Seven songs

2 June 2008

There’s a music meme that’s doing the rounds – Rol’s done it, PJ’s half-done it. It goes:

‘List seven songs you are into right now. No matter what the genre, whether they have words, or even if they’re not any good, but they must be songs you’re really enjoying now, shaping your spring. Post these instructions in your blog along with your 7 songs. Then tag 7 other people to see what they’re listening to’.

I don’t play chain letters, so I’m not going to tag anyone, but I thought I’d have a go.

1. Great Lake Swimmers, “Your Rocky Spine”


Never thought I’d describe a song with prominent banjo as “gorgeous”, but this one is. Perhaps best described as a love song to a landscape.

2. Van Morrison, “Crazy Love”

One of my party pieces – if you’re ever stuck at a party with me and a guitar, this one’ll get an airing. Sadly, I can’t find a video of it.  Last’s night’s episode of Doctor Who had a character called River Song. It seems Stephen Moffat, as well as being the show’s best writer, has musical taste as well.

3. The Jeevas, “Virginia”

Crispian Mills may be a bit of a twit, but he’s also a bona fide authentic old-fashioned guitar hero. When Kula Shaker were out of action, he made two albums with a band called the Jeevas, and, despite the Hindu-kitch name, reined back on the Indian stuff and just played rock and roll.


4. Feist, “1 2 3 4”

The Jeevas’ first album was called “1 2 3 4”. So was Feist’s breakthrough single, which you’ll know from that advert, but who cares. If they put it on the end of a Kevin Costner film, it’d still be a class song.


5. Dan le Sac vs. Scroobius Pip, “Thou Shalt Always Kill”

I hate rap, but I like this one. “Thou shalt not judge a book by its cover, thou shalt not judge Lethal Weapon by Danny Glover”.


6. Duke Special, “Brixton Leaves”

Belfast’s favourite dreadlocked dwarf gets hometown to cheer him for telling them to go away.


7. Emily Loizeau, “Jasseron”

The album version is a duet with Franck Monnet, a very sincere ballad about a holiday in the Alps. This version, sung with her drummer, Cyril Aveque, is more fun.