I am a confirmed football hater. However I have met Pat Nevin and he is a lovely man. This article, where he talks about music, is a joy.
This is me right now (not really).
Rock stars often have to do kids TV and while some of them were really good at it (I remember Erasure being very good guests on Saturday Superstore) some of them are awful.
This is very WTF. If you are Scottish and in your 40’s or older then you will remember with, probably some resentfulness, that Gaelic TV programmes used to intrude on normal TV programmes with tedious regularity, generally when something good like “Rolf’s Cartoon Club” was on.
But I had no idea that Runrig, in 1979 actually made a TV programme, in Gaelic, for children.
It was called Cuir Car and the title sequence is not terribly inviting.
Can anyone else remember any other interesting moments when rock stars ended up on kids TV?
I am not joking here. I think The Unthanks would be the perfect Eurovision band.
I am listening right now to Diversions Vol 4; The Songs And Poems Of Molly Drake. It’s the most English album I have heard in years, and I mean this in a good way obviously. It’s a celebration of an unheard voice who produced an unheard voice. It’s a humble album.
A bit of humility from the UK might help us in Eurovision. So The Unthanks. They wave the flag for Englishness in the best possible sense of the word. They would be perfect next year.
… and it’s Careless Whisper. My first thought was, have these people never heard Fuck Tha Police by NWA. My second thought was, ah, Smooth FM.
But surely there are songs both smoother and better than Careless Whisper?
The “Guess which band I haven’t seen” lists which have been passing through Facebook like a dose of salts, has brought back some memories for me, many of them terrible. I have made some horrendous musical mistakes in my time. Here’s two of the worst.
It’s 1990. Glasgow is hosting a free musical event called “The Big Day Out.” I am there with my friends, a mixed group, one of whom happens to be a girl I fancied to bits but who very much did not reciprocate the feeling. She loved Deacon Blue and the Hothouse Flowers, both of whom were playing. I did not, but I loved her so off I went to see those bands in George Square. Also playing there was Sheena Easton. Recently she had appeared on Wogan talking in a frankly embarrassing faux American accent, right now she was attempting a comeback of sorts. Her appearance in Glasgow, after that appearance on Wogan, went as well as you would have thought. She was bottled offstage and I was in the crowd (not actually throwing bottles obviously, that behaviour was and still is appalling).
My point is though, I was watching Sheena Easton whilst, about » Continue Reading.
I have been without a turntable for some time and work and childcare duties have severely dented my time to shop around for one.
So I am putting the question out here. Can anyone recommend a good, not too dear, turntable which won’t fuck up my old vinyl? It needs to be quite small. Our living room is somewhat cluttered.
I’d like to be able to link it to our old stereo but if I could hook it up to some internet enabled speakers in the future that would be good to.
Thanks folks. All advice and recommendations appreciated.
Horns. Just work. Trumpets and suchlike, I find, really lift a tune. Like Can’t Be So Bad by Moby Grape. Decent wee tune turns into something tremendous thanks to those trumpets.
Any another tune lifted by the stellar presence of trumpets etc?
I love me a good remix and this one popped up on shuffle recently. Massive Attack don’t remix many other artists at all and they do a grand job here; the song is pretty much left as it is, but the tune just swings that wee bit more. It’s all sensitively and thoughtfully done.
Anyone else got a favorite remix to recommend? I’m going to stick a less sensitively done one below as well…
Whilst listening to Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan for the first time in donkey’s years, I suddenly remembered this masterpiece. I only ever had it on cassette (?????) and had completely forgotten it’s existence. It might be the single best thing that Eddie Vedder from Pearl Jam has been involved with. The Face Of Love, from the Soundtrack to the film Dead Man Walking. So forgotten that it’s not even on Spotify.
If anyone has any songs which they have forgotten about till now, post them here.
Yes the day is nearly done, but I feel the urge to mark it with music…
This might be an age thing, but me and Mrs Sprocket were music shuffling earlier on and Somewhere In My Heart by Aztec Camera came on.
“You know something?” said Mrs S “I can’t remember the last time I heard a new pop group. You know a song played on instruments by an actual band which is poppy and singable.”
And you know something? Nor could I. I could think of hip hop, dancy programmy stuff, but nothing guitary which was pop from recent years.
Has there been any that I’ve missed? Or is this a skill which is largely gone?
Tomorrow is going to be dreadful. No two ways about it.
I have the day off work. But I won’t be watching this ghastly spectacle unfold. I’ll be listening to John Coltrane. Possibly Elvis. I may read some Walt Whitman or some James Baldwin. I might watch Singin’ In The Rain. I’ll be too busy with the young children to go to the Rauschenberg Exhibition at the Tate, but I’d like to go.
My point is, I might be consoling myself with American art to remind me that that place is responsible for works of transcendent beauty.
So, to distract ourselves from this unfolding nightmare, lets remind ourselves of the actual things which made America great.
Maybe I am being a bit unfair on The Three Degrees, but they are a band who seem a bit “guest on the Two Ronnies” to an outsider.
Except this tune is bloody IMMENSE. Who knew? Not me…
Any other examples of brilliant tunes by slightly naff acts? By the way, anyone who suggests any U2 will be ignored. The criteria is “slightly naff” not “fucking irredeemably dreadful.”
My cousin has served me up with a Proustian moment on Facebook and posted his top ten albums he liked as a teenager, in order of hearing them. It’s a lovely encapsulation of a youngster trying to find his musical feet, so I thought I’d do it here.
So basically, like all kind of alienated small town kids, I started with metal and worked my way out from there, so my list would look something like
1) The Number Of The Beast – Iron Maiden 2) Ride The Lightning – Metallica 3) Appetite For Destruction- Guns n Roses 4) The Real Thing – Faith No More 5) It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back – Public Enemy 6) Hatful Of Hollow – The Smiths 7) Substance 1987 – New Order 8) The Stone Roses – The Stone Roses 9) The White Album – The Beatles 10) Screamadelica – Primal Scream
I reckon that looks about right for me anyway…
The ever wonderful Dangerous Minds have come up with a doozy here. Seemingly in 1976 a more misguided Beatles related film than the Bee Gees Sargent Pepper appeared.
It was called All This And World War II and it was archive footage of the war, spliced with war movies with various bands doing Beatles covers over the top. Oddly enough it’s never came out on video or DVD, but it’s on youtube now.
I have yet to watch this, I can only assume it’s awful, but there are Beatles heads here who may well be interested…
A heartwarming Christmas story told by one of the TOTAL SCUMBAGS of 2016.
Merry Christmas to you all. May 2017 not be the total pisser that 2016 was…
… London Calling by The Clash was released.
I remember the first time I heard the song. I used to record The Power Hour on video in the 80s; it was on at something like 3am on a Wednesday and it was the only programme which showed any heavy metal. For some reason they played the video of London Calling on it once.
And I was fucking captivated. These four guys just looked so cool. I think I had a full on man crush on them. Just the whole package, they looked like a gang and as for the song itself, it was URGENT, restless, funky, poppy, you could dance to it and it was cool. In amongst all the noise and macho shitheadness of The Power Hour this totally stood out.
Two bands formed my taste in music I think. Public Enemy and The Clash. Both of these bands sent me off exploring music, seeking out new sounds, trying to find out where this stuff came from. I owe them a lot.
And I saw Joe Strummer touring with The Mescaleros when they played King Tuts. He hadn’t lost anything; he played the new, he played the » Continue Reading.
Spotify sent me a playlist made up of the stuff I’ve actually played the most last year. Did they do the same for you?
My top ten of 2016 as far as they are concerned is;
1) Mr Mistake (Boards Of Canada Remix) – Nevermen 2) Stepping Stones – Bert Jansch and John Renbourn 3) Paper And Smoke – Mike Cooper 4) I Start Counting- Basil Kirchin 5) The Hurdy Gurdy Man – Butthole Surfers 6) Blackwaterside – Anne Briggs 7) Waltz Of The New Moon – The Incredible String Band 8) Come Down To Us – Burial 9) DC (Bit) – Boards Of Canada 10) Wesley’s Theory – Kendrick Lamar
It’s kind of all over the place I reckon…
Well I’m excited!
Mick Jagger is a new dad again! Hurrah! Congratulations!
Although he is already a Great Grandfather.
Which means his Great Granddaughter has an auntie younger than her. I think.
Any other “modern” rock families like that?
Any enthusiasm here for Outsider artists? I guess Ivor Cutler counts as one… Him singing this has just turned up on youtube. Do please post other oddballs you have a soft spot for…
I was washing the dishes with an iPod on shuffle and up popped “Satanic Reverses” by The Disposable Heroes Of Hiphoprisy, a song I can say truthfully that I had forgotten I had, and which I may not have actually played since about 1996.
Fine dramatic intro, excellent trumpet samples, way funkier than I remembered it being, then Michael Franti opens his mouth…
“In the nineteen hundred and seventies the OPEC nations began to dominate the world’s oil economy…”
Factually true perhaps, but pretty awful. He might as well rap “This is going to be a boring assed lecture with beats, so if right on worthy shit and economics ain’t your bag then turn off now.”
Needless to say that might be why I haven’t played the damn song in so long. So Afterward hive mind, what other tunes have this combination of great music and dreadful opening line?
The pop news story with EVERYTHING.
Buccmaster Of Holland is a Lincolnshire farmer, a prosperous man and the owner of three “oxgangs.” He has bonded servants, land, power, he is a big man in town, a pagan and, quite possibly, a bit mad. As the book opens he is full of grim forebodings; there’s a “hairy star” in the sky and the sight of “a great blaec fugol it was not of these lands it flown slow ofer the ham one daeg at the time of first ploughan” adds to his sense of impending doom. Then the Normans invade, he loses both of his sons at Hastings, his wife is raped and killed and his “ham” is burnt to the ground. He takes to the fens, becomes a “Grene man” and resolves to fight the invaders.
As you can tell this story is not written in plain English, it’s written in a version of old English and it oddly works; a thousand years ago was an alien time and the writing emphasises this. It’s a struggle at first, but you quickly come to understand things. And I truly wish I had read this before I took part in the post apocalypse podcast because » Continue Reading.