With the clocks going forward in the early hours of the morning, I overslept and woke to be greeted by the dull leaden clouds of first day of British Summer Time. I needed to lift my mood and so
whilst the rest of the family are out observing their religion, I have spent the morning taking a wander down a musical memory lane with the help of iTunes and eBay. Back in the early ‘80s, I first heard the The Neville Brothers when a friend made me a tape of Neville-isation (remember those days before digital and CDs?). I loved their stuff and, whilst I went on to explore more of their work, this is the album that got me started and remains a favourite. To get an idea of the seemingly endless variety of music hailing from Louisiana, from southern R&B and Gospel to Cajun and Zydeco, you can do a lot worse
than pick up the soundtrack of ‘The Big Easy’, a good movie that owes more than a little to it’s soundtrack. This recording makes a great primer with which you can explore the vibrant and emotive musical forms that are to be found in and around New Orleans – one of the few places that are on my ‘must visit someday’ list. Moving from the sublime to the downright unusual
I snapped up a copy of The Crash Test Dummies’ God Shuffled His Feet. This tape was a constant in the FFWD-only player in my rusty old Nissan years ago. Best known for their surprise hit Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm, Brad Roberts’ voices his (some say) highbrow lyrics with rumbling vocals against a band who appear to draw influence from pretty much every musical style there is. Revel in something different.
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