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Friday 23 February 2024

The Rum Shack baby


Monday Barbara Dickson at the Royal Concert Hall, Saturday Savage Mansion at the Rum Shack. That's how I rock

It was the first time I had been to the Rum Shack on Glasgow's South Side. It is an impressively large venue and much less claustrophobic than the likes of the Glad Cafe and the Hug and Pint. The only downside was the price of the drinks.£4.75 for a can of Red Stripe and £6.20 for a pint of Bitter & Twisted. Well it is in Strathbungo which is Hipster central. Lots of man buns on display, far more that at Barbara Dickson!

The concert was primarily  to launch The  Shakes the new album by Savage Mansion on the Pictish Trail's Lost Map label.

First up was Northern Irish singer Martha Ffion who also coincidentally happens to be married to Craig Angus the frontman of Savage Mansion. I have her previous album Nights to Forget  here and so was keen to hear her performing songs from her newish album The Wringer. I was not disappointed.

The second act consisted of about a dozen ridiculously young musicians known collectively as Mallet Space. They seemed to be enjoying themselves but I'm afraid their music did nothing for this old fogey.

Finally the main act Savage Mansion came on with a set that heavily featured The Shakes. As I wrote here they put me in mind of Pavement which let's face it is no bad thing.

All in all it was a good night particularly as Mrs CC dropped me off and picked me up. I made good use of my Christmas money by picking up both The Wringer and The Shakes which after a first listen seem to be   well worth having.. Here are the title tracks from both.

Martha Ffion - The Wringer

Savage Mansion - The Shakes

Thursday 22 February 2024

Songs by Bands I Don’t Like 5 - A Guest Series


For the final time George writes:

The premise of the series is that even bands we really do not like have at least one passably good song. Well, obviously not The Pet Shop Boys, they are just absolute bobbins, totally and utterly,  and inexplicably popular.

The first group today do not feature anywhere on the shelves, but if I had not stopped collecting the History of Rock LPs at volume 25 (The Beatles were vol. 26) I would have four Eagles songs (on vol. 30). The songs I have heard from the first two albums, allegedly country rock, leave me cold. And those ballady things from later era are truly terrible. But, in best contrarian fashion, I inexplicably like this song, it’s a bit of a guilty pleasure kind of song for me:

The Eagles - New Kid in Town

It’s on one of my Downloads series of cds. Unlike the next group!

And unlike all bar 1 of the 9 previous artistes (the Beatles, my brother has all their proper studio albums) I have actually listened to three of this band’s albums. Many many years ago, in 1984, a college friend loaned me a plethora of his albums, which included Wall Of Voodoo, the B52s, The Fall, and two albums by The Clash. (On my way back to return them, my friend Euan and I were almost mugged in the streets of Dundee, but I avoided physical harm by yielding the 8 cans of sweetheart stout I also had with me, so Rakesh’s albums were saved).So that’s the first album and Give ‘em Enough Rope heard all the way through. The third album I actually have, bought on a record-shopping day, money burning a hole in my pocket, and it only cost £5 from FOPP. 

The Clash - London Calling

Purchased because of the song, album played once. I also have Rock The Casbah, bought on its release.  Many people who read these pages are big fans of the band. Mr CC certainly is, and I’ve seen that presentation display of London Calling in his own Music Room.

So there you have it. Ten songs in all that I  do like and can easily listen to, all done by Bands That I Don’t Like.

CC writes:

Thanks George - I think you have just about managed to annoy everyone. A magnificent effort!

It's all about opinions!

It would be a boring world if we were all the same.

Wednesday 21 February 2024

Brothers ,Sisters ..... 19


It's the penultimate week of this series and we have the Battle of the Cs  or if you prefer Canada versus the USA.

In the Canadian corner we have from Toronto  David and Andrew collectively known as the Cash Brothers who didn't record and sing together  until they were in their 30s. It maybe took them that amount of time to grow their hair that long.

I first came across them at SXSW in Austin around 2001 when they were promoting their album How Was Tomorrow and subsequently picking up the 2003 follow up A Brand New Light two excellent slabs of Canadian Americana.

Andrew went on to become  a New Democratic Party MP in  the Canadian Parliament from 2011-2015.

I know nothing about the Caulfield Sisters. Wiki tells me that they are an indie rock/shoegaze trio from Brooklyn consisting of Cindy Wheeler, Mary Catherine Guidera and Kristin Mueller who have been on the go from 2000. During that time they have released three albums and it seems that they are not averse to a Smiths cover.

Never mind the Smiths any act who release a song paying homage to the Boss'  greatest album are always going to get my vote.

You will be glad to hear that it will be the final instalment next Wednesday. 

Cash Brothers - Raceway

Cash Brothers - Nebraska

Caulfield Sisters -Mosquito

Caulfield Sisters - Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want

Tuesday 20 February 2024

Keep on Truckin' 4


Let's start this week's offerings with a non -country number. From as far back as 2016 here is HiFi Sean with the aptly named Truck featuring Fred Schneider of B52's fame on vocal. It could well be an electric truck.

From the days when electric trucks were things from science fiction here is an Americana track with a difference. The difference? It is by a British Americana band (if that makes sense) The Rockingbirds from their excellent self-titled album from even further back in 1992.

I thought I  was all out of Truckstop songs until Rol kindly stepped up to the plate with the suggestion of Truckstop Queen by Rachel Sweet. I reckon that Rachel was far too young and nice to ever hang around at truckstops.

No more Truckstop songs I'm afraid unless anyone else can come up with one but I reckon I have enough material for another couple of posts before I run out of diesel.

In the meantime Keep on Truckin'

HiFi Sean (ft Fred Schneider) - Truck

The Rockingbirds - Time Drives The Truck

Rachel Sweet - Truckstop Queen

Monday 19 February 2024

Silver Disc - 25 Years of Ace


2024 Charity Shop Purchases #12 - Various Artists - Silver Disc -25 Years of Ace 1975 -2000

If you have any interest in music at all you should really make yourself familiar with Ace Records the leading reissue record company in the UK.

For the uninitiated Ace Records Ltd. is a British record label founded in 1978. Initially the company only gained permission from the similarly named label based in Mississippi to use the name in the UK, but eventually also acquired the rights to publish their recordings

This is helpful for this particular CD  released in 2000 as it means that it contains 26 tracks  - one a year for the period 1950 to 1975   track details here

I was aware that I already had this but correctly thought it was a burn. My database couldn't help me out as I haven't yet got round to cataloguing all the compilations. Well worth a punt for 50p.

The vast majority of the tracks would be worthy of inclusion but I will ration myself to one from the 50s, one from the 60s and one from the 70s. Don't say I'm not good to you

The Swan Silvertones - Trouble In My Way

Mary Love - Lay This Burden Down

Creedence Clearwater Revival - Travelin' Band

Sunday 18 February 2024

The Cat Crept In


2024 Charity Shop Purchases #11 - Cat Stevens - The Very Best Of

I had the occasional song by Cat Stevens here and there but no albums.
It therefore made sense to fork out 50p  in the Chest, Heart and Stroke charity shop in Auchterarder for The Very Best of Cat Stevens a 2003 compilation on the Universal label.

24 songs and I would estimate that I was previously familiar with about half of them including the three featured below. For some reason my CD Burner decided not to record this CD so I had to obtain the tracks by various routes

I was aware that The First Cut Is the Deepest was first recorded by P.P. Arnold rather than Rod Stewart but it was only when I got this CD that I discovered that it was Cat who wrote it.

As many of you will be aware he converted to Islam in the late 70's and became known as Yusuf Islam or just Yusuf. I suspected that Cat Stevens was not actually his birth name and the Internet tells me that it was Steven Demetre Georgiou. He also answered to Steve Adams.

Saturday 17 February 2024

Saturday Shuffle 42


Beta Band songs - none for ages then two posts come along at once. Hot on the heels from Monday's Heroes to Zeros post  along come the Fence Collective legends once more with To You Alone a stand alone single from January 2000. The NME made it their "Single of the Week", and would later select it as one of the 50 greatest singles of 2000 in their end-of-year awards.

Next up is our cover star Julian H Cope with a song which no doubt will  please Khayem.        

From 1991 Beautiful Love was the first single released to support the album Peggy Suicide. It has appeared on these pages once before on a post about his brilliant compilation Floored Genius

Finally we have another genius in the shape of Robbie Fulks. Here he gives his interpretation of Tears at the Grand Ol' Opry as part of the 2004 Bloodshot Records compilation Hard Headed Woman: A Celebration of Wanda Jackson.

More genuises and maybe some  hard headed women next Saturday

The Beta Band -To You Alone

Julian Cope - Beautiful Love

Robbie Fulks -Tears at the Grand 'Ol Opry