Here are all the jams that attacksquid likes
by The Woodentops
Well well well. This is a nice surprise. Unbeknownst to me Rolo McGinty has got the Woodentops back together and recorded new material. Great to hear his voice again after all this time. I saw the Woodentops play live three times in Sheffield in the mid '80s and danced myself silly every time.
Jammed: 24th Mar 2014
Yes, I know the song was my jam for the last week, but this just turned up on the ByeAlex Facebook page. A sublime version of a stunning song. Managed to track down the album "Szörpoholista" this week and I am just stunned. Hungarian Indie pop never sounded so good.
Jammed: 23rd Feb 2014
by The Darkness
It a bit annoying that I can't find the version of this song that I want. AS much as I love the original here, the is a version by a band called, believe it or not, "Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Darkness" who did an EP featuring three covers of The Darkness in the style of OMD/electroclash. "I Believe . . ." had Enola Gay threaded through it. That said, this is one of the funniest song and videos ever. I'll see if I can upload the OMDarkness version (as long as I can work out how).
Jammed: 18th Jan 2014
by Sudden Sway
Brilliantly subversive and an hilarious pisstake of the excesses of big business and the rise of Corporate Culture in the 80's. This is Thatchers Britain as Corporate anthem with love songs to credit cards (Omnispend Sway), a Self Financed Youth jingle, the most convoluted metaphor for the arms race, predictions of Facebook and mental illness caused by application of the wrong makeup. A work of genius wrapped up in sweet little pop singsongs.
Jammed: 6th Oct 2013
by Liza Minnelli & Pet Shop Boys
Possibly the gayest tune in my music collection. Liza + Pet Shop Boys + Steven Sondheim = FABULOUS!!!! I think it could only be gayer if the Village People were doing backing vocals, but then the PSB managed to make a Village People song sound gayer still by inclusion of a Broadway style male voice choir . . . and a load of subversive Soviet iconography...it should probably be reissued as a benefit single for the fight against Putin's war on Gay men and women. But this is about "Losing my Mind". Great tune, great arrangement and the only Minelli I own. Honest guv.
Jammed: 9th Sep 2013
by Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
I've always had a soft spot for OMITD, even when they lost IT, they were still listenable. During their most experimental times, they would often end albums with a peculiar love song to inanimate objects - fighter planes, sea forts and this one about an oil refinery. A dreamy cacophony.
Jammed: 3rd Sep 2013
by The Rezillos
What shocks me most about this is that it wasn't a massive hit. Came out just over a year ago . . . my joint favourite post-punk band (alongside X-Ray Spex) and my scond favourite of their tracks after "Destination Venus" which i'll probably put up in couple of weeks time :-)
Jammed: 31st Aug 2013
by The Colorblind James Experience
One of those songs that completely baffles me. I simply cannot work out what the genius of this song is. But it is borne of genius. Quality. (Hi Gabby!)
Jammed: 22nd Aug 2013