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Wednesday, 19 January 2022
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Monday, 17 January 2022
It is an undisputated fact that Another Girl, Another Planet by The Only Ones is one of the best songs of all time. It would certainly feature as part of my Desert Island Discs selection.
I suspect that most people would struggle to name another song by them but they certainly weren't a one trick pony. Having said that AGAP was certainly a hard act to follow.
I already had their self-titled debut album but when The Peel Sessions album came out on Strange Fruit came out in 1989 I requested it for my Christmas. This led to my mum's one and only visit to the Virgin Megastore on Glasgow's Union Street.
The three that I have selected below are from sessions from 21/05/80, 05/04/78 and 13/09/77 respectively.
I only own one or two Peel Sessions records so sadly not enough for a series
In case you are wondering I visited my charity shop of the year the other day but came away empty handed.
Sunday, 16 January 2022
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Friday, 14 January 2022
It was sad to hear of the death of the great Ronnie Spector at the age of 76. The first great musical icon to pass in 2022 unless I've missed something.
She was of course the lead singer of the revolutionary all female early 60's band The Ronettes along side her sister Estelle Bennett and her cousin Nedra Tally. They smashed the glass ceiling and many other great all female bands followed.
She was a tough character. Let's face it you would have to be to survive a marriage to Phil Spector. The title of her memoir Be My Baby: How I Survived Mascara, Miniskirts and Madness,or, My Life as a Fabulous Ronette pretty much says it all.
Rest easy Ronnie
Thursday, 13 January 2022
I was watching a video flick through of records for sale when I saw Feline by The Stranglers going for 9 quid.
I've got that I thought and the other day I dug it out for a listen. I couldn't remember how or where I had got it or whether I had ever listened to it before.
From 1993 on Epic it is their 7th album and is as far removed from Rattus Norvegicus and No More Heroes as you could possibly imagine.It is maybe of its time experimenting as it does with electronic drums and synthesizers
Released to a mixed reception with Trouser Press describing it as restained and dignified but also lackluster and boring which is probably fair. All Music wrote while not an instant classic, it does repay repeated listening ... Instead of the belligerent tunefulness of yesteryear, the Stranglers were trying to expand their sound and reach. Too often on this lackluster effort, however, it comes across as boring and unengaging
The European Female, with vocals by Jean-Jacques Burnel, reached number 9 in the UK singles chart and just about passes muster. The rest is much of a muchness. It comes with a one -sided spoken single called Aural Sculpture Manifesto.
If anyone was daft enough to offer me 9 quid I would bite their hand off. An excellent cover though.