After a relaxing week in Berlin it only took an hour back at work before I developed unbelievable stomach pains and had to be carted off to hospital in an ambulance. Apologies to the doctors who endurred me working through the profanisaurus while they diagnosed kidney stones. What can I say… they sting a little!
Meanwhile Radio 1 celebrated its 40th birthday by inviting musical “Legends” and Gwen Stefani to take over for an hour and play their favourite tunes. Unfortunatly I missed Macca’s turn (anyone got an MP3?), but the Arctic Monkeys & Noel Gallagher both picked out some gems. Gallagher was as irreverent as ever, while on the basis of an hour excitedly talking over the top of each other The Monkeys should be given their own show.
Noel also played an unheard rough mix of The Prodigy’s “Guns” featuring his brother, declaring it “better than the released” track.
The Prodigy – “Guns (Rough mix)” (MP3)
The nations favourite is also marking its 40th by releasing possibly the worst album in 40 years – a double album of cover versions, one from each year. The wince inducing tracklist includes The View stretching themselves by covering The Libertines, Just Wack trying on a Cardigan, and It must be Madness to let Paulo Nutini anywhere near Labi Sifri’s classic. That said I wouldnt mind hearing The Streets take on Elton’s “Your Song” and the law of averages says there must be a couple of half decent tracks among the 40.
While on the subject of cover versions, the ever excellent Rob Da Bank had a session with Tunng turning their hand to Blue Pearl’s 1989 rave anthem “Naked In The Rain“. Reimagined as a folk singalong its nothing if not different to the original.
Tunng – “Naked In The Rain” (MP3)