Songs from the Vault

I thought it would be fun to list a few tunes which I think are great and that you may not know.  There’s no particular link between them other than I like them and want to share them with you.  So without further ado…

The first track is perfect for this.  Damage is the first track on the similarly titled live album by David Sylvian and Robert Fripp.   Recorded in 1993 and released in 1994, Damage can’t be found on iTunes etc., though the CD appears to still be available (e.g. on Amazon) and is worth buying.  Damage, the track, is the best tune on the album and Sylvian’s vocals are perfect for the ethereal atmosphere created.

The next track is more upbeat and is Waitin’ for a Superman by the Flaming Lips.  ‘Superman’ is for me the stand out track from the Lips’ 1999 album The Soft Bulletin, which was arguably the album that gave them their commercial breakthrough.  I didn’t really take notice of the track until I saw the Flaming Lips while touring their 2002 album Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots.  The visuals at the gig combined with the tune created an unforgettable experience which I can’t fail to recall when hearing Superman.  Here it is…

And because I can’t help myself, here’s Do You Realize?? by the Flaming Lips which is one of the best songs ever…

Billy Bragg’s album Don’t try this at home (1991) is one of my favourites.  It’s one of those rare gems which feels like a greatest hits album but isn’t.  Tank Park Salute is one of the album’s highlights and is about the death of Bragg’s father.  It’s an incredibly poignant tune matched by its poetic lyrics.  It sounds great too making this tune greater than the sum of its part.  There’s an interesting interview with Bragg from 2006 which covers the tune and the death of his father.  It’s worth checking out.

My last selection is Black from Pearl Jam’s 1991 debut album, Ten.  The song is one of Pearl Jam’s most popular, despite never being released as a single, apparently due to the personal nature of the tune and the band not wanting the feel of the tune diminished by a single release.  I’m sure you’ll agree when you hear the tune…

Writing this I became aware that my selection is generally downbeat.  I’ll have to do a selection of more upbeat tunes at some point, maybe a post on guilty pleasures!