Pugwash are ace. I first saw them at one of the first Word in Your Ear gigs, which was the first time I met the lovely Hannah and a few of you here as well as Mark Ellen and David Hepworth and also Dave Gregory from XTC who played a couple of numbers with them. I had a good chat with Thomas Walsh after the gig who was just a fecking legend and gave me most of the back catalogue to take home and I’ve been a firm fan ever since. Their most recent LP ‘Play This Intimately (As if Among Friends)’ is a thing of perfectly crafted wonderment and they’re currently on tour. They may well be coming to your town – so if you’re near Hebden Bridge, Leicester, Frome, Dundee, Hayfield go see ’em. P.S. They’re also playing Glasgow and somewhere called Islington. Some US dates too. Do not miss.
Today sees the release of new albums from The Monkees, Paul Simon & Dexys. In the pre-streaming/on-demand age, this would have sent me to a record shop to pick up those albums on the day they came out. Today I have “Saved” those records into my Spotify, but I really only feel compelled to pick up a copy of The Monkees. For the last Dexys album, which I thought was really great, I have never bought a physical copy.
So who are your “Day One” artists? Who’s new release do you still want to hear as soon as it comes out? Do you still need to buy a physical copy or has that tradition fallen away…
I was in a YouTube rabbit hole recently and found this: The last live performance from ELO at a charity gig in Birmingham in 1986. I find these kind of things interesting. The band, although headlining, are on the other side of a commercial peak. Did they know it was the end? Although it’s not as portentous as Ziggy & the Spiders or as iconic as the Fabs on the roof, there is a foreshadowing at the end when George Harrison comes on and shows Jeff where his future lies.
Any other interesting last things? Last gigs. Last songs. Last photos, etc.
It’s been announced that Jeff has signed with Columbia for a new ELO record due out next year. Here’s hoping we get a tour. Hold on tight to your dreams, etc, etc.
(photo via http://elobeatlesforever.blogspot.com )
Child of Vision is the greatest thing Supertramp ever recorded.
They are what The Beatles would have developed into…or is that ELO?