Martin Hairnet’s quest for brass bands in psychedelic music resulted in something of a brass band listening binge here in Kärrtorp. Where would popular music be without brass bands and horn sections?
It all started for me at Watford Town Hall: The Keef Hartley Big Band was a revelation. Their Sinning for you climaxes in a triumphant brass riff. I was hooked on horns.
Nuptials, wakes and er..birthdays: brass bands are perfect for any occasion. Bosnian and Serbian composer Goran Bregovic actually has a Wedding and Funeral Band.
I have so many favourite tracks where brass and horns provide that extra something that just makes the song.
A few other favourites… Some you will know, some not.
The bittersweet jazzy sound of EBTG’s Each and Every One. The simmering Rastafarian pride of Burning Spear’s Marcus Garvey. The ethereal flute and pounding riff of Peter Gabriel’s Sledgehammer. The Heimatdamisch’s hilarious Bavarian biergarden makeover of Highway to Hell. The self-confidence and swagger of Otis Redding’s Hard to Handle. The shimmering air of nostalgic melancholy that the Brighouse and Rastrick Band give the Unthanks’ King of Rome. The other-worldliness of Band Pres Llareggub Brass Band’s Cant a Mil. The frenetic, pumping energy » Continue Reading.