The Trevor Horn thread got me thinking about this appearance on The Tube by Frankie Goes to Hollywood before they had a record deal. The cynic in me wonders what was going on behind the scenes to get them said appearance but I’m being churlish. Are there any more of these of other bands before they hit the big time?
I heard “St Elmos Fire” on the radio the other day and I realised it has a rhythm you could pretend gallop a horse to as you may have done as a young child using a mop or some such. “Lessons In Love” by Level 42 is the same. Is there a technical name for this? Are there other galloping songs? Who was the first? I’m off around the living room and up the stairs one more time…..
I need to state early doors that I quite like Ed Sheeran and many of his lovely songs. He seems a decent chap and very much a modern song smith in the tradition of some of The Afterword favourites. His double A Side release recently wrapped up as two singles released on the same day showed some versatility mixing dance “Shape Of You” with a more traditional song “Castle On The Hill”. However he seems to have stepped over the line between influence and plagiarism on his latest love song. Anyone else hear something more than familiar in this?
Could be the shortest thread ever………… If KFD can start the film one with Sound Of Music I’m kicking off with Jeremy Corbyn
On my Indie Landfill thread talk has turned to Scouting for Girls. Thanks to @Friar for recommending them, didn’t think he’d be a fan but he’s full of surprises……
It reminded me of this and as the blogs defender of the underdog even I can find no words of comfort for this absolute cack. How it was ever signed off as worthy of studio time is beyond me. I defy you to find anything worse than this.
Scouting For Girls “Posh Girls”
You see, this was the era that was my boys formative teenage years, trips to Reading Festival and their earnest efforts to make their own band so I was surrounded by it. Some of it was unfairly judged in my opinion. I’ll start the bidding with Maximo Park, clever lyrics, great frontman with a regional accent delivery, fantastic live performers. Any others?
Against all sensible theory and common sense you have been voted in as #POTUS. The people that voted for you are concerned about So Called Islamic State (does So Called warrant capital letters?) so what would you do about them? As ever this isn’t about what @RealDonaldTrump has done although I suspect it may come up. This is a question to the thinkers, the politicos and the good of The Afterword whom I trust and acknowledge for their debating skills. What would you do? Ignore? Confront? Open dialogue? Give them a proper name?
It’s a genuine question to those on both sides that I have been desperate to ask, it sort of relates to Brexit too but has nothing to do with Trump or Farage its about going back to pre-Trump / Brexit days
If we take the view that Trump is the worst thing that could possibly have happened don’t we need to ask ourselves how if everything was so rosy with the last 20-30 years how did he even get to join the race, never mind half the voting population of the USA electing him? Something must have been seriously wrong in the first place. Do we all need to stop looking at pre Trump and pre Brexit times through rose tinted glasses and really look at ourselves and ask how did it happen and why didn’t anyone and I mean anyone except Trump and Farage see it coming?
Dave Amitri on The Incredible String Band
I’ve taken some guidance from Wikipedia to get some background of The Incredible String Band and it strikes me that they were from a time now over 50 years ago of which I know very little. However they were “discovered” by someone who saw them play live and signed them. The album I’ve listened to 3 times today is their eponymous debut.
The first thing that struck me before I heard a note were the sleeve notes, I literally laughed out loud. I’ll share 1 paragraph ….
“There are three logs, one for each of the incredible string band, and although they look just like any other logs, they were given to the three musicians by a golden wonder potato, who was a very close friend of the magic blackbird”
There is more of the same and a joyful description of each song by Mike Heron, no lyrics, just a stream of consciousness that already sets the scene for what is to follow. I knew what was coming before the needle hit the record. The one for “Oh Lord How Happy I am” should become a daily poem at all secondary schools » Continue Reading.
….the day I cycled to my local record shop to buy “Start” by The Jam on the day of release. I cycled straight home and must have played it 50 times that day much to my Mum and Dads delight. I don’t think I’ve ever loved a band more than I did that day. Following immediately after “Going Underground” and being 14 and the video and the look “And what you give is what you GET!”
Please share the peak of your band love.
Seems to be an Afterword thing I’ve just stumbled across and thought I would share…….
I picked up “Parallel Lines” from my local charity shop for £1 before Christmas and I’ve been playing it in the car almost non-stop ever since. I hadn’t listened to it for over 30 years and I’d forgotten what a wonderful thing it is. From the iconic cover to the last drop it’s so of it’s time but different because of Debbie Harry. I don’t know much else about Blondie I have to admit, maybe there isn’t much else to know but where better to ask than here? (Bets can be placed on when “that” picture will be posted…..) “Picture This” indeed!
So in among the dusty old singles from Bob, Cilla, Sandie, Bing and Tyrannosaurus Rex there were 2 identical discs by 80’s ceiling dwellers Blancmange “Irene and Mavis”. They made no sense. A brief search and discussion on here on the Dave Clark 5 thread (the song is a DC5 cover) and it was clear they were a rarity of sorts. Only 500 made, completely independent label and worth £100 according to Discogs.
On Christmas day my girlfriends family were over so I asked her Mum about the 2 Blancmange singles tucked away in Nans record box “Oh yes, I knew Stephen Luscombe”. So there we have the provenance and we have 2 of the original 500. We discussed what to do with them and we agreed to put one on E-Bay to see what happens. So not the emotional impact of the older singles, they’re going nowhere but a distraction from the first Christmas without Nan, a bit of fun and maybe a few quid to spend on something nice for the family.
What does it sound like?:
Like a Del Amitri album. No wait, come back, because it’s better than that. New life breathed into songs so familiar for a fantastic cause. Justin Curries gift as a songwriter and lyricist is brought into even sharper focus by new arrangements and vocals. Who knew these songs could so suit a female voice. “Whiskey Remorse” by Naomi Bedford becomes a folk tour de force, just gorgeous. “Sleep Instead Of Teardrops” by Frances Thorburn becomes something completely different and more emotional and that’s saying something if you know the original. The changes to “Not Where It’s At” and “Last to Know” actually make you wonder if the original just got it all wrong. A spoken word “Nothing Ever Happens” opens and s faithful jangly version by Travis ends the covers in between I cried 4 times, gasped several more and loved it to bits. Some bloke called Percy Darlinghurst finishes it all off and he must be very proud of what’s gone before. A glorious, uplifting, heart breaking album for a a group of glorious, uplifting, heart breaking people. Buy it, enjoy it, feel good about it, what more do you need this time » Continue Reading.
All the way through to Christmas eve now…….
I’ve been asked by a couple of people to split this up as it may get too big for certain devices with all the pictures. So 1-8 can be found in the link below 9-16 will be here. I have found some real gems in the box of singles and I hope that’s ok with everyone.
My partners Nan passed away a few weeks ago, 96 and a lovely, sweet lady to the end. During a very sad house clearance (64 years in the same house) we came across a couple of boxes of old records, singles and LPs. Very generously I was allowed to take them and I spent a short time the other day sorting through and there is some lovely stuff in there. I thought I would post one a day on this thread between now and Christmas and it may have some interest for some of you and may prompt sopme discussion. I’m a day late so I’ll do 2 in the comments today to catch up. I may need to use library photos for images but I’ll be as accurate as I can
A few months ago Justin Currie became involved with a Glasgow based charity offering to auction one of his songs to raise some cash. The Del Amitri fan page that I enjoy immensely under another of my on-line pseudonyms, picked up on this and a chain of events has unfolded that brings me to posting this notice here. This week there is an album of Del Amitri covers being released from which money will be raised to go to Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Scotland. https://www.sbhscotland.org.uk/del-amitri-cd All chosen from a vast selection of songs sent in by professional artists, amateurs and just fans of the band. Ricky Ross, The O’s, Tom Mcrae, Naomi Bedford and Travis to name just a few. “Nothing Ever Happens” by Travis is being released as a Christmas single. Now I realise we can all become charity jaded but this album has come from a seed of an idea, developed by fans of the band, surpassed all expectations in sheer volume of songs recorded and quality and will give you a fine collections of songs “Pasted Beyond Recognition”. Of course I’m biased, I’m Dave Amitri but if you’re struggling for a gift for one of your music » Continue Reading.
We simply must have done this before but something struck me today that made me feel the need to post this. On the wonderful 1982 Almanac thread @moose-the-mooche mentioned Madness and their run of 1982 hits. I loved them all, Madness are everything I Love in music. The right era, fun and joy filled cartoon like pop / ska, videos to die for, just right up my street. Yet I own nothing by Madness not a single or an album, nothing. I put that right today by buying for £4 a double best of cd with pull out booklet and poster. I had it on in the car on the way home and every track made me smile like a loon. How the hell did an Ian Dury album buying 80’s Dave never buy a thing by Madness? Now I’ve found this treat of a song too. It’s a shame and scandal surely this can’t have happened to you too? Has it?
This Monkees tune “Here Comes Tomorrow” is my current ear worm, in particular the line “lips like strawberry pie”. It is the sickly sweet Davy way of singing it that is so stuck in my head but what a pop tune and a typically fantastic Monkees clip. Having said that there must be better or if you prefer worse (but good luck with that). From what I’ve read about Leonard Cohen today he must have been a master. Anyway please share with us your favourite lyrical simile
With the word “Trump” being on everyone’s lips lately I was trying to think of a way of shoe horning in a Top Trumps thread. I loved those cards, battleships and cars were my favourites. Anyway I think we should create some Afterword Top Trumps for Christmas. So I need your help with categories, bands, pictures etc. The Mahavishnu Orchestra would be top for longest tune but bottom for danceability. I’m sure you lot can take this seed of an idea and with your imagination take it onto the shop shelves in time it to become the essential stocking filler…….
EDIT: It appears you can actually make your own so if we get enough responses and ideas I’ll give it a go http://www.toptrumps.com/ever-wanted-to-make-your-own-pack-of-top-trumps/
It’s hard to believe that Level 42 began during the heady days of the British Jazz Funk movement in the early 80’s (whither Lynx and Shakatak) and for a short time in 1986 as “Running In The Family” topped the charts on both sides of the Atlantic they could have been considered one of the biggest bands in the world. Now Mark King and Mike Lindup have taken to the stage again to remind us why. I’ve never been so aware of the mechanics of a band and what is neede to make an overall sound but in no way was it mechanical as they created some serious groove. We all know about Kings thumping bass but the intricacies of Lindups keyboards and vocals, alongside some exquisite guitar, the biggest drum kit I’ve ever seen and a sparkling, dancing trio of brass brought us all the hits and more. You can write Level 42 off as 80’s pap if you wish but to do so is to deny some musicianship and orchestration of the highest quality. “Lessons In Love” is one of the great pop songs, there is a back catalogue big enough to » Continue Reading.
Could Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho do a better job at Aston Villa and Cardiff than Steve Bruce and Neil Warnock and conversely could Bruce and Warnock do a better job at Manchester City and United? Just to be clear on my stance I am yet to be convinced by Guardiola / Mourinho especially as they both now have to rebuild teams rather than inherit one.
Justin Currie played live last night with the Scottish National Orchestra in at Paisley Abbey in Glasgow. I couldn’t make it but the Del Amitri Facebook page has been alive with how stunning the whole thing was. Having had some positive responses to a “Can You Do Me Good” night in I thought I would share this shaky video of one of my favourite Currie songs from last night. Bleak as ever and another exercise in self flagellation it describes again a life seemingly wasted on a futile pop career that has left Currie broken. I suspect the truth is in there somewhere but he wouldn’t still be performing if it was as bad as all that. One day I would love to ask him how much is poetic licence and how much is really how he feels. Either way it’s powerful stuff and an astonishing piece of pop poetry that makes this listener feel things that no other music does.
I stand on a mountain of pitiful prose My mind is a fountain that pointlessly flows They give you a trophy if you make the kids scream But it’s such a joke to me how insipid I’ve been I » Continue Reading.
Bros are back, not big news around here but for my lovely, kind, beautiful other half Bros were her thing back in the day, them and East 17. Anyway, she has sat through cricket with me (Lords when Ben Stokes scored the quickest test century) and we are seeing Level 42 in October, sometimes it’s good to share and a day in London followed by a party night out at the O2 will be a right laugh…… So perfect Christmas present opportunity I logged on to Live Nations website at 07.30 this morning and all the presale tickets had gone, a quick check of Ticketmaster confirmed that general sale was 11 am. Clicked the link to TM’s off shoot site “Get Me In” and there were hundreds of Bros tickets available at hugely inflated prices, this was a 07.40 am two and half hours before general sale. I am aware this is an old problem and it’s only Bros but that’s not the point. This really needs sorting out. Tantrum over because thankfully (really Dave?) they’ve added another night and I’ve got in early so August 20th we’re in. That’ll put a cat among the pigeons (Don’t do it Dave…..)