Between May 1963 and April 1965 the only No 1 albums were by the Beatles, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Beatles, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. This run was broken by Bob Dylan, who was then knocked off No 1 by Bob Dylan. Three months later, the Beatles were back at No 1, unseated by the Beatles, then the Rolling Stones, then the Beatles.
Town a couple down the pike called Melnik has an all day gig coming up.
Two acts are:
Ivan Mladek & Banjo Band
Sigue Sigue Sputnik
I always wondered what happened to them. At one point they were so famous that the lead singer was bonking Janet Street Porter. Now they’re supporting (and yes, they are supporting, not headlining) Ivan and his Banjo Band at a provincial Czech pop festival celebrating the wine harvest.
Mighty, fallen, look upon my works and despair etc.
There\’s a goodly amount of truth in this:
Eric Clapton couldn\’t compose like Tulsa, but he could hire it out. He was a J. J. Cale tribute band for a few years, more or less.
July 16, Thom Yorke slags off Spotify and recommends that musicians leave the service. July 18 Thom Yorke and friends launch a new music streaming service.
An astonishing coincidence that.
Little Big Sis is running a musical calendar for Advent. Her tastes are somewhat classical.
I am perhaps more in touch with out mutual (slightly) Irish roots.
Not that the Pogues are actually Irish but……
Yes, yes, I know, we\’ve all seen this before. Finland\’s biggest ever gig.
This is 1993. We\’ve still got tanks in Moscow, firing live shells at the commies.
And in Finland we\’ve the Red Army choir singing the Finnish national anthem. Followed by It\’s Only Rock and Roll. And some of those Army musicians can really play: that horn section\’s been playing a lot of very unsoviet stuff to sound like that.
My favourite piece:
Just such a strange beat to try to dance to. Which is the point, of course.
\”If there are people who admire us and what we do, that\’s a huge compliment,\” Hill says. \”As long as it doesn\’t get too crazy. People are all the time telling me stories: they named their son after me, or more than likely their dog. Or they got a tattoo. Or had their first sexual encounter when a song of ours was playing. Thank you for the compliment, I really wish I had been there.\”
But just something for a Tuesday arvo.
Note at around 3.20 that great shit eating grin that comes from knowing you\’re absolutely, no doubt about it, nailing it.
Re the Payola Scandal of the early 70s:
The pop singer Dorothy Squires, who had once been married to Sir Roger Moore, was also arrested after her songs began inexplicably to gain airplay on Radio 1. The case against her was subsequently dropped.
Piecing together comments from old friends and acquaintances, and public sightings in local art galleries and book shops, it would appear that Bowie spends his time painting, drawing and reading, and doting on his daughter. Business associates suggest he still takes a keen interest in the exploitation of his back catalogue, which brings in millions of pounds a year. But what he does not appear to be doing is writing new songs and preparing a dramatic and lucrative comeback.
There\’s a rumour or two that a newspaper or two polished up their obituaries last week. These sorts of stories do sweep through such places. Could be, I\’ve no inside information.
However, I\’ve always rather thought that Bowie didn\’t see himself as a musician at all, but as an artist. An artist just as much as Damian Hirst is, or even Picasso. Music just happened to be a part of his art, not the art itself.
I have absolutely no inside information on this either, it\’s just an impression from the outside.
That he was and is hugely musically talented is irrelevant. It was always about the show, not the songs, about the performance not the music.
And when there\’s no artistic comment to make then why bother? There are examples of writers simply stating that they\’ve nothing more to say so they stop writing. Of composers doing the same.
OK, OK, this is nonsense on stilts built on foundations of sand. But it does explain why he\’s not touring the old songs each year: because the songs were never what it was all about.
David Bowie: singer\’s pale appearance reignites health fears
To be honest he looks pretty good for a 65 year old south Londoner. You\’ll certainly see worse wandering the streets.
Even if he does have some fairly kookie beliefs.
Here he is being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Up on stage with him is Peter Green. Never been in his band at all. But he did write the song that made the breakthrough for Santana.
Then went nuts, took a few decades out and all.
When the band Peter Green founded, Fleetwood Mac, were inducted, he wasn\’t asked or invited. Certainly didn\’t appear.
Oh well, some people have it and some don\’t I suppose.
And I\’ll forgive people all sorts of strange religious and spiritual beliefs if they\’ve got that much more important it.
. The Beastie Boys\’ Adam Yauch died of cancer in May, having played his part in the creation of 25 years of music that any ad exec would pay millions to get hold of. We now know that his will contained one very interesting clause: \”Notwithstanding anything to the contrary, in no event may my image or name or any music or any artistic property created by me be used for advertising purposes.\”
So when \”The Beastie Boys, Greatest Hits\” comes out they\’ll not be allowed to play any of the music in the ads for it then?
Andrew Lloyd Webber: \’I fear for future of the arts\’
I think that\’s what he\’s saying at least….
“The best things in life are free”
Luther Vandross and Janet Jackson
No, Janet Brandford and Berry Gordy. And the best recording of it is obviously the Flying Lizards.
Jagger, drunk, once telephoned Charlie Watts\’s hotel room at 5am and demanded to speak to \”my drummer\”. Watts rose from bed, meticulously showered and shaved, dressed himself in a three-piece suit, then took the lift downstairs and decked Jagger for impertinence.
I\’ve been taking a lot of music lessons just recently. Becoming quite the multi-instrumentalist.
I\’ve quite nailed the vocal line from Jessica, have the drum part to Eruption down pat and even the lead guitar part in Birdland sorted.
I think I\’ll move on to the Hammond organ part in Freebird next unless anyone has any better ideas?