Today’s Yesterday Track – THE VERVE Released Masterstroke ‘THE DRUGS DON’T WORK’ 20 Years Ago As A Single…

Golden oldies to soundtrack the summer of 2017…

Band: THE VERVE
Track: THE DRUGS DON’T WORK – 2nd single from blockbuster ‘Urban Hymns’
Released: 1 September 1997 – 20 years ago…
Note: with this masterstroke frontman Richard Ashcroft tackled the hardship of watching his father dying of cancer when he was only 11 years old. The drugs given to his father were no longer working…

All this talk of getting old
It’s getting me down my love
Like a cat in a bag, waiting to drown
This time I’m comin’ down

And I hope you’re thinking of me
As you lay down on your side
Now the drugs don’t work
They just make you worse
But I know I’ll see your face again

Now the drugs don’t work
They just make you worse
But I know I’ll see your face again

But I know I’m on a losing streak
‘Cause I passed down my old street
And if you wanna show, then just let me know
And I’ll sing in your ear again

Now the drugs don’t work
They just make you worse
But I know I’ll see your face again

‘Cause baby, ooh, if heaven calls, I’m coming, too
Just like you said, you leave my life, I’m better off dead

All this talk of getting old
It’s getting me down my love
Like a cat in a bag, waiting to drown
This time I’m comin’ down

Now the drugs don’t work
They just make you worse
But I know I’ll see your face again

‘Cause baby, ooh, if heaven calls, I’m coming, too
Just like you said, you leave my life, I’m better off dead

But if you wanna show, just let me know
And I’ll sing in your ear again

Now the drugs don’t work
They just make you worse
But I know I’ll see your face again

Yeah, I know I’ll see your face again
Yeah, I know I’ll see your face again
Yeah, I know I’ll see your face again
Yeah, I know I’ll see your face again

I’m never going down, I’m never coming down
No more, no more, no more, no more, no more
I’m never coming down, I’m never going down
No more, no more, no more, no more, no more

[Repeat and Fade Out]


Masterpiece LP released 29 September 1997…


Spectacular coincidence – see you in the front row, Mr. Ashcroft…

From Dublin/Ireland… Here’s THE ELECTIVE With Cracking Debut Single ‘LET ME’…

Sonic havoc that thrills us in a way we want to scream out loud…

31 August 2017

Band: THE ELECTIVE
Who: four-piece formed in 2016
Location: Dublin, Ireland
Single: LET ME – first track from upcoming EP…
Score: this fresh Irish quartet is young, hungry and power-driven. Their groovy debut is build around a repetitive, ramming riff with pleading vocals all over it and a firework guitar
solo somewhere in the middle. Let them infiltrate your speakers and discover a talented band with a huge potential. Press the button here and turn it up!…

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THE ELECTIVE: Facebook – Spotify

Anniversary Albums – R.E.M. Released An Awesome Sonic ‘DOCUMENT’ 30 Years Ago…

Going back in sonic history…

Band: R.E.M. (Athens, Georgia, US)
Album: DOCUMENT – their fifth LP & last for I.R.S. Records
Released: 1 September 1987 – 30 years ago…
Rolling Stone wrote: “It is no accident that R.E.M.’s finest album to date opens with
the anthemic reveille “Finest Worksong,” a muscular funky-metal wake-up call that is
an unmistakable declaration of intent. ‘Document’, the fifth in a great series of singular
state-of-our-union addresses by America’s most successful fringe band, positively ripples
with the confidence, courage and good, swift kick of a rock & roll band at the top of its
form. This is the sound of R.E.M. on the move, the roar of a band that prides itself on
the measure of achievement and the element of surprise. The end of rock & roll as R.E.M.
knows it is a long way off…”

My documentation: this is a raw, multi-layered diamond – R.E.M. at its sharpest,
plainly outspoken and pretty effervescent – high-quality songwriting…
Three Top Tracks: Finest Worksong / It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine) / The One I Love

* FINEST WORKSONGoutstanding electricity

* IT’S THE END OF THE WORLDhighly relevant again since idiot Trump was elected

* THE ONE I LOVEa melancholic gem

Full album…

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R.E.M. Website – Facebook – Discography

THE NEW FAITH With An Epic Pop Symphony – Here’s ‘FRITTER AWAY’…

Vibes that thrills us in a way we want to scream out loud…

30 August 2017

Band: THE NEW FAITH
Who: hailing from Brighton this band is fronted by Will Charlton. A singer blessed
with a great baritone croon and a six-piece orchestra behind him…
Track: FRITTER AWAY – their second single…
Score: to be honest, I never heard of this collective until today, but I can tell you that the sonic acquaintance really feels great. Join me to listen for the umpteenth time to their new track that has all the right ingredients to be a solid gold hit. It’s an epic pop symphony. A melancholic diamond, richly arranged, superbly composed and dramatized with a heavy-hearted chorus. A towering tearjerker! Frontman Will Charlton‘s vox is quite special. Truly grand actually, sounding like a mix of Nick Cave, Richard Hawley and Matt Berninger‘s voices. Yes, that good! Come closer, have faith and experience this gloomy beauty…

THE NEW FAITH: Facebook – Twitter


More New Faith on 6 October…

Anniversary Albums – THE JESUS AND MARY CHAIN Visiting ‘DARKLANDS’ 30 Years Ago…

Going back in sonic history…

Band: THE JESUS AND MARY CHAIN
Album: DARKLANDS – their second LP
Released: 31 August 1987 – 30 years ago…
All Music wrote: “The basic formula at the heart of the band (inspired plagiarism of
melodies and lyrics alike, plenty of reverb, etc.) stayed pretty much the same, even if
the mixes were cleaned up. ‘Darklands’ is no ‘Psychocandy’ in the end – nothing the
band released later ever was – but it’s still a good listen…”

Note: drum machines were used in place of drummer Bobby Gillespie
who became Primal Scream‘s charismatic frontman…
My score: although it was impossible to even equal their debut LP the bros
produced here some cool, amplified Beach Boys vibrations with twilight colors…
Three Top Tracks: Happy When It Rains / April Skies / About You

HAPPY WHEN IT RAINSsuperb single with a high degree of addictive poppiness

APRIL SKIESanother superb earworm single

ABOUT YOU moony balladry à la the Reid bros

Full album (original = 1-10)…

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THE JESUS AND MARY CHAIN: Website – Facebook – Discography

Today’s Yesterday Track – Legends THE POGUES Went Only Where ‘STREAMS OF WHISKEY’ Were Flowing…

Golden oldies to soundtrack the summer of 2017…

Band: THE POGUES
Track: STREAMS OF WHISKEY
Album: RED ROSES FOR ME – debut LP released in October 1984
Note: Last year, finally, the band launched their own brand of whiskey, named…
‘The Pogues Irish Whiskey‘. You can read a review – of the whiskey – here

THE POGUES: Website – Facebook – Discography


The album…


The whiskey…

THE BY GODS With Another Divine Hammer – Here’s SILVER LINE…

Sonic havoc that thrills us in a way we want to scream out loud…

29 August 2017

Band: THE BY GODS
Who: three wannabes: Tye Hammonds and husband and wife duo, Natalie and George Pauley
Location: Nashville, Tennessee, US
Sound:they try to drill through your skull to plant their hook-laden songs in your grey matter. Squalls of feedback interrupting repetitive chords signaling the return to a chorus, it’s what we’ve come to recognize as the formula; a recipe for loud/quiet/loud...”
Track: SILVER LINE – cut from upcoming new album MOVE ON…
Score: we already featured this exciting trio a couple of weeks ago with another explosive cracker, called ‘Wait Up’, from their forthcoming longplayer on our Seven In The Mix!. And now ‘Silver Line‘ confirms the band’s huge potential with a ‘here were are‘ exclamation mark! What we hear and feel is an amplified, melodic and distorted sound mix of The Afghan Whigs‘ passion and the grungy catchiness of Foo Fighters. Final result: spirited and robust intensity empowered with big guitars you want to hear over and over again. Ace score!…

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THE BY GODS: Website – Facebook –  Twitter –  Bandcamp


New album MOVE ON – out 20 October – all info here