Bless Playlist 16/8/2004

Rogue Wave

As I played so much new music tonight, I’m a bit stuck for which one to pick for tonight’s top tune. There’s ‘Whipping Boy’ by Shearwater, from the excellent album ‘Winged Life’ (on US import via Misra Records or released next Monday in the UK by Fargo Records). Or then there’s the cracking ‘Us’ by Sweatshop Union, yet another top-notch act on my fave hip hop label, BattleAxe. But the winner of tonight’s top new tune is Rogue Wave and their excellent song, ‘Every Moment.’ Obviously, they’re going to be compared to labelmates The Shins but I think they’re a bit more Beach Boysy and, at times, remind me of Mummer-period XTC. The album, ‘Out Of The Shadow,’ is out on SubPop now and anyone who likes supremely catchy pop music should check it out.

Top old tune was ‘I Wish’ by Stevie Wonder. What can I say about this song apart from it’s one of the most perfect pop songs ever recorded. It’s faultless. From the intro (Stevie playing stacked monophonic ARP2600 pseudoclav) to the horns to the crisp, knob-on drumming (Stevie again, the bastard), there’s not one nit I can pick with this song or the recording of it. I first heard it as a kid, when it came out, and as I’ve grown up with it, I’ve found extra layers of meaning that become more apparent year by year. You know a pop song’s good when you can listen to it for 28 years and not get bored.

Looking back on when I was a little nappy-headed boy:

The Detroit Cobras – My Baby Loves The Secret Agent
Tigrics – Public Gameover
Shabazz The Disciple – Red Hook Day
Rilo Kiley – It’s A Hit
Devo – It’s Not Right
The Thermals – It’s Trivia
Emotional Joystick – Eight
Brand Nubian – Coming Years
Hopesfall – Dead In Magazines
Martin O’Donnell & Michael Salvatori – Perilous Crossings
The Sprites – Do It Yourself
Doormouse – Puddy Tairs
Sweatshop Union – Us
Metric – Succexy
Artie Shaw – Traffic Jam
Broken Social Scene – Kc Acccidental
C-Mon & Kypski – The Evil Needle
Chimaira – Power Trip
Stevie Wonder – I Wish
Dresden Dolls – Girl Anachronism
Pink Grease – The Pink G.R.Ease
Huoratron – Male Bonding
Deerhoof – Milkman
EPMD – Pioneers
Rogue Wave – Every Moment
The Decemberists – July, July!
Fugazi – Waiting Room
Telefon Tel Aviv – 8 Track Project Cut
Nobs – Go Drown
Say Hi To Your Mom – Pop Music Of The Future
Weakerthans – Anchorless
Focus – Hocus Pocus
Far – Bury White
Matthew Shipp & Antipop Consortium – A Knot In Your Bop
Magnetic Fields – If There’s Such A Thing As Love
Alec Empire – Public Enemy Number One
Baba Brooks & His Band – Independence Ska
From Autumn To Ashes – The After Dinner Payback
Stanley Brothers – How Mountain Girls Can Love
Q And Not U – A Line In The Sand
The Fiery Furnaces – Straight Street
Shearwater – Whipping Boy
John Barry – The Ipcress File