30, 20, 10 (Part 13)

Two months ago, I mentioned that Bomb The Bass, the name adopted by producer Tim Simenon, had gotten to #1 in the indie charts with a track consisting solely of samples.  This month sees the top spot occupied by probably the best-known and most enduring examples of the genre:-

1 May 1988 : S’Express – Theme from S’Express

Still sounds amazing thirty years on.

1 May 1998 : Run D.M.C vs Jason Nevins – It’s Like That

Still there….this was the last of its six week stay at the top.

1 May 2008 : mp3 : The Last Shadow Puppets – The Age of the Understatement

As wiki states, The Last Shadow Puppets are an English supergroup consisting of Alex Turner (Arctic Monkeys), Miles Kane (The Rascals), James Ford (Simian Mobile Disco), and Zach Dawes (Mini Mansions).

It was a fairly radical departure from what the four were best known for, with much of the debut album, from which this was the first single, being reminiscent of the 60s and in particular early Scott Walker. Indeed, the firest few seconds of this single reminds me of Marc Almond‘s cover versions of songs from that era. It will divide opinions. I like it.


5 thoughts on “30, 20, 10 (Part 13)

  1. Quite like the Last Shadow Puppets in small doses.

    Loved Run DMC & Jason Nevins.

    Loathed S’Express then. Still loathe it now. Sorry.

  2. I like all three – just horrified at how long ago it all was. I remember hearing the S-Express tune for the first time in a club in Manchester – a real WTF? moment.

  3. The Great Gog is correct- Theme From S’Express is an amazing, groundbreaking, magnificent record.

    And Drew is correct too.

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