Annie – Elastica (1994, Deceptive Records, Taken from ‘Elastica’)
When I was 12 my school for its end of year production did a performance of the musical Annie. A show that I was persuaded to take part in. I was persuaded to take part by a girl called Claire who lived down the road from my Nan who was a couple of years older than me and who I had, it is fair to say, something of a crush on and I think she probably knew it and used to her advantage knowing that the choir (some of whom doubled up as random orphan children) were a couple of short. I was awful in it, the music teacher (the aforementioned Mrs Allington from a couple of weeks ago) recognised my complete lack of singing voice shunted me to the back of the stage where my voice would be drowned out by the music and other more tuneful voices. Claire, by the way, played the part of evil Agatha Hannigan, the boozed up manager of the orphanage where Annie lived before she was adopted by billionaire Daddy Warbucks. Claire, was excellent in this role, unsurprisingly. This was my first and last ever performance in a musical. Claire hooked up with a blonde haired kid called Gareth about six weeks into my second year at school. Gareth also lived down the road from my Nan and my brother gave him a dead arm once during a game of it.
I have always found the premise of the musical Annie, a bit concerning. Even more so these days. A billionaire whose nickname is ‘Daddy’ sends his secretary into an orphanage and randomly chooses an orphaned vulnerable child to live with him for a week. There are no criminal background checks made, no one raises an eyebrow as to why a reclusive billionaire, might suddenly want a child (a massively ginger female chid at that) to talk to. No one even checks that Daddy Warbucks is actually a billionaire like he says he is. Dodgy.
There are quite a few Annie songs (none from the Musical or the utterly terrible remake starring Jamie Foxx – actually whilst I am here, the original Daddy Warbucks was played by Albert Finney, but he was the second choice for the role. The original choice was Sean Connery. Also film fans, Sean Connery was the original choice to play Gandalf but turned it down because he thought ‘Lords of the Rings’ was far fetched.
Anyway I digress. Here are four more songs from the music library with Annie in the title, starting with some post rock brilliance from Quickspace.
Death + Annie – Quickspace (1998, Kitty Kitty Records, Taken from ‘Precious Falling’) – ‘Death + Annie’ is the opening track of ‘Precious Falling’, which was an ‘album I played in the run up to my finals when I was University, it is a wonderful blend of Krautrock, post rock and sweeping cinematic soundscapes. Next up, the Boo Radleys
Annie & Marnie – Boo Radleys (1998, Creation Records, Taken from ‘C’Mon Kids’) – ‘Annie & Marnie’ was originally one of the B Sides for the ‘What’s In the Box’ single. A single that saw the band roundly stick up their middle fingers to the more commercial sound that their previous album ‘Wake Up Boo!’ had. It was a good move because the album that followed ‘What’s In the Box’ – ‘C’mon Kids’ was all sorts of excellent (unlike ‘Wake Up Boo!’). Next up, some lofi indie from Mac DeMarco.
Annie – Mac DeMarco (2012, Captured Tracks, Taken from ‘2’) – ‘2’ is the second album from Canadian singer Mac DeMarco and is according to him an album that he recorded entirely in only his underwear. Finally, vintage transit pop from the greatest French band of all time (face facts Daft Punk).
Without Annie – Les Thugs (1986, Closer Records, Taken from ‘Radical Hystery’)
Tomorrow – Julie, who whoa whoa loves me truly. Probably.