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Sunday, 20 August 2017

Jackie Brown

On Wednesday's Burnt Offerings post I mentioned that The Delphonics first came to my attention when their song Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time) featured in Quentin Tarantino's 1997 film Jackie Brown.

This led to some reminiscence in the comments section from Brian , Alyson and Jamie about discovering them in the same way and the tape in the car scene.
I can't find a clip of that so this will have to do

In addition to introducing me to the Delphonics it also brought Bobby Womack to my attention.
I had vaguely heard of him but the fabulous Across 110th Street which starts the film completely blew me away and led to me seeking out more of his stuff.

I've posted it before but make no apologies for posting it again.

The Delfonics - Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time)

Bobby Womack - Across 110th Street

Saturday, 19 August 2017

Vintage Country Vinyl - Conway Twitty

Conway Twitty - great name, great hair, great clothes - pretty average singer
He released a shed load of albums from 1959 up to his death in 1993 aged just 59
Play Guitar Play is from 1977 (just when punk rock was hitting Britain) and reached number 3 in the US Country Charts. My copy was purchased  recently in the Wigtown Community shop along with a truly awful Chet Atkins album which I will not subject you to
I would describe him as a poor man's George Jones.
Sadly Mr & Mrs Twitty did not  actually have a son called Conway - rather he was christened  Harold Lloyd Jenkins which doesn't really have the same ring to it

The second song is for all us bloggers other halves!

Conway Twitty - I Can't Believe She Gives It All To Me

Conway Twitty - One in a Million

Friday, 18 August 2017

The Blues Collection - Koko Taylor Revisited

Wang Dang Doodle by Koko Taylor was the first of the Blues Collection CD's I bought way back in December 2003. The following day I revisited  the charity shop and negotiated a job lot.

Koko has been long overdue a re-airing. She sprung to my mind recently for two reasons.
Firstly, Drew recently played a belter of a song by Linda Jones and her voice and delivery put me in mind of Koko.
Secondly I have just finished reading Feel Like Going Home the first in the great roots trilogy by Peter Guralnick.
In the chapter when he visits Chess Records in Chicago he tells of meeting Koko in the lobby who was there on her day off her work as a maid..Probably only a few years after these songs were recorded in 1965.
I suspect that many of the artists in the series needed a day job from time to time to break even.

Koko Taylor - Don't Mess With The Messer

Koko Taylor - Wang Dang Doodle

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Papa Was a Rodeo

As I mentioned the other day I've finally got around to acquiring 69 Love Songs by the Magnetic Fields.
There is a lot to digest and I am taking my time and getting there slowly.

It does however give me the opportunity to finally compare and contrast the original of Papa Was a Rodeo with the cover by Kelly Hogan.
Taken from Beneath the Country Underdog a 2000 album on Bloodshot and billed as Kelly Hogan & the Pine Valley Cosmonauts it has long been a firm favourite of mine.
I would go as far as saying it is probably one of my top 10 songs ever and it has certainly appeared on just about every CD mixtape compilation I have compiled since then..

The Magnetic Fields original is of course excellent but obviously not as good as Kelly

What a coincidence your Papa was a Rodeo too

The Magnetic Fields - Papa Was a Rodeo

Kelly Hogan & the Pine Valley Cosmonauts - Papa Was a Rodeo

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Burnt Offerings 30

We are off to Sheffield, Philadelphia and Maryhill this week in the 30th installment of Burnt Offerings.

We start with Sheffield indie pop band The Long Blondes  who lasted from 2004 to 2008 releasing two albums in the process
In 2006 they won the NME Philip Hall Radar award and were described by the Guardian as the best unsigned band in the UK.Rough Trade took the hint and in 2006 their debut album Someone to Drive You Home.on which this song features.

The Long Blondes - Giddy Stratosphere

Next up are Philadelphia Soul trio The Delfonics who first crossed my radar when their song Didn't I (Blow Your Mind this Time) featured in the Quentin Tarantino film from 1997 Jackie Brown. This their other big number was released in 1968 a year before Didn't I

The Delfonics - La La Means I Love You

Finally, from Maryhill in Glasgow we have the Urban Spaceman himself  the hippy folkie Donovan Leitch
From 1966 Sunshine Superman topped the Billboard Hot 100 for one week and reached number 2 in the UK
He is still going strong and was inducted into the Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame in 2012.
If you hang around long enough ....

Donovan - Sunshine Superman

The penultimate assorted nonsense selection next Wednesday

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Digital Tea Towels

This is the Kit have a new album out called Moonshine Freeze
The first 500 who bought it including The Swede also got a limited edition tea towel (pictured above) designed by Ava  Carrère 
George bought it at around the same time but as he bought it digitally he did not get a free tea towel.

I'm throwing out a challenge to the scientific community. We can put men on the moon, clone sheep, identify the DNA genome.
Surely it is not beyond some of these great minds to successfully devise a downloadable tea towel. Over to you folks.

I don't have Moonshine Freeze yet but now they have a new album out I figure I can feature something from the previous one  Bashed Out.

This is the Kit - Silver John

This is the Kit - Spores All Settling

Monday, 14 August 2017

34 Satellite

The other day I stumbled across a CD I didn't know I had (a rare but not unique experience)
It is Radar by a band called 34 Satellite. I suspect it may have come my way in a bunch of burns from my pal Harry.
Some research tells me that they are from Colorado  and this is their second album from 2000.on Hideaway Records
Both All Music and Pop Matters make comparisons with The Replacements. They put me more in mind of Teenage Fanclub, early Wilco and The Silos -the latter being hardly surprising given that Walter Salas Humara is involved in the production.
It is not bad at all and is one that will be played more frequently in future

34 Satellite - Riverside

34 Satellite - Molasses

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Otis Redding in Europe

Today sees the final instalment of the Stranraer Sixties Soul vinyl trilogy with Otis Redding in Europe from 1968 on the Stax label.
It seems to be exactly the same album as Otis Redding Live in Europe from 1967 on Volt/Alco

His first live album and the only one released during his lifetime.A recording of a concert at the Olympia Theatre, Paris on 21st March 1967 with Booker T and the MGs as his backing band.

I'm assuming that it was the same person who handed these three albums in for charity. Someone who I would happily buy a pint for.

Otis Redding - I've Been Loving You Too Long

Otis Redding- My Girl

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Introducing The Hillbilly Moon Explosion

This would have been your Friday night entertainment but for the sad demise of Glen Campbell. Now it is your Saturday night entertainment.You can thank me later.
Hillbilly Moon Explosion so named because main man Oliver Beroni was previously in a band called the Hillbilly Headhunters and main woman Emanuela Hutter was in MD Moon
I was unaware up until now that they are Swiss
These are from their 2002 debut. They are still on the go. my brother saw them last year when he was working in Belfast.
Rockabilly certainly but in homage to their name I can hear a wee bit of Hillbilly putting me in mind of the great  BR5-49

Hillbilly Moon Explosion - Maniac Lover

Hillbilly Moon Explosion - All She Wants

Friday, 11 August 2017

Boy Child

Inspired partly by Rol's inspired ICA and by a growing awareness that it really should be on the shelves I finally got round to purchasing 69 Love Songs by The Magnetic Fields with some of my birthday money.

You will appreciate that with 69 songs to get through it will take me a few listens before it features here.
However on an initial cursory listen Stephen Merritt's voice immediately put me in mind of Noel Scott Engel or Scott Walker if you prefer
Here then are a couple of songs from the compilation Boy Child - the best of 1967-1970 which features tracks from Scott, Scott 2, Scott 3, Scott 4 and 'Til The Band Comes In.

Scott Walker - It's Raining Today

Scott Walker - Boy Child

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Burnt Offerings 29

We are down to the last four this week and are featuring three ladies, two of whom are Canadian and not Joni Mitchell.
The lady pictured above is not Canadian but is certainly the first person called Ernestine to feature on these pages.
It is the Jazz and Blues legend Ernestine Anderson with T'aint Nobody's Bizness (If I Do) She died in 2006 aged 87 and I suspect that someone with great taste posted this as a tribute

Ernestine Anderson - T'aint Nobody's Bizness (If I Do)

The fist Canadian who is not Joni Mitchell is Sarah Harmer who may well also be the first Sarah to feature here
She is a singer/songwriter and also a former member of a band called The Saddletramps.
This song is from her 2005 album  I'm a Mountain nominated for the Canadian album of the year.
She is also an activist co-founding PERL an organisation which campaigned to protect the Niagara Escarpment from a proposed gravel development. Good on her I say

Finally we have another Canadian who  is not Joni Mitchell and who is not the first Amy to appear on these pages. Amy Millan performs both as a solo artist and as a member of the bands Stars and Broken Social Scene. This song comes from her 2006 debut solo album Honey From The Tombs and is rather lovely.

Number 30 next week.

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Magic Moments

My mum would have been 77 today.
When we were clearing out her stuff from the Care Home one of the staff gave me a copy of a Life Story type book she had been working on with my mum.
In it my mum mentioned something that I wasn't aware of when she mentioned that Magic Moments was probably her favourite song
Coincidentally Mrs CC came home a couple of weeks ago with a couple of Perry Como albums which she had picked up for 50p a pop .One was his 40 Greatest Hits one of the few records my folks owned. Magic Moments is the first track.

Perry Como - Magic Moments

Perry Como - Catch a Falling Star

Monday, 7 August 2017

Looking for a Fight

This week's slice of Americana comes courtesy of The Sweetback Sisters with a couple of tracks from their second album from 2011 Looking For a Fight.
Based in Brooklyn as opposed to the deep South they are actually a sextet with two co-lead singers Zara Bode and Emily Miller.
They are a sort of retro- country tribute act and to me some of their songs work and others don't.
For me these two work.A credible cover of a Dwight Yoakam classic followed by a song which has a touch of Freakwater about it

The Sweetback Sisters - It Won't Hurt When I Fall Down From This Barstool

The Sweetback Sisters - Don't Put Her Down. You Helped Put Her There

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Levi Stubbs is No Longer Crying

When I posted Levi Stubbs'  Tears by Billy  Bragg last November I confessed to owning nothing by the Four Tops. I was quite rightly taken to task by all and sundry.
I am pleased to report that Levi Stubbs is no longer crying as I picked up a copy of their 1968 Greatest Hits on Tamla Motown on my last visit to Stanraer. It is in considerably better nick than last week's British Motown Chartbusters.
So here are Levi, Duke Fakir, Obie Benson and Lawrence Payton in all their glory with two absolute belters from the  mercurial pens of Holland, Dozier and Holland.

Four Tops - You Keep Running Away

Four Tops - Standing in the Shadows of Love

Saturday, 5 August 2017

The Class of 2006 - August

The second 2006 Uncut Playlist purchased in Stranraer  and which has since found it's way back to a charity shop was from the month of August.
Not too many standouts on this one to be honest. I have resisted posting Venus in Furs as you are all familiar with it.
Instead you are getting the great Malian artist Ali Farka Touré with a song from his 2006 album Savane. Sadly he had passed on in the March of that year aged 66.
Golden Smog - no posts for ages and then two come along at once just like Corporation buses. The first featured on these pages on 25th May this year and here they are again. This time it is a song from their album Another Fine Day which as I am sure you have worked out was released in 20116.

Something not from 2016 for you next Saturday.

Ali Farka Touré- Beto

Golden Smog - Listen Joe

Friday, 4 August 2017

Polecats Are Go!

Along with the likes of The Stray Cats and The Shaking Pyramids , The Polecats were part of a brief new wave of rockabilly towards the end of the seventies.

They are probably best known for their covers of John I'm Only Dancing and Jeepster and also having Boz Boorer the future guitarist, musical director and co-songwriter of Morrissey within their midst.
These songs are from Polecats Are Go! their 1981 debut album on the Mercury label.
They somehow lasted up to 1989

The Polecats - Red, Ready, Amber

The Polecats -All Night Long

Thursday, 3 August 2017

She's A Modern Girl

The standout track on Burnt Offerings 28 is the cover by Camera Obscura of Modern Girl the smash hit single by Bellshill's finest Sheena Easton.
It couldn't feature yesterday as they have graced these pages before and the rules is the rules.

So instead you are getting it today . Plus it is probably illegal to feature the band without paying homage to the classic Lloyd, Are You Ready to be Heartbroken from their 2006 album Let's Get Out of this Country.
Pure quality indie pop

Camera Obscura - Modern Girl

Camera Oscura - Lloyd, i'm Ready to be Heartbroken

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Burnt Offerings 28

First up this week are The Rosy Nolan Band with a track from their self released 2006 album Phantom Hymns. 
Obscure Sounds describe them as following in the footsteps of fellow Southern influenced revivalists Neko Case and Jenny Lewis
Can't really see it myself
She still seems to be playing in the Los Angeles area but I don't see any evidence of a second album

The Rosy Nolan Band - Nobody's Fool

On the basis of their pictures  if nothing else the Melvins were getting in whether they were good or not.As it turns out their cover of Candy O by the Cars is short but pretty good fun.Doom metal (whatever that is) merchants from Montesano, Wshington The boy with the hair is Buzz Osborne

Melvins - Candy O

I'm quite surprised that Andrew Bird has never appeared before. He has certainly popped up on other BO discs but has obviously been trumped by other artists.
Anyone who has been in bands called Squirrel Nut Zippers and Bowl of Fire is surely worth a mention.
He has churned out 13 albums over the last 20 years initially as part of the above bands and as a solo artist from 2003 onwards. Heretics is from his 2007 album Armchair Apocrypha

Andrew Bird - Heretics

More assorted nonsense next week - we're nearly there!

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Sky Like a Broken Clock

Some mellow jazzy blues for you today from Kelly Joe Phelps who would have featured in my Three Names series had I not got bored with it.
Sky Like a Broken Clock ( a set of low-key abstract story-songs about voodoo,sin and prostitution - Allmusic)  his fourth album from 2001 and on Rykodisc is the only one of  his I have and coincides from a time that I was listening a lot to the Paul Jones Rhythm and Blues show on Radio 2.

I subsequently saw him at King Tuts which was probably the wrong venue for his mellow approach..

Taylor John remains a wonderful tune though.

Kelly Joe Phelps - Taylor John

Kelly Joe Phelps - Tommy

Monday, 31 July 2017

The Big To-Do

I looked out The Big To-Do by Drive-By Truckers last week as I was contemplating featuring The Birthday Boy.I then gave it the first listen for a while.
From 2010 it was their 8th studio album and the last of theirs I bought. Also it is only the post Jason Isbell one that I have. There is probably a correlation between these two sentences.
I preferred when they were a triumvirate with Jason, Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley sharing the song writing and singing.
On The Big To-Do 8 of the 12 are written and sung by Patterson Hood with Mike Cooley and Shonna Tucker weighing in with two each.
Patterson states that it is very much a rock album and he is right.. Nothing wrong with that but they and me were beginning to go in different directions.
Having said that it is not really a bad albim and I have gone for two of Mr Hood's numbers today. Two great stories as is his want

I've probably mentioned this before  Patterson is the son of the great bass player David Hood of the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section/Swampers fame.

Drive-By Truckers - Drag The Lake Charlie

Drive-By Truckers - The Wig He Made Her Wear

Sunday, 30 July 2017

British Motown Chartbusters

Picked up for 99p in the Salvation Army Shop in Stanraer.
Ok so it's not in the greatest condition. Hardly surprising perhaps given that it dates back to October 1967 and has I suspect been on the turntable at a party or two over the last half a century.

All the songs are pretty good with the possible exception of Blowin' in the Wind by Stevie Wonder.
Today's choices have been dictated to an extent to tracks that are in reasonable nick. The odd snap, crackle and pop but no sticking or jumping.
And yes George I have managed to squeeze in another Otis in the shape of Mr Williams from the Temptations who as it turns out have not featured before

Jr. Walker & the All Stars - How Sweet It Is (To Be loved By You)

The Temptations -(I Know ) I'm Losing You

Saturday, 29 July 2017

The Class of 2006 - November

I approached the counter of Cancer Research in Stranraer with a River Detectives CD in one hand and £1.50 in the other.
"There is a sale on" said the lady "four CDs for a pound"
"That's ok " I responded "I don't see any others I like"
"There are plenty more in the back shop if you want a look"
Sure enough there were about 200 or so stacked up on the floor and pretty exclusively rubbish.
Compilations, dodgy 80's stuff and plenty of country but bad country.
I couldn't see anything I fancied but felt obliged to come away with something seeing as how I had been granted access to the back shop.
I went for Patty Lawless (bad country - since recycled) and two Uncut Playlists from July and November 2016.
Somewhat perversely November first as it was the first one that got an airing
An excellent number from the excellent Pernice Brothers from their album from that year Live a Little.
Followed by Tilly and the Wall a band I had heard of but was not familiar with until Strangeways posted an excellent ICA at JC's place) with a track from their album Bottom of the Barrel

July next week

The Pernice Brothers - High as a Kite

Tilly and the Wall -Rainbows in the Dark

Friday, 28 July 2017

Back to Forever

Lissie's 2010 debut album Catching a Tiger has long been a favourite at CC HQ.
So I was quite chuffed to pick up a copy of the 2013 follow up Back to Forever in a charity shop a couple of weeks ago.
However the jury is still out. There is a noticeable change of direction from the the more folky and acoustic Catching a Tiger to the rock rockier Back to Forever. It is more shouty and sing along anthems almost as if she is auditioning for the support slot on a Bon Jovi stadium tour.
Perhaps I'm being too harsh and it will grow on my after a few listens.
Let's hope so.
It has certainly been critically acclaimed which probably shows how much I know.

Lissie - Sleepwalking

Lissie -Cold Fish

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Burnt Offerings 27

Burnt Offerings is a day late this week but I hope you agree that it was worth the wait.
Three totally different types of tunes for you this week
Some psychedelic soul to kick off with courtesy of  Shuggie Otis, son of  legendary blues man Johnny Otis
Us Glaswegians always have a chuckle at his name given that we use Shug or Shuggie as a nickname for anyone called Hugh.
I should really get some of his stuff and I suspect that 1974's Inspiration, Information from where this track comes from is probably a good place to start

Shuggie Otis - Aht Uh Mi Hed

Next up are  recently re-formed English shoe gaze darlings Slowdive with their take on Lee Hazlewood's classic Some Velvet Morning. A song which I read has also been covered by Primal Scream, Vanilla Fudge and Lydia Lunch.
A band I am not very familiar with but one I know that many of my blogging colleagues hold in high esteem

Slowdive - Some Velvet Morning

Finally we head to Mexico to touch base with Luis Gerardo Garza Cisneros a former member of Zurdoc and Vaquero better known to you and I as Chetes.
This song as many of you will recognize was the third single from his 2006 debut solo album Blanco Fácil

Chetes - Que Me Maten

More random nonsense next week

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

56 Today

I'm 56 today.
For a wee while I thought about going into denial and then I released that I was a year nearer to retiring and getting my pension.
I go myself into a bit of a state thinking what to put on today.
I've done birthday songs, artists who share my birthday and my birthday number songs in the vinyl and CD section.
So this year I finally decided to see who was number1 in the UK and US in 1961 and it looks as though I have come up with a couple of reasonably good numbers
The Everly Brothers here and Bobby Lewis over the pond.
Any poor sod born today gets Wild Thought by DJ Khaleed (featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller)

The Everly Brothers - Temptation

Bobby Lewis - Tossin' and Turnin'

For those distraught that Burnt Offerings has not appeared here today tune in  tomorrow

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

The Return of the Blues Collection - Otis Rush

Those of you with long memories will recall that a few years ago I picked up a job lot of just under
 40 of the 92 CD s in The Blues Collection which was one of those magazine series with a different artist and CD each month..
I've featured most of them but nothing for a while.
Occasionally since I have picked up a couple or a single one here and there taking my current total up to 44.

I recently picked up no 19 Otis Rush with I Can't Quit You Baby in the Community Shop in Wigton along with a double of no 25 by Robert Cray which I have recycled to charity.
This album also known as The Cobra Sessions features tracks recorded in Chicago between 1956 and 1958.
I am happy to report that Otis is still going strong at the age of 82 surely some kind of record for a bluesman.
The third Otis to grace these pages after Messrs Redding and Clay.

Otis Rush -All Your Love

Otis Rush - Double Trouble

Monday, 24 July 2017

The New Adventures in Hi-Fi Conundrum Resolved

New Adventures in Hi-Fi the 10th studio album from R.E.M. from 1996 is one of the many CDs that I have had in my hand in a charity shop on more than one occasion unsure whether I had it or not.
In this instance the conundrum has been resolved as I finally  bought the bloody thing in Stranraer. Turns out I didn't have it. I do now.
Our resident R.E.M. expert the Robster rates it as the 9th best out of their 15 studio albums. I haven't heard them all but that sounds just about right.
The post Out of Time/Automatic for the People CDs pop up far more regularly in charity shops than the early ones do. I'm sure there is a reason for that.
The average price for the vinyl copy on Discogs is 80 quid. I'm glad I didn't pay that.£1.99 seems more appropriate.
Like the curate's egg it is good in parts although I could live without E-Bow the Letter.
Here are a couple of the better numbers - the first and last tracks.

R.E.M. - How The West Was Won and Where it Got Us

R.E.M. - Electrolite

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Feel Like Going Home

When I posted Charlie Rich last week The Swede and John Medd both weighed in extolling the virtues of his song Feel Like Going Home. They are quite correct. It is a belter and John has shared it as proof.
Not to be outdone George piped up singing the praises of the version by The Walkabouts. He is also quite correct. It is a belter.As an added bonus Mark Lanegan guests on vocals.
From unquestionably the greatest ever covers album 1993's Satisfied Mind on Sub Pop with one of the greatest ever covers (a photo of "Herman in the Wheatfield")
I am frankly embarrassed that I have never posted this before.
I have a good few copies of the classic title track but none remotely in the same league as The Walkabouts.

You will not hear  two better songs today. Fact.

The Walkabouts - Feel Like Going Home

The Walkabouts - Satisfied Mind

Saturday, 22 July 2017

They'll be Dancing on the Shore

Frankie says - well that was close but the Boss just shades it.
By my calculation there were 7 votes for Bruce and 6 for Frankie for their versions of Born to Run. No votes for Suzi strangely.
So the series has now concluded with a final score of The Boss 10 The Rest 8.
If truth be told I'm somewhat relieved that it's over given that we were about to get into barrel scraping territory - Badly Drawn Boy with Thunder Road  thankfully avoided.

Hope you enjoyed it.I know I did. A few Bruce diehards , a few Anyone but Bruces and those who bent both ways over the weeks.

I think I'll take a small break from the Covers series but rest assured it will return at some stage - perhaps with a slight twist!

I don't have many covered by Springsteen songs. But I will leave you with his version of Tom Waits' Jersey Girl and a traditional folk song made famous by Pete Seeger which features on We Shall Overcome - The Seeger Sessions

Bruce Springsteen - Jersey Girl

Bruce Springsteen - Old Dan Tucker

Friday, 21 July 2017

A Trip Down a Somewhat Befuddled Memory Lane

Tandy were one of the  first, if not the first, Americana bands that I ever saw.Probably around 1999 or 2000.
They may or may not have played at the Sikorski Polish club in the shadow of Glasgow's Kelvingrove Park.
I would be a liar if I said I remember much about them. Fortunately pop matters is on hand to fill in the blanks.
They never really crossed my rader again until I saw their 1999 debut album Some Summers Day (on Independent Records, 35A Barrow St, Dublin) in Oxfam a couple of weeks ago.
I paid the somewhat inflated £2.99 on the basis that if I bought it of t'internet it would cost about that with postage.
It has to be said that it is not the greatest album I have ever purchased but it has one or two pleasant tunes on it such as these.

Tandy - Far From Home

Tandy - Shannon Goodson

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Think Tank Required

Blur only released 8 studio albums between 1991 and 2015
I have the first five plus a burn of number six 13 which given it is a burn doesn't count.

I picked up album  number 7 2003's Think Thank in the Faith, Hope and Charity shop in Whithorn last week.
Partly towards becoming a completeist but mostly because it was only 50p.
It is much better than I thought it would be. The second of today's songs is just over a minute in length but is none the worse for that.
Only 13 and The Magic Whip to go.

Blur -Out of Time

Blur - We've Got a File on You

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Burnt Offerings 26

By my calculations this series has now been running for half a year! There is no escaping.

Let's start Week 26 with Bishop Allen an indie rock band from Brooklyn named after Bishop Allen Drive in Cambridge, Massachusetts where the main protagonists Justin Rice and Christian Rudder stayed while studying at Harvard.
This track is from their 2007 album The Broken Spring

Bishop Allen - Like Castanets

Next up is Joan Wasser an  American singer songwriter and musician better known as Joan As Policewoman  apparently after  the TV programme Policewoman starring  the great Angie Dickinson. She was the girlfriend of Jeff Buckley when he accidentally drowned in 1997
From her album Real Life you will be relieved to know that this is not a Bangles cover

Finally someone who ought to have graced these pages before now the Queen of R&B herself Ms Ruth Brown
Her career ran from 1948 to her death in 2006.This song is taken from 1949 and I suspect was posted in 2006 to mark her passing.

More random nonsense next week

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Losing Sleep

Another recent Stranraer purchase.
From 2010 on Heavenly, Losing Sleep is Edwyn Collins' 7th solo album.
An impressive list of participants on the record including Paul Cook (on drums on the title track), Johnny Marr, Roddy Frame, Alex Kapranos and Ryan Jarman from The Cribs who features on today's second offering.

Just as impressive as the music are Edwyn's excellent bird drawings which grace the front and back covers of the album.

Edwyn Collins - Losing Sleep

Edwyn Collins - I Still Believe in You

Monday, 17 July 2017

Saturday Night, Sunday Morning, All Day Monday

Back from our travels with some assorted nonsense which I will subject to to over the next couple of weeks.

First up from 1989 are Craigneuk's finest Sam Corey and Dan O'Neill  collectively known as The River Detectives and their debut album Saturday Night, Sunday Morning.
They went on to record another two although this was the only one which charted reaching the dizzying heights of #51
There is an excellent cover of Factory on it which would have featured and probably won the Springsteen Covered challenge had I had it at the time.

The River Detectives - Love's Like a Needle

The River Detectives - Saturday Night, Sunday Morning

Sunday, 16 July 2017

The Old Silver Fox

Charlie Rich . the old silver fox, has graced these pages twice before.
Once as a quiffed rockabilly singer signed to Sun Records and the other time as a country crooner.

My recently purchased copy of his 1973 classic Behind Closed Doors falls firmly into the latter category.
At times it sounds as though the music is slightly at the wrong speed which to me only adds to its charm.

Quality country songs and subject matter.And great sideburns.

Charlie Rich - Behind Closed Doors

Charlie Rich - The Most Beautiful Girl

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Springsteen Covered - Born to Run

A narrow win for Bruce last week although the Pointer Sisters would have had him!
So we now have the score reading  The Boss 9 The Rest 8
Squeaky bottom time.

Time than to feature Born to Run.
It was always going to feature but we nearly had a Purple Ronnie the arch narcissist situation when he held out for the Hollywood penalty only to be let down by his Portuguese colleagues, Glorious!

Originally I was going to feature Suzi Quatro but her version is absolutely dreadful. My brother was playing this in a van once when his pal ejected it and threw it out the window. Now I  am not one for condoning littering the M6 but in this case I am prepared to make an exception.Not one for the Swede's eagery awaited Suzi Quatro ICA.
So instead I give you Frankie Goes to Hollywood.

Much better but you cannot improve on perfection so it is Springsteen again for me this week.

Others perhaps may choose to disagree.

Bruce Springsteen - Born to Run

Frankie Goes to Hollywood - Born to Run

Oh go on then ....

Suzi Quatro -Born to Run

Friday, 14 July 2017

Bloodshot Sampler 16

We are back with Bloodshot again today. Another week older, or in Bloodshot's case another year older, and certainly no wiser.
Released in December 16 this is also available from Bandcamp not free this time but on a name your price basis
Twenty more fine tracks and as per last Friday I'll go for a couple who have never featured before.
Al Scorch who once played in The Grapes pub in Stranraer and Luke Winslow-King.

I am eagerly awaiting December 17.

Al Scorch -Everybody Out

Luke Winslow- King -I'm Glad Troulde Doesn't Last Always

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Oxfam Singles - Steve Mason

The 6th and final Oxfam single comes from Steve Mason
A Lot of Love is a single from the album Monkey Minds in the Devil's Time and was released on 17th June 2013.
Again it is a promotional copy and in this instance there is only the one track

So as not to short change you here is just over 8 minutes of Mr Mason with The Beta Band.

The Beta Bandesque artwork again comes courtesy of Jo and Elsa

Steve Mason - A Lot of Love

The Beta Band -It's Not Too Beautiful

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Burnt Offerings 25

25 weeks in and it is becoming increasingly harder to come up with acts which haven't featured here before. But.we shall persevere. One well known and two relatively obscure acts for you this week in the order that they feature on the disc
First the well known one the divas that are/were Scissor Sisters - forged in the scuzzy,gay nightlife scene of New York (Wiki's words not mine) This from their second album Ta-Dah from 2006 which you will all have on your shelves

Scissor Sisters - The Other Side

Freddie Stevenson is a singer- songwriter from Edinburgh who went to school at Harrow and whose mother was co-creator of  the TV programme Fraggle Rock
Pleasant if hardly startling folk rock

Freddie Stevenson - Heart Shaped Stone

I'll happily admit that it was probably the name rather than the music which first brought Leeroy Stagger to my attention.
With a name like that you would be expecting a reggae singer as opposed  to a Canadian alternative country singer-songwriter, but  you would be wrong there
This song is from his 2006 album Depression River (definitely alt Country then!)

Leeroy Swagger - Payback

More random nonsense next Wednesday