Desserter’s Songs

A sweet-toothed playlist inspired by the deluxe edition re-issue of Mercury Rev’s Deserter’s Songs. An eleven course dessert degustation featuring cake, rhubarb crumble, jelly and ice cream, more cake and a five fruit salad – all served with an indie rock / electronica / power pop / classic rock and bubblegum jus. Brought to you by Tenuous Links r Us.

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Aerosmith ft. Victoria Wood ‘Sweet Emotion’
1975 was slap bang in the middle of Aerosmith’s golden period, Get Your Wings (1974), Toys In The Attic (1975), and Rocks (1976) are essentials in any rock fans library. [Aerosmith]

Georgie James ‘Cake’
Laura Burhenn (now of The Mynabirds) and John Davis (formerly of Q And Not U) made only one album together, 2007’s Places, it’s a pretty nifty slice of powerpop. [Gerogie James]

Pop Will Eat Itself ‘Never Rub Another Man’s Rhubarb’
Jack Nicholson’s Joker sampling track from PWEI’s Cure For Sanity (1990) [PWEI]

Dinosaur Jr ‘Crumble’ 
Plaintive indie guitar from original line-up’s 2007 comeback album Beyond. [Dinosaur Jr]

The Unicorns ‘Jellybones’
A track from the sadly missed Montreal band’s masterpiece, Who Will Cut Our Hair When We’re Gone? (2003). An album I recently saw immortalized as one of Ted Mosby’s favourites in an episode of How I Met Your Mother. [The Unicorns]

Battles ‘Ice Cream
For their second album Gloss Drop (2011) New York math rocker supergroup Battles got around the departure of vocalist Tyondai Braxton by drafting in guest vocalists. Here they roped in Chilean electronic musician Matias Aguayo. [Battles]

Ohio Express ‘Yummy, Yummy, Yummy
Bubblegum from the Super K Productions and the Buddah label. When this Joey Levine demo was released as a single in 1968, none of the ‘official’ members of Ohio Express played on it. [Ohio Express]

Spinal Tap ‘Cups & Cakes’
Nigel Tufnel sung baroque pop number. [Spinal Tap]

The Monkees ‘Apples, Peaches, Banana and Pears’
A Boyce and Hart penned number sung by Mickey Dolenz and recorded back in 1966, this had featured in The Monkees’ 60s TV series but was unreleased until 1987. [The Monkees]

Cornelius ‘Starfruit Surf Rider’
Keigo Oyamada started off in Tokyo’s Shibuya-kei scene and went on to male electronic and experimental music as Cornelius. Has been known to play ‘Love Me Tender’ on the theremin. This is from his album Fantasma (1997). [Cornelius]

The New Pornographers ‘Sweet Talk, Sweet Talk’
Canadian indie rock / power pop supergroup throw everything at this, one of the highlights from Together (2010). [The New Pornographers]

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