Getting People Over the Beatles

Getting People Over the Beatles: A Series Examining the Greats of British (and UK) Pop Music – Wonders in the Dark Magazine

USA artwork of the When I Was Born For The 7th Time

And today’s final selection is a bit of an obscure oddball representing how large, and thus wide the scope of BritPop became in such a short time (purists of the genre consider it to have only existed from late 1994 to sometime in 1998). Looking over the general consensus of BritPop there becomes a rather strict look and ideology to what it is, and as an American I can only say that the version we got was even more regimented then the one that was actually happening in the mid-1990s. But when one looks even just a little closer does the wealth of ideas (culturally, socially, and politically), and how radical many of them were begins to accurately take shape. Then, looking even closer does one start to find genuine different bands, on just aesthetics alone, as it’s way too easy (and incorrect) to reduce BritPop to ‘music just for laddish men’ created by said ‘laddish’ men.

Perhaps the most interesting of these bands was Cornershop. Culturally they represented the large Indian population of England, with even their name being derived from a racist connotation about their culture owning a perceived abundance of 7-11 like corner market shops. It was a tongue in cheek in-your-face account of their supposed place in British culture. In short, a perfectly quick representation of their ironic, satiric, and often politically refreshing multi-culturally embracing music.

They started with two EP’s (now both collected on the Elvis Sex Change [1993] disc), that showed the band in looser, rawer state. There’s plenty of lo-fi pop, but there is sonic noise experimentation too. From there 1994’s Hold On It Hurts (also stripped down indie meets leftist post-punk), and Woman’s Gotta Have It from 1995 (the first album where their unique sound – later called Hindi-pop – began to really take shape. They’re almost reclaiming the sitar, an Indian instrument, from the Anglos [most notably the Beatles] back to Indians and with it a symbol of their culture as a whole) began to show the multifaceted nature of Tjinder Singh‘s sly brilliance.

But it’s all a definite precursor to the main course, 1997’s stunning When I Was Born for the 7th Time. It’s an album that most here have probably heard, but were never aware of, more then a testament to easy hypnotic quality (plus ‘Brimful of Asha‘ was a surprise alt-hit of 1997, bringing them even if just for a second to the level of say an English Beck. The tunes are as interesting and varied, for this culture what Odelay was for American alt-pop in there collage like qualities). There are plenty of beat laden instrumentals where all their styles mix; there’s indian sitars, funk guitars, trip-hop and trance beats, essentially it’s a world music BritPop record, highly original, but never a novelty. It’s always grounded in a melodic sense of golden, glorious Pop.

Sure, ‘Brimful of Asha‘ was the hit (and it’s no wonder it’s one of the great songs of its era, or any era for that matter), but then there’s the smooth bass melody of ‘Candyman‘ (which us Americans will know from a recent LeBron Nike commercial), the homemade hip-hop of ‘State Troopers‘, ‘Good Shit‘ is the upwards surge of late 90’s optimism (and again, us Americans will know it from the Target ad), the lead track accordion whimsy of ‘Sleep On the Left Side‘ which gives ‘Asha‘ a run for the best single from the album, ‘Good to Be on the Road Back Home‘ is as authentic in the English rural style as anything Ronnie Lane ever offered, and finally there’s the cover of the definitive sitar Pop song of all time, the Beatles ‘Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)‘ which, in their native language, just soars to transcendency.

From there they’d release three more critically acclaimed albums (all are highly recommended; Handcream for a Generation [2002] has the added BritPop boost of featuring Noel Gallagher on a track or two, Judy Sucks a Lemon for Breakfast [2009] was a triumphant needed return what with the political climate what it was in the late 2000’s and it’s a glam rocker to boot, and 2011’s Cornershop and the Double ‘O’ Groove Of was yet another redefining of a band always looking to redefine not only themselves and their form [pop music] but the larger culture around them), and I must say, in a perfect world this Series wouldn’t need to exist for pop fans to listen to this type of stuff. ‘Everyone needs a buxom for a pillow’, my thoughts exactly. Just essential.

Posted in author Jamie Uhler, Getting Over the Beatles – Wonders in the Dark Magazine

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What Did The Hippie….Track 2 of 6 The Singhles Club

Tjinder Singh has produced many outtake tracks, which will be coming out as one-sided releases called The Singhles Club, and at the same time freeing up the hard disk of Mr. Singh’s headspace. Most are collaborations with friends & foes, helping bridge a gap between the variety of the Cornershop back catalogue and its biblical passages.

A total of 6 Songs will be individually available, or as part of the The Singhles Club subscription, which is simply £6 for 6 tracks via cornershop.com

Subscription will entitle you to receive 6 digital singles (and most tracks will come with a very special digital popadom), sent to you on a monthly basis.

Non-Stop Radio by Cornershop featuring Celeste the opening track for The Singhles Club.  Next song in the Series coming soon…..What Did The Hippie Have In His Bag – a song put together for a kids cartoon series.  It will be used as part of this years Manchester International Festival (1st – 17th July), with a video by Rude (the kind people that did our Soul School video), in a space called Pop O Motion, whose logo appears here, to give you a glimpse of the funk of the project.  The song was finished with the help of Year 1 at Castle Hill Primary School, Bolton, during a 3 day residency (as pictured).

Cornershop – What Did The Hippie Have In His Bag (AmplePlayRecords) by cornershop

Battle Of New Orleans, Extended Play, out now on CD

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Title: The Battle Of New Orleans, Extended Play

Group: Cornershop

Label: Ample Play Records

Release date: 2/Nov/2010

To order a CD, as our shop is still being refurbished, please send £3.99 to ‘info@cornershop.com’ via Paypal and we will send you the CD anywhere in the world.

The battle continues afresh with The Battle of New Orleans EP out from November 2nd, 2010 through their Ample Play label, featuring four unreleased tracks including a new remix of Soul School from their current album, Judy Sucks a Lemon For Breakfast.

View the latest video:

Cornershop - Houston Hash

Click here to get to the Free Download of Soul School - School Dinners Track

Listen to Previews of the New EP:

1. Houston Hash 1. Houston Hash - PREVIEW

Houston Hash is the ultimate truck driving song, with a lighthearted description of the road as well as home life, put another way trucks & cooking.

The track was produced in cooperation with the United Association of Songleading Staff & was regularly used for instruction at all Devon & Cornwall Songleading Summer Camps.  It is recommended that you check with your Band Director before ordering music arrangements.

2. Soul School, School Dinners 2. Soul School: School Dinners - PREVIEW

The usual Soul School with an added dress-down Friday funk from Cambridge, Massachusetts…with more bits from Manchester & Liverpool to drive it home.

3. The Battle Of New Orleans 3. The Battle of New Orleans - PREVIEW

Just before he passed away legendary BBC Radio 1 Disc Jockey, John Peel asked his favourite groups to record a Lonnie Donegan track for him to play across his Christmas/New Year Special shows.  We chose The Battle Of New Orleans, which he took high in the charts, and also hit the number one spot in the US in 1959 performed by Johnny Horton.  They love the track for its attitude, spirit and for the fact that it was one of the earliest country tracks to top the charts.

4. Lynndie England 4. Lynndie England - PREVIEW

As the old reggae spirituals said “love is lovely and war is very, very ugly,” & this contemplates the end of all wars including New Orleans to more modern expeditions.

We are currently redesigning our Cornershop Shop, therefore, order a CD, please send £3.99 to ‘info@cornershop.com’ via Paypal and we will send you the CD anywhere in the world.

A free bonus track entitled As We Enter The Century’s Clit will also be available at certain outlets.

Ample Play & Cornershop.com

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Zombies, The Year Of The Infection – Cornershop Mix of Rodeo Massacre

Rodeo Massacre are a French Swedish band that have lost no time in building their world up, since residing in the Capital City of London.  They even have their own London night club Clap or Die in Camden.

Cornershop have always promoted Rodeo Massacre, from the first time that Tjinder saw them at Lucky 7 Record Shop

This was the first time he met Izzy, their lead singer, and since they live in the same quartier they have met regularly, and got to know each other more.  Pop fact pickers Izzy has even babysat Mr Singh’s two children.

Well now, all this has culminated into “Zombies, The Year Of The Infection” a Cornershop mix of Rodeo Massacre’sZombies Of Life” from their forthcoming album on Smoky Carrot Records.  People and Zombies are digging it – listen to the preview below, see what you think:

Zombies, The Year Of The Infection - Cornershop Mix of Rodeo Massacre

To Download this track, full length and for free, please click on the Down arrow on the right of this player below.

Rodeo Massacre – Zombies of Life (Cornershop Remix)

Ample Play & Cornershop.com