Electric Feel

Now and again, not that often mind you, you hear a new song on the radio , that really grabs hold of you, demands to be listened to and forever after lodges in your conscience for ever more. As my late mother used to say about favourite songs of hers,’ it does something to my soul’
That’s what good songs, music does to you. Gives you the greatest natural high you can imagine and the feelings to go to the very depths of ones being.
Ok maybe it just affects those of us who were born with an un- breakable connection to the power and spirit of music who feel this way. However I think most humans have some connection to music which at various times will manifest it.

Getting back to those songs that leap out of the radio at you. I was about 4 when I heard the Beatles sing, She Loves You on the Radio. I credit that as being my first clear memory of being on this planet. From that moment on I somehow realised that music would have a big and important place in my life.
We didn’t have a TV in our house until 1979, and in hindsight a blessing in disguise. So at home the ‘wireless was forever on. I can recall a hot Sunday afternoon around 1971. It was mid summer and for some reason we were making hay. Unusual as it was the Sabbath day, but the weather must have been a little broken so if Sunday was good then one had to, as they say’’ make hay while the sun shines’
BBC Radio 1 back then had a requests programme hosted by Anne nightingale on Sunday afternoons. Layla by Derek and The Domino’s was played almost every week.
God, what a song and the intro being the real killer sound that ensnared you. Add to that Clapton’s passionate vocals, and for me it was my next,’ one of those songs’.

Onward to 1979, I was sitting in our old fashioned cow byre, milking a cow by hand. She was swishing me with her manure cover tail adding some, organic make –up to my face as was par for such a course. If I was thirsty I squirted some raw milk into my mouth direct from the teat. I always had a little transistor radio on in the byre, for my own and the animal’s entertainment. It was also propagated that cows gave more milk when music was being played. Suddenly and without warning I heard Gangsters by The Specials. Another of those, grab you’ songs. That got me into the band and the whole Two Tone movement that was in vogue at the time, which in turn led to an appreciation and love for reggae music.

And it happened again only this past August, while on holiday on A chill Island, Co Mayo. At night time I happened to be listening to the Irish Language Radio station, Radio Na Gaeltacht. From 9.00pm until midnight they play a lot of alternative and indie music. I kept hearing two songs being played a lot back to back. Now as the presenter speaks in Irish, which I understand a lot of, I could never make out the name of the band nor the songs. Later I learned that one was Love is Noise, by The Verve, but still no luck with the other song.
A few weeks later I heard it on the car radio, and caught the title, Electric Feel, or was it Electric Eel.
So this where the internet really comes in useful. Next morning, I googled Electric eel. No, nothing there. Tried the other One, Electric Feel. And it turned a video for the song by the band MGMT, on You Tube. Excellent, love the vocals, the musical arrangement, from this American band.
Must buy the album. On to Amazon and located the album Oracle Spectular, with the song, Electric Feel on it. Made the purchase, and had it in the post a few days later. And the whole album is fantastic. These guys are one of the bands of the present. They were tipped as ones to watch by Rolling Stone Magazine.
Find out for yourself. Look for them on You Tube and you won’t be disappointed.


Brian Reynolds

Bailieborough, Ireland

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