Saturday, August 27, 2005

NME Of The State

Inspiral Carpets - Tainted Love 1981 and electro pop rules the world. Soft Cell take Gloria Jones's top soul song to number one; 11 years later and Marc Almond is lending grandeur to Madonna's "Like A Prayer"; meanwhile "Tainted Love" passes into the hands of Manchester's Inspiral Carpets where the tasteful organ work of Clint Boon and the impassioned voice of Tom Hingley take it to new universes.

Teenage Fanclub - Mr Tambourine Man From 1965, this Bob Dylan song stands as The Byrds' only number one. Now it returns in classic tribute form, gently massaged by the loving hands of Scotland's Teenage Fanclub. Other great moments in the Fannies' repertoire include their delightful lurch through T-Rex's "Life's A Gas" and their self-penned "Kylies Got A Crush On Us".

Blur - Maggie May Rod Stewert's first number one (from 1971) is hammered into the 90s by Colchester's sex gods Blur. Trivia fans may recall that, when Rod and his mates The Faces performed "Maggie May" on Top Of The Pops, the tasteful mandolin solo was performed by DJ John Peel

1 comment:

alan said...

Didn't John Peel play Jews Harp on that performance of Maggie May?