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Sunday, 31 October 2021
Saturday, 30 October 2021
The Men They Couldn't Hang
Sunday 17th December 1995 £8.00 Ticket Number 00260
This was the only time that I got to see the legendary folk punk band The Men They Couldn't Hang live.
It was one of the few times at Tuts that I have ever seen a barrier to stop enthusiastic fans invading the stage.Once the music started it was easy to see why as everyone was jumping and singing along to their anthemic favourites.
TMTCH were on the go from 1984-1991 and then from 1996 onwards (according to Wiki although I saw them in December 1995) They probably featured a number of tracks from their forthcoming album Never Born to Follow but most folk were there for the classics from their earlier albums.
Their first three albums Night of a Thousand Candles (1985. Demon) which I've just put on, How Green is the Valley (1986, MCA) and Waiting For Bonaparte ( 1988, Magnet) are absolute must haves.
Their version of Eric Bogle's epic The Green Fields of France (No Man's Land) is one of my favourite all time songs. I'm not posting it today as it has appeared here many times before. Worry not, however, as these three (one from each of the first three albums) although not quite the same standard are also very good indeed.
Friday, 29 October 2021
Thursday, 28 October 2021
2021 Charity Shop Purchases 74 - The HaveNots - Bad Pennies
I saw The HaveNots supporting Laura Cantrell in The Subway in the Cowgate, Edinburgh. I know this not because I remember them, but because I came across the ticket in my tin.
I've had a CD single of the song Learning How to Whistle by them for ages. It has a blurb attached suggesting it may have been a promotional single , maybe even picked up at the aforementioned gig.
The blub reads Taken from the brand new album Bad Pennies. This debuting 19 and 22year old girl-boy act from the Midlands (Leicester based duo are 22 year old Liam Dullaghan, and 19 year old Sophia Marshall )offer hope for theUK's Americana scenr. The album is a strong body of varied tunes, combining the ambient influences of Mazzy Star and Cowboy Junkies with an edge that recalls emo-pop or Son Volt at their most angsty - Tim Perry (The Independent).
Now that all sounds very promising but I must admit to being pretty disappointed following my first listen to the album (from 2003 on the Circus 65 label) which I picked up in Ullapool having recognised the name.
I've selected the three songs that appear on both the single and the album. I'm not entirely convinced that the album is a keeper
Wednesday, 27 October 2021
Tuesday, 26 October 2021
2021 Charity Shop Purchases 72 - A Flock of Seagulls - Listen
Something a little bit different for you today. As I was busy amassing CDs in the Community Shop in Ullapool Mrs CC handed me Listen the second album by Liverpool's A Flock of Seagulls from 1983 and on Zomba Records.
A band that I was only familiar with via their singles and it will probably stay that way.This album contains one of their two biggies namely Wishing (If I Had a Photograph of You) with the rest being new to me. They had big hair if I remember correctly and were fond of using brackets.Very 80s.
Their other biggie was I Ran (So Far Away), (brackets again) from their self titled 1982 debut album and as I'm not likely to feature them again any time soon I'm throwing it in as a bonus.It is one I quite like.
You won't be surprised to know that they are still on the go and performing on the retro circuit although I suspect that the big hair has long gone by now.
Monday, 25 October 2021
Sunday, 24 October 2021
Saturday, 23 October 2021
Wednesday 23rd February 1994 £5.00 Ticket No 00040
A slight change from the usual stuff that I go to see this week.
Urban Species are/were a British hip-hop band from Tottenham who drew on a wide range of diverse influences (regga,blues,funk, dub,etc) and who were sometimes described as a British eqivalent of Arrested Development.
I heard a song on the radio (probably one of the ones featured below) with a reference that they were playing at Tuts later in the week. So off I went. It was a solo mission with a few beers being consumed. I have no memory of support act Honky but the main act were very good indeed and the place was totally jumping.
Urban Species were rapper Mintos (Peter Akinrinlola), beats man DJ Renegade (Winston Small) and another rapper Dr Slim (Rodney Green).
On the back of the show I purchased their debut album Listen on the Talkin' Loud label. I thought I may have featured it here before but apparently not. It is not a bad album but it is not one that I play all that often, if at all. They have released only one further album namely Blanket in 1998.
It was just one of those terrific shows you get every now and again with anything the band recorded not coming remotely close to matching it. I can think of another example which I will include in this series if I still have the ticket.
Friday, 22 October 2021
Thursday, 21 October 2021
Wednesday, 20 October 2021
2021 Charity Shop Purchases 68 - Gerry Rafferty - One More Dream -The Very Best Of
We squeezed in a visit to the Highland Hospice shop in the small and pleasant Sutherland town of Dornoch between a pub lunch and a walk on the beach and I came away with a couple of purchases and Mrs CC got some plates.
I was initially a wee bit wary of picking up a Best Of by Gerry Rafferty as I already had City to City, Night Owl and the Days Gone Down Anthology. However the Anthology only goes up to 1982 and I am not familiar with any of his other solo albums.Fortunately there were seven or eight new to me tracks which was enough for me to take the plunge.
One each from three of his albums I don't have I think. From 1980's Snakes and Ladders and not included on the Anthology we start with The Garden of England. We then fast forward to 1988 and the album North and South. There were two or three to choose from but I have gone for the wonderful Shipyard Town.
We finish with the title track of his second last album from 1994 Over My Head . I say second last but it is probably actually his third last as Rest in Blue has recently been released posthumously
Tuesday, 19 October 2021
Monday, 18 October 2021
2021 Charity Shop Purchases 66 - Iris DeMent - The Way I Should
We got to Beauly before we could check into out cottage which allowed for a visit to the Highland Hospice and a pint in the Lovat Arms.
More Country I'm afraid albeit more traditional as opposed to Americana. I was pretty sure that I didn't have The Way I Should the third album by Iris Dement from 1996 and on Warner Brothers.Turns out I had a burn and it's always good to replace that with the real thing. It joins My Life on the shelves
She has got a pretty unique voice which can be an acquired taste. I quite like it.She is an excellent song writer as well and is not afraid to get a wee bit political at times. I saw her at the last non virtual Celtic Connections and I must admit I was a wee bit disappointed maybe because she did not feature much of her earlier stuff such as this.
|The carpet of the bar in The Lovat Arms - Clan Fraser motto|
Sunday, 17 October 2021
Saturday, 16 October 2021
Friday, 15 October 2021
Thursday, 14 October 2021
From Sacramento, California they have always struck me as being a wee bit quirky and not unlike They Might Be Giants. Alright in small doses. I was quite surprised when I listened to it that I was familiar with the title track. I've also got a download of Jolene, although not a live version. Not to be confused with the Dolly Parton classic
Wednesday, 13 October 2021
2021 Charity Shop Purchases 63 - Warpaint - The Fool
Warpaint are a band that I am only very vaguely familiar with and even then that is only because they have made a number of appearances at Swiss Adam's place.
I was intrigued enough to take a punt on their 2010 debut The Fool on the Rough Trade label in a Fort William charity shop and I'm really glad that I did.
From Los Angels and often described as dream pop the line up on the album is Emily Kokal on vocals and guitar, Jenny Lee Lindberg on bass,Stella Mozgawa on drums and Theresa Wayman on vocals and keyboards. The album is produced by Tom Biller with two of the songs mixed by Andrew Wetherall with a subsequent Record Shop Day re-release with mixes of all the songs by Wetherall
The album was critically acclaimed with an average rating of 7.5 out of 10 which sounds just about right to me. Laura Snapes in the NME gets somewhat carried away writing that the dark purple rumble and hypnotic coo of their vocals swim along, dragging the listener beneath its beguiling surface into a swathe of subtle time changes and guitar prone to sudden swan dives into heart-stabbing gold arcs from oil painting-thick landscapes. In layman's terms - worth a listen.
Tuesday, 12 October 2021
It's now the fourth of his albums on the shelves and the 5th if you count the brilliant Better Oblivion Community Center my 2019 album of the year.
Monday, 11 October 2021