What did you buy and when? How much do you think it’s worth now?
I had a signed copy of Heaven 17’s Luxury Gap from 1983. I already had the album but I was convinced that this would be extremely valuable in the 21st century. It isn’t (I assume).
As well as countless limited edition numbered 12″ singles. One version of a Depeche Mode release was completely clear on side two – with a rose design in the vinyl. They really saw me coming. I already had the actual songs FFS. This is something that downloads can’t really replace – clear vinyl, picture discs and the like. I bought A Flock of Seagulls (I Ran) on the strength of it being a picture disc.
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Small, simple question:
Why doesn’t BBC4 do with The Old Grey Whistle Test what it’s done with TotP – ie repeating complete shows instead of reconstituted clips. It would be hugely entertaining, not always for the right reasons. And think of the fun we could have when it gets to the 80s and the Gruesome Twosome turn up….
Seriously, why not? Is there a reason?
Albert Hall, Manchester
For people who like music from the other side of the pond (won’t use the a*******a word) there is no doubt that Calexico are up there in terms of popularity yet their tours in this country are often short and appear almost as an afterthought to their main far of Northern Europe. They seem to have a large following in the Low Countries and Germany. So last night was an exciting date in my calendar as the last time I saw them was around 10 years ago in Los Angeles where they were workmanlike. In Manchester it was clear that they meant business from the off with Falling from the Sky and Cumbia de Donde from the new album being early highlights in a set that had high energy. Most Calexico followers love the Mariachi trumpets and they were to the fore in many numbers. However there was light and shade and a highlight was a number with just Joey Burns, John Convertino and bassist Ryan Alfred that Joey Burns said he enjoyed playing – I certainly enjoyed hearing. Setlist watchers would know that on this tour they have played Love will tear » Continue Reading.
Letterman’s late night show is entering its last few weeks here in the US. Last night his musical guest was John Fogerty, who turns 70 later this month. He can still belt it out with the best of them, and nearly 50 years on you can still feel the righteous anger dripping from “Fortunate Son”
Lifelong fan Twang interviews Jethro Tull front man Ian Anderson about the impending Steven Wilson remix reissue of “Minstrel In The Gallery”.
Notoriously prickly interviewee Ian, who has little patience with another dim question about why he plays the flute standing on one leg, gives the AW more time than allocated a genuine scoop about Jeffrey Hammond Hammond. No! Come back! He’s a great talker and holds forth about London, recording studio drama, casually mentions that he built 80s hit factory Maison Rouge studio and how he got to be so good so quickly on the flute. And the remixed album package, which sounds fantastic, includes rare alternative mixes and live tracks which are previewed here.
…always wondered why he stands on one leg though….
The ‘La Grande Edition’ of ‘Minstrel In The Gallery’ is released on 4th May and features BBC session material as well as a performance from Paris Olympia in 1975
The last half hour at work on a Friday, when a second seems like a minute, a minute seems like 5 mins and 5 mins seems like an hour. I’m on test match special, how about you?
Sad news that Ben E King has died. In my youth, his was one of the voices that led me into soul music, with which I have had a lifelong affinity. More recently, I have been exploring the AWB, who I now realise I was a fool to neglect, and came across this gem from the hard to find collaboration “Benny & Us”. I tracked it down on an AWB Triple set – Cut the Cake/Soul Searching/Benny & Us – and have been loving how he can still sound so good after all the years. One of the great soul voices and he will be missed.
Photos of politicians enhanced by GoT quotes. Inspired, especially number 7.
Pretty impressive collection up for sale…..
The last paragraph of the article……”The collection has been divided into three lots for the auction, with the 27,000 seven inch singles conservatively estimated at £6,000, the 8,000 12 inch records at £1,500 and 10,000 CDs and cassettes at £600″
I can’t say that I have any idea on current record prices, but given some of the singles that are in there, 6 grand for 27,000 singles seems pretty cheap. If only I had somewhere to put them……
The former EBTG hitmaker is on Robert Elms’ BBC London Radio show today. Available on iPlayer for, I think, 30 days.
I don’t come around here much anymore and wasn’t going to bother/couldn’t be arsed but then I thought oh fuck it what the heck shanti – be arsed if only half as charkric resonance fields could be at stake amongst some of you, well all of you, probably, I dunno anyway there were jets wooshing making a terrible din and rattling the relics and I thought the time had come but it hasn’t yet
HAPPY BELTAINE – BLESSED BE
As you were
(Feel free to bung anything up that’s magickal, mystical or Thin, if you can be arsed, or not)
Can there be a better song for May 1st than this by Kevin Ayers. I miss him.
Ryan finally accedes to hecklers request for Summer of ’69
It is the first Friday of a new month – wassup? What have you been enjoying listening to / reading / watching – and are there any other burning issues you would like to share with us?
I was chatting at a party last weekend to a friend who organises gigs in Northampton. He was reeling off the names of all sorts of interesting artists that I’d never heard of. Like the Kings of the South Seas, whose modern take on sea shanties is right up my street.
It struck how much excellent music there is out there that is just under the radar or known only to those who are into a particular genre. Everything is so very compartmentalised these days. It made me nostalgic for the days of TOTP, the OGWT and the John Peel Show where there was a whole range of different styles and I could surprise myself by liking something that was far from my normal comfort zone.
I’m a died-in-in-the-wool Peelite. The great man taught me that you can have a radio show (or a playlist) where the likes of Can, Laura Cantrell, the Inkspots, HMHB, Fela Kuti, Sandy Denny, Hildegard Von Bingen, Belle & Sebastian, Slayer, Billie Holliday, They Might Be Giants, Tangerine Dream etc etc can happily co-exist.
Where can I find that musical eclecticism today? NPR’s wonderful Tiny Desk concerts perhaps? And here on the AW of » Continue Reading.
A Correspondent sent me this link, and I naturally thought of all you bien-pensants here.
This popped up on my iPod this morning on my way to work.
‘The Slide Part 1’ by Googie Rene.
It caused me some rather welcome and unexpected rhythmic buttock clenching and unclenching. The only form of dancing allowable on a Circle Line train before 8am. I assume.
It’s one of those records filled with instructions, usually opaque to me, on how to perform the dance to the required standard. Very popular in the days of black and white tellly and tall hair on lasses.
Post some more please. I insist.
Whether you`re building a shed, cycling around the Lake District, searching for lost treasure in a field in Dorset or listening to Abbey Road, how`s it going? Me? I`ve just finished work for 3 days so if it rains I can`t cut the grass so I suppose I`ll have to listen to the backlog of music I`ve acquired over the last month. So what`ve you got planned? Here`s The Beatles for your delectation.
Not for sharing the oxygen of publicity with this middle-aged, millionaire media whore, but for failing to punch him in the throat when he had the chance.
Where’s John Prescott when you need him?
Anyway. How’s your election going?
What does it sound like?:
Last year’s untimely death of Frankie Knuckles caused an outbreak of ignorance on the Afterword board, but I’d point any lingering doubters in the direction of this new two-disc compilation, a worthy tribute to a man who not only practically invented house music but remained one its leading lights until the end of his life.
On offer are two discs of remixes and original productions chosen by the man himself, and though you may know many already (Your Love, Tears, Where Love Lives and Baby Wants To Ride are all present and correct) they sound absolutely spiffing here, buffed up and leaping out at you with fresh sparkle.
Meanwhile there’s a ton of stuff that you (and by you, I mean me) probably haven’t heard before: a tremendous, piano-led re-rub of the Pet Shop Boy’s Left To My Own Devices, which over eight minutes builds from its skeletal, jack-track beginnings into a full-on, everything-but-the-kitchen-sink mini-opera, and a gorgeous remix of Chaka Khan’s Ain’t Nobody that feels like a sensuous, otherworldly echo-memory of the original track. His mix of First Choice’s Let No Man Put Asunder repositions a 1970s disco number for the » Continue Reading.
Despite being impressed with the new Blur album it is the return of another great 90s band that has me more excited. Next week I’ve got tickets to see The Super Furry Animals in Manchester and I can’t wait. Rather embarrassingly I kind of missed them in the 90s when they burst on the scene. I knew the songs in the charts but in all honesty guitar music wasn’t large on my radar at the time (Ibiza has a lot to answer for!). By the time I had shaken off the need for over 140Bpm in my music, Rings Around The World had come out which whilst good is probably not their best album. The next few albums came and went. I caught them a few times at festivals and whilst enjoying their sets I wasn’t familiar with enough of the tracks to fully appreciate what I was seeing. However gradually over the last three years largely thanks to the beauty of Spotify I have started listening to much more of them and begun to form the opinion that they might just be the best band that formed on these shores during the 90s. They have certainly been the one » Continue Reading.