[My Gang] Cousteau - The Last Good Day of The Year : Reco of the Week 26 Aug 08


26 Ago 2008, 22:58

Artist: Cousteau
Track: The Last Good Day of The Year
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Similar: Nick Cave, Richard Hawley, Tindersticks, Black, Colin Vearncombe, The Divine Comedy, Scott Walker


Ever since I first heard this song at the beginning of the decade, I've played a little game come the end of summer - to note the last good day of the year when it comes and to make the most of it. The rules are: it has to be as summery as possible, warm, dry, sunny; it has to be as late in the year as possible, the further into autumn the better; I have to treat myself to something simple, usually an ice cream; and I have to play the song.

Mr Whippy 99 ice cream with raspberry sauce and a Cadbury's Flake, for Liam McKahey who is probably missing these things now he has emigrated to Australia

What with an August that was more like November this summer, I thought the last good day of the year was pretty much upon us, but checking the weather forecast, I see we're in for improved temperatures with a possibility of them going into October, giving us an Indian Summer.

So now we can all play the game!

You won't hear the song in Last.fm or their MySpace because the band don't own the rights. The only place you can hear it, if you haven't before, is in YouTube. Unless you want to go here.

Cousteau are a London-based band who formed ten years ago. I recall a press interview once where they said they got their suits from Oxfam. I remember being very impressed - they look incredibly stylish. Properly masculine. That and Liam McKahey's baritone voice. Someone has tagged the band here in Last.fm. They're not wrong.

Liam McKahey

Cousteau belong to the same roster of artists as Scott Walker, Nick Cave, The Divine Comedy, Tindersticks, and Black, led by Colin Vearncombe who has since gone solo. Here's something that might excite you - Liam McKahey has gone solo too and has an album due for release in October on Series 8 records. If the release date coincides with my last good day of the year, it will be too much. Yay for the internet, even though he's moved to Australia, I've been able to add him as a 'friend' in MySpace and can't wait for more news.

Photo Shoot for Sirena UK Cover

In the meantime, the rest of the band continue as Cousteau, although for legal reasons, they use the name Moreau in the USA. Their 2006 release, Nova Scotia, is still available, some tracks from which can be heard on their MySpace and can be heard in full here in Last.fm under both names: Moreau - Nova Scotia; Cousteau - Nova Scotia.

Incidentally, although 'The Last Good Day of The Year' enjoyed international success, it was never a hit. Who knows, maybe that will change sometime now downloads are counted in official charts.

All Music Guide
MySpace - Cousteau
MySpace - Liam McKahey

Babs My Gang

Cousteau, Liam McKahey far right

Admin - Stats as of today :

Date Added to YouTube: February 18, 2007
Views: 50,129, Ratings: 154, Responses: 0, Comments: 71, Favorited: 522 times

Last.fm listeners of this track - 2,731 (not available)
No. of plays scrobbled in Last.fm - 12,522
Position in Last 7 Days: 1 / 37
Position in Last 6 Months: 1 / 781

Stats after 7 days:

Views: 51,720, Ratings: 157, Responses: 0, Comments: 72, Favorited: 533 times

Last.fm listeners of this track - 2,759 (not available)
No. of plays scrobbled in Last.fm - 12,615
Position in Last 7 Days: 1 / 56
Position in Last 6 Months: 1 / 764

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  • Babs_05

    Agreed. Thanks for the comment. :)

    22 Sep 2008, 17:57
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