I love this. It’s so English eccentric – reminds me of that episode in that series Michael Palin did where he was so boring his family kicked him out because all he was interested in was (adopt broad Yorkshire – or was it Lancashire – accent) “shovels and precipitation”.
Apparently the support act for His Bobness’ famous UK tour in 1965 was John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers. There was an outtake from Don’t Look Back posted a couple of days ago on YouTube which of course Dylan’s folks had taken down.
But here’s another glimpse into that time – Bob on the radio, playing a song live and, as the notes say, getting chastised for “not knowing how to play with a group” and stuffing up the count-in.
Baby let me follow you down, indeed.
@Johnny-Concheroo where are you?
This is currently trending on Twitter, surely we can create some of our own. Remember they’re tweets so 140 characters only. Here’s an example –
The Rolling Stones – Beggars Banquet
Beggars smell bad! Not a fan! No handouts! The devil! Sympathetic! I like him! This smells bad, too!
This song came up on my iPhone the other day. I’d forgotten how much I love it (and the album, Surrealistic Pillow). It’s so far away from the psychedelic image of the Airplane, parts of it sound more like The Mamas and The Papas (especially the “I’ll follow your dream” bit).
In a way it’s more of a love song than love songs usually are, if you see what I mean. Personally I never want to hear another song again about how someone is so in love with someone else.
So – your favourite songs about friends, friendship, of the (supposedly) platonic variety
Usually gigs are the opposite of front-loaded – the best/most popular saved till last or the encore.
Of course this is not the case with say Paul McArtney where whatever he plays is well known. In fact he saves up his worst ones for the end – I’m thinking the turgid singalong in HJ
I once saw Elvis Costello give a lesson in concert-craft – he started with three belting rockers of the Pump It Up variety, one after the other, not necessarily well known, and then said hello and played a slower one. Audience In Palm Of Hand
I remember an NME review of a band who’d recently had a Number One, and they did that song first up, which as the review pointed out, was unusual. It might have Slade, who of course had a few others up their sleeve at the time.
Any other front-loaded concerts or gigs?
I digitally manipulate fake ivory cuttings in ordered and random sequences, to accompany a man and a woman while they create objects with tape and toilet rolls and sing about teapots
My Mum is 90, lives on her own in a very well appointed “retirement village”. She’s OK, physically fragile but mentally alert as ever. She has her daily routines, which take up most of her time. I’ve been staying with her over the Christmas/New Year period (I sleep in my late Dad’s bedroom seeing you asked).
Anyway she offered this wonderful piece of wisdom the other day –
“I don’t get bored here on my own, I’m happy to do what I have to do and read my books and watch a dvd in the evening. What REALLY bores me is if I have to go somewhere and there are people talking and laughing about nothing”.
YES Mum, I feel your pain. And I’m the same. And I hope I can express that so brilliantly before I get to the age of 90 (which is, um, a few years away)
This is a well written well considered piece IMHO.
However the guy completely blows it in the last para where he says “let’s play shorter solos, and let’s play the right notes”. Gawd, no, wrong! It’s entirely possible to engage with the audience without placing those kinds of limitations on what you play. However what you play must first of all have meaning for you, and you need to want to communicate with the listener.
I’ve always loved this song, I think I heard Leon Russell’s version first and then Bob’s.
This is stunning, and I’m not a Patti Smith fan, don’t dislike her but was never a huge fan.
But wow, her performance, her stuff-ups, the occasion, and the song. Just gobsmacked. Made me cry for all those reasons.
I know it’s a, um, “broad church” here. Some of us have children, some don’t. Some have little ones, some have grown ups.
So this is just a story about my 24 year old son.
We woke up this morning and I said to Mrs M “we haven’t heard from (our son) for a while”. So we did the FB Messenger thing. Turns out he was on a bus from one European city to another. We had a great rave. It was good that he was between cities, and not at home, or staying with someone. He had time to think, and talk, about what he was up to.
And I just thought, (and said to him) how much I loved him.
That’s all. I’ve loved him, and all my kids, since they were babies. But this was a special event. Somehow talking to him on this bus journey, where he was outside his usual wacky environment, was quite special.
Does anyone else know what I’m talking about?
Those with babies, or pre-teens, or teenagers, or grown up kids- it’s ALL THE SAME!!!
My daughter’s husband wants to buy her a ukulele for Christmas, but he’s not a musician himself, and doesn’t have a lot of money. Does anyone know a reputable place in London where he could get a good instrument for a reasonable price? Somewhere with staff who are actually helpful not just trying to sell something regardless.
I was thinking £50+ and we’d probably help him out if need be.
All right! Awright!
Funny/strange use of words when you think about it.
But used so often in songs. I can think of about five OTTOMH.
And used so often on stage – “are you feeling all right?” (Sounds like a Trump rally)
Anyway I’ve chosen this song cos I love singalong pop.
So – let’s have yours – BUT – lets’ make it ONE SONG each – cos there’s so many and everyone should have a turn.
I’d never seen this before – a moustachioed Steve Marriot with Mac and Kenney Jones and – who’s on bass? Must have been after Ronnie left/got sick with MS.
They sound great I have to say. Any more info from anyone? I thought once they broke up that was it, but apparently not
I’ve been really sickened by what’s happening in the world recently – children and families in Syria, 40% of Americans voting for Donald Trump, the Australian government’s continuing inhumane treatment of refugees on Nauru, and so on.
Then tonight I went over the road to my daughter’s place, she and her boyfriend cooked burgers for dinner (they made the buns and everything), and then we had a lovely evening together, and as I walked home it was a beautiful night, quiet, still, warm (it’s springtime here in Australia) and the moonlight shone through the trees and everything was, for a moment, really perfect.
Have you had a moment like this recently? Today? Last week? Last month, last year?
Let’s hear about it!
Here’s Macca at the recent Desert Trip thing. Admittedly recorded on a fan’s iPhone, but really, that shouldn’t matter – the fact is his singing is pretty awful, out of tune, and you know that he can’t blame the sound mix (by which I mean – if you’re Paul McCartney then you’ll have people who deal with that).
Isn’t it time for him to retire?
And I speak as a major HJH fan, I LOVE him, I was hoping he’d come to Australia again in amongst all his recent world touring. He came in, I don’t know, maybe 1992 or something, when he’d just started accepting he had to do Beatles songs, so he had the technicolour piano and did Magical Mystery Tour etc.
But based on this I think he should retire gracefully.
OOAA of course
So who were they? Did anyone ever see them? Was anyone at this gig? I assume this was Zappa’s “Wazoo” outfit, I have a bootleg of it somewhere which starts with FZ doing a rudimentary soundcheck ie “is everyone’s microphones working?”
Also, don’t you just love the batsman playing a forward defence with a Strat? And also, back in 1972 that look was olde worlde, but these days he looks like your local hipster barista.
Anyone else watching this? All Trump seems to be talking about is his money.
Great NPR fact checker in the link
This is trending on Twitter at the moment, but it seemed very AW.
No French Lieutenant’s Woman No Cry
To Sir With Love Actually
Men In Black Betty
I’m sure our collective wit can top those
So, The Last Waltz concert is being reconstructed in New Zealand of all places, albeit with only two of the original participants, one of those being the wonderful Garth Hudson, up there with the most original pop/rock keyboard players of all time. I never consider going to these “tribute shows” because I’m pretty sure I’ll hate them, but I might just have to pop across the ditch from Sydney to one of these, just to hear Garth play.
You won’t have heard of any of the other musicians (except John Simon of course) – I know a few of them and they’re good players and singers. Kevin Borich, the guitar player, was in one of NZ’s greatest pop exports in the 60s, The Lah De Dahs.
I just hope Garth brings his Lowrey organ
OK so this clip is from 2009 but Eric’s guitar playing is just perfect for the song.
I love it.
I used to use a little software gem called WireTap Studio, had it for years and it was great for recording audio either through the mic or Mac audio, or both. Now it doesn’t work with the latest Mac OS.
So can anyone recommend a way to record Skype calls? I have to record an interview with the director of “Eat That Question” for my radio show tomorrow – erk!!
I think I can probably do it running Quick Time at the same time, just wondered if there’s a nifty bit of pref free software though
Thanks in advance
The one where you can buy anything, where Jimmy Page buys his Zep bootlegs.
Cos what I would like to have is “Going To Auckland’, the recording of their NZ gig in Auckland NZ on 25 Feb 1972.
I know this concert is on the internet, it’s on this crap YouTube link but what I REALLY would like to have is a CD or vinyl copy. I was there on 25 February 1972, I’d just turned 18 and I travelled by train from Wellington and stayed at my Grandma’s place in Auckland NZ.
My daughter will be in Tokyo this week and she’s promised me she’ll seek it out, just need to know where to go!
This stuff is priceless
Amazing collection of videos from late 70’s into early 80’s of concerts at the Capitol Theatre, Passic NJ.
Artists include Randy Newman, Frank Zappa (my personal favourites) plus Jerry Garcia, Procol Harum, Linda Ronstadt, Reniassance, Orleans, Sparks etc etc