Wednesday, March 31, 2010
The Flaming Lips - LateNightTales (compilation)
A lovely compilation to round out the month, and one of several LateNightTales we have in our collection. I'll admit I voted for this particular one because it contains the beautiful River Man from Nick Drake, but I'm also loving 10CC's I'm Not In Love, 2HB from Roxy Music and of course the Lips' special version of The White Stripes' Seven Nation Army. Gorgeous. We loved this CD so much we bought it twice (seriously, we forgot we already had it and bought it twice. D'oh!)
In fact the only thing that spoils this CD is that damn Radiohead song. SKIP!
VERDICT: TURN IT UP
The LateNightTales series and its predecessor series, Another Late Night, are a fucking great idea well-executed, so good, in fact, we have a few of them and will most certainly be adding more as we can. As Mine points out, we liked this particular one, we had to buy it twice to show our love. One of my brothers was the lucky recipient of the second copy, although his recent behaviour has me regretting this decision (a little in-joke, dear readers - I'm not serious).
The Flaming Lips are one of Mine and YourZ (truly)'s favourite bands so owning this was a no-brainer. I love that we get a glimpse into the minds of our favourite acts via these collections - it is just fascinating what they pick as being influential and often completely defies the band's public persona.
Every track on this is a winner but my favourite picks off this, aside Nick Drake, include Bjork's Unravel, People by Alfie, the Radiohead track Pyramids (yes Mine, it IS a classic), Chris Bell's Speed Of Sound and Sebadoh's On Fire. And despite my avid dislike of most jazz, the Miles Davis track, My Ship, has me wanting to hear more of this genius' work.
VERDICT: TURN IT UP,
For more information: http://www.latenighttales.co.uk/
In our collection, we also have: Air - LateNightTales, Fatboy Slim - LateNightTales and Kid Loco - Another Late Night