Friday 17 June 2011

I am not a qualified physician....

Earworms of the Week

Ifwhiteamericatoldthetruthforonedayitsworldwouldfallapart – Manic Street Preachers

Ready?  Here we go then..... another week of seemingly random tunes that float across my brain for no discernible reason.  Well, I say that, but this song is in my head because it popped on shuffle as we were driving to work the other day.  C. was less than impressed with a slice of densely worded Welsh heavy metal before half past eight, but I loved it.  From my favourite Manics album and a song that reminds me of walking across Academia bridge in Venice at about 2am as the fog rolled in across the city from the Lagoon.  Fuck the Brady bill.

Mathilde – Scott Walker

I'm not sure if I'm earworming the song itself as the glorious burst of brass at the start that starts the whole frantic tumble.  I love most of Scott Walker's interpretations of Brel, but this one is probably my favourite.  Look at those lyrics though.... you'd not get any airplay with some of the things he says in there nowadays, you know.  He wants to beat her black and blue, etc.  Still, as joyous a song about an abusive relationship as you're likely to hear.

Getting to Know You – The King & I

Never seen it, but it's used to brilliant effect in the very first episode of Spaced... which I watched on my iPad whilst in bed last weekend.  It was great.  Look at Simon Pegg now though, eh?  He's all muscles!

Africa – Toto

Big in eastern Europe, C. tells me.  Of course it is.  If there was a God, this would be big everywhere.  Ergo I'm an atheist.

Suffragette City – David Bowie

Oooooooooooooooooh wham bam thank you M'am!

Stay Together – Suede

Come to my house tonight
We can be together in the nuclear sky
And we will dance in the poison rain
And we can stay a while in heaven today

Not peak era Suede, if you ask me... released just after they were over the top and is the last thing that Bernard Butler worked on before leaving the band.  Still gorgeous though, but could those lyrics be by anyone else other than Brett Anderson?  I bought this on CD single, if memory serves me correctly.  Remember them?

Fool’s Gold – Stone Roses

I'm not complaining, but that bit about winding on through the hills for fifteen days popped into my head as I was sat at my desk trying to pluck some estimates out of my arse for next year's plan....  if all businesses are run like this when working out their strategic agenda, then it's probably no surprise that the economy has gone down the tubes.... Good tune though, eh?  I loathed the Stone Roses when this was in the charts.  Funny how things change.

Tom’s Diner – Suzanne Vega

I haven't heard this in an age, and in fact I don't even know if I have a copy, but for some reason I found myself singing the doo-doo do-do, doo-doo do-do bit at my desk.  Not at all annoying, I'm sure.  Those lucky, lucky people who get to hear me singing all the time.  Still, it's better than the sweaty jazz trumpet noise I make the rest of the time, I should think.  For the record, great song though this is, I prefer "Luka".

Little Sister – Queens of the Stone Age

Another one that popped up on shuffle on the way into work, although this time I could turn it up as I was on my own.  I've not spent a great deal of time listening to the QOSA albums after "songs for the deaf", but I'm very much looking forward to seeing them live again at Glastonbury in a week's time.  A week!  I can hardly wait!  Best get the wellies out of the shed.

This Night Has Opened My Eyes – The Smiths

Perfect and from my favourite Smith's recording, "Hatful of Hollow".

"Wrap her up in the News of the World
Dump her on a doorstep, girl"

The pathos that Moz summons when singing those lines is awesome.  He's playing "I Know It's Over" on his current tour, and although he clashes with Billy Bragg on the Leftfield, I think I'm going to have to watch him on the Pyramid on Friday night at Glastonbury.  He's a treasure and we'll miss him when he's gone.

Theme from Midnight Cowboy

I don't think I've even properly watched the film, so quite where this came from, I have absolutely no idea.  John Barry of course.  Legend.

Dr. Kitch - Lord Kitchener

I did NOT expect to hear this on BBC radio at about 3pm on a Sunday afternoon, that's for sure.

I am not a qualified physician
And I don't want to give this injection
I am not a qualified physician
And I don't want to give this injection
Dorothy is begging for trouble
She insist I should give her this needle
But, darling, one thing I want you know
Don't blame me for where the needle go
I push it in
She pull it out
I push it back
She start to shout
Dr Kitch, you are terrible
I can't stand the size of your needle
She lied on in such a position
It was difficult to give this injection
She start holding on to the needle
Making me so uncomfortable
I said Darling can't you be steady
I'm going to have it done very shortly
She said Dr Kitch I am sorry
But the size of the needle frighten me
I push it in
She pull it out
I push it back
She start to shout....

We're still talking about needles and injections, right?


Great calypso, not entirely ruined by the discovery that apparently the Black Eyed Peas have done a cover of it.  Yuck.

That's your lot.  Have a good weekend, y'all.

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