Friday, 25 December 2015

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue #5

I've always found it a bit odd that the Saint Etienne/Tim Burgess collaboration, 'I was born on Christmas Day' isn't revisited more at this time of year. It's scuffed indie credentials might mean it can't compete with Slade and Wizzard, but it's a much more charming record, and it has never knowingly been overplayed...

Peluche's 'Ohio', which was released in the dying months of 2014, has the double distinction of not being quite new enough to fully qualify as 'New' for the intents and purposes of this post, but it also sounds like it was recorded in 1982. That said, it's a joyous romp through post punk musicality for the modern age.

The Belle Stars, meanwhile, were really performing 'The Clapping Song' in 1982, itself a cover of the Shirley Ellis classic. The 80s revival in fashion has endured for so long now that their outfits look almost contemporary. Funny old world...

Owlle's France was one of my albums of last year, and now seems a good time to revisit it's cool electro sophistication. 'Ticky Ticky' flirts with Eurovision but stays the right side of it, and yes, it is a real earworm once you've heard it, even once.

Image of Satsumas by Cazz Blase, copyright Cazz Blase, all rights reserved.

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