In this regular section, we ask one of our members to compile a selection of music from their recent listening playlists. John McGovern is in the hot seat this month and gives us a sample of the tunes that he’s had on regular rotation in 2019.
Grains Of Salt
For those of you who aren’t aware, TACOCAT are the best band in the world; residents of Seattle who make glittery punk-pop that’s equal parts world-weary lyrics and anthemic choruses. This is the lead single from new album, This Mess Is A Place, which is their first on the legendary Sub Pop label and deals largely with outsider status in the current political climate.
The Old Man’s Back Again
Loser that I am, I only really started listening to SCOTT WALKER after he died. This was one of the highlights of his magnum opus Scott 4 and in typical contrarian fashion is a piece of smooth-as-silk sophisti-pop whose anti-Stalinist lyrics were inspired by the repression of the Prague uprising in 1968. Yum.
I fear there’s a part of me that never quite grew up, so I’m easily swayed by totes emosh tales of thwarted romance. This is sort of a 2018 response to Iggy’s I Wanna Be Your Dog, and where that is frantic, this is laconic and distant. And entertainingly sweary.
Age Of Consent
Asian Man Records
I’m not even sure how we first heard of this New Order cover by the now defunct Philadelphian trio, but it’s become mine and my fiancée’s favourite driving song. Its bassline actually seems to make her VW Polo go five per cent faster. Is it sacrilege to say I prefer it to the original?
Manic Street Preachers
Hope you all had a happy Independence Day. This song’s not been far from my streaming service queue since the last US election and, to my mind, it’s never been more relevant, some 25 years since the release of the The Holy Bible. “Your idols speak so much of the abyss/Yet your morals only run as deep as the surface…”
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