Posts from 6th June 2000

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RIDE – “Vapor Trail”

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RIDE – “Vapor Trail” (from the album Nowhere)
first off, hello nylpm readers! it’s been a long time (or perhaps only as long as since you last left my blog). i saw tom post on this one, and i was about to do the same on my blog, but i figured what the hell. so here’s one for nostalgia’s sake.

this is actually the first ride song i’ve ever heard, though i’m fully aware that it’s not typical of their sound. it is something, though, that i could imagine soundtracking the life of a young, awkward tom ewing, and i could also probably see it as something that i would’ve felt deeply about four or five years ago. the opening guitar chords are wistful and set a nice mood for the rest of the song. as tom says, the lyrics are neither here nor there, they just are, and the melody is a fine one. i’ll give the drummer a little more credit than tom as the beats get better later on in the song — actually, the more i think about it, this song reminds me of a stone roses song, right down to the untrained vocals. on one listen, it’s a charming little song as in, “look at them, they can’t really play, but they MEAN it” right down to the squawky string section. down the line, i don’t have a hard time imagining that it would annoy the pants off of me, particularly without the fond memories that tom’s attached to it. and, really, what would isabel make of that last line? cad.

You Lucky, Lucky People

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You Lucky, Lucky People: several British respondents to this year’s focus group were a bit baffled by the inclusion of a handful of classy American hits in the poll. Well, four of the best pop tracks of the year are coming out here on single in the next month, just in time for Summer (well, theoretically Summer). NYLPM says buy them all.

12 June:
Jay-Z – “Big Pimpin”
26th June:
Eminem – “The Real Slim Shady”
Ol’ Dirty Bastard – “Got Your Money”
3rd July:
Aaliyah – “Try Again”

Like a virgin?

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Like a virgin? “Why did the man approach her record company? Is that etiquette for this type of thing?: yes, it’s the Britney shag story, with interesting analysis by Polly Vernon.

PopEx!

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PopEx!: everyone’s always saying pop is a commodity, now here’s your chance to put your (virtual) money where your mouth is on the Pop Stock Exchange. Click here to start playing under my glorious auspices.

RIDE – “Vapour Trail”

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RIDE – “Vapour Trail” (from the album Nowhere)
Speaking now with the benefit of hard-won years of musical experience, this is bobbins. Chinless singing; boxy, stilted drumming; nowhere lyrics – and to cap it all it doesn’t even have any whooshsome Ride guitar rushes to recommend it. But I thought it was ace ten years ago, and by heaven a good part of me does still. It’s got the prettiest melody Ride ever wrote (even when they decided proper songs were where it was at they never managed a song as proper as this), if you screwed your eyes up hard enough you could make out a danceable beat, and even the string stuff does its job with rather more understatement and dignity than string stuff on British alt.records usually manages. And, well – oh, let’s face it, it reminds me of being a kid and having crushes on everyone I met. Indie nostalgia – how ghastly. Anyone fancy a snog?

Last To The Links Dept.:

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Last To The Links Dept.: Feed writes about marketing the alternative and everyone seems either pragmatic or defeatist about the new indie music trend in car ads (which I personally find just as annoying as the soulboy chic that dominated ads in the late 80s or the techno/trip-hop/drum-n-bass ad ubiquity last decade, simply because it pisses me off to hear only a sliver of a song at once, and I’m also old skool in that I think there shouldn’t be set visuals associated with a song – yes, I’m anti-videos too, gripe gripe, get back to the 70s you Luddite). Anyway, this link via Josh who got it via Catherine, and in fact it was originally pointed out to me by Stevie from Papercuts. Phew!

The question of course is: are there any tracks which it’s still impossible to imagine advertisers using? We should limit ourselves to what is broadly known as ‘alternative’ music, since for reasons not solely to do with the swearing and sexism we’re unlikely to hear too many hardcore hip-hop soundtracks. (Actually maybe loads of ads in America have DMX soundtracks, but I doubt it). I’ll try and think of a few and post them later. Meanwhile, your suggestions please).