Over and Over

1 May

I’ve made this compilation from songs that I would claim among my favorite failures. Despite a simple organizing principle, this mix doesn’t quite work within the qualifying “pop sike” genre I wanted initially to explore. The tracks are too heady, volatile, or unsettling. Even the most seemingly innocuous among them, “Tale in Hard Time,” betrays darker undertones that encroach on Richard Thompson’s unctuous harmonies and almost chatty harpsichord. While I would love to dismiss this song for its overdetermined composition, the urgency in Sandy Denny’s voice keeps forcing me back for another appraisal. (“Tale in Hard Time” has now accumulated over 30 plays on iTunes and I’m still not sure if I hate it.)

Fairport Convention’s success–staked on luscious predictability–strikes me as a representative problem within the given genre. And having mostly avoided this pop sike cliche, I now feel that the best songs on Over and Over barely merit the categorical distinction. Having pulled away from ready classifications and attendant expectations, the artists on this mix have stumbled into some interesting sonic territory.

I count the songs as failures–but only in the sense that they’re too wild and beat-happy to marshal pop sike’s odorless restraint.

Track List:
1. Gal Costa – Namorinho De Portão
2. Ramsey Lewis – Les Fleurs
3. Nirvana – Rainbow Chaser
4. Joann Garrett – It’s No Secret
5. Galt MacDermot – Woe Is Me
6. Harumi – Hello
7. Sonny Bono – Motel II
8. Quarteto Em Cy – Tudo Que Voce Podia Ser
9. The Free Design – That’s All People
10. Nino Ferrer – Moses
11. Margo Guryan – California Shake
12. Fairport Convention – Tale in Hard Time
13. Tom Scott – Never My Love
14. David Axelrod – The Lost Lament

4 Responses to “Over and Over”

  1. bi11f May 2, 2012 at 8:37 am #

    A great album cover… who’s is it ?

    • funkrunt May 2, 2012 at 12:13 pm #

      Nino Ferrer’s 1974 album Nino and Radiah. Some interesting tracks, including “Moses” on the mix.

  2. bill1951 May 2, 2012 at 10:18 am #

    Great cover !!

    What’s the album ?

  3. Robinn June 1, 2012 at 8:44 pm #

    out of humbleness for the music…..but also to the one who serves the goodies, well the introducer !!! i am going to hunt so many of these tracks, hope to find them on vinyl 8o) all these excellent collages, really bravo and i sure know what i know! 8o) fanx fellow

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