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De Beste Muziek Verhalen van 1945 tot Nu
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The Breeders

posted [18.03.2019]
released [1993]
[sub]genre: Indie



I bought my first CD player in 1991 with the money I earned washing cars and delivering newspapers. Having no other musical influences than mainstream radio my first CD was U Can't Touch This by MC Hammer. At my friend Dirk's recommendation I bought Nirvana's Nevermind and turned 180. Pearl Jam and Soundgarden followed not much later. Strangely some bands did not catch my attention at that time, most remarkable Alice in Chains and The Pixies, but also The Breeders didn't. Now Ilse's and my CD collection are merged, I catch up. So, late 80s, as Pixies bass player Kim Deal was walking on Black Francis' leash, her songwriting hit rock bottom. On a joint tour Kim Deal met Throwing Muses' Tanya Donelly. The two teamed up and recorded a demo that landed them a deal with 4AD. Steve Albini produced their 1990 debut Pod and it was listed among his best ever. Donelly left the band in 1992 to form Belly and Deal invited her twin sister Kelley - who as the story goes was unknown to playing guitar - to fill the spot. With Slint's Britt Walford replaced by Jim Macpherson on drums and Josephine Wiggs on bass The Breeders recorded their opus magnum Last Splash. Cannonball was the first out of four singles taken from that album and features a demo version for No Aloha titled Cro Aloha and a stripped of its melody cover version of Aerosmith's Lord of the Thighs. Time travelling back to Pinkpop 1994 with that awesome line-up: The Afghan Whigs, Rage Against the Machine, Björk, Morphine, The Levelers and The Breeders, brings some of that unpolished energy on Canonball. Man, do times have changed.
  1. Cannonball
  2. Cro-Aloha
  3. Lord of the Thighs
  4. 900

The Brandos
Over the Border

posted [12.02.2019]
released [2006]
[sub]genre: roots rock



The Brandos have been part of my life for almost 25 years. They gave direction to my musical wanderings, took me places and made me friends. I couldn't recall where and when it exactly started, but I remember seeing them play on Jan Douwe Kroeske's 2 Meter Sessies 6 June 1995. When The Brandos played Tilburg's Noorderligt on 25 June 1996, I was there. If I remember well, it was an acoustic set, but made a huge impression. More than 20 years and over 50 shows later, The Brandos and I went our separate - musical - ways. However I still love listening to their gritty rock songs or a Sonics cover song once in a while. We have been listening to their 2006 release Over the Border for quite some time and I consider it their best to date. It has everything a proper Brandos record needs: signature rock songs (The Only Love That I Can Get, She's The One), some stomping reels (The New York Volunteer) and an quirky cover song (Quicksilver Messenger Service's Dino's Song). But this album is interesting in other ways too. As we know now, it would take another 10 years for it's follow up that would feature a huge Mexican influence. It's not so much Guantanamera - IMHO a filler - but the title song. It tells the story of a young boy that travels South and finds a home and family in Mexico. A story likely to be autobiographical. The other song that really stands out is the historic rendition of the 1911 Triangle Fire; New York's deadliest industrial disaster. In the song a young man sails from his beloved Ireland to New York, leaving everything behind to persue his dream. The girl he just married, works at the Triangle Waistshirt Factory. She jumps to her death as the firemen's ladders weren't long enough and the emergency exists were blocked. A tragedy the owners of the factory got away with. It turns out an interesting 7 min+ progressive rock composition, something that boasts expectations. Together with the Sonics He's Waiting these two songs make the blueprint of this album. A very enjoyable listen!
  1. Over the Border
  2. Walking Home
  3. The Only Love That I Can Get
  4. She's The One
  5. The Triangle Fire
  6. Dino's Song
  7. The New York Volunteer
  8. He's Waiting
  9. Let it Go
  10. Guantanamera

Paul Brady
Spirits Colliding

posted [14.01.2019]
released [1995]
[sub]genre: singer-songwriter



My father had been a farmer for his entire life, when he first sold his cows and then sold his land in the late 80s. He started working as a labourer at the harbour. He drove a company car in which he picked up colleagues, most of them half his age. Although my dad preferred listening to the radio, the younger guys perferred music. And as such CDs ended up in his car; one of which was never reclaimed: Bonnie Raitt - Luck of the Draw. As a youngster Paul Brady fed on all available music, whether it was soul or rock 'n roll, blues or folk. When in the late 60s interest in traditional Irish music rose Brady joined The Johnstons and eventually the last two years of Planxty (Christy Moore, Donnal Lunny, Liam O'Flynn and Andy Irvine). A partnership with Andy Irvine and loads of session work later Paul Brady launched his solo carreer with the 1978 Welcome Here Kind Stranger, which featured traditional material only. From here on Brady developed himself as a singer songwriter, drawing from everything that teenage hunger added to his toolbox. By now he has released 10 albums of original work, unframeable yet all rooted in folk heritage. Paul Brady never wrote specifically for other artists, but Tina Turner's version of Paradise is Here was the start of many of his songs being covered. As Bonnie Raitt's favourite songwriter, he wrote her Luck of the Draw, which took me 30 years since the album crossed my path. A lot of Spirits Colliding songs were covered as well, most notable Mary Black's I Will Be There, Joe Cocker's Love Made a Promise and Bonnie Raitt's Marriage Made in Hollywood. The last being my favourite song on the album. Spirits Colliding is a proper singer songwriter album with this typical 90s feel; an occasional keyboard we could do without, some 'ooh baby' and 'yeah' fillers and phrases that tickle my imagination in an unpleasant way (I want you to want me, the way that I want you, a coming together, in a physical way). Anyhow an album and an artist worth spending time on and digging into. And it lead me back to this nice early 90s teenage memory.
  1. I Want You to Want Me
  2. Trust in You
  3. World Is What You Make It
  4. Marriage Made in Hollywood
  5. Help Me to Believe
  6. You're the One
  7. I Will Be There
  8. After the Party's Over
  9. Just in Time
  10. Love Made a Promise
  11. Beautiful World