Re: Official News from Secret Shine: Secret Shine, bye bye 2009.
- I'm pretty sure that Beach Boy's song ("Good only Knows") was done on Dancing w/ the Stars (U.S. version.) I'm still waiting for them to do a Morrissey song. Does anyone know if any Moz/Smiths songs were done on any of the other countries' Dancing w/ the Stars? I would love for them to do "The Youngest was the Moz Loved."
You know how Morrissey mentions "HRT" in "Something is Squeezing my Skull"? I just found out that stands for Hormone Replacement Therapy. What the heck is going on w/ Moz? (But it would be another great song for Dancing w/ the Stars!)
--- In Stratosphere_Fanzine@yahoogroups.com, "sidewaysgaze" <jdloc4@...> wrote:
> The band members list and go over some of their most meaningful songs - a very interesting bunch of tunes! :D Strangelove is in there, as well as Ride, the Beach Boys, The Cure, Placebo, The Smiths, and more greatness...
> This is our final Shine newsletter of the year so we thought we'd do
> something slightly different to pass the time. Compared to the last 4
> years, 2009 has been a quiet year for us. We made a lot of progress on the
> album but gigging wise, we've only played two Big Pink Cake shows in
> Bristol and 4 gigs in Germany. It takes a lot of our time to rehearse for
> gigs and we felt the album was the priority this year. However, all the
> shows we have played have all been special in their own way and thanks to
> everyone who turned up or organised them!
> We think 2010 could be a vintage Shine year. The new album will be ready in
> the spring, all being well and we hope to follow it up with more gigs in
> the US and Germany - keep an eye on our website which has admitedly been
> pretty static this year. We are intending to update with snippets of new
> songs and stuff but just haven't got round to it yet. This is my first job
> in the new year!
> As well as the new album, we hope to release some vinyl 7 inches in 2010
> with Andi Jenner who takes care of our German tours, and also with `All in
> the Golden Afternoon' who we played with in Germany this year. I think
> Rachel from AITGA has the most amazing voice and on that subject (Rachel
> sings in MM) - I can't wait to hear the new Monster Movie album next year.
> And if you're ever in Bristol on a Saturday that the Big Pink Cake is in
> town then come along and hear some great bands It's the only club left
> still playing C86, Sarah and new indie stuff - you can't beat it. You can
> find out more about the Big Pink Cake on myspace and facebook.
> And finally to our little end of year indulgence. We each compiled a list
> 10 songs that mean something to us for various reasons. Not necessarily our
> favouite songs but there's just something about them. Feel free to send me
> your selections to scott@...
> Happy festive season and see you next year!
> Best wishes
> JAMIE"S TOP 10
> ELO - MR BLUE SKY
> I love this song because its complexity and richness are working at a whole
> other level to most bands of any era, and I also love it because it's so
> audacious. Above all though, I love it because it makes me smile whenever
> I listen to it.
> Pixies - WHERE IS MY MIND?
> This song sums up what make the Pixies great to me. Most of their stuff
> has no right to work as well as it does, but they have a magic about them
> which transforms the ordinary into the extraordinary. Kim Deals
> otherworldly opening harmony, followed by Black Francis's scuba diving
> inspired lyrics conspires to create a modern day classic for the MTV
> generation. It's even been transmitted to Mars. Not sure why though...
> Arcade Fire - WHERE NO CARS GO
> This is the best song on Neon Bible and there are a lot of good songs on
> Neon Bible. It's so good, it managed to travel back in time to also appear
> on their self titled debut EP, (or maybe it's the other way around?). From
> the opening keyboard lead to the chanted "Heys!" and brass sections in the
> chorus, this song mixes feel good factor into their sound by the bucket
> load and is a great counterpart to the oddly transport inspired lyrics.
> Pale Saints - THROWING BACK THE APPLE
> This came late in the day for the original line up of the band, but was I
> think their finest hour. Throwing back the apple is an example of why the
> Pale Saints were one of my favourite bands in the early nineties. It has
> a complex rhythm, sweet vocals and excellent melodies. Melody wise, they
> always had a knack of throwing you a curved ball when you were expecting a
> straight and this song is no exception. Adding female vocals for this and
> later songs only made the whole package sweeter.
> The Smiths Please please please let me get what I want this time
> If you're going to wallow in misery, you should do it properly. This to me
> is what The Smiths are all about. Yes, they can fill the dance floor with
> William and Charming Man, but at Morrissey's core, you just know he just
> wants to be back under the covers crying about the unbearable lightness of
> being. This swan song should have been their last, but instead came
> somewhere in the middle. It doesn't really matter, because I never tire of
> listening to it, and taken at face value, its one of the saddest and most
> poignant songs ever written.
> My Bloody Valentine - SUE IS FINE
> Yes, the mix could have been clearer, the production bigger and the
> mastering louder, but to complain about any of these things would be to
> miss the point. This song is the proverbial indie rollercoaster revelling
> in something that is difficult to define but lots of fun to indulge in. It
> smacks along at a pace that you feel even the band are struggling to keep
> up with and the drums I suspect, are actually being played by an octopus.
> Put this on the deck. Turn it to 11. Watch the night club explode.
> Kate Bush - WUTHERING HEIGHTS
> Ok this seems the odd one out here? Quite frankly, it could be put in
> any top ten and still be the odd one out. It's just strange and beautiful
> and a little bit scary, like some alien goddess that's just come floating
> out of a UFO and declared intergalactic war on the human race. It doesn't
> really sit comfortably in any genre, which I love, and defied the ability
> of most music critics to review in any meaningful sense. A review after
> all is relative, and since this sounds like it was written in a different
> dimension, the rules ceased to apply. Although many pretenders to the
> sound have come and gone in the intervening years, this debut by Kate Bush
> is still rightly cherished as the original and best.
> Air - PLAYGROUND LOVE
> Air started to play around with more acoustic instruments in the album
> penned for the Virgin Suicide, not least the acoustic drums, and the result
> is an album with more breathing space and feel than their debut Moon
> Safari. Playground love stands out for me because of this, but also
> because it perfectly caught the sonic mood and feel of the childhood era it
> was striving to emulate. The hooks and melody are all Air and superb for
> it, but the melancholy pathos and remembrance of times gone are the main
> reason to listen to this song.
> Sneaker Pimps - HOW DO
> I think this is the only cover in my list. It's from a song written by
> Paul Giovanni, itself based on a poem, for the film "Wicker Man". Some
> people (mainly men of a certain age) of are fond of recalling this song
> since Britt Eckland managed to sing the entire thing without any clothes
> on. Moving on three decades, and the trip hop outfit, Sneaker Pimps
> decided to do a cover. It's a great cover because it manages to ensure the
> integrity of the original folk melody whilst adding some great depth with
> the use of electronica. The first time I heard it, I fell in love and it
> still holds the same appeal for me today.
> Suzanne Vega - THE QUEEN AND SOLDIER
> From Suzanne Vegas self titled debut album, this is a richly dark, gothic
> fairy tale, accompanied by Suzanne Vegas' sweet vocals and a sublime folk
> melody, telling of the ultimate sacrifice. Why is this not in everybody's
> top ten?
> KATHRYN'S TOP 10
> Yeah Yeah Yeahs MAPS
> Just because
> Arctic Monkeys - 505 & CORNERSTONE
> Big fan of the monkeys and these songs make me smile
> Rachel Goldstar - DISTANT SEAS
> Literally took my breath away hearing this live in Berlin & Hamburg this
> October (as did a later incident in a dorm in Hamburg (hee hee)). Beautiful
> Tnichy Stryder FT N-Dubz - NUMBER 1
> My VERY guilty pleasure of this year. But it lifts me and makes me dance
> like a loon
> Placebo - EVERY YOU EVERY ME
> Makes me dance like a loon too
> The Cure - JUST LIKE HEAVEN
> Aw, it's the cure, it's late 80's and I'm regressing as I hurtle towards 40
> Girls Aloud - UNTOUCHABLE
> because you can take the girl out of pop, but you cant take pop out of the
> The Pigeon Detectives - EVERYBODY WANTS ME
> A great reminder of SXSW, and kept me company on my daily run along a
> beautiful New Zealand beach
> Kate Nash - BIRDS
> Aagain another SXSW happy memory, a travel companion since, and love the
> chorus lyrics/story
> SCOTT"S TOP 10
> Belle and Sebastian - A CENTURY OF FAKERS
> This is the first B&S record I ever bought and I don't even know why I did
> - I'd never heard them before buying this. Maybe it was meant to be but it
> started my 10 year love affair with the band. Their records helped me
> through a painful long-term girlfriend break up and unless they diversify
> into contemporary jazz then I will always be their number one fan!
> Poppyheads - SUN SHINES FOREVER (Sha La La flexi)
> This was the first song on a compilation tape made for me by a guy called
> Matthew Evans (who later played in Tramway). This was the first true DIY
> indie pop song I ever heard at the age of 16 and changed the direction of
> my music taste forever. I'm forever indebted to Matthew for a musical
> education in many ways.
> The Carpenters - SUPERSTAR
> My parents used to always listen to their Carpenters-dominated record
> collection on a Sunday evening and at the time I probably thought this was
> so uncool but call it nostalgia `Superstar' is a classic tune with angelic
> vocals from Karen Carpenter.
> My Bloody Valentine - CUPID COME (from Isn't Anything)
> `Isn't Anything' is a stroke of genius and Cupid Come sums up the album;
> sexy, beautiful, understated vocals, sparse, tremolo guitar and Colm's
> intense rhythmic machine-like drumming. It was also significant because
> Jamie and I had just started writing together and it provided this sense of
> `this is how good you could be', even though we never could of course...
> The Sea Urchins - PRISTINE CHRISTINE
> This is just about the most perfect 7" I own and perhaps the first and best
> record that was ever released on Sarah Records. Pristine Christine is an
> indie pop jangly gem and Sullen Eyes and Everglades are no slouches either!
> Primal Scream - IMPERIAL (from Sonic Flower Groove)
> Reminds me of a perfect summer - 17 years old, playing for a cool indie
> band called the Panda Pops, meeting my first proper girlfriend, hanging out
> with Jamie for the first time. This song was always playing and still their
> best album in my opinion!
> Tears Run Rings - WORLD UPSIDE DOWN (from the album Always, Sometimes,
> Seldom, Never)
> This was my personal soundtrack to our midwest US tour in 2006. I love
> Tears Run Rings, the people and the music and this reminds me of our
> adventures together, all squashed in a van traveling through bizarre cities
> in crazy weather conditions. The whole tour was an experience I will never
> ever forget.
> Monster Movie - DRIVING THROUGH THE RED LIGHTS
> I only discovered this band last year after about their third album but I
> love everything they do. This is another perfect slice of shoegazy/electro
> pop. When I first discovered this on Last FM I bought all of their albums
> imeadiately without hearing anything else and wasn't disappointed.
> Beach Boys - GOD ONLY KNOWS
> I don't know if other people have this but this is my `default' song locked
> in my brain. If I were to randomly hum something at any given moment it
> would be this.
> Portishead - GLORY BOX
> This song and their debut album reminds me of my early twenties, having
> fun, finding my way after uni, making lasting friendships and a carefree
> existence. Glory Box a beautiful song on a groundbreaking album and
> watching Portishead at the Bristol Ashton Court music festival was one of
> my favourite gigs ever!
> DEAN's TOP 10
> Ride - VAPOUR TRAIL
> Watching Mark and the boys on Top of the Pops back in 1989 was the moment I
> realised I wanted to sing in a band.
> Bluetones - KEEP THE HOME FIRES BURNING
> The start of this song reminds me of the song used in the Hovis bread
> advert. Sad songs are always the best.
> My Vitriol - ALWAYS YOUR WAY
> Blown away by the power of this band live.
> Thompson Twins - DOCTOR, DOCTOR
> A band that I grew up with and loved from the moment I heard them. Remember
> being aloud to stay up late to watch them on Live Aid live from the states.
> Blur - END OF A CENTURY
> One of my favourite bands from the Britpop era. Very excited about seeing
> them at Glastonbury in 1996 that spent all day drinking and ended up
> passing out half way through their set.
> Brilliant Corners - BRIAN RIX
> The lead singer doesn't like me much but one of my favourite early indie
> Depeche Mode - ENJOY THE SILENCE
> Brilliant song that always seems to come up on all of my playlists! One of
> my last conversations with Tim was about doing a cover of this song in the
> Strangelove - TIME FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE
> Genius band who never made it big! Brilliant musicians and the tortured
> soul Patrick Duff was a great frontman... they're also from Bristol.
> Placebo - COME HOME
> Just a brilliant tune!
> PJ Harvey - YOU SAID SOMETHING
> You have to listen to this when you're in New York!"