LP sleeve art lovers: worth half an hour of your listening time.
These days almost nothing goes unrecorded, unfilmed, and preserved for prosperity.
Unless there’s a boot I’m unaware of, Joy Division doing Louie Louie will always be the stuff of legend, and something I’ll always wish I could listen to.
Any other examples?
There was a time when the pop charts had a smattering of songs that were there for comedy reasons. Jilted John, Joe Dolce, John Otway, Barron Knights, Fred Wanklock to name but a few. TOTP would have the comedy performer squeezed between two serious musical acts. They would provide light relief from the weighty subject matter tackled by the more radical political bands that followed punk – your Shakataks, your Liquid Golds and Your Dooleyses.
The genre was big enough to have also-rans who released non-charting comedy songs regularly and probably did OK on the live circuit. Ivor Big Penis (IIRC) was one such act.
Did we actually buy these records? No – we didn’t. It was the civilians. A chance hearing of a funny line or two in “Shuddup ya face” propels them straight to Woolies with their 99p. “I bought that!” they would say down the pub and learn all of the words for the pleasure of the bar staff and the underage drinkers trying to keep a low profile by targeting shit pubs, desperate for custom.
My days of listening to the top 40 rundown are over – I wouldn’t even be surprised if Mark Goodier » Continue Reading.
It goes from bad to worse. A bit of a shame really. The only winners are going to be the lawyers.
A Joy Division fan has paid 190k to buy Ian Curtis’ Macclesfield home, going as far as to pay compensation and legal fees to prevent someone else from buying it as a home. He plans to turn it into a tourist attraction. I’m not sure what I think about this – feels a bit ghoulish. I can understand people wanting to go Lennon’s old house where he and Paul would have hung out in the porch, strummed their guitars and dreamed of becoming the poppermost. This house has a much darker history. As much as I love Ian’s music I’m not sure I need to go and sit in “that” kitchen or see ‘The Idiot’ still spinning on the turntable – that feels like something very private and personal and the people who would have been most closely affected are still very much alive – I’d feel like I was intruding on Ian’s privacy and theirs somehow.
I saw the wonderful Calexico last night and they covered Alone Again Or & Love Will Tear Us Apart. I don’t have time to do a Nights Out but in addition to a great set of their own songs, these two really stood out. https://youtu.be/SEhFUm5qy1w