So Ed, sent us an email the other day, because he had an idea…
“Hi Guys, hope you are well. I’ve an idea, well like everything else on this blog, it’s an idea liberally borrowed from somewhere else.
The other day I was listening to a podcast called ‘Blood on the Tracks’. It’s a musical panel show on Radio 2 where four celebrities (and I use that term kind of loosely) are set topics and have to pick a song that fits the topic. The guest then has to explain it either with some gushing praise or a story about why it was chosen and the host (one Colin Murray) chooses the best answer. I thought that us three could do it, using the actual topics from the show and we could ask our beloved readers to pick a winner.
So for instance if the topic was “Greatest Use of A Drum in A Song” I would tell you about the time I was in Valletta Malta over the summer of 2008, two days into a seven day holiday with my then girlfriend. We had gone for a meal in a restaurant which had this airplane theme going on, which looked quirky from the outside, but in reality was terrible. I mean the staff wore cabin crew gear, the chairs were uncomfortable, the food was served in a tray and was lukewarm. So I complained and refused to pay for it – telling them that it wasn’t fit for a dog.
The manager, barman and head waiter then asked me to ‘step outside’ and I politely refused and walked away hand in hand with my girlfriend. As we got outside, my girlfriend, being sensible, simply walked across the road to our hotel, I decided for some reason to pause a take a photo of a lizard eating an apple core. At that point the three guys decided it would be fun to chase me through the streets of Valletta, whilst questioning my parent’s ability to conceive.
So as I ran through the streets with absolutely no idea where I was going, there was only one thing playing inside my head and it was this the single greatest piece of drumming ever committed to music.”
Valletta Fanfare – Vitallic
Now we love ‘Blood on the Tracks’, if you haven’t heard it, I totally recommend it (You can download it from BBC Sounds for free). We also love a challenge, so Ed, we’re in.
So in a minute, Badger and I will each tell you what we think the Greatest Use of A Drum in A Song is. What we need you to do is listen to all three songs, and then read the stories attached to them and tell us below wo you think wins this week. Simple. Please contribute otherwise we are just waffling on for no reason and I’ll win by default.
So drums, Badger any stories about ‘drumming’?
Well I’m tempted to immediately plump for ‘In the Air Tonight’ by Phil Collins but I won’t because we are supposed to be cutting edge. So drumming. Well about ten years ago, Mrs Badger and I decided to enrol ourselves in an African drumming course. A bunch of us sat around in a room in an Exeter school with a load of drums making a hell of a racket. Now I can play the guitar, I know my way around a tune but some reason I couldn’t get to grips with this stupid drum beat that our teacher (Jon Paul) was showing us. I kept getting it wrong and every time that happened my wife would turn round and tut at me. At the coffee break she told me to just hum ‘Leave Home’ by the Chemical Brothers as I play along because it’s basically the same tune.
Therefore I give you the greatest use of a drum in a song, because it is the one that is the easiest to play.
Leave Home – the Chemical Brothers
Which just leaves me, having to pick something that actually uses a bloody drum. Both the choices so far involve a drum machine. So…When I was 16 when I was a naïve little indie boy I decided one day to write a letter to the drummer from Cud. A man called Steve Godwin. I wrote him a letter inviting him to my birthday party which was in a field in an area of Gillingham called Darland Banks. I told him that there would be a bunch of people there, some music, some cider and probably some badly rolled joints. It would be great if Cud could come along I said and then I posted it.
In about six weeks time, some three weeks after my actual birthday party, the drummer from Cud actually sent me a reply. It was handwritten it contained cartoons, and a poem. Cud couldn’t make it to my party (luckily), as they were on tour, but as a present, I had a plus one on the guest list for their next London show, so for that reason – this is unquestionably the Greatest Use of A Drum in A Song…well at least it’s an actual drum.
Robinson Cruesoe – Cud
So folks that’s it. Which one of the three choices win? Vote below – and if you want to contribute to next weeks topic here it is.
Next Week – The best example of a Pure Pop record by a solo female artist.