Songs from the Vault

The last edition of Songs from the Vault was a little bleak, so I promised something a little more upbeat.  As I type, the sun is shining and it’s the day of the Royal Wedding and the FA Cup, so I guess upbeat is the right way to go…

First up is Yo La Tengo with their 2015 version of the Goffin-Titelman tune My Heart’s Not In It, which was originally recorded back in 1964 by Darlene McRea.  It doesn’t sound like it’s an appropriate song for today but listen to the lyrics!  Regrettably, I wasn’t able to find the album version of the track (do check it out) but this live version captures the spirit of the tune…

The Pixies’ Doolittle album is hard to beat but their 1990 album Bossanova is good by any standards and includes one of my favourite tunes of theirs, Ana.  How can this be only two minutes long?  They must have worked out how to manipulate time…

Next up is another wonderfully crafted tune, When Love Breaks Down from Prefab Sprout’s 1985 album Steve McQueen.  Admittedly this is a song about a break-up, so perhaps it’s not the most appropriate tune to post on the day of a royal wedding.  However, the B-side to the tune was Diana.  I’ll leave that one with you…

I’ve a soft spot for this next tune, and it’s perhaps a little more suitable for a royal wedding day than the previous tune.  Leave a Light on for Me is a cracking pop song (with a great chorus) from 1989 by Belinda Carlisle, featuring George Harrison on slide guitar.  The video is a classic 80’s one: those deserts/outbacks must have been pretty busy places for all the pop singers littering them…

Last up is, I think, an overlooked track from 2000 and seems a good track to finish one.  Mint Royale (see what I did there!) teamed up with Lauren Laverne to produce this upbeat pop gem, Don’t Falter (see what I did again!)…

I hope you enjoyed this edition of SFTV.  I’ve got plenty more ideas and great tunes in mind, so keep tuned!