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Music Monthlies: October 2005

28th October 2005

So last month I waxed lyrical about the new Elbow album (27 days before Oxton - old git). Bizarrely, it’s still getting heavy rotation here in Nottingham, but thankfully a plethora of other bands have been shoving their musical oars in throughout October…

arctic monkeys

I suppose the big news is that Sheffield’s arch self-marketing whizzkids Arctic Monkeys went straight to number one with their first proper release - thanks mainly to their close relationship with their fans through their website, some clever hype, and the help of Radio 1. Good work fellas, says I. I’m a bit worried that a band I’ve liked for ages are suddenly everywhere, and soon chavs will start liking them and they’ll sell out and support U2 or something (or worse - do an iPod ad). Until then, they rule the Earth, and I’m proud of ‘em. Americans - get on board now.

My big tips (am I Jimmy Saville now?) from previous months are all gnawing their way into the UK’s shared consciousness - The Arcade Fire (genius), Maximo Park (just fucking ace), The Editors (still sound like fifty other bands, but brilliant anyway) - though still no Sigur Ros on Top Of The Pops or CD:UK yet. Bah.

Forthcoming are Dirty Pretty Things, who I have not heard yet, but they’re fronted by ex-Libertine Carl Barat. They will probably be utterly boisterous, unlistenable, and thus fantastic. I’ve also got my ears peeled for We Are Scientists and The Test Icicles. The latter have an appallingly childish name, but are playing in Nottingham tomorrow, so I should probably go and hear their electronic metal or whatever.

I now do requests

Or so it seems. The first Music Monthlies request is from The Gravy Boy, who thinks we should all be listening to Run, Christian, Run by The Super Furries. Yes, yes! A perfect slice of anti-religion to help your opulent meal go down. Good on SFA for carrying on where Oliver Cromwell left off. Go smash up a church (but ask your Mum first).


It’s a year since music inventor John Peel passed on to the great radio station in the sky. Don’t be sad, for he’s got Hendrix, Cobain and Buckley doing his sessions up there, so he’s well happy - assuming heaven exists, which I kind of don’t. Anyway, I’ll let Richard do the talking on all things Peel, and I’ll be back with more unrehearsed selfish music pointlessness next month.


# Ben Ward responded on 28th October 2005 with...

Ah Colly, I do look forward to your music monthlies. I feel less guilty blowing my student loan on the CDs you recommend.

I’ve got îFake Tales of San Fransisco├ off (someone else’s) NME CD laying around. Fantastic track. I’ll pick up that album just as soon as I can stop myself from buying geek tees.

In a terrifying act of similarity: Arcade Fire, MaxŰmo Park, Editors and Sigur R─s have all been on heavy rotation here, as well.

And I shall fulfill the îRun Christianś├ request just as soon as the Kid Loco’s îA Grand Love Story├ comes to an end.

# Dan responded on 28th October 2005 with...

Some great choices in there; I see our tastes in music have a great deal of overlap, bar Sigur Ros who I have no time for ;)
I was quite disappointed that ‘With Love And Squalor’ has not made an appearance on iTunes yet, yet has been out in the shops and on Napster for the past ten days or so. Perhaps there is some kind of exclusivity deal going on there..

# Dan responded on 28th October 2005 with...

Curses. Murphy’s Law strikes again, and With Love & Squalor has just this evening been added to the store. Definitely worth a purchase.

# andyb responded on 28th October 2005 with...

Spot on.

Anyone that likes The Arcade Fire might be interested in Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. Dispite the odd name, they are getting quite big in America and are being hailed as the next Talking Heads. I think they are playing Nottingham on their UK tour so it might be worth a fiver to check them out.

# Simon Clayson responded on 28th October 2005 with...

The Ordinary Boys, The Editors, Bloc Party, Kaiser Chiefs - The ‘Indie’ Darkness if ever there was. If we go back 10 years, names would be: Echobelly, Shed Seven, Sleeper. They just don’t do it for me.

I really have’nt heard enough of the Artic Monkeys to pass comment. It would be unfair. I do like what I’ve heard though.

I have been listening the the new Franz Ferdinand album. There’s no doubting they are a class act, but I’m really not sure they should be prostituting themselves around the nations arenas. Something has been lost somewhere.

I’m interested by the We Are Scientists album simply for the cover. As for Mr Barat, pop is littered with great double acts that split, with respective members unable to attain standards previously set (frustratingly) without their old chum stubbing ciggies out on them in the name of creatiive-tension. There’s a BBC2/4 series here for commissioning: “The Beatles/Smiths/Roses/Verve/Black Lace (delete as applicable): Watch and learn!”.

# Lee responded on 28th October 2005 with...

Wow, through a tenuous set of links starting here I ended up downloading (legally of course) a couple of “Clap Your Hands Say Yeah” tracks from their website.

Don’t you just love discovering new tunes and new bands….!!

Another good monthly Colly, cheers.

# John Oxton responded on 1st November 2005 with...

(27 days before Oxton - old git)

Right okay, so I will pay closer attention from now on! ;-)

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