Friday, 16 December 2011

Madness - Disappear

I've had Madness' It Must Be Love stuck in my head for weeks now.

Hadn't realized it's a Labi Siffre cover:

I have such fond memories of Our House being out as a single in the early days of MTV.  Part of what made POP music so attractive to my 6-year-old self, that sense of fun and melody.  Always loved the single cover too, with their painted faces in the billiards rack.

I've been listening to Absolutely a lot lately.  Disappear is such a wonderful song.  That lovely descending chord sequence, and the melodies too, their delivery creating that special sense of ineffable meaning found in truly great songs.

Live in Hamburg 1981:

Dream A Little Dream Of Me...

For the holidays, The Soft Close-Ups have put up a free download of our version of Dream A Little Dream Of Me.  David made a nice little video for it too:

I've always loved this song since I was a kid and my mom used to play the Mama Cass version:

Really liked the Terry Hall & Salad version that came out on the HELP compilation in 1995:

Always loved The Beautiful South version:

Just found out about the Andy Bell/Erasure version:

Doris Day:

The original Ozzie Nelson version:

Sylvie Vartan singing it in Italian as Nostalgy and in French as Les Yeux Ouverts:

Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong: