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Playlist 11.02.13

Stuart Bailie | 09:59 UK time, Wednesday, 13 February 2013

What tune was best to mark the 50th anniversary of Sylvia Plath's demise? Surely not Ralph McTell and the sappy 'Sylvia'. Meantime, the intensity of Paul Westerberg, remembering her suicide on 'Crackle And Drag' might be best kept for another night. Likewise with The Manics and 'Faster', spitting out Plath and Pinter. And there's never a good time for Lady Gaga and 'Dance In The Dark'. You know that.

So the call went out to Everything But The Girl. A track called 'Little Hitler' from their 'Baby The Stars Shine Bright' album - sumptuous heartache from 1986. Produced by Mike Hedges, who also worked with the Manics on their other Sylvia tribute, 'The Girl Who Wanted To Be God'. The latter track was co-written by Richey Edwards, one of his last creations before his apparent suicide.

'Little Hitler' has an expansive, Nashville-lite arrangement and a slightly foreboding air. Tracy Thorn, with her first in English Lit, is pretty effortless in the way that she references the Sylvia Plath poem, 'Daddy' to portray a dark, domineering figure with renegade politics and heavy manners.

Dexys Midnight Runners - Jackie Wilson Said (EMI)
Palma Violets - Step Up for The Cool Cats (Rough Trade)
Depeche Mode - Heaven (Sony)
Mary Margaret O'Hara - profile
Mary Margaret O'Hara - Then Said the Captain To Be (Anti)
Ron Sexsmith - She Does My Heart Good (Cooking Vinyl)
Scream Blue Murmur - The Secret Life Of Gam Bambino (white)
Tom Waits, Keith Richards - Shenandoah (Anti)
Eels - Wonderful Glorious (E Works)
Jens Lekman - The End Of The World Is Bigger Than Love (Secretly Canadian)
Professor Longhair - Go To The Mardi Gras (Proper)
Caitlin Rose - Only A Clown (Names)
Eels - Brave Little Soldier (E Works)
Shane MacGowan, Johnny Depp - The Leaving Of Liverpool (Anti)
The Leisure Society - Fight For Everyone (Full Time Hobby)
The Five Satins - In The Still Of The Night (Standard)
Fionn Regan - 67 Blackout (Universal)
Everything But The Girl - Little Hitler (WEA)
Patrick Gardiner - He Isn't Right For You (white)
Eels - True Original (E Works)
Fats Domino - Mardi Gras In New Orleans (EMI)
Ed Harcourt - Hey Little Bruiser (CCCLX)
Yo La Tengo - Ohm (Matador)
Sinkane - Runnin (City Slang)


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