NHT097: MACHINATIONS – Transient

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Some albums can become incredibly important for us as people – they find a way to mark, even define a significant event or period in our lives forever. Such is the case for me with the Esteem album by Australian band MACHINATIONS.

I discovered this band at a very low period in my life when my sports career was ended due to a serious accident. It is not an over estimation to say that listening to this album gave me happiness that I wasn’t otherwise feeling at that time in my life.

Still to this very day, I marvel at the wonderful creativity and positivity that the album contains – this is independent dance pop at its very, very best. You might find that too.

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NHT096: BETH ORTON – Galaxy Of Emptiness

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It can be said that some artists have that ability to find a sweet spot.

Intentionally or not, they embrace a style of music which may not have necessarily been heard before.

I think that is the case with UK musician BETH ORTON. ORTON combined her folk leanings and infused them with electronica to produce a really modern and original sound.

And the world responded! See what you think.

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NHT095: MAX WEBSTER – Battle Scar

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We are upping the ante this week – this is some heavy music, and this is two bands for the price of one.

Although released by Canadian band MAX WEBSTER, the members of the band RUSH are also involved – not merely as guest musicians but with all members of both bands going hard at it simultaneously.

MAX WESBTER may not have received the same critical acclaim worldwide as RUSH but if you investigate their back catalogue, it is extensive, clever and very diverse. Todays track is a heavy one, but they are a lot more than a one trick pony!

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NHT094: CRASH TEST DUMMIES – Get You In The Morning

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I really admire bands who keep pushing themselves stylistically – particularly if they have just experienced a period of significant success. I presume that there would be a lot of pressure placed on them from all corners to keep things as they are.

I am thinking that Canadian band CRASH TEST DUMMIES are a really good example of this. They achieved some great success straight up in their native country and the US with their folk tinged music. Then they took over the world with their single Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm with its more pop orientated focus.

By the release of todays track and the electronica fused album it came from, they had really undertaken a significant musical journey.

Bravo, I say.

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NHT093: THE TRIFFIDS – Raining Pleasure

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There are a number examples of bands that gain respect in their home country but find greater success overseas.

Australian band THE TRIFFIDS certainly fit that mould. They were particularly well received in the UK and in other areas of Europe throughout the 80’s.

I was always intrigued with todays feature track Raining Pleasure. It comes from an EP released in 1984 called Raining Pleasure, though it was not the single and was in fact the last song on the album.

Maybe the band just really liked the name Raining Pleasure. Me, I really liked the sweeping ambience of the song itself. See what you think.

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NHT092: FLEETWOOD MAC – Albatross

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I think the feature song for today is a great one for Pub trivia.

I suspect that if you had a table of six people, all would have heard it before but one would definitely know the answer, one would be pretty sure, two would be willing to go with the flow and the final two would not be sure but would be fighting the others to tell them they are wrong.

These things can happen when you start your band in 1967 and are still touring and recording albums more than 50 years later. Such as it is with FLEETWOOD MAC.

Todays track is from the version of the band back from when they started and back before multi million selling albums and worldwide adulation.

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NHT091: NOEL GALLAGHER’S HIGH FLYING BIRDS – Black Star Dancing

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It must be hard to work out what to do next when you have been part of arguably one of the worlds biggest bands that then breaks up.

Even more so when you have been the predominant composer and writer for that band, so you already know what works and what those fans would be hoping to hear from you.

I think it takes courage to try something different and this is what impressed me when I got to hear Noel Gallagher and his band High Flying Birds.

See what you think.

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NHT090: SHIHAD – Home Again

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Sometimes we place a band within a genre and leave them there.

I think a good example are those bands that play a heavier style of music – the first thing we tend to hear is a big noise, and if we are averse to this style of music we quickly move on.

Not surprisingly of course, doing this sort of thing means we will miss out on some special stuff.

Take New Zealand band SHIHAD. They play heavy rock but their sophistication and mastery of the genre is something special.

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NHT089: ECHO AND THE BUNNYMEN – Ocean Rain

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Music lovers would know that many successful bands have similar back stories.

It all starts with real sacrifice, where everything is given to the music and nothing else matters.

For those lucky few that gain success, it must feel extremely deserving but at the same time very heady and difficult to manage. Many bands do not make it through that transition.

I wonder if that was the case with ECHO AND THE BUNNYMEN who within a few short years of starting were able to employ a full orchestra to accompany them on their recordings.

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NHT088: RADIOHEAD – Climbing Up The Walls

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It would have been a very bold person to proclaim that RADIOHEAD were to become the band they are today after hearing their 1993 single Creep.

That is nothing against the song, it was very successful but also certainly of its time, stemming from a blend of grunge and slacker rock.

Its almost as if they exorcised that out of their collective blood right up front.

From that point onwards they appear to have been on a journey of musical discovery, never afraid to try something different.

Although they may not have hit the same spot on the musical charts as they did with Creep, they have become a band referred to in reverential terms by fans and fellow musicians alike.

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