Earworms time then. I've been lazy, as usual, and done nothing to get a Guest Editor lined up for this slot. Luckily for me, someone ignored my inertia and took matters into their own hands... so, in spite of my total lack of effort, for the first time since September last year, I do actually have a guest this week.
Ladies and gentleworms, without further ado, it is my great pleasure to introduce for your earworming pleasure.......
Earworms of the week - guest editor #93 - Fiery Little Sod
Hello to all and best wishes for the weekend - hope this sets you up well. I have had a lyrically driven week where I have not even needed to hear the songs to be nudged in certain musical directions..... we begin with a cover:
> Love Machine - Arctic Monkeys
Courtesy of the Radio 1 Live Lounge from a couple of years back, remarkably shows that its not a bad song, but there is still a quality moment when even Alex Turner can't stop himself laughing while the coolest guitar band of the moment lets rip on a a pop-tastic tune.
> Somewhere - West Side Story
No idea where this came in from, but something about precious time and the sense of aspiration. Does feel like it should be heard out of a back window on a fire escape......
> Mirror Man - Human League
The simple chorus in this song hides the rather searching verses, but matches up with their other work easily and the mid-song change of pace helps fix it in the internal jukebox
> One (Blake's got a new face) - Vampire Weekend
Recently re-visited this album and was reminded it contains more than just commentary on some punctuation. This one stuck after I randomly discovered an old public burial ground near my office contains the grave of William Blake, so I was to find some symmetry
> Stayin' Alive - Bee Gees
Courtesy of a work colleague pretending to be 'street' but left looking daft when I busted him for nicking someone else's words. Still had to stop myself strutting out of the office though......
> Ca plane pour moi - Plastic Bertrand
Even the most basic translation of this song makes it sound utterly bonkers, however the hook makes it impossible to get out of your head once it has sneaked in there, Whatever the heck it may be about, it works for me.
> The Message - Grandmaster Flash
Frankly this is rather hardcore for my usual day-to day listening but find myself incapable of hearing anything approximating the first line of the chorus without following up with the rest of it. Cannot honestly relate to everything he comments on, however he shows a (grand) mastery of lyric work that has been virtually unmatched since
> Letter from America - The Proclaimers
I would guess this is probably their second-best known song and it popped into my head on the back of a melody rather than random words. Once it got in there, there was no getting it out again. Still makes me wonder what the rail tracks would look like. No complaints mind. Quality tune.
> My Way - Frank Sinatra
Oddly, I don't think is the best version of the song I've heard. Once you have experienced this tune sung by a male voice church choir and been overwhelmed by the clarity of the words, Ol' Blue Eyes don't quite cut it. As for the tune..... hopefully I have, just with fewer comebacks
> One - Metallica
This slipped in late - winning its place over something almost diametrically opposed on the music scale and it is still a mighty hard listen, even after 20 years. No apology. Barely any explanation. Just proper, brutal, heavy metal of a kind that is rarely heard nowadays.
So there you go, I feel I may have thoroughly abused my earworm limits, but am finding them strangely addictive. Hope this week had something for everyone and that the ever-lengthening days bring a little light to all you readers. Lastly, for those yet to try this game - give it a go! You are bound to come up with something fresh and funky and it is excellent therapy too. So make the leap and get worming. My fine friend Mr Toni (thanks as always) can give you all the necessary. "
That should do the trick....
Thanks FLS. A rather peculiar coincidence that you were earworming Plastic Bertrand in the same week that he came up in the bontempi organ round of the Leftlion pub quiz.... There weren't any bonus points for pointing out to the team that guessed it was "that French bloke singing that French song" that the man in question is actually Belgian, but my overall smugness increased markedly. We won, naturally.
They hate us in there, they really do.
Thanks for playing, and you're welcome around here anytime.
Another guest next week, perhaps? Well, we'll have to see about that. Let's not be hasty, eh?
Have a good weekend y'all, and stay classy.
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