Tuesday, 21 November 2017
I don't know very much about this record apart from it came out in 1967 on Royal Family Records the Bourbons were part of the Texas Garage/Psych scene which could explain why this record kind of reminds me of the 13th Floor Elvevators. I find it quite sad that a band that sounded this good only produced the one single. Still one very good single is better than none at all or ten pish ones. I suppose.
The Bourbons - A Dark Corner
Monday, 20 November 2017
This single by the Temptations wasn't Motown's first foray into the counter culture of the USA in the late 60s although this Whitfield and Strong penned tune it is for me one of the best and funkiest. My copy is not the best and I apologise for the noise but I put this on yesterday and knew that this was the tune to start the week with. Released on the Gordy label in 1969 and reached number 2 in the Billboard chart. On the single you can clearly hear that the track fades out rather than stops. In 2003 the full version was unearthed and released on the Psychedelic Soul compilation which shows the Funk Brothers at the top of their game. Magic stuff.
The Temptations - Psychedelic Shack
Friday, 17 November 2017
Some discoey House with a very 80s feeling baseline from a few years ago. Just the kind of thing to set you up for the weekend.
Airdrie take on Cove Rangers, who have scored 70 goals in only 16 games in the the Highland League , in the third round of the Scottish Cup at the Excelsior tomorrow and fuck knows what will happen! Leo and I will be in attendance and let's hope that there are hotdogs, as when Leo gets one we seem to win. It's as good a predictor as anything else at the moment.
Have a good weekend people.
Deadboy - Des Niles
Wednesday, 15 November 2017
JC's series "10 Days Of Twee" got me remembering when I kind of immersed myself in all things Twee around 2007/2008. At the time I was looking for something a bit different and for a wee while all of the Scandi Indie stuff had been interesting me but around this time I decided to cast my net a bit wider and found two really interesting labels that were doing their own thing, WeePop! and Cloudberry, the former from London, England and Cloudberry from Astoria, Queens, New York City. What both of these labels had in common was the DIY ethos and the beautifully crafted Indie pop and lovingly put together releases. You even got free sweets from WeePop!, if the music wasn't sugary enough for you. These labels are where I first came across the Just Joans, The Manhattan Suicides , The Darlings and loads more.
Cloudberyy also introduced me to the talents of the Pains of Being Pure At Heart ( has there ever been a more twee name for a band). There first EP, This Love Is Fucking Right!" was released on the label and like all the other it was on a 3" CDR in a limited run of 100, mine's is number 61. I think that the title of the main track may be a nod to the Field Mice and that is not where the comparisons with Sarah Records end with this band from New York, as I would suggest that the band have more than one record on the much missed Bristol based label in their collections and possibly also a few Slumberland records in there too.
The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart - This Love Is Fucking Right!
The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart - Orchard Of My Eye
The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart - Doing All The Things That Wouldn't Make Your Parents Proud
Tuesday, 14 November 2017
Some major label 60s Garage sounds from a group that were actually quite well known. You have probably heard of the Young Rascals, or the Rascals as they went on to be know when they grew up from their number one single in the States in 1966, Good Lovin' or if you are a follower of Dr John Cooper Clarke's filling in for Jarvis on the Sunday Service on 6Music you will know that he has appropriated their 1967 laid back Groovin', another number one for the group from Garfield New Jersey in 1967, as his theme tune.
The tune we are concerned with was the follow-up to their first number 1, a very different tune indeed, You Better Run, a song with a brattish, near punk attitude which must have had those used to Good Lovin' scratching their heads. Needless to say after the achievemts of the previous single the label and band were disappointed with the position of 20 on the Billboard chart. They were to get back to chart topping ways of course with more chart friendly material and again unlike most other Garage bands they kept going for quite a few years eventually coming to an end in 1972.
The Young Rascals - You Better Run
Monday, 13 November 2017
Here is a very classy example of Moderns Soul, well I say modern it's 46 years old but let's not get into semantics.
Ann's second name may be bogus but there is absolutely nothing snidey about this tune. As far as I can find out this is the only record that Miss/Mrs Bogus ever recorded at least under her own name. It was released on Statue Records out of Tupelo, Mississippi and the last copy for sale on discogs fetched $1319 putting it well out of my price range.
Link now up, sorry.
Ann Bogus - Don't Ask Me To Love Again
Friday, 10 November 2017
Thursday, 9 November 2017
I received an email today informing me that Tim Badger, SWC and KC (now KT) are back with a new blog after their various pursuits in Austalia, or saving the world or getting married, you can work out who did what I expect, Anyway the new blog can be found here.
I have been looking for an excuse to post this version of one of my favourite cover versions. This version of The Edwin Hawkins singers song was performed on the Jools Holland show way back around the time of the release of Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space.
Spiritualized - Oh Happy Day (Later . . . With Jools Holland)
I have been looking for an excuse to post this version of one of my favourite cover versions. This version of The Edwin Hawkins singers song was performed on the Jools Holland show way back around the time of the release of Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space.
Spiritualized - Oh Happy Day (Later . . . With Jools Holland)
Wednesday, 25 October 2017
It has been quiet round here recently. I have neither the time nor the inclination to think of the blog at the moment but thought that Keeping It Peel day should not go unmarked so here is one of the highlights from the Afghan Whigs session which was recorded on 22/02/94 and broadcast on 25/03/94. I'm not sure if I heard this at the time but I certainly wouldn't have taken any notice as at that time I had disregarded the Whigs as just another American Grunge band. A mistake not rectified until the early 2000s thanks to John Richards and KEXP.
The Afghan Whigs - My Curse
John Peel - The Fall
Friday, 20 October 2017
Last Saturday afternoon what with no home game to go to and completing the house work early, I was at loss as to what to do. I knew that Lynn was going out for a friend's birthday later on. Max was up to god knows what with his trackie wearing ned mates and Leo was busy taming T Rexs' on some weird Playstation game. So I decided to footer about with the records. I am in dire need of another box for storing 7" singles as there are wee bundles of singles lying about the place. So I thought about re-arranging some of the boxes so when I get a further one it will either house an extension of another box or if warranted a whole category in one box. After a couple of hours I was no further forward in my task but had added a couple more bundles of records around the dining room, ones for ripping for the blog and another comprising of singles that I had dug out to listen to. I decided that I need to have the box first and then it will be an easier task.
So I moved on to filing a load of the 12" singles that are piled beside one of the Expedit's housing the albums, A - O to be exact. This is an easier tasks, some will go in a pile to go upstairs into the office, the ones that I will not play again for a while, the indie type ones go in the cupboard and what's left being the ones that will stay out as I am still partial to listening to them.
So to get to the point of the post, you may be aware that a certain minor deity of a DJ/Producer/Recording Artist/taste-maker has been rather prolific of late, just how prolific was being revealed to me as flicked through this pile of records and I thought to myself that I might spend the evening revisiting some of the records that had been touched by the hand of god, or Andrew Weatherall to give him his name during the early 90s when almost everything he touched turned to gold.
This resulted in me scurrying about collecting 12" singles from everywhere they are stored in the house and creating a pile about three times the size of the original one. I started with a brace of productions for Primal Scream, Trainspotting and Screamadelica and by the time I finished on Sunday night I had played 43 mixes by the Chairman. I would have continued with this but as I've stated I was on holiday and there was therefore painting to be done.
One of the mixes that I was pleasantly surprised by was the Cabin Fever mix of Skunk Funk which I hadn't played in years but remember being not that partial to, probably why it hadn't been played in years but last Saturday and last night it sounded pretty damn good and I think has the same sort of laid back vibe that Everything Grooves Pts 1 &2 has, two remixes he did for the Stereo MC's.
Aidrrie are away to Arbroath tomorrow who are sitting two places and three points above the Diamonds in the league. After last weeks excellent draw away to second top Ayr Utd there are high hopes that the team are coming into some form and so anything is possible this weekend, a draw would be acceptable but undoubtedly all three points would be preferable. In other news the club have appointed a couple of new Directors so possibly things are getting better. And the latest signed shirt to raise funds for the Sensory Room is a pure belter.
Oh and I will be spending the day filing all of the 12!" singles that I pulled out last weekend and have decided to have a full section dedicated to Weatherall remixes.
Have a good weekend people.
Galliano - Skunk Funk (Andrew Weatherall's Cabin Fever mix).
Thursday, 19 October 2017
Is it wrong for a middle aged Scottish man to be enthralled by the music of some teenagers from Los Angeles California who make thrashy guitar music with songs about body image, feminism and dead end relationships? It may well be but I do love the noise that the Regrettes make and the fuck you attitude that they seem to have.
A few months ago I posted Seashore which I had head a couple of weeks previously and couldn't get out of my head and so I investigated further. It turns out that the group met at music school and had signed to Warner Brothers which would usually have had me running a mile while shouting manufactured nonsense, however I "parked" my preconceptions and listened to what I could find on the internet and everything I heard was great, nothing revolutionary but great put together punky songs with loads of attitude and so I bought the album which I have been listening to over the past couple of weeks when I think that I have overdosed on skally psychedelic rock. The only minus for me for this debut is the bloody awful cover.
Here is my favourite from the album at the moment which is a little different from the rest of the tracks. Not for download, sorry.
The Regrettes - Pale Skin
and here is a previous single which is also on the album
Wednesday, 18 October 2017
Since the gig at Oran Mor just under a fortnight ago I have been immersing myself in all things Michael Head. From the very early days of the Pale Fountains, through Shack and the Strands stuff up to the ep and single with The Red Elastic Band and all the time waiting not very patiently for this week's long time coming Adios Senor Pussycat to be delivered by Ted the Postie. In fact since Monday I have been listening to Shack exclusively while painting. I'm on holiday, of course I'm painting what else would I be doing.
All of this got me thinking as to why I haven't posted more stuff by Mr Head. Of course the blog is named after my favourite Pale Fountains track which has featured on here in all mixes more than once, another Pale Fountains song, Shack only once! and the Elastic Band stuff a few times. I'm not sure if it is the music snob unconsciously coming out in me in the fact that he is mine and a small band of obsessives little secret and I want to keep it that way, smug in the knowledge that Head is a special talent . But I don't think so as I would like as many people to know about how absolutely bloody brilliant a song writer and recording artist he is and then maybe this would help towards Michael Head getting the appreciation and perhaps renumeration he most certainly deserves, although I'm not sure he craves. A few times I have had Shack tunes in my head and thought,"I will post that" and then got distracted by something else and it wasn't the time.
So I think over the next few weeks I will rectify this situation by posting a good few of my favourite things. I may even have a pop at a couple of ICAs for JC, one on the Pale Fountains and the other on Shack, the later I know will be a very difficult proposition.
The only way to start is with possibly the unluckiest album of the 90s, the second Shack album, Waterpistol. This is often referred to as a "great lost album" which it probably is but I really don't like that category, as I have seen lots of albums which were neither really lost nor that great being hailed in this manner. I have also seen it being referred to as "the greatest album that you don't own", hyperbole? Probably but it is fucking tremendous, however I think I will stick with my categorisation.
The story of the album is one which if you wrote a screenplay around would probably seem a bit far fetched. Waterpistol was recorded in Star Street Studios in 1991 and produced by Chris Allison. Shortly after eventually getting Head to finish the tracks the studio went up in flames along with the master tapes of the album. But the bad luck didn't stop there, no Shack's record label then went bust. Fortunately all was not lost as Allison remembered that he had a DAT of the master tapes, but again, more lucky white heather, they had been left in a hire car when the producer had been on vacation in the United States. When he realised that he had lost the only surviving copy of the recordings, months later, Alison contacted the hire company and eventually tracked down the missing DAT. Although by this time the band had broken up, Head had fallen victim to depression, who wouldn't have, and also heroin addiction. And therefore it looked like that was it for the second Shack album.
Fast forward to 1995 when the tapes find their way to Marina Records, a German independent record label that specialised in releasing UK indie artists. they had already released albums by Paul Quinn and The Independent Pop Group and The Bathers (which JC and Brian probably own) amongst others and brought out the album initially on cd and then on vinyl in 1999.
On release the album was highly praised by critics but was missed by the record buying public who were all in thrall to the latest big thing "Brit Pop". The album was re-released in 2007 and again failed to catch the attention of a wider audience.
If you like jangly guitar music, I guarantee that you will love this album. It has been said that there is quite a bit of Stone Roses influence on the album and Michael Head himself prior to the recording sessions that he was influenced by the likes of The Charlatans and especially the Stone Roses album at the time and was heading in that type of direction.
Shack - Mr Appointment
Monday, 16 October 2017
I have a suspicion that this tune was supposed to cash in on the popularity of James Bond when it was released on Cameo Parkway Records back in 1967 what with the very John Barry sounding backing track. Why it was resigned to the b-side of a very ordinary ballad is one of those mysteries that will never be solved. Instead of being an obscure northern soul rarity, albeit number three in the original Northern Soul Top 500 it could have been a billboard top ten. Completely ludicrous marketing decisions such as this is what northern soul was built upon.
Yvonne Baker - You Didn't Say A Word
Thursday, 12 October 2017
I have been thoroughly gripped by the documentary series on BBC 4 about the American War with Vietnam. I have never before heard the views of the North Vietnamese, the Viet Cong or the ordinary citizens of the country. My opinions regarding the war were most probably formed in my mid teens when I read Dispatches, Chickenhawk , A Rumour of War and saw the films Platoon and Full Metal Jacket but I suppose I had already made up my mind prior to this, being a bit of a hippy and also by the fact that most of the music that I love from the late 60s, that isn't soul was most definitely on the anti-war side. I don't think that this series will change my mind but it has given me the impetus to revisit the subject and read some of the other books that I bought but never got round to reading.
The audio tapes of Lyndon Johnson discussion the war with advisors and Robert McNamara have been a revelation to me. This troubles me as LBJ I think was a far more intelligent person than the present incumbent in the White House, with some very able men around him, If he couldn't get the USA out of Vietnam, Trump really needs to get gone soon before things with The Democratic Peoples Republic of North Korea escalate any further or we are all doomed.
Whenever I read of Vietnam or watch something where it is mentioned, Machine Gun by Jimi Hendrix and The Band Of Gypsies is always the first song that comes into my mind. I don't think that I have ever seen it used in conjunction with any images of the war but from when I first heard it round about when I was 13/14 years old I have always associated it with Vietnam and of course that is what the song is about but it has always stuck and as soon as I think about the useless waste of life oand decimation of South East Asia that first thirty or forty seconds of Machine Gun go through my head, the wah wah guitar, the cymbals and then the rat a tat a tat of the snare drum.
The track was recorded live at the Fillmore East, New York either late New Year's Eve 1969 or very early New Year's Day 1970.
Band of Gypsies - Machine Gun
Wednesday, 11 October 2017
I stuck Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain on for the first time in ages the other day and instantly berated myself for the fact. This used to be a constant play in our house but I'm not sure that L was that impressed, she has commented on Malkmus voice being irritating more than once, so there are some similarities with the Fall. I'm not sure why or come to think of it when I stopped playing this album as much but sometimes you do need a bit of a break from something to realise just how bloody marvelous it was in the first place. I think that Fillmore Jive would be in my top 5 Pavement songs. The thing I love about it is that it seems that it is all going to fall apart a few times but just when you think disaster is going to strike the band pull it back from the brink. It is also when I come to think of it quite a bit longer than most Pavement songs clocking in at 6.39.
Pavement - Fillmore Jive
Tuesday, 10 October 2017
The Girl With The Long Black Hair by the Chicago Band The Other Half, who shouldn't be confused with any of the other three groups with the same name recording at this time, the most famous of whom would be the San Francisco band who originally recorded Mr Pharmacist. The Girl With The Long Black Hair was recorded as a demo in the Windy City in 1967 and was never officially released as a single although 300 copies were pressed on the Orlyn label and sent to local radio stations and given to friends and family. I can find no further info on the band they seem to have just disappeared after this.
This is a bit less frantic than the usual fare posted in this spot but no less entertaining.
The Other Half - The Girl With The Long Black Hair
Monday, 9 October 2017
That's what half the nation were wishing Gordon Strachan had done earlier last night. Alas yet again Scotland failed to secure a place in another World Cup. I vaguely remember the 1974 World Cup but I do remember Ally's Army in 1978 vividly when a collective stupor came over the whole nation and we genuinely thought that we could go to Argentina and win. I was nine and it was great until we did a "Scotland" and went home at the group stages. Fun while it lasted. Max will be fourteen next month and has never seen his nation qualify for anything, France 1998 being our last foray. I fear that he may reach his twenties and still not see it happen.
Still, it was good of Strachan and the boys to deliberately not go through as a protest to Russia's Human Rights record.
I know nothing about Johnny Rodgers, other than he released this rather beautiful piece of soul on the Detroit label Amon in 1965. This was a huge play at Top of The World All niters in Stafford when Pat Brady spun the tune but covered it up as Make A Change by The Chandlers, devious folk those northern djs!
Johnny Rodgers with the Nu Tones - Make A Change
Saturday, 7 October 2017
Wednesday, 4 October 2017
I'm in Luton today and tomorrow, deep deep joy. But I am getting away early tomorrow to catch the earlier flight as I'm off to see Michael Head and The Red Elastic Band at Oran Mor. To say that I have been looking forward to this gig would be a bit of an understatement as the last time he played Glasgow I was also away with work but unable to get out of. I expect the set list will consist of a lot of Adios Senor Pussycat the much anticipated album due out on the 20th of this month but I'm sure that there will be a smattering of older tracks from his days with The Strands and also Shack but not sure if any Pale Fountains songs will be aired though.
Shack - Natalie's Party (Youth Radio mix)
Tuesday, 3 October 2017
Monday, 2 October 2017
No soul today.
I am raging about what is going on in Catalunya and our inept Foreign Secretary's response. This should not be going on in Europe, or anywhere fucking else for that matter.
Manic Street Preachers - If You Tolerate This Your Children Will be Next
Friday, 29 September 2017
Some jazzy drum and bass for you this week courtesy of Goldie by way of a wicked Grooverider remix. Warning this track does contain a certain amount of noodling, and a trumpet or two. It takes nearly 7 minutes for the breakbeat to drop but when it does it is just perfect. All in all a very classy track although over ten minutes doesn't outstay it's welcome. Still don't know how you would dance to it though.
In Airdrieonians news, I have to say that it's not looking good. A two nil defeat last week to Raith Rovers sees the team sitting third from bottom, it is early in the season but it will be necessary to keep with the pack in order to ensure that they are still playing in League 1 next season. As the season goes on Airdrie may find it difficult as their isn't the strength and depth in the squad that they have had in previous seasons. Therefore even at this stage a home win against Queen's Park, who are struggling also and sitting one place below the Diamonds in the league, is essential. We can but hope. Some good news is that they now have a full time coach, in the shape of Stevie Findlay who previously coached the under 20s squad so knows a lot of the players already.
Goldie - Believe (Grooverider mix)
Thursday, 28 September 2017
When we were leaving the ABC on Saturday night with our ears ringing a condition that would not subside until well into the following day, I turned to Stiff and said "I wish Spiritualized would tour again" and funnily enough Stiff had been thinking the same thing. You see the Jesus and Mary Chain gig nearly reached the decibel level of the last time we saw Jason Pierce and Co, in the same venue way back in March 2012.
So I thought today that I would post a remix of the first Spiritualized single, the Chip Taylor written classic recorded previously by The Troggs and Evie Sands. On this single J Spaceman and the band he put together after the demise of Spacemen 3 find themselves in a meditative laid back mood. The remix is not radically different from the single release other than Ian Caple has added beats and some spiritual samples. This is about as close as the Spaceman came to jumping on the "indie dance" bandwagon which was son prominent at the time, although I never read in any interviews Pierce stating that there had always been a dance element to his music.
Spiritualized - Anyway That You Want Me 3
Wednesday, 27 September 2017
I appear to be having a problem with Wednesday's when it comes to this blog. I seen to have run out of steam by the middle of the week these days.
So when all else fails post a track by the Cramps. Get Off the Road is the final track from A Date With Elvis and b-side on the 12" version of What's Inside A Girl. and finds Ivy taking over vocal duties on what I always thought would make a great theme to a trash fifties film about a female biker gang and after a little bit of googling it turns out that it was on the soundtrack to a film not a fifties movie but one from 1969 entitled "She- Devils On Wheels" directed by Herschell Gordon Lewis, an American "Splatter" filmmaker. I am not familiar with Herschell's oeuvre but from what I've just read it sounds as though this sort of thing would be regular viewing for Lux and Ivy.
The Cramps - Get Off The Road
Tuesday, 26 September 2017
Something Wild started out as an R&B band heavily influenced by the Rolling Stones but as you can see from the title of today's track by mid 1966 the band's influences were coming from a different source, the Height-Ashbury area of San Francisco to be precise where they would hang out as often as they could even although they were from Santa Maria some 250 miles away. Therefore they were getting more into the emerging psychedelic music scene and even called their label that Trippin' Out was released on Psychedelic Records just if anybody was still in doubt. The title of both the label and the record made radio play increasingly difficult as when any station did dare to play the record they were then inundated with complaints from parents saying that they were encouraging drug use, which lead to the record getting little to no traction. Which is a pity as it is pretty good especially the last 30 or o seconds of feedback wigout.
Something Wild - Trippin' Out
Monday, 25 September 2017
Returning home after an amazing night on Saturday at the ABC in Glasgow more of which later in the week I decided to take to Twitter to inform anybody who would take any notice of what a brilliant evening I had had only to be confronted with the sad news of the passing of Charles Bradley which brought me down quite a bit. I'm pretty sure that it was due to Craig Charles that I first heard Bradley and I'm sure my first thought was that this guy was trying to sound like James Brown it wasn't until listening to more of the singer's output that I realised that that was only a part of his sound, there was also a bit of Otis in the voice but one thing that wasn't in any doubt was that the man could sing. He is probably best know outside of soul circles for his cover of Black Sabbath's Changes, which would also turn out to be the name of the Screaming Eagle of Soul's, third and final album.
Bradley worked as a cook for years but supplemented his income singing in clubs until the mid 90s when he returned to Brooklyn to be reunited with his mother and gig as a James Brown impersonator. He met Bosco Mann a co-founder of Daptone records who introduced him to Tom Brenneck who would go on to produce Bradley and with his band the Menahan BAnd would back the singer on his productions.
Here is another of Bradley's cover versions, although when I bought it I wasn't aware that it was originally by Nirvana and is apparently from the Nevermind album.
Charles Bradley - Stay Away
Friday, 22 September 2017
I was all set to post some quality drum and bass courtesy of Goldie and Grooverider today until I got kind of waylaid last night.
I don't have the stomach or the mental tolerance these days for Question Time so am always looking for alternatives on a Thursday night and so last night rather than spending more time on Twitter or trying to finish my latest Brookmyre I put on Film 4 as Quadrophenia was on and that seemed like a better alternative than that smug Dimbelby and the rest . Just to set the record straight I was never a mod and Quadrophenia was not the reason I first bought a scooter, that was due to Absolute Beginners, no mirrors, carriers or whip aerials on that scooter, just a beautiful GS as the Italian makers intended it to look. So after about 10 minutes in I had the urge to listen to and Weekender which recounts the story of my late teenage years/early 20s better than the film from 1979, albeit without scooters. I still wanted to watch the film but the soundtrack was just not doing it for me and of course the Phil Daniels sample at the beginning and end of Weekender means that it is forever entwined with Quadrophenia in my mind. If you substitute a field somewhere in Scotland for Brighton, get rid of the Parkas and suits in favour of dungarees, flares and oversized T-shirts, a complete lack of animosity between warring tribes, soundtracked by repetitive beats then you have the picture.
You may be wondering why I am up so late on a school night, well the short answer is it isn't as it's the September weekend up here, four days that in bygone decades would have meant a severe bout of hedonism but now entails painting the bathroom and taking the kids to the loch if the weather is half way decent. But I can still just about remember when this weekend used to be about so much more, although we never did the Glasgow thing and decant to Blackpool for the duration.
I have decided not to post Weekender as it has appeared on two previous occasions but will post another record that makes reference to Quadrophenia, it has also featured before on the blog but only the once.
Tomorrow Airdrie's still manager-less boys are away to JC's beloved Raith Rovers and if they come back from Fife with anything less than a mauling it will be a bloody miracle. I will not be in attendance as a) I don't tend to go to away matches and b) it would be a bit tight to get back and then head into Glasgow in time for the Mary Chain, so I will be listening to Open All Mikes with trepidation.
Have a good weekend people.
Secret Knowledge - Sugar Daddy (Out Of Our Brains On The 5:15)
Thursday, 21 September 2017
I am going to see the Jesus and Mary Chain again on Saturday night and I am really looking forward to it which is quite ironic as I was contemptuous of the idea of going to see them when they got back together for the Psychocandy anniversary shows spouting forth that the only reason to re-form was if you had something new to offer like an album. I'm not saying that I have any sway here but low and behold last year they released a new album. Coincidence? Well I will let you decide. Even then I wasn't overly keen and in fact swithered for quite a while as to even ordering the album but I did eventually. But it took the generosity of someone else to push me into going to see them.
As many will attest to the Vinyl Villain is one of the nicest, most genuine men you will ever meet, I'm not saying he is perfect, he does have that Smiths fanboy fixation that quite a few men of his age are similarly afflicted by but apart from that he's a good sort. Anyway, he offered me his ticket back in March for the Friday night at the Barras for the 6Music festival headlined by the Mary Chain which I readily accepted. I was still rather nervous wondering if they would be a sad pastiche of themselves or would it be possible to get near the levels of greatness that they reached back in the mid to late 80s. I needn't have worried they were excellent with the new material sounding as good as the stuff from when they were at their peak . Jim Reid even looked as if he was enjoying himself, still won't win any awards for audience engagement but at least he tried.
So on Saturday night I will find out if they really are any good or whether it was just a mixture of the
venue, atmosphere and rose tinted specs back in March.
Here are a couple of tracks from that show.
Jesus and Mary Chain - Always Sad (Live 6Music Festival 24-03-17)
Jesus and Mary Chain - Reverence (Live 6Music Festival 24-03-17)
Tuesday, 19 September 2017
(Those) Rogues are the second Canadian band that I have featured in this Tuesday spot that was never intended to run as long as it has. I have surprised myself with the number of mid sixties garage rock records that I actually own, granted most of them are like a fair bit of my northern collection, pressings or re-releases. I realised years ago that I didn't have the wherewithal to be part of the OVO brigade so never developed the contempt for non kosher vinyl.
Back to (Those) Rogues, no I have no idea why the brackets, were from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario and were active from 1964 to 1967. They only released the one single recorded in Toronto in ealry 1967 but had already committed to tape enough original tracks to make an album which sadly never saw the light of day. For me the better side of the single is the b-side, Girl.
(Those) Rogues - Girl
Monday, 18 September 2017
This was first posted four years ago but I played the single yesterday for the first time in ages and thought that it warranted another airing on the blog.
I had a bit of a crush on Stansfield back in the day when others were lusting over the likes of Harriet.
A couple of weeks ago I mentioned Lisa Stansfield in a modern soul post. Stansfield herself is responsible for a track that was huge on the scene, so much so that the track was bootlegged and released out on 7" vinyl. 8-3-1 was released as a cd single in 2001 and was one of the standout tracks from that year's Face Up album.
I once nearly met Lisa Stansfield, when she was at the height of her fame. I was returning from an exhausting week in Holland with sixty odd Primary school children. We had stopped at a service station when one of the girls spotted Stansfield returning to her coach which led to maybe a dozen girls rushing over. Stansfield was having none of it and quickly got into the coach. The kids were told to go away in very unambiguous terms by the Rochdale singer's "security" and they returned to hassling the staff at the service station instead. One girl turned to me and said " does she no know who we ir? an she isnae Madonna onyways".
Lisa Stansfield - 8-3-1
Saturday, 16 September 2017
Friday, 15 September 2017
I''m getting a bit peeved off with this exclusivity pish that's going on with vinyl releases at the moment, records being pressed in ever more limited runs. The Fort Beulah release was bad enough only 150 copies available exclusively through Love Vinyl in that there London place. But Kieran Hebden, aka Four Tet aka KH has gone one better and released a single sided 12" single with only 100 copies available from Phonica Records in store only , in you've guessed it the only place where music matters, our capital city and cultural hub where the only good music comes from, well Lauren Lavern, Idris Elba and the judges of the Mercury Music prize seem to believe that, but I digress. The xx used to be guilty of this with runs of 300 copies of this only available from Japan and 500 of that only released in Germany but I see that they have at least given fans a sporting chance with their latest 12" remix, 1000 copies available for pre-order from their website.
I know, I know , rarity value where music is concerned is not a new thing and one of my greatest loves, northern soul has probably got a lot to do with this commoditization of music, with the exorbitant prices some of the records on the scene fetch but there is a genuine reason for these records being scarce, most of them were local, small releases or bombed and as a result the vinyl was melted down or lost in storage somewhere. This recent marketing shit is different, it's bollocks and reeks of the worst excesses of capitalism where records are a thing to possess and lust over rather than listen to. Call me old fashioned but when I get a record I want to put it on the turntable and hear it not just look at. I love ripping the shrinkwrap off an album and getting that first whiff of vinyl as you prise it out of the inner sleeve and hear the slight crackle of the static that has built up. In days gone by it was even better as you had the anticipation as to what the album as a whole sounded like as there was no streaming prior to release and you would only have heard the lead single which had prompted you to purchase the record in the first place but I digress once more.
While we're on the subject single sided 12" singles at at least a tenner a pop are not value for money, even if the track is 10 minutes long. Sort it fucking out!
So after all that today's track is in the form of a Youtube clip, I would love to offer up a 320mbs/s rip of the track but as I am not unfortunate enough to live in the vicinity of Phonica Records and don't have a spare one hundred and fifty quid to buy one of the two copies on Discogs that will have to do.
The still manager-less Airdrie tomorrow are at home to East Fife and we will be looking for a better result that the 3-1 defeat away at Stanraer last week. I saw we, Stiff is otherwise engaged and Leo is away with L to watch his grandfather Hill Climb at Doune, so I will be on my own but hopefully Willie and father John will be in attendance.
Have a good weekend people.
Thursday, 14 September 2017
My list of records to buy doesn't seem to be getting shorter. It seems that on a daily basis I have to add something, yesterday it was the new Four Tet one which will be released at the beginning of October. I haven't been able to buy a pair of trainers for some months and had to forget the limited edition beer proof Adidas Prost which looked the business. It has also meant that the priorities keep changing as one more limited edition takes precedence over another, in turn bumping other things further back in the queue. One such thing is the second (see that, not sophmore as I am not American) album from Canadian band Alvvays which is quite annoying as from what I've heard it is even better than their debut. although I haven't heard anything that quite matches today's track.
You will probably find me bangoing on about Antisocialists ( a brilliant title) in about 18 months time the way things are going just now.
Alvvays - Archie, Marry Me
Tuesday, 12 September 2017
I am beginning to really look forward to the prospect of the Michael Head gig at Oran Mor at the beginning of next month and if the two tracks from the new album that have been released so far are indicative of the rest of the album, well we will forgive Mick for the wait. This popped up on Twitter the other day and is absolutely lovely.
Monday, 11 September 2017
Is the Jimmy Mack who cut this single for Detroit's Palmer label in 1967 the same Jimmy Mack that Martha Reeves sung about and had bolted on her? I don't know, it's possible, could be, as the identity of the singer on this record has never confirmed at one time it was thought that he was Jimmy McEachin, however that was ruled out as he worked on the West Coast in L.A. He was then thought to be a writer and singer out of Chicago. Whoever he is he should be saluted for recording such an excellent dancer and I hope that he is/was aware of how much esteem My World Is On Fire is held in on this side of the pond, making the lower reaches of the Northern Soul Top , number 459. No mean feat.
Jimmy Mack - My World Is On Fire
Friday, 8 September 2017
The first weekend in September where the hell has the year gone. As you can probably guess from the last sentence I've not got much to say, so best just to tell you that today's track from Levon Vincent is a rather fine piece of modern squelchy acid that was released last year on his own Novel Sound imprint (Novel being Levon backwards). On the flip side there is a less than essential remix of Tubular Bells.
Four games in and Airdrionians have made a better start to the season than most of us expected. At present they are sitting joint third. Tomorrow the Diamonds make the long trip to Stranraer in previous encounters the honours have been even with 9 wins a piece and two draws so anything can happen. Let's hope that the youngsters who seem to be gelling well as a team can come up the road with a victory.
Have a good weekend people.
Levon Vincent - Birds
Thursday, 7 September 2017
As you may have picked up I am quite partial to a bit of the drone and the longer and weirder the better so here is the final track from the album. I will warn you, it does go on for quite a while but that is part of it's appeal.
The Warlocks - Oh Shadie
Wednesday, 6 September 2017
With all the doom and gloom filling the airways and the newspapers it's kind of hard to be upbeat about anything. It's at times like this that I like to find solace in some Scandinavian indiepop and where better than with the Labrador label. Days is the second track from, European, Sambassadeur's third album for the label released in 2010. However thinking about that title makes me somewhat depressed.
Sambassadeur - Days
Tuesday, 5 September 2017
Love at a Price was the one and only single by Kempy and the Guardians , I know, seriously bad name by rights I should never have listened to this as the name suggests a particularly crap team of superheroes to me. Now, I don;t like to speculate but maybe the pish name chosen by the band from Oak Cliff, Texas had something to do with them only releasing the one single although they had two goes at it. It's not the song anyway as it's a great piece of fuzz tone garage which has a bit of a Yardbirds feel to it. Or it could be that in 1966 this record just got lost as we know that was a particularly good year for garage rock singles. The version posted is for me the better version, the second one released on Romunda Records.
Kempy and the Guardians - Love At A Price
Monday, 4 September 2017
Loleatta Holloway is probably best know for her wonderful disco records on the Salsoul like Love Sensation or Seconds or for the numerous samples of here voice that have appeared on many a house tune, Ride On Time by Black Box being one of the most blatant ones. But before her forays into disco she was signed to Aware Records out of Atlanta Georgia and in 1973 released a single "Mother of Shame" which was played as a current record at the Blackpool Mecca and from there crossed the country and became a bip play in the Wigan Casino. The track was co-written by Sam Dees responsible for one of my favourite northern tracks Lonely For You Baby.
Loleatta Holloway - Mother of Shame
Wednesday, 30 August 2017
When I was thirteen/fourteen the older hippy types that I hung about with quite a bit introduced me to a lot of things that I would not have heard anywhere else at that time, Janis Joplin, Hendrix, Love and loads of late 60s stuff on Jac Holzman's Elektra label and the like. Don't get me wrong a lot of it was pure pish but some of it, the wigouts with loads of feedback and noise I especially liked those (I nearly added a "man") in there. All of this subtle brainwashing has left me with a bit of a susceptibility for tunes that go that little bit "further". So when someone a few years ago pointed me in the direction of Richard Norris' The Time and Space Machine project it was a stick-on that I would get into these edits of obscure 60s psychedelic tunes. Of the three volumes released on 5D, I think that volume 2 is the one I return to most and especially this edit of Through With You by The Lemon Pipers.
The Time And Space Machine - Through (Your Mind)
Tuesday, 29 August 2017
No this isn't that total fud David Davis' theme tune although if it weren't for the fact that it would ruin the song for me it would be quite apt for him to adopt it. Maybe someone else could write one entitled "We're Getting Fuck All But At Least We've Taken Back Control, perhaps Morrissey. But I digress.
I Ain't No No Miracle Worker was the second single by The Brogues and was supposed to cash in on the local success of the band from Merced, California's first single Someday. It was co-written by Anette Tucker (responsible for writing I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night) and Nancie Nantz. The single was recorded at Sunset Recorders in LA and released on the local Challenge Records label in November 1965 and like so many local garage and soul records before and after them failed to do the business nationally and was the final release by the band, as similarly to other Garage bands the group disbanded when two of their members were conscripted to the military and were sent to Vietnam. This is one of my absolute favourite releases in the genre. I love the fuzzed up lead guitar and the strong soulful vocal performance from Gary Cole. The song was also recorded by The Great Scots shortly afterwards and then a few years later by The Chocolate Watch Band but this is the definitive version.
The Brogues - I Ain't No Miracle Worker
Monday, 28 August 2017
I'm really surprised that I have never posted this rather passionate break up song from Eddie Parker. I'm Gone was released on the Awake label in 1966 and was co-written by Jack Ashford ex funk brother and co-produced by Lorraine Chandler. As is common in soul circles the single was a flop! Why? You're guess is as good as mine and Parker did very little for the next two years until Ashford and Chandler set up their own label "Ashford and released the excellent follow up to I'm Gone, Love You Baby another flop, and subsequently went bankrupt. However the taste-makers in the north of England found these treasures a few years later and the rest is as they say history, with a significant price tag for those wishing to own the originals.
Eddie Parker - I'm Gone
Friday, 25 August 2017
In the week that has seen the return of the KLF after their twenty three year self imposed hiatus I thought that we should re-visit what it was that got us all on board Drummond and Cauty's Ice Cream Van to begin with. Yes, they will be remembered and rightly hailed as geniuses for the performance at the Brit Awards and the dumping of the sheep at an after show party, be castigated for the burning of one million quid in notes on Jura and the many other memorable events that they staged. But you can't get away from the fact that not only did the invent two genres of dance music, Ambient and Stadium House they also released some of the best pop records of the 1990s and Doctorin' The Tardis, which for me is right up there with Pump Up The Jam in the pish record stakes.
I have opted for the first of the "pure trance" records What Time Is Love?, which in a later incarnation, albeit in a much more radio friendly form would get to number 5 in the charts. In 1988 there weren't very many records that sounded like What Time Is Love or sounded so powerful when dropped at just the right time in a club or the middle of a field.
We are on week 4 of the Scottish League Division 1 season and Airdrie are doing a lot better than I feared we would be during the pre-season League Cup games. They have won one , drawn one and lost another. The Diamonds are in a precarious financial position after the Chairmen, one year into his three year plan decided he didn't really fancy pouring his money into a football club and withdrew funding. Our Manager who to be honest with you wasn't that great anyway and no great loss decided to bail too and then the volunteer coach who replaced him followed suit. So at the moment we are coach less with a much reduced squad, most of whom and I'm not exaggerating here will be twenty one day. The club have also had to sell their best player, Andy Ryan the other week, much to Leo's dismay but let's hope getting in enough money that those of us who bought a season ticket didn't do so in vain.
Anyway, onwards and upwards as they say. This Saturday we host Alloa Athletic who are also sitting on four points at present. As long as we win more than we lose this season and stay afloat I think most of us will be happy. If any of you dear readers feel like lighting a candle to Saint Jude for Airdrionians please feel free, it can't hurt. At the end of next month we have to take on JCs beloved Raith Rovers for the first time in this campaign and I am not looking forward to thhat one.
Have a good weekend people.
KLF - What Time Is Love?
Thursday, 24 August 2017
There are some albums that you know from the moment that the needle picks up the first bar or two of music are going to require your full attention for the duration. Return From Sea, the debut album from Sister John is one such album. As soon as I heard the first notes of Thinner Air I I knew that I was going to have to park myself on the listening chair and focus. What followed was forty three minutes of lush, warm, beautifully crafted songs that I think will be just perfect for the darkening evenings that are beginning to creep up on us. Although quite minimal in parts for example See You Again, the sound is never cold, always quite comforting which is all the more surprising when you discover that the record was recorded in a tiny room off the kitchen where two of the band members reside, although this may account for the overall intimate feel of the album. I hate to put tags on music or say if you like such and such then you will like this but I think that anybody who is fond of well crafted music that you can immerse yourself in will love this album. At the moment my favourites are Sweetest Moment and Sister John's Dream but that will probably change tomorrow. Seriously this is one of my favourite releases of the year and there have been quite a few albums that I have loved so far.
The band are a four piece and consist of Amanda McKeown (Vocals/Guitar and songwriting), Jonathan Lilley (Guitar/Bass/Keyboards/Vocals). Heather Philips (Violin/Vocals) and Sophie Pragnell (Drums?Viola/Vocals) who met through the Parsonage Choir and kind of fell together as a band after being asked to perform at the Tron Theatre in Glasgow.
The album will be released on the Last Night From Glasgow label on the 15th September, a label that is consistent in releasing great music which is also beautifully packaged as only someone who loves the physical formats of music could design and produce, making each release that little bit more special. I'm not sure how many copies of the limited edition 180g vinyl edition are left but if you are quick you can order it here. There is also a two night launch party at the Hug and Pint on 14th/15th September which unfortunately are both sold out.
Sister John - Sweetest Moment
Wednesday, 23 August 2017
Before Max was born I had a worrying couple of months. What was troubling me was gender and names. I was dreading the prospect of having a daughter, not for some male, first born having to be a boy kind of shit. A little bit of my worry was that I would be a crap dad to a daughter, ie she wouldn't be allowed out until she was thirty and even then it would be with a chaperone, I know terrible but I believe that that is only a slight exaggeration of how I would be. But what vexed me even more than my potential crap parenting was the choice of name for the apple of my eye, L had her mind set on Stella and I was none to keen on calling my first born after a premium strength Continental lager, as that's what people in these parts would have believed. We already knew of someone who had named her daughter after the spiced rum she had been drinking the night said daughter was conceived. Anyway on 31st October 2003 my fears came to naught when Max made has emergency entrance to this world.
A few years later I was to thank my lucky stars again that Max had been indeed a boy when a rather splendid song by a Norwegian nutter based in Stockholm came out entitled Stella, telling the story of a "forty three year old hooker from downtown" who God was offering the world to if she spent the night with him.
A close call, I'm sure you will agree.
Ida Maria - Stella
Tuesday, 22 August 2017
What do you get when you cross Rockabilly and Garage Rock? You get Round Robin. A record that must have been in Lux and Ivy's collection, it just ticks all of their boxes. I'm The Wolfman was written by James Baker Knight best known for writing thing like The Wonder of You and Lonesome Town and for artists like Dean Martin, Perry Como and Frank Sinatra, so god knows what someone had slipped into his scotch and soda when we sat down and penned this piece of trash rock. Whatever it was maybe he should have kept with it but then it probably was n't as profitable for him. The record was released on the Domain Records label in 1965.
Round Robin - I'm The Wolfman
Monday, 21 August 2017
I dug out this single and played it for the first time in ages on Saturday night but I had the same reaction to it that I always have, goose pimples and shivers. It really is an amazing record, Bessie Banks finest vocal and a thousand times better than the rather wet cover by the Moody Blues that came out in the same year, 1964. One of my top 21 records.
Bessie Banks - Go Now
Friday, 18 August 2017
Today's dance track has a tenuous link to Wednesday's post in so much as I have seen it stated in more than one place that the track is a cover of a classic Jerry Butler soul song which Elvis covered on the From Elvis in Memphis album. I remain skeptical as the one resemblance I can find between the two tracks is the title, Only The Strong Survive, nothing else sounds even remotely similar. This does not mean that the Frankie Knuckles piano house tune from 1987 is any less of a track, how could it be it's Frankie Knuckles, it's just a different beast entirely, a laid back, soulful deep house groove that sounded great thirty years ago and although can't be considered as sounding fresh, I think it stands the test of time.
As part of L's significant birthday celebrations, she is away for the weekend at a heuchter-teuchter music festival in Campbelltown with a few of the "girls". Each to their own I suppose. So while she is listening to bollocks about heather and how we were constantly under the yolk of the colonisers from the south I will be listening to the proclamations of Mark Edward Smith and whoever else I please at volume without any fear of grumbling or being told to "turn that bloody racket down" while the boys run feral.
Have a good weekend people.
Frankie Knuckles - Only The Strong Survive
Thursday, 17 August 2017
The third album, Who Sold The World by Night Beats totally passed me by when it was released. I remember reading a review of it and thinking that it sounded like the kind of thing that would appeal to me, being described as a 21st Century update on the Texan garage/psych sound of the mid 60s, in the vein of 13th Floor Elevators. But then I forgot all about them until Dr John Cooper Clarke dropped a track from the album when he was sitting in for Jarvis on 6Music. The album was duly bought and has been played often ever since. You can sort of spot the influences but this is no mere nostalgic trip back to the mid 60s. The music feels both ancient and very now.
One of the highlights of the album Sunday Mourning, think Stoned and Dethroned era Mary Chain with added LSD laced Kool Aid and you are on the right track, was handed over to Jono Ma, one third of Aussie psych dance mob Jagwar Ma. The consequences although quite predicable, a strung out druggy laid back dance groove is no less brilliant, although a tad short another 5 minutes or so wouldn't have done it any harm.
Talking of Jagwa Ma, there is a remix ep out at the moment which is absolutely brilliant and include a remix by all of our favourite remixer, Andrew Weatherall. However for the third time recently his remic is not my favourite on a release, don't get me wrong it is no less than excellent but the Michael Mayer one just edges it for me as did the XAM remix of Fluxus by Early Years and the WAVNE remix of Sometimes by Sexual Objects. Could this be the law of diminishing returns in operation?
Night Beats - Sunday Mourning (Jono Ma rexix)