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From The Prodigy to Lou Reed: 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 two years since the death of Prodigy leader, Keith Flint, who passed away by suicide and was another victim of the mental health crisis that takes over 100 lives in the United Kingdom alone every single week. Due to the singer’s high profile, it can be easy to think that he wasn’t going through the same stresses that the average man on the street—that consideration alone is a tragedy.

If there’s one thing that everybody of a certain age in Britain can agree on, it’s a love of The Prodigy. The group cooked up an intoxicating blend of music born from a rave culture that appealed to music fans who wouldn’t usually think twice about the genre, and The Prodigy became a trend-defying group like the UK had never seen before.

It should have also been former Velvet Underground mastermind Lou Reed’s 79th birthday this week, and Far Out celebrated the life of one of the true greats by admiring his wildest moments, as well as ranking his albums in order of greatness.

Despite being a cantankerous man when interviewed, it’s fair to say that Lou Reed gave his life to music. From a very young age, the singer began writing songs and was even drafted in as a staff songwriter for Pickwick Records. It was here that he honed his craft and began noting the blueprints for the Velvet Underground.

The bastions of New York’s oozing underbelly, the Velvet Underground, weren’t as lauded by their contemporaries as they should have been. While they could count on a healthy collection of arthouse elites to understand their project, on the whole, VU were only truly discovered after the band had split. As such, Lou Reed was more committed than most to making his solo career soar.

Lou Reed and Keith Flint are two acts that received all the plaudits they duly deserved over their lifetime. However, Rory Gallagher is a figure who’s likely to be your favourite guitarist’s favourite guitarist and, while he experienced a successful career, we still feel like he’s an underappreciated giant who deserves more recognition.

To give you a glimpse at Gallagher’s personality, he once uttered in an interview: “I don’t think you get the blues, it’s something you’re born with. That feeling or that mood that blues gives you. I don’t think it has to be a purist sort of approach, or academic, you just feel it, you want to express yourself in a moody way. I don’t think its an American thing or European, you just do it.”

The late-great, Mark E Smith, should have celebrated his 64th birthday last week and to commemorate the Mancunian one-of-a-kind’s unique career, as well as his distinct way with words — Far Out ranked his best lyrics.

The piece perfectly epitomises the rampaging Salford snarler by noting: “In his career, the irascible cult hero catapulted his band, The Fall, to… well certainly not to stardom, but to the mid-latitude heights of purgatory, too original to be permitted entry to the commercial stratosphere and too big for the leaden boots of the doldrums of ‘cult’. From The Fall’s formation in 1976 up until Mark E Smith’s death on the 24th of January 2018, the band produced 31 studio albums and a further 51 live records, with more still being released, all whilst Smith burned through over 60 band members and discarded like tab-ends in a constant shifting line-up of which he was the tyrannical king.”

On a new music front this past week, the most noteworthy moment was the highly-anticipated return of St. Vincent who’s re-emergence suggests that the remainder of 2021 will be a scintillating one. Her new single, ‘Pay Your Way In Pain,’ is yet another unique sound from the singer-songwriter — one which she has perfected over the years. It reeks of yesterday’s perfume and whiskey and feels as close to a night out on the tiles as we’ve got to in the last 12 months.

Check out the playlist in full, below.

The Far Out Weekly Playlist:

  • Lou Reed – ‘Walk On The Wild Side’
  • Dusty Springfield – ‘Son Of A Preacher Man’
  • Kings Of Leon – ‘The Bandit’
  • Rory Gallagher – ‘Bad Penny’
  • Serge Gainsbourg – ‘La javanaise’
  • St. Vincent – ‘Pay Your Way In Pain’
  • Bobby Womack – ‘Across 110th Street’
  • The Prodigy – ‘Firestarter’
  • The Fall – ‘Bill Is Dead’
  • David Gilmour – ‘Smile’
  • Tyler, The Creator – ‘Eearfquake’
  • Elton John – ‘Rocket Man’
  • Karen Carpenter – ‘Make Believe It’s Your First Time’
  • Buffalo Springfield – ‘For What It’s Worth’
  • David Bowie – ‘Space Oddity’

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