What are the forgotten gems in your music collection ?

I’ve been time travelling today as I took a trip rooting through my old vinyl records on the hunt for some forgotten gems.  Most mornings I put some music (tends to be digital) on and often cause much mirth and embarrassment as I sing, pogo and cavort around the kitchen while making the breakfast and if I can remember I’ll tweet out a morning music track and see what other people might be listening to.  The other day @albfreeman replied with Smashing Pumpkins and we got into a conversation about Catherine Wheel who I saw support the Pumpkins on the Pumpkins first ever UK tour in a tiny club in Birmingham.  I really liked Catherine Wheel at the time and had seen them a few months previous being supported by a band that I never thought would amount to much whereas I thought Catherine Wheel would be massive (what ever happened to Radiohead by the way?).  I’d not listened to anything by Catherine Wheel for ages so went hunting and put some on, a process which got me thinking what other little gems are hiding away.

So I’ve been flicking through my records today to see what I could find, a fantastic trip down memory lane of good and bad bands seen and the memories associated with certain gigs and times.  An impossible task but I’ve tried to pick out 10 forgotten gems.  These are tracks that I have not played in years and years and I’ve only looked through the vinyl and it would change if asked to do this tomorrow but it’s been a lovely exercise that anyone who loves music should go and do.  If you do do it I’d love to know some of your forgotten gems:

In no particular order here’s my 10

Black Metallic – Catherine Wheel

 

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Had to put them in as this was the basis of the idea.  Not sure it stands up on listen again but live this track was blistering and almost as loud as My Bloody Valentine.  Think the band got lumped in with the shoegazing movement which I suspect was their downfall.

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Sally Cinnamon – The Stone Roses

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The Roses get played a lot in this house but not this track, primarily as it’s on a vinyl 12 inch and I tend to revert simply to the first album or Fools Gold.  A friend of mine dragged me along to some tiny hall to see them right at the start and he was almost frothing at the mouth with excitement.  The gig was pretty uneventful after all Ian Brown is terrible at singing live but the stage presence was unmistakable.  I bought this single shortly after and listening to it again today you can hear the beats and sound that laid the foundation to a whole musical movement.  By sheer coincidence the same friend that took me to see them happened to be on a train to London shortly after the gig and ended up sat next to John Squire who was designing the art work for the debut album.

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Powderfinger – The Cowboy Junkies

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This is a track off the achingly beautiful Caution Horses album which used to be on almost constant rotation after I stumbled across it and is well worth tracking down if you’ve not heard it and indeed I’m going to get a digital version shortly so I can carry it round with me.  Perhaps the best Sunday morning album and yet it’s been way too long since I’ve given it a proper listen.  The track is a cover of a Neil Young song and it’s the track that led me on the journey of investigation into the great man and his music.

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Just Got Back Today – The Jennifers

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No idea how I stumbled across this originally but still sounds great I think and remarkable to think it was written and performed by a couple of 15 year olds who then went on to form Supergrass.  This was I believe the Jennifers one and only single.

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Touch Me I’m Sick – Mudhoney

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Perhaps my “God Save the Queen Moment” when I first heard this, a realisation that things were changing and some new brooms were coming along to sweep away all that had gone before and I was happy to go along for the ride.  Whilst certain other Seattle bands caught the headlines a couple of years later this track laid down the blueprint for grunge.  I’ve been jumping about like a loon listening to this again today and it still sounds vital and visceral.

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Chameleon Day – Talk Talk 

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What an utterly sublime band Talk Talk were and listening to the Colour of Spring album again today I’m not sure why it doesn’t get more credit packed as it with some fantastic tracks – Happiness is Easy, I Don’t Believe in You and Living in Another World as examples.  This one in particular is a bit different odd and beguiling and was very at odds to what was around at the time I seem to remember – sounds almost Radioheadish ?

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My World is Empty Without You – Afghan Whigs

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Back to Sub Pop and also another cover this one of The Supremes by Greg Dulli and his criminally underrated Afghan Whigs putting a very different slant on this classic track.

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Lump – Presidents of the United States of America

Take a serious subject (a friends brain tumor) and turn it into a anthemic mosh-a-long – what’s not to like.

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Jealous of Youth – The The

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I was lucky enough to see The The which was quite tricky as I don’t think they toured that often (could be wrong there) and Matt Johnson was a fantastic songwriter who produced a string of classics before vanishing as far as I’m aware.  I still play The The regularly but I came across this 12 inch / EP today which I don’t think was on any of their albums and certainly is not something I’ve played for over 10 years.

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Seether – Veruca Salt

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Single taken from the American Thighs album which I think was the only album the band produced.

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So there you have it, a journey back through some old vinyl.  Not saying that these will appeal to all or even that they are classics but they are all tracks that warranted another listen today.  Not sure what they say about me or my tastes apart from clearly influenced by guitars, indie and grunge – guilty !

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