Now that the India vs Pakistan cricket has finished, I can turn my attention to a blog. We’ve also just spent an hour dipping into the Radio 1 birthday album, which features 40 of today’s Top 20 habitues covering 40 years of hits. Some grim moments here, as you might imagine: Robbie Williams does “Lola”; our era’s pre-eminent power trio The Fratellis having a crack at “All Along The Watchtower”; Razorlight’s particularly masochistic “Englishman In New York”.
On the plus side, there are a handful of good efforts: Foo Fighters get the thud and pomp of “Band On The Run” just right; Franz Ferdinand are suave, if a bit lightweight, on “Sound And Vision”; and the Klaxons sound eerily like Blackstreet on “No Diggity” (one of my favourite singles, I think, incidentally).
Here’s the other stuff we sat through, anyway. One or two more iffy ones in here, to be honest:
1 Beachfield – Brighton Bothways (Tuition)
2 Vernon Elliott – Ivor The Engine/ Pogle’s Wood (Trunk)
3 Lula Cortes E Ze Ramalho – Paebiru (Mr Bongo)
4 Correcto – Joni (Domino)
5 Levon Helm – Dirt Farmer (Vanguard)
6 Various – Radio 1: Established 1967 (Universal)
7 Menomena – Wet And Rusting (City Slang)
8 Vic Chesnutt – North Star Deserter (Constellation)