Random jukebox – Garbage

You probably remember the Scottish-American group Garbage, with their pop-rock crossover from the late 1990s. Here’s Stupid Girl.

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Music for the Masses 40 – 14 May 2005

This was the last ever Music for the Masses, just a little over a decade ago, and it would go out with nothing but a sombre wave on the webcam, ten minutes before the end. Over the preceding five years, I had immensely enjoyed doing the show, and would spend another eight years or so wondering how to recapture those times. Eventually, it was reincarnated in the shape of the blog you’re reading today.

The last track had to be, of course, the fantastic Sweet Harmony by The Beloved.

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Show 40: Sat 14 May 2005, from 6:00pm-8:00pm

Broadcast on LSR FM, online only. Artist of the week: Everything But The Girl.

  • Portishead – Glory Box
  • Basement Jaxx – Where’s Your Head At
  • Kings Have Long Arms feat. Phil Oakey – Rock & Roll is Dead
  • Sohodolls – Prince Harry
  • Everything But The Girl – Missing (CL McSpadden Powerhouse Mix)
  • Underworld – Pearl’s Girl
  • Client – Don’t Call Me Baby
  • Saint Etienne – Only Love Can Break Your Heart
  • Garbage – The World is Not Enough
  • Everything But The Girl – Walking Wounded
  • Wolfsheim – Kein Zurück (Live) [The Live Bit]
  • Vic Twenty – Wrong
  • Moby – Raining Again
  • Luke Slater – I Can Complete You
  • Röyksopp – Poor Leno
  • Everything But The Girl – Blame
  • Jean Michel Jarre – Oxygène (Part 2)
  • Goldfrapp – Tiptoe [Electromix]
  • Jolly Music – Radio Jolly (ADULT Remix) [Electromix]
  • Massive Attack – Butterfly Caught (Paul Daley Remix) [Electromix]
  • Alpinestars – Green Raven Blonde
  • The Beloved – Sweet Harmony (Live the Dream Remix)

The Electromix feature from this show still exists, and will be included on a future Playlist for stowaways.

Garbage – Garbage

A couple of years ago I wrote about Garbage‘s second album Version 2.0 (1998) to celebrate its fifteenth anniversary and found myself impressed by its consistency, but generally underwhelmed by its content. Their first album does include some of their biggest hits, so it must be better, surely?

Debut Garbage (1995) opens with the unremarkable but grungy Supervixen, setting the scene for a patchy and occasionally great album. Garbage meld together many styles, including pop, synthpop, grunge, and whatever else you want to add to the list. They’re definitely at their best when they tick all the boxes, and Queer does exactly that. Speaking of which, even Queer would have been a better album title than Garbage – but they never really got the hang of good album titles.

Another of the big hits follows, Only Happy When it Rains. This was the first of the big hits in the UK, just sneaking into the top thirty, and sets a good blueprint for what Garbage would be like at their best. It’s a great pop song, and if you ignore the first track, this album is looking pretty promising.

But nothing else really grabs you in the same way for the next fifteen minutes or so. As Heaven is Wide is good enough, and you might well nod your head or tap your feet to the manic rhythm, but it totally lacks any sort of memorable chorus, which is an important oversight. Not My Idea is almost entirely lacking in anything noteworthy.

A Stroke of Luck has a surprising melancholy, which makes it a little more compelling than some of the earlier songs, but it still doesn’t quite grab you in the way you might hope. And then Vow, which was their debut single, scraping into the lower reaches of a few worldwide charts. It might have grabbed some people’s imaginations at the time, but in all honesty there isn’t a whole lot to it.

Then – finally – comes their biggest hit single, the hugely iconic Stupid Girl, which just overflows with attitude and energy in a way that nothing else really has so far. They clearly pulled all the stops out here, even if they dropped the ball somewhat on some of the other entries.

Things fall apart again for the next few songs. Dog New Tricks is really trying to be something, but the ridiculous title lets it down and it just comes across as meaningless. My Lover’s Box starts off promisingly, but doesn’t really build into much. And Fix Me Now is completely forgettable. Don’t get me wrong, it’s all entirely listenable, but some tracks really grab you more than others.

By this stage we’ve reached the last track with very mixed feelings. But it’s Milk, the final single from the album, and possibly the best song on here. Its soft and gentle backing is perfect, and Shirley Manson‘s vocal comes together with the synths perfectly. They pulled all the stops out again here. What a way to finish an album!

Ultimately Garbage is a good enough debut, but sets Garbage up very much as a singles band. The follow-up may well have been more consistent, but it also lacked the charm that the big hits brought the first time around.

You can still find Garbage through all major retailers, such as here.

Archive Review – Garbage – Cherry Lips (Go Baby Go)

In November 2001, I wrote a second review for Aberystwyth’s student newspaper The Courier, in exchange for a promo copy of the latest Garbage single. The review was never published, perhaps because it isn’t very good (although that probably shouldn’t have stopped it).

Garbage have always known how to craft the perfect pop track, and this latest single from their current album Beautiful Garbage is no exception. Inspired by some writer who I’ve never heard of (J.T. LeRoy), it features everything we know from Garbage, from the characteristic bleeps and boings to the grungy guitars. The single comes jam packed with new tracks and excellent remixes by the likes of Roger Sanchez and Howie B. It’s not exactly new ground for Garbage, but it’s far from textbook stuff, and if all the schoolchildren of pop learnt from this then nobody would have any cause to complain. 4/5

Record Store Day 2015

Record Store Day always ruffles a few feathers, although the charming story about a mini-popup shop opening in London this year on the NME website does make up for some of the controversy.

In previous years, we’ve taken a spin through a selection of the special releases for Record Store Day, and this year is no exception. The list starts here:

  • a-haTake on Me (7″ picture disc, 5,000 copies in the US, 1,000 copies in the UK, also Germany / Netherlands)
  • AirPlayground Love / Highschool Lover (coloured 7″, 5,000 copies in the US, 500 copies in the UK, also Germany / Netherlands)
  • Amorphous Androgynous (still also known as The Future Sound of London) – A Monstrous Psychedelic Bubble (Exploding in Your Mind) / The Wizards of Oz (2xLP, 500 copies, UK and Germany)
  • David BowieChanges (7″ picture disc, 6,000 copies in the US, 3,000 copies in the UK, also Germany / Netherlands) Kingdom Come with the same song by Tom Verlaine on the other side (7″, 9,600 copies in the US, and 2,000 copies in the UK, also Germany / Netherlands) and also 1966 (white LP, 2,000 copies, UK only, also Germany)
  • Buena Vista Social ClubChan Chan (7″, 1,000 copies, regional release, US / Germany / Netherlands)
  • CamouflageShine + Remixes (12″, 500 copies, UK / Germany / Netherlands)
  • ChvrchesGet Away / Dead Air (7″, 1,000 copies, UK only)
  • Empire of the SunWalking on a Dream (LP)
  • Brian EnoMy Squelchy Life (2×12″, 4,000 copies, US / Netherlands)
  • ErasureThe Violet Flame Remixes (12″, 400 copies regionally in the US, and 700 copies in the UK, also Germany / Netherlands)
  • GarbageChemicals / On Fire Stunvolume (10″, 4,000 copies in the US, and 500 copies in the UK)
  • GoldfrappFelt Mountain (coloured vinyl LP, 3,200 copies – first US LP release, US only)
  • Happy MondaysPills Thrills ‘n’ Bellyaches (coloured 12″, 1,000 copies, UK / Netherlands) and Live Brixton Academy 2012 (orange double LP, 1,000 copies, UK / Netherlands)
  • Jon HopkinsI Remember (Nils Frahm Remix) (10″, 1,000 copies in the US, 500 copies in the UK)
  • LambTrans Fatty Acid (Pure Filth 2014 Mix) / SH09 is Back (10″, 500 copies, UK / Germany)
  • Little BootsBusiness Pleasure (180g white 12″, 500 copies, UK / Germany / Netherlands)
  • MadnessLovestruck / Le Grand Pantalon (7″, pop up sleeve, 1,000 copies, UK only)
  • Orchestral Manoeuvres in the DarkJulia’s Song (Dub Version) / 10 to 1 (10″, 1,000 copies, UK / Germany / Netherlands)
  • The ProdigyIbiza (glow in the dark vinyl, Germany only)
  • The ResidentsIntermission (LP, 1,000 copies, US only) and Satisfaction (7″, 500 copies, UK / Germany)
  • Donna SummerAnother Place and Time – The UK 12″ Singles (5×12″ box set, 1,000 copies, UK / Germany)
  • Tears for FearsShout / Everybody Wants to Rule the World (180g 12″, Germany only)
  • Tracey ThornSongs from the Falling (Germany only)

Remember, some of these will be available in different countries, so they may vary where you are… More details at the official US Record Store Day website, the UK one, the German one, the Dutch one, and you might also want to look at Wax Poetic.

Music for the Masses 10 – 23 February 2000

By February 2000, it seems Bay Radio was actually starting to run pretty smoothly, and my show was starting to go pretty well. Although I was still having problems with timing…

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Tracks played on the tenth show, Wed 23 Feb 2000, from 10.55am-1.00pm

Tracks taken from the playlist (Total 12 tracks). A indicates A-list (6 tracks); B indicates B-list (3 tracks) and C indicates C-list (2 tracks). S indicates the Single of the Week. R indicates tracks taken from my own collection (Total 9 tracks). L is the ones out of the drawer (Total 8 tracks).

  • 1. Corrs “Radio” L
  • [IRN 11.00 News]
  • 2. Dead Prez “Hip Hop” B
  • 3. REM “The Great Beyond” L
  • 4. Muse “Sunburn” C
  • 5. Kraftwerk “Expo 2000” R
  • [Guild Election Advert – 1]
  • 6. Sgt. Rock “Yeah Word Party” C
  • 7. Jean Michel Jarre feat. Natacha Atlas “C’est la Vie” R
  • 8. Air feat. George Tracks “Playground Love” L
  • 9. Bluetones “Keep the Home Fires Burning” A
  • 10. Henrees “Half Crescent” A
  • 11. Everything But the Girl “Temperamental” R
  • 12. York “The Awakening” L
  • 13. Moby “Natural Blues” A
  • 14. Bellatrix “The Girl with the Sparkling Eyes” A
  • 15. Garbage “The World is Not Enough” L
  • [IRN 12.00 News]
  • 16. Enigma “Silence Must be Heard” R
  • 17. All Seeing I “1st Man in Space” R
  • 18. Wannadies “Yeah” S
  • 19. White Town “Wanted” (Vince Clarke Remix 2) R
  • 20. Andreas Johnson “Glorious” L
  • 21. Dark Star “Graceadelica” L
  • 22. Big Yoga Muffin “Is that How You?” A
  • 23. Electronic “Get the Message” R
  • 24. Coldplay “Shiver” B
  • 25. Brassy “Work it Out” A
  • 26. Groove Armada “At the River” R
  • 27. Southern Fly “Maybe It’s the Right Time” B
  • 28. Bob Marley vs. Funkstar de Luxe “Rainbow Country” L
  • 29. New Order “Blue Monday 88” R

Producer: None.

Notes: Umm… I think fairly normal and uneventful except when I started cursing Indie Rock bands for making their tracks too short (before the 12.00 news – off air, naturally).

The BRIT Awards 2005

On 9th February 2005, Chris Evans hosted what was billed as the 25th anniversary BRIT Awards show (history seems to prefer to pretend that the first show was in 1981, rather than 1977). The venue was Earls Court in London, and an average of 6.3 million people watched the coverage the following day on ITV.

This post is part of a series about the history of the BRIT Awards. You can read about the 2004 ceremony here, and the 2006 ceremony next time.

MasterCard British Album

Presented by Clive Owen. Nominees:

  • Franz Ferdinand – Franz Ferdinand
  • Keane – Hopes and Fears
  • Muse – Absolution
  • Snow Patrol – Final Straw
  • The Streets – A Grand Don’t Come for Free

Winner: Keane

Best British Single

Voted for by listeners of independent radio, and presented by Minnie Driver. Nominees:

  • Band Aid 20 – Do They Know It’s Christmas?
  • Jamelia – Thank You
  • LMC vs. U2 – Take Me to the Clouds Above
  • Shapeshifters – Lola’s Theme
  • Will Young – Your Game

Winner: Will Young

Best British Male

Presented by Naomi Harris. Nominees:

  • Jamie Cullum
  • Lemar
  • Morrissey
  • The Streets
  • Will Young

Winner: The Streets

Best British Female

Presented by Lisa Stansfield. Nominees:

  • Natasha Bedingfield
  • Jamelia
  • PJ Harvey
  • Joss Stone
  • Amy Winehouse

Winner: Joss Stone

Best British Group

Presented by Sharon and Kelly Osbourne. Nominees:

  • Franz Ferdinand
  • Kasabian
  • Keane
  • Muse
  • Snow Patrol

Winner: Franz Ferdinand

Best British Breakthrough Act

Voted for by listeners of BBC Radio 1, and presented by Jo Whiley. Nominees:

  • Natasha Bedingfield
  • Franz Ferdinand
  • Keane
  • Joss Stone
  • The Zutons

Winner: Keane

Best British Rock Act

Voted for by viewers of Kerrang TV, and presented by Brian May. Nominees:

  • Franz Ferdinand
  • Kasabian
  • The Libertines
  • Muse
  • Snow Patrol

Winner: Franz Ferdinand

Best British Urban Act

Voted for by viewers of MTV Base, and presented by Jazzy B. Nominees:

  • Dizzee Rascal
  • Jamelia
  • Lemar
  • Joss Stone
  • The Streets

Winner: Joss Stone

Best British Live Act

Voted for by The Live Music Forum, and presented by Shirley Manson from Garbage. Nominees:

  • Jamie Cullum
  • Franz Ferdinand
  • Kasabian
  • The Libertines
  • Muse

Winner: Muse

Best Pop Act

Voted for by viewers of CD:UK and readers of The Sun, and presented by Jodie Kidd. Nominees:

  • Natasha Bedingfield
  • Girls Aloud
  • Avril Lavigne
  • McFly
  • Westlife

Winner: McFly

Best International Album

Presented by Siouxsie Sioux. Nominees:

  • The Killers – Hot Fuss
  • Maroon 5 – Songs About Jane
  • Outkast – Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
  • Scissor Sisters – Scissor Sisters
  • U2 – How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb

Winner: Scissor Sisters

Best International Male

Presented by Natalie Imbruglia. Nominees:

  • Eminem
  • Usher
  • Tom Waits
  • Kanye West
  • Brian Wilson

Winner: Eminem

Best International Female

Presented by Charlie Creed Miles. Nominees:

  • Anastacia
  • Kelis
  • Alicia Keys
  • Kylie Minogue
  • Gwen Stefani

Winner: Gwen Stefani

Best International Group

Nominees:

  • Green Day
  • Maroon 5
  • Outkast
  • Scissor Sisters
  • U2

Winner: Scissor Sisters

Best International Breakthrough Act

Presented by Simon Pegg. Nominees:

  • Jet
  • The Killers
  • Maroon 5
  • Scissor Sisters
  • Kanye West

Winner: Scissor Sisters

Outstanding Contribution to Music

Presented by Jools Holland.

Winner: Bob Geldof

BRITS 25 Best Song Award

Chosen by listeners of BBC Radio 2. Presented by Matt Lucas and David Walliams in character as Mark Owen and Howard Donald from Take That respectively. Nominees:

  • ABC – The Look of Love
  • Bee Gees – Night Fever
  • David Bowie – Heroes
  • Kate Bush – Wuthering Heights
  • The Clash – London Calling
  • Coldplay – Yellow
  • Peter Gabriel – Sledgehammer
  • David Gray – Babylon
  • The Jam – That’s Entertainment
  • Elton John – Sacrifice
  • Joy Division – Love Will Tear Us Apart
  • Annie Lennox – Why?
  • Massive Attack – Unfinished Sympathy
  • George Michael – Careless Whisper
  • Oasis – Wonderwall
  • Queen – We are the Champions
  • Seal – Kiss from a Rose
  • Simply Red – Holding Back the Years
  • Spandau Ballet – True
  • Rod Stewart – I Don’t Want to Talk About it
  • Sting – Fields of Gold
  • The Stranglers – Golden Brown
  • The Streets – Dry Your Eyes
  • Robbie Williams – Angels
  • Will Young – Leave Right Now

The top five entries made it from round 1 to the final list of nominees, leaving:

  • Kate Bush – Wuthering Heights
  • Joy Division – Love Will Tear Us Apart
  • Queen – We are the Champions
  • Robbie Williams – Angels
  • Will Young – Leave Right Now

Winner: Robbie Williams

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