Paul Weller’s retro-Modernists plaster go-faster stripes over Beatles B-side. Watch it now!

Paul Weller

Paul Weller

 

Have you forgotten – if only for a nanosecond – the brilliance of The Jam? Then return with us to 1977, when in the face of punk’s public renunciation of all the music that came before, Woking’s splenetic power trio celebrated the Mod and Motown sounds of some 15 years earlier. In this incandescent clip, Paul Weller, Bruce Foxton, and Rick Buckler tear into the 1958 Larry Williams song popularized by The Beatles on their Long Tall Sally EP (and, in the States, on their Matchbox single) in 1964.

The group’s fusion of vintage sensibility and thrashing punk energy transforms an arguable standard into a veritable explosion. For two minutes The Style Council, even English Rose or Dreams Of Children, seem a universe away.

 

New Project: Wayne Coyne Turns Into A Spaceship

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Electric Würms

 

Electric Würms mini-album features ‘treatments’ of songs by Yes, Miles Davis.

Hear the freaky evidence now!

Flaming Lips Frontman Wayne Coyne  releases the mind-warping Musik, Die Schwer Zu Twerk (trans: Music That’s Hard To Twerk To), under the moniker Electric Würms, in August.

“They call themselves Electric Würms after the greatest of the super freaks,” ‘explains’ Coyne of the side project, which includes fellow Flaming Lip Steven Drodz and members of Nashville psychsters Linear Downfall, “but they are not a super-group. They are like Sherpas climbing with you. To help you. To love you.”

Psychedelic showman Coyne reckons that “it all began in the ’70s when… the overly optimistic freaks of the day began flying into outer space… They flew in spaceships that were, at first, made of futuristic super metal but before too long they didn’t even NEED ships. They BECAME the ships and they called themselves Electric Würms.”

MOJO readers can experience unaided space flight with this early stream of album track Heart Of The Sunrise, a treatment inspired by the Yes track of the same name…

 

 

Whether Electric Würms are in fact spaceships, Sherpas, or cryptologists, Coyne assures “a hypnotic mood for most of the space bible readings” on this debut record. Certainly, MOJO can confirm that the approach is at the more impressionistic end of the Flaming Lips spectrum. One track, Transform, is based on Miles Davis’s Sivad, the opener from his 1971 album, Live-Evil.

 

Queen Announce Live At The Rainbow

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Rare live recordings and footage from 40 years ago finally get an official airing.

On September 8, 2014, Queen will release Live At The Rainbow ’74, featuring rare and previously unissued material recorded in London during the group’s first two headlining tours of the UK.

The release is set to appear in several formats, including a Super Deluxe Box edition containing two full concerts – from the Rainbow Theatre in March and November 1974 – plus a DVD/Blu-Ray of footage from both gigs, a 60-page book, and reproductions of tour itineraries, posters, button badges and tickets.

The shows marked the mercurial lift-off of the group, and date from the spring Queen II and autumn Sheer Heart Attack tours. The concerts were recorded with a view to putting out a live album, but the growing popularity of the band and their accelerating creative momentum meant the tapes were archived.

Although some of the material has subsequently seen the light of day, 15 tracks have never before enjoyed an official release, including The Fairy Feller’s Master-Stroke – the only known live version of the song, which Queen dropped from their set after the March 31, 1974 Rainbow concert, Mojo music magazine reported.

The DVD/Blu-Ray element of the package features a whole show of unedited performances constructed from film of the November 19/20 1974 concerts, plus four songs from the March gig.