Tracks Monkeys With Lasers

Something Old, Something New #2
May 10, 2009, 11:06 pm
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The Rolling Stones – Gimme Shelter

From the 1969 album ‘Let It Bleed’.

Released in 1969, the album reached the top of the UK charts and reached#3 in the US Billboard charts, where it also went double platinum.

The song, and the album as a whole, have been said to sum up the change in mood that was seen in the UK as the free-loving ’60s drew to a close and the ’70s began. The song itself, written by Jaggar and Richards, speaks of sheltering from an oncoming apocalypse but doubles this with quite loving lyrics. The female vocals weren’t originally going to be on the track but were the idea of the record’s producer and so Merry Clayton was bought on board and sings possibly one of the most famous lines in “Rape, murder; it’s just a shot away, it’s just a shot away”.

Never actually released as a single, it’s possibly one of the Stones’ most famous tracks and has been covered by many artists and used widely in TV and films, such as in Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Departed’.

It’s possibly one of my all-time favourite tracks.


Maybeshewill – Co-Conspirators

From the upcoming album ‘Sing The Word Hope In Four-Part Harmony’

Following on from their 2008 album ‘Not For Want Of Trying’, Maybeshewill return with their brand new album featuring more of the same. With loud, melodic guitars, huge drumbeats, twinkling pianos and driving basslines, they seem to be back on fine form. The album also features ‘This Time Last Year’ and ‘Last Time This Year’ which have been floating around for a while as well.

No strangers to samples either, with their first album featuring the Oscar winning monologue by Peter Finch from the film ‘Network’ and dialogue from the 2002 film ‘The Rules of Attraction’ providing the intro for another of their tracks, they show no signs of changing that. However, the title track off the album also has spoken lyics by the band themself which can be found on their forums.

You can pre-order the album off the Robot Needs Home website. Also, Maybeshewill are currently in the middle of a huge tour of UK and Ireland and I’ll be seeing them on their London date.

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