Friday, November 28, 2008

Summer's Lease

I hope you have your cheesy pineapple chunks at the ready because this is the full 16 minute 45 second love-a-thon version (oh yes!) and you'll most probably need a sustaining nibble part way through.

The sound and look that launched a thousand drag queen careers eh?

Parental advisory. Obviously.

Drink Tone?

Donna Summer - 'Love To Love You Baby' (1975)

Thursday, November 27, 2008

We Come On A Ship They Call The Mayflower

I've been to Nottingham today. It was OK. It rained.

I thought I'd walk back to the railway station instead of getting a cab it seemed like such a short distance, and then I ended up getting lost and walking past redbrick terraced houses and what the Americans call auto repair yards and I had to ask a lady where the station was and she was tremendously friendly and helpful in the way that only people that don't live in London are but they were - and I'm sorry nice lady - the worst, most over-complex make-sense-only-to-locals directions I have ever been given and by the time I did get to the station (I did get to the station) I was wetter than a wet thing that lives in wet places and, well, you know, phew.

By the way, my been-away-for-a-day observations on re-entering London were

1. That new St Pancras Station is dead posh
2. Crikey there's a lot of people here, and
3. Hmm. Most of them are wearing black.

Anyway the point of popping in here tonight when I didn't really expect to is to wish, sincerely, all of our lovely American friends a very, very happy Thanksgiving.

*sings* 'Enjoy your turkey!'

God I do go on.

Paul Simon - 'American Tune' (1973)

PS: The Mayflower actually sailed to The New World from my old hometown. Oh yes.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Brass Monkey Weather

Richard Hawley - 'The Nights Are Cold' (acoustic) (2007)

Original on this.

Monday, November 24, 2008

The Legacy Continues

Since it is a traditionally dull and drizzly London Monday here I figured a dash of alternative (Canadian!) hip-hop with a Caribbean vibe might brighten things up a tad.

Dream Warriors were most famous for their 'My Definition Of A Boombastic Jazz Style' hit based on a (substantial) sample from Quincy Jones 'Soul Bossa Nova', but I always also liked this follow up that tipped the wink to their West Indian family and musical roots. So it was fun to find it for 50p a few weeks ago in a local charity shop.

For the uninitiated...

1. Those crackles are supposed to be there (how very arch)

2. Ludi is Ludo (of course) - a game I spent most of my childhood playing too*

Dream Warriors - 'Ludi (original mix)' (1991)

*actually if you played it with my Dad he would make you follow the rules of a variant called Uckers which he learned in the Navy. It is somewhat ruthless and used to make me cry.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Le Retour

A lie-in, buttered toast & coffee and cuddles from my girlies. *sigh*

Andy Williams - 'Home Lovin' Man' (1971)

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Le Depart

The small tree outside our house earlier this week; the little London street I'm leaving for another full on working week and five nights in the 'functional' hotel room in the moonstruck outer limits of Zurich CH.

I'll have my eyes on the prize, which is a large and lovely gin and tonic with sliced lemon and crushed ice in the swish cocktail piano bar at Zurich Airport at about 6pm on Friday as I wait for my flight back home.

See you next weekend x

Coldcut - 'Autumn Leaves (Irresistible Force Full Chill Mix)' (1993)

Friday, November 14, 2008

Davy's Disco


It's been a heavy old week and next week'll be heavier and away from home (again) but frankly who cares about all that when it's Friday nite and there's wine in the fridge and love in your heart and Change on the record player? I've left three secs of slight crackle-to-silent run-in vinyl at the start of this because I know you like a touch of that.

'Holiday/Celebrate'....hmm, where've I heard that before?

Wicked bass, as I believe the young people say.

Change - 'A Lover's Holiday' (1980)