There was a segment on Radio5live this morning about Lana Del Rays album 'Jaguars, H&M and Mulberry' and how it starts and ends with a three minute soliloquy of her mutterings (gotta fill that CD somehow) and they were asking for listeners to text in with suggestions of spoken word that works. Man they sent in a right load of terrible; William Shatner etc, as well as songs that only had a bit of talking in them and ones that were really more like singing; Thriller and 'I've never been to me' etc The basic sway of the segment was; 'Talking in Songs is always terrible' and I was thinking...WRONG!
So where does it work?
My starter for three.Fingerprintz -Wet Job
Arab Strap 101, great to dance to and...the best song by a Scottish band about getting stabbed with a poison tipped umbrella I can think of.Coil - The Golden Section
voice by Paul Vaughan, best known for Horizon on the BBC.The Eccentronic Research Council - Autobahn 666
for me the 'interesting' album of the year, perhaps hard to fathom if you aren't from the UK, it's very location specific and reads like the Northern Socialist, Feminist Manifesto. The voice is Maxine Peake, noted UK actress. I would have chose Ghost Of Old Lizzy Southerns Returns but can't find it to link to, the words are hilarious.
So lets hear those talkies.