Pussy Galore! A Definitive Ranking of the Bond Movie Themes

jamesbondThe first cassette I ever bought for myself with my own money was either a compilation of 80’s hits that featured Duran Duran, The Thompson Twins, and Quiet Riot among others or a collection of theme songs from James Bond movies.  For the sake of this article, I’m going with the tape of James Bond movie themes.  It was awesome.  Every theme from Dr. No to For Your Eyes Only was included, as well as some additional film score and incidental music.  I loved it.  I listened to that tape until the plastic casing cracked and the magnetic tape creased and warbled.  My affinity for Bond films was born in that moment, with a special place in my heart for all those opening credit tunes.  Oh, how they molded me.

The Joup Friday Album – Third Edition: Foals “Holy Fire”

Foals - Holy Fire (image courtesy of Foals and Transgressive Records)

Foals – Holy Fire (image courtesy of Foals and Transgressive Records)

My dear friend and music collaborator Jessica played me this band out of Oxford, England this past summer before she saw them at Lollapalooza in August. She said, “This is THE band Joey. I can’t get enough of their sound.” No, the band wasn’t Radiohead – who do hail from Lewis Carroll’s hometown – but rather an upstart group from the past five years named Foals.  My entry for this edition of Joup’s Friday album is their 2013 release Holy Fire.

35 Albums in 35 Years: 1982

In an ongoing attempt to bleed my opinions all over your computer screen, I’m selecting one album from every year that I’ve been alive that has some sort of significance to me…and then writing about it.  Welcome back to 35 Albums in 35 Years.

 

curepornography1982: The Cure’s Pornography

Straight outta the pit of despair.

Joup’s Friday Album – Second Edition

airhzlegendFor my Friday album, I’m embedding electronic French duo Air’s second proper album, 2001’s 10,000 Hz Legend.  Following the warm, chilled out sounds of 1997’s Moon Safari and the darker, smooth psych rock film score to 2000’s The Virgin Suicides, Air got cold and weird for their next release, employing more of an icy, electronic sound, mixing in elements of folk, soul, French pop, and experimental textures and tones.  The album is awash in strange quirks, vocal effects, and an almost ping-ponging back and forth of styles.  At once it feels both radio-friendly and like some completely off the reservation oddity.  It’s the sounds of Serge Gainsbourg put in a blender and then reassembled by two evil geniuses in a sound studio somewhere hidden in the Himalayas. Oh, and Beck and Ken Andrews (Failure) make appearances on the thing as well.

35 Albums in 35 Years: 1981

In an ongoing attempt to bleed my opinions all over your computer screen, I’m selecting one album from every year that I’ve been alive that has some sort of significance to me…and then writing about it.  Welcome back to 35 Albums in 35 Years.

 

enobyrne1981: Brian Eno and David Byrne’s My Life in the Bush of Ghosts

Joup’s Friday Album – The Inaugural Edition

I was moved today to begin a new feature here on Joup – the Friday album. Each Friday someone on the Joup team will embed an album from youtube.

 

image courtesy of musicfearsatan.com

Now, I need to express for both legal and more importantly moral reasons that this is in no way meant to persuade folks from buying these albums. People who know me or read my stuff know that I am all about supporting musicians, especially independent ones like these guys. As long as this stuff is up on youtube anyway I figure we can maybe use it to turn folks onto some stuff they might not have heard before and actually persuade them they need to go out and support some great bands.We own the rights to none of this stuff and will remove at the artists’ request.

35 Albums in 35 Years: 1980

In an ongoing attempt to bleed my opinions all over your computer screen, I’m selecting one album from every year that I’ve been alive that has some sort of significance to me…and then writing about it.  Welcome back to 35 Albums in 35 Years.

 

joydivisioncloser1980: Joy Division’s Closer

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