So, this morning I had a vasectomy… the whole event was like an anxiety nightmare… naked, whilst being handled and discussed by a doctor, a student and two nurses… the embarrassment actually made me laugh…. I shall be watching the inauguration with an ache in my testicles as the anaesthetic wears off… I will always remember the day Trump took office. Anyone else remember historical days for different reasons?
I’ve just come across a reference in a 1962 ‘Jazz Monthly’ to a CBS compilation LP, ‘Who’s Who In The Swinging Sixties’ – with ‘swinging’ in this case clearly a play on the idea of ‘swing’ as a jazz term and ‘swinging’ as an adjective denoting ebullience. I wondered if this may have been, in fact, the debut appearance of the phrase, albeit in a slightly different context to the one we’re all familiar with (Carnaby Street, London, 1965, etc.). Certainly, the first appearance of the term ‘Swinging London’ in print – from which I think the wider notion of the ‘swinging sixties’ derived – was in a famous ‘Time’ magazine cover story of April 1966.
In the book ‘Days In The Life: Voices From The English Underground 1961-1971’ (Heinemann, 1988), by Jonathon Green, Time magazine’s cultural commentator of the time, Andrea Adam, recalled the origin of that phrase:
‘As I remember it, the expression ‘Swinging London’ just came out of the blue. One of the editors on Time used it jokingly. Somebody said, ‘Oh hey… what about that?’ We never tried to push it as a concept, but it became the working title for the cover. And it caught » Continue Reading.
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It’s a genuine question to those on both sides that I have been desperate to ask, it sort of relates to Brexit too but has nothing to do with Trump or Farage its about going back to pre-Trump / Brexit days
If we take the view that Trump is the worst thing that could possibly have happened don’t we need to ask ourselves how if everything was so rosy with the last 20-30 years how did he even get to join the race, never mind half the voting population of the USA electing him? Something must have been seriously wrong in the first place. Do we all need to stop looking at pre Trump and pre Brexit times through rose tinted glasses and really look at ourselves and ask how did it happen and why didn’t anyone and I mean anyone except Trump and Farage see it coming?
Tomorrow is going to be dreadful. No two ways about it.
I have the day off work. But I won’t be watching this ghastly spectacle unfold. I’ll be listening to John Coltrane. Possibly Elvis. I may read some Walt Whitman or some James Baldwin. I might watch Singin’ In The Rain. I’ll be too busy with the young children to go to the Rauschenberg Exhibition at the Tate, but I’d like to go.
My point is, I might be consoling myself with American art to remind me that that place is responsible for works of transcendent beauty.
So, to distract ourselves from this unfolding nightmare, lets remind ourselves of the actual things which made America great.
At the Trump inauguration concert he has just walked on to the Rolling Stones – Heart of Stone
There’s been so many girls that I’ve known I’ve made so many cry, and still I wonder why Here comes a little girl, I see her walking down the street She’s all by herself, I try to knock her off her feet ‘Cause you’ll never break, never break, never break, never break This heart of stone, oh no, no, this heart of stone What’s different about her I don’t really know No matter how I try, I just can’t make her cry ‘Cause you’ll never break, never break, never break, never break This heart of stone, oh no, no, this heart of stone Don’t keep on looking that same old way If you try acting sad, you’ll only make me glad Better listen little girl, if you going walking down the street I ain’t got no love, I ain’t the kind to meet ‘Cause you’ll never break, never break, never break, never break This heart of stone, oh no, no, you’ll never break this heart of stone darling No no this heart of stone You’ll never break it darling You won’t break » Continue Reading.
Just for fun, define a best of for your choice of artist by listing your favourite track from each of their albums in release order. Live albums tracks are OK if unique to that album. Best Ofs are not. Singles excluded unless on an album. Mine in comments….
Further to the “childhood music-playing devices” thread a few months ago, at the weekend I found the exact same model of radio-cassette player I had as a kid. My bid was successful and it arrived today. Here it is!
Macca’s finally had enough of pretending he doesn’t care who owns the rights to his songs. Can’t say I blame him, although whether the suit hinges on not knowing enough about what you’re signing when you’re young, I don’t know.
At work today, one of my early emails was from our esteemed national trade association, who send a daily email which is basically a digest of the day’s mainstream news stories covering our industry.
There’s a bit of a preamble every day, which among other things normally covers celebrity birthdays.
I quote from today’s email…
“Finally, happy birthday to Tippi Hedren, Dolly Parton, Michael Crawford CBE, Janis Joplin, Richard Lester, and Katey Sagal. “
I wonder if the author even knew who Janis Joplin was, or if he did, wondered why she’d been a bit quiet lately…
I’m sure the Massive will have other stories to tell.
I am agnostic on Elton John.
I grew up through his imperial phase when LPs like Goodbye Yellow Brick Road were carpet-bombing the international charts and the John-Taupin axis occupied the singles Top 10. However, facile stuff like the maudlin Daniel just irritated me. And why Taupin is supposed to be such a great lyric writer defeats me. BUT….
Like Queen, EJ has had some stonking highlights. My nomination for his best is this. What’s yours?
I’ll start with Lone Justice and Wheels.
Today I have mainly been playing selections from the Matthew Sweet / Susannah Hoffs Under the Covers project. The song that really snagged on my mind and demanded to be played several times on repeat was You’re So Vain, and the reason for that comes at 2:50 in this video (which, I should point out,seems to have scant acquaintance with the recording. It looks like it was bashed together by a fan).
It’s that husky ‘Well I hea-ea-ear you went to Saratoga …’ that slays me. It often happens, doesn’t it? A performance which you enjoy is made unforgettable by a single little phrase of vocals or instrumentation. Let’s have yours.
Trouble in The Gambia… war in The Yemen… what makes a country become a definitive article? The Sudan wasn’t called such (originally) to separate it from any of the other Sudans. The Oman? Not sure The USA falls into this category though (but I’m no lexicographer). Any ideas?
I’m in Sydney for 3 days in a couple of weeks, any record shops recommendations to stock up on Aussie issue vinlys? Actually any decent record shops centrally?
After some extensive and ear fatiguing research, Twang Jr and I have agreed the best superhero film is, without doubt, “Captain America – Avengers Civil War”. Close behind is “Avengers Assemble”, with “Ant Man” third. Most disappointing is “Batman vs Superman”. We watched the first half hour of the original Superman/Christopher Reeve (“you’ll believe a man can fly…”) but it was horribly dated and of its time. I have a lot of time for the first few Spidy films, but the Batman ones leave me (almost literally) cold – too dark, wet, not enough action. The Marvel secret is combining action, humour, pace and colour in a complete rush of excitement. All the dark dripping alleys of Gotham City can’t beat it.
Any other contenders?
PS – we were unable to agree on best superhero. My candidate was Thor but TJ vetoed this in the basis that he’s not really a superhero, he’s “just” a God. His choice is Iron Man who is all together too pleased with himself for my liking. So we settled on Cap.
Can anyone help this little fella out?
Does exactly what it says on the tin, courtesy of Michael Des Barres. This cheered me up no end.
All right thinking people should read Diamond Geezer’s blog and today’s post is particularly interesting. The new Nobel Laureate perhaps hasn’t been entirely straight and there is a rumour that he isn’t that familiar with the easel and brushes has we think.
As we get older, memory fails. To help each other remember those countless cultural icons, can you suggest some useful mnemonics?
Here’s one i thought of earlier, and can still remember:
The HJHM – Easily Biggest Entertainment Act Till Liveshows Ended, Surely?
Maybe I am being a bit unfair on The Three Degrees, but they are a band who seem a bit “guest on the Two Ronnies” to an outsider.
Except this tune is bloody IMMENSE. Who knew? Not me…
Any other examples of brilliant tunes by slightly naff acts? By the way, anyone who suggests any U2 will be ignored. The criteria is “slightly naff” not “fucking irredeemably dreadful.”
who wants to ask if you weren’t a musician what would you have done.”
Never saw this before last night and have never seen Paul Simon so genuinely delighted
Off their second and final album….Vendetta
Apologies if it’s old news but I came across this whilst browsing on Amazon.
Due in May
Should be an interesting read