April 6, 2006

Dry Your Eyes (Skinner v. Martin)

Thanks to my favorite music tipster, I went on a quest yesterday to find a rare version of a song from The Streets that is one of Mike Skinner’s most personal (and pretty) songs ever, now made even better.

“Dry Your Eyes” was featured on A Grand Don’t Come For Free, but the specific version I was seeking featured Chris Martin from Coldplay providing the vocals for the hook. The result of the joint effort is a song makes me feel like something is broken inside; the strings eviscerate me.

It’s got all the torrid music industry controversy, which makes it hard to find: Martin’s label didn’t want him guesting, so the track was yanked after a very brief window of radio play, and now it’s off the record and very hush hush:

Dry Your Eyes (featuring Chris Martin)” – The Streets

Huge thanks to Ben at the Work For It blog, who was the actual quester who sought this out and was so kind to provide it to me. Check out his musical musings.

February 16, 2006

New One From The Streets

I am liking the beat on this advance single from The Streets. And I’ve got a small penchant for accents, esp of the English/Irish/Scottish variety (maybe that’s why I could watch So I Married An Axe Murderer over and over and over again?), hence I like to listen to Mike Skinner ramble on. He’s got a sense of humor (humour) and this track is good times. And, you know, in-depth, thought-provoking lyrics that really make you think, like “when you’re a famous boy, it gets really easy to get girls…it’s oh so easy…”

When You Wasn’t Famous” – The Streets

The single will be released March 27, and the new album ‘The Hardest Way To Make An Easy Living’ is due April 10. Thanks to Zombies blog for tracking this one down.

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"I love the relationship that anyone has with music: because there's something in us that is beyond the reach of words, something that eludes and defies our best attempts to spit it out. It's the best part of us, probably, the richest and strangest part..."
—Nick Hornby, Songbook
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—Hunter S. Thompson

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