Wednesday, 17 January 2018
About a dozen or so years ago I went to see Detroit based Americana/Southern Gothic band Blanche play at the Barfly in Clyde Street, Glasgow.
They, and the lead singer Dan John Miller in particular, were totally obnoxious treating their audience with total disdain.
Which is all a bit of a pity given that their 2004 debut album If We Can't Trust The Doctors on Loose Records is actually rather good .I was reminded of this record as I have just filed The Bottle Rockets next door to it.
Here are a couple of songs from said album including a cover of The Gun Club's Jack on Fire from the classic Fire of Love.
Blanche - Who's To Say
Blanche - Jack on Fire
Tuesday, 16 January 2018
I've just finished reading Last Train to Memphis the first volume of the Elvis Presley biographies by Peter Guralnick. I've got the second volume Careless Love, Stewart Cosgrove's Memphis 68 and Iain Banks Raw Spirit: Story of a perfect Dram still to read.
I thought I would start with something less taxing Lonely Boy the memoirs of former Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones lent to me by my brother.
It is a pretty easy and entertaining read - the usual sex and drugs and rock'n'roll cliches with some childhood abuse and neglect, voyeurism and thieving thrown in for good measure.Amusing and toe curling on occasions and he is brutally honest as to his foibles.
He has come out the other end and is now sober and a successful radio presenter in Los Angeles with his Jonesy's Jukebox show.
It spurred me into featuring something from Never Mind the Bollocks which I have been meaning to do for a while.There are two copies on the shelves- one of which probably used to belong to my brother.
Sex Pistols - No Feelings
Sex Pistols - Anarchy in the UK
Monday, 15 January 2018
I seem somehow to have found myself on the mailing list of Inner Ear records from Greece.
They send me lots of stuff to listen to but unfortunately no free downloads these days.
Most of it is not really my cup of tea. I'm not a huge fan of Greek psych rock.
However every now and then something catches my eye and more importantly my ear
The splendidly named Tango With Lions featuring the dulcet tones of Katrina Patachristou are about to release The Light their first album in 5 years on 19th January and available to pre- order on Bandcamp
If the rest of it is as good as this I may well be chucking a few Euros in their direction.
The only other one of their artists I have explored further is My Drunken Haze whose eponymous album, and currently their only one, was released in November 2014 and again is rather good..Also available on Bandcamp
My Drunken Haze - Carol Wait
My Drunken Haze -Endless Fairytale
Sunday, 14 January 2018
This second recently acquired single is one which will please Walter who I know is a big fan.
Entering the UK singles chart on 8th December 1973 Pool Hall Richard by The Faces remained there for 11 weeks peaking at number 8.
All Music critic, Stephen Thomas Erlewine, described the song as unremarkable. He's wrong there it is a terrific tune. From when Rod was good.
The B side is a credible live cover of the Temptations song I Wish It Would Rain.
My copy (as was the case with Kim Wilde) has a plain paper sleeve as opposed to the picture sleeve featured above.Ronnie Laine appears on the sleeve but does not appear on the record as he had left the band before it was recorded and released as a single.
Another one next Sunday.
The Faces - Pool Hall Richard
The Faces - I Wish it Would Rain
Saturday, 13 January 2018
When Swiss Adam and C cast their votes for Bruce Springsteen then you know that Johnny is in serious trouble.
And so it proved. Only a vote by George prevented a total landslide for The Boss with the original of Highway Patrolman.
The scores therefore are now Cash 7 The Rest 4.
The Man in Black has probably covered dozens of Hank Williams songs over the years and indeed I have a few.
I've opted for his version of I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry on America IV: The Man Comes Around where he is accompanied by Nick Cave. I suppose you could argue that 2 against 1 is hardly fair but let's face it you probably would need haunners if you were up against the Hillbilly Shakespeare.
I think that the tag team just about shade it. Others, of course may choose to disagree.
Johnny Cash (with Nick Cave) - I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry
Hank Williams -I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry
Friday, 12 January 2018
Apologies to anyone tuning in and expecting to hear Barry Biggs.
Side Show was a 2010 album by Scottish/Canadian super folk group The Burns Unit.
I got it out the library shortly after it's release and it has always been an ambition to replace it with a physical copy.
It was never quite top of my wish list and always fairly expensive. I played it just after New Year and checked the price to find it was pretty reasonable and swooped.
The collective consisted of Emma Pollock, Future Pilot A.K.A., King Creosote, Kim Edgar, Karine Polwart, Mattie Fouls, Michael Johnston and MC Soom T who had originally met at Burnsong a Scottish songwriting retreat
They played a few gigs and festivals but only ever recorded the one album.
KC and KP take the lead on the first track featured and Soom T on the second.
The Burns Unit -Since We've Fallen Out
The Burns Unit - Send Them Kids to War
Thursday, 11 January 2018
I was quite surprised to discover that Pulp have only appeared on these pages once before and that was with Help the Aged from a compilation album.
Although 1995's Different Class which I took from the shelves and played in the car this week was the album which shot them to fame it was in fact their 5th album with the band having been on the go from as far back as 1978.
I sometimes think that Different Class can be seen as the Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret for the 90's.
Both albums having a number of brilliantly written slightly seedy and sordid songs and three cracking singles - in Soft Cell's case Tainted Love, Bedsitter and Saw Hello, Wave Goodbye whereas Different Class has the two below and Sorted for E's & Whizz.
Pulp - Common People
Pulp - Disco 2000