A Pre-Vacation Friday 5!!

Bodies Of Water – “Darling, Be Here” from A Certain Feeling

On the press info sticker on my copy, it says that A Certain Feeling is recommended for fans of “Ennio Morricone, Electrelane and Arcade Fire”…sure, the shouted boy-girl harmonies sound like Win and Régine here and there, but the Morricone vibe is especially prevalent on this standout…the sweeping arrangements also bring to mind the second (and more famous) era of Renaissance, a band that more kids these days should know about…

Devo – “The Day My Baby Gave Me A Surprize” from Duty Now For The Future

Devo weren’t ever really about making pop music…sure, there were some pop moments on later records (most prominently 1981’s New Traditionalists), but even their earlier records had their share of unlikely pop gold…from their second album, this song wraps the twisted story of someone anxiously awaiting a visit from his girl (only to find out that she is been in an ambiguously-described accident) around a “wa-ooh” vocal hook…only Devo could get away with such madness…

New Order – “Krafty” from Waiting For The Sirens’ Call

The lead single for what would turn out the be the dance legends’ final album, “Krafty” is less Kraftwerk than classic New Order…recorded with master producer John Leckie, Waiting For The Sirens’ Call is a fine swan song, though the group might soldier on without bassist Peter Hook, who said that he had no further interest in working with Sumner and Morris…perhaps Johnny Marr will take some time away from Modest Mouse and we’ll be presented with a new album from Electronic in the near future…

The Cure – “The Only One”

Formerly known as “Please Project”, this song from The Cure’s upcoming (and as-of-yet untitled) thirteenth album is one of the most upbeat songs in the band’s immense catalogue…The Cure have been releasing a single on the 13th of each month leading up to the release of the album, and fans anxiously await the full product…unfortunately, Robert Smith announced that the album’s release will be pushed back a month to October 13th…in it’s original place on September 13th will be an EP of remixes of the four pre-album singles…The Cure are no stranger to remixing their own songs; they released Mixed Up shortly after the classic Disintegration back in 1990…

New York Dolls – “Stranded In The Jungle” from Too Much Too Soon

This is the song that should be played for everyone who wants to be in a punk band…if they don’t get it, they should be denied membership into the punk brotherhood…a back-and-forth story about an explorer who gets captured by cannibalistic natives and dreams of his girl back home while a new lover back in the States moves in on the girl is the kind of ridiculous tale the Dolls would turn into a gem…

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~ by E. on August 8, 2008.

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