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Saturday, 23 September 2017

Hit the North

We are off today for our annual two week pilgrimage up North
Week one near Tain on the East Coast of Scotland and week two near Gairloch on the West.

Therefore there will be a  reduced service until we get back (hopefully armed with some charity shop goodies) with just the occasional  holiday hiatus snippet thrown in  here and there to keep you going

The Fall -Hit The North

Kris Drever - Going To The North

Friday, 22 September 2017

When Autumn Leaves Lie Thick and Still

When does Autumn start?
In Scotland it is usually after the two or three warm days we get in May or June!
It is 1st September on the meteorological calendar or  today 22nd September if you use the astronomical seasons
Alyson  over at What's It All About knows her seasons so should be able to give the definitive answer.

Whatever, it gives me an excuse to feature a couple of songs with Autumn in the title.

The Kinks - Autumn Almanac

Paolo Nutini - Autumn

Thursday, 21 September 2017

This Is Stanley Odd

And now for something completely different.
As an antidote to the wall to wall Americana I have been serving up recently here are Stanley Odd an Edinburgh based hip hop collective.
A couple of songs from their 2013 album Reject focusing on politics and in particular the debate around Scottish independence.
Although things have moved on since 2013 there is a lot of what they are saying still relevant today
The advent of Trump and Brexit should give them plenty of new material to vent their spleens.

Stanley Odd - Antiheroics

Stanley Odd - Marriage Counselling

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Wrecking Ball Wednesday Strike 2

It's the last swing of the wrecking ball today as it demolishes everything left standing.

Let's start with Neil Young with his song from 1989's Freedom album. Rather unkindly described on a list I googled as an absolute dumpster fire .Not as bad as that but not one of his strongest songs and certainly not a patch on  the cover by Emmlou

Neil Young - Wrecking Ball

Neil is followed by an artist who never disappoints the great Gillian Welch with her song being the final track on her 4th studio album from 2003 Soul Journey

Gillian Welch - Wrecking Ball

I'm slightly cheating with my last offering given that it is titled My Wrecking Ball but that is close enough I reckon.You will recognize the voice as being that of Ryan Adams.
From his self titled 14th album from 2014.
Is it only me or does anyone else get annoyed when a band or artist releases anything other than their debut album eponymously?

Ryan Adams - My Wrecking Ball

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Brothers, Sisters ...#3

I'll have a P please Bob.
Right you are - this week brother and sister acts beginning with the letter P
The brothers this week are Joe and Bob Pernice who along with others constitute the fine band imaginatively known as the Pernice Brothers.
Here is the first track from their third album from 2003  Yours, Mine & Ours released on the Ashmont Records label

Pernice Brothers - The Weakest Shade of Blue

A welcome, if temporary, break from Americana  as we  join Soul/pop sisters Anita, June and Ruth Pointer from 1991 on their fourth album Black & White. This song reached number 13 in the US Billboard charts and number 50 in the UK singles charts
Another sister Bonnie has also performed with the band
June died in 2006. Anita and Ruth currently perform as part of a rotating trio along with Ruth's daughter Issa and granddaughter Sadako

Pointer Sisters - Should I Do It

Monday, 18 September 2017

Step Inside This House

Step Inside This House from 1998 is the 7th album by Lyle Lovett and unlike  it's predecessors which consisted mostly of self-penned tunes this one is an album of cover songs written by fellow Texans.
Lyle plumped for those artists who were relatively unknown.
The title track is by  Guy Clark.Part of me would rather he had had a go at Slip Inside This House by fellow Texans The 13th Floor Elevators.
Flyin' Shoes is of course the title track of an album by the late great Townes Van Zandt.
My copy of the traditional Texan River Song cuts out at 3 minutes 53 seconds as opposed to the intended 4 minutes and 9 secons so you probably miss a a Fa La La Lee. My apologies

Lyle Lovett - Step Inside This House

Lyle Lovett - Flyin' Shoes

Lyle Lovett - Texas River Song

Sunday, 17 September 2017

The Incomparable Charley Pride

Yes, yes I know that I have featured some Charley Pride on vinyl relatively recently.(just checked it was the 25th of June so not quite as recently as I first thought).
However when Mrs CC came in with a couple of compilations by him at 50p a pop it led my to thinking that another airing was justified.
A compilation from 1972 the year after he was chosen as the artist of the year and the best male country vocalist  of the year by the Country Music Association and the top male country artist by Billboard and Cashbox.
His greatest accolade though will always be that he became the first black artist (and pretty much the only black artist) to be recognised as a major country and western artist.
His talent sure burst down a whole number of barriers.
Incomparable indeed.

Charley Pride - Was It All Worth Losing You

Charley Pride - This Highway Leads to Glory

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Doctor Velvet

Nick Curran was an extremely talented blues singer and guitarist who died in 2012 from oral cancer at the tender age of 35.
He released 5 albums from 2000 to 2010 with his band the Nitelites. Dr Velvet is the middle one from 2003 on the wonderfully named Blind Pig Records from San Francisco.
He also played with The Fabulous Thunderbirds from 2004 to 2007 and in the band Deguello where he played the drums standing up.

A true talent taken far too early

Nick Curran & the Nitelites -Doctor Velvet

Nick Curran & the Nitelites - Can't Stop lovin' You

Friday, 15 September 2017

Returned From Sea

I'm off to a sold out Hug and Pint tonight for an album launch event for Returned to Sea the debut album by Sister John on the Last Night From Glasgow label.
Some lucky folk were there last night.
It is an absolute belter - my album of the year so far.
All songs written by lead vocalist Coatbridge lass Amanda McKeown.
Drew gave the album an excellent review recently as did the Scots Whay Hae website so it saves me doing it.
If you get the chance buy it  from the LNFG link above but be quick as it as it is limited to 500 copies.

As well as the music the gatefold sleeve is a thing of beauty with a great photo of the band in the University Cafe on Glasgow's Byres Road

Sister John - Sweetest Moment

He Came Down is currently my favourite track  (today!)

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Grant Hart RIP

I was saddened to read of the death of Grant Hart at the age of 56 after a long battle with cancer.
I must admit that I am not familiar with his solo stuff other that knowing that it has been critically acclaimed.
For me and many others he will be best remembered as the drummer and co-songwriter of the legendary
Hüsker Dü.

Rest easy Grant.

Husker Du -Too Much Spice

Husker Du - Don't Want to Know if You Are Lonely

Husker Du - No Promise Have I Made

New Miserable Experience

I was quite surprised to discover that Gin Blossoms  have never graced these pages before.
I've always had them filed under Americana. I mean with an album entitled New Miserable Experience why wouldn't you?
However whereas it definitely has a Country twang to it  these two songs which are probably their best known (to me at any rate) are more rockier and have a touch of R.E.M. about them.
They were both written by guitarist Doug Howard who was sacked towards the end of the recording of the album due to alcohol issues.Sadly just as the album was becoming a success towards the end of 1993 he committed suicide.
They made brief reappearances in 1996, 2006 and 2010 but they never reached the dizzy heights of New Miserable Experience again

Gin Blossoms - Hey Jealousy

Gin Blossoms - Found Out About You

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Wrecking Ball Wednesday

When I was preparing last week's Rod Picott post I noticed that he had a song called Wrecking Ball on his Girl from Arkansas album.
This got me thinking that I have two albums and at least half a dozen songs called Wrecking Ball which surely warrants a feature. Almost getting into Rol territory here.
You will hopefully be relieved  to note that none of them are the one by Miley Cyrus pictured above.

I suppose that Wrecking Ball is a pretty useful metaphor for a songwriter, particularly one of a country persuasion, as it neatly describes a catastrophic event or series of events impacting on one's life.

Here are the first three - one classic and two bog standard.
We will start naturally with the one which inspired this post and which is one of the one's which is not a classic - the song by Rod Picott

Rod Picott -Wrecking Ball

Now for the classic.The title track from her 1995 album here is the great Emmylou Harris with her version of Neil Young's Wrecking Ball  from his album Freedom. Mr Young obviously approves (and why wouldn't he?) as he provides harmony vocals.

Emmylou Harris - Wrecking Ball

And finally, for this week at any rate, another title song from an album.
The title track from Bruce Springsteen's 2012 album and one which commemorates the then pending demolition of the Giants stadium in New Jersey which becomes a defiant anthem in the face of economic adversity .As I said, metaphors

Bruce Springsteen -Wrecking Ball

More devastation next Wednesday

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Brothers, Sisters #2

Two Country harmony acts for you this week
The Great Atomic Power by Charlie and Ira Loudermilk  commercially known as the Louvin Brothers has appeared here before but given the shenanigans currently going on between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-Un  it is probably worthwhile posting it again before it is too late and you rise and meet your saviour in the end
Oh as Charlie and Ira would have it please remember  that  Satin is Real

The Louvin Brothers The Great Atomic Power

This week's female Country siblings are of a more modern vintage.
Laura and Lydia Rogers record and perform as Americana duo The Secret Sisters.
They are from Muscle Shoals, Alabama a town with a great musical history and they first honed their skills by singing a cappella in their local church
They have recently released their 3rd album You Don't Own Me Anymore which was produced by  the great Brandi Carlile.

The Secret Sisters - Tennessee River Runs Low

More singing siblings next week

Monday, 11 September 2017

Hips and Makers

From 1994 Hips and Makers is the debut solo album by Kristin Hersh.
Released on 4AD in the UK and Sire in the States it reached number7 in the UK album charts higher than any  other album by her or by The Throwing Muses
It is more acoustic that the work of  former Throwing Muses colleague Tanya Donelly in The Breeders and Belly.
Michael Stype provides backing vocals on Your Ghost.

Sadly Kristin has been prone to bouts of metal illness over the years. Her 2010 memoir Paradoxical Undressing (Rat Girl in the US) is on the shelves of my local library but I have yet to pluck up the courage to read it.

Kristin Hersh - Your Ghost

Kristin Hersh - Me and My Charms

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Vintage Soul Vinyl - Gladys Knight & the Pips

Those of you with children will probably have to explain this Viz cartoon to them.

It was only fairly recently that Gladys Knight & the Pips made the shelves. I thought that The  Motown Years would be a safe bet and I was not wrong there .
I was a wee bit more apprehensive picking up a Best of in my local charity shop as you never quite know what you are going to get.
I needn't have worried as the majority of the ten tracks are pretty good. Here are two that you should all be familiar with - one of which features above.

Gladys Knight & the Pips - Best Thing That's Ever Happened to Me

Gladys Knight & the Pips - Midnight Train to Georgia

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Talk Talk

The first in an occasional series about internet providers  ....  not

The Very Best of Talk Talk was part of the collection I inherited from my brother in-law and sister in-law
It wasn't one that was consigned to charity right away or immediately found it's way to the shelves. Rather it was in the pending pile awaiting a play before a final decision.
The fact that it has been there for so long tells it's own story.
I've never particularly been a fan finding them a bit OTT and of their time
A couple of reasonable tracks but a listen did nothing to change my mind.Indeed I never made it to the end.

I'm pretty sure it's not a keeper. On the plus side though it is better than Then Jerico 

Talk Talk - It's My Life

Talk Talk -Life's What You Make It

Friday, 8 September 2017

A Camp

When I featured Nina Persson recently on Burnt Offerings 31 there was an outpouring of love in the comments section for her other band A Camp
As I value the taste and judgement of the commentators and as the self titled 2001 album produced by the late Mark Linkous of Sparklehorse fame was available ridiculously cheaply I took the plunge.

First impressions are pretty good with the possible exception of The Oddness of the Lord.
It would be churlish not to feature I Can Buy You championed by Rol or the cover of The Restless Hearts song The Bluest Eyes in Texas highlighted by Drew

As for C and Spence I'm afraid you'll have to make do with the video of Love Has Left the Room until I get round to purchasing Colonia

A Camp - I Can Buy You

A Camp - The Bluest Eyes in Texas

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Ooh La La

The Faces were pretty much the identikit rock'n'roll band.
The one which ticked all the stereotype  and cliche boxes of sex,drugs and rock'n'roll.
As much a gang as a band and the one that many a teenage boy would have given his eye teeth to be a member of.
Given the lifestyle it was hardly surprising that Rod,Ronnie L, Ronnie W , Kenny and Mac only lasted for three years and four albums from 1970 to 1973.
I've gone for two of the hits from their final album Ooh La La as they are among the ones I remember most as a youth
Pool Hall Richard would certainly have featured had it not featured before.

From the When Rod was Good era and for George and Walter who have sung their praises before

The Faces -Ooh La La

The Faces -Cindy Incidentally

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Angels, Acrobats, Workshirts and Turpentine

For those of you wondering and worrying I am happy to report that there is still plenty of Americana on the shelves for the sharing of.
Today's numbers are from Stray Dogs the second (of ten to date) album by Rod Picott from 2002.
I saw him in Glasgow and my pal came away with this album and the 2004 follow up Girl From Arkansas. I settled for copies.

Some blue collar/small town America songs with shades of Steve Earle and in particular Bruce Springsteen in places
I know no more.

Rod Picott -Angels and Acrobats

Rod Picott - Workshirts and Turpentine

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Brothers, Sisters ....

A new, if hardly original, series for you today.
Bands with Sister(s) or Brother(s) in their title.
We will start of with bands containing actual brothers or sisters and see where we go from there.

We kick off with the Webb Brothers who are the offspring of the great  songwriter and pianist Jimmy Webb.
When I saw them in Austin and subsequently purchased their 2000 album Maroon there were only the two of them: Christiaan on vocals, piano and keyboards and Justin on vocals and guitars.They have subsequently been joined over the years by younger brothers James and Cornelius.

The Webb Brothers - Summer People

Another band who at one stage contained four siblings are the disco legends Sister Sledge.
At their peak they consisted of Debi, Joni, Kim and Kathy Sledge.
Kathy left in 1989 returning occasionally thereafter and  Joni sadly died in 2017
Here is the LP version of their classic We Are Family - all 8 minutes of it!

Sister Sledge - We Are Family

During my extensive research for this post  I also discovered that there is in fact also a band out there called The Webb Sisters - featuring sisters Charley and Hattie from Kent

More next week

Monday, 4 September 2017

Boat to Bolivia

What better way to start the first whole week in September than with the first two tracks from Boat to Bolivia the glorious debut album by Martin Stephenson and the Daintees?
Released  in May 1986 on Kitchenware Records it is a stonewall classic and a must have.
My copy is a second hand one from Missing Records for 99p. Heaven knows how much Oxfam would be asking for a copy these days.
I have their first three albums but nothing since.
Although troubled by alcoholism over the years Martin is still going strong regularly  producing solo albums to critical acclaim.
A great ICA at JC's place from his biographer Rich Cundill is well worth checking out

He is one day younger than me.

Martin Stephenson & the Daintees - Crocodile Cryer

Martin Stephenson & the Daintees -Coleen

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Shuggie, Shuggie, Shuggie

The recently completed long running Burnt Offerings series had me revisiting some artists and exploring some that I knew very little about in more detail.
One such artist was Shuggie Otis and I took in upon myself to acquire Inspiration Information the album on which Aht Uh Mi Hed appeared.
The one I plumped for was one of those 2 for 1 CDs the other being Wings of Love.
I'm sharing the title tracks with you.
It can get a bit jazzy and twiddly in places but that is easily overshadowed by some fantastic Psychedelic Soul.
Take it away Shuggie

Shuggie Otis - Inspiration Information

Shuggie Otis - Wings of Love

Saturday, 2 September 2017

Hello Starling

I've featured Josh Ritter the man from Moscow (Idaho) a couple of times before but nothing from his third album from 2003 Hello Starling.
I have his second through to fourth albums from 2001 to 2006 but nothing since.

It is quite a polished performance. Nothing wrong with that I suppose but I prefer my music a wee bit rougher round the edges. That is why I have opted for the live version of Kathleen which features on a bonus four track EP of songs recorded in Dublin where he was massive around this time.
Indeed Hello Starling debuted at number 2 in the Irish charts.

Josh Ritter - Wings

Josh Ritter - Kathleen (Live)

Friday, 1 September 2017

I Speak Because I Can

I quite like Laura Marling. However, she is one of many an artist who's music  I like but have never quite got round to paying hard cash for. I would however hoover up anything I saw in a charity shop.
She first appeared as part of the nu folk movement (an awful term)  in the mid Naughties first hooking up with Noah and the Whale and then with posh boys Mumford and Sons.
Fortunately for her she had the talent to survive these associations and continues to deliver consistently good and challenging songs.
I Speak Because I Can is her second solo album from 2010 produced by Ethan Jones an a Mercury Music Prize nomination.
Then boyfriend Marcus Mumford appears on drums and backing vocals but we won't hold that against her.

Laura Marling - Rambling Man

Laura Marling -Hope in the Air

Thursday, 31 August 2017

Courtney Marie

Concerts eh? Like Corporation buses none for ages then two come along at once.
Hot on the heels of Saturday's Carla J Easton gig Mrs CC and I are off to see Courtney Marie Andrews tonight.
The concert is at St Lukes a converted church in Glasgow's East End and is another new venue for me.

Courtney Marie first came to my attention with her contribution to Tuscon Songs an album that George very kindly sent in my direction. That one is the first one below.
The second is from her 2016 album Honest Life  which I got with my birthday money.
Recorded whilst she was living in Belgium it reached number 1 in the Official UK American chart (I never knew there was such a thing) and led to an appearance on Jools Holland which I have never seen.

Match report to follow

Courtney Marie Andrews - It's Okay, I Understand

Courtney Marie Andrews - Rookie Dreaming

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Burnt Offerings 32

And now the end is near , and so we face the final curtain.
After 32 posts dating back to 11th January the final three of the ninety six debutants in this series take their bow.
Another random mix this week. We start with The Killers the most successful  rock band to ever emerge from the state of Nevada.. I'm not particularly a fan but this song which I haven't heard for a while is rather good

The Killers - Read My Mind

If I was to guess where Renne Guyer comes from I would be sticking my pin in one of the Southern states of America. I would be wrong there as she hails from Melbourne, Australia.
She describes herself as a a white Hungarian Jew from Australia sounding like a 65-year-old black man from Alabama which is obviously miles better than anything I could ever come up with.

There hasn't been that much folk featured in this series probably because around the time of these burns (2006/2007) I wasn't really listening to as much as I do now. Probably an age thing.
We finish this series then with great English folk singer Anne Briggs a somewhat reluctant but extremely influential star

I hope you have enjoyed this series as much as me and have found some new artists to explore. 

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Carla J Easton - The Old Hairdressers, Glasgow

As you can see from the photograph David Bailey has absolutely nothing to worry about.That's Carla in the red in case you were wondering.
It does however give you some idea as to the intimacy of  the venue.I was in the back row of the room which held about 50 folk. For once we were in an attic as opposed to a boiling hot basement.

What a great evening's entertainment I experienced on Saturday .Four excellent and diverse acts for a tenner.Talk about value for money. Huge thanks to Olive Grove Records and especially to Last Night from Glasgow for making it happen.

The first act on stage was Kirsty Law an artist who comes from a traditional Scottish music background.
She has written songs with the great Karine Polwart and with Carla who joined her on stage for the first time that they had sung the song they co-wrote together.

Next up was Brett Nelson a Canadian singer songwriter who Carla had met at a singer/songwriter workshop in Banff (Canada as opposed to Aberdeenshire) .He was staying at Ian from LNFG and was wearing his socks!
Some excellent songs with an Americana influence to them. There was one about a three pawed weasel which was particularly good.

Brett was followed by Irish poet Rachel McCrum who had the audience totally mesmerised with  some readings from her book The First Blast to Awaken Degenerate Women

In a first for CCM here is a poem she did for the Scottish Refugee Council

Finally Carla  J Easton took the stage.She advised that her mum who was in the auidence had told her to hurry up as she was going for the last train to Carluke. Sadly she never got to see the full set!
I'm useless at remembering all the songs and in the correct order but Fireworks, Vagabonds, Millions and somewhat bizarrely for August Spending Every Christmas Day with my Boy all featured
She also aired a couple of the new songs from the Work in Progress cassette (which thankfully comes with a download code) including Lights in the Dark and Girl From Before.
Just Carla and her piano but songs  that are likely to be worked up with the band and which will feature on Ette's new album.
No diminution in quality - as totally brilliant as the rest of her stuff.

A terrific evening

Teen Canteen -Vagabond

Monday, 28 August 2017


I've never really considered myself much of a James fan so it was a bit of a shock to note that I have their first five albums on the CD and album shelves.
I don't think I ever bought any of them new and suspect I must have picked them up cheaply somewhere along the way.
I can't say that I have listened to them for a while.
I selected their fifth album Laid for no other reason than it was the first to come to hand. I thought that it was there most successful album but apparently not given that it only reached number 3 whereas four of their other albums reached number 2 and a Best of number 1.
So there you go

It was produced by Brian Eno. I didn't know that either

James - Sometimes (Lester Piggott)

James -Say Something

Sunday, 27 August 2017

Vintage Country Vinyl - Tennessee Ernie Ford

I returned Chet Atkins and Friends to charity and in doing so came away with Sixteen Tons by  Tennessee Ernie Ford.
Marginally better. About a quarter of the 12 tracks past muster - namely Sixteen Tons and these two country rockabilly numbers.
A couple of others start promisingly then descend into novelty records with silly voices thrown in. I suspect that as he became a TV personality the quality of the music was a secondary concern.
Not sure whether this one is a keeper

Tennessee Ernie Ford - Shot-Gun Boogie

Tennessee Ernie Ford - Blackberry Boogie

Saturday, 26 August 2017


I'm off to see Carla J Easton tonight and I am fair looking forward to it.
As some of you will know Carla is the front woman of both Ette and Teen Canteen.
A terrific singer and musician and a great songwriter. A true talent who hopefully has a bright future ahead of her.
She is playing songs from both bands and is also showcasing some new songs which will feature on Ette's forthcoming new album.
If it is half as good as their debut album  Homemade Lemonade we are in for a treat.

The gig is at the Old Hairdressers which is a new venue for me.
I haven't quite matched JC's tally of Glasgow venues but I reckon that I have now passed the 50 mark.

Ette - Attack of the Glam Soul Cheerleaders (Parts 1&2)

Friday, 25 August 2017

Please be Upstanding for the Reverend

Today one of the stars from Burnt Offerings 11 makes a welcome return as we feature Jim Heath better known as the Reverend Horton Heat with a couple of songs from his 2004 album on the Yep Roc label Revival.
We feature the title track together with Octupus Mode because let's face it there are not nearly enough songs about octupuses or should that be octopi ?(the former I think)
From Dallas, Texas the Reverend  and his band have been on the go since 1990 with a dozen or so albums of what he describes as country-fied punkabilly - and who are we to argue.
Terrific stuff.

The Reverend Horton Heat - Revival

The Reverend Horton Heat - Octopus Mode

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Los Halos - Gracias Swede

A large tip of the chapeau to The Swede today.
A few weeks ago he posted a band that I had never heard of, Los Halos, with a song from their 2002 album For Ramona on the Loveless Records label
He advised that the album and others of theirs could be found on Bandcamp on a pay what  you want basis.
I  headed over there slightly after George and picked up the album for a few quid.
I suspect that it will not be my last visit. Very sparse yet  very pleasant music.

I could have chosen any of the 10 tracks but opted for these

Los Halos - Losst Halo

Los Halos - Morning of the Sun

Spread the love.

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Burnt Offerings 31

Nearly there - Burnt Offerings 31 the penultimate offering - one more to go.

We start with a band and a song that I could have sworn had featured before, but apparently not.
I thought it had appeared on one of the random Saturday posts but must have missed the cut.
Not this time.
If anyone ever asked me to name a Transvision Vamp song (highly unlikely I grant you) this is the one that I would come up with..However it was not one of their 11 singles and only appeared on their debut album Pop Art

Transvision Vamp -Psychosonic Cindy

Nina Persson has appeared on these pages before but as a member of the wonderful Swedish group The Cardigans rather than in her own right,
She has had one sole album Animal Heart released in 2014
However this cover of the great White Stripes number does not come from there but rather from the film Om Gud Vill (God Willing) from 2006.

Nina Persson - Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground

Porter Wagoner's take on Committed to Parkview a song written by Johnny Cash has appeared here before but only as a video version so that doesn't count
It features on his final album Wagonmaster released in June 2017 on the Anti label  shortly before his death on 28th October 2007 at the age of 80.
Probably best remembers for his duo's with Dolly Parton on his long running TV show

Porter Wagoner - Committed to Parkview

The final random nonsense installment next Wednesday

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Architecture & Morality

I picked up Architecture & Morality the third album from 1981 from Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark  recently for 95p in my local charity shop.
Unfortunately it came without the rather splendid outer sleeve designed by Peter Saville and Brett Wickens. Fortunately there is some of their work on the inner sleeve
As it was only the inner sleeve I initially thought it was a 12 inch single so it was a bit of a result when it turned out to be the album.
I've featured two of the three singles from the album Joan of Arc which made number 5 in the singles chart and Souvenir which got to number 3 which was the highest for any of their singles.

It would be remiss of me to feature this without  a reference to the legendary Half Man Half Biscuit and Architecture, Morality, Ted and Alice. Genius as always.

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark - Maid of Orleans

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark - Souvenir

Half Man Half Biscuit - Architecture, Morality, Ted and Alice

Monday, 21 August 2017

Anyone for Tennis?

I woke up the other morning thinking about tennis players who have featured  in the title of songs.As you do.
Two immediately jumped to mind.
First up is The Iceman from Sweden Bjorn Borg multiple grand slam winner and one of the all time greats

He features in the title but not in the lyrics of The Ballad of Bjorn Borg a song on the Pernice Brothers  2001 album The World Wont End

Bjorn is followed by Conchita Martinez  who in 1994 was the first Spanish player to win the woman's singles title at Wimbledon her only grand slam  victory although she did reach another two finals.
She is also the subject of a song on Saint Etienne's 1993 debut album So Tough.

I briefly thought of featuring Billie Jean but then thought the better of it.
Any other suggestions welcomed.

Pernice Brothers - The Ballad of Bjorn Borg

Saint Etienne - Conchita Martinez

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Jackie Brown

On Wednesday's Burnt Offerings post I mentioned that The Delphonics first came to my attention when their song Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time) featured in Quentin Tarantino's 1997 film Jackie Brown.

This led to some reminiscence in the comments section from Brian , Alyson and Jamie about discovering them in the same way and the tape in the car scene.
I can't find a clip of that so this will have to do

In addition to introducing me to the Delphonics it also brought Bobby Womack to my attention.
I had vaguely heard of him but the fabulous Across 110th Street which starts the film completely blew me away and led to me seeking out more of his stuff.

I've posted it before but make no apologies for posting it again.

The Delfonics - Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time)

Bobby Womack - Across 110th Street

Saturday, 19 August 2017

Vintage Country Vinyl - Conway Twitty

Conway Twitty - great name, great hair, great clothes - pretty average singer
He released a shed load of albums from 1959 up to his death in 1993 aged just 59
Play Guitar Play is from 1977 (just when punk rock was hitting Britain) and reached number 3 in the US Country Charts. My copy was purchased  recently in the Wigtown Community shop along with a truly awful Chet Atkins album which I will not subject you to
I would describe him as a poor man's George Jones.
Sadly Mr & Mrs Twitty did not  actually have a son called Conway - rather he was christened  Harold Lloyd Jenkins which doesn't really have the same ring to it

The second song is for all us bloggers other halves!

Conway Twitty - I Can't Believe She Gives It All To Me

Conway Twitty - One in a Million

Friday, 18 August 2017

The Blues Collection - Koko Taylor Revisited

Wang Dang Doodle by Koko Taylor was the first of the Blues Collection CD's I bought way back in December 2003. The following day I revisited  the charity shop and negotiated a job lot.

Koko has been long overdue a re-airing. She sprung to my mind recently for two reasons.
Firstly, Drew recently played a belter of a song by Linda Jones and her voice and delivery put me in mind of Koko.
Secondly I have just finished reading Feel Like Going Home the first in the great roots trilogy by Peter Guralnick.
In the chapter when he visits Chess Records in Chicago he tells of meeting Koko in the lobby who was there on her day off her work as a maid..Probably only a few years after these songs were recorded in 1965.
I suspect that many of the artists in the series needed a day job from time to time to break even.

Koko Taylor - Don't Mess With The Messer

Koko Taylor - Wang Dang Doodle

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Papa Was a Rodeo

As I mentioned the other day I've finally got around to acquiring 69 Love Songs by the Magnetic Fields.
There is a lot to digest and I am taking my time and getting there slowly.

It does however give me the opportunity to finally compare and contrast the original of Papa Was a Rodeo with the cover by Kelly Hogan.
Taken from Beneath the Country Underdog a 2000 album on Bloodshot and billed as Kelly Hogan & the Pine Valley Cosmonauts it has long been a firm favourite of mine.
I would go as far as saying it is probably one of my top 10 songs ever and it has certainly appeared on just about every CD mixtape compilation I have compiled since then..

The Magnetic Fields original is of course excellent but obviously not as good as Kelly

What a coincidence your Papa was a Rodeo too

The Magnetic Fields - Papa Was a Rodeo

Kelly Hogan & the Pine Valley Cosmonauts - Papa Was a Rodeo

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Burnt Offerings 30

We are off to Sheffield, Philadelphia and Maryhill this week in the 30th installment of Burnt Offerings.

We start with Sheffield indie pop band The Long Blondes  who lasted from 2004 to 2008 releasing two albums in the process
In 2006 they won the NME Philip Hall Radar award and were described by the Guardian as the best unsigned band in the UK.Rough Trade took the hint and in 2006 their debut album Someone to Drive You Home.on which this song features.

The Long Blondes - Giddy Stratosphere

Next up are Philadelphia Soul trio The Delfonics who first crossed my radar when their song Didn't I (Blow Your Mind this Time) featured in the Quentin Tarantino film from 1997 Jackie Brown. This their other big number was released in 1968 a year before Didn't I

The Delfonics - La La Means I Love You

Finally, from Maryhill in Glasgow we have the Urban Spaceman himself  the hippy folkie Donovan Leitch
From 1966 Sunshine Superman topped the Billboard Hot 100 for one week and reached number 2 in the UK
He is still going strong and was inducted into the Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame in 2012.
If you hang around long enough ....

Donovan - Sunshine Superman

The penultimate assorted nonsense selection next Wednesday

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Digital Tea Towels

This is the Kit have a new album out called Moonshine Freeze
The first 500 who bought it including The Swede also got a limited edition tea towel (pictured above) designed by Ava  Carrère 
George bought it at around the same time but as he bought it digitally he did not get a free tea towel.

I'm throwing out a challenge to the scientific community. We can put men on the moon, clone sheep, identify the DNA genome.
Surely it is not beyond some of these great minds to successfully devise a downloadable tea towel. Over to you folks.

I don't have Moonshine Freeze yet but now they have a new album out I figure I can feature something from the previous one  Bashed Out.

This is the Kit - Silver John

This is the Kit - Spores All Settling