Monday, 18 June 2012

18th June

1970: The Kinks la-la-la-la their way into pop immortality, and if he'd known that Ray might not have worn that paisley shirt.

1981: A little air drum roll from Peter Powell and Odyssey are off, two women in perfect harmony and choreography and one man... not. Powell then seems to briefly forget Imagination's name ahead of their smooth mix of class (candelabra) and transient style (tennis headbands). He's taught that piano to play itself.

1987: Remember the reference to a very small amount in Breakers of Tom Jones? Here's the whole thing, well before any sort of knowing reinvention. At the other end of the experience scale Curiosity Killed The Cat, and Ben seems to think he's a one man Temptations at times.

1992: The Orb solved the problem of visually representing their instrumental music by not really doing so at all and playing 3D chess instead as the camera wobbles towards fractals on screens, seemingly to no audience. Don't know what Bob Geldof's problem is at the end. (Well, I do, really)

2004: Nobody remembers any England football tournament song after 1998, right? Well, that's as maybe but it's funny what England fever can do in the moment. 442 got to number two with the aid of hefty TalkSport backing and a lame reworking of Come On England. Insiders let on that while there's pretty much the station's entire offices somewhere in here, plus a smattering of models and people dragged into it, it's almost certainly not the people who recorded the song out front. Plus it's surely cheating not to have it indoors where the people who've made the effort to get there to watch the recording can share in it? Unfortunately of those artists you see trailed only Rachel Stevens has turned up online. Yeah, the old multi-armed trick looks good but Mud did that three decades previously.

2006: There's a lot to be said for sparsity, take Ray Lamontagne for instance, but really going for it and believing more is more catches the eye just as much. Muse have their reputation to uphold here, of course, but Guillemots bring the lot - backing singers, horn section in 1930s film newspaper reporter hats, carefully arranged set dressing and a guitarist who seems to be playing into a full-length mirror.

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