Think I’ll start with this…
To me it was a marginally above average British TV drama… slightly silly and implausible… Hugh Laurie as a cartoon capitalist villain… oh look there’s Tom Hollander and Olivia Colman yet again…. certainly not worth a second look – in fact the location filming basically made it seem like a hardback version of Death in Paradise. But ever since it was on, the BBC website have been referring to it as pretty much the greatest drama in the history of television. Whah?
Culminating in this utterly bizarre item on the BBC News website which lays all editorial balance aside to claim that Bafta’s nominations are “baffling” in excluding TNM. “Look! Tom Hiddleston! Hugh Laurie!! People have heard of these actors in America!!“
The assumption that this is based on, ie that British TV – particularly BBC Drama involving posh actors – is the greatest in the world, is twenty years out of date. It’s as out of touch as BBC1’s insistence that Gary Baaaalow is regarded as a national treasure – another meeting I certainly missed.
I know the BBC has to big itself up in these harsh times, but equally sometimes they need to come out of their silo » Continue Reading.
Girl uses a playlist to dump her boyfriend. In my day you did mixtapes at the start of a relationship (or something you hoped would become one)
Given that one of the songs is by Ed Sheeran, I think he’s had a narrow escape.
Now that the dust has settled, I’m in the market for some highlights from the Zimster’s monster Live 1966 set. I have absolutely no intention of trawling through the whole lot so would ideally like to hear about one to two hours of what’s worth hearing more than once, bearing in mind that I already have the Free Trade Hall set.
Also, I would like someone to do my job for me tomorrow while I stay in bed.
And the moon on a stick would be nice, if it’s not too much trouble.
So over in Nigeria, the great King Sunny Ade has been appointed Change Begins With Me Ambassador by the government. Intriguingly this is partly because “has reigned in the music industry for over 50 years without blemish”. I suspect “blemish” doesn’t mean “ill-advised bluegrass album” in Nigeria. I’ll leave it at that, though.
Who from the UK music “scene” should be nominated as our Change Begins With Me Ambassador?
I bet you’ve got some a-ha-ha-ha HILARIOUS suggestions!!
(….kill me now)
Rough sods, pop stars.
Sometimes they hit you at the top of an album with a pair of songs so breathtaking that the rest of the record could consist of the sound of someone eating mint jelly and you wouldn’t notice.
One such example is 16 Lovers Lane by the Go-Betweens, which is a great album through and through, but the first two tracks are absolutely staggering when heard one after the other. Here’s number one:
Mrs Moose is, as you will imagine, a very patient and long-suffering woman.
There are many, terrible reasons why this is true, some of which are too awful for you to contemplate, but my taste in music is one of them. Actually she positively likes a good 80% of the music I do. Another 15% she tolerates. Then there is the 5% which she will tell me to turn off.
Today a thankfully rare instance of this came up, about seven minutes into this jolly wee ditty.
What is your partner’s musical breaking point?
Not that it makes any difference to old cloth-ears here, but I’d be interested to know what y’all think are the best remasterings – particularly in the light of the late, unlamented Loudness Wars* and the fact that there are now many competing anniversary editions of many of the albums we hold dear.
You may want to use the words “Steven” and “Wilson” in your answers.
(*In my house this is what happened when Mrs M and I both started taking statins, Parrrp!)
Got any stories about Mick Ronson?
These folks would like to hear from you. Turn and Face the Strange is a Hull 2017 project by the Centre for Contemporary Storytelling about Rock’s greatest Hullensian, starting with a “story gathering session” this Saturday 11th, with a launch event next Friday 17th, leading up to a big multimedia show in the summer – “Mick Ronson Is…”, in effect. It’s all on the FB page (hope the link works)
I think the intention is to focus on his Hull beginnings rather than his (presumably heavily documented) post-1971 life, but I’m sure if any of y’all have personal memories it’ll all be grist to the mill.
Here’s some Southern poof talking about Mick…
Earlier today I made a joke about the Bee Gees (aka The Artists Formerly Known as Les Tosseurs) which fell on deaf eyes. Yesterday I made a jokey reference to Ayers Rock so obscure that even I would struggle to explain it to myself.
Last weekend we were at a friend’s house. Mrs Moose noticed in the hallway what later turned out to be a modern (rubber) hula-hoop, and I told her that it was a spare tyre for a penny-farthing.
The stoniest of ground!
This happens all the time… could it be that my jokes fail because my imagined audience is basically me and the people I knew at college when I was seventeen (who were, as you might imagine, a bunch of drunken wazzocks)?
Could it be that a joke that you have to explain in infinitesimal detail just isn’t a good joke?
… or am I just too good for you all?
Whatever, deposit your failed jokes here and let’s have a good laugh. Maybe.
Starting 2017 with the positives….
Let’s love this people NOW, while they are ALIVE. Even with their obvious flaws, let’s not leave it too late to thank them for what they’ve given us. Add as many names as you can. The list is life!!
Jerry Lee Lewis. Chuck Berry. Fats Domino. Simon & Garfunkel. Bob Dylan. Brian Wilson and Al Jardine. Paul McCartney. Ringo Starr. Mick Jagger. Keith Richards. Ronnie Wood. Bill Wyman. Charlie Watts. Everybody in Manfred Mann. Aretha Franklin. Eric Clapton. Ray and Dave Davies. Steve Cropper. Rod Argent and Colin Blunstone. The Incredible String Band. Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and Bob Plant. Roger McGuinn, Chris Hillman and David Crosby. Graham Nash, Stephen Stills and (yes!) Neil Young. Rod Stewart. Jeff Beck. Joni Mitchell. John McLaughlin (he never stops….) Smokey Robinson. Todd Rundgren. James Taylor. Carole King. Woody Woodmansey. Jimmy Cliff. Randy Newman. Herbie Hancock. Al Stewart. Scott Walker. Don Henley. Nile Rodgers. All of the original Roxy Music. The original Sex Pistols. Mick Jones, Topper Headon, Paul Simenon. All of Talking Heads. Most of Blondie. New Order. Kylie. Public Enemy. Lorde (note to self – check this) …..and, yes, DONOVAN.
Of course you bloody do.
It seems like a dream to me now.
Boulevard Malesherbes, November 2004, 5am.
….judging by their entry for Half Man Half Biscuit’s This Leaden Pall. There’s something not quite right about the scan of the cover artwork… can’t quite put my finger on it.
In order to get a dirty deed done cheap I recently joined Discogs, having for years been an extensive user of the site as a reference library (or alternatively a rabbit-hole down which one can cheerfully disappear for days on end).
Spoaching around I’ve found that there are some very decent bargains to be had (a VG+ vinly of Rattlesnakes for a quid? You’re on!) which seems vastly more fun than getting up at Some Hour That Should Not Exist on a Sunday morning to go to a Car Boot in the freezing cold – only to find that, no matter how early you get there, all stalls have been picked clean by obese Boomers looking to pointlessly supplement their gold-plated pensions by ebaying old albums at stupidly inflated prices.
I just got Sing It Again Rod for forty new pence. Forty pee! I know there’s postage, but that’s the not-having-to-leave-the-house tax as far as I’m concerned.
Is my enthusiasm misplaced? Your experiences of the site please.
An exchange on the Hendrix thread has bethought me that it’s necessary to have a thread celebrating the wah-and furthermore-wah.
Bring forth your pedal-bothering heroes!
Here’s some wah-wah sax to kick things off.
…in which Afterworders post covers of songs made famous by The King, Eldridge Parsley. Unlike my last thread, this is a discussion.
I’m kicking things off with Ry Cooder, from allegedly the first digital rock album.
Elvis sings Dylan (via Odette – an unjustly forgotten artist)
As far as I’m concerned this is the best Dylan cover ever – as it would have to be. Can you imagine how chuffed Wor Berb must have been when he heard this? It’s enough to make you fall off your bike and f888 off into the woods for two years.
So I returned to the Giles Giles & Fripp album last week (relax folks – it’s on Deram).
And what a lot of fun it is. But The Sun Is Shining had the same effect on me as last time
Listen 1: This kind of arch tongue-in-cheek ironical postmodern malarkey gets my goat. Listen 2: Mind you, I’ve got to admit, it’s a decent tune. Listen 3: Christ almighty, I’m going to be singing this up and down the corridors at work all bleeding week.
And so it came to pass.
….Raining In My Heart by Robert Wyatt. Sounds great, right? Sounds…. in fact…. WONDERFUL. But what you get from the old tease is a perfectly pleasant PIANO-ONLY version of this fragile, beautiful song.
RW’s obtuse Kremlincentric politics may be infuriating, but this is on another level.
Dude, just sing it. Just one verse! Pleeeeeease!
….and it is Judy Dyble’s vocal on Trader Horne’s Morning Way. I mean listen to her! She makes Fenella Fielding sound like Kelly-Marie Tunstall. Glorious!
*unless, of course, you know different…
… a properly brilliant musician. I don’t normally do the obits stuff (notwithstanding Bowiegate), but I do feel the blog should record the passing of this legendary batonmeister. Any time you see the Marriner/ASMF imprimatur you know it’s gonna be quality. Here’s some English string music by way of illustration.
I’ve decided to return under my own familiar moniker, soiled as it may be, so I’ll just do what I do best and dump a list here. It’s all the “clean skin” names I was considering returning under.
You want any of ’em? Fill yer boots, chums.
Assaulty Dogg Buffalo Shelbyville Samuel F*ckwitt Air and Neville Five Loaves Left Darkyr Earlyer Brewer’s Bitch Famous Matt Topcoat Grayson Danger Syco Candide Brimful of Gnasher Syd Jarrett Technical Sergeant Eliot Error Twilight Matthew Sour Marvin Goy Goose Jazz Age of Chauncey Babylon’s Berni Petsounds The Younger Killer Mina Funk Fuster Klick
“Yes, I had some psilocybe samuiensis and laid on the floor for three days listening to Conrad Schnitzler’s Electric Garden on a continuous loop”
(snip snip snip) “Oh, nice was it? Me an’ the wife were thinking about that for Whit week” (snip snip snip)
A friend of our came back from New York and, amongst the gifts she had for us was a 7″ of Loving the Alien*, picked up almost completely randomly for a few cents.
How did I respond to this boon? How else, but by crying out “A VINLY!”
Mrs Moose, narrowing her eyes in that mixture of confusion and disappointment she’s perfected over the years, simply said “…….A bloody what?“
Any other instances of Afterworders falling into the chasm between this gaff and real life?