Thursday, March 22, 2007

This New Thing Is Good, But, Hang On, So Is This Old Thing!

Dawn Landes: Tired Of This Life (Fargo, 2007)
Recently on the Word website there was some discussion of, um, folk hotties. The usual suspects were noted - Newsom, Pierces, Sioux, Power - but one name that came up on the message boards a few times was Dawn Landes. Well, that seems entirely fair in my eyes. Anyway, this is a really, really great song from her actually rather uh-mazing new album. It's a bit folk, a bit country, a bit lovely. Hurray!


Depeche Mode: Just Can't Get Enough (Mute, 1981)
But, you see, this is lovely too. I was 12 in 1981 and I remember thinking that not only were Depeche Mode really rubbish, but this record was just silly. Well, unusually for a 12 year old boy, I was wrong. I have just listened to it again (via this great box set) and it's bloody great. Full of life and enthusiasm and wonder and, oh yes, some excruciating synth wibbles. It couldn't be more different to Ms Landes but it is just as great in so many other ways. That's pop music, right? Double hurray!

5 comments:

divinemrsm said...

I love this Depeche Mode song. It's a real place in time for me. I don't know yer woman to whom you refer - I shall consult.

Strangely - when I was in my teens I looked like Mr Gahan in that photo of yours...

Rob said...

Hey MrsM
Dawn's very new - give her a try!

MooseDad said...

Speak and Spell is a classic! New Life, Big Muff (?!), Tora Tora, Tora...

takes me back to tukkas, baggy black trousers, frilly shirts and trying (extremely unsuccessfully) to cultivate a Phil Oakey look. Never understood the cover though - a swan in clingfilm?

Rob said...

Too many cheese sandwiches pre-bed, I fear :(

spymum said...

I love the way she sings it and her voce is gorgeous!

I love them now, but at the time I thought DMode were rubbish too - I must say you were a very erudite 12 year old! ;-)