Category: rock music

Violent Femmes, Kiss Off, 1 981

One of the numerous brilliant tunes of the superb first
record of the legendary Milwaukee (Wisconsin, USA) band Violent Femmes
and its unique sound. The irony of the singer/songwriter Gordon Gano is
also a strength of the band in which the acoustic fretless bass has a
very important role.

Basile Pesso, FreeLand, 6th May 2 019, 1st broadcast then (Fb)
Violent Femmes, Kiss Off

Six by Seven, American Beer, 2 002

One more incredibly powerful song, conceived on very few chords, but not
boring one second, by the excellent English band Six by Seven.
It’s actually extremely rare to make a non-boring song with so few chords. What’s more, this one lasts 6 minutes.

Basile Pesso, FreeLand, 5th May 2 019, 1st broadcast then (Fb)
Six by Seven, American Beer

The Breeders, Doe, 1 990

Des accords de guitare légers et simples joués à la Fender Telecaster
(la guitare de Black Francis, des Pixies, même modèle, pour la “special
roughness” de l’instrument), une batterie simple, acérée et puissante,
une basse métallique et lourde, et la voix majestueuse de Mrs Deal,
parfois soutenue en choeurs, pour 2 minutes de plaisir indé intense,
aride et mélodieux, pour l’ouverture de la carrière du satellite des
Pixies, The Breeders, 1e chanson du 1er album Pod. It’s all salty,

Basile Pesso, FreeLand, 24 mars 2 019, 1e diffusion ce jour-là (Fb)
The Breeders, Doe

Ride, Lannoy Point, 2 017

Rare are the bands to make something so good after years and years of
activity, even more after decades, as it’s the case for Ride, known for
having been one of the main bands of the “Shoegazing” movement in
England during the 90’s with, in particular, My Bloody Valentine : heavy
guitars but a pop whole, playing while watching the shoes.
I’ll add that this song is one of the come back record of the band, after 20 years without anything.

This song is totally hypnotic, powerful, masterfully composed, with
incredible dynamics. Compared to the 90’s period of the band, the guitar
wall is not permanent and allows the juvenile voice of the singer to
express itself fully.

In a live version which I’ll show another
time, you’ll see how such a voice can come out of the damaged face of
Mark Gardener, once so handsome with his androgynous features ‘n long

Basile Pesso, 26 December 2 018, 1st broadcast then (Fb)
Ride, Lannoy Point

Remy Zero, Belong, 2 001

Remy Zero fait partie de ces superbes groupes américains
quasiment inconnus hors USA. Et encore, même aux USA, il a fallu qu’ils
fassent le générique de la très bonne série Smallville sur Superman pour
qu’ils gagnent vraiment de l’argent, et aussi, que plusieurs membres du
groupe commencent à jouer avec Alanis Morissette.

Le single du
générique (Save Me) est bon, voire très bon, mais ne représente pas la
finesse de ce groupe sudiste (Alabama), qui s’exprima en particulier sur leur brillant premier album éponyme.

Basile Pesso, FreeLand, 15 mars 2 019, 1e diffusion ce jour-là (Fb)
Remy Zero, Belong

G Love and Special Sauce, The Things that I Us…

Fantastic sound of drums, perfect double bass groove, lovely dobro
and harmonica addition, superb flow, this was the entrance of this
record of G Love and his band in 1 994.

If the record was
frankly boring after several songs, as almost all hip-hop records, this
tune remains a hit and a real phenomenon in the attempt of hip-hop
transformation, mixed with blues, at the same time than another band of
the kind, Soul Coughing, each time a white band.

Basile Pesso, FreeLand, 13 march 2 019, 1st broadcast then (Fb)
G Love and Special Sauce, The Things that I Used to Do

Sigur Ros, Agaertis Byrjun, 1 999

For the ones who wouldn’t know this magnificent Icelandic
band, they have been making plenty of instrumental soft songs, to which
they sometimes add aerial voices. The Icelandic language hasn’t been a
barrier to their important success, which is an extremely rare fact.

One lovely example here, sung, with Agaetis Byrjun.

Basile Pesso, FreeLand, 11 March 2 019, 1st broadcast then (Fb)
Sigur Ros, Agaertis Byrjun

The Presidents of the USA, We’re not Gonna Mak…

Simply one of the very very best bands I ever saw on stage, among
the hundreds I saw. This first record is an absolute stunner, among my
favorite records ever, not one song to throw, not one boring second.
Short and incredibly energetic songs among which a cover of the famous
rock/punk band MC5 and the hit “Lump” talking about cancer all the while
being extremely joyful.

I saw
them play among children balloons for 10 persons in a FNAC, jumping ‘n
giving all they had, with their extremely specific structure (one bass
with three strings, one guitar with three or two strings, one reduced
drum kit) and the power they were giving was totally fantastic.

Basile Pesso, FreeLand, 9 March 2 019, 1st broadcast then (Fb)
The Presidents of the USA, We’re not Gonna Make it

Uncommonmen from Mars, Skateboarding Hurts Mor…

Can you imagine that there’s a French indie rock-punk band with such a
great quality, and that it’s almost unknown ? Two members of the band
come from the USA but live in France. Would have they made the same band
in the USA, they would have been worldwide famous as Blink 182 and
several others.

France has never been a punk rock country, except when it comes from other countries, mainly the USA.

Basile Pesso, FreeLand, 6th March 2 019, 1st broadcast then (Fb)
Uncommonmen from Mars, Skateboarding Hurts More when You’re over 30

P.S : this is a very good/excellent song, but they have done way better.

Fountains of Wayne, Utopia Parkway, 1 999

Popping, bouncing, efficient and poetic, one more excellent song by the New York band. 1 999.

Fountains of Wayne, Utopia Parkway