Saturday, August 05, 2006

If anybody can knock Elliott Brood out of my head, it would be Primal Scream

If you've got an ohrwurm imbedded in your brain, you need something that is the complete opposite to dislodge it. Not that any of Elliott Brood songs are really ohrwurms, mind you, because that usually connotes an irritating song, and Elliott Brood are anything but, but after a while it does drive you crazy when you can't stop listening or thinking about certain songs, regardless of how good they are.

And happily, it just so happens that we made a long overdue trip to our local used record store yesterday, where we found Primal Scream's Evil Heat, A Jesus and Mary Chain cd of b-sides called Barbed Wire Kisses, and Morrissey's Vauxhall and I - for a grand total of $25.00.


Evil Heat is a grand cd. I started listening to a song called Detroit and thought, holy crap that sounds like the JAMC, and sure enough Jim Reid was doing the vocals. And haha also guesting on Evil Heat are, among others, Robert Plante and Kate Moss. Kate Moss? WTF! She must have been there for the drugs. Although Eva claims that she and Bobby Gillespie have the same bone structure and that's how they met.

It was total bargain day, yesterday, as I also found a really cute top at Value Village for $6.00. Except I thought it was $4.00, so initially I felt a little ripped off. However, I spent all the money I had saved on an NME and a MOJO, with Thom Yorke featured on the cover looking particularly evil and demented as it is taken at a very myspacey angle.

All of a sudden, the Jesus and Mary Chain are all over the place again. They recently received the MOJO Maverick Award, which only Jim showed up to receive. He was presented the award by former bandmate (and now Primal Scream frontman), Bobby Gillepsie and Primal Scream bassist, Douglas Hart - the first time that group of fellows have shared a stage in 20 years.

There's a really surreal group photo in MOJO with Jim Reid (now looking like a mild-mannered geography teacher, as opposed to the crazy haired guy on the left) standing in the back row beside - but 5 feet from - Bobby Gillespie, who looks like a malnourished 12-year old boy in an rather unfortunate-looking striped golf shirt, and who is in turn standing beside Nick Cave, who is looking like nothing less than an escapee from a mental institution, with that weird fu manchu moustache he has been sporting since he has taken up writing western screenplays.

Elton John is quoted as saying "You wouldn't think that I like the Mary Chain, but I love them".

And Jim Reid said, upon accepting the award "No offense to MOJO, but I thought it was gonna be a room above a pub with a crate of beer and everybody going, 'I like your record'."

I notice that five of the JAMC albums are being remastered and rereleased. Hmmm, so why the sudden resurgence of interest in the Jesus and Mary Chain all of a sudden? You would think that the record company executives have been reading this blog or something, wouldn't you? But that sort of paranoia will get you in the loony bin.
Still though, it makes me feel rather like a trend setter. Next thing you know grey hair and wrinkles will be fashionable.

So just in case you've got a song you need removed from your head, here's Primal Scream to give you a leg up. Sorry, I can't seem to imbed still, so you'll have to click below to hear. My apologies for the extra clickage, but you won't regret it.






18 comments:

mellowlee said...

It worked! I no longer have a "yeah yeah yeahs" song stuck in my noggin! Thanks Barbara :)

Barbara Bruederlin said...

It's the old confuse-your-brain-with-something-completely-diffferent ruse, Mellowlee. Glad it worked for you!

mellowlee said...

Ah, alas, it only worked for about 30 minutes heehee! But I still enjoyed the tune.

Ben said...

It's funny, I'm just reviewing Primal Screams new album right now for publication tomorrow.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Sometimes the Rx is only temporary, Mellowlee. But there are worse wasy to go crazy.

Oooo yay, looking forward to reading that, Ben!

Barbara said...

Ben thanks for the suggestion of Cup of Tea, by Shack I went and got it on itunes so I could add it to my 'moving' CD mix. Liverpool area is the 'old Country' to me. Me Mum lived in Birkenhead, cross the Mersey, when she was a teen. Then she moved back to Montreal.
cheers

mellowlee said...

Hey Barbara...guess what I just listened to again ;) heehee I hope you are having a great weekend! I'm guessin' after the excitement of last weekend, this weekend is a relax and recover one? ;) xo

PS Your shopping spree makes me want to call up my friend who I usually only see when we go Value Village shoppin! I should go to some pawn shops too..Can always find the best cds there so cheap. (the ones on Granville downtown kick ass!) Even have found stuff that I used to listen to but had forgotten about.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Cup of Tea is a sweet song, isn't it, Barbara W? Did you vote for it on Will and Ben's site? They have a new song contest up now - check it out.

Mellowlee, sometimes you just have to give in to those impulses and damn the consequences!
Yeah I am taking it seriously easy this weekend. Getting Eav ready for another week of camp is about as hardcore as I intend to get.
I love Value Village, but haven't tried pawn shops yet. You don't find them a little sad?
Eva found the Replacements' Tim for $1.50 at Value Vilage once - best find ever.

mellowlee said...

Yes, I do find them (pawn shops) a little sad! Ive lost a few music collections to them! One time it was an ex I lived with from the age of 15 to 18 who took my entire cassete box and pawned it for cigarettes while I was sleeping. I woke up and he was gone. When I found out what he had done I was sooo sooo sad :(

Barbara Bruederlin said...

The bastard! I'm glad he's an ex, Mellowlee. Yeah, it's those types of stories that keep me out of pawn shops, I'm afraid.

kees said...

Ohrwurm? Is that what songs you can't get out of your swede are called? I like it.

I'm going to refrain from Primal Scream for the moment as I'm currently very much enjoying Elliott Brood being stuck in my head but I know where to come when the time is right...:D

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Kees, it's a German word, meaning "ear worm". Isn't it great?

There is absolutely no point in banishing poor old Elliott Brood from your head if you are still digging them!

kees said...

Of course it means earworm. It totally sounds like it means earworm. I love it. It's possibly the best word I've ever heard.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Those Germans make up the best words, Kees, I agree. Another favourite of mine is, of course, Schadenfreude, because that is a philosophy which I base my life upon.

kees said...

Hehehehe! Amen to that! You and me both ;)

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I knew there was a reason I liked you, Kees.

Will said...

I like the Jesus and Mary Chain quite a bit as well ... though I must confess to not knowing their work as well as I should.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

It is a full-time job (and then some) keeping up with all the music, Will. I don't know how you stay on top of current bands as brilliantly as you do. I rely on my 15 year old - you presumably do not have one of those.