Hooooooooooooowaaaay yaboogaman! A rare appearance on the airwaves for retired Lindo legend Jacka, who talks and celebrates folk-rock and promotes the recent Lindo ‘Radio Times: Live at the BBC 1971-90’ 8CD set, in which I was honoured to be involved. Jacka, Ray Laidlaw and Rod Clements – the three survivors from the Mk 1 Lindo (1970-73) – recently performed a short live set at a box set signing event in Nya’caSSel. It was lovely to see fan pics and video clips of it. Magic in the air once again, however briefly 🙂
‘3 o’clock on a Saturday’ by The Eisenhowers is a love letter to Scottish football, celebrating the cultural importance of our football grounds. These unique venues come in many shapes and sizes, but all are focal points for the hopes and dreams of communities throughout the country. Some of them are modern and sleek, others are ancient, perhaps even crumbling in places, but still in possession of their own ramshackle charm. The song features various fans reciting the beautiful, evocative names which just roll off the tongue, among them: Borough Briggs, Brig o’Lea, Cappielow, Duncansfield, Tannadice.
Generations of supporters have shared countless moments of drama, heroism and joy at their football grounds, along with moments of boredom, frustration and pain; it is all part of the football experience. But in the current climate, the inconsistencies of government policy -wherein one kind of gathering is allowed, but another one isn’t- evoke a different kind of frustration. As our historic community hubs lie empty, the video focuses on the theme of denial of access. The featured fans all make the same frustrating journey and make the same symbolic statement: These grounds belong to us; our rituals will continue, because they must. It » Continue Reading.
This thread started out as review of the Sandy Denny biography ‘Ive Always Kept A Unicorn’ – which is great by the way and well worth checking out if you have any interest of either the subject matter or just as a great insight into the British music scene of the late 60s and early 70s.
However what came out strongly (for me) in Mick Houghton’s book is a bit of a re-alignment of both Trevor Lucas and the ill-fated Fotheringay. Lucas has often been portrayed negatively – overly controlling Sandy’s artistic direction and being in part responsible for her eventual breakdown and tragic death. Actually Joe Boyd comes across as being the more manipulative and has over the years continued to heavily criticize both Lucas and Fotheringay suggesting it was nothing more than a poor man’s Fairport. Because of that (and Boyd has always been a bit of a god of good taste for me over the years) Ive never bothered with the album – or indeed the 2nd one which came out about 40 years later. Anyway this drove me to go back and listen again to their music whilst reading the book and I’m amazed how good » Continue Reading.