It’s here at last. Christmas celebrations can finally begin. Share with your family and friends or those you do not like very much. PLAY LOUD! Don’t hold back.
In these times of bad and fake news the smallest things can make my day. Warm sunny weather, a delicious solitary cask beer in my local Beer School or finding fallen pennies on my travels. On my Thursday charity shop excursion I bought a Freddie Starr LP I had not seen previously. Also a Virginia McKenna LP I did not know existed.
This morning I got a Twitter message to say Laurence R Harvey had retweeted one of my Bad Album Covers postings (look him up). That is only one of the main actors in Human Centipede 2 AND 3 plus Frankenstein Created Bikers – not that I will ever watch these films but…
It is up there with Glen Matlock offering to buy me a pint. What makes your day?
Probably like most members of the great AW Massive if I have a query regarding a particular record I will turn to the Discogs website for it’s vast database of knowledge. I have recently retrieved my 7″ singles collection out of the attic and am having fun discovering what, er, gems I have acquired over my lifetime.
During the Leeds Poly years, I was often sent bundles of records by EMI, Polygram & CBS and groups looking for a gig would also ply me with their self-pressed masterpieces. Here is such a single by Gordon Alexander from 1980. Nothing about it on Discogs or YouTube. A search on Google only reveals this song was re-issued by Starward Records in 1981 with the correct title of Save Your Kisses For Me.
So now I present, in all it’s glory, Gordon’s non-hit wonder for the first time on the interweb. It could have been a contender. Have YOU ever defeated Discogs?
I heard an interview with Stella Parton earlier this morning in which she claimed to have released 33 albums. For the life of me I could not recall hearing a single song by her but am much more familiar with the music of big sister Dolly. It must be difficult for an artist to break away from the bonds of a more successful family member without being accused of cashing in.
John Lennon started a whole family business himself with father, both wives and sons releasing records. Does anyone listen to Jakob Dylan or Adam Cohen anymore? The Wainwrights and Waterston/Carthy clan seem to be surviving and thriving. Matt Bellamy has become a bigger act than father George.
Poor Chris Jagger will always be seen as a shadow of brother Mick. Check out his music here (rather good) for yourself: www.chrisjaggeronline.com/
Have I missed any? A Gallagher sister perhaps? Bjork’s brother?
Tara Palmer-Tomkinson died today and I never knew this song existed until five minutes ago. Doctors discovered she had a brain tumour in January last year. I’m way behind the news and gossip me.
*That is to say, I share my name with around 620 people in the UK. David only shares his with around 40. However if he was to stick with his birth name of David Jones he would have the second most popular name in the UK with around 6000.
Anyone on here got a unique name? Engelbert Humperdinck does not count.
Deep Purple will release Time for Bedlam in February, a new four-track EP featuring the lead single from their forthcoming album Infinite.
I have just brought my singles collection down from the attic and am currently overdosing on the joy of 45rpm discs. They are, er, the future.
You would be a fool not to.
Say it isn’t so. Please. I am friends with the woman who runs his website and it came from that source. This is a death too far for me having met Greg a couple of times. Christmas is cancelled.
“Yesterday, December 7th, I lost my best friend to a long and stubborn battle with cancer. Greg Lake will stay in my heart forever, as he has always been. His family would be grateful for privacy during this time of their grief. Many thanks” Stewart Young
I know you cannot get into the spirit of the season until my Green Christmas CD is released and available on the Interweb. Apologies for the delay but I had to replace the Megadeth Christmas message before it would copy the gubbins onto the final mix.
WARNING: starts with Mr Blobby.
This Bill Grundy interview took place 40 years ago today. I was in Leeds at the time, getting ready for the Anarchy In The UK tour to come to town in a few weeks, so was not able to see the interview shown in the London area. The following day everyone knew about it as the tabloids only had one story taking over their front pages. The Filth and The Fury! Needless to say the shit hit the fan but we stood our ground and refused to cancel. It also made it easier to sell out the venue.
Any regrets from that time? I wish I had kept the bundle of tour posters delivered to my flat instead of flyposting them around Leeds. They are worth a fortune now!
We did quite well out of the whole fiasco. Most punk bands of that time wanted to play Leeds Poly after that. It ruined Bill Grundy’s career though. He was probably more pissed than the Sex Pistols & chums on the night. Michael Parkinson describes him as,
“A difficult man to keep sober, but not to produce. He was one of the best front men I ever worked with…At » Continue Reading.
A member of the Afterword Parish has suggested this is the cover song that makes them laugh. I’m sure we know of other such belters that can raise a chortle in these dark days of post-Brexit and…(that’s enough doom and gloom. Ed)
The downside to owning pooches as autumn becomes more, er, autumnal* is the onset of little biting buggers, especially if you forget to keep up with their flea treatment. I never had this problem with my short-haired weimaraner but since my daughter’s mutt moved in I have been engaged in a losing battle.
Dear Marge, what is the answer? At least I know a song about it. A consolation prize at least.
* (c) every bleeding BBC weather presenter at the moment.
How much do you think the creators of Spinal Tap have made from sales of music and merchandising over the years? Millions you say? Wrongity wrong. $179!
Harry Shearer (Derek Smalls) has filed a lawsuit against Vivendi and its subsidiaries, including Canal Plus, StudioCanal, StudioCanal Image and Universal Music Group, for $125,000,000 in compensatory and punitive damages. The figure of $179 comes from the papers – see below.
6. But according to Vivendi, the four creators’ share of total worldwide merchandising income between 1984 and 2006 was $81 (eighty-one) dollars. Between 1989 and 2006 total income from music sales was $98 (ninety-eight) dollars. Over the past two years, Vivendi has failed to provide accounting statements at all.
According to Stuart Maconie on today’s Freakier Zone show. Some right bobby dazzlers on the list. Do you agree? Could you suggest other Prog tracks that would get you on the dance floor? Here’s mine. I used to “freak out” at the BIT disco on many a Saturday night I can tell you. Proper shook my hair about (when I had it).
I don’t post here much these days because, to be a frank chicken, I don’t have much to say. I am about as interesting as Steve Davis after a late night session on Ovaltine. However I do like to read what jolly japes you lot seem to be doing much of the time. I also like discovering, or being directed to, new music and film clips.
But that’s enough about you. Here is a newly posted pilot for the Mrs Murton Nightcap show from the days of YTV. It would go on to find a better home in Granadaland as The Mrs Merton Show with better quality celebrity guests, although Liz & Andy were probably the closest duo to Mark Ellen & David Hepworth that Yorkshire could provide at the time and two names from my past.
And why have they made me fall in love with this song again.
It owes a great deal to the version by Beck in the film Eternal Spotless in a Sunshine Mind (or whatever) and has been covered by loads of artists, including the mighty Stackridge. It was written by their James Warren after all and has made him slightly rich in the process. God bless him.
A tribute from Trevor Williams of the band Audience says it better than I can.
“Just heard the very sad news that my old Audience colleague and ace saxman, Keith Gemmell, has died at the age of 68.
Keith had been suffering from throat cancer for several years and had been slowly losing the ability to play. Audience’s last gig took place at the 100 Club in May 2013 and somehow I knew – and I think he knew – it was his swansong. And he played a blinder! He ALWAYS played a blinder!
I’ve been fortunate to play alongside some brilliant musicians in my time and while I’m always writing obits as a means of reminding myself and others of the musical achievements of people I didn’t always know personally, I don’t presently know what to write about someone I knew so well. So I’ll do all that later and, for now, simply post Audience’s signature tune and one of Keith’s most memorable recordings. All I can add is – you should have heard him do this live!!!!”
I did. I never knew anyone else who played a sax through an echo unit. Always a fan of Audience and » Continue Reading.
Be careful what you listen to in your car. The bad taste detectors are in your area.
I will accept the name of the band or the band member who provided this quote in the sleeve notes to a CD* released in 2003. No prizes are on offer, unless you wish to have a copy of the CD* in question.
* Remember this a CD I would have in my collection, bought this week from a charity shop. Some of the tracks even make me cringe.
One who speaks above his level of knowledge, experience or expertise. From Latin Ultra=above & beyond + crepis-idis=sole,keel.
The story goes that when the famous Greek painter Apellis made a full-body painting of Alexander the Great and showed it to the audience, a shoemaker approached him and made some comments about the rendering of the sandals of the great warrior. The painter promptly acknowledged the error and with a stroke of his brush corrected it. But after a while the same man started to comment about the robe of Alexander and the painter cut him short by saying, “Stick to the sandals, my valuable friend”.
Edward Albert Arthur Woodward would have been 86 today. I was reminded of this fact on Twitter and posted a photo in response of his LP I bought today from a charity shop in Leyland. Hence the like from Pete.
Infamy! Infamy! They’ve all got it in for me!
Why has NOBODY on this blog ever mentioned the band Me First and the Gimme Gimmes before?
I picked up a copy of their Blow In The Wind CD in Oxfam for 50p yesterday and it’s bloody bonkers. This CD has been out since 2001 and SOMEBODY on here has been deliberately concealing it from me. Punkified versions of classic songs that had me wanting to pogo around the room – except I was in the car at the time. My poor daughter groaned and feigned a headache as I cranked up the stereo to 11.5. Encore!
Especially Mr @wholehogg who was a member of Adam’s fan club, if my memory serves me well. The tour dates shown in the video include the only time I saw A&TA – November 20th 1980 – at Leeds Poly. He was rather good as I recall.
Adam and the Ants / Kings of the Wild Frontier super deluxe unboxing
Sergeant Bilko’s Vintage Emporium in Coventry.
“When he turned 50 Steve Everitt decided to “take the plunge” and follow his life-long dream. He opened a shop in Coventry’s Fargo Village last year, which is both a cult memorabilia store and a museum devoted to a legendary American TV star.”
Steve MUST be a member of this site. Perhaps @moose-the-mooche should follow his example instead of applying for another job and open a Steely Dan museum in Hull. We would all visit wouldn’t we. Hello? Hello? Come back!
Apologies to members outside the UK who may be barred from viewing this thing of beauty. However there is a YouClip below from a different TV report. I am definitely sending myself to Coventry this year.