2016 aint finished yet – another one to add to the growing list of departures
Made me laugh
and there seems to be a few more out of time vocals on YouTube – should keep me quiet for the rest of the evening
What does it sound like?:
Punk, as a “thing”, gave people the belief that they didn’t have to be Rick Wakeman or Paul McCartney to be in a band. (Indeed, it was wider than music – “You don’t have to be xxx to succeed as (insert chosen profession here)”) A modicum of talent was probably needed, but what was missing in terms of ability could either be learned over time, or made up for by sheer exuberance and desire. Along with the many thousands of bands popping up in every town, the option of releasing a record came into view, either by the self-financing route or in partnership with local record shops and/or small record labels. The likes of Immediate, Island and A&M (and other established labels) were ostensibly “independent”, but in the late 70s it seemed like new labels were formed every month (or even week). Some survived and effectively became Major labels (eg Rough Trade, Beggars Banquet), others existed for the life of the one single they issued. Stiff, Chiswick, Rough Trade, Step Forward, Small Wonder, Beggars Banquet, Factory, Good Vibrations – some of their early output is here, as are releases from the lesser known Bent, » Continue Reading.
that the Sex Pistols debut single – Anarchy In The UK – was released.
Less than 2 months later, the band were sacked from their record label and this single deleted
What does it sound like?:
When a band has been doing the rounds for nigh on 40 years releases a new album, the obvious questions arise: 1) Have they still “got it”? (whatever “it” is) 2) Will this new collection be a worthy entry in their catalogue? 3) Are they just trading on past glories?
Yes, Yes and No (but also Yes (confusingly))
Over 38 years and 12 albums (including an 11 year hiatus) they’ve rarely released a duff album. Even 1988s The Madness has (thanks to the distance of time and expectation) redeeming qualities. 1999s ‘Wonderful’ marked a return – it was good but sadly relied on point 3 above perhaps too much. Scroll forward another 10 years, and the magnificent ‘Liberty Of Norton Folgate’ cemented their return, and at the same time their place as continuing that line of Great British Songwriters and Performers (I hesitate to say “National Treasures”, but it does fit). 2012s ‘Oui Oui, Si Si, Ja Ja, Da Da’ was perhaps a slight wrong turning, but this new one is (in my mind) the de facto follow-up to Norton Folgate.
Right from the start, this is Madness doing what they do best. Telling » Continue Reading.
There has to be a “moment” which can be cited as The Birth Of Punk, so lets choose the release of the first UK Single by The Damned. And today’s the day – New Rose was first released 22nd October 1976 on Stiff Records (catalogue number BUY6, fir the nerdily inclined who want to know)
Not only were they the first to release a single, they were also the first to release an album, the first to tour America, the first to split up, the first to reform.
Option 10 for me.
As the article says: “This is, objectively, the only correct way to organize your records. Search your feelings: you know it to be true.”
Might inspire debate.
Then again might just wile away a few minutes/hours (days?)
or the belief that one song must follow another. As a result of listening to the same tapes on a Walkman and in the car for several years, my ears are now pre-programmed to expect certain songs to start once the dying notes of another finish.
As The Damned’s Love Song finishes, there should be no more than a second before the opening burst of Eloise As a result of several months continually listening to The Jam’s Snap, Man In The Cornershop MUST follow the closing refrain of Start Blue Oyster Cult – (Don’t Fear) The Reaper can only be followed by Uriah Heep – Easy Livin’, or the world might implode (maybe not, but it feels like it) The Byrds – Eight Miles High must always follow Focus – Hocus Pocus, and from the same album (a compilation called Back On The Road), Nirvana – Rainbow Chaser will be followed by The Nice – America (although The Byrds and Nirvana are next to each other on the compilation, there is lughole expectation on my part) And then there is the 3 song run of Sham 69 – Angels With Dirty Faces, UK Subs – Stranglehold and Cockney Rejects – » Continue Reading.
The most obvious example of this is probably Another Brick In The Wall Part II, featuring pupils Islington Green School. The school received a one-off payment of £1000, and no royalties. A change of copyright law in 1996 meant they were entitled to royalty payments, and they were tracked down via Friend Re-United.
Others? Was the use of Mickey Gallagher’s kids to re-record Career Opportunities an inspired piece of “art”, or just a piece of filler-fluff to pad out Sandinista? Roy Wood was helped by Miss Snob and Class 3C (or more properly the Stockland Green Bilateral School Choir) when he yearned for it to be Yule continuously. And the kids are concerned for the future of Grocer Jack in Keith West’s Excerpt From A Teenage Opera. And then there is St Winifreds School Choir – the only group to be One Hit Wonders twice (albeit, first time round they were uncredited and obviously fetured different children). First time was backing Brian and Michael’s art history song Matchstalk Men and Matchstalk Cats and Dogs. The second was every Gran’s Christmas Present in 1980 “There’s No-One Quite Like Grandma” – it took the death of a Beatle to dislodge this saccharine-infused » Continue Reading.
Well this might fill in a few gaps in the knowledge …
It seems that every band , sooner or later, will be getting the DVD Documentary treatment. Next up (in October) – Oasis. It is an official documentary (ie made with the full co-operation of the band) from the producers of the Amy Winehouse and Ayrton Senna docos.
Is there a band that is both AW Friendly and AW Unfriendly? I think Oasis might be that band. Past experience shows that they really split the audience here.
A Madness “curated” (not a word I enjoy using) event on Clapham Common celebrating “old school” (another slightly disagreeable term) ska and reggae. There were a number of bands appearing, and not all of them made you stop munching burgers, drinking beer or nodding off. By the same token, none of them made you want to throw stuff or leave the site. Highlights? Norman Jay did a very good set – I just wish he would try to connect with the audience a bit more. Lee “Scratch” Perry and The Upsetters were on too early to get the crowd really going, but turned in a competent, if uninspiring, performance. Toots & The Maytals absolutely stole the show – I think “Monkey Man” is now permanently entrenched in my brain. The Hot 8 Brass Band changed the mood, sprinkling a touch of jazz into the proceedings David Rodigan bounced on stage like a hyperactive child who’d been at the sugar and delivered an historic tour of all things Reggae. And to the headline act … Their entrance was preceded by The Beatles “Because”, and then straight into “House Of Fun”. Toots returned to the stage » Continue Reading.
Radio City is an album that is in every “Essential Albums” list. And it’s been appearing in these lists for as long as I can remember. Yes, I know (and love) “September Girls” (who doesn’t?) but have never – until this week – owned either Radio City or #1 Record. Since arriving on Monday, nothing else has passed through my speakers. Jeez, it’s bloody fantastic. I’m sure there should be a law that states: “If you want to listen to some Big Star, you must listen from Track 1 of #1 Record to the final track of Radio City without a break”.
So fellow dwellers of this corner of the interweb – please forgive my oversight but I have finally arrived on Planet Big Star.
I got 5 and then got bored – I’ll probably go back later
Frustrating, annoying, but ultimately satisfying when you do finally get one right
Facebook News Feed – Top Stories or Most Recent? and does it really matter?
My OCD brain says it should be Most Recent – things in chronolgical order make so much more sense, rather than a Facebook created algorythm that decides what I want to see (interspersed with about 9 million adverts (or “Suggested Posts”). The control freakery part of my brain (which sits next to the OCD part) says I’m missing some breaking news
After last years please to The Foo Fighters, the Rockin’ 1000 return with a mass playalong and singalong of one of Mr Bowie’s finest
Yes, it’s back.
The most important Football competition on the internet. It is the coveted Afterword Premier League where you could win this virtual trophy – yours to download and show off for a whole year.
The Afterword and Afterword Head to Head Leagues setup (again)
Head To Head: 169330-54830 Classic: 169330-54903
What if it was raining on 6 July 1957, and Paul McCartney decided not to bother going to Woolton Village Fete?
What if Mick Jagger had been carrying albums by Jim Reeves and Perry Como rather than Chuck Berry and The Best of Muddy Waters when Keith Richards saw him at Dartford Train Station?
What if Bob Dylan had not fallen of his motorbike?
What if Joe Strummer thought the Sex Pistols were “a bit rubbish” when they supported the 101’ers
Wnat if Lemmy had not been kicked out of Hawkwind?
What if Ronnie Wood had not been at that party with Mick Jagger the night Mick Taylor left The Stones?
What if, What if, What if … none of it happened, but we can always speculate how different (or not) the world may have been
Sainsbury claim to now have an 8% Market Share of all Vinyl Sales. Yes, it’s another story about supermarkets and their surprise by the popularity of vinyl sales.
The one line that didn’t sound correct somehow though was: More than two million LPs were sold in Britain in 2015, which the BPI says could be the most since at least 1994 – the year of Oasis, Bon Jovi and The Beautiful South.
OK, 1994 saw Carry On Up The Charts nestle on just about everybody’s coffee table. But Oasis were still a year away from selling by the shedload, and Bon Jovi’s contribution was a Greatest Hits set – likely to be bought in big numbers, but more likely to be on CD than vinyl.
Now, anyone got a Pink Vinyl copy of Sound Affects, or do I have to scour ebay for a copy at a vastly inflated price (its like Record Store Day wall over again)
Is there a more worthwhile way of spending 25 minutes on a Bank Holiday Monday?
What does it sound like?:
Playing in his own tribute band (From The Jam) is obviously going to have an effect on your own output. As is the fact that having spent 5 years recording with The Jam (were they the biggest band in Britain at the time? very probably) means your legacy is assured. It is also a fact of life that Bruce Foxton on his own has never really achieved the heights, or the acclaim, that perhaps his contribution to the aforementioned “Biggest Band In Britain 1979 to 1982” deserves. in addition to the standard From The Jam set, new music (created with vocalist/co-writer Russell Hastings) crept it’s way into the set, and in 2012 Bruce Foxton released his second solo album, ‘Back In The Room’. Backed by his From The Jam cohorts (the drum stool now being filled by Mark Brzezicki), the album featured guest appearances from Steve Norman, Steve Cropper and Paul Weller. To complete the “potential reformation” rumours, the album was also recorded at Paul Weller’s Black Barn Studios.
This album, again co-written with Russell Hastings, again recorded at Black Barn Studios, and again featuring Paul Weller (plus other guests in the shape of » Continue Reading.
The BBC considered the return of Top Gear to be that important, it provided an ‘x days to go’ countdown leading up to last nights first show. All the elements were there – the aircraft hanger, the track, the audience, the cars liberally distributed in the studio, the special guests (in a Rally car, rather than a Reasonably Priced car (see what they did there)), and a preposterous challenge to drive from one end of the country to another in a (possibly) unsuitable vehicle. In short, the format remains just the people fronting it have changed. And therein lies the difficulty for me – it felt too formulaic, too forced and very disjointed. Part of the appeal, and success, of the previous incarnation was it was basically 3 mates dicking about doing daft things in cars. Yes, much of it was contrived, but the way it was presented and the relationship and comfort of The Oaf, The Short One and The Posh One added something to the proceedings. OK, its the first show, and the banter, camaraderie and comfort of the presenters and the presentation may well improve in coming weeks. Chris Evans Dodge Viper report just felt like an » Continue Reading.
This book may be worth further investigation.We all know the iconic covers, but what of the photos that weren’t used? Maybe that’ll be the next re-issue/anniversary Project – more remastering with new cover art.
Interesting? I think so, but then I find interest in the most mundane of things