I just noticed I forgot to post the link to the show Melissa did on Fleet FM last Friday! You can listen to it here!
After the last one I posted, I had a couple of people tell me they had trouble listening to it — if you click on the link it should play in your browser, but if you want to download it to your computer just right click on the link and choose to save the mp3 to your computer.
There are the songs that Melissa played:
Cobra Killer – Six Secs
I’ve been meaning to write about Macromantics for a really long time, but have never felt like anything I write about her would do her justice or explain to everyone how amazing I think she is. But since I got her album “Moments in Movement” it’s been the album I’ve listened to most (I’ve seriously listened to it in iTunes 70 times in nearly a year!) — and keep telling other people to buy.
Macromantics is an Australian Hip Hop artist, and is the first Hip Hop signing to what must be my favourite record label, Kill Rock Stars. She used to play guitar in Ben Lee’s teenage band, Noise Addict, and it was through touring America with them that she discovered hip hop and started writing her own raps.
I’ve been struggling to describe what her music sounds like, but I guess if you can imagine Hip Hop made by a girl from Australia who is signed to Kill Rock Stars, maybe that will help! Maybe what is more helpful is her influences list on her MySpace: “Patti Smith, Lydia Lunch, Nas, Big Daddy Kane, Rakim, Dylan Thomas, Lester Bangs, O.D.B, Eve Libertine, Wu Tang Clan, Kathleen Hanna, Iggy Pop”.
Even if you don’t like the hip hop you see on tv or hear on the radio, still listen to this as it’s a lot different to that, I mean I’ve read people compare her to Lady Sovereign (probably because they’re both white females) but they are nothing alike. Macromantics music is totally unique, it’s maybe a bit more unpredictable and twisted, there are even a couple of more dark songs on the album, but I think it’s really her rapping style and the lyrics that do it for me. She raps about social and political issues — with a lot of references to war (one lyric being “bring home the troops this instant”) and pop culture (she name checks Corey Haim, Lydia Lunch, Harpo Marx, Greta Garbo, Tom Waits, Susan Faludi, Britney and Cristina to name a few). Her rhymes just seem to work, they flow really well and the more I listen to the album the more I notice lines that I hadn’t noticed before — it’s all really clever and smart and funny and just references so many things.
As someone who is a fan of hip hop, and not just what I’d call indie or punk hip hop, it’s really refreshing to have someone out there doing what she’s doing, without all the bragging, guns, bitches and bling, but still keeping the political nature and smooth flows.
My favourite song always changes but at the moment it’s track two — Moments In Movements!
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So, was there an album you fell in love with and listened to over and over last year? Tell us about it!
So, I went up to Fleet with Melissa and Kat today! It was heaps of fun, they played great music and had great stories! Hopefully they will both email me or post their playlists. But, even better than a list of songs is a recording of the show itself in case you missed it! You can listen to it or download it here. Also, please leave us comments!
Here is the video for the Delta 5’s version:
And this is a short clip of the Chicks On Speed version, live:
The original version was released as their debut single in 1979, but Kill Rock Stars have released a compilation of early Delta 5 material called Singles & Sessions 1979-1981, or you can find it on the three CD compilation called Girl Monster, which was put out by Chicks On Speed records. Girl Monster is such a great album, I love it! It also has Fine As Fuck by Scream Club, Demons Of Love by Mignon, GG by Angie Reed, and my favourite Get It Back by Hanin Elias. If you don’t have this album, buy it now! Here is the full track listing:
1. Girlmonster Intro
1. Pulsallama – Ungawa Pt. 2 Remix
1. Hotel Motel – Sucker Man
Okay, now it really is time to go drink beer.
On new years eve we were listening to Hole when Credit In The Straight World came on. Melissa told me that it was a cover and the original version was by Young Marble Giants, I had no idea that it wasn’t written by Hole, but then again I don’t think I’d ever listened to the Young Marble Giants — I think all I knew about them was that they were in fact a band! So I decided to look them up on the internet and track down the original version of Credit In The Straight World.
So the Young Marble Giants were a post punk band formed in the late 70’s and based out of Cardiff. They used to have a keyboard player who built his own synth! I’m jealous because that’s something I’ve always wanted to do! I don’t know when they broke up, but they played a show earlier this year and I think our friend Alex went and saw them.
So, here is the original version of Credit In The Straight World! It’s from their album Colossal Youth released in 1980 on Rough Trade. Did you know that Hole’s version was a cover? What other cover versions do you like? For ages I thought that Chicks On Speed wrote Mind Your Own Business and it was once again Melissa who told me about the Delta 5.
Tomorrow I think I’m going with Melissa when she does her radio show on Fleet, yay! But now, it is time to go and drink beer.