Under the Influence

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All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
The fifth release in DMC Records' Under the Influence series centers around singer/songwriter, author, and activist Bob Geldof. Having previously tapped into the sources of inspiration for Paul Weller, Ian Brown, Morrissey, and the Beautiful South's Paul Heaton, it seems only fitting that the former mouthpiece for the Boomtown Rats gets his turn to play DJ. Geldof describes his take on the collection as "the in-car comp that I'd play on some 80-minute journey and each track would make me happier in direct proportion to every inch traveled," and he's not far off the mark, as it's hard to keep from grinning at the sheer goofiness of Cliff Richard and the New York...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
The fifth release in DMC Records' Under the Influence series centers around singer/songwriter, author, and activist Bob Geldof. Having previously tapped into the sources of inspiration for Paul Weller, Ian Brown, Morrissey, and the Beautiful South's Paul Heaton, it seems only fitting that the former mouthpiece for the Boomtown Rats gets his turn to play DJ. Geldof describes his take on the collection as "the in-car comp that I'd play on some 80-minute journey and each track would make me happier in direct proportion to every inch traveled," and he's not far off the mark, as it's hard to keep from grinning at the sheer goofiness of Cliff Richard and the New York Dolls appearing on the same record. Geldof's own music has always been slippery. From R&B to pop to Van Morrison-inspired Celtic soul, his muse has always manifested itself best when he's playing the "Dylanesque" observer, so it's no surprise that the mix occasionally retreats into the lonely world of minstrels like John Prine, Leonard Cohen, and Kris Kristofferson -- the inclusion of Graham Parker's beautiful but miserable abortion lament "You Can't Be Too Strong" makes for a particularly dreary drive. While listening to the actual tracks that helped -- in part -- to create the artist is interesting, it's the liner notes that make this series so exceptional. When commenting on the Kinks' "Dead End Street," a dark observation on life in the mid-'60s, he notes, "We fondly imagine that it was all Austin Powers then." "It wasn't," he concludes. "It was sh*t for most of us."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/22/2004
  • Label: UNDER THE INFLUENCE
  • UPC: 689783000522
  • Catalog Number: 5

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Overture to Oklahoma (0:59)
  2. 2 Apron Strings - Cliff Richard (2:46)
  3. 3 All Through the City (2:59)
  4. 4 Venus - Television (3:48)
  5. 5 New Age - The Velvet Underground (4:34)
  6. 6 Do the Strand - Roxy Music (3:59)
  7. 7 Personality Crisis - New York Dolls (3:59)
  8. 8 Pictures of Lily - The Who (2:43)
  9. 9 The Late John Garfield Blues - John Prine (3:03)
  10. 10 In the Jailhouse Now - Webb Pierce (2:07)
  11. 11 The Pilgrim (Chapter 33) (3:08)
  12. 12 Visions of Johanna (7:30)
  13. 13 War Ina Babylon (4:50)
  14. 14 All or Nothing - Small Faces (3:02)
  15. 15 You Can't Be Too Strong - Graham Parker & the Rumour (3:14)
  16. 16 Dead End Street - The Kinks (3:20)
  17. 17 Drive in Saturday (4:29)
  18. 18 Reach Out (I'll Be There) (2:58)
  19. 19 Famous Blue Raincoat (5:07)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bob Geldof Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Kris Kristofferson Composer
Jimmie Rodgers Composer
Leonard Cohen Composer
Max Romeo Composer
David Bowie Composer
Bob Dylan Composer
Bryan Ferry Composer
Bob Geldof Liner Notes
David Johansen Composer
Graham Parker Composer
John Prine Composer
Lou Reed Composer
Pete Townshend Composer
Tom Verlaine Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Wilko Johnson Composer
Steve Marriott Composer
Ray Davies Composer
Lamont Dozier Composer
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
Eddie Holland Composer
Brian Holland Composer
Ronnie Lane Composer
Sterling Morrison Composer
Lee "Scratch" Perry Composer
Aaron Schroeder Composer
Johnny Thunders Composer
George David Weiss Composer
Doug Yule Composer
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