The weekly playlist wraps up the previous seven days across the Far Out website and brings it all together into one handy place. Whether this is a thirst for new tunes or an old favourite with a landmark celebration, here is the one-stop shop for all your music needs.
Sadly, the only place to start is the fifth anniversary of the passing of the imperious Prince. 2016 was the most solemn year in music history, as we lost three of the most cherished artists to have ever lived as David Bowie, Leonard Cohen, and Prince all passed away.
To mark five years of the world without Prince’s presence, Far Out turned purple in remembrance of him with two articles celebrating his unmatched legacy. Far Out explained the case for him being the greatest guitarist ever to live. No matter who you label with this desirable tag — we will never come to a unilateral agreement, which is the beauty of music’s objectivity.
We also looked at how Prince made it acceptable to be feminine in music and examined the lasting influence his androgynous aesthetic still has on music. What Prince represented through how he carried himself is just as pivotal in his legacy as his albums. Before Prince, music was a macho business, one in which it was encouraged to act as traditionally masculine as physically possible at all costs. In contrast, The Purple One left all the gender norms at the door and dressed however he pleased without caring for a moment about any potential backlash.
On a lighter note, The Cure’s Robert Smith celebrated his 62nd birthday, and we chronicled his career through the lens of his best lyrics. Central to The Cure’s ethos was the lyrical wizardry of Robert Smith. He has always been a songwriter capable of meddling a singalong pop chorus with a melee of weird and wonderful pieces of poignancy and poetic imagery.
It wasn’t just Smith who was fortunate to blow out candles on his birthday cake this week, with Iggy Pop turning 74 on the same day, and we ranked the icon’s ten greatest songs.
Where to start with someone like Iggy? He is a musician without equal. Without him, music as we know it would not be the same. The majority of the alternative heroes of the last fifty years would not exist without the man dubbed the Godfather of punk.
He has released numerous albums over the years to critical and commercial acclaim. Iggy started his career as the lyricist and vocalist of proto-punk pioneers, The Stooges upon formation in 1967, quickly earning his spot as one of the most visceral entertainers of all time.
Additionally, last week marked 44 years since The Jam made their arrival with their debut single, ‘In The City’. Far Out looked at how these three Woking boys managed to embody contemporary British culture by taking from a wide range of different sources, culminating in their iconoclastic stature. Without this single, and the eponymous debut album, British music would not be the same, and there would be no Blur or Parklife. The Jam managed to perfectly capture a way of life that is no more, but we can still learn many lessons from today.
Far Out welcomed the legendary Welsh crooner Tom Jones, who spoke with us all about his new album Surrounded By Time, which is on course to be his first number one album in two decades. On top of that, he also talked about singing with Janis Joplin, almost getting into a fight with John Lennon, and missing out on singing The Beatles song ‘The Long and Winding Road’.
The latter came about after a meeting with Paul McCartney on a night out in London, but his label wouldn’t budge, and the opportunity to record the song went amiss. Jones tried to move heaven and earth to make ‘The Long and Winding Road’ his next single. However, studio time was at a premium and, on top of that, Decca needed to book session musicians, and the process would have taken two months longer than the label wanted to wait.
Jones told Far Out: “I said, ‘It’s a shame because this is a great song’. I really knew it, right there and then. I said, ‘Could you talk to Paul and ask him? Could it be the next single?’ They said, ‘no, if you don’t want to do it now, he’ll do it himself. I should have put my foot down.
“This song I’ve got on Surrounded By Time, ‘No Hole In My Head’, I should have practised then what I preach now, because it says, ‘everybody thinks my head’s full of nothing, They want to put their own special stuff in, Fill up the space with candy wrappers’. I should have said then, ‘I want to do this song’, but I was on my own. Nobody would back me up.”
Find the full playlist, below.
The Far Out Weekly Playlist:
- Iggy Pop – ‘Candy’
- Prince – ‘1999’
- The Cure – ‘Close To Me’
- Nina Simone – ‘Baltimore’
- Peter Frampton ‘Show Me The Way’
- The Jam – ‘In The City’
- Roy Orbison – ‘You Got It’
- Fatboy Slim – ‘Weapon Of Choice’
- Ramones – ‘Judy Is A Punk’
- Oasis – ‘Some Might Say’
- David Bowie – ‘The Man Who Sold The World’ (Tony Visconti 2020 Mix)
- Tom Jones – ‘No Hole In My Head’
- The Troggs – ‘Wild Thing’
- Ann Peebles – ‘I Can’t Stand The Rain’
- Glen Campbell – ‘Southern Nights’