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Monday, 22 May 2017

Bang Bang

Back a little bit further in time today - between 1981 and 1990 to be precise with the Best of The Waterboys picked up recently in a three for a pound deal.
Possibly because of their Celtic folky sound many folk initially have them down as an Irish band.They are wrong there as they were founded in Edinburgh in the early 80's by Mike Scott who hails from the Scottish West Coast seaside town of Largs
A banging track from each of their two most famous albums Don't Bang the Drum from 1985's This is the Sea and A Bang on the Ear from 1988's Fisherman's Blues

Mike Scott claims that The Waterboys have had more members than any other band in rock history. That honour however must surely go to The Fall

The Waterboys - Don't Bang The Drum

The Waterboys - And a Bang on the Ear

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Bunnyman Sunday

I don't think that Echo and the Bunnymen have ever featured on these pages.
Apologies for that. But hey, Nothing Lasts Forever.
From 1997 and picked up recently in the BRICC thriftshop in Ballantrae it was their first single from Evergreen the album from when the band reformed after a four year hiatus.
It reached the dizzy heights of number 8 in the UK charts.
As was the way back then the single and the 2 x CD singles all have different track listings For the collector the French and German CD versions have different track listings still.
Mine has Watchtower and the rather splendid Polly on it.

Echo & the Bunnymen - Nothing Lasts Forever

Echo & the Bonneymen - Watchtower

Echo & the Bunnymen - Polly

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Springsteen Covered - Dancing in the Dark

Last week's contest of Bruce versus Patty Griffin with Stolen Car went one way and then the other.
In the end it was the first draw of the series so the score remains The Boss 7 The Rest 3 and which means you get another week's worth of Bruce.

This week we re-visit Born in the U.S.A with Dancing in the Dark one of the seventy three top ten singles from that album. It was his biggest selling single ever and the first one from the album..It originally reached number 28 in the UK singles chart upon release in May 1984 before re-entering the chart in January 1985 on the back of the success of the album this time reaching number 4 and winning him his first Grammy award.
Bruce is up against Ted Leo this week.I'm not sure if this is a solo performance or whether he is appearing with his band the Pharmacists.
Ted wins it for me given that he is the only one of the two ever to have written a song about drinking Buckfast in Govanhill..Also he has never been fortune enough to pluck out Courtney Cox at random from the audience of a Pharmacist gig for an impromptu boogie on stage

Others, of course may choose to disagree

Bruce Springsteen - Dancing in the Dark

Ted Leo - Dancing in the Dark

Friday, 19 May 2017

Catie and Kelly


Following on from my recent featuring of Patty Griffin I though that for this week's obligatory Americana post that I would feature another two female artists that I don't have anything from other than the occasional song on a compilation.
These two are taken from the Beginners Guide to American Roots CD3 Modern Americana

First up is Catie Curtis who first made a splash on the Boston folk scene in the early 90's She has been releasing records regularly since 1989 with this song coming from her 2001 album My Shirt Looks Good on You


Kelly Willis was born on Oklahoma but now resides in Austin with her husband, fellow Americana artist Bruce Robison.
She has been on the go for pretty much the same amount of time as Catie . This song is taken from her 2002 album Easy.
In fact I have just noticed that I actually have one of her albums 1999's What I Deserve one I clearly have not gotten around to featuring here as yet.
She also does a great song with Robbie Fulks called Parallel Bars. 

Catie Curtis - Love Takes The Best Of You

Kelly Willis - Easy (As Falling Apart)

Thursday, 18 May 2017

A Band Who Divide Opinion

Franz Ferdinand appear to be a band who divide opinions round these parts.
Some find them a bit too full of themselves and were wary of the hype surrounding them and their quick rise to fame.
Others enjoyed their arty style , jingly jangly guitars, literate pop tunes and their stated mission of making music for girls to dance to.
I for one liked their first two albums a lot.
Excellent disposable bouncy pop music which was sort of retro yet of its time.

Franz Ferdinand - The Dark of the Matinee

Franz Ferdinand - Michael

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Burnt Offerings 19

Suzi Quatro is now the proud owner of a bus pass. This was not the case in the early 70's when she was the only female standard bearer of the Glam Rock movement and also the focus of many a teenage crush.
She would have featured before had my album not been so badly scratched.
Daytona Demon was a top 20 single from 1973

Suzi Quatro - Daytona Demon

The Runaways were another band responsible for many a teenage crush albeit a few years later.
Featuring Joan Jett on guitar and vocals  they were produced by Kim Fowley
From 1976 Cherry Bomb was absolutely huge in Japan but didn't really do much in the UKor their native US.It also did very well in Scandinavia and the Ukraine clearly areas of good taste who like their music rocky and raunchy.

The Runaways - Cherry Bomb

From Claremount, California The Mountain Goats are one of those many bands that I've heard about but not really heard much of their music. Based on the couple of songs which pop up on the Burnt Offerings series further exploration is clearly required.
Sort of Americana meets Belle & Sebastian. No bad thing

The Mountain Goats - Woke Up New

More assorted nonsense next Wednesday

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Doing a Rod

I've told this story before.
A magnificent debut album - Exile on Coldharbour Lane - my copy being a promotional one purchased at Vinyl Exchange, Oldham St, Manchester.
A phenomenal  concert at King Tuts including Dr D Wayne Love marrying two members of the audience on stage.
Then  their song Woke Up This Morning was selected as the theme song for The Sopranos.
Thereafter in my opinion they became complacent and rested on their laurels - certainly on the La Peste album and when I saw them at Glasgow's Carling Academy.
Round these parts it is known as doing a Rod

Here's from when they were good. Some splendid Country electronica

Alabama 3 - U Don't Dans 2 Tekno Anymore

Alabama 3 - The Old Purple Tin (9% of Pure Heaven)