I don’t even know anybody in Toronto! SUMMER FRIDAYS 7.3

Summer-Fridays-7.3

If only I’d started one week earlier with these we’d have Summer Fridays 7.4 on July 4. I didn’t think of that till just now, unfortunately, so it was not to be. That said we’ve got what I think is a very good one, that is mostly music from ’82 – ’84 with a few songs from right here in 2014 that fit that mood. As for the new, we’ve got La Roux evoking some serious Bananarama vibes, a song from the great new Hollie Cook album, plus Brian Eno/Karl Hyde, and Brooklyn new wave revivalists Future Punx. Also: NEW BAXTER DURY! As for the old, let’s travel back to the days when the UK charts were full of exciting new pop. Why yes, that is Culture Club you see on here. The opening and closing track were deliberately placed. Can you figure out why?

This week’s cover art is by frequent contributor Kelly Hitzing who lives in Miami where every Friday is Summer Friday. She just illustrated a book on foraging for edible plants in Miami and you should buy it. The picture is from some thing they do down there called Floatopia. She hired that plane just for this.

Anyway, this would make pretty good backyard barbecue music, I think. Feel free to do so. I’ve got this one streaming in addition to the download. Enjoy and have a great holiday weekend.

DOWNLOAD SUMMER FRIDAYS 7.3

Summer Fridays 7.3 by Bill Pearis on Mixcloud

TRACKLIST:
1) Big Audio Dynamite – The Bottom Line
2) Baxter Dury – Pleasure
3) Bananarama – He Was Really Sayin’ Something
4) Tom Tom Club – On, On, On, On
5) Hollie Cook – 99
6) Culture Club – Time (Clock of the Heart)
7) La Roux – Uptight Downtown
8) General Public – Are You Leading Me On?
9) Eno • Hyde – Daddy’s Car
10) The Waitresses – No Guilt
11) Klark Kent – Office Girls
12) LCD Soundsystem – Tribulations
13) Future Punx – 999
14) Sparks and Jane Wiedlin – Cool Places
15) Ed Schrader’s Music Beat – Under Pink Moons
16) The Buzzcocks – Why Can’t I Touch It?

If you’re downloading this, don’t listen on shuffle please.

Liner notes — I actually wrote some for the first time in eons — are below the jump. Click through, go on do it…

1) Big Audio Dynamite – The Bottom Line
This was BAD’s first single and remains one of their — and Mick Jones’ — best songs. It has all the elements of their sound: guitars, drum machines, movie samples, cribs from reggae and hip hop. The horses are one the track…

2) Baxter Dury – Pleasure
2011’s Happy Soup was one of my favorite albums of that year so I’m very very excited for Baxter Dury’s new album, It’s a Pleasure which is out in October. For this new one he seems to be working in the same mold: minimal arrangements, junkshop drum machine, super-flat procution (a good thing). Welcome back!

3) Bananarama – He Was Really Sayin’ Something
Banarama get a bad rap, but their early stuff is great and comes from a cool background. They were discovered by Sex Pistols Paul Cook and Steve Jones, who produced their first single (heard on Summer Fridays ) and later were given a lot of support from Fun Boy Three who appear on this song. Their first album, Deep Sea Skiving, is pretty perfect.

4) Tom Tom Club – On, On, On, On
Everybody loves “Genius of Love,” it’s just one of the great early ’80s post-punk-disco-downtown-MTV-etc songs. It’s now just as famous for “Fantasy” and is known by the whole world. It’s awesome. There’s other good stuff on the album too, like “On On On On” which is probably the most Talking Headsy song on the album.

5) Hollie Cook – 99
I mentioned Paul Cook above and here’s his daughter Hollie back with her second album, Twice, which is just the perfect summertime treat. With perfect production by Prince Fatty, it’s like “lover’s rock” reggae meets disco meets sly and robbie meets Sade meets modern pop. I’ve basically had Twice on constantly this past week. The strings on “99” are almost as lovely as Hollie’s honeyed vocals. Swoon.

6) Culture Club – Time (Clock of the Heart)
Hollie’s mom is onetime Culture Club backup singer Jeni and Boy George is actually her Godfather. Which is partially why I put “Time” on here but also because it’s just a great song and flows extremely well from Hollie’s song. If I’d fiddled with the mix more I probably coulda gotten the strings to match up. Probably my favorite Culture Club song. Did you see the originally lineup are getting back together for a tour?

7) La Roux – Uptight Downtown
It’s been five years since La Roux’s debut album and I’m very glad she’s back. I got crap in the comments on BrooklynVegan for comparing “Uptight Downtown” to Banarama (people took it as a slight) but to me that’s a high compliment. This, is like a modern version of “Cruel Summer” and my idea of great current pop. Can’t wait to hear the whole album.

8) General Public – Are You Leading Me On?
The early ’80s were an amazing time in the UK charts when basically anything seemed possible and leftfield artists could have big hits. (See: The Associates) And it just produced some great multiculti pop, like the first General Public album which I think is just about perfect and turns 30 this year. It embraces the shiny new world of synthesizers but isn’t beholden to them, and freely mixes Motown, reggae and the then-now. And the band — led by The Beat’s Dave Wakeling and Ranking Roger but also featuring The Specials Horace Panter and Dexy’s Mickey Billingham — was just amazingly talented. “Are You Leading Me On?” is a deeeeep cut but kinda has it all: bouncy pop, a dubby chorus, shiny keyboards, a Ranking Roger toast breakdown, and one of Dave Wakeling’s best hiccup noises which he did a lot. Fun fact: Mick Jones was originally supposed to be a full member of the band but left to start BAD. He’s only credited on one of All the Rage’s songs but apparently his playing is all over the album.

9) Eno • Hyde – Daddy’s Car
This is from Someday World, the first of two albums Brian Eno and Underworld’s Karl Hyde put out this year. (The just-released High Life was the second.) Pitchfork just called Someday World “forgettable” in their ‘Best New Music’ review of High Life but I personally think it’s the best pop record Eno has done since maybe the album with John Cale back in 1990. It’s certainly miles better than the one with David Byrne from three years ago (Though “Strange Overtones is a great single.) I just think the album sounds amazing. “Daddy’s Car” really benefits from the two-drummer setup and there’s just so much going on.

10) The Waitresses – No Guilt
The real appeal of The Waitresses — catchy songs aside — is vocalist Patty Donahue who just dripped attitude. When she drops the offhanded “Sucker!” in “I Know What Boys Like” you’re sold. (Then come the “nyah nyah nyahs.”) I digress, this was that song’s b-side but is just as good, perhaps one of the only good American ska songs ever and the lyrics make it perhaps the greatest triumphant breakup songs since “I will Survive.” At least to that point, and in their own way, of course. “I know someone who really met Belushi”; “I learned a trick to get them to deliver”…etc. Weirdly, almost all their songs (lyrics included) were by guitarist Chris Butler. But it was Donahue — who died in 1996 — who really sold it.

11) Klark Kent – Office Girls
Speaking of attitude, Police drummer Stuart Copeland had it in spades on this solo EP he released under the name Klark Kent. I can take or leave the Police but this EP is the stuff.

12) LCD Soundsystem – Tribulations
As we’re into the more synthwave portion of the mix, I felt it was time to dig up some vintage LCD Soundsystem. Weird to think their debut album will be 10 years old next year.

13) Future Punx – 999
Here’s Future Punx, which is basically Fergus & Geronimo’s last live lineup minus Andrew Savage (who split off for Parquet Courts who are pretty good too, check em out). Aiming directly at 1980 when the future looked bright and nobody would actually elect dumb old Ronald Regan. I digress. This is from their debut single which is just great and “999” is a real highlight of their live show. My favorite bit of this song is when Jake Pepper’s guitar riff slips into Paul McCartney’s “Coming Up” for just a few bars. Whether that’s intentional or not.

14) Sparks and Jane Wiedlin – Cool Places
I coulda gone and put a Devo song on next but I chose this single from Sparks and Jane Weidlin (of the Go-Gos) which I thought was just the, uh, coolest song when I saw the video back whenever that was. Prime OG MTV right here.

15) Ed Schrader’s Music Beat – Under Pink Moons
If you like B-52s/Pylon style party postpunk, the new Ed Schrader’s Music Beat album is a very “now” version of that. Baltimore at its finest.

16) The Buzzcocks – Why Can’t I Touch It?
I wonder if Mick Jones ever asked “Does this riff sound familiar?” This might be my favorite Buzzcocks song and one that I actually wish was longer. (It’s six minutes as it is.) Has anyone ever sampled this? If not they should.

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