#1350 Jake Thackray – The Very Best Of

Jake Thackray was a brilliantly witty wordsmith, specialising in poems-set-to-music insights of Yorkshire life that shine with both comedic hilarity and real-world pathos. Often bawdy, but never rude for the sake of it, he was called the “Northern Noel Coward” at the height of his success. And he was pretty successful, performing his satirical songs … Continue reading #1350 Jake Thackray – The Very Best Of

#1315 They Might Be Giants – Flood

This album is the sound of my A levels. They were the second gig I ever attended at the UEA, after Danny Wilson. Birdhouse in Your Soul was their first big hit (Don’t Let’s Start from their debut having been a little bit of a hit) and it was one of those songs that you … Continue reading #1315 They Might Be Giants – Flood

#795 Nellie McKay – Get Away From Me

Witty, literate, and talented, Ms McKay was 21 years old when she released this in 2004, her debut album. A double album. And if issuing a double album for your debut doesn’t ooze enough confidence already, then you should hear what she has to offer. The title is a piss take on Norah Jones’ worldwide … Continue reading #795 Nellie McKay – Get Away From Me

#337 Noël Coward – Mad Dogs & Englishmen

This two CD compilation of over 40 songs still represents a drop in the ocean of Coward’s prolific output. It includes two live performances, at Las Vegas in 1955 and New York in 1956, and it’s clear from the audience’s rapturous reception and familiarity with the songs that he was as popular with the Americans … Continue reading #337 Noël Coward – Mad Dogs & Englishmen

#856 Monty Python – Another Monty Python Record

I first discovered Monty Python through their records rather than the Flying Circus TV show. This was via cassette copies of said records, smuggled into the house by my brother, lent most likely by the same friend who first introduced us to Genesis. (Scoggins bros, you have a lot to answer for!) It wasn’t until … Continue reading #856 Monty Python – Another Monty Python Record