24th August 2001
Battered and bruised though I was by Alec's not entirely complimentary remarks on my compilation CD, Spirit of Mirk, I took the risk of giving him a copy of Spirit of TECC - it's always interesting to see what people think. Here are his comments.
From firstname.lastname@example.org Fri Aug 24 10:25:54 2001 Date: Fri, 24 Aug 2001 10:25:15 +0100 (BST) From: email@example.com To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Spirit of Tecc volume #1 Feel free to forward this around the office if you think it's appropriate. ---- "Another party's over, and I'm left cold sober ..." You know how, when you're very drunk you feel like you're being really eloquent but then the next morning you can't quite remember what it was you were saying so you never know if you really were or not? Well here's what I wrote about "Spirit of Tecc #1" whilst very drunk. You be the judge. P.S. It reads much better if you listen to the CD as you read it. ---- Greetings fellow "Spirits" ... 1) It Bites - The Big Lad in the Windmill I guess it works well as an intro to 2) but I have to say that it instantly reminded me of a quote from Plains, Trains & Automobiles "Here's an idea, If you're going to tell a story, have a point". 2) Jimi Hendrix - Crosstown Traffic Given that I've frequently referred to Hendrix as being crap I'm not unaware of the hypocrisy of describing this as "completely brilliant". It's actually the track that made me investigate Hendrix further (via a Pepe Jeans advert) ... too bad he turned out to be "mostly crap". 3) Amy Grant - Sure Enough From the moment this starts I know: a) that it's not my cup of tea at all b) that there's really nothing wrong with it (if you like that kind of thing) c) that I'm going to press >> now 4) Queen - My Melancholy Blues You can just picture it can't you? Freddy sits down at the piano dripping sweat like a Turkish bath, nods to the crowd and starts to play. Beautiful. I came damn close to crying on the escalators at Euston (mind you, I was very, very drunk at the time). Freddy ... teach the angels to sing like this and there may be hope for my spiritual salvation yet! 5) J.S.Bach - Cello Suite Prelude No 1 I've heard this before somewhere haven't I (yes, sorry I'm one of those philistines who goes into the classical section and asks for the Austin Metro music). Gorgeous ... shame this sort of music never has a proper title, somehow I just know that "Cello Suite Prelude No 1" will not be tripping off my furry tongue tomorrow morning. 6) Rachmaninov - "Elegaic" Piano Trio #2 in D minor. 3rd movement "Spirit of ..." compilation rule #1 - never put two classical tracks side by side, it just brings everyone down. Probably very clever but I'm afraid I'm going to have to press >> P.S. see what I mean about the titles? 7) The Beatles - Yesterday One of those songs that (being somewhat of a music snob) I would never in a million years mention in a top 10 list, and yet, when you actually hear it ... snobbery and pre-judgmentalism (is that a word) crumble under the sheer musical genius of stuff like this. 8) Michael Nyman - The Heart Asks Pleasure First (excerpt) Uncanny - SoSSL1 featured Michael Nyman too - quite lovely! 9) Blackstreet feat. Fishbone, Slash - If You Need A Fix Fishbone were the first band I ever saw live where a member of the band was naked (if you discount his Saxophone - fnarr, fnarr) - unlike this track that night was (to the best of my memory) brilliant - I can therefore only assume that Blackstreet bring a certain amount of crapness to the party! 10) This Mortal Coil - Song To The Siren Even more uncanny - this actual track featured on SoSSL1. There are precious few recording artists that are quite unique - Liz Frasier is one of them - utterly mesmerising - again! 11) The Cure - Lovesong Well I'm biased here 'cos I think The Cure are one of the greatest bands of all time - ever. I love this 'cos it reminds me of a wild afternoon/night when ... one moment I was drinking outside a bar on Oxford Street with some friends and the next, on a wild impulse decided I was going to see The Cure. I jumped on a train to Wembley (by myself because I couldn't convince the others of my "vision"), paid an outrageous amount of money to a tout and got to see The Cure live on the Disintegration tour - sends a shiver down my spine even now. Oh, I also made out with a girl who had very nice underwear to this track. 12) Dar Williams - Alleluia Never heard of her - sounds pretty cool! 13) Joni Mitchell - This Flight Tonight I'm afraid I've not managed to form an opinion on this track. 14) Green Day - Good Riddance Quelle surprise - I was getting all psyched up to shout "Limp Biskit" in a spoof heavy metal kind of way (a'la' Eminem's Marshal Mathers) but then it turns out to be acoustic - I like it. 15) Talking Heads - Once In A Lifetime Stone cold f*cking classic - who can forget that weird arm chopping gesture from the video. It's entirely possible that that will be one of the last things that goes through my mind when I shuffle off this mortal coil - isn't it weird the things that stick? 16) Eric Clapton - Change the World Eric Crapton more like - sorry Sam! 17) P.J. Harvey - You Said Something Damn - I've never heard her before but had assumed she would be more anarchic than this. P.S. Doesn't she sound like Chrissie Hynde? 18) Robert Miles - Children OK, here's a funny story (by the way, I love this track). I was in a record store a few weeks after buying this and a girl in the queue in front of me asked for it. "I'm afraid it's out of stock now, but his new single is just out and it's exactly the same". So she bought that instead. Another great video too! [OK, it's my stop next (I'm on a train) - I may be more sober and less eloquent by the time I get to review the rest - sorry!] [back home - well I just wrote the Freddy Mercury/Angels thing so there's hope yet] 19) Francis Dunnery - I Don't Want To Be Alternative Earlier this evening I'd noticed there was a track called "Alleluia" on this CD and was going to blah on irrelevantly about how much better Jeff Buckley's cover of Leonard Cohen's "Halleluja" was than this. I then spotted that this is tracklisted as "I don't want to be alternative" ... Mike - have you cocked up per chance?" [double checked - no, I guess not - coincidence #3] 20) Lit - Miserable The "you make me cum" gag is slightly amusing but there's MUCH better in this genre (suggested listening - Dinosaur Jr ... or better still, Nirvana - of course). 21) Pink Floyd - The Great Gig in the Sky Woh ho haaah ah yeahhhhh yeah owww oooooo iiiieeeeeeeee, Oh Ohhhhh ... they don't write them like that anymore .... f*cking brilliant! P.S. the thought of a slow fade out on David Byrne chopping his arm makes me suddenly very "afraid of dying" ... time for bed I think. Dear Mike & fellow Tecc's ... you should be verrrr proud of yourshelves, thish is an EXSHTREMELY fine compilation and I shalute you one and all ... Alec [thud! - falls unconscious at kitchen table - the end]