Well I Never Knew That #6

  Get yourself ready, regular readers ‘cos you’ll love this one. I have a “complicated” (read: trivially explicable as “old man shouting at cloud”) relationship with Nu™-Metal. The “Nu™” stands for heavier emphasis on production (esp. vox), promotion (esp. to The Kids) and Pepsi-cola™ (esp. uncaffeinated 11-year olds), fwiw. See what I mean, clouds? Most…

Underworld – Pearl’s Girl

Never got into Underworld, despite the fact that the only three songs of theirs I know I flipping love (Born Slippy obvs, Moaner [Moaner, Moaner, Rudy, get-the, get-the, get-the] and King Of Snake). I’d heard of Pearl’s Girl, maybe from a scathing/snide contemporary review in the NME, doubtless judging it inferior to Sheds-7, Sleepr or…

DYRTFT #1: Die Krupps – Blackened [cover]

Sod it, I’m going back to the front of VGR and throwing out new series like there’s no tomorrow (N.B. there’s no tomorrow). Willkommen to DYRTFT. Check tags for acronym clues if needed, Tiff Needell! The first time I heard a Die Krupps song must have been ’92/’93 on the Friday Night Rock Show on…

Doctor (Howt) Who Theme

Happened across this excellent Open University-style piece explaining how Peter Howell created the second-best version of the Doctor Who theme back at the start of the ’80s for the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. The straightforward/naive explanations of the then fairly-novel synth tech are what really sell it. This amazing fat-synth, electro-dub version with the too-bright guitar…

Rob Halford/Babymetal – Painkiller/Breaking The Law LIVE

Had to link this video. I can’t even begin to count how many (meaningless) musical movements separate these two acts. Have massive respect for the guy but I know about three Rob Halford songs, two of which are right here and the third being a Pantera collab on the Buffy film OST! Good on him…

MWLITF: Yo! Shinji get in the robot

Was trying not to start more series, but I loves me a punny reference. Hence our inaugural Memes We Lost In The Fire which is this super tongue-in-cheek Nerdcore-style rap take on the theme from Neon Genesis Evangelion. Totally missed this when it was current. The cake is a lie!

Demis Roussos/Vangelis – Race To The End

You may be aware that I insisted that I wouldn’t treat VGR as my personal dream blog. What you may not be aware of is that I’m a liar. Had a proper mad dream the other day where I had to identify a song and nailed it down as Ravel‘s Bolero, except upon waking I…

Random Album Recommendation #1

RAR #1: Sven Vath – Accident in Paradise, 1992 A new series! Sometimes you get into a random old album, even if it’s not a classic. I bought this one cheap years ago and never really got into it, but it sits on the top row of my iTunes album grid and having played it…

Egoista – Mala Rodriguez

Sat on this one for a while so it’s actually about three jams back, partly because I originally wanted to fold it into a post about the Eternal nee Infinite Jukebox (don’t ask!) and partly because even though we chuck up posts about whatever we like here at VGR I didn’t want to oversaturate on…

last.fm

Last.fm is a music scrobbling service, enabled by listening to music via a supported service such as Spotify, or by installing a widget in your music player of choice. Artist, Album and Track data is then uploaded to your last.fm profile while you listen where charts are compiled and recommendations made based on your listening…