NHT070: TWEAKER – Take Me Alive

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Welcome to this weeks “Never Heard That”.

There is no doubt in my mind that drummers make very good musical programmers – I know of a number of them.

It could be that as they are the ones that need to keep things in “time”, this perhaps helps them to understand programming logic more than others.

Whatever the answer is, Tweaker, who also goes by the name of Chris Vrenna, is one very good programmer. He is also a very good drummer and very good musician all round.

See what you think!

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Cheers, Andrew Muecke

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NHT069: FIONA APPLE – Sleep To Dream

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Welcome to this weeks “Never Heard That”.

We may often come across the phrase “precocious talent” when reading newspapers and the like.

In my humble opinion, it is the best possible phrase to use to describe Fiona Apple.

Identified as a youngster, she was able to release her debut album at 17.

What I so admire is that she understood that she was about to gain a platform to have her songs heard by millions – but she didn’t change and she retained her wonderfully sophisticated originality.

And an adoring public paid her back for doing so!

Have a listen to this track, this is very clever, very musical stuff – see what you think.

I hope that you enjoy this weeks “Never Heard That”.

Cheers, Andrew Muecke

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NHT068: MASSIVE ATTACK – Saturday Come Slow

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Music aficionados are likely to know “Massive Attack” very well.

They recorded four albums from the early 90’s through to the early 00’s which are likely to remain in “best of all time” lists for a long, long time to come. Same with the singles and video clips which came from those albums.

Definitely a testament to a band that certainly wasn’t prolific but focused on quality and originality.

Their fifth (and possibly final) album came 7 years later in 2010, almost 20 years after the release of their debut. Not that they needed to do it, but it proved that they still had it.

Have a listen to this track, “Saturday Come Slow” – quality and originality. See what you think!

I hope that you enjoy this weeks “Never Heard That”.

Cheers, Andrew Muecke

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NHT067: SANDII AND THE SUNSETZ – An Antenna

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In the mid 1980’s Japanese band “Sandii and the Sunsetz” started to do very well. Tracks like Sticky Music saw them achieve strong commercial success in many lands.

Prior to the that however, they had a close association with Yellow Music Orchestra and other musicians and influences who were slightly left of centre.

Their debut 1981 album ‘Heat Scale’ is intriguing – certainly Japanese sounding, yet it is both curious and unique all at the same time.

See what you think of this track from the album – it is called “An Antenna”

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NHT066: SIGUR ROS – Saeglopur

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There are many ways that we can stumble upon new music, some quite unexpected.

Music stores are sadly very rare these days, but over the years, I have had my ears prick up on occasions when I have gone in to have a browse and I hear the music playing in the store.

I miss the browse and I miss those unexpected introductions – this is how I discovered this band from Iceland called “Sigur Ros”.

Some may answer the question in the ‘Census’ regarding your religious beliefs with the words “Sigur Ros”.

See what you think!

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Cheers, Andrew Muecke

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NHT065: ADRIAN BELEW – Naive Guitar

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Welcome to this weeks “Never Heard That”.

To call Adrian Belew a ‘gun-guitarist for hire’ is to do him a great disservice.

Since the late 70’s he has been plying his trade with some of the very greats of music.

Take Frank Zappa, David Bowie and Talking Heads to being with.

He also offered lead vocals into the mix for Robert Fripps “King Crimson” for a number of years.

Belew is also renowned for making the guitar sound very much not like a guitar. The great thing about this track, is that you get to hear both his guitar playing that sounds like a guitar and his playing that doesn’t!

This is great stuff.

I hope that you enjoy this weeks “Never Heard That”.

Cheers, Andrew Muecke

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NHT064: NATALIE IMBRUGLIA – Leave Me Alone

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Natalie Imbruglia did things differently – she did not follow the same path as her soapie star contemporaries.

Her debut album “Left of Middle” was mammoth and spawned a series of very successful singles.

This was an impressive achievement made more so because she gained widespread appeal through a masterly ability to navigate that delicate fine line between commercial and alternative.

Very few have been able to do that! See what you think.

I hope that you enjoy this weeks “Never Heard That”.

Cheers, Andrew Muecke

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NHT063: THOUSAND YARD STARE – Comeuppance

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Britpop came along in the mid-1990’s and was quite a departure from the gloomy grunge movement that had been emanating from the US.

Two bands dominated the Britpop scene – that was “Oasis” and “Blur”. They were at verbal war with each other and it made it hard for the other bands in the scene to shine through.

This meant that some little gems were missed by the greater populace – like this one from “Thousand Yard Stare”.

See what you think!

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Cheers, Andrew Muecke

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NHT062: FALLING JOYS – Burnt So Low

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Welcome to this weeks “Never Heard That”.

When you meet some friends down at a pub for a drink which also hosts bands, you don’t necessarily have any expectation for what you might hear.

And so it was when I did this very thing one night out in Canberra when a brand new band called “Falling Joys” were playing.

I was quite enjoying what I heard in the background but then they started to play today’s feature song “Burnt So Low”. It’s rocking groove got me immediately and all my attention was cast on to them.

They since went on to have a great career and achieved many highs. I am going to ignore that though and go for this first track. I could only get my hands on the original 7-inch recording so it is pretty low fi but maybe that is apt – close your eyes, have a listen and imagine yourself in a dark and dingy pub!

I hope that you enjoy this weeks “Never Heard That”.

Cheers, Andrew Muecke

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NHT061: NELLY FURTADO – My Love Grows Deeper

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Welcome to this weeks “Never Heard That”.

Canadian musician Nelly Furtado has had a very interesting career.

Starting out as an electronic, almost trip-hop artist with Spanish overtones, she was very successful with her debut album and key single “I’m Like A Bird”.

From those slightly alternative leanings, she went into another stratosphere when she embraced the urban and hip-hop genres and had a number of worldwide numbers ones.

From there, it appears as though she decided that after a fun couple of years she would return to her alternative leanings and she moved out of the “central spotlight”.

She also has focused on her heritage and recorded albums where she sings in Spanish.

I would really like to sit down with her and hear her story – there is definitely one there to be heard!

I hope that you enjoy this weeks “Never Heard That”.

Cheers, Andrew Muecke

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