The Shortwave Set
is a musical kaleidoscope that produces instantly hummable tunes. The idiosyncratic electronica is enhanced by ukuleles, cithars and far eastern percussion. Their second album was produced by self-proclaimed admirer Dangermouse and features John Cale on viola and string arrangements by Van Dyke Parks.
There was this girl who used to bust all the moves from the video in the playground. She had the same hair too, and as I remember had started to «develop» a bit earlier than the other girls too. We all certainly used to stop kicking the tennis ball around when she started jumping up and down.
At Alexandra Palace in 1989. I woz proper pillin', mate.
Anything by Razorlight, Dirty Pretty Things, Athlete or Keane.
I was hunting for «Champion Versions», the first Beta Band EP for ages, as it was really difficult to find when it came out. I ended up finding it in the Notting Hill tape and record exchange.
Strangely I remember being fascinated by the lyrics. Odd really, given I couldnt read, write or barely speak at the time.
The 1997 «Diana»-version, naturally.
I like to think this is a song that hasn't been released yet.
A little piece of me dies every time it comes on the radio.
It is probably the most euphoric 4 minutes of music ever committed to tape I reckon. After a couple of lagers I do find myself strangely compelled to waggle me toes a bit. Not pretty.
Probably something by the Smurfs, sorry, scrap that... I meant to say, «God Save The Queen». Yeah, that’s better.