From the Dirty Water newsletter/mailout...
ROMEO PRADO, R.I.P.
Romeo Prado, leader of the horn section for Los Angeles band THEE MIDNIGHTERS sadly passed away last weekend. Thee Midnighters, one of my favourite bands, scored a minor hit in the USA with the instrumental "Whittier Boulevard" and also with their version of "Land of 1,000 Dances". With their horn section, they achieved a fantastic mix of garage rock'n'roll and soul, equally adept at knocking out fuzzed-out stompers like "Love Special Delivery" or "Never Knew I Had It So Bad" as they were at lovelorn ballads. These guys were of Mexican heritage and were proud of their background, later recording the funky "Chicano Power". Do yourself a favour and track them down online to read more about them and hear some of their tunes.
Wednesday, March 29, 2006
HELLO SAFERIDE is Annika Norlin and if there's any justice then this album will make her a huge selling artist outside of Scandanavia. There's something about these songs that really carry. That get under your skin. Not just with the tunes but with the simplicity of the arrangements too. Very quiet and understated but somewhat twisted. A very classy debut chock full of wry little ditties that play out in the dead of night and in the middle of the afternoon with equal aplomb. Like The Concretes or The Wannadies channelled via The Modern Lovers maybe. All I know is that this is a great way to spend 35 minutes. No having to skip tracks. A keeper.