Two weeks ago, on the eve of the Eighth Amendment referendum and with a twenty five euro voucher to spend at Golden Discs on offer, we asked you: what is your favourite Yes track.
You voted in your proggy tens.
But there can be only one winner.
In reverse order then.
Yes – Starship Troopers
Dinny Do Well? writes
‘While not a massive prog fan, I am partial to a blast of Yes’’s Starship Trooper (YES album) owing to its 9.29 minutes combining the talents of three band members showing vocal dexterity, instrumentation, virtuosity of playing, range (rockabilly in prog?) but especially the indulgent solo in Würm. The ABC of prog dysfunction that will make you wonder. And laugh at the daftness’ (If it can make it to HBO’s Divorce, it’s gotta be worthy.
Yes – Long Distance Runaround
Royal M writes:
While not a massive prog fan, I am partial to a blast of Yes’ Long Distance Runaround owing to its brevity, catchiness and gorgeous melody despite it being unmistakably proggy with it’s jazzy drums, noodly guitar/piano and that bass line.
Yes – Heart Of The Sunrise
While not a massive prog fan, I am partial to a blast of Yes’ Heart of The Sunrise owing to its …its…holy jesus just listen to the madness of the bass and drums in the first 20 seconds alone, though it gets a bit sh*te when the singing starts which isnt for about another 4 mins, it is prog after all…
Yes – Roundabout
Witty Name writes:
Roundabout, the fancy guitar harmonics and chunky bass, with jazzy drums, key changes, timing changes, tangents, organs, fast bits, slow bits. sure, what more do ya need from a bit o’prog. Love it!
Yes – Don’t Kill The Whale
‘While not a massive prog fan, I am partial to a blast of Yes’ Don’t Kill the Whale, from the 1980 live album ‘Yesshows’ owing to the eye-opening effect it had on me, to the worlds ignorance regarding the plight of the Whale and other endangered species of our beautiful world…this in 1980….was a shock to a very young me and many others…the overall atmosphere of the track is incredibly emotive & Rick Wakeman’s melodies at 2:15 are sublime….please give it a listen if you’ve 4:10 to spare ’
PSI am not…. and never have been ‘A Hippy’ ! :) PPS I Vote YES, YES, YES.
Last month, with a twenty five euro voucher to spend at any of the many Golden Discs branches on offer, we asked you to donate a song to our Summer 2018 Playlist.
You responded in your humming droves.
We have boiled it down to the classic 47 song collection (scrollable above). The perfect amount of choonage to cater for a one way motor from Dublin to Cork apparently.
Classic staples, some cheese, the odd sour pickle and lashings of pop. It’s a veritable picnic basket of sound for your next journey on the open road.
Many thanks to the choosers: Andyourpointiswhatexactly?Marklar; Yupyup; Tarfton Clax; Spudnick; f_lawless; Scottser; Gorugeen; Kolmo; Cool Hand Lucan; Ouch; Alors; Sam Prekop; Liam Deliverance; Joe; Moochail; Daisy Chainsaw; Frilly Keane; Seimiq; HyperGlobalCompuMegaNet; Yep; Harry; Johnny; Lush; The Ghost of Starina; Daisy Chainsaw; Penfold; Papi; realPolithicks; Ed Quinn; The Bad Ambassador; Martco; Snowflake; Ivan; Jasper: SOQ; Leopold Gloom; Janet, I Ate My Avatar; Bobby J; Mildred St Meadowlark.
A special thank you to Bertie Blenkinsop for his Spotify chops.
Now YOU must choose the best of the playlist.
Best entry wins a Golden Discs voucher worth 25 ‘big’ ones.
Before Easter, we asked you: what is the greatest contemporary musical comeback?
You certainly ‘rose’ to the challenge and answered in your tens.
But there could be only one messiah
In reverse order then…
Edwyn Collins – Home Again
The greatest comeback in contemporary music would have to be Edwyn Collins with Home Again in 2007 after his brain haemorrhage. He had to learn how to speak, read and play guitar after this sudden catastrophic event in his life.
The accompanying documentary Home Again showed how his love for music and a superhuman determination brought him back to us.
The Stone Roses – Breaking Into Heaven
The greatest comeback in contemporary music would have to be The Stone Roses with Second Coming. I Can still remember my first listen – on my birthday, getting the CD on first thing in the morning before school, with the Big Breakfast on mute on the TV.
I was late for school, and listened to it relentlessly all day on my trusty Discman.The long intro to Breaking Into Heaven prolonging the agony, but it was worth every second I waited.
Rage Against The Machine – Killing In The Name
Rage Against the Machine coming out of retirement in 2009 to nab the Xmas #1 and then go back on the road. Their gig in the Point on that tour was the best I’ve ever seen and ever will see.
Still get goosebumps thinking about the lights going down and the klaxons sounding, and then kicking straight into Testify and the whole place going fupping BANANAS for 2 hours with no let up.
Take That – Patience
Bertie Blenkinsop writes:
The greatest comeback in contemporary music would have to be Take That with Patience. Love them or loathe them, they came back from being laughing stocks to play massive stadiums…
Manic Street Preachers – Everything Must Go
The greatest comeback in contemporary music would be Manic Street Preachers with Everything Must Go. Seemingly dead in the water (too soon?) after the disappearance of Richey Edwards, fans felt the band should be disbanded while critics said they could never reach the artistic heights of before without him.
Instead of calling it a day, the now band of 3 went on to produce one of the defining rock albums of the 90s. Not only convincing most of their hardcore fans they could still do it, but gathering a whole new legion of fans while achieving mainstream success not thought possible before.
Last week – with a voucher worth TWENTY FIVE euros at Golden Discs – we asked you to select a song YOU like to slow dance to.
You answered in your clumsy tens.
But there could be only one winner.
In reverse order then…
The Golden Horde – Friends In Time
‘When I sway closely with a special friend at a ‘dance’, I like to do so to the strains of The Golden Horde’s ‘Friends in Time’ owing to its painfully sexy nostalgia’
Charly Black – Gyal You A Parry Animal
When I away closely with a special friend at a ‘dance’ I like to do so to the strains of Charly Black remix dj brain dead – Gyal you a party Animal owing to I don’t like to be falling asleep when I’m getting my freak on….
Salvador Sobral – Amar Pelos Dois
When I sway closely with a special friend at a ‘dance’, I like to do so to the strains of Amar Pelos Dois owing to its timeless nature and modern appeal that never fails to bring a tear to my eye remembering past love and warmth to my heart thinking about love yet to come…
Omar – There’s Nothing Like This
When I sway closely with a special friend at a ‘dance’, I like to do so to the strains of Omar’s There’s nothing like this owing to its downright sexiness.
Roxy Music – Love Is The Drug
Because of the lyrics: ‘Late that night I parked my car, Staked my place in the singles bar, Face to face, toe to toe, Heart to heart as we hit the floor’ and hoping to, ‘Lumbered up limbo down, The locked embrace, stumble round, I say go, she says yes, Dim the lights you can guess the rest’ But then I get a slap on the face for my ’70s sleazy Bryan Ferry (esque) presumption…
LL Cool J – I Need Love
When I sway closely with a special friend at a “dance” , I like to do so to the strains of LL Cool J’s “I Need Love” owing to its killer line “You can scratch my back, we’ll get cosy and huddle, I’ll lay down my jacket so you can walk over a puddle”. Chivalry lives!!