Mustard Plug. Or so says Last.fm, which has counted up all the tracks I scrobbled over the course of the past year in order to tell me what I like.
It will probably come as no surprise to anyone that I have been mainly listening to Ska, Rock and Ska Punk and that the band I have listened to more than any other was the aforementioned Mustard Plug.
The album I have listened to most was Life Sucks… Let’s Dance! from Reel Big Fish but the track I have spent most time listening to was Box from the incomparably awesome album, Evildoers Beware.
And here it is
I was going to start this post by claiming that a Rockabilly band with a name like The Hillbilly Moon Explosion must be Italian. It’s a good thing I checked, because it turns out that while the singer, Emanuela Hutter, is half Italian (the other half being Swiss), the rest of the band comes from elsewhere in Europe.
Their song, Call Me is a cover of the Blondie song of the same name, and is really rather good.
I pulled out my Tank Girl DVD last night and, among other things, was reminded of just how much love the film has for Let’s Do It (Let’s Fall in Love) by Cole Porter.
Not only does the song feature in the film’s big song and dance scene, but it was also covered by Joan Jett and Paul Westerberg.
The film is a lot of fun, and the song is great.
Oi to the World! is the title track to a Christmas album released by The Vandals in 1996. The song was covered in 1997 by No Doubt for the album A Very Special Christmas 3, which was produced to benefit the Special Olympics.
And the video makes for the sunniest Christmas song I’ve seen… possibly ever.
Amadeus is a Romanian electric string quartet that combines classical and modern elements to make themselves one of the most popular artists in the realm of classical crossover music.
Rock Me Amadeus by Falco is one of the odder songs to emerge from the 1980s.
When Amadeus plays Rock Me Amadeus, the result really is superb.
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun is the song that launched Cyndi Lauper on the world, back in 1983, and justifiably so.
Party Like It’s… is a seven piece ska band Washington, D.C. that plays a mix of current and classic songs. Their version of this song is a lot less poppy, but every bit as much fun.
The Strumbellas is a Canadian rock band formed in 2008 and based in Toronto. Their song, Spirits, comes recommended by William.
He’s only nine but he has excellent taste already.
The Ballad Of Tom Jones is a duet featuring Tommy Scott of Space and Cerys Matthews of Catatonia and can be found on the album Tin Planet.
It’s a superb song — and the highest charting song by Space — in which a couple are brought back from the brink because someone had left the radio on.
Kiss is a song originally recorded back in the 1980s by Prince. It’s quite minimal in terms of instrumentation and I have to admit that I’m not a fan of Prince’s falsetto on this song.
Then Art of Noise suddenly realised… That everything is better with Tom Jones
The Safety Dance was released by Canadian band Men Without Hats back in 1982. According to Last.fm:
The writer/lead singer, Ivan Doroschuk, has explained that “The Safety Dance” is a protest against bouncers prohibiting dancers from pogoing to 1980s new wave music in clubs when disco was dying and new wave was up and coming. New wave dancing, especially pogoing, was different from disco dancing, because it was done individually instead of with partners and involved holding the torso rigid and thrashing about. To uninformed bystanders this could look dangerous, especially if pogoers accidentally bounced into one another (the more deliberately violent evolution of pogoing is slamdancing). The bouncers did not like pogoing so they would tell pogoers to stop or be kicked out of the club. Thus, the song is a protest and a call for freedom of expression.
The song’s video is well worth seeing, not least for the rather anachronistic medieval stylings, but I have to admit that I am rather taken by the more recent version recorded by and the marvellously named Danish band, The Asteroids Galaxy Tour.