Day off, bit bored but alphabetized the recent arrivals / just played stack. I’ll show you mine…
Unsurprised that the 40 Watt Club makes up part of the set, nice if it is unedited and complete. No idea what a Dolby Atmos system is or whatever but that demos set is intriguing. As I championed it as their best on a podcast way back when this is a no brainer for Xmas
CD1 1 Drive 2 Try Not To Breathe 3 The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite 4 Everybody Hurts 5 New Orleans Instrumental No. 1 6 Sweetness Follows 7 Monty Got A Raw Deal 8 Ignoreland 9 Star Me Kitten 10 Man On The Moon 11 Nightswimming 12 Find The River
CD2 1 Drive (Live At The 40 Watt Club / 11/19/92) 2 Monty Got A Raw Deal (Live At The 40 Watt Club / 11/19/92) 3 Everybody Hurts (Live At The 40 Watt Club / 11/19/92) 4 Man On The Moon (Live At The 40 Watt Club / 11/19/92) 5 Losing My Religion (Live At The 40 Watt Club / 11/19/92) 6 Country Feedback (Live At The 40 Watt Club / 11/19/92) 7 Begin The Begin (Live At The 40 Watt Club / 11/19/92) 8 Fall On Me (Live At The 40 Watt Club / 11/19/92) » Continue Reading.
Bord Gais Theatre – Dublin
They called us the Pop Kids Cause we loved the pop hits And quoted the best bits So we were the Pop Kids
I have loved The Pet Shop Boys (hereafter PSB, no not THAT lot but they are great too) since the punchy beat and swirling wind of ‘West End Girls’ (not the 1st issue, wasn’t that trendy a pop kid) in 1985. Echoes of Ghost Town along with Neil Tennant’s distinctive deadpan delivery of arguably the greatest opening couplet, like, evs and I was smitten. I haven’t got the aversion to arch or cooly detached that some suffer from. My7 attention in their career wavered in the 2000’s (as possibly did theirs) but they’ve had a strong run of albums in the 21st Century although the latest ‘Super’ is a bit pony.
Despite this admiration I had never got to see them live – they rarely toured during their “imperial phase” perhaps too aware that Raw Sex’s spoof of their image “me, I’m good at standing still, you stand behind me with a keyboard someone has lent you” suggested their music wasn’t made for the stage. The decline » Continue Reading.
Couple of film screenings in London on the horizon you might want to catch
30th August @ Regents Street Cinema ( which is worth a visit on it’s own) screening of the 1999 BBC Arena 2 part film on Brian Epstein plus a Q&A at half time with Mark Lewisohn
2nd November @ Curzon Soho – Oxide Ghosts : The Brass Eye Tapes – with the blessing of The Man Morris, the show’s director uses raw unseen footage to show the methods used to make this ground-breaking comedy series. A Q&A follows with director Michael Cummings
From the people who bought you the first 3 episodes here is Show 4 of GLK London musical experiment.
I beg to differ with Etta James, expose Aretha Franklin shilling for Coke and have some actors singing that isn’t complete pony.
All the golden hits of the Yewtree generation
Despite public demand here is the difficult third show – where there is a Pixie part, social commentary from 1955, faux 80s pop, avian confusion and a chill zone.
If you are at a loose end in London on Saturday you could do worse than stroll down the South Bank and attend the Missing Believed Wiped Pop Special screenings at the NFT – recent discoveries include
SESSION 1: Cliff Richard and The Drifters in a very special Oh Boy (ITV 1958), and then enjoy some glam rock with Top of the Pops (BBC 1975) plus some fun, toe-tapping clips from Thank Your Lucky Stars, Time for Blackburn, Supersonic, A Whole Scene Going and more!
SESSION 2: Old Grey Whistle Test, Colour Me Pop and others. We also screen complete programmes A Day in the Life of Rod the Mod (ITV 1965) and episode 600 of Top of the Pops (BBC 1975).
I done a 2nd episode of GLK London Calling The World – my music nonsense podcast. This one is a Frankensteen monster of covers, early releases, filth and songs about driving. Share and enjoy!
Sooooo….been toying with the idea of this for a while so thought – why not?
Lots of great tunes linked by me burbling stuff. Pretty straight forward.
Hope you like it, if you do, tell your friends, if you don’t then keep it to yourself
Year: 2017 Director: Edgar Wright
Let’s skip to the end – I loved the fuck out of this.
This was the film that Edgar Wright was always destined to make given the breaks and the budget. A smart funny sassy flick, stuffed with pop culture references and a soundtrack intrinsic to the action.
The titular lead, young Ansel Elgort as Baby is cocksure and focused whether as a super skilled getaway driver or swaggering down the street in the beautifully choreographed opening sequence to Bob & Earl’s ‘Harlem Shuffle’. If there was no more to his character than this he would soon become an annoying little git. However as we slowly learn more about him, why his connection to music is so strong and the hold that criminal boss Doc (Kevin Spacey in excellent form) has over him.
Waitress and doll, Debora, literally sings her way into his heart and becomes his reason to quit. But, yes you guessed it, it’s not that easy to leave the criminal world now he has something to care about.
From the off the film has its own frenetic style and for narrative reasons a constant eclectic soundtrack which serves and » Continue Reading.
What does it sound like?:
I was lucky enough to get a sneak preview of Kathryn’s new album ‘Songs From The Novel “Greatest Hits”‘ and so have been living with it a while now. It’s gone from something that I was really unsure about to a moving and delightful record which is up there with Kathryn’s best work.
I’ve been here before.
Although the concept behind this project with novelist Laura Barnett that sees an imaginary musical life bought to life for the protagonist of her novel, Cass Wheeler is unique it’s not the first time one of my faves has hooked up in this way. In 2010 Ben Folds and Nick Hornby released ‘Lonely Avenue’ – a collaboration where Nick took ideas he had as short stories and wrote them as songs which Folds then took and put to music – jamming different arrangements with his band until they got what was wanted. Although the songs – unsurprisingly – were pretty strongly narrative driven they were not autobiographical.
For some reason I was really unsure about the record and Hornby’s involvement. Don’t get me wrong, when I first read his novel, ‘Hi Fidelity’ I thought he had » Continue Reading.
Like mushrooms , which I don’t but that’s another story, I have a preference towards darkness and fretting over the intricacies of life’s bigger questions. Whether it be love, death, time, space or the nature of reality – it’s very much in my wheelhouse. Which is where we find The Unthanks and their latest Diversion, No.4, using the words or Molly Drake, poetess, songwriter and mother to the more well known, Gabrielle and Nick.
Cards on the table I knew very little about Molly before I heard about this project, Actually pretty much nothing apart from being Nick & Gabrielle’s mum. I expect this may be the experience of many attendees of this tour and listeners to the album and I can say that it’s perfectly fine. In fact I had preordered the album and it’s accompanying 8 track mini album ‘Extras’ which had duly arrived 2 days before the show but deliberately delayed listening so I could experience the songs for the first time in a live setting.
For these shows The Unthanks are a more streamlined setup which serves the songs best – Becky, Rachel & Adrian on piano, Niopha » Continue Reading.
REM podcast taping in next couple of weeks – our angle may be as simple as “greatest band that ever was – yeah, even better than THAT one”
If you’d like to take part then get in touch
Year: 2017 Director: Joel Hodgson
THIS IS NOT A FILM BUT AS IT’S BASED ON FILMS & THERE IS NO TV SECTION – HERE IT IS.
In the early days of satellite TV and the internet you heard about US TV shows via friends, radio and TV – often they were huge, like Seinfeld, but still only shown at midnight on BBC2 sporadically, Mystery Science Theatre 3000 (hereafter known as MST3K) was so far off the mainstream radar that unless Danny Baker had mentioned it on his GLR radio show I would not have known of its existence.
By this stage it had entered it’s Sci-Fi Channel phase and had not long to run to the end of it’s final 10th season. First presented by it’s creator Joel Hodgson and later Mike Nelson, the show was simple in its premise. As a test subject for evil scientists, Joel / Mike was on a space station, forced to watch the worst movies ever made along with his robot pals, Crow T Robot & Tom Servo, which they survive by riffing jokes as they watch. The film plays with the silhouette of cinema seats at the bottom of the frame with the » Continue Reading.
Rhys Thomas OBE’s long overdue tribute to Thotch- yes Thotch AGAIN! I know we’re always talking about them or Brian’s haphazard reissue project but the man is DEAD – front man, genre breaking world music star, plasticine pioneer (Video Only) and friend to snails of all ages – Sir Mr Brian Pern.
From the self serving tribute by part time drummer Philip Collins through Macca , Elton Liberace and Woopy Goldberg to name three that I can remember this was a star splattered love letter to the nearly departed rock deity who perished in a bizarre segway accident.
Fresh stories that Brian wouldn’t allowed to be told when he was alive were the main meat with a particular tale of infidelity involving 70’s drug casualty Orinoco that will mean listening to Wombling Merry Christmas will never be the same again. Of course Pat Quid and Tony Pebble of ver Thotch were on hand to recall their last sessions, lunches, phone calls and chance encounters with Brian.
This tribute should remain on the iplayer for eternity. Or a Tony Pebble organ solo – whichever is shorter. Only fans of Mike Batt could object to this lovingly constructed televisual treat.
(Loved » Continue Reading.
Planning to tape a podcast on bootlegs – so whether you are a taper, a collector or refusenik, can use Skype and want to chat then let me know
Where were we?
DFB, Steven C, Nigel T and the non alliterative DoctorJ continue wih The Beatles chat – which is what they do even if the tapes aren’t running to discuss the new publishing wheeze of releasing albums with pamphlets attached that they humorously call a magazine.
We talk about the tacky, wacky or canny nature of Apple’s treatment of The Beatles whether via vinyl or CD, the proposed 50th anniversary of Pepper, the Strawberry Fields Forever re-release that never was and our own HORA in the guise of Uncle StevenC’s guide to introducing young people to vinyl records.
This will be our last podcast on The Beatles……..
Nope, sorry, we will never stop talking abot them but podcast #57 should be a Fabs free zone.
But still fab.
Yes its the bloody Beatles again – well, we – that being the regular podders DFB, StevenC & DrJ PLUS fresh face NigelT making a stunning debut – look at the solo career AFTER his All Things Must Pass album and enquire if unlike Lennon post Imagine – is there anything to see?
Somehow we take in the 80’s TV show ‘In At The Deep End’, the Dark Hoarse tour, the much remaindered Living In The Material World, Steven C’s marvellous Spotify playlist, Oliver Reed, Neil Innes, wife-swapping, croque monsieurs and everything in between. Oh and of course Jeff Lynne & the 1986 Brumbeat concert at the third time of asking.
You can also sample Steven C’s super GEORGE playlist on Spotify
It’s a non stop cavalcade of chat and when you reach the end – we ain’t done – there is more in the can for the future. Hari Hill to you all.
What does it sound like?:
So in an alternate 1991 – probably visited at some point by Marty McFly in a DeLorean – Nirvana released their second album for the SubPop label – ‘Sheep’. Kurt Cobain, Krist Novoselic & Chad Channing select Butch Vig to produce the majority of the release which garners positive reviews in the music weeklies. Due to SubPop’s ongoing distribution and marketing problems, it barely equals the 40,000 sales of ‘Bleach’. Channing quit the band with the remaining members attempting to recruit ex Scream tubthumper Dave Grohl but losing him to Pearl Jam……
Back in our timeline – April 1990 at Smart Studios, Madison, Wisconsin, Nirvana recorded 8 songs for their proposed second album on the SubPop label but these tracks would be used by the band to score a new deal with a major label. Naturally once Channing was replaced with Grohl, the material was re-recorded although the arrangements and lyrics often remained the same. With the addition of other tracks from the period this bootleg album attempts to give a taste of what was lost. All of the tracks are now officially available – scattered across the CDs and box sets – but » Continue Reading.
What does it sound like?:
AKA I Saw You Standing There With A Bootleg In Your Hand.
Beatle Paul had a variable 1980’s – kicking off with the drugs bust and the death of his teenage best friend nemesis rival, John within the first 12 months, followed by a technical nightmare live appearance at Live Aid, Ebony & Ivory, Give My Regards To Broad Street, the ‘Press To Play album, losing out owning The Beatles catalogue to Michael Jackson, the theme song for ‘Spies Like Us’ and – no I’m not going to say “The Frog Song” because a) it’s called ‘We All Stand Together’ and b) it’s a fucking brilliant children’s song.
On the other hand – a memorable video for ‘Pipes Of Peace’, ‘Coming Up’ with its fab multi-Paul promo, Take It Away, Wanderlust, No More Lonely Nights, the inventive McCartney II album, Here Today, Choba B CCCP and a triumphant live return at the end of the decade off the back of one of his most successful and critically acclaimed albums in years – 1989’s ‘Flowers In The Dirt’. Paul’s reissue projects slightly haphazard sequencing lands there this month with a 2 CD, 2LP and a 3CD & 1 DVD Deluxe Edition » Continue Reading.
Platform:C64 Age Rating:3+ Year of Release:1985 Review:
It’s hard to explain how flipping massive FGTH were in 1983-5 and how much they milked that cash cow. I still recall that ad in Record Collector listing the promo only FGTH vibrator (with ZTT branded ‘Power Of Love’ batteries) in their WANTS list for £200. We all recall the music but did anyone else play the gameon C64, Amstrad, Speccy or Amiga? **
It was wrapped up in all the pseudo intellectual bullshit that littered the sleeves of the Frankie singles – no doubt thanks to Maul Borely. You are a non person in dreary old suburban Mundanesville who has to gain a personality and therefore self discovery wandering through the houses, playing games, solving simple puzzles and spitting bullets at Ronald Reagan as a midi version of ‘Welcome To The Pleasuredome’ played endlessly by a wasp in a tin can.
There was something very dull about it but infectious too. A simple murder mystery caused clues to pop up every so often when you entered a room which meant the whole thing froze for about 10 seconds. The little sub games were the most interesting part whereas the Pleasuredome maze » Continue Reading.
Year: 1978 Director: Philip Kaufman
As a child of the 80’s I have memories of this distinct atmosphere that was the lounge after 9pm at night. If you stumbled downstairs, with a bellyache, thirsty or just unable to sleep the television always looked and sounded a certain way – this fuzzy tone to all the scenes as if being played via a cushion and the films (and it was always a film) were lots of talking in rooms. At first glance the opening scenes of this 1978 remake of Invasion Of The Body Snatchers perfectly sums up that feeling. Weird outdoor scenes followed by 70s young people having conversations while a TV blares sport in the background and a bit of snogging.
I think it’s probably really hard to come to this film afresh as it’s been parodied and ripped off despite being a remake of a 1956 B-movie itself. The original was (despite claims to the contrary later) a thinly veiled allegory about McCarthyism, reds under the bed, small town paranoia and cold war fearmongering. By reimagining events in a city like San Francisco it perhaps makes the film more relatable but also taps into the alienation and disconnection people in a metropolis can » Continue Reading.
The winter blues plus some busy business has meant a bit of a podcast lull that probably annoys our regular listener.
Well we have taping planned for next couple of weeks on
Music TV—– Mental health redux—– Time travel / alt History in media (SSGB / Man In High Castle)—–
Alongside the usual Beatles stuff from the Irelands
I’d you’d like to join in then lmk
Year: 1955 Director: Charles Laughton
(May contain spoilers to 62 year old film that you really should have seen by now)
“Like my good hand tattooed E.V.I.L. across it’s brother’s fist That filthy five! They did nothing to challenge or resist.”
Robert Mitchum’s character, Harry Powell – the convict psychopath posing as a preacher could have stepped right out of a Nick Cave song if this film was released today. Instead its cinematography and dark themes probably inspired young Nick for a good album or five of songs.
Film history is littered with movies that somehow fall through the cracks with critics and audiences only to gain respect later on (Shawshank) while lesser films are blockbusters and realised to be utter garbage (Titanic). The critical and commercial failure of The Night Of The Hunter is as puzzling as it’s influence on future film-makers is obvious.
A man, Robert Graves, robs a bank, killing two & hides the money at his home with his children as the only witnesses to its location just before the cops haul him away. Whilst awaiting execution he shares a cell with widow murderer disguised as preacher, Harry, who wants that 10,000 dollars and visits his » Continue Reading.
Year: 2017 Director: Chris McKay
‘Every film starts with a black screen….then some creepy music…. then a logo…..Warner Bros? Why not Brothers….’ and right from the off you know that the film isn’t afraid to prick the pomposity of the ultra gothic darkness of the Nolan caped crusader flicks. Batman was the insular macho ass of The Lego Movie and here Will Arnett has the tone of Alec Baldwin’s ‘SNL’ Trump impression although am sure its purely coincidental that both are self important deluded billionaires.
The plot, such as there is one, revolves around The Joker’s annoyance that Batman doesn’t consider him as his mortal enemy or even that they have a relationship. The script throws little barbs at weaknesses in previous Batman outings – ‘that thing with the two boats’ and the campy sixties version with a joke about shark repellent which has a lovely pay off. On the way he drools over Commissioner Barbara Gordon to the soundtrack of Cutting Crew’s ‘I Just Died In You Arms’, accidently adopts his sidekick Robin and with the ever faithful Alfred The Butler (drolly voiced by Ralph Fiennes) tries to foil The Joker’s evil scheme.
There are pop culture » Continue Reading.