Music Monday: The Last Party

I’m bemused and delighted when unsigned bands email to introduce themselves. It sure saves me the trouble of getting to every gig early to see all three or four bands (although I’ll do that anyway!).

Wouldn’t it be great though if we heard them in clothes shops, coffee houses and most crucially the radio? I don’t get why radio has separate shows for ‘unsigned bands’. Surely if you just throw odd tracks into the mix all day, it will bother no-one and deserved bands will get the exposure. What does it matter if unsigned bands are in the blend when music is so readily downloadable in the time it used to take to get the cellophane of a CD?

Anyway, the Last Party, apart from the negative sounding name (!) are upbeat and poppy – party-ish in fact! I can hear a little of the Style Council with the melodies of the Coral and softness of The Thrills and such like. Music for a sunny day, or to pretend it’s a sunny day.

With yet another new band from Manchester approaching me, I can’t help thinking this is all linked to the web space I devote to my beloved Cherry Ghost. I do wish Birmingham bands were this pro-active!

The Last Party (I’ve already started loving the name – I get it, music you’ll play at the last ever party) having just formed in late 2010 are already doing dates nationally and do I hope they come to Brum soon.

More on the Last Party

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Music Monday: V is for Luther Vandross

I’ve been through the alphabet twice now, this time ending with the sublime talent that was Luther Vandross. Inspiration to many, loved by all.

So many to choose from:

1. Never Too Much – an all time classic

2. Give Me The Reason 

3. Stop to Love

4. So Amazing

5. Dance with My Father – will always be emotional as it was the last single whilst he was alive

More Luther Vandross here

Music Monday – N is for New Order

A simple choice for me this week:

1. World in Motion – the best footie song ever recorded

2. Thieves Like Us

3. Temptation

4. Blue Monday – huge in my school days as the first single that we knew of only released as 12″. We all had to go and buy 12″ from then on.

5. True Faith

Music Monday: M is for Manic Street Preachers

It’s back to #MusicMonday after the break for holidays and what a classic band to come back with. They’ve produced so many fine tunes over the years so this list could change as early as tomorrow:

1 Motorcycle Emptiness – this will probably stay number one though

2 A Design For Life

3 If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next

4 Everything Must Go

5 You Stole The Sun From My Heart

More on the Manics

Music Monday: L if for Lightning Seeds

By the time ‘L’ rolls around again, I vow to know a lot more of Gordon Lightfoot’s work than the 2 tracks I adore. For now, the poptastic Lightning Seeds:

1. Sense – love love love this track! Written with Terry Hall who seems to pop up in the unlikliest of song writing credits.
2. Pure
3. Sugar Coated Iceburg
4. Change
5. Life of Riley
Bonus: Three Lions. Not my favourite football song but brilliant nonetheless