Archive for December, 2006

Top 50 albums you should own: 10-1

December 22, 2006

Nirvana10. Nirvana – Dedicated to Markos III

This album is quite simply phenomenal. From start to finish, the LP has more hooks than a fishing tackle shop, big choruses and tear jerking orchestrations. Of course, it’s nothing to do with Kurt Cobain in any way, but the product of sixties Island signings Alex Spyropoulos and Irish-born Patrick Campbell-Lyons. Psychedelic Pop really doesn’t get any finer than ‘My World is Cold Without You’ and the incredible DJ Shadow sampled ‘Love Suite’. It’s a perfect LP that everyone needs a copy of.

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The Ramones rip through Surfin’ Bird and Needles and Pins

December 22, 2006

The Ramones are just about the only group who can avoid getting bottled off stage  when saying "We’re going to do a tear-jerker written for us by Sonny Bono…" After getting their bubblegum kicks, the sleaze into a ferocious version of The Trashmen’s Surfin’ Bird. Genius.

The Ramones rip through Surfin’ Bird and Needles and Pins

December 22, 2006

The Ramones are just about the only group who can avoid getting bottled off stage  when saying "We’re going to do a tear-jerker written for us by Sonny Bono…" After getting their bubblegum kicks, the sleaze into a ferocious version of The Trashmen’s Surfin’ Bird. Genius.

Interview with Pop Levi

December 22, 2006

PopleviPop Levi is about to crash land on planet earth and shake up a dead pop scene. His arrival to PopJunkie ears was heralded with the incredible psychedelic glam pop single Blue Honey (click here to see the video) which pretty much left a trail of brilliant destruction in its wake.

With a new LP good to go next year, which already promises to be one of the albums of 2007. If ‘The Return To Form Black Magick Party’ doesn’t explode into the charts and dazzle all, then I’ll eat my own ears. I caught up with Mr Levi to talk about the making of the LP, ABBA, ‘absolute shit’ and ‘gold’ and future music – the soul of maths.

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Roygbiv fan video

December 21, 2006

Boards of Canada, the most important electronic act since, well, Aphex Twin, are notorious shy in self promoting. With only one official video to date, there are hoards of fan-made clips out there, with this one being particularly charming as it’s a collage of advertisements from the 80s. The featured track is Roygbiv which is on the sublime Music Has The Right To Children LP which you really should already own.

Top 50 albums you should own: 20-11

December 20, 2006

Fredneil20. Fred Neil – Fred Neil

Who said folk music had to be gentle? Fred Neil makes tough folk that’s inspired by the beat generation as much as it’s inspired by Leadbelly, Muddy Waters et al. A contemporary of Dylan’s but never attaining the fame due to a reluctance to play the celebrity game, Neil hit gold with his eponymous LP which features the Nilsson covered ‘Everybody’s Talkin” and his tour-de-force, The Dolphins which is one of the most devastating songs you’re likely to hear. Discover Fred Neil and change your life. Buy Fred Neil!

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Top 50 albums you should own: 30 – 21

December 18, 2006

Thewho_130. The Who – A Quick One

Often, Tommy and ‘Sell Out’ get all the plaudits, but some of The Who’s finest work lies in this little firecracker. Tougher and more freakbeat than straight psych, this is the LP that saw the group morphing into something a lot bigger than a feedback driven mod group. Boris The Spider rubs up against the brilliant ‘I Need You’ which was surprisingly penned by Keith Moon. This album also features the fantastic ‘Run, Run, Run’ which is fuzzed up to fuck! ‘Quick One While He’s Away’ is a nod of the rock opera’s that Pete Townshend was to fall so madly in love with. Buy it!

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The Ronettes ‘Be My Baby’

December 18, 2006

Is there a more perfect pop song than Be My Baby by The Ronettes? Of course, The Beach Boys could stake a claim at that title, or Glen Campbell with ‘Guess I’m Dumb’, but for me, this pips them all at the post, and the pinnacle of Phil Spector’s Wall of Sound production.

The Ronettes ‘Be My Baby’

December 18, 2006

Is there a more perfect pop song than Be My Baby by The Ronettes? Of course, The Beach Boys could stake a claim at that title, or Glen Campbell with ‘Guess I’m Dumb’, but for me, this pips them all at the post, and the pinnacle of Phil Spector’s Wall of Sound production.

Candie Payne interview

December 15, 2006

Candiepayne Here at PopJunkie, Candie Payne has seen us refer to her brilliant ‘All I Need To Hear’ single as "a soulful Memphis pop song that takes in Dusty, Stereolab, Broadcast and The United States of America all in one. Fabulous" as well as "PopJunkie’s newest fave girl keeps hitting pop-noir
gold. Gathering everything from Dusty to Serge, Candie creates a
wonderful chic pop that echoes everything that is great about having
ears," before adding "certainly set for huge things".

If you haven’t guessed, we’re big fans of this girl. With an LP and single due out early next year, we caught up with Candie to have a chat about her influences, her new video, the birth of pop-noir and her lack of groupies. To see an unofficial vid for her new single, set for release in February, click here and read on for the interview.

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