Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Nick Noble

Nick Noble - "The Girl With The Long Red Hair"

This song is for Megan. I love the "do-da-dos". Upon its release in 1965, it went absolutely nowhere on the charts... but that means nothing. I can't seem to find any information about this artist other than the fact that he is best known for his recording of "The Bible Tells Me So" from 1955. The picture is from a much later album; I couldn't find any proper period photographs.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Beth Jeans Houghton

Beth Jeans Houghton - "Golden"
This song is really good. You'll love it. It reminds me a lot of Marissa Nadler... but more upbeat, with vocal harmonies and less talk about death. She definitely has a similar vocal quality to her: beautiful.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Cotton Candy & Fairy Floss

Cotton Candy. yum. Australians call it "Fairy Floss"... and Brits call it "Cotton Floss".... The word "floss" kind of makes me think of crotches. hmm.. take that where you will. According to wikipedia, Cotton Candy was first introduced at the World's Fair in St Louis, and this gives a great opportunity to bring up one of the best movies of all time, "Meet Me In St Louis". Go see it if you haven't. You are missing out.

Thursday, April 16, 2009


McCarthy - Red Sleeping Beauty, 1986

McCarthy was Tim Gane's band before Stereolab, and I feel like there are slight hints of what was to come with Stereolab's sounds; The intro is long, the background vocals and instrumentations are compelling, and the song is practically perfect... the instruments and voices are just different. I really don't know much about them, but upon stumbling across this track, I think I am in love. This was their second single and it's so jangly and progressive; Pale Saints sounded a lot like this 4 years later.

The sounds and fairytale lyrics mixed with the singer's dreamy voice produces romantic and beautiful feelings. I always like a bit of romance in what I listen to. Wikipedia says, "The song is believed to have been written as a protest to the Margaret Thatcher government." Interesting. I must own their records. It's a new mission in life.

Although this song came 20 years later, the wacky background vocals that go "ah uh ah uh ah uh ah uh" remind me of Stereolab's "Kyberneticka Babicka".

I love the album cover.