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An Alternative History of "Pop" Music: Part 3, 2004 -

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The Organ - Memorize the City

Another Vancouver based act. This is taken from their only album "Grab That Gun"


Richard Cheese & Lounge Against The Machine - Hey Ya

[Benjamin] {Ideatown}
(from the album I'd Like A Virgin)

I get the feeling that, now the Richard Cheese dam has burst, he may be included in this thread every time the year corresponds with one of his album releases...
This cover of the ubiquitous Outkast original is taken from his 2nd album with Lounge Against The Machine, I'd Like A Virgin.


Spring's Arrival (The Express Rising Remix) - Piano Overlord.  Released on Money Studies in 2004.

Piano Overlord (alias of Guillermo Scott Herren aka Prefuse 73) A Fender Rhodes organ based conceptual project. Lavly!

Johnny Foreigner

Ночной Проспект - Гуманитарная жизнь

Ночной Проспект (Notchnoi Prospekt) were founded in the Soviet Union in 1985, gaining considerable success as an underground new wave band, both in Russia and Scandinavia. The founding members were Alexei Borisov and Ivan Sokolovsky, both from Moscow. Over the years, their sound became ever more synthetic, evolving from post-punk-influenced rock towards increasingly minimalist electro.

This track, Humanitarian Life, was originally composed in the 80s and then reworked for their 2004 album, Новые Физики (New Physics).


Rear Moth - Psapp. Released on Where It's At, Where You Are in 2004.

This thread has made me re-investigate so many artists I've not listened to in years. This fifteen year old EP could easily be recorded today and nobody would bat an eyelid on 6Music.

Psapp (/ˈsæp/ or /ˈpsæp/) is a British experimental electronica band. The band, a duo consisting of Carim Clasmann and Galia Durant, are sometimes credited with inventing a musical style known as toytronica, a form of electronica made with toys and toy instruments. The Residents and Pianosaurus may beg to differ. They are also noted for their use of found sounds and homemade instruments, including the meowing of live cats, a "mechanical chicken", and a xylophone-like instrument made of bones they call the "boneaphone".They have released five albums, a Japan Exclusive Mini-Album, Northdown, and five EPs.

The Dears - Lost in the Plot

The Dears are a band from Montreal fronted by husband and wife Murray Lightburn (vocals/guitar) and Natalia Yanchak (keyboards/vocals). This track is from their 2003 album 'No Cities Left' but was released as a single in November 2004, reaching no. 49 in the UK singles chart.


Trembling Blue Stars - All Eternal Things

The undoubted highpoint of their largely underwhelming fifth album "The Seven Autumn Flowers".


Dough-Nuts Town's Map - Plus-Tech Squeeze Box. Released on Vroom Sound in 2004.

One of those albums where the sleeve art 100% accurately reflects the contents within. Not for everyone.

Plus-Tech Squeeze Box AKA Tomonori Hayashibe, Takeshi Wakiya, Junko Kamada.  The frenetic sound of their first album FAKEVOX (2000) is an example of the subgenre known as picopop, driven by rudimentary synthesized sounds and heavily-manipulated samples from a variety of sources, including 1950s jazz and big band recordings. Their second album, CARTOOOM!, was released in 2004. Junko Kamada, the vocalist on the first record, is conspicuously absent, having parted ways with the band. Instead, sampled vocals and a variety of guest singers are used. They have been featured in British Coca-Cola commercials; on the BBC Three show Adam and Joe Go Tokyo and on the OST to The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie. Also their song Early Riser was used in a TV advert in the UK for Powerade (energy drink). They also wrote and recorded the theme tune for the cult cartoon Pucca.

Johnny Foreigner

Obsc(y)re - Nail Your Dreams

Obsc(y)re emerged form a nook in the southeast of Germany in 1993 and was fronted by Anne Wagner, who was apparently a dentist... Their first album, Obsc(y)redistan, gained them a modest following, but it was not until their single, 'To Late' [sic!], was included on a sampler CD in 2008 that they became more famous in the German underground club circuit. Their music is mostly electronic and represents a kind of commercialised wave/synthpop.

Obsc(y)re made some nice ditties, albeit often in appalling English. 'Nail Your Dreams' is the opening track to their otherwise rather unremarkable 2004 album, Zenana.


HotPantz – Give U One 4 Christmas

Released in December 2004 - reached #64 in the UK charts.

QuoteHot Pantz were a UK female vocal duo, formed by Kelly Robinson and Shelley Mintrim. They released the single, "Give U One 4 Christmas" in 2004, which despite radio airplay failed to reach the Top 40 in the UK Singles Chart.


Quote from: Johnny Foreigner on November 04, 2021, 02:11:51 PM
This is utter crap, but somehow amusing.

And the only link in this thread you've bothered to watch? 😉


Farmer's Angle - Belbury Poly.  Released on GhostBox in 2004

The early days of the Ghost Box label.

Write that down.

Belbury Poly AKA Jim Jupp, who co-runs the Ghost Box record label with Julian House. Belbury Poly's music recalls the churning synth sounds and dreamy analogue forays of the 60s vanguard. Similar in tone and texture to Raymond Scott and the whole of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop's 60s and 70s output, Belbury Poly offers off-key melodies, muted rhythms and sounds both hopeful and spooky.

Johnny Foreigner

Quote from: Brundle-Fly on November 04, 2021, 06:54:01 PM
And the only link in this thread you've bothered to watch? 😉

No, I keep up. As I've said before, some of it appeals to me.

Bill Fay - Brighton Beach

This is from From the Bottom of an old Grandfather Clock: a collection of demos and outtakes 1966-1970. The collection was followed in 2005 by a previously unreleased album from the Bill Fay Group called Tomorrow Tomorrow and Tomorrow, recorded between 1978 and 1981. Those were the first two releases since Bill Fay's first albums came out in 1970 and 1971 and four new albums have come since then. His music is sometimes classified as 'progressive folk' but I would put it in 'singer-songwriter'. Two of the songs on the 2004 collection, "Camille" and "Garden Song", were included on the soundtrack to The Comedy in 2012, dunno if Tim Heidecker had any input or is a fan at all. There's also a good unfinished Paul McCartney like song called "Strangers in the Fields".

"Brighton Beach" has quite an entrancing effect on account of its flangy panning between channels if those are the right words I've reached for. In a previous post I realised I asked after the name of a singer who on later listening sounded more likely to have been a choir of backing singers. There are three short descriptions of the song online, bringing more questions than answers! One says that it's about 'lives lost at war', another calls it 'a bleak tale of suicide' and the third one says that it 'captures the FEEL of rainy old Brighton'.

Beacons flash to passing ships
Through the tide a body slips
And all the ideas locked in your head
Down Brighton Beach lay dead

Took their lives on the water's edge
A body drifts onto a ledge
And all the ideas locked in your head
Down Brighton Beach lay dead

[Ships of words?] go passing by
[Mouths agape?] and staring eyes
And all the ideas locked in your head
Down Brighton Beach lay dead
Down Brighton Beach




Time to bring 2004 to a close, 2005 will open later on Saturday, so get those last minute 2004's in soon.

Specialist n Tru Skool featuring Ranjit Mani- Nashia Tho Door

Specialist n Tru-Skool are a duo of bhangra producers from Derby. Their 2004 album Word is Born is a mixture of bhangra with busy, early 90s style sample-heavy hip-hop, this track being based around James Brown's 'Paid the Cost to be the Boss'. While most of the album featured previously unknown singers from the UK, the Panjabi vocalist on this track Ranjit Mani was already fairly well known. There is some more information about the uk Bhangra scene here- the article mostly describes 'Word is Born' as been a high point in what was mostly lean times for the scene:


Clean Slate - Magnet. ( The Bees Mix)   Released on Ultimate Dilemma as a B side of Lay Lady Lay in 2004.

Gorgeous folk'n'brass vocal harmony oddesey.

Magnet is the pseudonym used by Norwegian singer-songwriter Even Johansen. Here he is remixed by The Bees, previously discussed on here in 2002, I believe?

Four similarish 2004 metronomic guitar band songs

Electrelane - Gone under Sea

There were a few different language songs on this album

Secret Machines - Nowhere Again

LCD Soundsystemy

The Walkmen - The Rat

Too obvious probably.

The Rakes - Strasbourg

Early Rakes single.


50 Foot Wave - Dog Days

Formed by Throwing Muses frontwoman Kristin Hersh in 2003. This is from their debut, self-titled, EP, and it's a refreshing return to a more bracing, abrasive sound for Kristin .


The Pipettes ‎– Dirty Mind

Reached #68 on the UK charts in November 2005

QuoteThe Pipettes were formed in mid-2003 by singer-songwriter and promoter Monster Bobby with the intention of reviving the Phil Spector pop sound and giving it a modern twist, after noticing the reaction girl group songs got during his DJ sets. In collaboration with singer, poet, and photographer Julia Clark-Lowes, who was inspired by Bill Drummond and Jimmy Cauty's The Manual, he recruited friends from and around the local music scene. The group was originally composed of Julia Clarke-Lowes, Rebecca Stephens, and Rose Elinor Dougall.

Rose : "Well, basically our guitarist, Bobby, had a contact with someone, and he kind of recruited us all individually. We all kind of knew each other, but not as a group. He asked us if we wanted to be involved and we said yes went for a drink and that was it. I think we had a few songs, he had a few songs, and we had ideas and gradually it evolved to what it is now because we all write songs, but it was Bobby who kind of started it off."

The line-up consisting of Rose ("Rosay"), Julia ("The Duchess (of Darkness)" or "Julia Caesar"), RiotBecki, Jon Falcone, Seb Falcone, Joe ("Robin of Loxley") and Bobby settled in mid-2004. The male backing musicians, "The Cassettes" never appear in interviews or photo shoots, emphasizing the role of the singers. The three frontwomen wear polka dot dresses with synchronized choreography being a major part of their live shows, whereas The Cassettes can be seeing wearing knitted tank tops with their initials sewn onto them.

In April 2005 founder member Julia left to concentrate on her own project, The Indelicates, and was replaced by former Welsh-language solo artist Gwenno Saunders. Three limited edition singles were released in 2005, leading to the group being signed to Memphis Industries shortly after touring with the label's The Go! Team.


When The Levee Breaks - Albert Kuvezin and Yat-Kha. Released on Pläne in 2004.

One of my favourite ever cover versions ever. Albert gives Milan Fras from Laibach a run for his tolars on the growly bass vox stakes.

Yat-Kha is a band from Tuva, led by vocalist/guitarist Albert Kuvezin. Their music is a mixture of Tuvan traditional music and rock, featuring Kuvezin's distinctive kargyraa throat singing style, the kanzat kargyraa.

The Mollusk

I should really get involved in these threads. Here's my first ever submission!

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - Over and Over Again (Lost and Found)

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah (often abbreviated CYHSY) is the musical project of American indie rock musician Alec Ounsworth. It was founded in 2004 and is based in Philadelphia and Brooklyn.

Quirky lyrics, an off kilter voice that sounds a fair bit like David Byrne, and a warm, clean and soothing indie groove that wouldn't sound amiss if it were performed by The Cure. The whole album's really really bloody good, so check it out if you like this song.


Vashti Bunyan - Against The Sky

The return of the, by now, semi-mythical Vashti. We last heard from her in 1970 and this marks her very welcome and triumphant return to recording after 35 years, her second album "Lookaftering".

Ballad of Ballard Berkley

The Clientele - (I Can't Seem To) Make You Mine

No strangers to this fine thread, The Clientele are a dreamy baroque pop group from London. This is taken from their third album Strange Geometry.


Ghosts - Infantjoy (feat. Sarah Nixey) (Populous remix)  Released on Sony BMG in 2005.

Talking about my favourite ever covers again today?. The original single's ruby anniversary this very year.

James Banbury and Paul Morley formed Infantjoy in the early 2000s. Banbury was involved with The Auteurs since the group's debut album and has taken part in numerous recording sessions as a cellist, keyboardist, string arranger, programmer, engineer, and producer. Sarah Anne Nixey (born 21 December 1973 in Dorset, England) is a British singer, musician, songwriter, best known as the chanteuse in Black Box Recorder.