Archive for November 4th, 2007

November 4, 2007

AL FINGERS – What’s Going On / War (7″ Single)

Al Fingers SF001: 22nd October 2007
1. Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On (Truth & Rights Remix)
“Father, father, we don’t need to escalate, you see, war is not the answer, for only love can conquer hate, you know we’ve got to find a way, to bring some lovin’ here today”
2. Edwin Starr – War (The Buzz Remix)
“War I despise, ‘cos it means destruction of innocent lives, war means tears to thousands of mother’s eyes, when their sons gone to fight and lose their lives”

‘What’s Going On (Truth & Rights Remix)’ is a clever mashup of the vocal from Marvin Gaye’s eternal Soul anthem ‘What’s Going On’ and the melodic Reggae music from Johnny Osbourne’s ‘Truth & Rights’.  It’s a blend so inspired and seamless that I even started imaging Marvin’s voice had had a Jamaican accent all along.  It’s not dissimilar to ‘Police & Thieves’ and perhaps even better than Marvin’s original, which is some achievement!  ‘War (The Buzz Remix)’ isn’t better than the original or as good as the A-side but it’s still a damn fine bootleg.  Edwin Starr’s muscular vocals are laid over a funky instrumental called ‘The Buzz’ (From a compilation of the same name).

Click here to buy the 7″ from Juno Records.

Here are the ingredients of this delicious recipe:

Johnny Osbourne – Truth & Rights mp3
Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On mp3
Troy Rami – The Buzz mp3
Edwin Starr – War mp3

Click here to buy the ‘What’s Going On’ album from HMV for the criminal price of £3.99.

Click here to buy this great Edwin Starr double CD (Featuring ‘War’) from HMV.

Click here to watch a truly spellbinding performance of ‘What’s Going On’ via YouTube.

Click here to watch a video of Edwin Starr’s ‘War’ on YouTube.

While you’re at it, check out this superb mashup video featuring Edwin Starr.

Al Fingers MySpace

November 4, 2007

THE INDELICATES – Sixteen (CD Single)

Weekender Records WEEK0046: 15th October 2007
1. Sixteen
“Drop ace drum ‘n’ bass feat Hitler and Chairman Mao, if we don’t do it now then someone else will, it’ll be so funny, it’s the power not the money”
2. The Sequel To Peter Pan & Wendy
“The ghosts scream at the sound, as your body hit the ground”
3. Fun Is For The Feeble Minded
“You can’t have the sixties, without the war, you can’t have the rose, without the thorn”

A different version of ‘Sixteen’ first appeared as a B-side on March’s ‘The Last Significant Statement To Be Made In Rock ‘n’ Roll’ EP. I described it as “Sparkling Pop” and an “Assault against cynical bands who aim their music at the lucrative teen market”. It’s a song addressed to every act that ever pandered to “Disaffected” youth, exploited a teenage trend or filled their videos with American kids (Despite being in their thirties and from Pontypridd). ‘The Sequel To Peter Pan & Wendy’ has a similar sound to the ‘The Last Significant Statement To Be Made In Rock ‘n’ Roll’ single with added delicate Piano. ‘Fun Is For The Feeble Minded’ is an angelic ballad about our tendency to rose-tint the past and the Spanish-Guitar style solo is gorgeous. The Indelicates are steadily amassing an essential discography, and I can’t wait for the album (Or failing that another brilliant single).

Click here to buy Indelicates records from HMV.

The Indelicates – Fun Is For The Feeble Minded (Demo) mp3
The Indelicates – Vladimir (Demo) mp3
The Indelicates – New Art For The People (Demo) mp3
The Indelicates – Waiting For Pete Doherty To Die (Demo) mp3

Click here to download a whole albums worth of alternate versions of ‘Sixteen’ (They did the same for last single ‘Julia, We Don’t Live In The ’60s’)

Click here to watch the video for ‘Sixteen’ on YouTube (Or click here to watch the making of).

The Indelicates Website / The Indelicates MySpace