Oyster #98: Jagwar Ma's All-Time Favourite Songs
Featuring Ween, the Beatles, Aphex Twin and more!
Jagwar Ma is a collaborative project founded by Sydney producer Jono Ma. BBC Radio 1's Zane Lowe reckons it's going to be one of the best things about 2012, and so do we.
'Buenas Tardes Amigo' (1994) — Ween
I don't want to spoil the twist for people that haven't heard it, but it gets me every time. The atom bomb sound at the end is pure genius; nothing else could have ended the story. A true epic.
'I Put a Spell on You' (1956)
— Screamin' Jay Hawkins
This was the first gangsta rap song. It takes the 'break-up' thing to a whole new level of darkness. I wonder if he 'wrote' the snorting at the end or if it was just improvised?
'Voodoo Ray' (1988)
— A Guy Called Gerald
Probably a total fluke, but somehow this turned out to be the happiest techno song ever written about nothin'. The lyrics go, "Ooooh oooh hoo, ahhh ha haaa, yeah!" I sing it every morning in the shower.
'Windowlicker' (1999) — Aphex Twin
Proof that a film clip can be part of the song's soul. I believe that the four-and-a-half minute skit before the song starts is actually part of the song itself. I have recited that intro scene so many times with both friends and strangers. The dialogue in the clip becomes the song's lyrics and gives the whole track meaning and context. "You ain't drivin' Miss mutha fuckin' Daisy!"
Any Beatles song ever.