NHT120: THE SMASHING PUMPKINS – Daydream

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US band, THE SMASHING PUMPKINS rode the musical high life for quite some time.

Initially identified with the grunge movement, they very soon transcended into mainstream consciousness.

I think that their willingness to explore beyond “guitar, bass and drums”, the grunge standard of many of their contemporaries, helped them to achieve this.

Today’s track is another short one, but what attracted me to it, is that it is led by acoustic guitar and is embellished by a string section. Not very grungy!

Oh, and for interest, it is the only song on debut album Gish not sung by Billy Corgan.

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Cheers, Andrew Muecke

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NHT119: THE CLASH – One More Dub

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THE CLASH are another band who completely transformed musically.

Recognised as a premier group of the UK’s punk scene in the mid to late 70’s, they soon threw the punk shackles away, or more accurately turned them to dust.

A few short years later in 1980, the were able to write and record the triple album Sandinista – an album of extraordinary diversity.

Not surprisingly, opinion of the album is polarised. Me? I wasn’t sure which song to choose!

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Cheers, Andrew Muecke

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NHT118: JAPAN – A Foreign Place

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There is no doubt that bands which achieve some longevity will develop their sound. There are a few however, which go through a metamorphosis.

This is the case for UK band JAPAN. Starting out as teenagers with a glam-funk style, they very soon crystallised into presenting sophisticated art rock.

Their final album, 1981’s opus Tin Drum, with its uniquely oriental stylings and its otherworldly single Ghosts saw them move to the verge of super stardom – then they called it quits.

Todays feature track, written a couple of years before that album was perhaps a signifier of where they were headed musically.

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Cheers, Andrew Muecke

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NHT117: SWIRL – Time

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Losing a foundation member can be and has been the death knell for many bands.

Often it leaves the remaining members unsure of what to do next – so much work has already been done and trails blazed, that effectively you almost have to start all over again.

Others like Australian band SWIRL use it as an impetus for change. Version two of the band wasn’t around for a long time but they were certainly different to version one and they left us with this little gem as a reminder.

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Cheers, Andrew Muecke

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NHT116: STONE TEMPLE PILOTS – Press Play

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This weeks feature track by US band STONE TEMPLE PILOTS is a short one – but it is an important one.

The lead song off their third album, it signified that this was a band that was seriously growing from their hard rock / grunge foundation and broadening their musical palette.

The rest of the album certainly confirmed that, showing them at their playful and inventive best.

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Cheers, Andrew Muecke

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NHT115: GOLDFRAPP – Deep Honey

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Welcome to this weeks NEVER HEARD THAT.

I think that is must help when you have a few strings in your musical bow.

Todays feature duo, GOLDFRAPP, have that.

They can tip their hand to cabaret, to pure dance, and across ambient chill.

That gives the listener a nice plate where they can take it all or pick and choose.

I am most fond of their ambient works and I have chosen one of them today.

I hope you enjoy this weeks NEVER HEARD THAT.

Cheers, Andrew Muecke

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NHT114: ALEX DE GRASSI – Western

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I think we all appreciate that being taught, coached or mentored from an early age gives us a great chance to become very, very good at our craft.

With associated hard work and persistence, we can become professional – a lucky few will even be deemed experts in their field.

Without question, todays feature artist, ALEX DE GRASSI is an expert at the guitar. To discover that he is self-taught is absolutely extraordinary.

I challenge you not to be impressed with this eloquent and expressive track from another Windham Hill artist!

Cheers, Andrew Muecke

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NHT113: URBAN DANCE SQUAD – Deeper Shade of Soul

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I think it is pretty hard to resist a good groove.

It is the sort of music which gets into your head and gives you that nice euphoric feeling.

It can even make the non-dancers dance. I think that describes me a little bit.

But try not to dance (or gently move from side to side!) when you put this little number on from Dutch band URBAN DANCE SQUAD with the volume up!

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Cheers, Andrew Muecke

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NHT112: DECKCHAIRS OVERBOARD – Shout

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I first saw Australian band DECKCHAIRS OVERBOARD on a TV show when I was very young.

For me, they stood out from the other acts that were on the program and I really liked their particular take on the pop song.

Over the next year or so I stumbled on a couple more singles that they released and I liked them just as much.

I particularly enjoyed how they could swap vocalists and come out with a different sound.

And then they stopped. All too quickly. I am sure there is a story there, but regardless I have to say that I am happy that I got to hear some of their tracks as I was growing up.

I hope you enjoy this weeks NEVER HEARD THAT.

Cheers, Andrew Muecke

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NHT111: SAVAGES – You’re My Chocolate

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Welcome to this weeks NEVER HEARD THAT.

I am not ashamed to say that I miss the browse – that opportunity to immerse yourself in a physical store, with no regard for time, looking through music, video or books, or even all three at once!

Its not quite the same today, although online, “suggested for you” has become a powerful marketing tool.

As cool as that is, I don’t tend to spend a lot of time following those suggestions.

Having said that, in the past ignoring the edict “don’t judge a book by its cover” has tended to serve me very well. So, when a “suggested for you” revealed the band name SAVAGES and the song title You’re My Chocolate – I knew I had to click!

Boy, I am glad I did!

I hope you enjoy this weeks NEVER HEARD THAT.

Cheers, Andrew Muecke

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Note: Nándor Kürtössy (on left) performing as Savages y Suefo

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