Spirit of SSL v3
30th November 1999
- The Rolling Stones - Gimme Shelter (nich)
Not exactly iconoclastic, is it? (Would it be unkind to say
something ``rebel without a chord''? Hmmm, I'm quite pleased
- Chely Wright - Emma Jean's Guitar (chris)
Like Alec, I'm surprised to find myself quite liking this.
Although I always find the first line, ``I found it in a porn
shop'', a tad disconverting. And it's nowhere near as
interesting as Chris's contribution to SoSSL 1.
- Albert King - Crosscut Saw (john)
Promising but directionless.
- Stevie Wonder - I Wish (dino)
Mmmm ... Nice.
- Mary Black - Vanities (chris)
Sound but dull. That's the first few bars. After that, it's
just dull. Look OK, I know Chris really likes it and all, but
honestly. Blah. This is like the aural equivalent of
polenta: there's nothing you can really object to as such,
it's just desperately characterless.
- Blowzabella - Spaghetti Panic (mike)
Fascinating opening before settling into much more vanilla
folk banana. Still, though, eh? Know what I mean?
- Stereophonics - Just Looking (nat)
Better than a kick in the intestines.
- Ute Lemper - I'm a Stranger Here Myself (Kurt Weill) (mh)
Despite what Alec says (and, to be fair, a reasonable
proportion of the rest of the world seems to agree with him),
she doesn't actually have a very nice voice. Good song,
- Michael Nyman - Bird List (mas)
This scores the ultimate accolate of zero points - utterly
despicable with no redeeming features whatsoever - because it
manages the extraordinary feat of being both hideously
intrusive and excrucuiatingly dull. Not only that, but its
from an extremely weird source - see
and the linked pages for far more information than you ever
wanted about this misbegotten piece of alleged music.
- Oasis - Masterplan (mark)
I quite like this, but it's such an Oasis song - unless I go
right back to the Pet Shop Boys, I struggle to think of
another band whose material all sounds so similar. So 6/10
for this song, but I don't know if I could bear to listen to a
whole album full.
- Elvis Presley - I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine (john)
- Lyle Lovett - Stand By Your Man (mh)
- Frank Sinatra - I Get A Kick Out Of You (alec)
- Harry Nilsson - Everybody's Talkin' (nich)
Nice song, works well. But what is it with sunshine on this
compilation? Elvis has just been bleating on about not caring
whether it shines or not, then Harry-Boy weighs in with his
chorus about how ``I'm going where the sun keeps shining'', and
next thing we know it's going to be Rory McLeod with an entire
song about a cold sun shining (apparently). Ah well, don't
- Mr Bungle - Squeeze Me Macaroni (sacha)
This gets a sixth of a point for being very very slightly less
loathsome than the Nyman excrescence, inasmuch as I enjoyed
the way that the bit from 1:57-2:15 reminded me of Quake II.
I want everyone to know that I've listened all the way through
this, and the Nyman thing, twice each, not counting the communal
play-through. So this isn't just my uninformed prejudice
speaking: it's informed prejudice. This track really
stinks. (Much, much later: ah, it's over at last!)
- Rory McLeod - Cold Sun Shining (alec)
How very Ennio Morricone. (That's the intro, of course: I'm
sure Ennio Morricone doesn't have that womble-like nasal twang
in his voice.)
- The Stranglers - 96 Tears (mas)
If you insist.
IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: imho.
(But the reviews start to get much more scathing in