Thursday, 17 January 2019

Ten Glorious Years

Today is a momentous anniversary for all of us here at 27 Leggies (i.e. me). It was exactly ten years ago that our first ever post was published. If my records are correct, since then we've featured 3903 different tracks and roughly 2300 different artists, from Admiral Dele Abiodun all the way to Zuluboy.

Way back then I would never have dreamed that we would become Surfers of the Zeitgeist. After all, we weren't even paddling at that point - more sitting in the car with sandwiches and a thermos flask on a rainy Sunday afternoon hoping the weather would clear long enough for us to manage a quick stroll on the beach.

Some of the many highlights of the last ten years include: becoming penpals with Mama Coconut; being pestered by hip European DJs for cutting edge Tsonga Disco samples; being bigged up on US National Public Radio; meeting the legendary Klaus Voorman; getting on the guest list for some excellent gigs; being relentlessly trolled by irate Elkie Brooks fans for daring to suggest her disco version of "Only Love Will Break Your Heart" was less that great; and, most of all, getting to know all our lovely friends and followers.

To mark our 10th anniversary, here are the first five songs I posted back in 2009. If you would like to make your own contribution to the celebrations, stick a number between 1 and 3903 in the comments and I'll put together a playlist of whatever tracks have the equivalent numbers on my spreadsheet. It is alphabetical by artist so if you fancy a bit of Tommie Young go high.

"They'm" - Rainbow Ffolly

"They Crowned An Idiot King" - Swamp Dogg

"Femme Africaine" - Soule Ngofo Man

"Ti Ricorda Ancora" - Fabio Concato

"Who Let The Flowers Fall?" - The Act

Monday, 7 January 2019

Arnaldo Then Away

I'm off on my travels tomorrow, and will be back (with a bang!) in about ten days. But before I go, here are some tunes from Brazilian polymath Arnaldo Antunes.

I had never heard of him until recently when I found his 2001 album "Paradeiro" in a charity shop and decided it looked interesting enough to merit an investment of 50p. It was. Indeed, I enjoyed it so much I went rummaging around the Internet to find more of his stuff, a small portion of which I present to you now.

"Querem Mandar" - Arnaldo Antunes

"Desistiu de Mim" - Arnaldo Antunes

"Do Vento" - Arnaldo Antunes

See you soon, folks. Stay groovy in the meantime.

Saturday, 5 January 2019

Strait Shooter

I have always had a bit of a soft spot for George Strait. Back in the 1980s and 1990s he was one of the few major country artists keeping the flame of "proper" country alive - or at least the Nashville version of proper country anyway.

That's a theme he himself returns to every now and then, as in today's video and in "House Of Cash", his duet with Patty Loveless. I could not find a video for that one or would have added it as well; it is well worth seeking out if you haven't heard it.

But first a couple of personal favourites from way back when. Let's hope George has got over his fever and is feeling bright-eyed and bushy-tailed this morning.

"Friday Night Fever" - George Strait

"Amarillo By Morning" - George Strait

Thursday, 3 January 2019

Going Commando

We start 2019 with some Ugandan pop from way back in 2018. Ladies and Gentlemen, Mr Zacks Commando.

"Yogera Gyozalwa" - Zacks Commando

"Omusayi" - Zacks Commando