Hello Again / Cam’s Mix Tape

5 02 2012

It has been close to two years since I last posted here due to various mitigating circumstances. Y’know, life and the like. Recently though, the pull of having a place all of my very own from which to spout nonsense from has proved too strong and I find myself back here again, spouting nonsense.

Shall we start with a list? Imagine you’re turning nine. You wake up on the morning of your birthday and instead of the professional rollerblades you have been angling for since Christmas, your mother has decided that it’s time you put a bit of distance between yourself and those Pitbull and Lady Gaga singles and opted – not for those black rollerblades with the red flame motifs on the side – but rather for a crappy homemade CD with a crudely-scrawled ‘Happy 9th Birthday!!!’ standing in for cover art, in the hope that it might steer you in ‘the right’ musical direction. What could possibly be on that CD that wouldn’t make you want to emancipate yourself from said mother immediately?

This is my predicament. This is what I’ve come up with:

Cam’s Mix Tape 


AC/DC – Thunderstruck (live)

The Who – My Generation

Outkast – Hey Ya!

Beastie Boys – Sabotage

De La Soul – The Magic Number

Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody

Happy Mondays – Step On

ELO – Mr. Blue Skies

The White Stripes – Hotel Yorba

Bruce Springsteen – Born in the USA

Curtis Mayfield – Move On Up

House of Pain – Jump Around

Daft Punk – One More Time

Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit

Blur – Song 2

The Ramones – Blitzkreig Bop

The Clash – Rock the Casbah

Creedence Clearwater Revival – Bad Moon Rising

Joy Division – Love Will Tear Us Apart


The Specials – A Message to You Rudy

The Stone Roses – Waterfall

Oasis – Rock ‘n’ Roll Star

Arctic Monkeys – I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor

The Strokes – Last Night

Groove Armada – Superstylin’
Hot Chip – Over & Over

The Prodigy – Out of Space

The Cure – Lovecats

The Clash – London Calling

The Beatles – Come Together

Kings of Leon – Taper Jean Girl

The Black Keys – Lonely Boy

Michael Jackson – Thriller

Fleetwood Mac – The Chain

Led Zeppelin – Whole Lotta Love

Bob Marley & The Wailers – Jammin’

The Rolling Stones – Gimmie Shelter

The Beach Boys – God Only Knows

*Disclosure: I also bought him a Scalextric set.

The Gaslight Anthem

14 09 2008

Every single review I’ve read about The Gaslight Anthem’s second album, The ’59 Sound, has likened the New Jersey quartet’s sound to that of Bruce Springsteen’s Born To Run era, probably because it’s completely accurate and impossible to ignore. In parts lead singer Brian Fallon sounds more like Springsteen than The Boss himself and the bands storytelling-style lyrics confirm that they graduated top of the class at The Dylan-Springsteen School of Songwriting. With the recent radio revival of a more ‘classic rawk!’ sound in favour of the nonchelant indie-cool sound of past years, they’re pushing all the right buttons in the media anyway. The Gaslight Anthem’s saving grace from sounding like a Springsteen cover band (and maybe a little ‘twee’?) is the fact that underpinning all this homegrown all-American patriotism is the subtle but sweet punk undertones reminiscent of Joe Strummer and his ilk.

I’m a bit surprised at myself because, in all honesty, I set out to write a much more favourable review of these guys. Being a huge Springsteen and Strummer fan, I personally think their sound is great – there’s a fantastic song up on their myspace page at the moment called Say I Won’t Recognize that has a clever reprise that slightly, and ever so delicately, hints at notes from The Smashing Pumpkins, before it bursts full throttle into epic Americana once again – but it’s certainly not as new and exciting as much of the media hype is touting it to be. I can see them becoming firm favorites with those who favour their punk and rock diluted and grown-up respectively – The Gaslight Anthem give great scope and opportunity for championing a ‘cool new band’ while still being able to listen to the comfortable conservative rock with which you’ve become accustomed. Cynical? Probably. Don’t get me wrong, I think they’re a great band with bags of talent but I’d love to hear them nurture those delicate little intricities as heard on afore-mentioned song, Say I Won’t Recognize, for their third album.

The clip below is their video for the title track of the album, The ’59 Sound.