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Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Oxfam Singles - Teenage Fanclub


I visited the Oxfam music shop on Glasgow's Victoria Road at the weekend.
The vinyl prices have gone crazy. What used to be a pound is now three, three now six with some reasonably bog standard second hand records going for upwards of twenty quid.
I suppose they are charging what some folk are willing to pay.And hey it's for charity although I always see Oxfam more as a multi national big business that a charity but maybe that's just me.
I restricted myself to the three CD singles for a pound section with 6 purchases that will feature over the next few weeks.
Teenage Fanclub Have Lost It is probably technically an EP given that it has four tracks
From 1995 on Creation it contains acoustic versions of  previously recorded songs.
Here are the first two -Don't Look Back (from Grand Prix ) and Everything Flows (from A Catholic Education)
Tracks 3 and 4 will feature shortly.
Seven quid on Discogs!

Teenage Fanclub - Don't Look Back

Teenage Fanclub - Everything Flows

Monday, 26 June 2017

Slippage


I know what you have been thinking- there has been a dearth of songs by Slobberbone on the old blogosphere recently.
Strangely, I have been thinking exactly the same thing .
So here are the band from the Texan college town of Denton and featuring the world's tallest bass player with a couple of songs from Slippage an album from 2002 on New West Records.

Some alt country numbers and some a bit more thrashy. I've gone thrashy today and what a splendid racket these two songs serve up.

Slobberbone - Springfield, Il

Slobberbone -Write Me Off

Sunday, 25 June 2017

The Pride of Mississippi


The post title is a play on words on the artists name  and  the album title.
I'm not that sure what your average Mississippi rednecks take would be on a black Country artist.
That however never bothered Charley  Pride too much and he went on to have a stellar career.

Picked up, as you would imagine, in a charity shop for a couple of quid. Worth that for the title track alone. The rest are not all that special.
I've told this story before but I unfortunately missed the opportunity to see Charley's brother Eddie (he plays all Charley's tunes) live in Ullapool as I was working on that particular evening.
Some other time perhaps

Charley Pride - Roll On Mississippi

Charley pride -You Almost Slipped My Mind

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Springsteen Covered -Because the Night



Bruce managed to stop the rot last week with a narrow victory over Townes Van Zandt with Racing in the Streets
So the scores are now The Boss 8  The Rest 6 

And now for something completely different. I'd always though that Springsteen had "given" Because the Night to Patti Smith. It turns out that she altered the lyrics resulting in the classic version being credited to Springsteen/Smith
Bruce's take on this turns up on The Promise.
Although never released as a studio version he performed it during the Darkness Tour using the original lyrics and I have managed to track down a copy.
Bruce may have originally written this but it is Patti's version for me all day long.Absolutely no contest.

I can't believe that anyone out there would disagree

Bruce Springsteen - Because the Night

Patti Smith - Because the Night

Bruce Springsteen - Because the Night (live/original lyrics)

Friday, 23 June 2017

77


No, it's not my age although it does feel like it sometimes.
Rather it is the debut album from that year by Talking Heads.
I've had the urge to feature this for a few days now and I find it best not to fight such things.
I love the Velvets influences and the fact that sometimes it sounds like it is at the wrong speed - particularly on Psycho Killer.
Despite the influences a totally unique and original sound and an introduction to a band who excited us all for a good few years.
It was maybe ok in 77 (Labour in UK and Jimmy Carter in the US) but they have got it wrong with the current regimes (on both sides of the pond) with the title of the second number featured below.

Talking Heads - Uh -oh Love Comes to Town

Talking Heads - Don't Worry About the Government

Thursday, 22 June 2017

I've Got The Abattoir Blues


Just be grateful that I didn't post a picture of an  actual abattoir.
The 2004 double album Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds is one of Mrs CC's.
I'm honestly not sure whether I've ever given it a listen before but now I've listened to at least half of it as I gave Abattoir Blues a blast in the car on the way to and from work on Tuesday.
And rather good it is too - particularly these two tracks.Typical Cave noisy and lyrical in equal measures.
Number one in Greece and Norway apparently.
I suspect that I wont be long in getting round to playing the other one  and if you behave yourselves I may just share some of it with you.

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds -Nature Boy

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds - Abattoir Blues

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Burnt Offerings 22


Burnt Offerings returns with Volume 22 and this week it is Ladies Night - Ladies with attitude that is.

We start in Boston , Massachusetts with Dresden Dolls featuring the dulcet tones of Ms Amanda Palmer with some of their self described Brechtian punk cabaret . This song is taken from their 2006 alum Yes Virginia

Dresden Dolls -Dirty Business


From Massachusetts (and indeed Virginia) we take the small hop to Pennsylvania to touch base with Alecia Beth Moore  better known to you and I as Pink.
God is a D.J. is probably all the Pink that you will ever need and is certainly the only tune of hers that is  likely to grace these pages

Pink - God is a D.J.



Lastly but not leastly we return to Boston to meet up with Rhode Islander the great Tanya Donely of Throwing Muses, The Breeders and Belly fame.
Not content with being a member of these three seminal bands she found time for some solo outings with this song being taken from her 2002 album Beautysleep

Tanya Donely - The Night You Saved My Life

More random nonsense next week (only 10 more volumes to go!)

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

This is the Story


BBC Scotland appears to be on a bit of a roll at the moment when it comes to documentaries.
In addition to the two I mentioned on Sunday tomorrow night sees The Proclaimers: This is the Story commemorating 30 years since the release of their debut album of the same name.
At the time many folk saw the Auchtermuchty twins Craig and Charlie Reid as something of a novelty act and I suspect that a few still do.
The reason? They had the audacity to sing with a Scottish accent something that was pretty rare if not unique back then.
If you think of all the acts that have followed who are happy to sing without bastardizing their mother tongue we surely owe them a debt of gratitude for not  flattening all the vowels and throwing the R away.

The Proclaimers- Throw The "R" Away

The Proclaimers - Over and Done With

Monday, 19 June 2017

North Hills Meet Laurel Canyon


I got North Hills the 2009 debut album by Los Angeles band Dawes out the library a few years ago and have only ever given it a couple of cursory listens.
I put it on the other day and was immediately hearing comparisons to the music coming out of Laurel Canyon in the early 70's which let's face it is no bad thing.
I can also hear comparisons to The Low Anthem Maybe it's just me.
I'm not familiar with any of their other stuff and I see that there are a further four albums out there. Some further exploration is clearly required.

Dawes- That Western Skyline

Dawes - When My Time Comes

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Ferguslie Park and Birthday Murals


Today's post is inspired by two recent BBC Scotland television documentaries.
The first was Paisley: The Town that Thread Built telling the story of the textiles industry in the Renfrewshire town of Paisley and in particular the influence of the thread manufacturers J&P Coates who at one point were the third largest company in the world
There was a massive mill in Ferguslie Park which has now long gone and Ferguslie Park is now identified as the most deprived area in Scotland although some excellent regeneration work is underway.
Gerry Rafferty and Joe Egan of Stealers Wheel were both Fegs as was the artist John Byrne who designed the cover of their 1974 album Ferguslie Park.

John Byrne also popped up in another documentary as he was one of three artists (the others being Jack Vettriano and Rachel Maclean) commissioned by Glasgow to paint portrait's to celebrate the 75th birthday of the legend that is Billy Connolly ( make that Sir Big Yin)
Not content with commissioning the portraits the city has had then put up as 50 foot murals on gable ends across the city here
Makes you proud to be a Weegie!

Stealers Wheel - Nothing's Gonna Change My Mind

Stealers Wheel - Steamboat Row

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Springsteen Covered - Racing in the Streets

Portrait by Jon Langford





Last time round Bruce was up against Kevin Montgomery with I Wish I Were Blind. The scoring was a bit cryptic but I think Kevin just shaded it giving a score of The Boss 7 The Rest 6.
The gap has considerably narrowed over the last few weeks although I suspect it might widen again after this week's offering.
Racing in the Streets is best known as a song from Darkness on the Edge of Town but I have opted for the version which appears on The Promise.
The competition this week comes from the late great Townes Van Zandt.
Much as I love Townes this is probably not one of his better attempts at a cover so it is Springsteen for me this week.
Others of course may choose to differ.

Bruce Springsteen - Racing in the Streets (78)

Townes Van Zandt - Racing in the Streets

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Angels


A couple of weeks ago WYCRA had the word Angel as their Saturday Song Challenge.

At the time I mentioned that  I had once made a compilation CD for Mrs CC for songs with Angel in the title.
This seems like an appropriate time to feature some of them.

Normal service will resume shortly.

Rod Stewart - Angel

Jah Wobble's Invaders of the Heart -Angels

Bertha Tillman - Oh My Angel

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Rest Easy


Thank you for all you kind words - they mean a lot to me and my family.

Sadly mum passed away om Wednesday evening. We are taking some comfort in that she is now at peace and no longer suffering.
Mum wasn't much of a music fan but she did like a bit of Shirley Bassey

Rest easy Jinty x

Shirley Bassey - Diamonds Are Forever

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

CCM editorial

You may have noticed that it has been quiet here recently and that I have not been commenting on other posts.
The reason is that my mum is seriously ill and we have been spending all our time with her.
You will understand that I have neither the time nor the inclination to post at the moment.
I will return in due course

CC

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Forever Mod??


I've featured Forever Mod before. A 2 CD compilation of 48 tunes of smokin' jazz, sensual soul, stormin' ska and classic blues which apparently influenced the beginnings of the Mod Scene. Purchased for 3 quid in Morrisons in Dunoon.
I can't really see the  link myself in the majority of the tracks but there are some absolute belters.
These two probably go down as rhythm and blues as opposed to any of the genres described above.
I must track down Honky Tonk Pt 1
Next week I may go down the classic blues route

Huey Smith - Pop Eye

Bill Doggett -Honky Tonk Pt.2


Saturday, 3 June 2017

Springsteen Covered - I Wish I Were Blind


A bit of controversy following last week's voting for If I Should Fall Behind. Bruce fairly convincingly beat Grant McLellan but was outvoted by those that opted for the version by Dion provided by Drew in the comments!
So it is now The Boss 7 The Rest 5
Last week Lucky Town this week the sister album Human Touch and I Wish I Were Blind.
This week Springsteen is up against Kevin Montgomery.Not his version from Another Long Story his album with Pettibone but the live version from Kevin Montgomery and the Road Trippers - Live! From Glasgow. Recorded at King Tut's Wah -Wah Hut on Friday June 27th 2003.

Bruce's version is clearly the better one but I am going for Kevin COS I WAS THERE!

Others will probably choose to disagree and may even come up with a better version


Bruce Springsteen - I Wish I Were Blind

Kevin Montgomery & the Road Trippers - I Wish I Were Blind

Friday, 2 June 2017

Nevermind - Glitterhouse is 20


I know some of you were beginning to get a bit twitchy given that there has been no Americana round these parts yet this week.
Well twitch no longer as I give you Glitterhouse is 20 (in fact given that this is from February  2005 they are actually 32)
One of the two great German Americana labels (the other being Blue Rose) they are from Beverungen in North Rhine-Westphalia and were founded by Reinhart Holstein and Rembert Stiewe. Gentlemen, we salute you
A number of their artists have previously graced these pages  including the two featured below
A three CD compilation comprising of 51 tracks with CD 3 effectively being a Glitterhouse Greatest Hits. Not surprisingly these two are from that disc.
If this is to hard to track down or outwith your price range - worry not. Come Fly With Us a single CD compilation is available out there for buttons.

Jon Dee Graham - Big Sweet Life

Nadine - Angela

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Listen Without Prejudice


Those of you, like me, who may be expecting to hear some scuzzy blues today  are going to be sadly disappointed.
I picked up what I though was a copy of El Camino by the Black Keys in  a charity shop in Stanraer.
Having been stung before I checked that there was a disc inside.

So far so good.
It soon became apparent however that even with Dangermouse at the controls that this wasn't the raw blues sound of  Messrs Auerbach and Carey that I had anticipated
The music however was OK with tracks 2 and 5 actually being pretty good..
Closer inspection revealed the following words a couple of millimetres in height around the rim of the CD
Kasabian/Velopciraptor!

Kasabian - Days Are Forgotten

Kasabian -Velociraptor!

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Burnt Offerings 21

There have been several bands known as the Stingrays or The Sting Rays over the years.
The one you are getting today are a new wave band originally from Bristol but who nowadays are largely based in Japan.
Countdown was their debut single released on the splendidly named Fried Egg Records in 1980.Sadly it was never used as the theme tune for the daily TV quiz show of the same name.
I shall make enquiries with my brother as to whether he has anything by the London based psychobilly band of the same name that I can share

The Stingrays - Countdown



From Bristol to Vermont the home of blues rock band Grace Potter and the Nocturnals.
They hit the big time with their self titled third album in 2010.
Ragged Company however is taken from their 2005 debut Nothing But The Water




We shall finish off this week's selection with The Magnetic Fields.
A band fronted by Stephen Merritt, they were the subject recently of a fantastic  ICA at JC's place submitted by Rol
This song didn't feature but it is further proof, as if proof was needed, that I should extract the digit and acquire some of their stuff. I'll probably go for 69 Love Songs in the first instance given that it features Papa was a Rodeo and Kelly Hogan's cover version is just about my favourite song of all time


More assorted nonsense next week




Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Some Commotional Music


Slim pickings from our recent trawl of the charity shops of Stranraer.
One CD I did come away with was Lloyd Cole and the Commotions 1984 -1989..
14 tracks of which I already owned 9 having both Rattlesnakes ( on vinyl and CD) and Easy Pieces (on vinyl) on the shelves..
That left 5 I didn't have - 4 from the third album Mainstream and You Will Never Be So Good the b-side of Perfect Skin.
Given the quality on offer I think that  acquiring these five for £1.99 was a pretty good piece of business.
Here are two of the four from Mainstream.

Lloyd Cole & the Commotions - Mr Malcontent

Lloyd Cole & the Commotions - Jennifer She Said

Monday, 29 May 2017

Gregg Allman RIP


A friend texted to advise as to the death of Gregg Allman. Another friend texted that he thought that he had died years ago.
Even having established that he was not confusing him with his brother Duane who died in 1971 aged 24 it was  a fairly easy mistake to make given his years of alcohol and drug addiction. Not many would have put money on him making it to 69.
A couple of years ago after having read his autobiography My Cross to Bear I sought out some Allman Brothers Band stuff by way of Midnight Rider: The Essential Collection.
Some excellent Southern Country rock on there.
He subsequently had a reasonably successful solo career culminating in 2011's Low Country Blues.

Rest easy Gregg

The Allman Brothers Band - Ramblin' Man

The Allman Brothers Band - Whipping Post

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Some Sunday Disco Allegedly


A second visit today to the Disco Legends compilation which first graced these pages on Friday.
In addition to the two acts who featured then the CD contains a number of acts that you would pretty accurately describe as Disco - Heatwave, Tavares, A Taste of Honey and KC & The Sunshine Band to name but four.
Then there are some who I feel are more accurately described as soul hence this second post.
The Jacksons, Billy Ocean, George McCrae and the Three Degrees for instance plus the two featured below.

I'll file it away now

The Isley Brothers - Harvest For The World

Ashford & Simpson - Solid

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Springsteen Covered - If I Should Fall Behind


Well that was a pretty convincing whooping handed out to the Boss last week by Ted Leo with his version of Dancing in the Dark. It would appear that if you wish Bruce to get a trouncing you only have to feature something from Born in the USA.
Given that the scores have now narrowed to The Boss 7 The Rest 4 I won't resort to such desperate tactics - just yet.
This week will be more interesting (for me at least) given that it features two versions of a song that I am not at all  familiar with - If I Should Fall Behind.
Taken from Lucky Town one of two albums along with Human Touch released simultaneously in 1992 when for me he was in a bid of a slump prior to a resurgence with The Ghost of Tom Joad and The Rising
Up against Bruce this week is indie favourite and former Go-Between the late great Grant McLennan. His version was the b-side of his 1993 single Lighting Fires

It's a win for the Aussies for me this week. Others of course may choose to disagree.


Bruce Springsteen - If I Should Fall Behind

Grant McLennan - If I Should Fall Behind

Friday, 26 May 2017

Boogie Nights


On our recent visit to Galloway we popped into the newly opened Cat Protection League shop in Stranraer.
I came away empty handed but Mrs CC picked up Disco Legends.
A double CD featuring 40 tracks - some classics and some fillers and all for just £1.99
Here are a couple of the classics for you to shake your bootie to to get the weekend started

Drew - this is how to do Friday night dance music! Don't think you're quite ready for Baccara though

One, two, three shake your body down

Odyssey - Use It Up & Wear It Out

Wild Cherry - Play That Funky Music

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Weird Tales from Americana Royalty


We are ticking a good few boxes today by featuring Weird Tales the second album by Americana super group Golden Smog from 1998

The Jayhawks - Gary Louris , Marc Perlman, Kraig Johnson, Jessy Greene - check
Wilco - Jeff Tweedy - check
Soul Asylum - Dan Murphy - check
Big Star - Jody Stephens - check  BIG STAR!
Run Westy Run -  Kraig Johnson -check
Geraldine Fibbers - Jessy Greene - check

The lead vocals and indeed some of the instruments are shared around but as you would suspect if you are a regular to these pages I am opting for Messrs Louris and Tweedy.
I was convinced I had the Jayhawks singing Until You Came Along but apparently not. I've certainly heard them singing it live on more than one occasion

Your star crossed eyes. Your troubled mind, seems you were left just for me to find

Golden Smog - Until You Came Along

Golden Smog - Lost Love

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Burnt Offerings 20


This could well be the week that I finally manage to alienate the few hardy souls who have stuck with this series thus far as I serve up not only Lilly Allen but cover versions  of two stonewall classics.

Let's get Lily out the way first. I quite like Alfie a song she wrote criticizing the lazy behavious of  her little brother. Hey it includes a sample from Sandie Shaw's Puppet on a String so it can't be all bad

Lily Allen - Alfie


Watching the Detectives was the first song by Elvis Costello that I ever heard and the first one I ever purchased. To this day it remains one of my top five favourites by him
I've never heard of or heard anything else by Los Angeles band Phantom Planet although  I read that their song California became the theme song for the TV series The O.C.
This is a reasonably passable version which stays pretty close to the original

Phantom Planet - Watching the Detectives



The same can't really be said of the version of Love Will Tear Us Apart by Susanna and the Magical Orchestra.
This is the nom de plume of Norwegian singer Susanna Karolina Wallumrød and her keyboard player Morten Qvenild
A version which appeared on both Grey's Anatomy and Skins and one which may have Joy Division fans wringing their hands and quite possibly my throat

Susanna & the Magical Orchestra - Love Will Tear Us Apart

More assorted nonsense next Wednesday - if I last that long!

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

File Under: Easy Listening


From 1994 File Under:Easy Listening was the third and final album by Bob Mould's Sugar if you count Beaster as an album as opposed to an EP and discount the subsequent Besides compilation and live album The Joke is Always on Us, Sometimes.
It is the only one of the three I have on vinyl.
It is obviously not as good as Copper Blue  (few albums are) nor as noisy as Beaster (a record you would never file under Easy Listening).
It does have a few tracks including these two which were released as singles which are worthy of another listen.

Sugar - Your Favorite Thing

Sugar - Believe What You're Saying

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

Catie

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




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)

Monday, 15 May 2017

Connected


In 1992 British hip hop/electronic dance group Stereo MCs scored massive hits with the single Connected and the album of  the same name.
However a follow up album did not appear for nearly  a decade.
I've no idea why not
Maybe they were too hip hop/dancey for the mainstream and too mainstream for the hip hop/dancey crew.
An album I played a lot at the time and very rarely since.
Perhaps that's the reason

There are also two schools of thought as to whether an apostrophe should feature. I'm doing without.

Stereo MCs - Connected

Stereo MCs - Step it Up

Sunday, 14 May 2017

The Brief Return of Some Sunday Soul


As we sat sitting over tea and coffee in a hungover state in Mono's last Saturday morning JC and Drew started handing out gifts to our distinguished visitors.
Books, Postcard Record T-Shirts and Butcher Boy singles were handed out and then Drew kindly gifted us all with a soul single from his extensive selection.
I'm sure that the others are in the same boat but I am pretty chuffed with the one I ended up with.
It's on the Kent label so you know it is going to be good.
Charlene & the Soul Serenaders on the A side and Margie Joseph on the flip.it's a close call but I slightly prefer Margie.

Cheers mate

Charlene & the Soul Serenaders -Can You Win

Margie Joseph - One More Chance

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Springsteen Covered - Stolen Car


The fightback starts here! Emmylou Harris administers a total thrashing to Bruce with her version of Mansion on the Hill meaning that the scores are now The Boss 7 The Rest 3

We will stick with the ladies this week given that the victors so far have been Emmylou, Thea Gilmore and Tracey Thorn (well technically EBTG)
This week it is the turn of another country star Patty Griffin with her version of Stolen Car the last rack on side 3 of The River.
Absolutely no contest for me this week - Patty by a country mile.She could even win by a bigger margin than Emmylou
Proof, as if proof was needed, that The River would have made a better single album than a double one and also a reminder that I really should get round to acquiring some of Patty's records.

Others, of course may choose to disagree (but you would be wrong there)



Bruce Springsteen - Stolen Car

Patty Griffin - Stolen Car

Friday, 12 May 2017

Excuse Me While I Break My Own Heart Tonight


When I haven't been participating in international blogging conventions over the last few days I have been mostly stuck up a Ryan Adams cul-de-sac
I blame KC myself for posting Gold. This in turn had me looking out his self titled album.

For those of you who enjoyed his early solo stuff before he became pretentious and prolific can I recommend that you look backwards rather than forwards and listen to a bit of Whiskeytown.
I've been listening to Faithless Street this week and what a magnificent album it is.
You should do like wise and while you are at it throw in Strangers Almanac and Pneumonia.
You can thank me later
Interestingly on Faithless Street he only writes some of the songs including some collaborations with other band members.
That would change fairly rapidly and the rest is history
Ryan Adams and Caitlin Cary have talked on numerous occasions about reforming Whiskeytown at some stage and who knows it may well happen

Whiskeytown - Drank Like a River

Whiskeytown - Faithless Street

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Your Favourite Danish Band


From 2003 Chain Gang of Love on Columbia was the first full length album by Danish due The Raveonettes.
I think it is alright but not a patch on it's predecessor the 20 minute 8 track EP Whip it On.
Like Whip it On the majority of the songs come in at under 3 minutes and it is recorded in B minor giving it a somewhat scuzzy sound.
The only time I ever saw them live blowing away the headliners Razorllight at King Tuts lives long in the memory.

I could be wrong but I think that Drew only uttered the words Sharin Foo once over the weekend

The Raveonettes - Heartbreak Stroll

The Raveonettes - Chain Gang of Love

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Burnt Offerings 18


Burnt Offerings 18 and this week we get religion ... of sorts

First up are Ministry with the mighty Jesus Built my Hotrod.
They are joined by guest vocalist Gibby Haynes of Butthole Surfers fame.Al Jougerson explains the collaborative process
Gibby came down completely drunk off his ass to the studio we're at in Chicago. He couldn't even sit on a stool, let alone sing. I mean, he was wasted. He fell off the stool about ten times during the recording of that vocal. He made no sense and it was just gibberish. So I spent two weeks editing tape of what he did - Rock'n'roll!
My abiding memory of this song is of me, George and another couple of pals jumping out a car at a French service station and doing air guitar as this was belting out at full volume.
It is the only thing I've ever heard from Ministry but I suspect it is all you need

Ministry - Jesus Built My Hotrod




From Jesus to the Devil. I think I must of stumbled across somewhere posting Stones covers as this is the second in as many weeks,
I've always been slightly worried in case the politics of Slovenian electro-industrial band Laibach may be slightly suspect. They have been describes as both far left and far right and as racially ambiguous.
It may  of course all be part of the act - let's hope so

Laibach - Sympathy For The Devil


After these two songs it is perhaps time to cleanse the palate somewhat  and who better to do that than The Blind Boys of Alabama a group who have been about in various iterations since Jesus was a lad.
This song is from 2001 - hopefully the picture is from round about then too. I went for one in colour

Blind Boys of Alabama - I Just Want to See His Face

Some more agnostic nonsense next Wednesday