Planning to tape a podcast on bootlegs – so whether you are a taper, a collector or refusenik, can use Skype and want to chat then let me know
Where were we?
DFB, Steven C, Nigel T and the non alliterative DoctorJ continue wih The Beatles chat – which is what they do even if the tapes aren’t running to discuss the new publishing wheeze of releasing albums with pamphlets attached that they humorously call a magazine.
We talk about the tacky, wacky or canny nature of Apple’s treatment of The Beatles whether via vinyl or CD, the proposed 50th anniversary of Pepper, the Strawberry Fields Forever re-release that never was and our own HORA in the guise of Uncle StevenC’s guide to introducing young people to vinyl records.
This will be our last podcast on The Beatles……..
Nope, sorry, we will never stop talking abot them but podcast #57 should be a Fabs free zone.
But still fab.
Yes its the bloody Beatles again – well, we – that being the regular podders DFB, StevenC & DrJ PLUS fresh face NigelT making a stunning debut – look at the solo career AFTER his All Things Must Pass album and enquire if unlike Lennon post Imagine – is there anything to see?
Somehow we take in the 80’s TV show ‘In At The Deep End’, the Dark Hoarse tour, the much remaindered Living In The Material World, Steven C’s marvellous Spotify playlist, Oliver Reed, Neil Innes, wife-swapping, croque monsieurs and everything in between. Oh and of course Jeff Lynne & the 1986 Brumbeat concert at the third time of asking.
You can also sample Steven C’s super GEORGE playlist on Spotify
It’s a non stop cavalcade of chat and when you reach the end – we ain’t done – there is more in the can for the future. Hari Hill to you all.
What does it sound like?:
So in an alternate 1991 – probably visited at some point by Marty McFly in a DeLorean – Nirvana released their second album for the SubPop label – ‘Sheep’. Kurt Cobain, Krist Novoselic & Chad Channing select Butch Vig to produce the majority of the release which garners positive reviews in the music weeklies. Due to SubPop’s ongoing distribution and marketing problems, it barely equals the 40,000 sales of ‘Bleach’. Channing quit the band with the remaining members attempting to recruit ex Scream tubthumper Dave Grohl but losing him to Pearl Jam……
Back in our timeline – April 1990 at Smart Studios, Madison, Wisconsin, Nirvana recorded 8 songs for their proposed second album on the SubPop label but these tracks would be used by the band to score a new deal with a major label. Naturally once Channing was replaced with Grohl, the material was re-recorded although the arrangements and lyrics often remained the same. With the addition of other tracks from the period this bootleg album attempts to give a taste of what was lost. All of the tracks are now officially available – scattered across the CDs and box sets – but » Continue Reading.
What does it sound like?:
AKA I Saw You Standing There With A Bootleg In Your Hand.
Beatle Paul had a variable 1980’s – kicking off with the drugs bust and the death of his teenage best friend nemesis rival, John within the first 12 months, followed by a technical nightmare live appearance at Live Aid, Ebony & Ivory, Give My Regards To Broad Street, the ‘Press To Play album, losing out owning The Beatles catalogue to Michael Jackson, the theme song for ‘Spies Like Us’ and – no I’m not going to say “The Frog Song” because a) it’s called ‘We All Stand Together’ and b) it’s a fucking brilliant children’s song.
On the other hand – a memorable video for ‘Pipes Of Peace’, ‘Coming Up’ with its fab multi-Paul promo, Take It Away, Wanderlust, No More Lonely Nights, the inventive McCartney II album, Here Today, Choba B CCCP and a triumphant live return at the end of the decade off the back of one of his most successful and critically acclaimed albums in years – 1989’s ‘Flowers In The Dirt’. Paul’s reissue projects slightly haphazard sequencing lands there this month with a 2 CD, 2LP and a 3CD & 1 DVD Deluxe Edition » Continue Reading.
Platform:C64 Age Rating:3+ Year of Release:1985 Review:
It’s hard to explain how flipping massive FGTH were in 1983-5 and how much they milked that cash cow. I still recall that ad in Record Collector listing the promo only FGTH vibrator (with ZTT branded ‘Power Of Love’ batteries) in their WANTS list for £200. We all recall the music but did anyone else play the gameon C64, Amstrad, Speccy or Amiga? **
It was wrapped up in all the pseudo intellectual bullshit that littered the sleeves of the Frankie singles – no doubt thanks to Maul Borely. You are a non person in dreary old suburban Mundanesville who has to gain a personality and therefore self discovery wandering through the houses, playing games, solving simple puzzles and spitting bullets at Ronald Reagan as a midi version of ‘Welcome To The Pleasuredome’ played endlessly by a wasp in a tin can.
There was something very dull about it but infectious too. A simple murder mystery caused clues to pop up every so often when you entered a room which meant the whole thing froze for about 10 seconds. The little sub games were the most interesting part whereas the Pleasuredome maze » Continue Reading.
Year: 1978 Director: Philip Kaufman
As a child of the 80’s I have memories of this distinct atmosphere that was the lounge after 9pm at night. If you stumbled downstairs, with a bellyache, thirsty or just unable to sleep the television always looked and sounded a certain way – this fuzzy tone to all the scenes as if being played via a cushion and the films (and it was always a film) were lots of talking in rooms. At first glance the opening scenes of this 1978 remake of Invasion Of The Body Snatchers perfectly sums up that feeling. Weird outdoor scenes followed by 70s young people having conversations while a TV blares sport in the background and a bit of snogging.
I think it’s probably really hard to come to this film afresh as it’s been parodied and ripped off despite being a remake of a 1956 B-movie itself. The original was (despite claims to the contrary later) a thinly veiled allegory about McCarthyism, reds under the bed, small town paranoia and cold war fearmongering. By reimagining events in a city like San Francisco it perhaps makes the film more relatable but also taps into the alienation and disconnection people in a metropolis can » Continue Reading.
The winter blues plus some busy business has meant a bit of a podcast lull that probably annoys our regular listener.
Well we have taping planned for next couple of weeks on
Music TV—– Mental health redux—– Time travel / alt History in media (SSGB / Man In High Castle)—–
Alongside the usual Beatles stuff from the Irelands
I’d you’d like to join in then lmk
Year: 1955 Director: Charles Laughton
(May contain spoilers to 62 year old film that you really should have seen by now)
“Like my good hand tattooed E.V.I.L. across it’s brother’s fist That filthy five! They did nothing to challenge or resist.”
Robert Mitchum’s character, Harry Powell – the convict psychopath posing as a preacher could have stepped right out of a Nick Cave song if this film was released today. Instead its cinematography and dark themes probably inspired young Nick for a good album or five of songs.
Film history is littered with movies that somehow fall through the cracks with critics and audiences only to gain respect later on (Shawshank) while lesser films are blockbusters and realised to be utter garbage (Titanic). The critical and commercial failure of The Night Of The Hunter is as puzzling as it’s influence on future film-makers is obvious.
A man, Robert Graves, robs a bank, killing two & hides the money at his home with his children as the only witnesses to its location just before the cops haul him away. Whilst awaiting execution he shares a cell with widow murderer disguised as preacher, Harry, who wants that 10,000 dollars and visits his » Continue Reading.
Year: 2017 Director: Chris McKay
‘Every film starts with a black screen….then some creepy music…. then a logo…..Warner Bros? Why not Brothers….’ and right from the off you know that the film isn’t afraid to prick the pomposity of the ultra gothic darkness of the Nolan caped crusader flicks. Batman was the insular macho ass of The Lego Movie and here Will Arnett has the tone of Alec Baldwin’s ‘SNL’ Trump impression although am sure its purely coincidental that both are self important deluded billionaires.
The plot, such as there is one, revolves around The Joker’s annoyance that Batman doesn’t consider him as his mortal enemy or even that they have a relationship. The script throws little barbs at weaknesses in previous Batman outings – ‘that thing with the two boats’ and the campy sixties version with a joke about shark repellent which has a lovely pay off. On the way he drools over Commissioner Barbara Gordon to the soundtrack of Cutting Crew’s ‘I Just Died In You Arms’, accidently adopts his sidekick Robin and with the ever faithful Alfred The Butler (drolly voiced by Ralph Fiennes) tries to foil The Joker’s evil scheme.
There are pop culture » Continue Reading.
Year: 1993 Director: Joe Dante
At the moment the film world is going ga-ga over ‘La La Land’ : a movie that celebrates the golden age of the Hollywood musical. Awards are raining down on it like Gene Kelly pirouetting in a freak shower proving critics and studios alike love little more than a good navel gaze. Yet in 1993 Joe Dante’s ‘Matinee’ paid homage with equal love and nostalgia to an equally beloved era of film-making: the 50’s B-movie that was staple of the Saturday morning matinee.
The film didn’t do great business in 1993, critics were lukewarm, the studio wre sure how to sell it and it sort of sunk without trace despite having a similar vibe as Dante’s ‘Gremlins’ with an equally great score from Jerry Goldsmith. The backdrop of the main action is the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis as the world stands on the brink of destruction, adults panic buy Shredded Wheat and boys think “If the world was gonna end, do you think that pretty girl in class would put out?” With such tension and fear in the air, the last of the celluloid showmen sees a chance to revive his flagging fortunes.
John Goodman’s cigar chomping » Continue Reading.
And I thought the only spirits were in bottles
The only time in my life that football has in anyway been useful or interesting to me is when I heard that my dad’s football club were playing against a team who had Hancock, Steptoe etc writer (one half of Galton & Simpson) as a visiting board member.
I was able to go along and get him to sign my Hancock Half Hour CD boxes. At a later date I went to a Q&A with them hosted by Paul Merton and again used my Dad’s “in” with Alan to get Ray to do the same. A lovely chap indeed.
Keep meaning to do a podcast on growing up listening to Hancock’s Half Hour long after Tony died – wonderful scripts moulded perfect to their star.
I’m off to send a tray of bread pudding to Kuala Lumpur in memoriam.
Damn can’t remember if he wanted sugar on it
This is GLK London signing off, thanks for the laughs
Leicester Square Theatre
‘I know you probably didn’t come here tonight to hear a rape joke but on the other hand you’ve all come out dressed like you wanted to. ‘
If that quip didn’t tickle you then please read something else as you’re never going to be interested in checking out this brilliant hour show from Bridget. Although that would disappoint her as she doesn’t just want to preach to converted.
The show’s central conceit is she had written a show on how much she loves gardening but keeps getting dragged into using it as a metaphor for Brexit, Trump & feminism. Whether done at high speed, firing off thoughts and asides or using some brilliantly realised comic conversations with well drawn characters this is a deeply heartfelt, angry, exasperated but hopeful set.
Via being mistaken by The Daily Mail for Charles I I, love of fuchsias and The Ladybird Book of Brexit used to teach children what happened in simple terms all the main players including the robot Michael Gove (He’s adopted isn’t he? Bit bloody convenient…) are all skewered by their own words and deeds.
If you are of the belief that » Continue Reading.
Have tried to contact you a few times re: sorting out yhe podcast page and replacing lost podcast links. A few AWers have asked me where the older ep links have gone – particularly the one featuring the late Mr Blaast!
If you could contact me I’ll give you the sound file links and descriptions
Until then peeps can find the back catalogue listed at
Union Chapel, Islington
It’s difficult to call the Daylight Music events at Union Chapel in Islington a hidden gem as when you walk up to the doors at noon on a Saturday, the queue of people is already stretching down Compton Terrace.
Even for a heathen child like me, the Union Chapel is a supremely relaxing and safe place to hide from the hustle and bustle of London on a Saturday afternoon.
This particular event had been created by Emily Barker and its theme was collaboration which meant the acts chopped and changed instruments and shared the spotlight when playing their songs. On a recent Afterword podcast, our guest Kathryn Williams, talked about how she had opened herself up to collaboration, how it effected her songwriting and many of today’s artists had met at one of Kathryn’s writers’ retreats.
I’ll just pick a few highlights from the 2 hours of warm, embracing music – Sylvie Lewis’ imaginative idea of selling ‘A Cup Of Songs’ a hand crafted mug which gives the purchaser access to a folder of songs from Sylvie on the interweb. The track ‘If Tears Were Like Diamonds’ that she played set » Continue Reading.
Most of you probably have this lined up but highly recommend listening to the Paul Gambaccini episode of the Word podcast.
Was at the the taping and it was riveting stuff. Not just about his legal problems but his career in radio, the Labour Party and music in general. Could have listened for hours
So 2016 ended not with a bang but a tech fuck up – and one last death. So here is the start of a podcast riddled with so much dub reggae sound effects that it had to be remounted in 2017. Its supposed to be our 2nd regular Beatles podcast but there’s an AWFUL lot of Pink Floyd in it The Flowers In The Dirt-y Robbing Bugger Super Deluxe Edition: just what is going on and we’ll just get the 2 CD edition and shout ya-boo-sucks!
Dr J tries to avoid the cross examination of legal eagle StevenC over his plans to buy the upcoming Fleetwood Mac – Tango In The NIght SDE by disappearing
We ask what’s in the shoe box, is there a car and do we REALLY need it.
What’s the best box set – should you go large or go home – all or nothing.
And Dr J gets to crowbar Jeff Lynne into the conversation again.
Same Shit, Different Year
RIP Clyde The Cat
Year: 2017 Director: Danny Boyle
HERE BE SPOILERS
“Does the sequel have a lust for life?” you’ll read and you’ll want to be out there, pounding down the pavement with store detectives breathing down your neck, arms flailing – direct into the newspaper offices where they write about leisure for your pleasure. Throwing a glass Begbie style into the face of the hack who wrote that “Yous the kind of whiny faced CUNT who says “Costello’s Aim Is Still True” a the end of live reviews.” you’ll be screaming. “it was the sub editor” they’ll whimper but it’s too late. The damage is done – your twentysomething memories have been shat on by a wee fucker.
OK Trainspotting may be better seen as a product of its times and where the audience that put the poster up on the wall were – at uni also purchasing Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, Prodigy Fat Of The Land and Taxi Driver or Italian Job posters from the stall in the atrium every Wednesday. It’s soundtrack was a nigh perfect mix of old and new with Pulp, Blondie, Brian Eno, Lou Reed, Leftfield and of course, Iggy Pop’s with Bowie acolytes the Sales » Continue Reading.
Can anyone help this little fella out?
who wants to ask if you weren’t a musician what would you have done.”
Never saw this before last night and have never seen Paul Simon so genuinely delighted
Oh I’d quite like to see U2 play The Joshua Tree live this summer *dons tin helmet *
Year: 2014 Director: Andrew Horn
Perhaps it best to start with what this documentary about the rock / glam / hair metal band Twisted Sister isn’t/ It’s not ‘Anvil’ – some goofy loveable oldsters getting another crack at the big time in Tap-alike situations. It’s also not a tale of superstardom as despite running 135 minutes the film stops as the band finally sign a major US record deal and get the platinum records they have been dreaming of. That, as the closing captions note, is for another movie.
This is the story of an American bar band formed in the early 70s who spend 10 years playing shithole clubs in Long Island and New Jersey, getting an enormous devoted fanbase who would pack out 3,000 seaters week upon week with zero interest from the music business because they thought they were a joke. And for a while you could see their point – covering Bowie, Slade, Mott and Lou Reed night after night can only get you so far and many of their ilk would be satisfied with the beer money it raised.
Led by the charismatic Dee Snider, the clichéd small town outsider who wanted to be » Continue Reading.
If you didn’t catch Charlie Brooker’s 2016 Wipe last night on BBC2 – then frankly have a long hard look at how you are living your life but also you missed this little gem from cassetteboy
NB: This podcast has been delayed due to serious sound issues. This 20 minute section may be the only salvageable bit and Twang has done a fine job to bring this greatly entertaining demolition to you.
So Dogfacedboy asked for people to listen to albums that they haven’t listened to before for purely childish or petty reasons. This episode details Mr Ganglesprocket grappling with Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band’s ‘Darkness Of The Edge Of Town’ alongside equally reticent listener FentonSteve. Trying to explain why you like hate something is always tricky but we give it a bloody good go.
There is no wrong or right , DFB the true believer doesn’t attempt a counter argument perhaps because he’s enjoying MrG’s rant far too much.
Just in time for soundtracking your present wrapping – and as it’s Springsteen you better have a lot to wrap – the final show of 2009’s “Working On A Dream” tour has been made available
Notable for complete performance of Greetings From Asbury Park and the final appearance of Clarence Clemons with the EStreet Band.
Merry Christmas, baby