Sunday, July 02, 2006

What's Happening Brother?

I picked up a couple of albums in the HMV sale yesterday. I own Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On already on the format categorised ‘vinyl’ and always enjoyed it without being awestruck. Soul music has never moved me, to be frank, and I reckon I only bought What’s Going On as a youth because it had appeared with regularity on those ‘All Time Greatest Recordings’ list that permeate music publications. I shall reappraise this Motown product with studied contemplation this summer. I also bought The La’s by The La's which came out in 1990. This is a recording that has passed me by although There She Goes is etched into my very marrow. Many people speak highly of this album here. There is a place in my heart for jangly pop with a 1960s ambience and I reckon The La’s should hit the right spots. I type The La’s with effort. I don’t think there should be an apostrophe* but I’m merely replicating what is on the album cover.

I may wait a while before I play either of these albums. Right now I am only playing two albums and I play them constantly and with joy in my heart. Scritti Politti’s White Bread Black Beer and Midlake’s The Trials of Van Occupanther have become old and comforting friends over the last couple of weeks and I adore them both. Their quality and warmth and, shhh, genius deserve more than a discarding for a couple of £2.99 bargainettes. Pickering-based M would worship Midlake. Of that I am sure.

I am not the only person to have endured dental agony recently.

* See Rule 3 here.

1 comment:

Lonnie Bruner said...

Thanks for the empathy, man. Only someone who's suffered through an abcessed tooth can truly understand the extent of the pain involved.