- Alan Hawkshaw & Brian Bennett – Mon Amour (Synthesizer & Percussion, 1974)
I’m not sorry for the absence, because i’ve learned so much in that time. I’ve seen lizards, concrete and blue water. I’ve eaten my weight in chilli many times over.
Here’s a playlist dotted with casually sincere sounds and remarks. Hawkshaw & Bennett “Lords of Library music”, Velcro, a charming and highly adequate Melbournian, Madcliff & Brunelle with their forgotten gems of late 20th century Americana.
“Hello Beach Girls” is in there for good measure. Enjoy whatever weather you’re given, overcast days usually make for better photographs.
Henri Rousseau never went to the Jungle. He spent all his days in Paris and surrounds, meticulously painting images of nature that were anything but ‘natural’. He copied his designs from botanical gardens, zoo pamphlets, and children’s books, depicting animals that would never be seen in the same environment. Once he even painted a hand of bananas growing upside down. His paintings are naive, flat and disjointed.
This playlist is a musical equivalent to Rousseau paintings – “Jungle” music made by westerners. Electronic emulation of african sounds, drum machines instead of djembé. Starts off mellow before moving into more disjointed territory.
01. Joel Vandroogenbroeck – Kinderspiel
(Digital Project, 1989)
02. Brian Briggs – Aeo pts. 1&2
(Brian Damage, 1980)
03. Haruomi Hosono – Honey Moon
(Tropical Dandy, 1975)
04. Ralf Nowy – Holidays in Kenia
(Colours of Holidays, 1987)
05. Eric Vann – Random Pizz
(Bass Moods, 1987?)
06. No Zu – Tattooed Head (short)
(Tattooed Head, 2011)
07. Zazou, Bikaye + Cy1 - M’Pasi Ya M’Pamba
(Noir Et Blanc, 1983)
08. John Tender - Flowers from Fantasyland 1
(Fantasyland Vol.1, 1981)
image: detail of The Hungry Lion Throws Itself on the Antelope, 1905
“The word arse is as much god as the word face. It must be so, otherwise you cut off your god at the waist.”
List of songs about or related to body parts. More textural than literal, onomatopoeia, gesture and touch. Blues, jazz and some Lord Quas for the heads.
+ Townes Van Zandt – Lungs
(Townes Van Zandt, 1969)
+ Dorothy Ashby – The Moving Finger
(The Rubaiyat Of Dorothy Ashby, 1970)
+ Horace Silver - I’ve had a little talk
(Total Response, 1971)
+ Colosseum II – All Skin & Bone
(Electric Savage, 1977)
+ John Sangster – Hair
(Ahead of Hair, 1969)
+ Roger Waters and Ron Geesin – Mrs. Throat goes Walking
(Music from the body, 1970)
+ Quasimoto – Come on Feet
(The Unseen, 2000)
If you can think of any other good songs about body parts, please comment below. I’m building a collection…
art: Horace Silver – Total Response (detail of left panel of inner gatefold)
quote: DH Lawrence
It’s been a while, hasn’t it?
Today’s list is nostalgic, and includes a track by John Fahey (who I initially discovered on this very website). It’s slightly warped playlist to listen to on a sunday drive. Just like the pumpkins in the photo, it’s earthy and organic, but in a slightly bent and malformed way. Folky, country, electronic and exotic. A few of these original pressings fetch a mighty dollar online, so enjoy the rips.
1. John Sangster - Sunrise
(Australia And All That Jazz Vol.1)
2. Vashti Bunyan – Diamond Day
(Just Another Diamond Day)
3. John Fahey - In Christ There Is No East Or West
(The Legend Of Blind Joe Death)
4. Matthew Young - Dummy Line
5. Matthew Larkin Cassell – In My Life
6. Tony Wilson – I Can’t Leave it Alone
(I Like Your Style)
7. Nino Nardini & Roger Roger – Tropical
We arrived at the roller rink well after dark. I paid my $7 to the cashier, who took the money and scurried off to find me a pair of skates. A large concrete rink was surrounded by floor to ceiling blue carpet, and the tile work was almost an optical illusion. Presumably, nothing had been modified since the early 1980s when the rink opened – including the signage, which warned pay-phone users to keep calls under 3 minutes.
1. Doug Hream Blunt – Gentle Persuasion (short version)
Gentle Persuasion (1990s?, Self Released)
2. Dave Graney – Night of the Wolverine 4
Rock ‘n’ Roll Is Where I Hide (Liberation Music, 2011)
3. Little Beaver – Party Down pt. 2
Party Down (1975 TK records)
4. Lee Edwards - Equal Love Oppertunity pt. 2
Shades Of Love
5. George Smallwood & Marshmellow – Lady Disco (demo)
7″ Single, (Reissued 2011, P.P.U. Records)
6. Rework - Jogging Beat
7″ Single (Playhouse, 2005)