What happened ? Jeez.. Where’s the SPARK ? We’re all line dancing! (or not)
This chap is going to listen to the first 14 Now! albums back-to-back from Thurs in a 28-hour marathon for Macmillan Cancer Support, blogging + tweeting his way through: https://noaxnow.wordpress.com/ https://www.justgiving.com/Andrew-Spokes https://twitter.com/NoaxNOW He set out to raise £433, i.e. £1 for each song, but it’s up to £850-ish now. He’s got my support, as well as sympathy.
Do you think this would help to wash down fish fingers & oven chips or should I stick to turps?
Macallan – Anniversary Single Malt Scotch – 1928 50 year old https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00DQDJBGM/ref=cm_sw_r_awd_89Vbvb0TJYKC6
An Iranian and 4 Jordanians cover the Floyd
While we were away my wife’s documentary about Sammy Davis Jr was shown on BBC 4. I just thought I’d share it with you if you hadn’t already seen it.
Play Nikolay Baskov & Sofi’s current Mockba chart hit “Ty Moe Schast’ye” backwards at half-speed underwater and you can clearly hear the chanting; “Vladimir is dead, Vladimir is dead.” And now we’re expected to believe that this is really him, back in circulation, when we know the KGB always had at least 2 clones ready and waiting to step in for any operative who fell in the course of duty. I ask you, do they take us for fools?
What’s your favourite conspiracy theory this month?
After all the recent talk about the merits or otherwise of HJH’s final vinyl (personally I think the new snare sound they gave Ringo ruins a large part of the album but that’s going a bit techie) I found this video of Martins George and Giles listening to a lovely unused guitar part on Side 2’s opener. Apologies – and be gentle – if it’s been posted before.
We often discuss the “best year for music”, be it Heppo’s endless quest to convince us that 1971 was the annus mirabilis of the album, or my own belief that everything peaked some time in the early 90s.
What I don’t believe we’ve ever discussed is the opposite: what was the single worst year for music in living memory? I suggest we limit entries to 1963 and after, so as to avoid “1922 – that really was a shit year”-style conversational cul-de-sacs.
I’ll get the ball rolling for you. 1998. My second year at uni. The year I would have hoped would be a veritable explosion of revolutionary sounds, wild, generation gap creating youth movements and iconic cultural moments. Instead (with some exceptions – all years have them) it proved to be a smouldering shite heap.
A quick look at the year’s best selling singles shows that pop music was the dominant form of the time, and terrible pop music at that. Barbie Girl. Angels. The Lighthouse Family. Will freaking Smith was huge and even Will Mellor (Jambo from Hollyoaks to you and I) made the charts. I recall going to endless uni events and wondering in horror how a » Continue Reading.
Reduced by everyone’s favourite site to £28 for 17 albums
Shitty Audio. Shitty Recording. Shitty playing. Wrong Singer.
This is my problem. I know already. You’ve told me. The Sun will Implode or, explode, one way or the other. The problem though Is that you’ve told me and I believe you. Now what am I supposed to do? Pretend? That doesn’t work.
Hey Man! that’s billions of years away! Chill out dude!
Sing: Help me if you can I’m feeling dow- ow- n…. Yup! (Sings: ) ‘There she was just a -walking down the streets singing… Do- wha-diddy -diddy dum -didy- do!
This is my problem. I know already.
Question? Is this just twaddle that should be ignored or the ramblings of a man that has no idea what a non-sequitur is? Seroiusly. I have no-idea what the fuck that is. Where was I? Oh,yes the problem.
The Problem. What to do about that? Shit! I remember when I used to just live. Anybody else? Oh Ignorance. You Bastard.
Brian Christopher Cameron (The name my Mother & Father chose for me at birth)
While there seems to be some definite AW love for Steve Wilson in his various guises of musician, band leader and production maestro I always find myself going back to his earlier work as Porcupine Tree. As Progressive Rock, or Prog as we are now allowed to call it, blossomed again in the late ’90s PT were at the forefront of the revival and the world became a better place for us old freaks.
Rejoice and share the love. Signify from 1996 was a song I saw performed live and it needs to be played VERY LOUD to be appreciated.
Mike Porcaro, bass player with Toto, has died. He suffered from ALS (Motor Neurone disease). He was 59. Live, he had been replaced by the likes of Lee Sklar and Nathan East, which shows just how good Mikey was. I have seen him play plenty of times and he is easily my favourite bassist. He was my wife’s favourite musician so, tonight, we have opened a bottle of bubbly and toasted to the fantastic nights, great music and a wonderful smile that we will miss.
What did they ever add to rock music?
Over hyped noise IMHO.
‘Never For Ever’ Forever!
The glaring lack of many works by The Man on Spotify sent me back to iTunes recently, in the hope of adding to my existing “best of”, assembled a good 10 years ago.
Unfortunately, he’s pretty unrepresented on there as well these days, so I’ve spent the last week listening to the further reaches of his back catalogue and ripping the odd find to iTunes.
So, now my best of is a good 50 songs long, covering as many of the veteran R&B grump’s Caledonian soul stompers, Celtic reveries and metaphysical musings as I could find.
But it’s too late to stop now. I fear there must be some deep cuts that I’ve missed. Or perhaps you could help me rearrange the running order so that the GLW doesn’t insist that I turn it off whenever we get into the more “difficult” likes of Rave On, John Donne. Maybe some of his recent records are under-represented (The Healing Game seems quite good).
So, here’s my work in progress. What more needs to be done? (I’m assuming it won’t be improved by any of the forthcoming duets with Hucknall and the like). Strangely, the Guardian’s music site hasn’t covered » Continue Reading.
Hilarious stuff! Norweian duo Ylis performed this song on telly here last night.
My expectations had not been high. They were the ones responsible for that viral YouTube sensation: The Fox. If you have kids you’ve probably had that inflicted on you one hundred times. This is far better.
But it got me thinking. What other songs are there are about ancient ruins and arcane, timeless mysteries?
Atlantis, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the Nazca Lines, corn circles, Macchu Picchu etc etc
Any good tunes you can think of?
I’m sure someone has asked this before, so excuse the repetition, but one of the things I always found useful at the previous site was the ‘track’ feature. I don’t see one here and since one or two of the postings I have contributed to have dropped off the list, I’m wondering what’s the best way of keeping track of them. Thanks
If you have access to today’s Sunday Times do yourself a favour. You may usually avoid the sports section but, today, read the piece by the wonderful David Walsh on cricketer Martin Crowe. The subject has cancer and not long to live. His honest appraisal of his life is almost disconcerting. His views on death are quietly uplifting. Written by a sympathetic and compassionate journalist, it is one of the best things I have read for years.
Since the near-apocalyptic hack it appears that we’ve all become nicer. No rows as yet I notice. Is that because we’re smaller? Anyone fancy a row? About anything??
I have been watching the old episodes of The Avengers showing on TV and very sadly Emma Peel’s missing husband has unexpectedly returned. So she says a poignant goodbye to John Steed and goes off into the sunset.
Diana Rigg was superb in The Avengers – the very best sexy posh there ever was. And a special mention for Patrick Macnee – how cool did he look in those velvet collars and chelsea boots. In one episode the other day, said Chelsea boots had green elastic sides. Those were the days.
I caught snooker star Ronnie O’Sullivan on the telly the other day – with the sound off, which perhaps helped the illusion – and I couldn’t help but see him as a member of Oasis.
That got me thinking. Benedict Cumberbatch clearly belongs in Sparks and Jonathan Ross in Spandau Ballet.
Any celebs strike you as having gone missing from a band?
I’ve decided to help my Sunday working by going on a ‘Dan Journey – starting with Countdown To Ectasy (sounds fab of course).
The back cover caught my eye as a great image of the band, a perfect counterpoint to the cover itself and in fact much more preferable – which made me wonder whether there has ever been a celebration of the backside as it were?
What are the best back covers of LPs?
Not expecting a huge number of takers for this one but maybe we’ll bring PoppySucceeds outta hiding! Post yer favourite sparse, minimal mind-benders here!