I wanted to write a post about music I had particularly got into over the last year, and I couldn’t really remember what I’d listened to when. I turned to the expert, my last.fm page.The stats there revealed the totally unsurprising truth that The Beach Boys are still my god and that The Association are my financial system (no, I’m not sure where I’m going with this metaphor either) but also helped show things which sprang from nowhere to the top of my chart.So I turn my attention to number 3 in my stats for 2010, the wonderful eccentric genius that is mr Kevin Ayers.

I stumbled across Kevin Ayers on a great comp, Insane Times: 25 British Psychedelic Artyfacts From The EMI Vaults which has some fantastic music on it, like “Is it love” by Jon, and “Mr Armageddon” by The Locomotive (one of my ’09 musical crushes) and also Kevin’s “Song For Insane Times”. I didn’t really like Kevin’s track at first, but it really grew on me.

There’s something special about the feel of Kevin Ayers’ music, the attitude maybe, that’s just so relaxed and natural, from the joyful pop of “Religious Experience (Singing a song in the morning)” right through to more experimental things like “The Confessions of Doctor Dream: Irreversible neural damage”. It never feels fake, it always feels like genuine playfulness, never self-indulgent or posturing.

Anyway, I think all I’m saying in this long and winding post, is that I love Kevin Ayers, and that listening to this marvellous box set brought me much comfort.

Like someone had sat me down and said to me: “It’s all going to be ok you know” and I believed him.

p.s. Banana.

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