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Wednesday, 26 October 2016

The Sophtware Slump

Until recently the only Grandaddy record I had was The Broken Down Comforter Collection which is pretty patchy at best.
It kind of put me off acquiring any more of their stuff although. I have often seen their second studio album from 2000 The Sophtware Slump and swithered about purchasing it.
I finally took the plunge in a charity shop in Callander and I'm glad I did as it is infinitely better than TBDCC.

Another cataloguing conundrum in that I currently have them filed under Americana whereas they clearly have much more in common with bands such as Mercury Rev and The Flaming Lips who currently reside in the Indie/Pop section.
They are shortly scheduled to release their first album since 2006.

Grandaddy - Hewlett's Daughter

Grandaddy - Broken Household Appliance National Forest

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Up With the Berets of Bonnie Dundee

What is it about Dundonian men and their berets? I suspect that you couldn't walk the length of the Nethergate without bumping into a male beret wearer.
This post popped into my non- beret wearing head for two reasons - the recent purchase of Candy Philosophy an album by Michael Marra in the aforementioned Thrift Shop in Aberfeldy and a comment I placed on The Chain currently the best thing on the Internet about the beret wearing habits of Billy Mackenzie of Associates fame

It then struck me that Mike Watson or Baron Watson of Invergowrie was seldom seen in the stands of Tannadice without his beret..His career suffered an ignominy with a conviction for wilful fire raising here hence my final choice of song

Michael Marra - Johnny Halliday

Associates - Club Country

The Prodigy - Firestarter

Monday, 24 October 2016

Leopard Skin Onesie

I heard this on 6 Music the other day when I was off work and feeling poorly and I thought I should share it with you.
If you are a fan of Half Man Half Biscuit, and who isn't, this may well appeal to you.
The Humdrum Express is Ian Passey from downtown Kidderminster.
This song is available free on Bandcamp and he also has a number of tracks available to download on Soundcloud.

This song namechecks Sam Smith and TV Smith only one of whom features on the shelves.

The Humbrum Express - Leopard Print Onesie

The Adverts - No Time To Be 21

Sunday, 23 October 2016

Some More Sunday Northern Soul

I think that last week's featured album The Very Best of Northern Soul Volume 1 merits a further visit.
For two reasons - one - it is fantastic and two - I am struggling for things to put on this series which has now been running for the best part of three years

First up we have Erma Franklin (big sister of Aretha) with her version of a song made famous by Jackie Wilson namely (I Get The) Sweetest Feeling.
Then we feature the man himself shockingly making his debut on these pages.
Both songs written by Van McCoy and Alicia Evelyn.

Erma Franklin - ( I Get The) Sweetest Feeling

Jackie Wilson - I've Lost You

Saturday, 22 October 2016

Dylan Covered - Stuck Inside of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again

Well the first week saw a decisive victory for the Byrds.
The score so far then is Bob Dylan 0 Cover Artists 1

In the week that he was finally awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature it is probably fitting that we go for a magnificent song from a magnificent album with a magnificent title.

From the masterpiece that is Blonde on Blonde here is Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again.
A somewhat more obscure cover this week as it is covered by Hill Country Bluesmen  North Mississippi Allstars.
Or perhaps it should be the North Mississippi Upstarts for having the audacity to take this on.
Your verdict?
My tuppence worth - I like the way they have put their own stamp on the song but it's Bob for me all day long.

Bob Dylan - Stuck Inside of Mobile With the Memphis Blues Again

North Mississippi Allstars - Stuck Inside of Mobile With the Memphis Blues Again

Friday, 21 October 2016

Some Friday Rock'n'Roll Trio Boogie

Tonight's slice of Rockabilly comes courtesy of Johnny Burnette who along with his older brother Dorsey and Paul Burlison performed as The Rock'n'Roll Trio
Rock'n'Roll Trio and Tear it Up can be purchased as a thoroughly recommended 2 album CD - reaping the benefit of all those two minute tracks.

Johnny Burnette was yet another Rockabilly star who met an early and nasty death. At the age of 30 his unlit fishing boat was struck by a cabin cruiser on Clear Lake in California.
Fortunately he left a rich legacy of work before his untimely demise

Johnny Burnette - All By Myself

Johnny Burnette - Tear it Up

Johnny Burnette - Blues Stay Away From Me

Thursday, 20 October 2016

1-2-3 -4 !

Another compilation purchased in Granton on Spey was 1-2-3-4! one of the occasional Mojo Roots of Series - in this case obviously the Roots of The Ramones
It includes the likes of the Seeds, the Shangri-Las and Love who you would imagine influenced the Bruddas.
It also includes contemporaries such as Johnny Thunders & the Heartbreakers, Wayne County and Television.
Not sure how they constitute the roots of the Ramones.
A minor quibble as the music is terrific

Here are the Bruddas with Walter Lure of the Heartbreakers with a Stones cover, Ronnie Spector with a Joey Ramone song and a band who clearly also influenced the Cramps

1-2-3-4 !

Walter Lure & the Ramones - Street Fighting Man

Ronnie Spector - She Talks to Rainbows

The Trashmen - Bird Dance Beat