The One Word Countdown – #25

I must be losing my mind….

Lazarus (12-inch version) – Boo Radleys (1993, Creation Records, Taken from ‘Giant Steps)

Points 123

During the cultural period in our lives that we now affectively called ‘The Lockdown’, I signed up to a few ‘Running Challenges’ one of these was ‘Run 50 miles during April’.    This doesn’t sound so bad – given that some people (my brother for instance) run 50 miles for fun over a weekend across the South West Coast Path.   For me, it was a proper challenge, and one that very nearly finished me off.

I had a plan, do my usual six or seven miles on a Sunday, which would easily take me to 30 miles and then fill in the rest of the runs by jogging back from the school runs (about a mile or two miles if I go ‘the long way’).  At first it was easy and by April 15th I was well on target.  I was fortunate because the sun was shining, and my daughter didn’t mind walking to school.  Then it rained nonstop for about a week, and she understandably was not so keen. 

By the last week of April, I had about 14 miles to do.  On April 30th the last day that was down to eight and so off I trudged around the village where I live, jogging up ridiculously big hills and hurtling down to the river and slowly making my way back up again.  As ever I was accompanied by my trusty iPod Nano, which kept me going with randomly selected tunes.  As I approached the 50th mile of the month, ‘Lazarus’ came on and I dragged my sorry arse up the hill for what I was telling myself would be ‘Absolutely the last time.  Ever’ (it wasn’t) Sice’s breathy vocals told me “I Must be losing my mind….” and right there and then I couldn’t have agreed with him more. 

Absolute madness I told myself.  But then the voice on the running app built into my Nano (some American runner who I have never heard of) pipes up and tells me ‘Congratulations…’ and I am suddenly grinning.  I stop running I’m about half a mile from home, my groin aches, my calves ache, my tshirt is soaked in sweat, my face looks like an overboiled beetroot, and I whisper “Never do this to yourself again” to myself.

Two months later I sign up for the “Run 50 miles in July” Challenge. 

‘Lazarus’ is of course one of the greatest songs ever recorded (about seventh I would say).  The 12” version is the superior version, they way the dubby beat winds itself up, before a short wave of noise overcomes it and a hailstorm of trumpets and guitars kick in – it sends shivers up my arm every time I hear it. It’s utterly marvellous and I simply never tire of listening to it.

There are load of decent remixes of it as well – these two are my favourites

Lazarus (Augustus Pablo Mix) – The Boo Radleys (1993, Creation Records, taken from ‘Giant Steps – Expanded’) – which does lovely things with that dubby start and manages to add an acoustic guitar to the mix somehow.

Lazarus (Ultramarine Mix) – The Boo Radleys (1993, Creation Records, taken from ‘Lazarus 12”) – which again plays heavily on the dub influenced start and the trumpet bit. 

I’d also recommend the Saint Etienne Mix

The Ramshackle Brilliance of the Chart Show Indie Chart #1

The indie chart rundown on Saturday Lunchtime Music Programme ‘The Chart Show’ was brilliantly ramshackle and had a real cobbled together feel to it, bands names were often spelt wrong, the wrong videos were played for the wrong songs, the snippets that appeared on the screen would seem to be made up – for example

When he is not performing on stage, singer Robert Smith likes hot air ballooning over Cheshire, walking his poodle Trevor and challenging his wife to a jaffa cake eating contest”.

But it was for about five minutes every three Saturdays, indie music heaven and some genius has plopped a load of these on You Tube, if I had a hat, I would tip in your direction Sir.

What I thought would be fun is to select a random Chart Show Indie Top Ten, obviously I can’t show the videos – but I can talk about the music that features within the You Tube Clips if that makes sense ….I’ve started with the chart from March 11th 1995. 

So cue the weird fairground horse carousel montage that they used to introduce the chart……

The first three records are all going down the chart and we are treated to about ten seconds of each before a big FFWD button speeds them off.  They are all by acts who start with an E.  Eat Static are at ten, and looking by them, they have probably ingested a fair few E’s of the own, they are replaced by Edwyn Collins who is replaced by this

Waking Up – Elastica (1995, Deceptive Records)

After Elastica is another band who start with an E.  Eight Story Window.  Now in 1995, I was all over the music scene, I was at the time probably arranging gigs and I was definitely receiving around thirty different records a week to review for the student rag.  I have never heard of Eight Story Window, not then and not now.  Why the Chart Show played this I have no idea.  Songwhip appear to have nothing by Eight Story Window so I can’t post anything by them –  but I can guarantee you wouldn’t have liked it anyway.  

After about two minutes ‘I Will’ by Eight Story Window is booted (that by the way is the most press that Eight Story Window have had in 26 years) and they are replaced briefly by ‘No More Affairs’ by Tindersticks, which is going up the chart, it doesn’t stop it getting the boot after about eight seconds where it is replaced by

Rattled By The Rush – Pavement (1995, Matador Records)

Which is also going up the chart but we only get to hear ten seconds or so before that too is booted for another climber.  I mean they could have played that or indeed the track at four instead of Eight Story bloody Window.  The song at number four is

Kung Fu – Ash (1995, Infectious Records)

As you will see as this series progresses, Ash and Pavement would appear to be indie’s Poison because they seem to be on every single indie chart run down that I’ve watched.  Even when they have stopped releasing records.

After nine seconds, ‘Kung Fu’ gets the heave ho and is replaced with number 3 which is

Solitary Party Groover – Drugstore (1995, Roadrunner Records)

Which again is going up but is not played.  Drugstore were very much underrated and are much missed around these parts. 

When I watched this video for the first time, I was genuinely excited by what could be in the top two – this is March 1995, the height of the all conquering Britpop, surely we are getting Oasis or Pulp or Blur (or the ones signed to an indie at least)….Nope we are getting Salad.   And not good Salad either – and I’m fairly sure by the time this was released Salad were signed to a major.  

Drink the Elixir – Salad (1995, Island Records)

Which thankfully leaves the screen quickly and ushers in the Number 1 indie record and again its massively disappointing.  Britpop Boo Radleys were not a great thing.  I think even they would agree with me.

Wake Up Boo – Boo Radleys (1995, Creation)

They get the full video treatment the snippets tell us that Sice from the band likes being thrown over the edge of Niagara Falls in a barrel and that Martin Carr is a Morris Dancer at the weekend and then it too is fast forwarded and something by The Corrs come on.