Mika – Life in Cartoon Motion (The ’59) #304

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Mika – Life in Cartoon Motion (2007)

Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, has now turned 59. So ‘The ’59’ celebrates 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. Today’s the last instalment of year 49 – 2007.

Life in Cartoon Motion was the debut album from singer/songwriter Mika, released in Island in February 2007.

It was produced by Greg Wells and Mika himself, mixed by Wells, with co-production on two songs by Jodi Marr and John Merchant.

The album’s lead single, “Grace Kelly”, stayed at number one on the UK Singles Chart for five weeks straight and was also an international hit.

‘Life in Cartoon Motion’ rocketed to the Number One position in the UK album charts and subsequently  selling 7.8 million copies worldwide since its release.

The album cover has since been used in a commercial for the iPod Touch.

The Good, the Bad and the Queen (The ’59) #303

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The Good, the Bad and the Queen (2007)

Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, has now turned 59. So ‘The ’59’ celebrates 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. Currently we’re at year 49 – 2007.

Released in January 2007, The Good, the Bad & the Queen (aka Damon Albarn, Paul Simonon, Simon Tong and Tony Allen) released their self-titled debut. Produced by Danger Mouse, it debuted at No.2 in the UK Albums Chart and was certified Gold in the UK within days of its release despite little media recognition and airplay.

In the United States, the album entered the Billboard 200 at No. 49.

In an interview with Mojo, Daman Albarn described the album as…

 …a song cycle that’s also a mystery play about London…

Robert Plant & Alison Krauss – Raising Sand (The ’59) #302

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Robert Plant & Alison Krauss – Raising Sand (2007)

Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, has now turned 59. So ‘The ’59’ celebrates 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. Currently we’re at year 49 – 2007.

Raising Sand is a Grammy-award winning collaboration album from  Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, released on October 23, 2007 by Rounder Records.

It won Album of the Year at the 2008 Americana Music Honors & Awards and at the 2009 Grammy Awards.

The White Stripes – Icky Thump (The ’59) #301

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The White Stripes – Icky Thump (2007)

Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, has now turned 59. So ‘The ’59’ celebrates 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. Currently we’re at year 49 – 2007.

The White Stripes released their final studio album – Icky Thump – in June 2007. It was the band’s only album on Warner Bros. Records.

It entered the UK Albums Chart at No.1 and at No.2 on the US Billboard 200

On February 10, 2008, the album won a Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album.

Spoon – Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga (The ’59) #300

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Spoon – Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga (2007)

Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, has now turned 59. So ‘The ’59’ celebrates 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. Currently we’re at year 49 – 2007.

Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga is the sixth studio album from American indie rock band Spoon, released on Merge Records on July 10, 2007.

The sleeve art comes from a portrait of the artist and sculptor Lee Bontecou, taken by the Italian photographer Ugo Mulas in 1963. The completed sculpture on the right is now in the collection of the Honolulu Museum of Art.

The album debuted at number 10 on the U.S. Billboard 200 and at number 1 on the Billboard Top Independent Albums. It failed to chart in the UK.

MGMT – Oracular Spectacular (The ’59) #299

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MGMT – Oracular Spectacular (2007)

Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, has now turned 59. So ‘The ’59’ celebrates 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. Currently we’re at year 49 – 2007.

Oracular Spectacular was the debut album from MGMT, released digitally on October 2, 2007 by RED Ink and physically on January 22, 2008 by Columbia.

Promotion for the album started in June 2007, when the song “Weekend Wars” was given away in summer issues of free monthly magazine Nöjesguiden in Stockholm, Sweden. Matching CDs could be picked up for free in all stores in three different shopping malls around Stockholm from June 26 to July 31.

The album was also promoted with three singles: “Time to Pretend”, “Electric Feel” and “Kids”.

It was nominated for the International Album award at the 2009 Brit Awards and in 2012, Rolling Stone ranked it at number 494 on its updated list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

Underworld – Oblivion with Bells (The ’59) #298

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Underworld – Oblivion with Bells (2007)

Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, has now turned 59. So ‘The ’59’ celebrates 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. Today we’ve reached year 49 – 2007.

Oblivion with Bells is the seventh studio album from Underworld, released in October 2007 i

Two singles were released – “Crocodile” and “To Heal”, the latter of which was the central theme in the film ‘Sunshine’.

In the summer of 2008, the Shoreham based ‘Beach Bateria’ samba band sampled the ‘mess with your head’ signature of the drum pattern at the back end of ‘Beautiful Burnout’, using the same name to create a signature piece subsequently used in most of our live performances. Although the idea and the sampling was mine, it still took several weeks to master the surdo line we created from the main pattern. But master it we did.