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Some of you may know I’m in the midst of a major Nick Lowe obsession just now, and have been eagerly consuming everything related.
Just stumbled across this duet between his Rockpile bandmate Dave Edmunds and Nick’s then wife Carlene Carter.
I love this song, though it’s lyrics may raise an eyebrow these days! But genuine warmth comes across between the two of them and I don’t mean that in a pervy way. It follows on from the wonderful Born Fighters doc from the late 70s when Edmunds tried to talk his mate into taking it easy.
But, back to the point – Carlene – wow.
(*Not the name of Nick’s new band. Fear not – Los Straitjackets remain, wonderfully, in place :-))
Some months ago I bought tickets to see Nick Lowe and Los Straitjackets at the nearest gig to me (Hull).
Well I can report that last Friday’s gig was indeed wonderful. I have been in full-on, obsessive, watch-and-listen-to-everything-ever-recorded-by-Nick mode ever since and absolutely love this interview from The Late Show 1990.
What stands out is his absolute conviction, aged 40, that his songwriting life is just beginning and that he’s sure he’ll both sound and look fantastic aged 60. Well he’s now 70 and in the midst of a major, life-affirming tour so his prediction turned out pretty sound!
Love 5th Dimension and think this cover of Wedding Bell Blues by Morrissey and Billie Joe Armstrong is great.
Well that’s me off antidepressants completely (tapered off over a couple of months), having been on Citalopram initially then Sertraline for the best part of a decade (much of a muchness in my experience). This is certainly not because everything is hunky dory, more that I felt that they were having no positive effect whatsoever (if they ever did).
Disclaimer – this is not an anti-antidepressant rant. For some / many people they can be invaluable. I’m not sure they were ever going to work for my particular situation which I believe is persistent depressive disorder (The artist formerly known as dysthymia). But your mileage may vary.
The point of this post though is that one effect that I’ve noticed quite significantly since the drug has left my system (weeks ago) has been the return of emotion. I can find myself welling up quite easily now, most recently on hearing this – a tune that’s always been one of my faves but which I seemed to experience on a heightened level.
Anyway – I’d be interested to hear if anyone has experienced similar.
Always loved this tune, and felt ‘McKenzie’ had a really strong voice for a supposed novelty act / one-hit wonder / counter-culture cash-in. Any other suggestions from his oeuvre welcome…
I’ve known for a long time that Paul Weller can be, shall we say, somewhat magpie-like in his attitude to a good tune. In my youth I’d been fully aware that he’d basically ‘sampled’ Taxman for Start! but I felt then (and still do) that the newer song was sufficiently different for the link to be purely inspirational rather than plagiaristic. Start! remains one of my favourite Jam songs – a discordant new wave howl punctuated with sweetness (‘If I never ever see you…’).
This segues seamlessly into the He’s So Fine / My Sweet Lord situation and again I’d make the case that the songs were so different in style that the undeniable melodic similarity between the two is irrelevant. As we know, George was eventually found guilty of ‘unconscious plagiarism’.
Came across this site today though and it does paint our Paul in a rather unflattering light. The chances of him taking a hook and ‘making it his own’ recede with every passing year and can certainly not be passed off as the innocence of youth.
and indeed they are.
I realise I am 12 million views behind the times but stumbled upon this earlier and it is wonderful, as are all of the YouTube performances I’ve seen by him and various collaborators. Unpretentious but fantastically faithful and respectful covers. An ‘overnight sensation’ on YouTube after playing a pizza joint in Salt Lake City for a decade or more. He and his friend Jeff Hall in the Africa video and many others both worked as attorneys in Utah. Massé has now become a full-time musician. Yes it may not be cool but the guy puts everything into performing a song to the fullest. Hugely enjoyable.
Being in the happy position of neutrality when it comes to English football, I am able to just watch the rise and fall of teams dispassionately.
I must admit to some pleasure however at seeing the return to the top tier of Wolves. They just seem to me to be a team with a rich history and it seems fitting that they are back there.
Their current manager Nuno Espirito Santo comes across as very impressive but it’s bigger than any individual.
Also – their ‘old gold’ strip is fantastic.
For similar reasons, I’d also like to see Leeds back in the PL, although I appreciate this may be a more contentious view!
Sad to hear of the death of legendary sportswriter Hugh McIlvanney. He and his late younger brother and ‘father of Tartan Noir’ crime writer William have been affectionately parodied in Scotland for years for their eloquent opining on fitba’. But the key word is affectionately. I won’t rehash the many thoughtful obituaries but given that the paper with which Hugh was probably most associated is The Observer this one is probably the pick of the bunch. Not sure whether the YouTube clip of the doc Busby, Stein & Shankly – The Football Men is narrated by Hugh or William but Hugh had a major input into it either way.
Ok, not quite bitter but bemused.
The oversized label is one thing. It’s meant to represent a ‘laid back Caribbean attitude’ apparently. Hmmm.
But the thing that annoys me about the product is the fact that as soon as the bottle is inverted to any degree it, ahem, ejaculates the contents out with some force. Bearing in mind that this is meant to be something that is measured with a degree of precision this seems something of a design flaw, and not a ‘charming’ one.
There was a summit recently involving referees and managers in the Premier League in Scotland. The introduction of VAR (Video Assistant Referee) received overwhelming backing.
I’m fine with this in principle – as usual it’s how it will be interpreted that matters. I’ve seen recent examples where it’s been used to rule a goal as offside when it would have been nigh-on impossible for a linesman to see that in real time (and where the benefit of the doubt is supposed to go to the attacker).
It will be invaluable for clear situations such as ‘did the ball cross the line’ or mistaken identity but it does need clarification on the rules before being introduced more widely I feel.
Me going back on the AW after a long spell away. Nothing much happening in the wider world away from pop-culture flotsam and jetsam so I’m sure it’ll all go fine.
This last year I have been mainly going through a (generally velvet but with occasional sandpaper) divorce which is in its final stages now. In the last few months in particular I’ve found that Nick Lowe’s albums (from The Impossible Bird onwards especially) resonate with me strongly. Massively looking forward to seeing him with the fantastic Los Straitjackets in Hull in June.
‘When You’re Young’.
Discuss. Also feel free to extend to other artists – what song do you feel sums them up above all others?
As I started this I’ll get the Fabs one out of the way – it’s ‘Help!’.
SOS Band – Just Be Good To Me
Further to this post, as a fall-back in case the potential ‘hook-up’ (that the term?) I mention doesn’t transpire (preliminary contact through intermediaries has been instigated but it’s strictly deniable), how would one, hypothetically, go about engaging with one of those dating apps? Non seedy and strictly legal responses only, thanks.
I of course understand why this is the case, but a *cough* friend wanted to have a browse on that there Tinder the other day but found that he couldn’t do so without first creating his own profile – a step which my friend didn’t feel quite ready to take. Would be good if one could get a sense of what profiles look like before committing to one’s own. He felt.
Well as I’d splurged my private life all over these here ‘pages’ on a few occasions (like here and here among others, I thought some of you might appreciate an update. Also as a thankyou to the many folk on here who told me it would get better, and I’m here to tell ya – it does.
GLW tells me 3yrs ago that she ‘doesn’t want to be married to me anymore’ but we’ll continue as a ‘couple’ for the kids’ sake.
We live under same roof but in separate bedrooms since then. I still hold out hope that things may change but make no major changes in my mindset to bring about that scenario. Life plods along.
Mid-Jan this year she tells me she’s met someone. Cue emotional meltdown from me – the full (well actually a mad fluctuation between the first four) Kübler-Ross.
Many uncharacteristic tears (the full unstoppable tsunami) from me later, as well as many sarky remarks on both sides and all the rest of it, I have now arrived at:
Acceptance. Now open to the possibility of a new relationship for myself, whereas in my bleakest moments I literally could not » Continue Reading.
My current earworm is this version of one of the Carpenters’ slightly lesser-known tunes. Listening to a lot of Matthew Sweet in general at the moment, both on his own and with (*swoons*) Susanna Hoffs. So much good stuff.
As someone who has dysthymia / chronic depression / persistent depressive disorder yadda yadda yadda I’ve explored a few avenues in dealing with this condition. Currently on Sertraline, have been on Citalopram before, fluctuating between 50mg and 100mg. Can’t say I notice a great deal of difference to be honest. Also had CBT, hypnotherapy and ‘person-centred counselling’. I’m aware this will make me sound like a know-it-all (clearly I don’t, which is why I’m posting this) but once I became aware (like, pretty much immediately) of the therapist repeating back to me in slightly different words what I’d just said to them, it felt a bit futile to continue.
Anyway, I’m feeling that only a pretty profound experience is likely to shake me out of my all-pervasive ennui. Two approaches I’ve looked at recently intrigue me. First one psychedelic (therefore unfortunately highly illegal except in very exclusive research settings). Second one legal but pretty expensive (£3k for an average length of treatment plus travel costs, time off work etc).
Any thoughts on this most welcome.
Let’s never forget the utter wondrousness of his solo on this fantastic track.
The bleakly Bergmanesque beauty of this video has to be seen to be believed.