'Love And Regret'
by Deacon Blue
People seem to like this one, it was written ten years ago.
I'm singing it a lot at gigs and every time I sing it I go straight back to sitting on a bench on the common with the person it was written about, both of us realising that we had come to the end of our relationship.
I felt huge regret: all that time spent building something for it only to fall apart.
A long time later, a friend asked to meet up because she had the same feelings, and as we talked that moment came back to me again and I completely understood how she felt.
Mule is a poem written about being alone at New Year, feeling alone, helpless and useless. A poem of self loathing and wishing things would just go away and leave me to suffer in silence. Feeling like an empty vessel with no purpose and no meaning to anyone.
I asked Amercian musician and artist Nat Lyon to put some backing music to the poem and he came up with this simple but stunning piece.
I feel it conveys the feeling intended by the words and compliments them perfectly.
'When You Are Far Away'
by The Clear
The Clear are a 3 piece band from Sheffield playing classic West Coast pop.
Chris Damms, Jules Buffey and Bryan Day formed The Clear just over four years ago and their previous releases have been met with critical acclaim by many musical luminaries including Fresh On The Net and Ralph's Life Music Blog.
Their Patchwork album is now available on vinyl.
When You Are Far Away is a wistful song seemingly feeling regret for times lost with a loved one and longing for their return and embrace.
'Loneliness Of The Late Night Shopper' by The Bordellos
The Bordellos hail for St Helens and take midlife crisis, teenage angst, put them in songs and sell them.
They refer to themselves as a family business and cottage industry (that makes no money whatsoever).
Underrated and underpaid, still they refuse to change their ways.
by New Order
The single was released in a variety of formats around the world. The B-side of the single differed in the various releases, but all were remixes of 'Regret', including the 'Fire Island Mix', and 'Junior Dub' by Pete Heller and Terry Farley, and two 'Sabres of Paradise' mixes.
Peter Hook has said that 'Regret' was the last good
New Order song.
As suggested by St Helens Arts Service...'Pure Morning' by Placebo was a last minute addition to Without You I'm Nothing, being recorded as the band prepared B sides for the album in May.l Vinall. After playing with a guitar loop, they decided to develop it into a full song.
Molko said the it was overall "a song about friendship", starting from the situation of "coming down when the rest of the world is waking up", such as when clubgoers get home as the sun rises and everyone else is going to work. The feeling of dislocation, "that point you feel like your life is the least sorted ever", would be solved by someone to "slip their arm around you and make slumber easier."
'Stay For a Little While'
by Olly Ford
'Stay For A Little While' was the first song I'd ever written about 3 years ago. I'm not that skilled in piano but thought I'd have a try when creating the song. The reason behind the song is about my relationship with my parents, and how I felt I had a responsibility whilst growing up to take care of them, how I didn't have much contact with my Mum for the most part of my childhood so when I saw her it would only be brief.
With my Dad it was helping him battle addiction. I would feel a lot of regret when I realised I couldn't help as much as I would have liked. But as I have grown up I have realised that it is not fully my responsibility to make them better, but there is still a little regret that I could have taken more time to help when looking back, and even now.
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by Feral Five
The majority of Feral Five tracks are forward facing however in the case of void they had this to say...
"Sometimes regret is short, sharp and painful.
Feral Five are a London-based electro-punk duo.
Produced by Feral Five, mastered by
Nick Watson at Fluid
'A Bad Day'
This song was suggested by Mike Lindley who is the hands behind Ralph's Life Music Blog and the voice behind Ralph's Indie Show on Radio KC.
The title says it all...
"Deacon Blue were one of my favourite groups to see live in Scotland and I regretted when they broke up in 1994.
They reformed some years later thankfully and were the first band I took Lynn (my now wife) to see when they played Liverpool in 2007. That was the same year I moved to St Helens and proposed, something I'll never regret."
'Close The Chapter'
by Morocco Dave
Morocco Dave is a Coventry-based electronic musician, producer, synth maker and performer.
Whilst the story behind his track 'Close The Chapter' is fuelled by regret, it is in his words - "such a sorry, sorry tale I'm not sure I should share it.
Suffice to say a chapter was closed. Permanently.
Actually, that sounds rather... final, in the wrong way.
You can find his work via the website: moroccodave.co.uk
Fold are a funk & hip-hop influenced experimental quartet based in Leeds.
They explore the natural rhythms of speech by using samples that also aim to bring to light relevant subjects close to their own hearts and minds. Unlike most forms of sampled music Fold perform everything on stage live in order to preserve a sense of natural groove and unity in line with their funk forebears.
'Something Gives' samples the voice of the late James Baldwin who was an American writer and social critic. His essays, as collected in Notes of a Native Son (1955), explore palpable yet unspoken intricacies of racial, sexual, and class distinctions in Western societies, most notably in mid-20th-century America.
The Black Lamps are a product of their diverse experiences and influences. Though they have a shared love for a number of artists such as The Cure, Bowie, Pixies, Ramones, the Bad Seeds they each have their own musical interests.
These influences may not be immediately obvious when listening to the Lamps. But somewhere within the mix, they’re there. Similarly, their experiences bring different perspectives to the group.
Liam runs a local T-Shirt company, Lyndon does something vaguely tedious in IT, Greg designs machines that work at the extremes of nature and Dean is a successful and celebrated graphic artist working for DC Comics and is part of the select band of artists who drew Judge Dredd for 2000AD magazine.