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Johnny Marr, recording with Modest Mouse

Just to prove you can’t keep a good man down, Johnny Marr resurfaces with style, not only joining US billboard-chart toppers Modest Mouse (below a video of them playing their new single, Dashboard, on Letterman) but also as a contributor to the new album from recently reformed Crowded House.

The story goes that when previous (and heavily Marr-influenced) Modest Mouse guitarist left the band, the lead singer Isaac Brock  figured he had nothing to lose by picking up the phone and dialing Manchester! Looking positively rock-defiant, super cool and with a near-perfect indie-haircut, I think it would be fair to say Mr Marr is back in the game. 


DC from “Intruders at the palace”

Great. The DC videos turn up on YouTube:

Out of touch: Good, Bad, Queen

Here I was thinking I was being all long tail about finding The Good, The Bad and The Queen (Wikipedia description) – having seen them on the excellent Abbey Road Sessions. Then I find out that it is a) something everyone else already knew about (i.e. a hit) and b) a flawless example of 2.0 band marketing.

They’re not exactly unknowns: Bassist from the Clash (Paul Simonon), Damon Albarn, Guitarist from the Verve (Simon Tong), and drummer (Tony Allen) that Brain Eno describes as “The greatest drummer that ever lived”.

Having said all that. Would I ever have found them if it hadn’t been for the Abbey Road thing: I guess so. While their marvellous brand of music is as un-chart as it captivating; there’s still a lot of people who will love it (ten’s of thousands of MySpace friends for a start). Great stuff. Have a listen!

Totally Wired

When I was 13 I had this on VHS. I didn’t think I’d be seeing it again. Thank you YouTube!

It’s where I want to be

Heard Shaun Colvin’s version of this song. How brilliant are the original lyrics. Thank you David.

 David Byrne and Tina Weymouth

This Must be the Place (Naive Melody)

Home is where I want to be
Pick me up and turn me round
I feel numb – born with a weak heart
I guess I must be having fun
The less we say about it the better
Make it up as we go along
Feet on the ground
Head in the sky
It’s ok I know nothing’s wrong . . nothing

Hi yo I got plenty of time
Hi yo you got light in your eyes
And you’re standing here beside me
I love the passing of time
Never for money
Always for love
Cover up and say goodnight . . . say goodnight

Home – is where I want to be
But I guess I’m already there
I come home – she lifted up her wings
Guess that this must be the place
I can’t tell one from another
Did I find you, or you find me?
There was a time Before we were born
If someone asks, this is where I’ll be . . . where I’ll be

Hi yo We drift in and out
Hi yo sing into my mouth
Out of all those kinds of people
You got a face with a view
I’m just an animal looking for a home
Share the same space for a minute or two
And you love me till my heart stops
Love me till I’m dead
Eyes that light up, eyes look through you
Cover up the blank spots
Hit me on the head Ah ooh

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