The Press Article
Choosing a title associated with mediocrity is just asking for a drubbing, Pleasant but forgettable - a bit like a scone.
Nadine McBay, Metro - 24 October 2005
On My iPod
Supergrass frontman Gaz Coombes' six-track mix
What's The Ugliest Part Of Your Body? by Frank Zappa And The Mothers Of Invention: The first part has quite a cheesy, shoop-shoop, 1950s kind of sound, but then the luttle 20-second chorus section is genius. It's got a really odd time signature and really nice chords. Zappa did that a lot. He'd have really odd bits of music and then go into something really coherent and memorable. It's worth listening to just for that chorus.
Crossroad Blues by Son Of Dave: This is one guy with a range of harmonicas, a stomp box and a shaker. He has all these sampler/delay pedals so he'll play something, then sample it, then play over it. There's singing too, which he somehow manages to do at the same time as everything else. It's really clever but basically it's very raw, old-school blues.
Nightclubbing by Grace Jones: It has such a dark sound - it's almost evil. It's so eerie, you imagine Grace is singing about an empty nightclub. The pace is quite slow and the sound of her voice is incredible and very dark.
White Punks On Dope by The Tubes: We were over in the States one time and we met the son of one of the guys who played in The tubes and he gave me a load of The Tubes' records. This is about New York's fake punks whose parents are really rich. The lyrics are quite scathing. Musically, it's really epic and it climaxes with this amazing female choir, which is just an incredible rock'n'roll moment.
Remember by Acoustic Ladyland: I reallt like the drummer. It's reall jazz/rock'n'roll drumming, like Mitch Mitchell's stuff, which I don't think you see enough of these days. This song starts off like a Stranglers song with a great bass line. It's really raw and relentless. Their album's great but it's a tough listen - you have to be in the right frame of mind for it.
Me And My Arrow by Harry Nilsson: I've had it on my iPod for ages. I really like the choice of instruments and the groove of the song. It's got a flowing groove and a cool vocal over the top of it. I've never really grasped what it's about though...
Graeme Green, Metro - 24 October 2005