Johnny Concheroo’s gift for identifying albums by just their spines is pretty impressive, and he’s not the only nerd, I mean talented album-spotter here I’m sure (I’m looking at you, JQW). So, with no cheating by enlarging on one of those fancy iPad things, here’s a shelf for Johnny and whoever else wants to have a stab at some spine-squinting. Go nuts!
Interesting article from the good people at Trunkworthy on the great lost soul voice of David Ruffin, who sang on some of the Temptations’ finest – including My Girl and Ain’t Too Proud to Beg – before he was kicked out the band.
He recorded an album for Motown that wasn’t released at the time – but I will be hunting down the collection.
More videos and full story in the linked article – http://www.trunkworthy.com/soul-set-free-the-lost-legacy-of-david-ruffin/
…have thought she’d be the best choice.
Ooooh behaayyve etc…
Are getting on my dick!
I have been in London for a couple of days. It remains the case that the top deck of a London bus is the commanding heights for people watching.
Taking the 23 from Paddington to Charing Cross means a trip down Oxford Street, where the traffic moves slowly. The bus I was riding took a few minutes to pass the Ann Summers Knickerbox near Selfridges. During this time there was a steady stream of customers going in and out, a significant number of them women wearing the full burka.
Isn’t there a contradiction between the burka and the kind of underwear a lady might buy in Ann Summers? It seemed incongruous.
Does it suggest the burka might be a failure on its own terms? It is impossible to dismiss the thought that under the burka, the said ladies wear nothing else, apart from Ann Summers underwear. Is this calculated to reduce male desire? I wonder if giving all the ladies unlimited credit at the branch of Primark on the other side of Oxford Street would be more effective in that case.
It turns out that the Gulf states are a major market for Victoria’s Secrets, which has opened 10 stores » Continue Reading.
Forgive me a little self-indulgence here, but I’d like to pay a small tribute to my first hero Ron Springett.
Most people outside Sheffield won’t have heard of Ron, he played in goal for Sheffield Wednesday 1959-67 and was the first string England goalkeeper for several years (he was only kept out of the 1966 World Cup spot by Gordon Banks).
Ron came to Wednesday from QPR and in a simpler footballing age he remained in London, trained at QPR and made his own way to the games, taking the early train to Sheffield on match days.
Before rock and roll took over my life, before the Beatles, before I discovered girls, football was everything in my life and Ron Springett was the focal point.
Now he’s gone aged 80 and I feel almost like I did when John Lennon died.
He’s a great picture of Ron and Nobby Stiles buying records during the 1966 world cup.
Dead Kennedys and Damned slam Maiden man’s claims that their genre is “rubbish”
Punk icons of the Dead Kennedys and the Damned have bitten back at Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson’s dismissal of their genre as “rubbish.”
Earlier this week the vocalist argued there was a world of difference between heavy metal and punk, telling the Guardian: “The closest the art establishment ever came to embracing metal was punk. The reason they embraced punk was because it was rubbish.
“The reason they embraced rubbish was because they could control it. They could say: ‘Oh yeah, we’re punk, so we can sneer at everybody. We can’t play our fucking instruments – but that means we can make out this whole thing is some enormous performance art.’
“Half the kids that were in punk bands were laughing at the art establishment, going, ‘What a fucking bunch of tosspots. Thanks very much – give us the money and we’ll fuck off and stick it up our nose and shag birds.’
“What they’d really love to be doing was being in a heavy metal band surrounded by porn stars.”
Now Rat Scabies of the Damned fame has posted a brief Facebook comment, saying: “Bruce » Continue Reading.
wasn’t Weller weird when he was on ToTP? Remember the backwards Heinz tomato soup apron, how about the banjo and accordion in the Style Council days? This performance is well-weird. It’s Beat Surrender, the final single. The band is lined up backwards – drums to the front, Weller has decided to forego the guitar and frug with the young Tracie who seems to be wearing one of his nice jumpers. He’s a very poor dancer, she pretends not to notice. Foxton mimes the alternate lines – even though it’s Paul’s voice. He mimes more convincingly than Weller, yet Weller can’t hide his smirk after Bruce’s first line. Perhaps weirdest of all is the delivery of the line ‘that bullshit’s just bullshit – it just goes by different names’ from the first verse. If I remember correctly the radio edit went ‘that rubbish is rubbish’ – in this version Weller has re-recorded the line as ‘that bullfrog’s a bullfrogs they just go by different names’. I don’t know what my point is. I suspect this will be a very short thread.
While we’ve been enjoying the fun and games of the Labour leadership contest up here in the northern hemisphere, it all seems to have kicked off, down there in Koala-land. What are you Aussies up to?
I achieved something this weekend I can be proud of – I ripped the entire Isley Brothers box-set, all 400 discs.
Sounds cool (assuming no Storytone Tribute)
has died. 84 years old, so not unsurprising.
I don’t suppose any of us who saw him standing up to the West Indies bowlers in 1976 ( age 45) will ever forget it. Nor entirely ever be happy with more recent histrionics, feigning injury and the like.
I’m heading to HK at the end of the week via a couple of nights in Vietnam. Ho Chi Minh City – or Saigon, I’m still in Saigon, as Capt Willard had it – I think i have covered but its some years since I’ve been in Honkers. Any Afterwords recommendations would be interesting – the knock off markets, good food and Sha Tin are inked in but any other ideas? A couple of music related experiences would be good.
Can I interest anyone in a ticket for King Crimson at Usher Hall this Thursday 17 September? The seat is in the centre-ish of the stalls, row H (so nice and near the front but not so near as to give you a stiff neck). I’m asking for what I paid for it – £71.50. The only drawback really is that you’d be sitting next to me.
I saw a car today – a black, super-car, poss a ferrari – with the number plate UL05 ERS with the space altered to read as U L05ERS. What a super – successful chap he must be, I thought to myself.
Oh no I hear you say not this old thing again. Send your suggestions for Mondegreens to email@example.com
Does anyone know anything about this record that I picked up at a car boot sale today for £1? I thought it was just a common Atlantic soul compilation, but the songs are all introduced – and interrupted – by the American DJ Emperor Rosko, and what I thought was a promo sticker is in fact printed on the sleeve. There’s no cat. no., and the latest song on there is 1971. The sleeve says it was printed in the UK and there’s a credit to Kinney Record Group. Google and Discogs have zero on this, which is unusual. Anybody?
What does it sound like?:
Surely everyone has heard Jimi Hendrix? It sounds like that! (More below)….
What does it all *mean*?
Well, to this reviewer it just reaffirms, if it needed any affirmation, what an extraordinary musician Jimi Hendrix was, and you can only imagine the charisma surrounding him which could probably be seen from outer space. He plays beautiful blues (the version of “Red House” is one of the best I’ve heard, and I have the “Red House” CD containing only live versions of that song), burning rock and out there stoner (see recent thread) blissed out jamming on “Spanish Castle Magic”. His singing has never been better, and gives lie to those who suggest he can’t sing. He was dead less than three months later.
Goes well with…
Contrary to popular cliché you don’t have to be out of your box to appreciate Hendrix – I cooked the lunch with it on loud and it sounded bloody fantastic. The only problem is it’s hard not to be distracted by it, so working from home music it ain’t.
Might suit people who like…
You probably already know whether you like Jimi. I confess he is someone I » Continue Reading.
What does it sound like?:
The debut album by Public Image is one of those un-impeachable debuts – every moment of every track sounds so vital, so important, so “real” – like the authors actually cared about what they were doing, not assembling stuff and then sticking in some filler to make up time and appease their record company overlords. I have bought and enjoyed every subsequent Public Image Limited Release – maybe not on first listen, but they all get under your skin eventually. But, to my ears, none have surpassed the debut outing. However, with the release of “What The World Needs Now”, I think there is some very close competition. Opening with one of the many songs on this album which are unlikely to get played on the radio (only in edited form), “Double Trouble” sees John Lydon in fine over-enunciating form, backed by Lu Edmonds relentless guitar and solid, thundering, rhythm backing from Scott Firth and drummer Bruce Smith. A broken toilet resulting in an argument with your partner may not seem like song material, but it works perfectly. As does the invokation of mundanity “Domestos Is … Domestic Bliss” – surely a phrase to » Continue Reading.
Chemistry lessons at my school were as dull as ditchwater, or if you prefer, as humdrum as H2O. Why couldn’t we have been shown videos like this one? I like the music on this, too: it sounds like LCD Soundsystem crossed with The Fall, which is a musical mix that rocks my Petri dish. Apparently it’s by Von Südenfed (which sounds like a German decongestant brand)- a collaboration between Sir Mark E. Smith (always entertaining) and German electronic duo Mouse On Mars (me neither).
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Fuckin awesome. Licence fee earned etc etc.
This and Eastenders, Casualty, Doctors. Something for all, it seems. Bring it on, Beeb haters!
This is England 1990 is soon to be shown on TV. Bargepole asks, what were you up to in the 90’s, what memories do you have of that time, and of course if there is a piece of music that captures your reminisences….
Grace Slick..Dreams. Solo single from 1980 apparently. Remember loving this when it came out. ..it’s nicely o.t.t. and probably profound if you want it to be.
Anyone got anything else?