A song for the weekend.
Hope you all own U.N.K.L.E.’s brilliant Psyence Fiction. It was billed as a collaboration between DJ Shadow and Mo’Wax label head James Lavelle, though I think Lavelle’s contributions were only conceptual. He and Shadow managed to pull in the hottest NME cover boys at the time to handle vocals. So while a rock/trip-hop concept album may not sound so enticing, artists like Thom Yorke, Richard Ashcroft, and Badly Drawn Boy keep it from getting repetitive. “Rabbit In Your Headlights” is jazzy and paranoid like Radiohead’s later stuff; it had a controversial video in which
Thom an old man kept getting hit by cars. Aschroft’s “Lonely Soul” ends with an epic four minute orchestral section that reminds me of the cheesiest part of Moody Blues’ “Nights In White Satin” but it works. BDB’s track is my fave: the first half’s got Damon singing over a propulsive electric guitar riff, then it abruptly shifts into a creepy sing-song chorus (i.e., a nursery rhyme). I never did pick up that second U.N.K.L.E. disc. Kept waiting for it to be released in the U.S. and it never was. It’s got Ian Brown, Josh Homme, and Jarvis Cocker. Is it as good as the first?
You can buy Psyence Fiction here.