Wednesday, 3 June 2020

Pain




I was really please when I heard that Mukatsuku were re-releasing Pain by Little Flint as the original release from 1970, the only release on the Beast label by this studio band from Cincinnati Ohio was always out of my price range at around £400 for a vg+ copy if you could find one. On the b-side is an alternate take sung by Wayne Perry under the guise of The Boys In The Band which has never been released before. A furious piece of soul rock, with some great brass and an organ solo although it lacks the nuance in the vocal of the of the Little Flint version it is still a welcome addition to any soul collection.

The Boys In The Band - Pain  

Monday, 1 June 2020

Monday's Long Song




Day one in part two of Dominic Cummings experiment with "herd immunity" in England. Are you ready for your child to be a lab rat? I am livid and I am not even affected by the changes so can only imagine how a lot of people down south are feeling right now when you are being asked to "just get on with it" for the sake of commerce when the infection rate is still higher than when we went into lockdown.

I realise that things have to get going  but I fail to see the point of opening Nandos if it results in a spike of cases and people being too ill to eat the damned stuff. But you will still be able to "spaff" whatever money you do have left at the online bookies and make more money for gambling companies and Baroness  Dido Harding, board member of the Jockey Club and Cheltenham Racecourse, who was in charge of Talk Talk when a data breech occurred resulting in the accessing of 4 million customers personal and banking details by criminals, who is now in charge of the government's  (World Beating*)Track, Test and Trace operation and did I mention the fact that her husband is a Tory MP and her father is the 2nd Baron of Petherton, certainly not a member of any elite then. Oh, and when we are on the Track and Trace thing, the contract was given without tender to SERCO, who were previously fined £19.2 million for fraudulent accounting in relation to the electronic tagging service for the Ministry of Justice and who only a fortnight ago accidentally shared the email addresses of 300 of the people they have employed to perform COVID-19 contract tracing. The CEO just by coincidence happens to be Rupert Soames, brother to ex Conservative MP Nicholas Soames and grandson to Bawjaws hero, Churchill, so again certainly not part of the establishment or elite by any stretch of the imagination. I could go into the dodgy organisations behind the track and trace app but I fear if I typed any more of this there would be a high probability of the laptop being launched out of the very small window in front of me. If you are interested you could look here for a start.

*"World Beating" in the same sense as the UK has the highest number of deaths from Covid-19 by % of the population in the entire world. Tremendous, makes you so proud doesn't it, British Exceptionalism at it's worst.

Anyway, none of that was intended for today's post.

I was out on the bike the other night doing my bit of exercise and this track came on the iPod,  I stopped peddling,  got off the bike,  sat in the fading sun and just listened. One of my favourite things about going to see Greg Dulli in his many incarnations is trying to name the song that the familiar lyrics are from that he randomly drops into some of his own compositions, a bit of the Beatles here, a smattering of Fleetwood Mac there and some Prince or a frustratingly familiar couple of lines from a soul classic elsewhere.  It keeps you on your toes, helps you stay alert, if you will. So listening to this song brought back happy memories of hearing it in this form in Glasgow in July 2014 and it taking me a good 90 seconds to get the song. But then I started to get quite sad as the gig was at the ABC,  the venue next to the Glasgow School of Art which was also extensively damaged in the last fire and is now going to be pulled down as it is not worth saving and just to compile my anguish I was reminded that I was supposed to be seeing Greg Dulli promoting his latest album, Random Desire in March, the first of three gigs that I had lined up that have now been cancelled!


The Afghan Whigs - Faded.

Friday, 29 May 2020

It's Friday . . . Let's Dance





I will never fathom why, Summer Dreams the best track from Skream's debut album was left off of the vinyl version and I must admit I was vexed at the time and still slightly peeved that I have to dig into the cupboard to play it. Small inconvenience for a track this good I know but still these are the petty things I used to fixate upon before the days of a global pandemic and living in a country run by an elite that seem to be intent in killing off all of those that can't contribute to adding to their wealth and if a few of those are killed off too so be it as there are plenty more willing to doff the cap and do as they say, as long as fast food restaurants are open and the Premier League continues to make money for Russian Oligarchs, American Billionaires and Middle Eastern Royalty.

Have a good weekend and stay safe people

Thursday, 28 May 2020

The Society



The Society were a bunch of mid to late teenagers who played covers at dances around Lakewood Ohio in 1966 and 1967. Two members of the group wrote a couple of songs which they intended to record in the hopes of landing a record deal and so in June 1967 the group went to Cleveland Recordings and cut the two tracks. The A-side You Girl was a "fuzzed out blaster" and the much more brooding and moody Lonely on the flip. For some inexplicable reason there were no takers for these two excellent garage tracks which subsequently languished in the vaults until they were unearthed and released as a 7" single on B-W records last September.

The Society - Lonely 

Wednesday, 27 May 2020

A Day To Be Remembered




A Lovely Day Tomorrow is a collaboration between BSP and the Czech band The Ecstasy of Saint Theresa. The track is one of three tracks on a cd released only in the Czech Republic to celebrate that country's entry into the EU. It was made available in limited quantities in the UK during BSP's 2004 tour and also via the band's website.

The song deals with the story of the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich (Reichsprotektor of Bohemia and Moravia and one of the architects of the "final solution") at the hands of 2 Czech agents on this day in 1942.  The names Joszef Gabcik  and  Jan Kublis should be celebrated by all democrats the world over today.

The cd was limited to 1942 copies for obvious reasons.

British Sea Power Allied With The Ecstacy of Saint Theresa - A Lovely Day Tomorrow

Monday, 25 May 2020

That Hits The Spot



The good people of my favourite record shop Monorail music tweeted this beautiful cover version earlier and it was just what I needed. KC can certainly cover a classic

Monday's Long(ish) Song



I didn't have the inclination yesterday to think about anything for the blog after watching that pathetic excuse of a man that now has the job he has dreamed about his entire life but has found out that he is extremely shit at it,  lie to the nation on TV and spent the rest of the day seething and spotting the ISS and the support vehicles. I missed the shooting star but did catch one last week. The night sky when able to be seen is a joy at the moment what with the ISS passes, Mercury and Venus being visible and the sliver of a crescent moon last night was lovely but I digress.

My rage had abated a bit earlier until I found out that Bawjaws unelected SPAD  who is actually running the UK has decided to address the nation later on today. So it looks like we have now become a lot less than a democracy and are really no better than Russia, Brazil and Venezuela which is ironic as we were told that that is what we would have become with Corbyn in charge. Lucky escape that was, eh?

This clip of Jah Wobble's Invaders of the Heart live on KEXP temporarily brought the blood pressure back down.




Monday, 18 May 2020

Monday's Long Song



Come Down To Us was the third track on the Rival Dealer ep released in December 2013 and was the only release by Burial that year but what a release. The three tracks clock in at 28 minutes in total and all three have an anti-bullying theme running through them. All three tracks are great and ideally should be listened to as a whole but also stand up as single tracks. There really is no one like Will Bevan when it comes to making these atmospheric, dreamlike broken beats tunes that really hold your attention and draw you right into the story.

Burial - Come Down To Us 

Friday, 15 May 2020

It's Friday . . . Let's Dance



I don't have a lot to say as not a lot is happening and it's best not to start on the farce that Scottish Football has turned into when there are no old firm games for the nutters in charge to focus on.

Here's a fine slab of deep Scottish techno to get your lugholes round.

Stay safe and have a good weekend people

Slam - Chasing Shadows

Thursday, 14 May 2020

I Never Gave Up



Inspired by a post a couple of weeks ago, I spent the Sunday after listening to the Chumbawamba records that I own and even dug out the early live bootlegs and demos that I found in the cupboard in the middle of the stairs. The records and cds have stood the test of time pretty well and sadly many of the topics that the Chumbas railed against back in the 80 and 90s are still extremely relevant today. The tapes unfortunately I found mostly unlistenable due to their extremely no-fi nature, which is strange as I have memories of playing these often, either my old Panasonic Ghetto Blaster was of superior quality to my current system or my ears weren't so concerned about fidelity back then.

One album that surprised me was Slap! which I thought of all of material that I have would have dated as it was the band's early foray in the use of samples and beats. The album was also a bit of a change in attitude for the anarchos from Leeds in that it was more celebratory than accusatory in tone, especially in the track Rappoport's Testament: I Never Gave Up. I'm not sure that many bands would even attempt to put an account of someone's experiences in Auschwitz but that's exactly what Chumbawamba have done here, Valerio Rappoport was an inmate of the death camp and his testament was captured for posterity in Primo Levi's book Moments of Reprieve, where he states that if Levi survives Valerio then he must tell the world ". . . I did not weep or ask for pity. If I meet Hitler in the next place I will spit in his face and I'll have every right to, because he didn't get the better of me"

Chumbawamba - Rappoport's Testament: I Never Gave Up.

Tuesday, 12 May 2020

None Of This Was Written In Stone



I was listening to The Book of Traps and Lessons earlier on and although I knew it was coming and was waiting for rush of emotions that the piano and words trigger in me every time, however tonight it nearly finished me.

Surely in the words of another poet from the not to distance past, a change is gonna come. We can but hope.

Monday, 11 May 2020

Betty Wright R.I.P.




21/12/1953 - 10/05/2020

Fuck, another one gone and far too soon.

Betty Wright - Man Of Mine 

Monday's Long Song



London Overgrown is an ambient concept album released in 2015 with the premise that some cataclysmic event has taken place and London is devoid of human life and nature has taken over. I know, the subject matter is a bit off under the circumstances, however the music I find is extremely soothing and not at all angst inducing, especially the opening track, Oceanic II. The album was the third in the series Cathedral Oceans and for me is the best of them, that's not to say that the others aren't worth giving some attention either.

John Foxx -  Oceanic II

Sunday, 10 May 2020

Little Richard



05/12/1932 - 09/05/20

2020 is beginning to feel like 2016 on steroids with the amount of deaths in the music business.

I first really became aware of Little Richard when I was twelve or thirteen. At the time I had become quite obsessed with Jimi Hendrix and had taped a documentary that had been aired on BBC2 which I kept returning to. There were a few scenes that stay with me from that documentary, the black and white footage of Hendrix doing a live version of Johnny B Goode, the Monterey Pop footage and the shall we say flamboyant appearance of Richard Wayne Penniman pronouncing "he was a star, when I got him he was a star" at the time I found it hard to get my head around Hendrix playing guitar a for one of the inventors of rock and roll, the music just seemed so different.

Over the years I have learned to appreciate the justfied self proclaimed "Innovator, Originator, Architect of Rock n Roll" (for some reason a lot of folk seemed to be reluctant to acknowledge his contribution) from A Girl Can't Help It, one of the most essential rock n roll songs, especially the slowed down studio re-recording which adds to the sexuality of the track through to the more R&B, Soul recordings for Okeh from the mid 60s but that's about where I stop. His influence can be seen all through music from James Brown and the JBs through the Heavy Metal of the late 70s and early 80s . Bon Scott and the Young Brothers being big fans and I am sure that Freddie Mercury watched quite a few Little Richard performances and made notes and do we even have to mention the sadly departed Prince Rogers Nelson.

Rock and roll and music in general would have been a lot duller without the extrovert from Macon Georgia

Rest easy Richard



Little Richard - Get Down With It  

Wednesday, 6 May 2020

Two TV Sets and Two Cadillac Cars



After yesterday's post it was inevitable that today I would go back to the source. Rock and Roll was first released on the final Velvet Underground album, Loaded, however it had been played live frequently and  originally put to tape the previous year. Here is the Matrix Tapes version.

The Velvet Underground - Rock and Roll (Live)