The band that inspired me to do everything I’ve ever done. The very wonderful Swell Maps. If you haven’t got them already, get Trip To Marineville and Jane From Occupied Europe (vinyl is best).
We’re small enough to care
The Arch Drude in 2008 giving us a busker’s rendition the old Teardrop Explodes’ classic Sleeping Gas on Mathew Street in Liverpool, a stone’s throw from the infamous Eric’s club, where it was first performed. I’ve just re-read Cope’s Head On book, which I first read in the mid-ninties, I’d forgotten what an absolute luntatic he is, and how much I love him.
So I’m also belatedly digging last year’s double cd Black Sheep
Exactly how brilliant is Debbie Harry? I touched her bum once, by the way…
went to college, studied art, to be an artist, make a start…
Love The Creation, Love Life
From the long unavailable Love You Til Tuesday movie and LP. Far out, man…
From TOTP in 1977, Otway and Barratt befuddle the studio audience. Check out Barratt’s mashed up electric guitar. also worth checking out is the Whistle Test performance where Otway falls off his amp and fucks up his ankle. Really free.
Two clips made back to back in the gardens of Chiswick House for The Ed Sullivan tv show. The Beatles would always do a spot for Ed when they were touring the States. With touring now no longer happening, the Fabs came up with these precursors to the standard MTV pop promo.
Both songs have always been big favourites, The Beatles really do seem to be at the top of their songwriting game – they were knocking stuff like this out at a thousand miles an hour. I love the bit half way through PaperbackWriter where they throw in Frere Jacques as a backing vocal. Sublimey…
From his own THIS IS TOM JONES show of 1968. I had to post this, not because I’m a huge Jones fan, or I like the song (although both have their merits), BUT because at 1:20 into the clip TOM JONES DANCES LIKE HELL! Stay with it, it really is worth the wait…
I think he’s trying to prove to the entire (female) audience that he’s got enough energy to shag all of them.
Happy (is it meant to be happy?) Easter
This clip is from the 1980 movie Breaking Glass, which has been unavailable on dvd since 2001. What the hell is wrong with this planet? You can buy Girls Aloud’s entire catalogue in umpteen formats, but you can’t get your hands on a solid, timeless classic featuring The Haze.
I really want to see this film again – not only does it star Hazel and post-Quad Phil Daniels, but also a pre-Ants Gary Tibbs and several of the blokes from Metal Mickey. This is frickin’ gold dust.
If anyone has the facility and wherewithall to burn me a copy, please let me know, if not – PETITION No. 10.
Here she is, years ahead of her time (and Arnie’s)…
The classic theme from the much-missed Old Grey Whistle Test, as performed by
Val Donican & Charlie McCoy –
I wanted to include a version of the tune by Nine Below Zero that was performed on Whistle Test, but no bugger’s uploaded it yet, so i guess I’ll have to sort that out.