NHT132: THE JESUS AND MARY CHAIN – Sometimes Always

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Scottish band THE JESUS AND MARY CHAIN were synonymous with chaos.

Some champion their pioneering use of driving feedback or completely unpredictable live performances.

For me, it is this rare occasion when they allowed their barriers to come down by including a feminine touch.

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NHT131: MODELS – Atlantic Romantic

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The Models were formed in Melbourne Australia in the late 70’s and were an ‘arty’ band in the truest sense.

Although slightly left of centre, they brought real originality to their songs.

The verses they wrote for songs like Cut Lunch, Local and/or General, I Hear Motion and a number of other tracks in my humble opinion are as cool as anyone has ever done.

I actually struggled to work out which one to choose!

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NHT130: YES – We Have Heaven

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UK band YES has taken many different forms over a very long period of time. Starting out in 1968, incredibly, there is a version of the band that is still playing live to big crowds.

I was introduced to them at a young age and found that there was something special that I connected with.

Their astonishing musicianship was such that they could play music a bit to complex and busy for my palette, but when they slowed things down and presented their emotive side, they would carry me away to a truly happy place.

Many of my favourite YES songs are the ones that go for 20 plus minutes but here is a rare short one. This one is predominantly vocals but I found it very haunting and memorable from the very first time I heard it.

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NHT129: THE PAPER KITES – Young

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It can be fascinating when you discover that a song you really like is sung by a band where English is their second language. If you don’t become aware of that through other means you may never pick that up just by listening to the song.

Sometimes that can be the case musically too – like a particular sound that permeates through the song that makes you think that the band or artist must come from a certain country.

I have to admit that with today’s artist, THE PAPER KITES, all my assumptions were wrong and I was really surprised to find that they originate from Australia!

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NHT128: THE TEA PARTY – Save Me

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Canada’s, THE TEA PARTY were a musically talented trio.

Although they had an emotive side, they knew how to write ‘big’ songs – this made them a live favourite of many.

Today’s track is one of their early ones, but it is a really good indicator of the bands style – grand, sweeping, epic!

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NHT127: THE GO-BETWEENS – Cattle And Cane

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Australian band THE GO-BETWEENS seemed to live the artsy bohemian musical life.

Starting as a slightly left of centre band, with early dalliances in the UK and Europe, and signing with a cool record label, they remained slightly left of centre throughout their time together.

Perhaps they wanted more, but it is fair to say that through this period they released some welcoming and unique tracks.

I know this one hooked me the first time I heard it.

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NHT126: BABY METAL – Karate

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Today’s feature track, Karate by Japanese band BABY METAL is ferocious stuff.

I was completely unprepared when I heard it for the first time on radio.

Thinking I was going to be getting something quite different, what followed was without doubt one of the heaviest songs that I have ever heard. But sophisticated too.

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NHT125: GRANT LEE BUFFALO – Mockingbirds

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For some reason that I can’t validate, I had some pre-conceived notion that I wasn’t a fan of US band GRANT LEE BUFFALO, when I first heard todays feature track Mockingbirds.

I think it was by some mental association with a style of music that I wasn’t really into – as I started listening to the track, it didn’t take very long for me to realise that I had got it all wrong.

I had a copy of the supporting EP in my hands within a few short days!

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NHT124: HEADLESS CHICKENS – Juice

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I have to be honest and say that I didn’t know a lot about New Zealand band HEADLESS CHICKENS before I heard the single Cruise Control from their second album Body Blow, released in the early 90’s.

That song appealed to me, but when I heard today’s feature track, Juice, I was blown away.

When vocalist Fiona McDonald scats over the top of the verse, I feel like I am hearing musical perfection. I could happily put it on loop and listen to it all day.

See if it makes you feel the same way!  

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NHT123: CAPTAIN SENSIBLE – Glad It’s All Over

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English artist CAPTAIN SENSIBLE achieved some pretty impressive things during his time in the musical limelight – particularly in the late 70’s and the early 80’s.

Firstly, as a member of The Damned which achieved a whole swag of ‘punk’ firsts (even before more well-known punk bands like The Sex Pistols and The Clash).

Then secondly as a solo artist where his cheekiness and humour were well received.

This one has serious undertones though; it is an anti-war song that really hits the mark.

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