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Well I tried but I can’t behave like others

I am a lucky soul, I discovered Lucky Soul, the finest among several fine bands who, in recent years, have drawn their inspiration from the 60s to make thoroughly 21st century pop records

I first heard the single, Lips are Unhappy and was charmed without being wowed. But charmed enough to buy the debut LP, The Great Unwanted, and very quickly fell in love.

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If this ain’t love, why does it feel so good?

This was to have been the first post in a new series, the cover art, but I was overtaken by events and popular acclaim (here I maybe exaggerating). So, by way of compensation, here are five covers by one of the masters of re-interpretation, David Gedge.

In both his Wedding Present and Cinerama guises, Gedge has been a prolific remaker of others’ tunes, starting back in 1986 with a cover of Orange Juice’s Felicity. And when, in 1992, the Wedding Present released a single in each month of the year, all 12 b-sides were covers of some accomplishment, now collected with their Gedge-penned a-sides on the Hit Parade LP (available from all good record stores, etc.).

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Chocolate on the boil, steamy windows when we met

Belle and Sebastian

And so to 2006 and the genius of Belle and Sebastian. The Life Pursuit may not have been the Scottish band’s finest LP, but it provided the musical highlight of my year.

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Trofie with pesto

Trofie

Trofie, a Ligurian pasta made with just flour and water, is traditionally served with pesto, that heady mixture of basil, parmesan, garlic and pine nuts.

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Each day I’ve been wondering

Misty's Big Adventure

If the number of 4- and 5-star ratings in iTunes is any indication, then 2005 was a musical zenith, eclipsing any other year not just for the number of great records that were released, but also the diversity.

There was one great LP — Half Man Half Biscuit’s Achtung Bono is their finest work — and several very good ones, but it was a year chiefly marked by standout singles and tracks.

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Steve Jobs, 1955–2011

OV Wright :: No Easy Way To Say Goodbye

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I’m a cool rocking daddy in the USA

The Facebook response to my 2003 song-from-each-year-of-my-life was a pleasant surprise. So much so that I decided to change the first song in my new blog series — The Cover Art — a look at the craft of the cover version.

It must be to Bruce Springsteen’s eternal chagrin that is lament for a victim of patriotic war was taken up as an anthem by the supporters of Ronald Reagan’s successful bid for re-election in 1984.

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The clean streets, acknowledged in the Lords

I make the rules so I can break the rules. A song-from-each-year-of-my-life for 2004 is going to be two songs, after the competition ended in a dead heat.

I couldn’t compile a musical anthology such as this without including my all-time favourite bands of all-time and thus far many have appeared: Joy Division, New Order, The Jam, The Clash, The Smiths, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and Cinerama to name but seven.

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