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Welcome!

You’ve seen Part 1 of Volume 10, so now here is Part 2. The List requires no introduction for those of you familiar. If you’re not already, take a read and get acquainted with the list of what’s on my mind at this moment in time, hence The List of the Moment — a two part series, twice each week, usually Tuesday and Saturday, though this is slightly variable depending on the week.

As ever, I always look forward to such thoughtful, educational, and entertaining comments. Can’t wait to hear from you.

So here we go… s. r. p.

“You Sexy Thang” by Hot Chocolate — I used to dance around by the big mirror in my bedroom with my pigtails bouncing while listening to this song. I probably shouldn’t admit that, but there you have it. It’s just that kind of song that makes you want to get up and dance, or at least sing along if you’re into this king of thing (which you have to be — you need to be open-minded). I love this song, so shoot me. It worked wonders in The Full Monty if you got the chance to see that — if not, do… another thing that is worth your while.

“Dance Hall Days” by Wang Chung — Does anybody but me remember this song and can anybody explain the lyrics to me apart from just dancing or is that where it ends? I remember Wang Chung, but for the love of me I couldn’t remember any of their other songs besides “Everybody Wang Chung Tonight.” “Dance Hall Days” is still fun and, to me anyway, still sounds as current as it did back in the day And more, it’s a happy song, which I’m finding quite refreshing these days (though this could pass, I never claimed to be anything but mercurial).

“Being Boring” by the Pet Shop Boys — “We were never being boring / We were never being bored…” Oh, to be young and to be in the 1980s again. The Pet Shop Boys had it pegged and still do, if you still listen to their music. “Being Boring” may not be one of their better known songs (the way “West End Girls” is so well known), but it is among their best to be sure. Take a listen to it if you haven’t already.

“They Don’t Know About Us” by Tracey Ullman — Can anyone forget the image of Tracey Ullman in her music video to this song, patrolling the aisles of the supermarket in her slippers, her cigarette lip dangling, while she sang, occasionally grabbing cans here and there and singing her heart out of this classic (note: there is also the Kirsty MacColl version of this song)?

“Come on Eileen” by Dexy’s Midnight Runners — If ever there was a song about convincing a girl to go all the way, then this has to be it. This has to the “One” that really takes the cake, because “at this moment, you mean everything…” — a line I just love. The impermanence of youth is what makes this song so great — that, and the general rhythm of the thing and the message inherent — how fleeting the moment is. How the whole song is in the moment and how it’s all about, let’s face it, getting Eileen to put out. Nothing wrong with that. Especially at that age, especially when we were young and hey, perhaps especially even now.

    Come on Eileen,
    I swear (well he means) At this moment you mean everything,
    With you in that dress my thoughts I confess verge on dirty
    Ah come on Eileen.

There’s more here, of course, but I think the essential pulse of the song is simple and sweet, unless I misread. Above lyrics seem to indicate not.

“Im Nin Alu” by Ofra Haza — True, it’s rare, but it’s not that rare and you could make an effort and get to know it, non? I think it’s worth it if you’re into a dance hit and dance music more generally and something a little different. It can be found on the album Shaday, and while most of the album is more pop, this one really rocked the house in the late eighties, early nineties, or it did at all the right places, I should say. If you like “Desert Rose” by Sting then you’ll love this one.

“The First Cut is the Deepest” by Rod Stewart – Maybe not his most popular song — and I could have certainly picked from myriad songs of Rod’s (who I have had the pleasure of seeing live more than once, and who puts on a terrific show or did back then anyway). This song is among the most sincere of his songs, I think, though a great many are sincere — this one rings truer, like a real hurt, a real life lesson learned yet ultimately, the song is optimistic and about helping to love again. The song, I believe, was originally written and performed by Cat Stevens and first came out in 1967, though it’s been widely covered since then, this one by Rod Stewart being my personal favorite. Some lyrics:

    I would have given you all of my heart
    But there’s someone who’s torn it apart
    And she’s taken just all that I had
    But if you want I’ll try to love again
    Baby I’ll try to love again but I know

    The first cut is the deepest
    Baby I know the first cut is the deepest
    But when it come to being lucky she’s cursed
    When it comes to loving me she’s the worst
    I still want you by my side
    Just to help me dry the tears that I’ve cried
    And I’m sure going to give you a try
    And if you want I’ll try to love again
    Baby I’ll try to love again but I know

    The first cut is the deepest

“I’m the Kinda” by Peaches — a lot of people, especially women, find this song, and pretty much anything by Peaches, offensive. I think I wrote a whole article about this because it really bothered me that there should be something wrong with being the kinda chick that someone should want to get with. So what, her language is different and harsher, but the point remains the same, and to get with her for whatever reason, why not just assume all — body, brains, etc.? Let’s give her some credit, as well as ourselves. Look at it in a whole new light.

“Cruel to be Kind” by Nick Lowe — Well, it’s true. You gotta be cruel to be kind, as he sings, and he’s right, as anyone who has kids can testify to. Seriously, this may not be the best song Nick Lowe ever wrote (there are far too many to list here, like “Time Wounds All Heels,” “An American Squirm” is another, “So It Goes”). If you have forgotten Nick Lowe or are unacquainted, at least take a listen on Amazon to some of the songs listed here, listen to “Heart” also. His Best Of album should satisfy anyone, as is “Basher.”

“Whip It” by Devo — I just couldn’t resist. It’s been yonks since I heard this song and I remembered the video the other day, with the hokey background and stage set (remember that?). I remember everyone wondering what this song was about at the time and maybe even still wondering. In this case, let the lyrics speak for themselves — that seems easiest; you put your own spin on it. Note: one of the best places to find lyrics on the Web is at Lyrics Freak and seems to be one of the most reliable from what I’ve found. Different interpretations of this song — some think it’s about solving problems, then there are other interpretations. Thoughts? Lyrics below to help (not all lyrics included, just enough that should help).

    Crack that whip
    Give the past the slip
    Step on a crack
    Break your momma’s back
    When a problem comes along
    You must whip it
    Before the cream sits out too long
    You must whip it
    When something’s going wrong
    You must whip it

    Now whip it
    Into shape
    Shape it up
    Get straight
    Go forward
    Move ahead
    Try to detect it
    It’s not too late
    To whip it
    Whip it good

“Dear God” by XTC — Well, if it’s sacrilege, you want to stay away from then you want to stay away from this, though this song by XTC seems to turn in on itself. On the one hand, it is a direct address or almost a letter to God with what seems to be a young girl singing (or boy perhaps), and at the same time, he says, “I can’t believe in you.” It does seem odd to write a letter to someone or something you don’t “believe in”, and while I think this is one of XTC’s finest and most poignant songs, I wish it didn’t turn in on itself like this. That said, it’s still a great song. For those of you who are deeply religious, you may wish to stop reading now. Remember, I didn’t write the lyrics here, I’m merely the messenger, though I admit, I think he makes some very, very valid points here. Here’s a taste (and I don’t put the rest of the lyrics because frankly, they only get rougher as the song goes on and as it picks up speed):

    Dear God, hope you got the letter, and…
    I pray you can make it better down here.
    I don’t mean a big reduction in the price of beer
    but all the people that you made in your image, see
    them starving on their feet ’cause they don’t get
    enough to eat from God, I can’t believe in you

    Dear God…
    Sorry to disturb you,
    But I feel that I should be heard loud and clear.
    We all need a big reduction in amount of tears,
    And all the people that you made in your image,
    See them fighting in the street,
    ’cause they can’t make opinions meet,
    About God,
    I can’t believe in you…

The song ends with a sarcastic, “Dear God….” Not for the faint of heart, and I’m pretty religious, and yet find a lot of merit in this song. It’s worth keeping an open mind.

Look for Volume 11, Part 1 next Tuesday. Until then, thanks for reading and thanks for tuning in, as ever,

s.r.p.

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  • http://gohah.blogspot.com Gordon Hauptfleisch

    Hey, here’s a fun little Nick Lowe song, based on a true tinseltown tale of a starlet’s demise and her pet dog who got a little hungry when suppertime came and went–“She was winner
    That became the doggie’s dinner” (I’m just a messenger too remember):
    —–
    Mary Provost did not look her best
    The day the cops bust into her lonely nest
    In the cheap hotel up
    on Hollywood West July 29
    She’d been lyin’ there
    for two or three weeks
    The neighbors said
    they never heard a squeak
    For hungry eyes that couid not speak
    Said even little doggie’s have got to eat

    She was winner
    That became the doggie’s dinner
    She never meant that much to me
    (But now I see) Oh poor Mary

    Mary Provost was a movie queen
    Mysterious angel of the silent screen
    And run like the wind
    the nation’s young men steam
    When Mary crossed the silent screen
    Oh she came out west from New York
    But when the talkies came
    Mary just couldn’t cope
    Her public said Mary take a walk
    All the way back to New York

    Those twin balms didn’t help her sleep
    As her nights grew long
    and her days grew bleak
    It’s all downhill
    once you’ve passed your peak

    Mary got ready for that last big sleep
    The cops came in
    and they looked around
    Throwing up everywhere over
    what they found
    The handywork of Mary’s little dachshund
    That hungry little dachshund
    Poor Mary, poor Mary, poor poor Mary
    Poor Mary
    ———
    Love XTC too–especially Drums and Wires, English Settlement, and Skylarking.

  • http://www.tantmieux.squarespace.com sadi ranson-polizzotti

    Skylarking is one of my favorite all time albums….. Another album… title eludes right now, the song “Pink Thing” – do you know it? That song is a hoot….

    i’m off for a while… more later probably… love love XTC (i seem to love acronym bad names, BAD, XTC, BAD II, etc etc…. i could go on… you get the idea…s’weird) Do you know Dukes of the Stratosphere or did we have this conversation last time around? i think we did…

    about You’re My Drug and Twenty Five O Clock ?

    Cheers –

    Yes, i know Mary Provost- huge Nick Lowe fan….

  • Steve

    Wow, Sadi, nice list.

    I know all of the songs, except for Peaches.

    I have all the rest of the songs except for Devo, Nick Lowe, and XTC.

    However, I do have a cover of “Dear God” by Sarah McLachlan. I find the song a bit whiney, especially when they moan about the price of beer!!

    If you like ‘sacrilegious’ songs like that, you should give a listen to Midge Ure’s (of Ultravox and Band Aid fame) 1988 single “Answers To Nothing” –

    “High upon a hillside,
    A preacher tells a story to a crowd,
    He tells the same old story,
    A thousand times he’s read that story loud,
    And he wants to give the answers but his words are only,
    Answers to nothing…” etc.

    Although I think it may be a diatribe against preachers and politicians, than God per se, now that I listen to it over again. He also had a different song called “Dear God” as well, which had a yearning quality to it.

    “Senses Working Overtime” by XTC brings back memories of the British countryside, but I was never a huge fan of theirs.

    Re. Dexy’s, I remember returning from a holiday in Canada and this was #1 in the UK and I thought, who are these guys?? (in retrospect, I realise how brief my musical knowledge was at 13, “Geno” had been a UK #1 for them two years before lol!!!). I preferred their follow-up single “Jackie Wilson Said” myself, great vocal rhythm to it.

    I have the original and a 1987 remix of “You Sexy Thing”, and yes, I did see the movie it was later used in. I must confess, I felt really sorry for those guys, things being so bad that they had to strip for a living, how awful!!

    After seeing the video for the Devo tune, I decided it was fruitless for me to comprehend the lyrics lol!!

    The Nick Lowe tune was played to death on Canadian radio for years after it’s release, so I was O’ded on it for a long time, but in retrospect it wasn’t a bad tune, kinda 70’s for me actually.

    “First Cut…” is another tune that’s been done many times over the years (most recently by Sheryl Crow), so it’s not one of my faves of Rod, but he’s had alot of good ones.

    Pet Shop Boys are among my top ten faves of all time, I have almost all of their albums, that one was a very well written tune. “Left To My Own Devices” always cracks me up, epic sounding but with some humour too.

    I enjoyed Tracey Ullman’s stuff, disappointed she gave up music to move to America to pursue TV and movies.

    Re. Kirsty MacColl, though I was never a huge fan, I do have her songs “Days”, “A New England”, and “A Fairytale Of New York” with The Pogues’ Shane MacGowan, those songs I do like.

    Ofra Haza was unusual for sure, vaguely recall the song but it’s been a long time since I heard it, a UK top ten from 1988 I believe.

    I have Wang Chung’s best of album, and also an extended version of “Dance Hall Days”. I’m pretty sure it’s just about a couple meeting and getting to know each other at a dance, though their dialogue is rather esoteric to be sure! Their US top ten hit “Let’s Go” is one of my favorite party tunes.

  • http://gohah.blogspot.com Gordon Hauptfleisch

    Sadi–I have Dukes of Stratosphere “25 O’Clock” but not the full album “Psonic Psunspot,” alas and alack. Which reminds me of the 3 O’Clock–band from L.A.’s Paisley Underground movement sometime in ’80s. Another album is from band Green on Red–I’m sure I’ll be coming across that, too. Trippy–I can just about hear the colors and see the sounds right now.

  • http://www.tantmieux.squarespace.com sadi ranson-polizzotti

    Hey Steve – not that i like sacrelig…i’m actually quite religious — i just like XTC and i really like that song…. so that’s how that is… I’m glad you like this list…

    Wang Chung: i love Dance Hall Days right now…. and this is the List of the Moment after all, so tht makes sense…, so i would love it right now… but yeah, i think you’re right about what it’s about… but the whole “grab your partner by the hair? or is that hand? i think he says both… odd… but then, we’ll allow him some lee-way for artistic reasons… ; )

  • http://www.tantmieux.squarespace.com sadi ranson-polizzotti

    hey gordon – sonic sunspot can be found i think… though it’s spelled different ways depending, psonic psunspot, though i beieve the second spelling is the correct (Geffen would indicate and that was my source, so i don’t know…)it’s a great album. VERY trippy…. I lost my copy ages ago, which is a real bummer.

    Did you ever hear of a group called Jazz Butcher? Austrailain Band, never been able to find them here, but if you find them about, let me know…. heck, maybe they’re even on amazon and i just havne’t checked, i can’t remember now.. i thought i had… let me know if you’ve heard of them…

    Jazz Butcher — best song “The Human Jungle” – great group.

  • http://gohah.blogspot.com Gordon Hauptfleisch

    Sadi–Yes, I know about Jazz Buthcher but that’s the extent–haven’t heard them or have any albums, I’m afraid. I’ll seek them out, but I didn’t know they were Australian. Speaking of which, I have a couple Hoodoo Guru LPs if you are familiar with them.

    Maybe it’s just in my flashbacks that it’s spelled “Psonic Psunspot.”

  • http://www.tantmieux.squarespace.com sadi ranson-polizzotti

    yeah Gordon, Jazz Butcher were great ~ hard to find tho hard to find, or so far i haven’t found.

    if you can find them, let me know. prob. ebay would be best bet… ishould try that… that would be promising. or some really great download place…. (ideas?)

    xtc – i’ve seen it spelled both ways – sonic an psnoic (sp?) if you can, it’s worth getting your hands on it, albeit totally trippy, which may be right up your ally – not sure, but i love it…. it’s an amazing album if you like xtc, exp the the song “You’re My Drug” which has made The List before, i believe…

    cheers,

    s.

  • Steve

    Frankly, Sadi, considering it was Wang Chung’s first album, I suspect they were just having a hard time making the line rhyme lol.

    According to my sources, Jazz Butcher were English and were around from 1982-1995, with a reunion tour and album at the turn of the millennium. I know of 4 of their albums that can be bought new – 1984’s “Scandal In Bohemia”, 1986’s “Distressed Gentlefolk”, and 2000’s Glorious and Idiotic (Live)” and “Rotten Soul”. You can find them at http://www.allmusic.com, just punch in the group name, then discography, look under albums, which will give a link to buy them.

  • Scott Butki

    I love that Dear God song. I’ve put it on many mix tapes.

    I’m going to have to check out Peaches.

  • http://www.tantmieux.squarespace.com sadi ranson-polizzotti

    Steve ~ hey, thanks for the info. on Jazz Butcher. I’ll check out all music and see what i can find. hopefully i’ll find what i’m looking for. I didn’t realize they were English… i was sure they were Australian… that’s interesting.. what sources did you have…

    just curious…

    interesting..i think the album i want is called The Human Jungle. I’m still convinced the best bet is eBay, probably.

  • Steve

    My source was http://www.allmusic.com, Sadi.

    Re. “The Human Jungle”, I think you are right.

  • http://www.tantmieux.squarespace.com sadi ranson-polizzotti

    hey Scott – yes, XTC Dear God is a great song, but then, i like pretty much anything by XTC, even or especially “love on a farmboy’s wages” which i think is a great song with tons of atmosphere.

    Peaches is fun, though alot of women find her offensive, or at least, in my circle they do (maybe i’m moving in the wrong circle? not sure… tho to be fair, some best friends haven’t hear her…) Her lyrics are really explicit. She was heard in Lost in Translation, the film, if you saw it… in the club scene…

    The album you want to get, or the song is The Teaches of Peaches the song I’m the Kinda…. both of which are terrific songs… at least, in my view. I did a whole blog on her… i think she’s amazing. I don’t find her offensive at all. I find her rather, and i hate this word so forgive me, but “empowering” in her way – she gives women back their bodies much the way Henry Miller could do the same, i think by throwing around certain words (that i think the comment policy doesn’t allow but you get the drift) ~~ use the word enough and it loses its rough meaning, ya know. And more, at least in the UK (and maybe Steve can attest to this (Steve are you in the UK?) certain words are thrown around in a more casual way… and so they lose their rougher meaning. I don’t necessarily do this, but i’ve certainly heard it and it does’t offend me in any way – and neither does Peaches

    have i gone off topic on a rant here?

    buy Peaches or take a listen…

    or download “The Teaches of Peaches” from SafeShare or all music or take a listen at amazon

    cheers (buy Peaches!)

  • Steve

    I actually saw the movie “Lost In Translation”, it was an OK movie I suppose, can’t quite remember the music from it now though, been 2 or 3 years since I saw it.

    Though I haven’t been to the UK in more than 10 years, I have noticed their TV shows are a bit more…profane/irreverent…than N. American ones. I did know someone back in the 80’s there who swore practically every sentence, which was a bit much to me, but I know it was coming more from a sense of youthful bravado rather than genuine feeling, a friendly enough person, if you can get past the language.

    I don’t find swearing really adds much to a conversation, I’m quite happy not to hear that stuff. I just find it a rather juvenile attempt to shock people, basically, though I do understand it’s use in extremely frustrating situations. When people use it alot with others, I just find it to be like a front, to make the person talking seem more brave or bold, to me, it’s just one more thing to peel off in order to get to know a person better.

  • http://rodneywelch.blogspot.com/ Rodney Welch

    Well, I always thought “Whip It” was unquestionably about masturbation. Of course, it could be, and may well have been, a kind of ironic take on the work ethic, but the title just seemed to close to “whip one’s potatoes.” No one I knew thought it was about anything else. Kinda odd to be hearing it on that Swifter commercial.

    “Come On Eileen” is a wonderfully wistful romantic song. It’s about being young and the fear and reality of growing old — an endemic rock theme. So many rock songs have that same Springsteenian sentiment, of young people declaring they will avoid the fate of their loveless parents with their idiot jobs, and the song expresses it as well as any:

    These people round here wear beaten down eyes
    Sunk in smoke dried faces they’re so resigned to what their fate is,
    But not us, no not us we are far too young and clever.

    Life in an Irish mining town, but it could be any town. Right now, this moment, a future drone of the working class is defiantly uttering those same words to an Eileen who will someday be a harried mom.

    Whether it’s Johnny Ray or Dexy’s Midnight Runners who nourish your romantic ambitions, reality sets in eventually, and the cycle of love, marriage, birth and indifference just goes on and on, forever.

  • Steve

    Hey, Sadi, are we on schedule for a new List tomorrow??

    Oh, and I wanted to ask you, how many music concerts would you say you’ve ever been to?? Just curious.

  • http://www.tantmieux.squarespace.com sadi ranson-polizzotti

    sorry, all MAJOR technical problems today ~ so couldn’t get to your answers sooner — comment etc…

    Rodney – i think what you’re saying about Devo was or is everyone’s basic assumptio altho i remember having this conversation with a dj friend of mine who strenusouly argued (and convincingly so) that it was all about whipping a problem — i.e. “whip it” ~ deal with tne issue

    now, whether or not that’s REALLY the case, who knows ….. prob. not .i’m sure there is at least a subtext there that is what you and i see, but i’ve heard that the group says not but who know for sure and so what anyway… totally weird to be hearing ANY Of this stuff on ANY commercial if you ask me… it was bad enough to have Bob (Dylan) selling bras, but thsi is out of control now~!

    our music has been taken away from us and given over to consumer products for prime time tv…

    weird.

  • http://www.tantmieux.squarespace.com sadi ranson-polizzotti

    oh, and Rodney ~ you’re right about Come On Eileen… i think it is about getting older, but i do think it is about the moment too… as you put it “springsteenian” which i thought was brilliant … i think you said it all…

  • http://www.tantmieux.squarespace.com sadi ranson-polizzotti

    Steve – hey sweets ! Sorry not to answer you for so so long … the List ~ i’m aiming to be on target for tomorrow but b/c of techinical trouble today i’m not sure i can be… it mgiht have to be Wednesday morning and then Sunday if that works…. Sound okay? Lemme know.. and sorry..,. if it comes out tomorrow… i’ll let you know.. iether way, i’ll pick up back here on this thread on your comments tomorrow. i’m so so so so tired tonight…

    look dead tired.

    computer problems will do that to you!

  • Steve

    Aww, Sadi, sorry to hear about your computer problems and tiredness. I know I just downloaded the latest version of my browser a few weeks ago, and it stalls on me every other time I use it, I hope the makers can work out the bugs in the new version soon, it can be a little annoying.

    Anyways, have a good sleep, and put out the List whenever you feel up to it. I’ll look forward to it, in the meantime.

    All the best,
    Steve.

  • http://www.tantmieux.squarespace.com sadi ranson-polizzotti

    hey steve, thanks… i’ll be back in commission by Wednesday…. i just need an extra day since today really threw me off… sorry about that to ALL…

    So the LIST will be POSTPONED FOR ONE DAY til wednesday … that’s all.. no biggie.. just tech problems for me which meant i couldn’t be writing and had to waste my time dealing with internet connection issues and blah blah blah blah blah

    sorry to hear of yours as well

    g’night for now…

    ; )

    s.

  • Scott Butki

    Just realized tonight that via my university I get a free subscription to Ruckus so I can legally download any music I want.
    So i’ll check out some of the ones you are listing.

  • Mike

    Hi Sadi, good to see Im nin alu on your list, a beautiful sound from a beautiful departed voice (she dies of AIDS), and it must be the oldest song you’ve had on your list so far. The lyric to it is several hundred years old. Have you heard the original mix without the dance beats added? The whole album the song is taken from is worth a listen. And if you are into old-skool you might like to dig out the great Coldcut remix of Eric B and Rakim’s Paid in Full which sampled Ofra Haza’s beautiful a capella from the song. I seem to remember Lou Reed had a vocal on one of her later albums.

    Being Boring is probably my favourite Pet Shop Boys track. I love the way he rides the vocal.

    Peaches is cheeky and fun and it seems to me she is having fun playing with us.

    XTC are (were) rare English treasures. Most memorable track for me is Making plans for Nigel.

    I like First Cut Is The Deepest but not being a fan of Rod Stewart’s after his Faces period I would plump for either PP Arnold’s version or the Studio One reggae version by Norma Frazier.

  • http://www.tantmieux.squarespace.com sadi ranson-polizzotti

    Scott, you lucky devil – but yes, do try some of the songs and see what you like… if you let me know what you’re into, i can recommend some stuff for you… if you’re into hard core then this list is not for you.. it all depends on what you like…. so let me know… ; ) cool about free subscription!!! god, lucky you…

  • http://www.tantmieux.squarespace.com sadi ranson-polizzotti

    Mike – hey, no i had no idea that she died of AIDS = that’s awful… i really didn’t know this at all. that explains why we haven’t heard from her. She was a great talent. Very very sad indeed….i’m sorry to hear it.

    No i’ve never heard the version without the dance remix… any ideas about how to get it? Any albums…. You name a couple of other sources that use it as well….Rakim and Eric B – Don’t know — sorry – Paid in Full – you’d have to fill me in…

    We agree on the Pet Shop Boys pretty much, but i do love, What Have I Done to Deserve This…. Which i think is a great song…

    Making Plans for Nigel – god, i forgot all about that song… great great song… great group, obviously and a favorite of mine. HUGE fan…

    you big XTC fan… sounds like….

    must work on next list, number 11…. s

  • Mike

    Sadi, if you look for the album Yemenite Songs, or, if you have any Hebrew download sites, look for Shirei Teman and if I remember rightly you’ll find both an original mix and a dance mix of Im Nin’Alu and Galbi on the later pressings. I think the album 50 gates of Wisdom also has the same track listing as Yemenite Songs and all tracks are in Hebrew or Arabic and, again if I remember rightly, Aramaic. She mixed English and Hebrew tracks on Shaday which came out a couple of years later and which included the dance remix of Im Nin Alu. Lou Reed and Iggy Pop were on the Kirya album.

    Eric B and Rakim were a great late 80s DJ and MC pairing who had hits with hip hop/dance tracks like Paid in Full, Move the Crowd and I Know You Got Soul. Their records sampled from many different sources and are delightful for trying to spot what sources they have used. In round about 1987 they (or rather Coldcut) sampled Im Nin Alu among other pieces for the remix of their hit Paid in Full. It was the track that first got a lot of people interested in Ofra Haza. The whole album Paid in Full is cited by many many hiphoppers and R&b’ers as a classic. Shortly afterwards MARRS used the same sample on Pump Up The Volume. I remember seeing Ofra on Top of the Pops in the UK in 1988.

    Pretty much all of Pet Shop Boys is listenable. I particularly like them on the car stereo, good driving music.

    XTC were peculiarly and wonderfully English weren’t they? They never got enough exposure.

  • Mike

    Excuse the italics. I must have forgotten to close an html tag.

    [All fixed now. Comments Editor]

  • Steve

    I also have “Paid In Full” and “Pump Up The Volume”, I always thought the latter was overrated, though.

  • Scott Butki

    Sadi, I’ll let you know.

  • http://gohah.blogspot.com Gordon Hauptfleisch

    XTC would’ve been bigger if Partridge had got over his stage fright enough to them to tour more–but at least it gave them time to consistently write and craft great albums.

  • http://www.tantmieux.squarespace.com sadi ranson-polizzotti

    You’e right Gordon = Partridge was painfully shy… if he had just gotten over that it would have been great — but alas…

    but yes, their albums were pretty consistently great…

    ever hear of a band called jazz butcher?

    anyway – just finished next list (whew) will be up tonight i imagine…

    thanks all for waiting… sorry for tech glitches but at least got it done by Tuesday…

    ; )

  • Steve

    That’s great, Sadi, looking forward to it.

  • Steve

    Oh, I forgot you guys talked about the controversy re. Devo’s “Whip It”. I must confess, I’ve never heard the expression ‘whip one’s potatoes’, that’s hilarious! That sure would put a whole new spin on that song for me. However, I think I go with the alternative explanation that was offered earlier.

  • Scott Butki

    I always assumed Whip it was about masturbation. Have they ever said one way or the other?

  • http://www.tantmieux.squarespace.com sadi ranson-polizzotti

    yes, Devo ostensibly said the song was about “whipping a problem” – (when a problem comes along, you must whip it,) etc etc— but most people assume that is just a cheap trick and that it is a song about masturbation, i’m sure even Devo themselves…. that would make sense…. but yup, that’s what they said from what i understand….