Friday, 27 July 2007

Axl's Adventures In His 7 Inch Collection (Part One).

(Pfffff.... Tee hee hee!)

As some of you may know, I'm a bit obsessed at the moment with a Dutch electronic musician called Machinefabriek. I won't start banging on about just how good he is, just take it as given that I totally heart him.
Anyway, I recently ordered a 7 inch of his and put it on a shelf waiting to be listened to. Today I did that, but I had put it in front of my Foals "Hummer" 7 inch, which I realised I still hadn't actually listened to either. This prompted me to revisit my 7 inch collection. I went through a phase of buying loads a couple of years ago, and there are tons in there that I'm sure I never actually got round to listening to. So that's what I've been doing today. I grabbed the first box and delved in.

The first unlistened to 7 was a Vibracathedral Orchestra/Phonophani split. It was an awesome one to start off. 2 sides of joyful noise. White vinyl too. Then followed ace 7's in the way of Lootpack, Fonda 500 & the Hella/Four Tet split. Then came Pink Grease. Good a-side, terrible b. Then came a run of the average and not so good. Concretes were a bit dull, Fiery Furnaces (x2) were ok, Client were awful. So were My Red Cell. Mission Of Burma were ok. Selfish Cunt:- why did I even buy their second single? I hated the first! Then on listening, "Authority Confrontation" sounded really good! Was I going to have to give Selfish Cunt another chance? No. After a minute or so, it went from a really good song to the dreadful trash I remember them for. The b-side was rubbish too.
All in all this was not proving to be the experience I had hoped for. I was considering stopping this excercise and just watching some more X-Files. Then came Sam Cooke. "Bring It On Home To Me". Sublime. Wonderful song, wonderful voice.
Then came Rose Royce, some ace a-sides with hilariously dated 80's b-sides from Paul Hardcastle & Brass Construction, and then some real forgotten (as in I forgot I owned them) gems in the form of "Groove Is In The Heart" by Deee-Lite and 5(!) KLF sevens!
Next came a couple of soulful Lou Rawls which brings us to Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes with "Satisfaction Guaranteed (Or Take Your Love Back)". It's a pretty standard affair but with one of the funniest grunts I've ever heard. I was gonna stop now, but I've just seen that coming up there's En Vogue, ELO & Village People. Oh Yes.

Lyric of the day "There's no need to get nervous, Coz Tony's gonna give you the best service." HA! A prize for anyone who gets what that lyric comes from.

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Note courtesy of Alice Bevan. If you can't read it, it says:
"Dear Axl
yr a Wanker"


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