Friday, February 01, 2008

The Journey Continues... new singles and old ideas.

First is this one and it makes me think that we are now looking at the 1990s revisited but if this is the case I've decided that it might not be so bad after all! Mark Brown may be a 21st century producer and there are others, almost too many and obvious to mention, who are also laudable but this is a fine effort that has become well known because it has been used in a Lloyds TSB Bank advertising campaign. That to some is in itself a travesty but, at least in my opinion, it need not detract from the song as it stands:

The vocalist is Sarah Cracknell: she of Saint Etienne fame and the singer that Cristiano Spiller really wanted to record the vocals for his previously instrumental Groovejet. When she turned the offer down Sophie Ellis Bextor recorded Groovejet (If This Ain't Love) instead and when released in 2000 it went straight to the top of the UK singles chart and, in doing so, prevented Victoria Beckham having a solo UK #1. It is a fluke of fortune that Sophie Elllis Bextor has probably not forgotten!
Another new single that has come to my attention recently is A&E, the first to be released from Goldfrapp's fourth studio album that is Seventh Tree, and it is quite often wonderfully like the tracks on Felt Mountain but even better (and this album is also available on vinyl)!

I'm even thinking about having a minor 1990s retrospective this weekend --- at best the late 1990s were often cheap and trashy but at least Samantha Marie Sprackling (aka Saffron, the lead singer of Republica) was ready and willing to capture it better than many, indeed most.

Republica - Republica (1996).
Someone had to do it and
the iconic track was Drop Dead Gorgeous.

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