Top 10 Tracks of the Month
1. BLANCMANGE Living On The Ceiling (New Version)
This classic club-friendly synth/electro-pop hit from 1982 (UK No. 7) has been brilliant reworked with a contemporary flavour.
2. NORTHSIDE Take 5
A ‘Madchester’ indie classic reached the UK Top 40 in 1991, which boasted the same riff as used on Nirvana’s ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’.
3. DRIVER 67 Car 67
This novelty No. 7 hit in 1978, based around a conversation between a cab driver and his base, was actually a tender love song in disguise.
4. THE MIGHTY LEMON DROPS Happy Head
Cherry Red’s recent edition of the NME’s celebrated cassette compilation C86 included this early recording from the Midlands indie rock band.
5. FOX Only You Can
Singer Noosha Fox fronted the decidedly glamorous Fox on several mid-70s hits, including this lilting favourite, which reached No. 3 in the British charts.
6. JOHNNY ‘GUITAR’ WATSON I Need It
Fast-paced disco-funk from the celebrated ‘Gangster Of Funk’, which rewarded the guitarist/singer with his biggest UK hit (No. 35, 1976).
7. LINVAL THOMPSON Babylonian Dub
Milk Records is growing a vibrant reggae and dub catalogue of Jamaican music for license, including this amazing dub recording from 1979.
8. HEINZ Just Like Eddie
Produced by legendary maverick Joe Meek, blonde pin-up Heinz scred a No. 5 hit in Britain with this tribute to rock’n’roller Eddie Cochran.
9. THE METEORS Little Red Riding Hood
This punky psychobilly cover of Sam Sham & The Pharaohs’ 60s smash was recently used on the opening credits of hit US TV show Grimm.
10. FOCUS Hocus Pocus (Re-Record)
Originally a Top 20 hit in 1973, ‘Hocus Pocus’ is now a bona fide classic rock anthem, which has prompted the band to rework the song for the modern day.
Top 10 Contemporary Tracks
1. THE INSPIRAL CARPETS Spitfire
Punchy new single from the Madchester indie legends, already aired on Made In Chelsea.
2. SOURYA Winterwind *
Mesmerising, widescreen soundscape from the French talent who’s friendly with those Daft Punks.
3. BLANCMANGE Living On The Ceiling (New Version)
Top flight reimagining of the synth-pop act’s classy hit from 1982.
4. PETE MOLINARI Hang My Head In Shame
Shades of Jack White and Jake Bugg can be heard on this rootsy offering from 2014.
5. HAZEL O’CONNOR Perfect Day
The 80s chanteuse offers a jazzy, torch singer vibe to the much-covered Lou Reed classic.
6. THE MUFFS Weird Boy Next Door
Scuzzy American college/indie rock with a definite grunge vibe and female vocals.
7. LOS PACAMINOS Don’t Make Me Wait Senorita
A lilting Tex-Mex offering from the barroom band fronted by famous 80s star Paul Young.
8. CLAUDIA BRÜCKEN Letting Go
The one-time Propaganda singer returns with this sublime, beautifully-produced pop ditty.
9. THE FALL The Remainderer
Off-kilter, abstract and frankly unsettling music from the legendary Manchester indie band.
10. MARC ALMOND Tasmanian Tiger
Dramatic, dark, wonderfully constructed pop from the ex-Soft Cell singer.
* = both publishing and recording controlled by Cherry Red.