Posts Tagged ‘iPad’ Rundown: Five Great ‘Uncool’ Acts

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‘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

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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:


Win a copy of Geographer’s album ‘Myth’!

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If you’ve been paying attention - and we hope you have, because there will be a surprise test later – you’ll be aware that we’ve chosen the amazing San Francisco three-piece Geographer as our Featured Artist. Why? Because they’re capable of heart-stopping performances like this, that’s why:

We’ve already unleashed an exclusive interview with the band, and we’ve enjoyed a selection of their favorite tunes from the archive. Now we’re giving you the chance to win one of five copies of ‘Myth’, the most recent Geographer album!

To enter, just answer this question in the comments below:

What’s one cover song you think Geographer would knock out of the park?

We’ll pick the five best answers as the winners! The deadline is Monday 28th January, and we’ll in touch with the lucky victors next week – so remember to include your email when you register to comment (the email will remain unseen and private, of course.).

BAMM Playlist Special: Geographer’s Favorite BAMM Videos

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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

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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.

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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 Featured Artist: Geographer

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Introducing’s Featured Artist feature: a selection of great music, exclusive articles and prize giveaways (among other things) from one of our favorite up-and-coming artists. This month we put San Francisco three-piece Geographer under the spotlight …

Crack open the dictionary for a second. There’s something interesting about the definition of the word Geographer – “one who partakes in the study of the earth and its features and of the distribution of life on the earth, including human life”, and also charts an “ordered arrangement of constituent elements.”

Now, we’re not going to pretend that this definition is news to you (we hope you’ve proven yourself to be something of a smartypants by downloading the app anyway, so we’re sure your literary skills are up to scratch). But think about it. Or – to be more specific – take a listen to Geographer’s music, then think about it.

Ordered arrangement? Yep – carefully crafted ciphers through which all sorts of melodic twists emerge. Constituent elements? Yep – an amalgamation of different sounds, instruments and genres fused to a cohesive and gripping whole. Human life? Oh yeah – like all great music, there’s a helluva lot of universal soul in there.

Not that they’d be so analytical about it. “We want to make good-sounding records,” they state, “and we want to play for people.”

So: are you one of those people yet? And if not, why not?

(more…) How To: Mini Tours

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So you’re in an up-and-coming new band. How do you go about making the transition from small, intimate gigs (perhaps playing to a circle of friends) to expanding your horizons? In the latest of our bite-size ‘How To’ vids,’s Phil Lang offers up a couple of hints and tips about embarking on a ‘mini tour’.

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