Wednesday, February 24, 2010

You Got The Love mixes

You Got The Love was originally recorded by Candi Staton for a (sadly lost) diet video:

Someone got hold of an a capella version and the remixers took over. There are loads of versions, but the most successful was this one, the Now Voyager mix:

Bringing us up to date, here is the Florence version:

And then there is The XX remix of the Florence version:

As the Guardian said, this is the best remix of a cover version of a refix of a mash-up of an a cappella of a song originally written for a diet video.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

David Tennant banknote

This is one of the fake banknotes designed for the scene in The Runaway Bride where money comes flying out of a cashpoint. The text on the note says:

I promise to pay the bearer on demand the sum of ten satsumas
No second chances — I'm that sort of a man.
The money is signed by the creator Peter McKinstry, whose concept artwork for Doctor Who can be seen at his website.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Vivian Girls / Best Coast @ Bottom of the Hill, San Francisco, 9-Feb-2010

Best Coast is possibly a person rather a band. She sings with a lot of echo on the vocals. The songs have tunes (this is a good thing). The other guitarist seems shy and is half turned away from the audience. They borrow Vivian Girls drummer Ali, (although she hits harder later when playing for her proper band). They did a cover of "I know what boys like".

vivian girls at bottom of the hill

Vivian Girls are a punk-ish band who sound to me a bit like The Shop Assistants. They are cute and adorable and it is hard not to like them.


At one point they do an a cappella cover of "He's Gone" by the Chantels (as shown in the photo above). On most of their rock songs they make a nice noise and the audience bounces around. Sometimes though they play longer more improvisational songs in which the bassist plays more melodically and the guitarist solos. I liked these songs a great deal, they surprisingly reminded me of one of the Fripp/Wetton/Bruford lineups of King Crimson (this is a good thing).