Playing about with Last.fm I discovered this page which shows the top 18 artists it has captured me listening to via the ‘scrobbling’ gadget… the mighty Prefab Sprout have a pretty commanding lead there!
Page 2 is below
I posted about the Nanci Griffith concert Mrs Fleet and I attended a couple of weeks ago. The sound quality isn’t great, but this video gives a nice view of the Griffith concert experience, with a nice little tale about the wonders of Woolworth stores before the song. I suspect the video dates from the early ’90s.
On Wednesday night Mrs Fleet and I were able to send Miss Fleet and Rothmans off to my mother’s and to go to watch Nanci Griffith in concert at the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire. I’ve been a fan of Nanci’s for the best part of 20 years but have never managed to get to see her live before.
It was well worth the wait. The glorious pure crystaline voice was in good shape, and Nanci is a delightful, anecdotal presence, tiny, slender and straight backed with her hair pulled back into a rather severe bun (apparently the fault of the Breakfast TV people that morning who made her hair “look like Albert Einstein”).
The YouTube video above is of a much younger Nanci singing Kate Wolf’s Across the Great Divide. Nanci has always been a great interpreter of the songs of others as well as a fantastic songwriter in her own right, and this is one of my favourites of her covers.
In a couple of weeks we are off to see another favourite of mine, and another great, slightly eccentric singer songwriter, Imogen Heap, in Oxford.
According to iTunes I listed to more Prefab Sprout than any other band. As a result this has been an exciting week as Monday saw the release of a new album by the elusive North East band, now consisting only of founder and resident genius Paddy McAloon.
Lets Change The World With Music was written and recorded in 1992, and sat for the last 17 years in the legendary McAloon archives alongside other long lost (and possibly apocryphal) unreleased albums. Calum Malcolm has worked his magic on the demo tapes which sound surprisingly fully-realised in their released form. I’ve been listening to it for the last couple of days, and it’s great.
UPDATE – An interesting interview with Paddy McAloon, by Neil McCormick for the Telegraph.
A superb mash-up from DMF here, blending the Pet Shop Boys, the marvellously filthy Bloodhound Gang and the All American Rejects into one track. Probably not to all tastes but I love this kind of thing.
Apologies for posting another YouTube video so soon after the last one (lazy blogging!) but this is an excellent track, a longtime favourite of mine, by Eg & Alice from their 1991 album 24 Years of Hunger. Eg and Alice were Eg White and Alice Temple, who found little commercial but huge critical success with their only album.
Apropos of nothing much at all, here is the wonderful Fish-era Marillion track Tux On.