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Music Monday: True Love 1980 (Ash)

It’s Monday and it’s time for a bit of music. Originally created by Drew over at The Tattooed Book Geek, this is Music Monday!

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I hope I have not done this before, as Ash has been my favourite band for a minute or two. I just love Tim Wheeler’s song writing – whether they are rocky, punky or poppy, his songs just hit me in the feels.

This song is on the poppy side for these guys and was released as part of their A-Z series in 2009/2010, in which they released a single every two weeks for a year and they really experimented with their sound during this time. There are some amazing varied tunes in that collection!

I love the video for this one – it is basically a contemporary YA book or teen movie condensed into a music video and it’s bloody fantastic.

The song makes me happy! In fact I will play in the car later I think! 🙂 (Ash is always best played very loudly in the car in my opinion)

Lyrics:

True love
A silver heart upon a chain
In 1980 was engraved
A heart so innocent
Before you knew a world of pain
Before you learned to be afraid
And lived through times so cruel
But you can start again
For what you mean to me
No words they can explain

I’ve been trying to discover
Something that can last forever
We’re two fools who stand divided
You and I should be united
True, true love

I watch you dance across the room
Your eyes are closed, you’re beautiful
You’re in another place
The music has enraptured you
So free of cares, I wish that you
Could always feel this way
Oh we can start again
For what you mean to me
I’ll never walk away

I’ve been trying to discover
Something that can last forever
We’re two fools who stand divided
You and I should be united
Don’t be scared of your emotions
I will give you my devotion
True, true love 

True love
A silver heart upon a chain
In 1980 was engraved
A heart so innocent
Yeah we can start again
For what you mean to me
No-one could take your place

I’ve been trying to discover
Something that can last forever
We’re two fools who stand divided
You and I should be united
I’ve been trying to discover
Something that can last forever
Don’t be scared of your emotions
I will give you my devotion
True, true love

 

 

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Music Monday: Inaction (We Are Scientists)

So it’s Monday, which means it is time for some music! Music Monday was created by Drew at the Tattooed Book Geek to showcase some of our favourite tunes.

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I have been feeling a bit winter bluesy lately (SAD) and that combined with some unexpected stuff going on and difficult decisions that need making, I need a bit of extra energy.

So, I have been playing We Are Scientists a lot, because if there is one band that cheers me up and energises me, it’s those guys. I need that energy when I am feeling blue, and they have tons of it, so it makes me feel a bit better.

This is Inaction from their 2006 album With Love and Squalor – I love the energy of the song and the lyrics just remind me of being young and silly (I sometimes need reminding!). That whole album has that fairly uncomplicated high energy sound and I still like and play it a lot. It just makes me feel energized.

I have seen them a few times and they still have that great energy almost fifteen years later. Plus they are hilariously funny. Love this band to the moon and back.

I thought I would include this session performance rather than the video. From 2006.

 Lyrics

Call on the fates, this’ll take a second
While I fall on my face, like everyone else
And we can talk all we want, but all I can say is that
“I’m sorry, and I’m sorry, but I’m never gonna do it again”

Counting all my relevant friends
Well this keeps coming up again and again
If everybody knows how it’s gonna end
Why doesn’t someone stop me
Because I’m sick of waking up on your floor
For the 6th or 7th night in a row
I’m lying next to you in all of my clothes
Someone stop me?

It’s hard to rely on the rhythm section
When they’re all packing up
And they’re heading for the exit
Yeah we’re all about the same
A bunch of slaves to fashion
Who are tall, dark and scared
And just praying for some action

How am I supposed to know what makes this happen?
(how am I supposed to know what makes this happen?)
Well, how am I supposed to know what makes this happen?
(how am I supposed to know what makes this happen?)

(inaction, inaction)
I’m counting all my relevant friends
(inaction, inaction)
’cause this keeps coming up again and again
(inaction, inaction)
If everybody knows how it’s gonna end
(inaction, inaction)
Why doesn’t someone stop me
(inaction, inaction)
Because I’m sick of waking up on your floor
(inaction, inaction)
For the 6th or 7th night in a row
(inaction, inaction)
I’m lying next to you in all of my clothes
(inaction, inaction)
Someone stop me
(inaction, inaction)

(inaction, inaction)
I can’t keep counting on my relevant friends
(inaction, inaction)
’cause this keeps coming up again and again
(inaction, inaction)
If everybody knows how it’s gonna end
(inaction, inaction)
Why doesn’t someone stop me
(inaction, inaction)
Because I’m sick of waking up on your floor
(inaction, inaction)
For the 6th or 7th night in a row
(inaction, inaction)
I’m lying next to you in all of my clothes
(inaction, inaction)
Someone stop me
(inaction, inaction)

 

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Music Monday: Harmony Hall (Vampire Weekend)

Yes, I am taking time out of my reading day to introduce you to one of my favourite bands. When I say favourite band, I really mean the band who made one of my favourite albums of the last ten years…

Anyway, this is Music Monday, a weekly post created by Drew at The Tattooed Book Geek. Check him out!

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It had to be Vampire Weekend this week. I am peculiar with Vampire Weekend. I liked their first couple of albums fine. They were ok, had some good tunes on it, but not albums I loved playing. That changed with their last album Modern Vampires of the City, which I absolutely loved to the moon and back. I still play it very often.

They dropped a couple of songs and I like the sound of them. Quite mellow, which is fine by me. I prefer mellow Vampire Weekend to frantic Vampire Weekend. Frantic Vampire Weekend drives me a bit mad.

On a side note, I am a huge fan of Ariel Rechtshaid, the producer, mainly because he produced three of We Are Scientists’ albums (one of my favourite bands ever!), but unfortunately according to themselves ( We Are Scientists) can no longer afford him. The tragedy – ha!

Anyway, let me stop chattering on, this is Harmony Hall from their forthcoming album Father of the Bride – love the video (apart from that annoying Sony Music logo!!!! I mean, WTF is that?!).

Lyrics:

We took a vow in summertime
Now we find ourselves in late December

I believe that New Year’s Eve
Will be the perfect time
For their great surrender
But they don’t remember

Anger wants a voice
Voices wanna sing
Singers harmonize
Til they can’t hear anything
I thought that I was free
From all that questioning
But every time a problem ends
Another one begins

And the stone walls of Harmony Hall
Bear witness
Anybody with a worried mind
Could never forgive the sight
Of wicked snakes
Inside a place
You thought was dignified

I don’t wanna live like this
But I don’t wanna die

Within the halls of power lies
A nervous heart that beats
Like a Young Pretender’s
Beneath these velvet gloves
I hide The shameful, crooked hands
Of a moneylender
Cuz I still remember

Anger wants a voice
Voices wanna sing Singers harmonize
Til they can’t hear anything
I thought that I was free
From all that questioning
But every time a problem ends
Another one begins

And the stone walls of Harmony Hall
Bear witness
Anybody with a worried mind
Could never forgive the sight
Of wicked snakes Inside a place
You thought was dignified

I don’t wanna live like this
But I don’t wanna die
—

Written by Ezra Koenig

Produced by Ariel Rechtshaid & Ezra Koenig

Additional Production by Rostam Batmanglij

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Music Monday: Sandstorm (Cast)

Time for Music Monday! I haven’t done one of these since Christmas time, so shame on me… The meme was created by Drew at Tattooed Book Geek to showcase the songs we like and here is one of mine:

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Back to my 1990s today! Cast was one of my favourite bands when I was a teenager. They are one of those forgotten bands that were very much ‘of the moment’ riding the wave of Britpop. Britpop and (mostly British) punk rock was my jam at the time and I absolutely loved these guys’ sound.  I haven’t listen to them much recently and I should!

I love John Power’s very Liverpudlian vocals, but they won’t be for everyone. It’s such a specific sound. He started Cast after The La’s (of There She Goes fame) sort of fell apart. I remember seeing Cast as the support act for Pulp in 1996/1997 or thereabouts and they completely blew me away.

Cast’s sound, and in particular this song, holds a lot of happy memories for me 🙂

I’ve got a sandstorm blowin’ in my head
I’m seein’ many colors 
But the only one that’s coming through is red
And it’s stoppin’ me dead 
Tryin’ to make some tracks
But my feet are feeling like lead
Stop being bled, stop being bled
Oh my things aren’t the same
Anyone could see that if I stayed much longer
I’d be tamed 
We stopped playing games 
I’m not pointing fingers 
But I’m not taking all the blame 
Playin’ all your games, taking all your blame
I said oh no, I don’t even care
I guess I’ll be seein’ you
I guess I’ll be leaving you today
We’re just not a pair
I know you’ve been trying 
But I just can’t bear to tell a lie’
Tellin’ me all your lies
Tellin’ me all your lies
Lies
Let me take you by the hand
Try to understand, 
You walk me to a land,
Try to understand,
Are you nothing but a man?
I’ve got a sandstorm blowin’ in my head
I’m seein’ many colours 
But the only one that’s coming through is red
You know how we feel, we can’t go on pretending
And we’ve just got to fix the deal
Gotta make it real
Gotta make it real

 

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Music Monday: Red Strip Lights (The Modern Strangers)

Time for Music Monday, a wonderful meme created by Drew over at the Tattooed Book Geek!

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Last week I went for nostalgia – this week I am going for brand new music!

The Modern Strangers released the video for Red Strip Lights and I had a insta-love affair with this song. I don’t know what it is, but I am so enjoying this indie dance vibe at the moment. This just hits all the right buttons with a passion.

It’s criminal that these guys are not better known –  I have loved all their stuff. Honestly, people, check these guys out!

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Music Monday: Life Is Sweet (The Chemical Brothers)

It has been a while since I participated in Music Monday (created by Drew over at the Tattooed Book Geek), but I am feeling the need late on this Monday evening.

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I decided to go for some nostalgia today. This is Life Is Sweet The Chemical Brothers (featuring Tim Burgess) from 1995. I was 16 and had a bit of a crush on Mr Burgess. Memories 🙂 23 years later both The Chemical Brothers and The Charlatans (Tim Burgess’ band) are still going strong.

Days like this are sweet
I’m talking in my sleep
I think you’re goin soft
I know its stiff for me
And Saturdays are short
I’m walkin with my dog
A lie’s a canyon size
Break up home there’s nothing bound and left 
Longer that I love
Break up home there’s nothing wrong with me 
I’m driving in the sun
It’s a hell of a way down south
Bring me back my love
And in your home 
And Saturdays are short
I’m walking with my dog
A lie’s a canyon size
Break up home there’s nothing on the knife 
And days like this are sweet
I’m walking in my sleep
It’s a place where I belong
I banged a million drums
Someday I’ll go back home
You’ll it up and go 
I like it in my head
And caught up in your love