Versus, "Mermaid Legs"
This song comes from Hurrah, which was the last album from Versus in their first run. They would later come back ten years later for another album, and apparently another new one just came out last year, which I didn't know about. At any rate, Versus were largely out of steam with this album. It's pretty enough, especially the vocal harmonies, but not terribly exciting.
Ron Sexsmith, "Never Been Done"
I read a really good review of this record way back in the day, and popped for it. At the time, it didn't stick with me at all. I thought it was perfectly nice to listen to, but not particularly memorable. I'm really enjoying this tonight, though!
The Pogues, "Sally MacLennane"
It took me a little while to really get on board with the Pogues also. I had them categorized as a band that my sister liked, and I'm not sure why. I'm not even entirely sure if that's true! As we've established before, I'm an idiot, and this isn't even a very coherent reason to not listen to a band. At any rate, Rum Sodomy & The Lash is the real deal, and is a true treasure.
The Apples in Stereo, "Where We Meet"
Velociy of Sound is the followup to my favorite Apples in Stereo record (The Discovery of a World Inside the Moone), and it's a step back. It's just not as catchy or charming. There's nothing wrong with this song, but it's just kind of a generic bit of psychedelia.
The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, "Lovin' Machine"
Now, Acme, hell yeah. HELL yeah. HELL YEAH!