about "Fat Men Who Once Met The MC5", which, strangely enough, made me think not of a song by The MC5, but of a T-Shirt one of The Pooh Sticks (Hue?) wears on the front cover of their 1988 self-titled mini album, the T-Shirt reading 'MC5 Back In The USA'.

The Pooh Sticks ... from years ago!

So, to close this tale of my complicated thought structures, here come The Pooh Sticks and 'Heroes And Villains' (mp3).

btw: this tune of course made me think of my mate JC aka The Vinyl Villain. But that's a different story. Visit his site here nevertheless, friends, your life will no longer be the same. Always a place to enjoy, but especially his offers for May and (early) June are outstanding!

Would be nice to know if someone found something intersting amongst the tunes above. So leave comments, okay?




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Dirk said...

Oh thank's, Peacy ... I nearly thought NOONE would comment at all!!!

david said...

Attractive offer there from Peacy! Anything the detroit cobras do is ok with me dirk, so cheers. Took the laurel aitken track as well, so i found a couple of nice ones, cheers my man.

Best for the future and the expanding sexyloser family.

Greer said...

Hi Dirk, I hear you about the zero free time! Thanks for posting the Cock Sparrer and Take The Skinheads Bowling, I really liked both of those too.

Tricia said...

Hey there Dirk. So great to see that the little man allowed you to free up enough time for such a terrific post. They are time consuming those babies...I remember vividly!

I love The Pooh Sticks. Great song. I also really liked The Indelicates and The Detroit Cobras. I have been unable to get 'Take the Skinheads Bowling' out of my mind since I heard it on the Skin CP, so it was terrific to see it here.

The best thing about your post, though, was following your stream of thought.

And Montego got it going on. :)

Anonymous said...

Wa hey!....nice to see you posting again Dirk,i've got a soft spot for the detroit cobras after catching them live a few years back......wouldn't like an arm wrestling match with her!!!
Now off you go and change some nappies.

JC said...

I guess Peacy was only responsing to your beach photo amigo.....

So good to hear from you again, and thanks for the very kind words.

I know you're really happy that your life has been transformed with the addition to the family, and while I miss seeing you around this place, I console myself with the fact you're doing something much more worthwhile and rewarding.

Give my love to everyone in the village.

Adrian said...

Kids ruin your life, it's true! But they enrich it as well (so my mum says).

I actually got back into music big time when the kids arrived. I think I had more time spent at home in front of the pc to look out more stuff (and waste cash on ebay).

Thanks for the posting!

The Warden said...

Can't match Peacy's offer either, but Good to have a new bunch of tunes from you.

I don't think there could be a BAD version of Take the Skinheads Bowling. I dig the MSP version, but still prefer the CVB original. Very different Detroit Cobras take on the Strokes song. Good reinterpretation.

a Tart said...

oh no, it's been almost a month and i've just got here! so sorry luv, xoxo

and funny about that cock sparrer, I've just bought my FIVE day pass to "Riotfest" where they promise to pay, wheeee!