Friday, 19 February 2010

Tuesday 16 February 2010

Prevaricate (v) To paint fashionable veins one one’s legs in advance of old age.

My mp3 player is so full of stuff now that half the time I have no idea what I am listening to, and, while reading on the Tube for instance, can’t be bothered half the time to pull the machine out of my pocket to check what the track is. In the future, no doubt, I will have the option to have the name of the track and artist scroll across my eyeballs in an organic font of my choosing, but for now, I’m stuck with what I have.
I leave it on constant shuffle, which is perfect for me since it forces me to listen to stuff I may not choose voluntarily, and the tracks are a genuine surprise.
It is, as you may expect (or not, since you may not know who I am), an eclectic mix. representing the Classical community, we have Mozart, Bach, Vivaldi, Maria Callas and Philip Glass (among others). There’s a good representation of World music, which consists in the main of South American/Latino although I also have some Romanian gypsy music which was recommended by The Evening Standard. Then we have jazz and blues, from Charlie Mingus, Albert King, The Nigel Price Trio and some older blues artists whose names escape me, although I’m pretty sure they all begin with ‘Blind’.
Then there’s rock from Rammstein, Pink Floyd and Yes, some Beatles, Them Crooked Vultures, Frank Zappa, Syd Barrett, the complete Kraftwerk, some folky stuff from The Imagined Village (who do a very interesting version of Slade’s ‘Cum On Feel The Noize’) and a double CD of cover versions from The Ministry of Sound, a double CD of Erasure that I found in Barnardos, Siouxsie and The Banshees and The Editors.
I’m particularly fond of The Editors, who are the best band I’ve come across in the last few years. They seem to know what they’re doing, and they do it very well, which is all one can ask for.


Nigel said...

"...the complete Kraftwerk..."

Even the first three albums, never (officially) released on CD?

(pulls rank)

Wot, no Bonzos?

Rod said...

Oooh... maybe not. There are eight albums altogether. No Bonzos as yet. I do have the complete Bonzos, which is completely complete apart from their version of Elvis Presley's 'Suspicion' which is suspicious.

Nigel said...

I don't know of a Bonzos version of 'Suspicion', but Vivian did one with 'His Gargantuan Chums'. which appeared on the 'History' set which you played to me, ooh, 35 years ago now. If you'd like an mp3 of this, let me know.

As for Kraftwerk, the first three albums were more avant-garde 'Krautrock' than electronic. I presume your collection starts at 'Autobahn' which, for me, was where it all started...

("Bother!", said Pooh. "It won't let me put a hyperlink in here. If you go to my site, find the Raves Archive for 2009 and scroll down to 16/11/09, you'll see a piece I wrote about 'Autobahn'. One which, indeed, mentions your noble self.
"And why is Christopher Robin carrying that large axe towards me, and what's the matter with his eyes?")