I got 5 years, what a surprise! ‘Five Years‘, Bowie’s opening track on the Ziggy album ends with that afore-mentioned refrain. But you knew that already. You might also know that Plain Or Pan has now been going for 5 years. Or you might not. Either way, thanks for visiting time and time again. Whether you’re one of the few who choose to ‘follow this blog’ or you’re one of those misguided creeps who ended up here via Google after searching for ‘Teenage Fanny‘ and got the Bellshill Beach Boys instead, those visits (and the numbers they register behind the scenes in the Plain Or Pan office) are what keeps me a-writin’ and researchin’. Not as often as I’d like to, but as someone commented some time ago, “One good post a week is better than 7 posts of shite.” I might be paraphrasing there, but you get the idea.
As is now customary at this time of year, my team of office monkeys gather up all statistical information made available to them and compile a couple of CDs worth of the year’s most popular downloaded tracks and painstakingly create a groovy cover that goes with it. This is not a quick process. Hours are spent refining and re-refining running orders. At least 14 different covers are produced before a carefully-selected random sample of Plain Or Pan’s target audience (that’s you, that is) choose the cover that speaks most to them. This year is slightly different. The office monkeys have gone on strike (they mumbled something about pensions) and time is at a premium (ie, I don’t have any). The tracks, 2 CDs worth are here. The artwork, not your normal CD cover, more of an image that you can use as cover art in iTunes or however you listen to music on your computer, is there, above this paragraph (right click, save as etc etc). The tracklist? I don’t have one. This year you can choose your own running order from the following:
John Barry – Midnight Cowboy
King Creosote – Home In A Sentence
The Smiths – How Soon Is Now? (Rare Italian pressing)
Gruff Rhys – Shark Ridden Waters, which samples….
The Cyrkle – It Doesn’t Matter Anymore
Midlake – Branches
Elliott Smith – Alameda
Peter Salett – Sunshine
Mott The Hoople – Walking With A Mountain
Primal Scream – Jailbird (Kris Needs’ Toxic Trio Stay free mix)
Primal Scream & PP Arnold – Understanding (Small Faces cover)
Ride – Like A Daydream
The Wildebeests – That Man (Small Faces cover)
Dion – The Dolphins (Tim Buckley cover)
Darondo – Didn’t I
Edwin Starr – Movin’ On Up (Primal Scream cover)
Shellac – My Black Ass
The Rivingtons – Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow (the building blocks of Surfin Bird)
The Survivors – Pamela Jean (Brian Wilson recording)
The Heavy – How You Like Me Now? which heavily ‘borrows’ from…
Dyke & The Blazers – Let A Woman Be A Woman (Let A Man Be A Man)
The La’s – Come In Come Out (John Leckie mix)
The Girlfriends – My One And Only Jimmy Boy
The Whyte Boots – Nightmare
James Brown & the Famous Flames –I’ll Go Crazy
The Jim Jones Revue – Hey Hey Hey Hey, cover of….
Little Richard – Hey Hey Hey Hey (false start take)
Suede – The Wild Ones (unedited version)
Lee Dorsey – Holy Cow
Fern Kinney – Groove Me
Aretha Franklin – Rock Steady (alt mix)
Jackson 5 – I Want You Back (Michael’s isolated vocal – dynamite!!!)
Reparta & the Delrons – Shoes (the inspiration for The Smiths’ A Rush And A Push…)
Dusty Springfield – Spooky
She & Him – Please Please Please, Let Me Get What I Want (Smiths cover)
John Barry – The Girl With The Sun In Her Hair
A fairly representative selection of what Plain Or Pan is all about, you might agree. In other words, a right rum bag of forgotten classics and demos and cover versions and alternative takes and studio outtakes and the rest of it. Outdated Music For Outdated People right enough.
Missed any of these legendary compilations?
Here‘s the first 2 years, 2007 & 2008
Download ’til yer heart’s content!