My Record Collection 181

Peter Skellern – a very minor singer in my collection – just the one album – a greatest hits Sentimentally Yours.   Peter had a hit single and was a slight sensation.  I always liked his voice – very deep really and quite original.  He ended up, or maybe started out, with singing a lot of old 30s and 40s classics – to which his voice seemed to fit perfectly.  A nice trip down memory lane, but for sentimentalists only I suppose

Skye – (Edwards) was (and now is again I suppose) the lead singer with Morcheeba (see M).  I loved the music they made together and bought Skye’s first solo album.  It is okay.  No, really, it is okay.  Not that brilliant, although her voice is still good.  But somehow it just lacks that excitement of the band.  Best songs are ‘Jamaica days’ and ‘What’s Wrong With Me’.

The Slits – everyone should be allowed one mistake.

Small Faces –  Another of those fabulous Sixties bands who made great singles, were fantastic live – but rarely produced great albums.  The only real album I have is the weirdly named Ogdens Nut Gone Flake.  Now, the boys (and they really were very young men) were real Cockney wide boys and decided to make somewhat of a concept album.  They had a handful of excellent songs but decided to enlist the services of Stanley Unwin, a remarkeable comic genius from the Fifties really, whose speciality was his vocal word-mangling to the point of almost inventing a new language.  Given too much free reign really on this album, but there you go.  The original vinyl album was a replica of a tobacco tin and circular, which must have cost the record company a fortune to produce.  Best songs are ‘Lazy Sunday’ and ‘Afterglow’.  I also have a double Greatest Hits album; 32 Great Pop Classics. (32 tracks – but most are hardly classics).  Still – nice to hear some of the brilliant singles.; ‘Itchycoo Park’, ‘All or Nothing’ and ‘Lazy Sunday Afternoon’. Few other tracks really made the grade though.  Of course when Stevie Marriot left to join Blind Faith the boys looked for a new singer and chose Rod Stewart, who suggested that they get Ronnie Wood in to play lead guitar….the rest is History.

Snow Patrol – In another of my vain attempts to find new great music I bought this album Eyes Wide Open after seeing them on some late night tv show.  Well, they are quite good – but I found the songs too similar and somehow I never really got into them.  Best songs were ‘You’re All I Have’ and the title track.  Not that there is anything wrong with the others – they just drifted past me I am afraid.

Spandau Ballet – I suppose the last ‘movement’ I really liked was ‘The New Romantics’ – and Spandau were in the forefront of that.  Somehow combining the best of ‘Glam’ with a rock sensibility, infused with a touch of jazz – but best of all, some rollicking tunes, Spandau manged to top the charts for maybe a couple of years.  I have Greatest Hits, which does just what it says.  A nostalgic and enjoyable listen – especially to the last 3 live tracks.  Best are the big hits ‘Gold’, ‘Instinction’ and Only When You Leave. 

Spin 1ne 2wo.  This was a late 90s band who made the one album and featured Rupert Hine (see H), Paul Carrack, Tony Levin, Steve Ferrone and Phil Palmer.  They sing all pretty well-known songs by older bands.  No surprises but good versions.  And ultimately all a bit of a waste of time and a non-event. 

Spiritualised – Well, despite the name, they are quite a noisy band.  Again, another attempt of mine to discover more modern music, at least of the current century.   I should not have bothered.