Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Track of the Week: Cygnet Committee by David Bowie

I have yet to really delve into the whole David Bowie discography, but I doubt anything could top this week's track, "Cygnet Committee." Released in 1972 on the David Bowie (or Space Oddity) album, this epic (and that truly is the best word) clocks in at over nine-and-a-half minutes.

According to LastFM:
During 1969 Bowie and then-girlfriend Angela Barnett lived in Beckenham, where they ran the Arts Lab, trying to encourage young people to be creative. However, Bowie soon quit the Arts Lab, when he realized that most people were coming just to see him perform and not to participate. His disappointing encounter with the hippies during this time is the basis for the song, as he felt he was used and abused by the teens.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Track of the Week: Hello Hello by The Sopwith Camel

The cool thing about the sixties was all the different styles of music that came out. Rock 'n' roll expanded to include all sorts of musical styles, including those of the past. San Francisco band the Sopwith Camel released a pretty little song in 1967 with some nice ragtime piano work. "Hello Hello" came off their self-titled debut album.