Twang welcomes Blue Boy and Dai to the pod to discuss Van Morrison. There’s little to argue with about the quantity and usually the quality of the various Vans we have seen, and “Astral Weeks” is given suitably reverential treatment other than one member who moans about the noodly flute player. They agree that through the transcendent Celtic soul and deep mysticism there is a rich vein of Van humour to be discovered, and not a mention of harmonicas.
We always have to have an inverse to any thread. This one follows the “Best Album Was Their Last” This thread is not asking what are the greatest debut albums, but does ask who never managed to hit the same heights again?
The Arctic Monkeys – Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not Frankie Goes To Hollywood – Welcome To The Pleasure Dome Guns & Roses – Appetite For Destruction Montrose – Montrose New York Dolls – New York Dolls Wire – Pink Flag Yazoo – Upstairs At Erics
UK friends, please sign and share if you agree. Brexiteers are saying “When it reaches 17 million we’ll talk”. (I’m not usually an online petition believer, but no reason why it shouldn’t.)
Its 1977 and I am about 15. I like a song that I see on TOTP and hear on the radio. I have no idea its based on a book which was made into a film in 1969. Nevertheless a few weeks later the film is on TV and I watch it, its really good, the credits refer to a writer called Horace McCoy. I go to the library and i order it because its not excatly in high demand. A few eeks later it arrives and i read it in about 2 hours (if that, its very short). 40 years later I’m chatting to my daughter about economic depression and the interwar years (because I am interested, because I studied it and because I don’t know anything about the Kardashians or Love Island). We get the dvd and the book, I read the book again and it makes me angry and sad all over again. We watch the film, its still good.
Before we had the internet you had to dig around a bit to find stuff out, a lyric here, an interview in the NME there and if you wanted to you could find out some interesting and » Continue Reading.
Up there on that stage is not a place for wallflowers. Our pop heroes didn’t get where they are today without an overflowing sense of self-importance. James Brown may have been the only one to actually say it, but pretty much all of them would like to jump back and kiss themselves. And, more than this, they see it as vital that we know how fantastic they are. So, every once in a while*, they make some extraordinary claim about their magnificence and pan-galactic importance. As a for instance, backwards D Adam records in the sacred scripture Ant Rap that the simple decision to replace Ant Kevin Mooney on the frickin’ bass guitar with Gary Tibbs got the green light when he “summoned the Gods and they all approved”. Wilson Picket might not mean to brag or mean to boast, but on his record A Man And A Half, he observes that “When I walk the birds and bees stop loving to look at me” implying the 634-5789 hitmaker possesses an appeal more powerful than lust itself (alternative reading: WP is proposing a human/bee interspecies romantic entanglement which predates the plot of Bee Movie by decades). Later in the song » Continue Reading.
Two climbers spend multiple years planning to scale a rock face.
The Dawn Wall (on UK Netflix) was excellent. In my opinion it’s a much better documentary than Free Solo (2018) as the climbers could articulate what and why they were doing what they were doing. Plus the journeyman-like slow ascent lasted longer (in real life and on-screen) and was arguably more dramatic and exciting than the virtuoso display of technique shown in Free Solo. I liked Free Solo but this is much more gripping in my opinion. I could engage with the human element much more.
Anyone interested in reviewing their upcoming album, The Universe Also Collapses, out in May ?
What does it sound like?:
When you think of the big AOR bands, Journey and Foreigner will always be near the top of any list. Here we have two live releases from them, one archival from 1978, the other a more contemporary show from 2017, both coming as cd/dvd combos..
First up is Foreigner with a show recorded at the Rainbow in 1978, and my, aren’t they a young, fresh faced group – mind you, weren’t we all forty years ago! This set far pre-dates their later monster, but much blander, hits such as Waiting For A Girl Like You and I Want To Know What Love Is, and showcases a much hungrier band, with fine performances of most of their highly successful début album, including the likes of Feels Like The First Time and Cold As Ice, as well as previewing material from their then upcoming Double Vision album. The downside is that some of the lesser known material borders on being rather generic and forgettable. However, on the whole the good stuff makes this is a show well worth checking out.
The Journey set is a 2017 concert filmed at the iconic Budokan in Tokyo, and » Continue Reading.
Australia‘s finest are again taking over Bush Hall for the weekend, playing Seance and Starfish plus other stuff and solo sets. It was wonderful last year. It’s only £88. Be there or be square pop pickers.
I warn you — you’ll be Low.
On Steve Lamacq’s 6music show yesterday he posed a question that I had a big old think about on the commute this morning. I think that he had just played a track by The Prisoners and offered an opinion that their final record was their best and this led to the question “Can you think of any bands whose final album was their best record?” Basically, who saved the best to last, not including bands who only released one LP. Having spent a lot of time this morning thinking about this I have come up with what I think is the best last/final album by a band.
Third by Portishead
I know that they haven’t split up, but it’s been a long time since any new material and it is their best album.
Now, I don’t think there can be too many others, I’ve struggled to come up with some. Are there any others out there that you can think of?
I am attending one of these tomorrow.
It is based on the great work done in joint working between the NHS and the healthcare industry in all its forms. And there a many great examples on show that have improves the healthcare of many people.
BUT…it is a black tie event on a Wednesday evening!
£5 off all orders over £25 on Am*z*n today only (March 19th) using code BIGTHANKS.
I know there are some Stephen Duffy fans on here – get yourselves over to SDE as Pete Paphides has launched a new label. One of his first releases is the Stephen Duffy I love my friends album from 1996 with a bonus cd of rarities/unreleased songs. You can get a signed version and support a noble cause which if successful might help get further Duffy rarities released.
This box includes Ronnie’s 4 solo albums – Anymore For Anymore (+ singles), Ronnie Lane’s Slim Chance, One For the Road and the cruelly underrated See Me. In addition it features tracks from Ronnie’s Mahoney’s Last Stand album with Ron Wood and Rough Mix with Pete Townshend. The final disc of the set focuses on Ronnie’s time in the US with live highlights and studio tracks never previously released. The set also featured lots of rare and unreleased material – be prepared to here fantastic cover versions of The Wanderer, Rocket’ 69 and The Joint Is Jumpin’ as well as unheard Ronnie compositions plus live recordings, tracks for the BBC and highlights from a legendary Rockpalast concert. The set is curated by long time musical associate of Ronnie’s, Slim Chancer musician Charlie Hart. Comprehensive sleevenotes focus on Ronnie the musician, the songwriter, the collaborator and split the post ’73 period into three distinct parts . Writers are Paolo Hewitt, Kris Needs and Kent Benjamin covering Ronnie’s Austin years.
Packaging – 6 discs housed in a hard back book with outer slipcase. The package also include a book of Ronnie’s lyrics and an A2 fold out poster.
Link and picture » Continue Reading.
Are you a Spotify Premium Family subscriber? Or, are you toying with becoming one? Spotify are trying to entice new subscribers to it’s family plan by offering a free mini google speaker worth £50 to customers. Unusually, this offer is also open to existing subscribers. I know this works because I’ve just done it and my speaker is on it’s way to me. Click on the link below to go to the relevant page.
[If you are already a family subscriber, scroll down to the link in the blue band hallway down the page]
I’m interested in keeping an ongoing journal or blog, and would like to keep it private (I don’t want the world to know that I like Angel Witch). I’m wondering if anyone has suggestions for what would be the best bet? Would it be to go with something online like Penzu, or download the WordPress software and host it on a external drive? Any suggestions welcome!
Walking through a store in Sydney’s glorious QVB yesterday, I could hear the Muzak burbling away and thought, ‘hang on, that’s Quo with In The Army Now…what the…’. it’s just wrong on so many levels. Even the basement level where I was.
So whilst browsing t’interweb I note that Stephen Malkmus is embarking on an UK tour. Might be interesting, so I check out the dates:
Sept 13 – CCA, Glasgow Sept 16 – YES (The Pink Room), Manchester Sept 17 – Hare and Hounds, Birmingham Sept 18 – Moth Club, London
If a couple of small pubs constitutes a tour then my and my mates are the Rolling Stones every weekend. I realise that finances are tight in the music biz these days, but I have far more respect for those that jet into London, do a gig, then jet out again than this nonsense. That’s the trouble with middle-aged people, they’re just not prepared to put the work in.
Andre Williams was an R n’ B singer from the first era of 1950s R n’ B. He rarely made it out of the chitlin’ circuit, but was as important as Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, Ike Turner, or Johnny “Guitar” Watson. He made a little talent go a long way, but was inspired by the spirit of wry funk and worked his way through many genres of African-American music.
I discovered him via a cover Frank Zappa did of “Bacon fat”, becoming a fan. We have all heard his work in “Shake a Tail Feather”, which i am sure barely made him a penny. He was a pal of Ike Turner, and when Ike was freebasing in his Chicago mansion, Andre was his wing-man in mischief. Ike eventually cleaned up, but Andre didn’t, and temporarily became homeless.
I don’t quite know what happened next, but certainly he made an album with Jon Spencer of raucous, smutty garage rock (“Silky”), which is unlikely to appeal to those of a delicate sensibility. Several SLIGHTLY less raucous albums followed, though they all have their charms for those who like trashy garage rock and dirty r’n’b. I saw him and a pick-up band » Continue Reading.
Just came across one of the many Sananda Maitreya albums and wondered what anyone here thinks of them. It sent me to Neither fish nor fowl which is nothing like as bad as some critics would have had us believe at the time but equally is not an undiscovered masterpiece. The lad can certainly still sing and write a decent tune although the string of double/triple albums suggest a Prince style lack of quality control/indulgence monitoring.
In a server trasfer, they’ve lost everything over three years old. Which prompts the question:
Who exactly has been uploading tracks to MySpace in the last 3 years?
I’m off to find my Tascam Portastudio and 56k modem…
Mention of Australia’s own Russell Morris over on the 1969 Singles thread reminded me that his fan club was the only one my older sister (who positively worshipped him) ever joined. Can’t recall what she got for her membership fee back then, but there must have been something…membership card, glossy 8 x 10, newsletter…?
Probably considered more of a girl thing back then, but anyone here ever join a fan club of any sort?
All good things come to an end, and sadly this is the final volume of the excellent Bernie Gunther series. Philip Kerr sadly passed away last Spring, and .a very warm and heartfelt tribute to him from friend and fellow author Ian Rankin introduces this, his final bow..
This novel doesn’t continue chronologically from the previous volumes, as Kerr didn’t want to end the series with a lonely,ageing Gunther adrift somewhere in Europe..Instead, and unlike recent novels which are mostly set post World War II, this tale takes us back to the beginning, to 1928, the era of the Weimar Republic, when a young Bernie is first seconded to Berlin’s homicide department. The Berlin of that era is virtually synonymous with decadence and debauchery, where the rich play while the dispossessed beg on the streets.When a series of prostitutes are murdered the authorities don’t give it the highest priority, until the next victim turns out to be the daughter of the head of the city’s major criminal gang, whose father wants revenge. As more murders follow, including those of disabled war veterans, it seems someone is intent on clearing the streets of anyone who doesn’t fit their image » Continue Reading.
Leafing through Ken Garner’s ‘In Session Tonight’ book, I noticed a UK act called Gypsy (i.e. not the US west coast one) who racked up no less than 10 BBC radio sessions between 1971-73, all but one for Peel and Bob Harris.
I’d never heard of them.
Discogs tells me they made two albums and a handful of singles for United Artists – records released in the US as ‘English Gypsy’. The members were David McCarthy, Robin Pizer, Rod Read, John Knapp and Moth Smith.
No, me neither…
Anyone else heard of these people? Did they live locally to Maida Vale or something?