Posts Tagged ‘BAMM Says’ Best Of 2013 – Fatima El Filali

Posted on: No Comments

We’ve been asking the team what their musical highlights of 2013. Today it’s the turn of Fatima El Filali, whose wonderfully eclectic choices can be found below …

1. Mashrou’ Leila

The hipster band of Lebanon (as my friend calls them)!

Raasuk (below) literally means “they made you dance”. It is safe to say that this is a track from a very political album. I think the whole album plays around the idea of the rulers making the people dance, which makes it conceptual too. The video for the single is also playing with the same idea, the title literally means: for the nation.

Below is one of my faves from their previous album, and also a fave from their first album.


BAMM In-Depth: The Comeback Trail

Posted on: No Comments

Here’s another of our in-depth articles from our London-based correspondent Zakia Uddin. This time, she looks at the increasingly prevalent modern phenomenon of the comeback artist …

Justin Timberlake announced his comeback this year
– yes, JT. Put it this way, the 32-year-old’s first release was back when Dubya had been in power for less than a year and the first dot com bubble had just exploded (‘Like I Love You’, below).

The comeback has always occupied a special place in the world of music. Unlike political comebacks, musical ones rarely the same renewed vigor. You don’t humour a politician (or at least we don’t think we do) but the force of nostalgia is enough to get people excited about a singer or band’s return. We’re never quite sure whether to take it seriously – arguably, we’re even more cynical about musicians’ abilities than we are about those of politicians. Will they be as passionate as they used to be? What if they aren’t as good as we remember? What does that say about us? Worst of all, they remind of us how old we’re getting.

There was a more (or less) cynical time – depending on your point of view – when making a comeback was like doing an encore. Or comebacks were only for the kind of musicians who did encores, who couldn’t get enough, and were willing to spin out the old hits for an unimaginative audience. So what’s changed? It’s a real truism that touring is the only way to generate money – correspondingly many bands have sucked it up and gone touring together, including legendary fall-outs like the Stone Roses (below).

Generally, rock music comebacks have always seemed more dignified. It involves a different kind of struggle, as though they just didn’t want to come back until they were truly inspired. Click on ‘more’ to continue!

(more…) Rundown: The Greatest Band Logos

Posted on: 1 Comment

See that picture above? The Rolling Stones have updated their famous ‘lips’ logo to celebrate their 50th anniversary, and – if anything – this revamp only goes to solidify its reputation as one of the all-time great band logos: instantly recognisable, effortlessly cool and simple enough to reproduce quickly on a billion T-shirts and a quadzillion bedroom posters.

So – which other band logos can proudly stand alongside those luscious red lips? Let’s construct a virtual hall of fame and take a look at some of the exhibits, shall we?


GTA V: Musical Predictions

Posted on: No Comments

Why are we writing about a video game? Because the Grand Theft Auto franchise is no mere video game – it’s a genuine pop-culture phenomenon, and, as anyone who keeps up with joypad-twiddling will tell you, music is becoming an ever-more integral part of gaming. The Rock Band/Guitar Hero franchise have flogged themselves to death, yet were undeniably a turning point for the industry. And Valve’s ‘Portal’ series has featured a couple of bespoke bona-fide pop classics (sung by an evil computer no less), not to mention a specially commissioned tune by The National.

But Grand Theft Auto … ah, Grand Theft Auto. The music that features in the game – blaring from a selection of in-car radio stations – adds to the experience on an almost indefinable level. Remember blowing up helicopters to the strains of Blondie’s ‘Atomic’ in Vice City? Cruising a motorbike through smouldering drug plantations while humming Loretta Lynn in San Andreas? Speeding away from a bank robbery to Alexander O’Neill’s ‘Criticize’ in GTA IV? Sure you do.

(more…) Rundown: Five Great ‘Uncool’ Acts

Posted on: No Comments

‘Coolness’ can be such a fickle concept sometimes. One minute you’re the toast of Pitchfork, the next you’re being slated on a million message boards for ‘selling out’ or mysteriously losing whatever touch you had in the first place.

It’s never been quite clear who decides on what’s ‘cool’ or not (our god-like cultural overlords, perhaps, plotting the rise and fall of pop-culture from a volcano fortress somewhere in the mid-Pacific), but the rules of the game seem genuinely unfair a lot of the time. Here’s a look, then, at some of the acts whose talents have often been overlooked simply because they’re so ‘uncool’ …

5. Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers

Boring, trad-heavy, MOR dadrock, right? WRONG. Petty’s ‘Greatest Hits’ compilation is pretty much a masterclass in songwriting, and all the hip sneering in the world ain’t gonna change that.

(more…) Rundown: Worst Songs By Great Artists

Posted on: No Comments

Remember when you were a kid, and you’d done something wrong, and your parents would say: ‘I’m not angry … I’m just disappointed’? How about the music that makes you feel that way? Everyone has a moment in the catalogue of their favorite band or artist which they find indefensible – maybe a stupid quote in an interview, maybe an embarrassing TV appearance, maybe a sell-out starring role in a product commercial (we’re looking at you, Iggy Pop. And you, John Lydon).

Or – more likely – just a plain old bad song.

We’re looking at the top five worst songs by great artists … those records which sully the reputation of cultural legends and which even the hardcore fanbase find hard to stomach. Ready? Let’s go.

5. The Smiths – ‘Golden Lights’

Morrissey may have aged into a flabby, reactionary embarrassment, but it’s widely held that his four-year-stint with The Smiths was a non-stop procession of pop perfection. Right? Right? Well … kind of. There’s always one who has to spoilt it for everyone else – and that came in the form of ‘Ask’ B-Side ‘Golden Lights’, a cover of a 1965 song by Twinkle. The rest of the band hated it. It’s easy to see why:


BAMM Playlist Special: Geographer’s Favorite BAMM Videos

Posted on: 1 Comment

Well, it’s that time of the week when we usually select a member of the Team to choose their favorite tunes of the moment … but, as we’ve installed the amazing San Francisco three-piece Geographer as our Featured Artist, we’ve handed the feature over to them. There’s just one slight twist – all their faves are from the archive …

‘Better Way’ – The Soft White Sixties

These badasses play MUSIC, and they play it well and they play it raw. You get that “I’m listening to something good” feeling in your guts when you watch this.

(more…) Rundown: 10 More Crazy Album Covers

Posted on: 5 Comments

A lot of you seemed to like yesterday’s whistlestop tour through ten of the craziest album covers in history – so we’ve decided to crack open the dusty archives of pop-culture and dig out some more. Extra weirdo points if you happen to own any of these bad boys …

10. Don And Seymour

Taken in happier times, before Seymour’s drug problem spiralled out of control.

9. Anna Russell – ‘In Darkest Africa’

Pretty much the most offensive (unintentionally or otherwise) sleeve cover of all time? If ever the KKK had a party record, we’re betting its this.

8. Ira North – ‘If I Were A Woman’

“… I’d stop whining about how painful pregnancy is, and get back in the kitchen. At least that’s what I told my wife, before she left me.” (breaks down into tears)

7. Erik and Beverley Massagee – ‘Amen’

God, what is it with creepy plastic puppets on abstract album covers? Hasn’t Cher got that market covered? Huh, guys? Amirite? Amirite?

6. Millie Jackson – ‘Back To The S**t!’

I’ll level with you, Millie – that’s just horrible.

5. The Moody Blues – ‘In Search Of The Lost Chord’

“What? No, I don’t think there’s LSD in my studio’s water supply. Now, do you want my cover artwork or not?”

4. Paddy Roberts – ‘Songs For Gay Dogs’

“What? Sorry, Rex, no, I just assumed you were …. what? Well, you just have that look about you. Look, if you don’t like it, I kept the receipt.”

3. Millie Jackson – ‘ESP’

For god’s sake, Millie, another one?

2. Swamp Dogg – ‘Rat On’

In the near future, when the world has been irradiated in a nuclear apocalypse and rats have mutated into giant beasts, this will actually be something of an everyday scene.

1. Colonel Sander’s Tijuana Picnic

Sometimes you just don’t know where to begin.

OTHER BAMM.TV STORIES YOU MIGHT LIKE: Artist Of The Month: Geographer Team Playlists: Christopher Davies, Editorial Director Team Playlists: Ian McPherson, Research And Development Rundown: The 10 Craziest Album Covers

Posted on: 15 Comments

In an age where physical music formats are on the decline, the album cover just isn’t as important as it used to be. Sure, it’s a nice bonus if the digital image on your device is a pretty one, but these days the music is generally left to speak for itself.

This wasn’t the case in years gone by, however. An eye-catching cover could make or break a record – and this necessity created some undeniable classics. Pop culture is all the richer for the masterpieces that adorned Sgt Peppers, Electric Ladyland, The Queen Is Dead, Repeater, OK Computer and so on. But what about those more … ahem … ‘unique’ specimens? Let’s take a look at the 10 craziest albums covers in history …

10. ‘Mr Love Pants’ – Ian Dury And The Blockheads

Hey, don’t mind me, I’m just a dog hanging out on a beach. In my pants.

9. ‘Ringo The 4th’ – Ringo Starr

Ringo tries to escape the shadow of The Beatles by threatening everyone with a big sword and kidnapping ladies.

8. ‘Julie’s Sixteenth Birthday’ – John Bult

Implication is everything, John.

7. ‘My Beauty’ – Kevin Rowland

Erm … yeah, I’m just trying something out, y’know?

6. ‘The Miracle’ – Queen


5. ‘Yesterday And Today’ – The Beatles

The loveable mop-tops decide to … well, do whatever the hell this is.

4. ‘On Through The Night ‘ – Def Leppard

For God’s sake, Harold, another wrong turn! Just look where the Earth is now!

3. ‘Windowlicker’ – Aphex Twin

Yeah, so it’s technically an EP, but it’s so crazy we had to include it.

2. ‘All My Friends Are Dead’ – Freddie Gage

Hey, Freddie! It’s party time! Erm … Freddie? Freddie …?

1. ‘Keep The Fire’ – Kenny Loggins

“Look, I’ve come all the way past the pyramid, the meteors and the rainbow to get here, so you’d damn well better take it, okay?”

OTHER BAMM.TV STORIES YOU MIGHT LIKE: Artist Of The Month: Geographer Team Playlists: Christopher Davies, Editorial Director Team Playlists: Ian McPherson, Research And Development