Will you remember me why? - Overlooked Classic Albums: The Original Sin by Cowboys International
In the same class as any of the great post-punk bands - but not as lucky to become popular enough - The Cowboys International made a haunting pop-experimental sound worth recognition and praise. Their first album ‘The Original Sin’ is a sterling classic, inexcusably overlooked.
Fokken fok: Die Antwood, ‘Are we awful or the best thing in the universe?’
I discovered Die Antwoord — a bat-shit crazy, rap-rave South African duo — just a couple of months ago and was instantly hooked. Of course their music is not my cup of tea, but their attitude is definitely in the right place. I just couldn’t overlook their blisteringly funny in-your-face lyrics, uncompromised antics, and surreal approach to art.
Oh, and it’s guaranteed they’ll get you laughing so hard you’ll shit yourself.
Bastards of young - Pop Music Heroes: The Replacements
Hear This!⇔ The Replacements, “Johnny’s Gonna Die”
I’ve always thought The Replacements needed more credit for their rightfulcontribution to the American alternative scene. And only a handful of bands can claim to have had a strong musical influence over new generations of musicians like they can.
Here is a live version of their superb song “Johnny’s Gonna Die”, recorded in 1981 when they were at their prime.
The Singer, Not The Song - Pop Music Heroes: Scott Walker
Hear This!⇔ Scott Walker, “The Old Man Is Back Again”
A powerful balladeer and one of my favorite crooners in the pop cosmos: Scott Walker - is another forgotten musical genius (I know this is a tired old cliché, but it still true). If you are not familiar with his body of work then you must unfalteringly check the above link for a great performance of his song “The Old Man’s Back Again”.