Andy Partridge just casually announced on Twitter that Apple Venus and Wasp Star are to be re-issued on 200g vinyl in September. I am excite.
Much to nobody’s surprise, I am sure, given his track record, news today that Morrissey has cancelled all his UK and European shows for July. The promoter states the reason as “logistical circumstances beyond their control”, which is doubtless promoter-speak for “No one is buying tickets to see that prize chunk of racist arse-pastry”. Maybe even the most rabid Moz fans are now realizing what a lot of people have been saying for a long time – their hero is a c**t. (*)
(*) Edit – no swearing on the main page, please. Helpful Mods
Danny Kirwan passed away June 8th. He was a member of Fleetwood Mac in the Peter Green years, and in many ways held the band together after Green left. Bare Trees in particular is mainly Danny’s album. He was fired from the band in 1972 due in main to alcohol problems, but also mental instability. After a couple of solo albums he largely disappeared from the music business, and sadly drifted into homelessness and mental illness.
A statement from Mick Fleetwood and John McVie:
“Today was greeted by the sad news of the passing of Danny Kirwan in London, England. Danny was a huge force in our early years. His love for the Blues led him to being asked to join Fleetwood Mac in 1968, where he made his musical home for many years. Danny’s true legacy, in my mind, will forever live on in the music he wrote and played so beautifully as a part of the foundation of Fleetwood Mac, that has now endured for over fifty years. Thank you, Danny Kirwan. You will forever be missed! ~Mick Fleetwood and Fleetwood Mac”
Here’s the quite lovely Woman Of A Thousand Years, from Future Games.
Paddy McAloon, genius songwriter, 61 today.
Honestly, what a twat.
Just saw that Dennis Edwards, lead singer of the Temptations during the Whitfield/Strong years (i.e. their best years) has passed away at 75. Wonderful singer, wonderful voice….
What does it sound like?:
Atomic Rooster were formed when Vincent Crane and Carl Palmer left The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown in 1969. Between the recording of their debut album “Atomic Rooster” in 1970 and the single “Tell Your Story, Sing Your Song” in 1974 the group underwent a bewildering array of lineup changes, with Crane as the only constant band member. This 4 disc box set gathers together everything the band recorded between 1970 and 1974 – four albums, plus non-UK single cuts and album tracks and demos. Their debut album, Atomic Rooster, opens disc 1, and showcases their progressive/underground roots. Crane’s organ leads the way, propelled by Palmer’s sometimes frenetic drumming (yes, there is a drum solo….). Nick Graham’s rather stentorian vocals are perhaps the weak point (his yelps of “save me!” on the single Friday 13th a case in point) – by the time the album was released both he and Palmer had gone, ushering in the revolving door era of Rooster line-ups. After a brief stint by Ric “Mick Shrimpton” Parnell, Paul Hammond took over the drum seat while guitarist John Du Cann became the new vocalist. This is the lineup that recorded second » Continue Reading.
Luke Skywalker. Millennium Falcon.
That is all….
Anyone got any handy tips on how to take the warp out of a vinyl record? I recently picked up copies of Montrose’s first album (a hard rock banger!) and Back To The Egg for a dollar each, but both have warps. Any advice gratefully received!
It has taken me 22 years to get round to listening to “Liquid Swords”. Twenty two years. My review in full:
So, as a latecomer to Wu Tang world, what should be next for me?
Thanks to Twitter, I have been introduced to the comedy stylings of one Mark Boyle, who apparently promotes the virtues of a wattle and daub lifestyle in The Guardian. I can’t make up my mind whether he is a super dedicated performance artist, or just an insufferable twat. Keen observers may remember that he was previously known for attempting to walk to India on no money, but turned back after reaching France due to his inability to speak – er – French. My favourite one liner from this particular article? “If a bored moment ever did arise, I’ve a tin whistle begging to be learned…”
Truly the Daniel Day Lewis de nos jours…
Some bearded ponce with a hipster haircut has been clogging up my twitter feed of late, plugging some sort of ghastly ‘musical video’ by his beat combo “The Disappointment Choir”. All perfectly frightful of course – I leave the video here for you all to sneer at (warning, contains hand held keyboard action). Follow them on twitter at @disappointchoir – that will teach them….
The late great Sir Lemuel Kilminster has had a dinosaur crocodile named after him. A fitting tribute for the warty one….
No spoilers, just – fucking hell. Fucking. Hell.
Those of you looking for the worst version of ‘Like A Rolling Stone’ in recorded history need look no longer. Here it is in all its earth-shattering, knee-trembling, jaw-dropping glory. From the 30th Anniversary concert in 1992, John Mellencamp isnt TOO bad. And then, at about 1 minute 50 seconds, on comes the backing singer….. As George Costanza was wont to exclaim, sweet fancy moses!
Steven Wilson’s album “To The Bone” is released later this month. Here’s the first song from the album, “Permanating”. Quite a jaunty little toe-tapper!
Two teenage boys with a mutual interest in guitars and music met at the St Peters church fete in Woolton.
Passed away at the grand old age of 89. For many of us I suspect he was our first introduction to James Bond. He played Bond 7 times on the big screen, more than any other actor. I suspect some of our older members hem hem will also remember him as Simon Templar.
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42 years after the release of his third album Ommadawn, Mike Oldfield returns (SWIDT?) to the format that made him famous – longform musical pieces split into two parts. The original album saw Oldfield dipping his toes into what later became ‘world music’, incorporating Uillean pipes, pan pipes, bazoukis, the bodhran, and African drumming. ‘Return To Ommadawn’, his 26th album, references several of these elements – Part 1 begins with panpipes over what sounds like a harp tinkling away gently in the background, while halfway through the drums propel the piece to the end. There is even a brief burst of the Penrhos Kids for those fans of “On Horseback”, the unlisted song that closes the original album. Oldfield’s nylon string guitar is the dominant instrument for much of parts 1 and 2, with the occasional electric stab (Oldfield has stated that the album marks a return (did it again!) to the “acoustic style” of ‘Tubular Bells’, ‘Hergest Ridge’ and ‘Ommadawn’). The whole thing flows along nicely – Oldfield (who played all the instruments) layers each part skillfully, the playing is impeccable, and it SOUNDS great, even streaming through my crappy PC speakers (the » Continue Reading.
Michelle Obama made her final appearance as FLOTUS on the Jimmy Fallon show on Wednesday. As always she was gracious, poised, down to earth and funny. A truly class act who will be sorely missed. At the end of the show Stevie Wonder performed a medley of Isn’t She Lovely and My Cherie Amour (retitled for one night only to My Michelle Amour). He may look like a man who spends his waking hours in a pie factory, and his braids seem to be hanging precariously from the back of his head but still – pipes o’gold…
I do love a good war movie, and Christopher Nolan’s latest, ‘Dunkirk’, scheduled for release next year, looks like it fits the bill nicely. Great cast (Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance, er…Harry “don’t call me Nobby, who is Nobby anyway?’ Styles…) and a compelling story. It does seem like a movie that would only really resonate with a British audience rather than a global one, but Nolan is such a good film maker so I have high hopes. Summer 2017.
RIP John Glenn, the last of the Mercury Seven, who has passed away at the grand old age of 95. Glenn was the first American to orbit the earth, and was a member of a very select group of just 12 men who have set foot on an astronomical object away from the Earth.