• A Singsong And A Scrap

    19 Feb 2008, 21:11 by cha0sm0nkey

    I used to be a contributor to 'The Loop', a loose collective of compilation-tape swappers, until fatherhood distracted me for a while. I did make a couple of compilations for the kids, though: Thing One liked her third birthday Levellers cd, but this one is a massive hit with the under-six audience. Other families, we hear, have to listen to nursery rhymes in the car. Pah. Play ’em anarchist folk-punk. They love it.

    This was originally put together as a compilation of contemporary protest songs – but it took on a life of its own as its singalong qualities got the back seat involved and occupied on many long car journeys. There’s nothing quite like bombing down the motorway listening to your three-year-old hollering out Chumbawamba covering The Clash

    Loop XXIV (A Singsong and a Scrap)

    1 - Chumbawamba - Bankrobber - (2005)

    Everyone knows the Big Hit Tubthumping, but Chumbawamba have been doing all sorts of different things for ages now…
  • This Month in eMusic

    7 Dec 2006, 14:35 by Woodshed1

    Richard Thompson - 1985: Thompson's 1000 Years of Popular Music is almost certainly the best album inspired by a porn magazine. He was asked, along with a slew of other musicians, by Playboy to make a list of the best songs of the last millennium. While most struggled to find songs over 100 years old, Thompson went back to the 11th Century.

    Playboy decided not to print Thompson's list - that's what happens when you leave editorial decisions to a bunch of fake-boobed half wits in bunny costumes. However, it inspired him to record an album of the songs. There are some great tunes on it: Sumer Is Icumen In, Black Leg Miner, Orange Coloured Sky. Which makes it even more surprising that the standout track is a cover of Bowling for Soup.

    George Formby - Ain't Nobody's Biz'ness/Goody Goody/I Like Bananas: This little medley neatly shows all sides of George. The first contains the obligatory window-cleaner reference; the final part is willfully stupid, "I like bananas/Because they have no bones." Of course you do, George.