Archive for the perfect pop Category

Funky Friday – Apple Bonkers

Posted in Bootleg remixes, Funky Friday, mark vidler, perfect pop, soundhog, The Beatles on November 28, 2008 by planetmondo
31 Beatles tunes are buried in this illustration by Paul McDonald – how many can you spot?

Because a couple of the regular threads in my cyberspace scrapbook are The Beatles and Bootleg Remixes – it seems high time for the two to come together by digging out and polishing up a selection of the shiniest Beatle boots in my cellarful of noise for an FF post..

Including a fab four from Mark Vidler/Go Home Productions (the George Martin of mashups) where Annie Lennox, Jacko, The Monkees, and Blur all get bolted on to The Beatles, and Soundhog’s (the George Harrison of hybrid-pop) uptempo edit of Eleanor Rigby and Soulsearcher’s – ‘Just Can’t Get Enough’

So as the Hamburg audiences were given to shouting… “Mak Shau!,Mak Shau!”

And if you fancy grabbing a couple of mellow moptop mashups which blend The Beat’s with The Beach Boys, Mogwai and Kid Loco – just click your Cuban heels

GHP – All My Birds

GHP – Rich Girls And Boys


GHP – Daytrip To Never Never Land

Soundhog – Eleanor can’t get enough

Go Home Productions – Paperback Believer

The download for Paperback Believer is available right here

Give it away give it away give it away now

Posted in freebies, new music, perfect pop, the stranglers, The Wolfmen on November 18, 2008 by planetmondo

How do they do it? How (and why) do pedigree performers manage to give their goodies away on the the freemans? I wouldn’t want to get wrapped up in the fuss, and faff of writing, recording, mixing and mastering – only to have knocked myself out for literally nothing! Well whatever my head-scratching take on it is – it happens.

The Wolfmen have come up with yet another new fruity tune, perhaps more muted and minor modal than the regular glam-garagerocking-pop but an absolute peachy treat that’s almost Roxy Music meets Goldfrappish. Not only is it one of the strongest ear ticklers of the year – but it’s available for free – that’s right F.R.E.E – you can grab it by zipping over to the Wolfmen’s HQ and just clicking on the Wolf’s head

The Wolfmen – ‘Nothing To Say To You’


Hugh Cornwell – ‘Going To The City’

And, ex-Strangler Hugh Cornwell is offering one full album’s worth of new tunes for a big fat nothing – yes, really! You can get your get hand’s on Hugh’s ‘Hooverdam’ and it will cost you not one Earth penny – s’available right here

How is it that long-serving proto-punks like these can have put in thirty years of songwriting service and still deliver top drawer tunes, while so many Indie kids and contemporary clangers fold or stick to a safe-bet formula after just a few samey albums?

Polari Pop

Posted in Bootleg remixes, buzzcocks, camp, disco, electronic music, mash up, perfect pop, Punk on November 4, 2008 by planetmondo

What better way to clear out the weekend cobwebs – than a sugary slice of cut and paste pop that mashes eighties electrickery with a seventies super-grouper – in combo that’s camper than Christmas.

I always suspected there was some sonic crossover between Pete Shelley’s ‘Homosapien’ and Abba’s ‘Does Your Mother Know’ before it was ‘outed’ like this ..

DJ Copycat – Does Your Homosapien Know

DJ Copycat website
well worth digging around for other winners while you’re there

DJ Copycat Myspace

Eager Beaver

Posted in 60's, 90s, Cover Versions, garage rock, perfect pop, pop-lifting, Remake Remodel on October 22, 2008 by planetmondo

The Call Of The Beaver Patrol
by V. T. Sherman – is available to buy from Amazon…

I knew that this Soup Dragons tune was a rework of this Stones obscurity, and the bass line on this nineties floor-filler was lifted from this sixties soundtrack.

But until a couple of weeks ago, and thanks to the ‘Play Any Track‘ option on my trusty Creative Zen Xtra, I never knew that ….

PWEI – Beaver Patrol

Was a cover of this….

Wilde Knights – ‘Beaver Patrol*

*mis-spelt as ‘Beaver Control’ by the ripping software. My favourite example of rock typo’s in my MP3 collection is The Sweet’s ‘Burn On The Flame’ re-titled by the Russian download service ALLOFMP3 to ‘BUM On The Flame‘ – ouch!!

The Company Of Wolves Part 1

Posted in glam, new music, perfect pop, Punk, Questions and Answers, The Wolfmen on September 29, 2008 by planetmondo

How long have I been howling about The Wolfmen now ? Oh, almost one full year – and in a years of worth hearing the singles, flips sides and Myspace oddities I’ve never become numb-eared to any of Wolfies tunes.

I finally got my paws on the album a couple of weeks ago and it is wall-to-wall wallop all the way, not so much an album more a bespoke collection of killer could-be singles and potential heavyweight hits (staggeringly several tracks were recorded live in the studio) – It’s as close you’ll get to Slade stomping through The Supremes songbook , The Sonics singing ‘Sugar Sugar’ or ‘Here Come The Warm Jets’ re-jigged by Georgio Moroder with splashes and swatches of Roxy, solo Bryan Ferry, T Rex and the Sex Pistols all glazed with an electro pop gloss – but don’t just take my word for it. How about an exclusive track by track guide from the Wolf-gang themselves….

Needles In The Camel’s Eye

Chris Constantinou
We both love the song (‘Needles’ is the opening track from Eno’s ‘Here Come The Warm Jets’). We were trying to come up with something based around it and thought bollox – let’s just do it. We did a decent demo, then worked with Chris Hughes (ex-Ants drummer) who put the drums on – Steve Musters and finally Alan Moulder mixed it.

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While London Sleeps

Marco Pirroni
Another tune left over from our ‘Jack the ripper” musical idea (which
we stole from Spinal Tap), the title’s also stolen from the Rin Tin Tin silent movie which’ll come as a surprise to Chris as I told him I thought of it.

CC
Lyrically and vocally it’s a mixture of stuff – I think it’s pretty obvious what it’s about 🙂 I get to play harp at the end – we have 3 demo versions of this, all totally different!

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Love Is A Dog

CC
Another one started at mine and Marco’s , then worked on with Steve
Musters at Raezor and finally mixed by Alan Moulder ..
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Up All Nighter

MP
You will find this hard to believe, but this started as our take on
Northern Soul, it didn’t end up as anything that you could have played
at Wigan Casino but these things happen in the creative process. But maybe we will get round to finishing the Wolfmen 20 great lost soul classics album one day.

CC
This one started off as a demo from me and Marco’s place – we worked on it at Chris Hughes studio who put the drums on it …
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Better Days

MP
I frown heavily on songs with an optimistic feel and on positive thinking in general,but I like this and it’s going to be our next single.

CC
I had these lyrics for years, and even used to play a version of this with Jackie Onassid …but this has been totally transformed into a new song and BRILLIANCE by Marco ! The guys in the band did a great job with it … check the surf video out on youtube .. Recorded live at Raezor and Steve Musters mixed it ..
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Buzz Me Kate

MP
I’m told I know who this is about…but I honestly have no idea ask Chris

CC
Hmm …. I think it’s obvious what this is about lyrically. Recorded live at Raezor and Steve Musters mixed it ..

Side 2 of the ‘The Company Of Wolves’ is right here

To check out all the dates details and new tracks – beam on over to…
The Wolfmen’s Myspace site

By George This Is Good

Posted in 60's, perfect pop, Remake Remodel, The Beatles, work in progress on September 23, 2008 by planetmondo

It’s 75% Beatles – written and produced by George Harrison, with Macca on bass and Bongo on drums.

Has guest appearances from Clapton at at his British blues-grinding best and the happy honky-tinking piano of session king Nicky Hopkins.

It conforms to all the codes and conventions of classic pop and packs more crackle than a Catherine wheel into a fizzing four minute bundle.

So why wasn’t ‘Sour Milk Sea’ a hit of any kind for Jackie Lomax (it didn’t even chart, after it’s release in ’68!) – And why has no one covered, or at least sampled it since ?

Jackie Lomax – Sour Milk Sea

Jackie Lomax – Sour Milk Sea

You can the hear work-in-progress version below, as the Fabs jam on ‘Sour Milk Sea’ round at George’s place ‘Kinfauns‘ while offering up a fistful of each other’s tunes for possible inclusion on the White album.

George Harrison (demo) – Sour Milk Sea

Standing In The English Rain

Posted in 60's, perfect pop, Pop Goes The Summer, The Beatles on August 19, 2008 by planetmondo


I’m on something of a Beatles buzz at the mo’ – The White Album, Love and a self compiled CD being the most played albums on our recent Cotswolds run. The Fab’s catalogue is something I occasionally drift away from distracted by other old stuff, odd stuff and new stuff but will always loop back to The Beatles at some point.

So what a result then, while bumbling around Broadway last week swerving the squall, to find that sixties scene snapper Tom Murray was in town to talk and chat about his set of previously unseen photos from the Beatles 1968 ‘Mad Day Out’ (now being sold as limited run of signed prints), well we had to hoof along and lend an ear didn’t we? You can see all 23 shots here – which look stunning blown up and framed (I bought ‘Coming Apart’ shown below) – but why just 23? Tom only got a last minute invite from Don McCullin (the centrefold photo on the Red and Blue greatest hits albums is one of Don’s ‘Mad Day Out’ shots) to join a ‘pop group’ photo shoot, but wasn’t told which ‘pop group’ – so only grabbed one camera and two rolls of film.

So, how about a barometric anthem for this summer – which ironically never popped into play on last week’s roll around the Cotswolds. ‘Rain’ seems to be the tipping point as the Fabs go from loveable moptops to furry freak beaters. Points to check out are..

Maccas chipped tooth and puffy lip (the result of Scooter accident while on his hol’s – and a reason for his ‘Pepper’ period ‘tache).

John’s pre sanded down sunburst Epiphone.

The absolute dead sync drum and bass particularly after the two minute mark

‘Rain’ promo video

The Beatles ‘Rain’

There’s also an alt.promo recorded for the Ed Sullivan show here

‘Coming Apart’ – taken at Old Street Station – July 27th 1968