The Beach Boys: Hawaii (Capitol, 1964)
I got this yesterday and, quite understandably bearing in mind how many times this band have been repackaged and resold I initially felt like just chucking it in the bin. But then I heard this and decided that, just maybe, there was some tiny amount of legs left in this whole sunshine-pop game. I love this picture too - so that helps.
Polytechnic: Rain Check (Shatterproof, 2007)
From sunshine - oh yes! - to rain. To be honest, Polytechnic could do with having fared a little bit more betterer in the old gorgeousness exams, (the album sleeve is a cartoon - always a bad sign), but this track is a proper beauty. If you've ever felt anything in for the sort of slightly careworn, just-got-out-of-bed-at-three-in-the-afternoon, shamble-friendly indie-rock that, say, Pavement used to do so well then you'll love it. You will...