the gifted children is a music collective centred in Rochester and Buffalo, NY. while main songwriter Jeff Suszczynski and several others remain in western New York, various contributors have moved and now live in Virginia, Minnesota, Brooklyn, North Carolina, and California. since forming in 1995, the gifted children have released 14 albums, over 30 EPs and singles, and a boxed set, with several dozen unfinished albums currently being worked on. Stylistically they range from art rock to folk, electronic to indie rock, ambient to shoegaze. This is summer houses, from their maxi-E.P. summer homes, part 1 (self-released digital 2020) buy here.
Our UK pop-psyche gem from 1969 comes from Woody Kern, not a solo singer but a Nottingham band formed in 1967, and their sole single Biography (Pye 7” 1969), also on their sole LP The Awful Disclosures Of Maria Monk (Pye 1969).
Next up, an indie classic. The Shins (website) are a US indie band from Albuquerque, New Mexico, and this is New Slang (Sub Pop 7” 2001), also on their debut LP Oh, Inverted World (Sub Pop 2001). The video pastiches indie/alternative LP covers. How many can you guess?
Suzanne Vega (website) was born Suzanne Nadine Peck Vega Yunqué in Santa Monica, California, but New York City-based since 1962, and she is rightly regarded as one of the Big Apple’s foremost chroniclers. This is the official video for her second single Marlene On The Wall (A&M 7” 1985), a minor hit here in the UK, from her debut LP Suzanne Vega (A&M 1985) which again was more popular in the UK than in her native US, reaching No.11 here, helped by this promo video, which was everywhere on UK TV at the time. A great song and video.
We conclude with a couple of official videos for Britpop classics from Blur and Oasis. First, Blur and The Universal (Food all formats 1995), from their fourth LP The Great Escape (Food 1995), then we conclude with Oasis and Wonderwall (Creation all formats 1995), from their second LP (What's The Story) Morning Glory? (Creation 1995). A fantastic brace of songs. Until next week …