The late great Sir Lemuel Kilminster has had a dinosaur crocodile named after him. A fitting tribute for the warty one….
No spoilers, just – fucking hell. Fucking. Hell.
Those of you looking for the worst version of ‘Like A Rolling Stone’ in recorded history need look no longer. Here it is in all its earth-shattering, knee-trembling, jaw-dropping glory. From the 30th Anniversary concert in 1992, John Mellencamp isnt TOO bad. And then, at about 1 minute 50 seconds, on comes the backing singer….. As George Costanza was wont to exclaim, sweet fancy moses!
Steven Wilson’s album “To The Bone” is released later this month. Here’s the first song from the album, “Permanating”. Quite a jaunty little toe-tapper!
Two teenage boys with a mutual interest in guitars and music met at the St Peters church fete in Woolton.
Passed away at the grand old age of 89. For many of us I suspect he was our first introduction to James Bond. He played Bond 7 times on the big screen, more than any other actor. I suspect some of our older members hem hem will also remember him as Simon Templar.
What does it sound like?:
42 years after the release of his third album Ommadawn, Mike Oldfield returns (SWIDT?) to the format that made him famous – longform musical pieces split into two parts. The original album saw Oldfield dipping his toes into what later became ‘world music’, incorporating Uillean pipes, pan pipes, bazoukis, the bodhran, and African drumming. ‘Return To Ommadawn’, his 26th album, references several of these elements – Part 1 begins with panpipes over what sounds like a harp tinkling away gently in the background, while halfway through the drums propel the piece to the end. There is even a brief burst of the Penrhos Kids for those fans of “On Horseback”, the unlisted song that closes the original album. Oldfield’s nylon string guitar is the dominant instrument for much of parts 1 and 2, with the occasional electric stab (Oldfield has stated that the album marks a return (did it again!) to the “acoustic style” of ‘Tubular Bells’, ‘Hergest Ridge’ and ‘Ommadawn’). The whole thing flows along nicely – Oldfield (who played all the instruments) layers each part skillfully, the playing is impeccable, and it SOUNDS great, even streaming through my crappy PC speakers (the » Continue Reading.
Michelle Obama made her final appearance as FLOTUS on the Jimmy Fallon show on Wednesday. As always she was gracious, poised, down to earth and funny. A truly class act who will be sorely missed. At the end of the show Stevie Wonder performed a medley of Isn’t She Lovely and My Cherie Amour (retitled for one night only to My Michelle Amour). He may look like a man who spends his waking hours in a pie factory, and his braids seem to be hanging precariously from the back of his head but still – pipes o’gold…
I do love a good war movie, and Christopher Nolan’s latest, ‘Dunkirk’, scheduled for release next year, looks like it fits the bill nicely. Great cast (Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance, er…Harry “don’t call me Nobby, who is Nobby anyway?’ Styles…) and a compelling story. It does seem like a movie that would only really resonate with a British audience rather than a global one, but Nolan is such a good film maker so I have high hopes. Summer 2017.
RIP John Glenn, the last of the Mercury Seven, who has passed away at the grand old age of 95. Glenn was the first American to orbit the earth, and was a member of a very select group of just 12 men who have set foot on an astronomical object away from the Earth.
Details of his new album, out later this month:
“Neil Young will release a new album, entitled EARTH, on June 17th via Reprise Records. The album features performances of songs from a range of Young’s albums,including last year’s The Monsanto Years, 1990’s Ragged Glory, and 1970’s After the Gold Rush.The audio was captured during Young’s 2015 tour with The Promise of the Real, fronted by Lukas Nelson (vocals/guitar) and Micah Nelson (guitar, vocals) – Willie Nelson’s sons. The tour included Young performing solo and with the band for a full electric show. A new take on some of Young’s most beloved songs, EARTH features the live recordings, along with added musical overdubs, as well as sounds of the earth, such as city sounds like car horns, sounds of insects, and animal sounds from bears, birds, crickets, bees, horses, cows – creating a very strange, yet beautiful atmosphere. “Ninety-eight uninterrupted minutes long, EARTH flows as a collection of 13 songs from throughout my life, songs I have written about living here on our planet together,” says Young. “Our animal kingdom is well represented in the audience as well, and the animals, insects, birds, and mammals actually take over the performances » Continue Reading.
Guess The Album From The Sleevenotes:
REDACTED – Good gracious alive! – It sure is!
REDACTED takes us on a trip that makes stops at all the musical ports of planet Earth’s hip circles.
Lyrics that say more than “my baby loves me” or “my baby don’t love me”, as the case may be. Arrangements that swing with melodic variations and the unexpected. REDACTED‘s performance in this setting contains all the warm feeling and exciting soul that we who live in REDACTED have known for some time.
New and different things must be a way for the very talented and energetic REDACTED – whether it’s writing and producing for other artists such as REDACTED‘s hit record of REDACTED that brought a new dance to the world a few seasons ago, or the time he spent as a REDACTED disc jockey. When REDACTED was on the radio, you knew who it was. He was an “entertainer” who refused to restrict himself to time and temperature one-liners. He was a gas! REDACTED would light up the sky of REDACTED radio nightly, to the delight of the regular listeners as well as his fellow DJs. But he put it down – got some » Continue Reading.
10 albums, 28 quid. You can’t beat it with a big stick…
I love looking at old concert ads from ‘back in the day’, as the teenagers are wont to say. Its a source of endless fascination for me to see e.g. David Bowie third on the bill to Toe Fat and Stray, or some long-forgotten act headlining the Marquee or the Hammersmith Odeon.
This one advertises the 1970 Pop Proms at the Roundhouse, and I took the picture from the “Scraps” insert booklet that came with Elton’s “Captain Fantastic…” album (Scraps also includes the unintentionally hilarious picture strip “The Life And Loves Of Elton John” as told to the readers of Jackie).
Did any of our older readers attend any of these shows, I wonder?
The late, great Eric Morecambe would have been 90 today.
I saw this on @drj’s twitter feed today. If you ever wondered what to get the Beatle-loving horophile in your life, wonder no more. It’s a little pricey (almost $1500 US) but I have to admit it has me drooling.
RAYMOND WEIL CELEBRATES THE ICONIC BEATLES
Swiss luxury watchmaker RAYMOND WEIL is thrilled to announce the most exciting musical partnership ever in the watchmaking industry and to present a unique maestro Beatles Limited Edition watch. This new milestone in the music icons series marks the Brand’s 40th anniversary and celebrates the greatest music band of all time.
The maestro Beatles Limited Edition features a mechanical self-winding movement housed in a 39.5mm polished steel case. The 13 Beatles’ album titles are written all around the bespoke dial, with a special “Help” index at 4 o’clock which recalls the cover of the iconic album released in 1965. The silver galvanic dial matches the polished steel bracelet. It features the official Beatles logo and a date window at 3 o’clock. Finally, the case-back presents a smoked sapphire crystal that carries the official Beatles logo and the limited edition number engraved. This unique timepiece paying tribute to the » Continue Reading.
We all know of the great innovations in popular music propagated by one Donovan Philips Leitch. But how best to document them? Given that this is The Afterword, the answer immediately presented itself – a list! (He is pictured here inventing Phil Lynott’s moustache)
The Beatles (taught John and Paul the clawhammer fingerpicking technique while in India, thus inventing the White Album, and also contributing “sky of blue, sea of green” to Yellow Submarine)
Jimi Hendrix (supposedly picked him up at Heathrow in 1966)
Heavy Metal (members of Led Zeppelin and the Jeff Beck Group played on Hurdy Gurdy Man and Barabajagal)
Southern rock/jam bands (The Allman Brothers’ Mountain Jam was based around Donovan’s There Is A Mountain)
Elvis Costello (vibrato!)
Celebrity drug busts (he was nabbed by Pilcher of The Yard in 1966, before the Stones AND The Beatles, he’ll have you know, thank you very much)
Multi-media shows (at a concert at the RAH in 1967 he had a ballerina dance while he sang ‘Golden Apples’)
Celtic rock (the Open Road album in 1970)
Getting it together in the country (he bought the island of Clett in the Hebrides, planning to turn it into a free love commune, » Continue Reading.
…is there a better song about the endless wonder and delight of music than The Lovin’ Spoonful’s Do You Believe In Magic? Just for today, I contend that there is not.
“The magic’s in the music, and the music’s in me…”
“Alternate Title”, of course, being the – er – alternate title for the Monkees’ ‘Randy Scouse Git’. How fun would it be, I thought, so try and come up with some alternate titles for well-known popular songs? Well, only mildly, I fear, but it passes the time on a Friday… Anyway, here’s the alternate titles, and the year they were released:
“You’re A Twat, McCartney” (1970) “McCartney, You’re A Twat. A TWAT” (1971) “I’ll Write What I Fucking Like – I’m Paul McCartney!” (1976) “George, I’m In Love With Your Wife” (1970) “Seriously – I’m In Love With Your Wife” (1970) “Heroin Is Fantastic!” (1981) “Heroin Is Fantastic!” (1988) “Courtney, You Can Go Fuck Yourself” (1995)
I find this kind of memorabilia endlessly fascinating. This flyer for the Fickle Pickle Club (“best beer in Essex”) in rock mecca Southend-On-Sea dates from I would guess early 1970. Harry The Butcher was the first name of The Hype, Bowie’s pre-Spiders band with Tony Visconti on bass. Please note that prospective punters hoping to see those Down The Dustpipe hitmakers Status Quo are encouraged to “come early!” Does anyone remember Aquila, though? Or Surly Bird? Or even the amazing lites and sounds of Colored Rain?
In this month’s Blogger Takeover I mentioned that I had been listening to the 4 LP re-release of Bowie At The Beeb. What I neglected to mention was that although sides 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 have received heavy rotation, side 1 (which consists in the main of Deram-era Bowie songs recorded with the Tony Visconti Orchestra), not so much. Actually, I should say it’s the first four songs not so much. If I I do put on side 1, the needle hits the groove on Track 5. So, readers, do you have any other examples of records where a particular side, or sequence of songs, or even a whole disc (if its a multi-disc album) doesn’t cut the mustard? In old money, Side 6 of Sandinista springs to mind. Just to be clear, I’m not talking about single songs that get skipped, or even whole albums that you played once and never played again. To get things rolling I’ll give you another example. Donovan’s A Gift From A Flower To A Garden is a double album that the Godfather Of All Music released in 1967. The first record, as I am sure @johnny-concheroo » Continue Reading.
Sir Paul has announced a new ‘career-spanning’ compilation, due out in June, entitled “Pure McCartney”. There was some speculation a few days ago after Sir Paul released snippets of some remixes of ‘Nineteen Hundred And Eighty Five’ that a remix project was in the offing. However, it seems that it was just a precursor to the compilation announcement (neither remix appears on any of the compilation variants, by the way). The full 4 CD tracklisting is listed in the article. FWIW, I think it looks pretty good, and if I’m feeling flush come June, I may put my hand in my pocket for this one. Added bonus – no ‘C Moon’.
…is there a better pop song than “Show Me” by The Pretenders?
Just for today, I contend that there is not.
Not a new Steven Wilson remaster/remix, but some of you might be interested to hear that Rhino have just reissued Jethro Tull’s “Living In The Past” on 180 gram vinyl. It’s the US version, which replaces ‘Inside’ with ‘Alive And Well And Living In’ and ‘Locomotive Breath’ with ‘Hymn 43’ It comes with a reprint of the original 20 page booklet that was included in the packaging for the original album. I’ve ordered myself a copy to go alongside my rather battered original.