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Weekly Blog 10: HALLUCINATIONS by Suki Chan - Film Premiere

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This week we are thrilled to bring you a UK exclusive premiere of acclaimed artist Suki Chan’s new film HALLUCINATIONS. It follows ...

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Make Yourself at Home Playlist

Make yourself at home with this playlist that our Artistic Director Bryan Biggs has complied from his record collection, supplemented by some YouTube discoveries. The theme is home – both the physical spaces we dwell in and the metaphorical home we leave behind, or yearn to return to.

Like the previous Green Fingers playlist, the selection is from across the popular music spectrum: rock, soul, folk, indie, prog, psychedelia, house, blues, reggae, lounge, R’n’B and pop. Houses, from down in the basement to up on the roof, are celebrated as places to party. Domestic spaces are eulogised, with songs about drainpipes, hauntings and rooms filled with incense and percussion. The idea of home more broadly is addressed in songs of longing or escape.

The playlist is available here on YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKYjUn-SBcg&list=PL7Mprh5l3cat95yUA2Wrxq5dgOrRbtFGW

It is also available on Spotify:

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/7BWUebgDoMaUK5dThD2Ygg

Notes to the playlist

  • Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Our House (1970). A cosy start, as the West Coast harmonisers sing of domestic bliss in the Laurel Canyon house that Graham Nash shared with Joni Mitchell - and two cats.
  • The Beach Boys In my room (1964). More Californian harmony as Brian Wilson & co take a break from surfing for a bit of quiet reflection.
  • Dionne Warwick A House is not a Home (1964). From a film of the same name, this Bacharach and David-penned song is performed flawlessly by Warwick in this TV show on YouTube. Original version on Spotify.
  • Love A House is not a Motel (1967). From the LA band’s Forever Changes, arguably the best album ever, for people of a certain age and disposition.
  • West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band The Smell of Incense (1967). More LA psychedelia from the Summer of Love. Let the smell of incense fill the room.
  • Kaleidoscope (Further Reflections) In The Room Of Percussion (1967). From Britain, poppier but equally disorientating psychedelia, as ‘the joss stick dies and disappears’ - from the Tangerine Dream LP (nothing to do with the German band of the same name).
  • Cream White Room (1968). Short-lived, hugely influential supergroup featuring Ginger Baker, Jack Bruce and Eric Clapton. Lyrics by London beat poet Pete Brown, whose autobiography is White Rooms & Imaginary Westerns.
  • Easy Star All-Stars, featuring Kirsty Roc She’s Leaving Home (2009). From the Sgt Pepper reggae versions LP. Independent woman runs away to meet a man from the motor trade.
  • Toots & The Maytals Country Roads (1973). West Virginia transposed to West Jamaica as Toots implores country roads to take him back home.
  • Gil Scott-Heron Home is Where the Hatred is (1971). Perhaps the bleakest track here as Gil faces up to his addiction. ‘Stand as far away from me as you can’.
  • Blind Faith Can’t find my way home (1969). Stevie Winwood in fine voice on this song premiered at the supergroup’s free concert in Hyde Park.
  • Laura Nyro Up on The Roof (1970). Laid back cover of Drifters’ hit as the New York singer songwriter gets away from it all up on her roof.
  • Etta James & Sugar Pie DeSanto In the basement – Pt. 1 (1966). Two R’n’B titans join forces to party all night long in the basement – that’s where it’s at.
  • The Showstoppers It ain’t nothing but a House Party (1971). YouTube Top of the Pops clip, some years after the release of this perennial Northern Soul floor-filler, that version available on Spotify.
  • Bob Dylan Shelter from the Storm (1976). Terrific live version on YouTube of song from Blood on the Tracks, Dylan finding succour in ‘a place that’s always safe and warm’. Original on Spotify.
  • Carole King Far Away (1971). Where is home when no-one stays in one place anymore, asks King whose Tapestry LP would provide the soundtrack (and visual look) to 70s bedsits everywhere.
  • Cressida Home and where I long to be (1969). Obscure prog rock on the collectable Vertigo ‘swirl’ label. You’d have to re-mortgage your home to buy an original copy. Caribbean flautist Harold McNair guests.
  • Marian Henderson Antique Annie’s Magic Lantern Show (1970). Australian singer invites us to climb three flights of stairs to be transported into a world of domestic magic from a bygone age.
  • Nadia Cattouse All around my grandmother’s floor (1970). Belize-born folkie and actor Cattouse evokes more memories of childhood gateways into the imagination, at Grandma’s house. Not on Spotify.
  • Clarence “Frogman” Henry Ain’t got no home (1956). New Orleans R’n’B veteran ain’t got no home, but he sure can sing like a frog.
  • Chicago Blue Stars Coming Home Baby (1970). Latin-tinged, harmonica and piano driven instrumental by Charlie Musselwhite’s blues band. Not on Spotify, so this more recent vocal version instead from Ronny Pellers Satin Sound.
  • Buddy Guy One room country shack (1968). More blues from Chicago, as guitarist Buddy Guy plaintively seeks company, any company, in his lonely cotton field dwelling.
  • Malvina Reynolds Little Boxes (1962). Reynolds’ satire on the spread of suburban housing and social conformity was popularised by Pete Seeger’s hit version the following year.
  • The Spinners In my Liverpool Home (1966). Pete McGovern wrote this Scouse anthem in the early 1960s. Many verses have subsequently been added, allegedly now standing at 300. Live version on Spotify.
  • Amsterdam Does this train stop on Merseyside? (2005). A more recent Liverpool anthem written by Ian Prowse, whose elegy to his Liverpool home confronts its history, tragedies and myths head on.
  • Madness Our House (1982). Infectious global hit for the North London combo who started as a ska revival band. Co-produced by Clive Langer, from Liverpool art school band Deaf School.
  • Jona Lewie You'll Always Find Me in The Kitchen at Parties (1980). The kitchen as the fulcrum of our homes? Lewie thinks so, especially at parties, in this synth-pop hit on Stiff Records, performed here on Top of the Pops (YouTube). Original on Spotify.
  • The Beat Mirror in the Bathroom (1980). From the kitchen to the bathroom, with Birmingham ska/punk crossover outfit’s top ten hit.
  • Bonzo Dog Band My pink half of the drainpipe (1968). The surreal world of suburbia eulogised by British musical Dadaists, The Bonzos, featuring lawns, rice puddings, nosy neighbours and drainpipes.
  • Ivor Cutler Life In A Scotch Sitting Room, Volume 2, Episode 1 (1974). And so to the sitting room – one that only Scottish poet Cutler could conjure up. Like The Bonzos, he too appeared in The Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour. A different episode on Spotify.
  • Nina Simone The House of the Rising Sun (1968). Not The Animals’ hit version, but an electrifying performance from Simone at New York’s The Bitter End (on YouTube). Original version on Spotify.
  • The Kinks House in the Country (1966). From their Face to Face LP, the Kinks have a dig at privilege: he might have a country house but he’s ‘socially dead’.
  • Blur Country House (1995). Similar sentiments, updated for the Brit Pop generation.
  • Arctic Monkeys This House Is a Circus (2007). From Favourite Worst Nightmare LP, Alex Turner’s scathing take on the emptiness of the rock-star lifestyle.
  • Lou Pride I’m Com’un Home in the Morn’un (1970). Urgent, driving Northern Soul classic, full of drama, by Chicago-born Pride, who drops everything to get home to his beloved. Later, slower version on Spotify.
  • R. Dean Taylor There’s a ghost in my house (1966). Also big on the Northern circuit, Taylor’s record eventually went mainstream, reaching number 3 in the UK in 1974.
  • Lee Oskar Haunted House (1978). More domestic haunting from the virtuoso harmonica player of LA funk band War, on his solo LP Before the Rain.
  • The KLF White Room (1991). Bill Drummond’s ‘electronic pagans’ in more mellow mood, from LP (of the same name) that also contains their popular bangers. Not on Spotify, obviously - KLF deleted their back catalogue.
  • The Temptations Psychedelic Shack (1970). Taking Sly Stone’s psych/funk template, the Motown veterans embrace the Aquarian Age.
  • Grupo Magnético Papa Was a Rolling Stone (2018). The Temptations’ original given a Latin (by way of Edinburgh) refresh. Wherever you lay your hat is your home.
  • Queen Latifah Come Into My House (1990). The feminist queen of rap invites us into her hip-hop/house-music house party.
  • Diddy - Dirty Money, featuring Skylar Grey Coming Home (2010). Diddy’s personal ‘redemptive ballad’ asks, is a house still a home when your love one’s gone?
  • The Rolling Stones 2,000 Light Years from Home (1967). Pretty lonely way to end this mix, light years from home. One of the more enduring tracks from Their Satanic Majesties’ Request LP’s patchy attempt at psychedelia.

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