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From Iggy Pop to Led Zeppelin: The Far Out Weekly Playlist

The weekly playlist, a new feature on Far Out, wraps up the previous seven days across the website and brings them all together into one handy place. Whether this is a thirst for new music or an old favourite with a landmark celebration, here is your one-stop-shop for all your music needs.

Last week marked 25-years since Danny Boyle released his magnum opus with Trainspotting. It is quite hard to imagine that a film that revolves around the British youth culture of the 1990s, heroin addiction and the AIDS epidemic would have such a universal appeal, but that’s what Danny Boyle’s 1996 masterpiece precisely managed to achieve.

The beauty of Trainspotting not only derives from the compelling and heartbreaking story or the iconic cinematography but also the delicious soundtrack. Far Out’s recent feature on the top 10 movie soundtracks, perfectly stated: “As a handy exercise in justifying Transporting’s presence on this list, picture Ewan McGregor’s ‘Renton’ pelting it along Edinburgh streets in the films opening scene… The fact of the matter is that you can’t even picture that scene in the theatre of your own imagination without Iggy Pop’s ‘Lust for Life’ blasting in the background.”

Another anniversary there’s been this week comes from Led Zeppelin, who shared the wondrous Physical Graffiti on February 25th, 1975. The record is fiercely involved in the conversation for the greatest rock album of all time, and it’s undoubtedly the finest hour from one of the finest set of powerhouse musicians ever. A retrospective piece on the album on Far Out reflects: “Despite doubts on whether a double LP would spawn any hits, Led Zeppelin not only delivered raw honesty in a new and fresh interpretation of the blues, but they also wrote one of the most memorable songs of our century, that has steeped into the fabric of our culture – namely, ‘Kashmir’.”

Jimmy Page once commented on the track: “I had all these ideas I wanted to try out, and one of these ideas I had was ‘Kashmir’. This sort of riff that would go round and round and round, literally, musically it’s called a ‘rond’. I had this idea in my head, but I was itching to get there with John Bonham, and he just loved it, and we played it over and over and over, ’cause it was just the two of us at that point in time. I knew that what I was bringing in, that alone was a really good substantial start to everything.”

This past weekend should have also been Rolling Stones founding member Brian Jones’ 79th birthday on a less celebratory note. Jones was a blues junkie. The guitarist was an avid record collector and the driving force behind the band’s unique direction; even Jones came up with the band’s name while on the phone to a promoter, picking the choice from a classic Muddy Waters song. Within a few years, however, he would exile himself with heavy drug use, eventually leading to his death in 1969.

Jones and The Stones were not only grabbing the attention of Britain’s bubbling R&B scene. They soon grabbed the attention of America with Jones front and centre alongside Keith Richards and Mick Jagger — they were a deadly trio. In the early years of the band, Jones was as integral as The Glimmer Twins in The Stones, and he’s an integral part of their story, who deserves to be remembered in the highest esteem.

Another late great rock guitarist who should have celebrated his birthday over the last seven days is George Harrison. To celebrate his legacy, Far Out looked at the argument exploring why he was the best Beatle. The piece asserts, “John Lennon was the consummate artiste, difficult and demanding but wholly easy to predict. Paul McCartney, similarly, was driven only by making music and not much else. Ringo Starr was, and still is, simply Ringo. Harrison, however, represents a little piece of us all. He reminds us of ourselves, trying to live a life full of spiritual enrichment and total balance but naturally falling victim to our own humanity.”

Adding: “Harrison struggled to have his voice heard, but when the quiet Beatle finally found his volume, he spoke to all of us with gentle guidance, a kind candour and the simple subtlety of a man who had achieved at least some kind of enlightenment — the words still reverberating to this day.”

Meanwhile, on our New Noise section, which celebrates the best upcoming music, we welcomed the emerging Manchester-based band Blanketman. The band formed back in 2017 after frontman Adam Hopper posted an advert looking on Join My Band, now four years later, their debut EP, National Trust, arrives next month.

Commenting on the EP, Hopper said: “The EP is one of our saving graces. It provided something to work and focus on during the first couple of phases of lockdown, it gave us something to look forward to and keep us busy. It was interesting to work in a different way.

“Initially, most of the writing was done remotely, which does have its difficulties, especially for Ellie not having an available drum kit to practice on. But as lockdown restrictions were eased, we were able to get together to finish writing and then record it. The EP itself is a step up from what we have done before,” the singer added.

Check out the full-list and playlist, below.

The Far Out Weekly Playlist:

  • Iggy Pop – ‘Lust For Life’
  • Led Zeppelin – ‘Kashmir’
  • George Harrison – ‘My Sweet Lord’
  • Rolling Stones – ‘Paint It Black’
  • Kelly Lee Owens – ‘Melt!’
  • The Who – ‘Pinball Wizard’
  • Pink Floyd – ‘Money’
  • Blanketman – ‘Beach Body’
  • Julien Baker – ‘Heatwave’
  • Fat’s Domino – ‘Ain’t That A Shame’
  • Wings – ‘Give Ireland Back To The Irish’
  • Woody Guthrie – ‘This Land Is Your Land’
  • Johnny Cash – ‘Folsom Prison Blues’
  • Rage Against The Machine – ‘Bulls On Parade’
  • Alice Cooper – ‘Rock and Roll’