Some of you may remember a post from last year about a lunch with my friend, Jack. It lasted 6 1/2 hours and my post on it brought some lovely comments. The anniversary of it is tomorrow…..and we’re doing it again. I have a hangover of some virility today, so I doubt that the lunch will be the epic of last year but, hey, a couple of Guinnesses with Jack and anything is possible.
Just about every band has (at least) one nestling in their catalogue. Invariably, many bands will have a plethora of un-licensed, un-authorised Live albums drawn from all parts of their carrer, often of varying quality (most of these “cheap” alternatives are usually pretty band sound wise, if I’m honest).
Of the many I have owned. heard, and in some cases stated “… and I was there”, one of the best is Motorhead – No Sleep Til Hammersmith. Despite the suggestion in the title, the album was recorded in Leeds and Newcastle in early 1981 (the tour was only five dates long, and never actually got to Hammersmith). The band is the “classic” Motorhead line-up of Lemmy, Fast Eddie Clarke and Phil ‘Philthy Animal’ Taylor. The album captures the band at the top of their game doing what they do best – playing very fast, very loud, full of energy and commitment to an uproarious and appreciative crowd. As a Live Album, it is just about perfect.
Other nominations for Best (and Worst) Live Albums, please?
So what are they all about? In my naive, I thought it was the revival of of non-yellow beer in the yellow beer countries of Oz and US, and a jolly good idea too, even if often, as the vogue in such, carbonated. Flavour and taste again a priority. But suddenly we are awash here also, the supermarkets boldly pushing small (33cl) bottles at the price of “normal” 50cl ales, with the pubs suddenly adding rows of non-cask taps. So is it, here, in the home of ale, a canny trick to push the easier stored at a premium price? Sure, many are good, if not too fizzy, but, heck, why??? And don’t say Brewdog to me, basically Watneys with a mohican.
Looks like the family Mac has finally capitulated … But a replacement no longer has built-in dvd/cd drive – needed for copying old/borrowed/non-autorip cds. Apple’s own is £65 – any recommended cheaper alternatives or definite disrecommendations?
Those who joined the Facebook lifeboat may have contributed to a thread whereby you “unmasked”and connected your real name with your pseudonym – I appreciate that this does not apply to everybody.
Since returning, some are now using their real name; some have chosen new pseudonyms and the majority have revived their old persona. I’m giving some thought myself.
Apart from instant recognition of a previously held interest or position, why not unmask? Not a criticism – I’m interested in the views of my fellow travellers, to help me make up my own mind….
Here’s a toon, while you consider……
Today is International Women’s Day.
in honour of this, please let’s have a favourite song by a female artist.
(A bit difficult I know, but I know you all like a challenge.)
I’ll kick off with Rosie Thomas and a gem of a song that’s a great favourite here in Kärrtorp.
I’m weekending in Switzerland’s capital city of Bern, visiting my big brother, who works for the multi-national company 3M. I’m finding it easy to love this part of the world. I’m sitting on the balcony, overlooking the Bernese Alps, contemplating my visit to Wankdorf stadium today to see the Young Boys of Bern and one of my favourite songs comes on the radio. I’d forgotten Justin drops the F word. My eyebrows lift until my niece informs me they have no censoring of song lyrics. I’m chatting with my sister in law and learning about how people live here and their relationship with the state. I hardly know anything, but, what I do know is, I want to know more. I think I like it here. A lot.
Anyone else loving the Swiss…? ❤️
These guys are Finland’s entry in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. Sadly they won’t be performing their classic “Fuck The Pedicurist’s”.
The phrase “better half” tends to be used by men referring to women (I look forward to being corrected on this), and is usually a kind of self-deprecating acknowledgement of women’s wisdom.
I’m the first to note Mrs M’s ability to organise social occasions, advise on any social interaction and – well, let’s just say she’s the boss.
However, there are certain things that I am better at doing. The main one is working out exactly how much time it will take to get from one place to another (and another, and another, on the same day) and against my Better Half’s optimism, suggesting an alternative. For example, just visiting/going to ONE event. Because every occasion/event involves chat/discussion/talk/gossip. Which means that we will be late for the NEXT thing.
What’s your experience?
but I think this song is quite beautiful. Sweet video, too.
Whatever you think of Culture Club this was a really interesting and poignant rockumentary about how the music industry works these days particularly around what it likes to call ‘nostalgia acts’. It follows the band on what turns out to a doomed attempt to relaunch themselves with a new LP and tour. It starts quite Spinal Tap-esque with George and Jon Moss very much the David St-Hubbins and Nigel Tufnel of the piece…with the added dimension of the fact they were once an item. The band gradually disinitegrates again as old gripes and grievances surface, not helped by George seemingly glued to Twitter on his iPhone and stropping off at the slightest provocation from his bandmates. Separate management arrangements for George and each band member gradually pulls the band apart again. The most telling moment is having recorded a new LP with producer Youth which they all seem enthused by, and played a well received gig for diehard fans at Heaven in London they then go on “Strictly…” and promote their revival with a lackluster plod through Karma Chameleon. They needed to have more confidence in their new (currently shelved) material but ultimately something else stopped them in their tracks…
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There’s a fantastic article on the Oz Grauniad from a couple weeks back by Geoff Lemon on how the current channel 9 commentators with Mark Nicholas are killing the legacy of Richie Benaud in the commentary box. The article is fantastic, but the comments thread is astounding. If you like cricket that is. It is the only public comments thread I’ve gone more than two posts through (outside this place and the old places anyway). The comments are just shy of 800, with I’d guess 99.99% agreement on the article. Amazing.
In fact it seems like there’s been a toning down the banter in the last couple of World Cup games on Channel 9, although that might be SkyTV related as there are other commentators piping up besides the usual 9 club. Mark Taylor has been much more to the point, and thankfully I haven’t heard James Brayshaw at all.
sums up my day.
The 1989 sequel, Back To The Future 2 was set in 2015.
What happened to Jaws 19? Give me my money back, Zemeckis!
While it’s not a vintage totp by any means this week there is still much to enjoy even if its Simon Bates hosting in a caramel colour leather jacket. Matchbox do the old double bass spin several times,. Keith Michell’s reading of Captain Beaky seems to go on for about ten years. There’s a video for Can’t Stand Up for Falling Down that sees Elvis hanging around in a French cafe while the Attractions…fall down; Jon and Vangelis’ awesomely silly video features a bloke in a leotard dancing on a flying moog; Dave Edmunds is in the studio doing Singing the Blues and Marti Webb is too doing Take That Look of Your Face from some Lloyd webber show. Kenny Rogers is no 1 with Coward of the County. The Shadows do one of the worst ‘lets go disco’ career moves ever with the lamentable Riders In The Sky. I feel strangely compelled to post Kiss’ I was made for loving you.
But the jewel in the crown is the Flying Lizards – on totp with not Money but TV – there are a lot of them onstage in some sort of performance art happening. The wonderful @totpfacts tells us » Continue Reading.
Just caught the train back from town after a leaving do. There was my bike in one piece, but not quite. Here in my prosperous Cheshire market town, someone had made the effort to nick my light brackets, front and back.
As a crime, this must rate as one of the most gratuitous. As you get through front and back lights, you always end up with more brackets than you need, even with the fleet of bikes I’ve got. Other nickable items – saddle, pedals – could just about make sense. But the light brackets?
Any stories to share with this victim of the most literal of petty crimes?
I came across the Alibi via Facebook (The guitarist’s mum is an old friend). They are young and there’s nothing that someone of my advancing years hasn’t heard before – they remind me a bit of the Reverend Horton Heat – but I’d like a bit of feedback as I’m going to recommend them to a promoter friend of mine – she’s into this kind of music. Cheers in advance for any thoughts.
Anything good happened to anyone lately?
The ending of a film is so important. For every Some Like It Hot, there’s a Sunshine. For every The Usual Suspects, there’s a The Return Of The King. Or rather several, seemingly interminable The Return Of The Kings.
It’s obvious that outside pressures can influence the way a writer or director decides to end their masterpiece, particularly when studio money men are breathing down their neck. But I’ve had my ears opened to a couple of surprising stories about movie endings that I’d like to share.
The first concerns Gareth Edwards, the Godzilla director, who made his name writing, filming and directing the the ultra-low budget Monsters. He had a crew of six, and did the CGI gubins himself with off-the-shelf special effects software. Parts of it were filmed in Mexico, where near the end of shooting, Edwards was suffering with a bad back caused by lugging a heavy camera about. He was persuaded to get a massage, and relates the tale [taken from The Museum of Curiosity, Series 4, Episode 3, currently available on BBC iPlayer Radio]:
GARETH EDWARDS: “The woman laid me down, played this tranquil music and it was the first calm in the whole » Continue Reading.
I think I might like this version even better than the one on her album, “I Am Shelby Lynne”.
(The rest of the set is linked below the video.)
Here’s the definitive one to start us off. By The Coasters.
The remarkable thing one finds on YouTube, especially when you’re not looking for them!
A few days ago I stumbled across a TV show clip of Pauline Murray and the Invisible Girls. Today, to my delight, while looking for a track from one of my favourite Brazilian albums, Aquarela de Brazil, I found some clips of Elis Regina and Toots Thielemans performing live together. And then of course there’s the Blue Peter elephant having a poo.
What unexpected treasures have you found lately?
Sound quality trumps price, unless we’re talking silly money of course. Any personal recommendations, audiophiles?