By Thomas Whitehead
1. Aphrodite's Child - Loud Loud Loud
"666" just re-issued (legitimately) on lovely, expensive vinyl.
2. Ultimate Spinach - Ballad of the Hip Death Goddess
Because sometimes, great music comes from bands with terrible names
3. Bruce Haack - Incantation
From "Electric Lucifer". Feel the "powerlove"
4. The Residents - The Booker Tease
Just like TG, the Residents do actually have one or two tracks that don't make your skin crawl that you're not really supposed to favour over their more experimental output. This is one of them
5. Kourosh Yaghmaei - Leila
Gorgeous Persian psych
6. The Congos / Sun Araw / M. Geddes Gengras - Sunshine
These guys were collectively brilliant at Village Underground a month or so ago. The Congos made no attempt not to be bemused by their new collaborators "strange, strange music" and appeared to be having a great time.
7. Electric Prunes - Kyrie Eleison
Another great band named after a very sensible foodstuff. From the David Axelrod period.
8. Lilacs and Champagne - Sensations
Named after a track by Polish musician Czeslaw Niemen, also sampled on the album and whose work around that period is well worth checking out.
9. Phil Collins - I'm Not Moving
Just a lovely track, from his good album
10. Flash and the Pan - Waiting for the Train
Also made the similarly named record called "Walking in the Rain", as covered by Grace Jones
11. Nazareth - Waiting for the Man
Like Guns and Roses attempting a disco track
12. Dreiklangsdimensionen - Rheingold
German new wave that wouldn't scare a Dire Straits fan.
13. Ween - Tender Situation
"Taste the Waste." Pod / Guava era Ween is the best
14. Robert Palmer - Woke up Laughing
Very pretty song from "Clues"
15. Tonstartssbandht - Hymn Eola
I'm intrigued by this band. This is by no means typical of their output.
16. Eric Copeland - UFOs over Vampire City
Black Dice man's solo work. Would fit a bar scene in Twin Peaks