So a music compilation would not be the same without a bit of alternative music, and today’s pick is The Cult with She Sell’s Sanctuary. There is another track that will be more known in the USA is Fire Woman. Ian Astbury the lead singer was born in Liverpool, but his family moved to Canada when he was 11, he moved back to Liverpool for a short time back in 1980. Ian also was a replacement voice for The Doors of the 21st Century, and although he would never be a replacement for Jim Morrison, he had a voice that was very similar, and he had the look without the youth.
I must preface this by letting you know I am not a fan at all of Sonia, todays Scouse singer, but, she is known for her entry to the Eurovision Song Contest back in 1993 where she came 2nd with Better The Devil You Know. If you know of Lili Savage (Drag Act) then you may know that Sonia plays Bunty, Lili’s daughter. So for your delectation, I give you Sonia with her Eurovision hit and further down she is on the Lili Savage Show playing Bunty.
We are stepping up the tempo with an electronic band from Liverpool which most people will know of, if not the band then the tune. Apollo 440 with Lost in Space from the film.
We could not have a month of Liverpool music without adding to the list this little beauty of a track. Whirlpool Heart by The Wild Swans.
Love this track, “Love is a Wonderful Colour” by The Icicle Works. Ian McNabb has a singing voice I can listen to all day, and I guess that’s why he is a Mercury prize nominated singer and songwriter. I remember this track back in ’83. Ian has a book out called “Merseybeast” which is a musical memoir of his life in music. He was asked if he would review and rewrite parts of his book and in March this year said no as it didn’t need changing. He still lives in Liverpool which is always a good thing as so many other Liverpool musicians head for London when they make it.
TheTeardrop Explodes although born in Liverpool in 1978 was formed and fronted by Julian Cope who was actually born in South Wales, he studied in what is now Liverpool John Moores University. This track “Reward” was one of my favourites from the band.
Today’s offering is Space’s Female Of The Species. This was a hit but only got to number 14 in 1996, their best hit was The Ballad of Tom Jones which was a duet with Cerys Matthews of Catatonia 2 years later.
Back in the late 80’s I got to see The Real Thing as they were doing a gig in Liverpool. Needless to say it was a great concert. The video I am sharing was recorded at the Philharmonic Hall in Liverpool. A hall I have spent so many evening there watching the RLPO (Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra) perform everything from Jame Bond Night with Honor Blackman (Pussy Galore) back in 2007, Alison Moyet for my 40th and way back when I was only 18 The Planet Suite by Holst.
The Lightning Seeds seemed like a good pick this week due to all the thunderstorms we are enduring and are to endure for a good few more days.
I was never all that fond of The Lightning Seeds, but then again, I am not all that much of a fan of pop music, however, this little ditty I do find myself singing along to. They are still going today, although I have no idea if they have anything new, or are just raking over old hits.
One of the big names from the ’80s is OMD (Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark), today’s pic is Enola Gay.