“SONG FOR EWE”
with MARIJNE VAN DER VLUGT of
“SONG FOR EWE” is the feature where artists & music people beloved by VELVET SHEEP choose an obscure song they’ve been listening to that day. Today’s guest used to be an MTV Europe VJ, and in fact presenter of Alternative Nation before I ended up working on the show from 1996. She was also the beguiling leader of the great 90s indie pop band Salad who put out a record called the “Kent EP” which intrigued me since that was my neck of the woods. They toured with Blur and got caught up in the whole BritPop phenomenon, until disbanding in 1998. Recently they’ve reformed as acoustic 2 piece Salad Undressed with guitarist Paul Kennedy and our “song for ewe” star Marijne van der Vlugt!
I’m chuffed to learn that there are new Salad recordings on the way later this year (look out for the PledgeMusic campaign coming soon) and a load of gigs, including some full electric ones.
Here’s an old Salad fav that I remember me programming with Katelijne De Backer and later Colin Cooper (music programmer and ex Mr. Ray’s Wig World) back in the day…
But I can’t leaf it any longer, it’s time for Marijne to toss her appetising “song for ewe” your way…
“My track is ‘Serenade’ by ‘The Duke Spirit’
I was alerted to The Duke Spirit a long time ago by none other than my son’s 18 year old Dutch au pair back in 2009, she’d never really travelled out of Holland before, but had bought tickets to see them in London that year.
I didn’t pay that much attention at the time though, until today, when a friend sent me a link to their single “Serenade”…It’s got everything I need in a song.
Thrilling dark undertones to a fitting etherealness on top and those breaks… O M very G, then not forgetting the stunningly off tune vocal melody…’Wait… Serenade Oh Yeah…..’ . Utter heaven….for me anyway….”
THANKS MARIJNE!! PHOTOGRAPHY, COPYRIGHT TIM TOPPLE
SALAD UNDRESSED UPCOMING GIGS
Saturday 13th – Brighton Headline @ Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar
Saturday 27th – 100 Club with Tom Hingley and the Kar-Pets
Friday 23rd – The Workshop in Shoreditch
Saturday 29th – Starshaped Festival @ O2 Institute Birmingham
Saturday 5th – Starshaped Festival @ O2 Forum Kentish Town
Saturday 12th – Starshaped Festival @ O2 ABC Glasgow
Saturday 19th – Starshaped Festival @ O2 Ritz Manchester
Thursday 27th – SALAD full Electric band set @ Lexington, London (Warm up for Indie Daze festival on Oct 7th)
Saturday 7th – SALAD full Electric Band set as part of INDIE DAZE 90s REVIVAL FESTIVAL @ O2 Forum Kentish Town