It’s high time for another edition of SFTV and, as ever, I’m looking forward to serving up some great songs that you may or may not know.
First off, we’re going back over 30 years to 1985 and the time of Breakdance. One of the most memorable songs from the time was Man Parrish’s Boogie Down Bronx. How can you not like a song with lyrics like, ‘my man Man Parrish and Cool Raul, cooler than the water in a swimming pool’.
Talking of the years rolling by, one of the individuals and bands that I appreciate more and more as I’ve got older is Bryan Ferry and Roxy Music. I remember when Slave to Love came out in 1985 (the same year as Boogie Down Bronx) and not being particularly bothered about it. Ask me about it these days and I’ll tell you that it’s a great tune, beautifully produced and oozing sophistication.
Another great tune that oozes class but is dripping with creeping menace is Risingson from Massive Attacks’s 1998 album Mezzanine, which has one of my favourite ever album covers. Risingson was the first single released off Mezzanine and has been overshadowed by Teardrop, the second single off the album. Teardrop’s a really good tune but Risingson is the tune that I always head for first on the album.
In terms of production values, Van Diemen’s Land by U2 is almost the opposite of Risingson. It appeared on U2’s 1998 album, Rattle and Hum and features the Edge on vocals and guitar. The song tells the story of John Boyle O’Reilly, the leader of an 1848 Irish uprising after the Great Famine. O’Reilly was banished to Australia (Van Diemen’s land was the name used by Europeans for Tasmania) for rebelling against the government. If only U2 albums had more of this kind of tune on them.
How do you follow that? Not easily. The last tune, the Seed (2.0) by US band The Roots, is one I first heard in the 2004 Michael Mann movie Collateral, starring Tom Cruise and Jamie Foxx. It’s a cool tune. Simple as that.
I hope you enjoyed the selection. Let me know!