October 5th, 2014

Extant - Halle Berry

Okay, who remembers...

...River City People? Brief lived folk rock band from Liverpool. I think I first experienced when I saw them supporting Fleetwood Mac at Wembley Stadium back in 1990 or thereabouts. I remember thinking at the time that they seemed a bit All About Eve-ish (which as I was wearing my Scarlet and other stories T-shirt at the time seemed highly appropriate).

Anyway, I was mentioning their cover version of California Dreamin' to huntingospray the other day, and was ripping their CD into iTunes so I thought I'd look for the video on Youtube. Here y'go. (I note from the comments that someone thinks Siobhan Maher, the lead singer, is a bit Julianne Regan-ish. So, there y'go. I'm not alone.)

I also give you one of their other hits, What's wrong with dreaming:

Extant - Halle Berry

iTunes CDDB genres being weird again...

When (or indeed if) you think of Paul Hardcastle - he of 19, Don't waste my time, and The Wizard - what musical genre springs to mind? 'Cos when I popped his best known album - the one containing the first two of those songs, and others of similar ilk - into my computer, the CD database that autofills the CD information reckoned that the genre was "jazz".

Now, I know that - in a fairly lengthy career - Mr Hardcastle has, indeed, recorded much music in the jazz genre, but I'm not really sure that this particular album could really be called jazz in any meaningful sense. Nor even "crossover jazz" or "acid jazz," which Wikipedia suggests as the album's genres (along with "Boogie" and "dance-pop"). I dabbled with Wiki's other suggestion of "electro" before finally going with "synthpop," which is how I generally label Pet Shop Boys, Erasure, early Depeche Mode, and other music along those lines, although for this album I wonder if electronica might be a closer match.

But, just wondering what other folks think?