Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Pop! - Tingly (I Wish My Brother George Martin Was Here)

I've been a huge Frente! fan since I first heard their 1991 EP Whirled which contained great songs like "Labour of Love" and "Oh Brilliance." While I did indeed really like the band, it turns out that the element of their music I was truly smitten with was the hypnotizing voice of their lead singer Angie Hart. I've always had a thing for accents and her breathy, pixieish Australian accent is just so riveting!

In between the first Frente!'s first album (1992's Marvin The Album) and second album (1996's Shape), Hart lent her vocals to a song called "Tingly" in 1995. This was not a Frente!-based project, but rather a one off collaboration with Tony Stott and John Richards of the band About Six Feet. The three of them called themselves Pop! and only recorded the one song before going back to their respective bands.

Frente! broke up in 1997 (citing exhaustion) leaving Hart to pursue other projects. In 1998, she teamed up with husband Jesse Tobias (who had previously toured with Red Hot Chili Peppers) to form the band Splendid. They released an album and a number of EPs before the band (and her marriage) broke up in 2004.

Since then Hart has released two solo albums (Grounded Bird and Eat My Shadow) which are both excellent. Frente! have also reformed and are planning to re-release Marvin The Album sometime in 2011.

This week's track is a remix of "Tingly" taken from the Tingly CD single which Pop! released back in 1995. It's got a very 1960s retro sound much like Saint Etienne or even Dusty Springfield. Enjoy!

Artist: Pop!
Title: Tingly (I Wish My Brother George Martin Was Here)
From: Tingly CD5
Time: 3.53

The Blog is Back!

Well it's been a little over a year since I last posted a track here on the blog and (for what seems like the 50th time) I've decided to do my best to resurrect it. There were a number of factors that conspired against the posting of new tracks, foremost of which was legality. With certain organizations suing the pants off of people making music available for download (even rare and out-of-print music) it just didn't seem like a good idea to continue posting tracks for download. In fact, it still doesn't seem like a good idea. Which brings me to the biggest change in relation to the blog: tracks are now streamable rather than downloadable. Everyone still gets to hear something rare, and I avoid the legal issues of handing out music. Sure, there will be some of you computer aficionados who can figure out how to download the tracks to your hard drive by looking at the page code, but that can't be helped. I just want to share some rare bits of music with people and this seems like the best way to do it.

There are a few other changes I'm implementing as well. For the most part, all of the previous tracks have been taken from CD. While I still
love CDs (and continue to collect them at a ridiculous pace), I've also gotten more into vinyl 12" singles lately. Between record store visits and flea markets, I've managed to acquire a little over 500 80s 12" singles in the past 12 months. While I'm in no hurry to transfer them to CD (the process is painfully slow), I can definitely see myself grabbing the occasional mix from vinyl and encoding it for streaming here on the blog. I'm lucky to have some very high end equipment which will allow me to transfer said vinyl to digital format preserving them in very high fidelity.

Secondly, my musical taste has evolved since I first started posting tracks back in 1997(!). I still love my 80s synthpop music, but I've also grown to love music in other genres. Man cannot survive on Depeche Mode alone! So, I'll probably be mixing the tracks up a bit. Most of what I post will be synthpop and electronic music with the occasional track that I think has a tangential relationship to those genres. I promise it will all be good music!

Well, that's about all for now. I'll be uploading the first track in the next day or so. I'm guessing there won't be a new track every single Sunday like there used to be, but I'm committed to updating the blog as much as possible. I still maintain an up-to-date listing of all my CDs at if you're interested in browsing through the collection.

I look forward to hearing from you and discussing some great music!