Favourite Songs #4

Published November 28, 2010

Sowing The Seeds Of Love by Tears For Fears
This Eighties band made only three albums before their commercial fortunes dwindled. Listening to them today, it's striking how well most of their hits have stood the test of time. Although one sometimes wish that they had gone on a little less about primal scream therapy and "shouting about it", this lovely slice of pop-psychedelia was a well-deserved hit back in 1989.

Brother's Gonna Work It Out by Willie Hutch
I've had a compilation double-CD entitled Can You Dig It? The Music and Politics of Black Action Films in my Amazon wish list for a long time, but a few weeks ago I finally went ahead and bought it. And boy, oh boy what a wonderful album. For me, most compilation albums never get it quite right - I always want to add or subtract a number of tracks - but this colletcton of "blaxploitation" soundtrack music is perfect. There's nothing here I don't love. The highlighted track is but one of many, well, highlights.

Time Is Tight by Booker T and the MGs
One more track from the Can You Dig It? compilation. Much of the music on this collection is unfamiliar to me, but this lovely slice of late-Sixties instrumental soul is one I remember from way back. One of the strenghts of the compilation is that it contextualizes these soundtrack excerpts to give a well-rounded feel of the genre and also tells a little story through the sequencing of the tracks.

Jacques Derrida by Scritti Politti
I've going back to the Eighties quite a lot in recent months. This song, taking its title from a French philosopher, no less, is from Scritti Politti's 1982 album Songs To Remember, released before their hit-making period of the mid-Eighties. Although I generally prefer those later songs, this one has a quirky appeal to me and it was the first song I started humming when I woke up this morning, which must mean something.

Slow by Rumer
Gasp! A track actually released in 2010! In my list of current favourites! I don't know about the rest of her output, but at least on this Bacharach-esque song Rumer offers that rare combination of a well-produced, solid song and the ability to sing it without neither over-wailing nor making the indie-performers mistake of trying to sound like a little girl. Rumer is a woman and doesn't pretend like she's not.

Listen to the songs here.