and indeed they are.
Inspired by a very similar thread by @BigJimBob, this could be a terrible idea. A thread of terrible links if nothing else. The Beach Boys’ Barbara-Fe**ing-Ann was recorded for the Party album, which was a way to keep Capitol happy while Brian was in the studio working on Pet Sounds.
55 years later it’s still the idiot’s choice of their best song.
I went for the worst live version I could find, just to be on the safe side. I’m sure M**e L**e think it’s great. It was a hit, after all.
It’s not the worst song they made, but the worst hit. Yes, worse than Kokomo – which at least has Carl’s lovely, breezy voice singing ‘we’ll get there fast and then we’ll take it slow’.
So OK, bring it on!
So, all you Kid Dynamites and Pogo Johnnies out there, which album can you honestly say, hands on heart, is all killer no filler?
* “Islands” doesn’t count, it was on a re-issue *
Someone on a forum I’m in asked that question earlier today. In fact, there were SIX ‘first Peel sessions’… and they were all actually John Peel/Pete Drummond sessions. I’ve compiled a snapshot of that first 1/10/67 ‘Top Gear’ and the following few shows in a montage.
The six ‘first Peel sessions’ were by The Move, Big Maybelle & the Senate, Tomorrow (featuring Keith West), Tim Rose, Traffic and Pink Floyd. All were broadcast on ‘Top Gear’ on 1/10/67. The first three of those acts recorded their sessions on 21/9/67, the other three on 25/9/67.
Strictly speaking, ‘Top Gear’ didn’t become ‘John Peel’s Top Gear’ until 4/2/68. Between 12/11/67 – 28/1/68 John co-presented the show, and thereby its exclusive session recordings, with Tommy Vance. There were six shows between 1/10/67 (the first episode) and 5/11/67, and these were co-presented by a pool of presenters. John Peel and Pete Drummond did the first one. John co-presented two of the other five with Drummond, while Drummond co-presented the other three with Tommy Vance, Mike Ahern and Rick Vane. Yes, a case could be made that several legendary early ‘Peel sessions’ were actually ‘Drummond sessions’.
In this montage, I’ve assembled tracks from three » Continue Reading.
Currently reading the Uncut issue on Roxy so read this with interest.
My first reaction was well fuck you, you upscaled your notoriety by unfairly kicking the shit out of Ferry for years and now you want to get paid for column inches revisiting it. But it is a fairly thorough piece that left me thinking “about time”. The bit on Ferry v Eno was interesting. Hadn’t read Eno’s comments before.
No matter how old I get – and I am old – I still remember I am a veteran of the Punk Wars. Yet despite the fact that i have made my peace with the likes of Yes, and love Peter Gabriel as a solo artiste, I struggle to accept Genesis as an acceptable music choice. Yet I fucking LOVE this track – even though I don’t know what the hell it’s about. what tracks are you surprised to like?
A friend of mine, in a general message on facebook recently, told me that she hadn’t bought a CD in ten years. I had a moment.
Because there is so much music I love which isn’t on spotify. I could post loads but I will start this list by just posting this one. The Aphex Twin has an album called 26 Mixes For Cash. It is not on Spotify. (Neither is his album Chosen Lords. Or his Polygon Window one). I really recommend that anyone buys 26 Mixes For Cash, because it is ace. This song is especially good and NOT ON SPOTIFY.
Can you post some stuff, not on Spotify here?
It’s Friday night and, for the first time in many a day, I am posting a track from the new TTB album, Signs. Here’s a live version of one of my favourite tracks so far.
Blimey. Friday night? Tedeschi Trucks Band? It’s like the old days!
Slightly curmudgeonly, but always interesting, bass player and author jettisons his Joy Division artefacts. Some of the proceeds going to the Epilepsy Society
I haven’t heard it yet, but I’ll be repainting my bathroom this half term, so lots of podcast listening time…
Behind the Scenes: PJ Harvey
John Wilson follows PJ Harvey as she creates the score for a new West End theatre production of All About Eve.
Singer songwriter Polly Jean Harvey is the only artist to have twice won the Mercury Prize for Album of the Year – for Stories from the City, Stories From the Sea in 2001 and Let England Shake a decade later. After 12 critically acclaimed albums and more than 25 years as an international touring artist, she is now focussing on her work as a soundtrack composer, having written scores for theatre and television for more than a decade.
Starring Gillian Anderson (making her first return to the stage since her acclaimed 2014 performance in A Streetcar Named Desire) and Lily James (star of Downton Abbey and Mama Mia), All About Eve is one of the most anticipated theatrical events of 2019. Adapted from the 1950 film, which was nominated for 14 Oscars and won six including Best Actress for Bette Davis, it’s a story of an ageing Broadway star and a young fan who » Continue Reading.
Mr Adams certainly has a lot of explaining to do, but there’s plenty of other food for thought here.
Blue Note vinyl remasters…. Master tape boxes…lathes….
I know it’s just a made up day by ‘Big Card’ to get us all acting out of character, but surely being loved up, however it occurs is better than Hatin’ – no?
Anyway, lets have your favourite Loved-Up vibes. I’ve started a collaborative playlist, so feel free to add your choons if you so wish, and if you would like to, please add a dedication to the one you love 🙂
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I don’t think so. What’s with the diving year and the trikes?
Quite a while since I’ve been so excited about an upcoming album release and then this… https://amp.theguardian.com/music/2019/feb/13/self.html
Jesus fucking christ on a tandem….
Hi all, I’m after some advice, please. I’m after a pair of active speakers for my PC. Budget up to approx £150. I generally use headphones but I do like to give them a break at times. I will be listening to music, playing the odd PC game and would like to be able to use them instead of the main hi-fi at times and fill a smallish room with sound. I’m not mad on heavy bass(neighbours to think about). I don’t want a bass speaker so 2.0 stereo will suffice. Over to you –
We don’t often hear people covering Pentangle soings, do we? Here’s their near-hit in three time signatures given a spring clean by a woman from, I’m guessing, the Netherlands.
Today we learn of the passing of arguably our best goalkeeper Gordon Banks. However of deeper resonance to me and for shaping my love of this beautiful game I mourn the death of Fred Pickering who passed away yesterday. For two glorious years he was the centre forward for Birmingham City – in 1967 and 1968. 1967 was the year I started watching football. In that year and the following year he was a free scorer in a team that regularly scored 5 or 6 goals in a home game yet were dire away from home. 1968 was the magical year of a glorious FA Cup run. in the 5th round we drew away at Arsenal. The replay at St.Andrews was on a blustery Tuesday night, my Dad took me to the game but we were locked out as a crowd of 55,000 watched us topple Arsenal courtesy of a brace from Barry Bridges, the winner being an overhead kit. Next up the quarter final against Chelsea. This time I had a ticket. I remember the euphoria when Fred Pickering stooped the head the only goal of the game in the 64th minute. We were in the semi final at » Continue Reading.
Crackerjack (CRACKERJACK!) always used to shoehorn a musical number into their finale, and I’m sure everyone knows the Peter Glaze/Jan Hunt take on Bowie’s Golden Years – I remember that pre-YouTube going around on a Quicktime video for “LOLs”. This take on XTC’s ‘Making Plans for Nigel’ has been around a while but it’s a new one on me…I particularly like ‘Burt Hayes & His Orchestra’ on this – Friday 5 to 5 so they’d be several pints in and the Bass Player is having a good stab at the Dubby bassline
Loads of people my age (i.e. around thirteen at the time of ‘Metal Guru’) love to bore the current crop of spotty Spotify slaves that guitar-based pop and rock music was somehow *better* twenty or thirty years ago but you know what? We’re right. Certainly in terms of the traditional template of drums, bass, guitar and vocal (with occasional embellishment by keyboard and/or sax) it would surely seem pretty obvious to even the most casual observer that everything that could possibly be written and/or sung about has been done already during a period when it was being done for the first time and when a distorted electric guitar was almost as astounding as an alien landing and an unsmiling band photo seemed as dangerous as the French Revolution.
Nothing much lasts forever though and guitar-based rock, just like trad jazz or bebop, had a life-span (quite a good innings actually compared to some others). Nobody is saying ‘don’t bother’. None of us are thinking that new guitar bands are wasting their time if they’re having a good time and bringing good times to others. It’s just that the same old shapes and chords and haircuts and clothes have become, » Continue Reading.
Any ideas for the most awkward gig you’ve been to? Sometime in the early 2000’s, on holiday in North Devon, Mrs. L and I went to see Suzanne Vega at the Queen’s Theatre in Barnstaple. Mrs L was a big fan and I liked a few songs, so all seemed set for a good holiday gig. Accompanied only by a bass player, Vega started with a couple of nicely stripped down songs which seemed to go down well. However, she then made her first announcement. “It’s so nice to be here in Cornwall, (confusing Devon for its next door neighbour) I’m looking forward to a cream tea.” Now for an American on tour I guess this was an easy mistake to make and I would have cut her a lot of slack for it, hoping she might have used humour to make the best of an error but there was no chance of that. There was a slightly awkward murmur, and a loudmouth a couple of rows behind shouted out in an irritated and pained voice “Oh NOOOOOO, you’ve got it wrong, this is DEVOOOONNN!!!” Now Suzanne Vega can come across a little School Marm-ish at the best of times, » Continue Reading.
If you’ve been following the Top of the Pops re-runs on BBC4 you’ll be reminded that that for 3 or 4 years after Band Aid, any humanitarian disaster or tragic event was often followed by a Charity record involving some quite curious meetings of Pop and showbiz minds. Not for one minute am I knocking the good intentions, nor downplaying the scale of some of these tragic events but it can’t be denied this led to some very unlikely musical collaborations. The Bradford City stadium fire saw Bernie Winters, Rolf Harris, Bruce Forsyth and Cheggers sing on the same record as Lemmy, Phil Lynott, John Entwistle and Peter Cook. Until tonight I had completely forgotten this one from 1987 – a cover of Let it Be with Sir Paul at the helm for the Zeebrugge Ferry disaster. Follow the video -and then keep yer eyes peeled for a genuinely jaw dropping cameo by a total A-List reclusive Pop legend – which is then followed by a completely improbable finale with Su Pollard, Grange Hill cast members and…ah just watch the video..
An unfortunately slight, but nevertheless interesting video interview with the Sproutmeister can be found on the BBC website. But you don’t need to look for it, just click the link.