And such was the interest in records awarded the status, that for a short while, one major record label, RCA, thought it worthwhile to take out a license and produce an end of the year compilation entitled NME Singles of the Week. And plucked from the shelf for inspection under the TVV microscope is the offering from 1993.
I reckon this particular effort is a pretty fair reflection of the year, containing 18 songs across different musical genres, and not just a collection of indie-guitar bands that have been the staple fayre of the paper for many years.
Arrested Development : Tennessee
Belly : Gepetto (remix)
Senser : The Key
Madder Rose : Madder Rose
One Dove : White Love
Tindersticks : Marbles
Credit To The Nation : Call It What You Want
Utah Saints : Believe In Me
Swervedriver : Duel
Bjork : Venus As A Boy (edit)
Elastica : Stutter
Spiritualised : Good Times
Smashin Pumpkins : Cherub Rock
Apache Indian : Movin’ On Special
PJ Harvey : 50ft Queenie
Sugar : Tilted
Grant Lee Buffalo : America Snoring
Leftfield/Lydon : Open Up (vocal edit)
This is actually a compilation CD that even after all these years, I’m more than happy to put on and listen to all the way through. I remember when I bought this in early 1994. I was 30 years of age, and thinking to myself that my days of trying to keep up with the changing scenes in music were drawing to an end, and before long I would be drifting off to Radio 2 and live concerts where I would be insisting on a seat throughout. No more sweaty nights at the Barrowlands, no more mosh-pits, no more seeking out bands before they were famous….and no more vinyl records. Wrong, wrong, wrong and wrong again.
The changes in how we all consume music over the past thirteen and a bit years has quite a lot to do with it. The fact that I can sit at a PC and get tickets for gigs in demand rather than queue up in the cold, the growth of the internet, mp3s and downloading, the amount of video music channels on satellite TV and, above all else, the i-pod, means I have easy access to music more than ever before. Oh, and it helps that for whatever reason, I’ve a gene in my system that will not let me sit back and say ‘new music is crap and not as good as in my day’ . In other words, I’m refusing to turn into my dad……
Will I still be like that when I turn 50 in 2013? I can but hope. I have noticed however, that whereas a while back I could happily go along to three or four concerts in quick succession, I’m now knackered after two nights out in a row. So I’m reckoning I might need to be a bit more choosy in times ahead in respect of live gigs.
But I digress…..
Returning back to NME Singles of The Week 1993, I think there’s something for everyone in the compilation. The one thing I will be eternally grateful for is that it was my introduction to Tindersticks, a band that I have been slavishly devoted to ever since, and one of the few that I have specifically gone down to London for a gig…..twice in fact
And there’s a few other long-term favourites in there as well.
I’m almost tempted to make the whole CD available for downloads, but I need to try and be sensible about things. So on the basis that a normal LP plays at 33 1/3 rpm, I’ll go for 6 songs as one-third of the CD:-
mp3 : Senser - The Key
mp3 : One Dove - White Love
mp3 : Tindersticks - Marbles
mp3 : Credit To The Nation - Call It What You Want
mp3 : Grant Lee Buffalo - America Snoring
mp3 : Leftfield/Lydon - Open Up
And this will be the last posting on TVV for a couple of days. I’m off with Mrs Villain to catch The Young Knives in Glasgow this evening, and then we’re visiting some friends in Yorkshire over the weekend. The plan had been to take in a gig by The Wedding Present tomorrow night, but by the time we went to buy tickets some four weeks ago, it was sold out. And it was silly money on e-bay…..
Still, musn’t grumble……
See you all again next week.
Late Breaking News
Jacques the Kipper is over in Madrid with some of his mates for the weekend. He's just sent a text saying, and I quote, 'just met Take That.' Isn't he the lucky one......
Oh, and I've also listed another blog that's quite interesting..go visit Dusty 7s.