Helpless Dancer

The Endless Note

Stringing You Along

Plucking brilliant!!!

January 31, 2010 Posted by | Video | | Leave a comment

AC/DC Greatest Hits In Disguise


Australian hard rock legends AC/DC are to soundtrack forthcoming blockbuster ‘Iron Man 2’.

AC/DC are one of the most important rock bands of all time. Formed at the peak of the progressive era, the Australian group reduced rock music to a savage boogie and screaming guitar solos.

Becoming cult heroes the band’s astonishing live show and filthy lyrics made them heroes to a new generation of British rock fans. Breaking the United States with their album ‘Back In Black’ the band remain rock behemoths.

Now AC/DC are set to soundtrack ‘Iron Man 2′. The forthcoming blockbuster movie will feature fifteen songs from the band’s back catalogue, no doubt fuelling Tony Sparks’ incredible action scenes.

Due for release on April 30th, the film will be preceded by a soundtrack album on April 19th. AC/DC have always steadfastly refused to compile a ‘Best Of’ preferring to allow fans to pick apart their career album by album.

Opening with ‘Shoot To Thrill’ the new soundtrack album is an excellent summation of the band’s back catalogue. Containing Bon Scott classics such as ‘If You Want Blood (You’ve Got It)’ the soundtrack trawls through the ages.

Closing with ‘Highway To Hell’ the album also features ‘War Machine’ – could this be a giveaway of the film’s plot? Time will tell.

AC/DC’s forthcoming ‘Iron Man 2’ soundtrack is released on April 19th. Tracklisting is as follows:

‘Shoot To Thrill’
‘Rock ‘N’ Roll Damnation’
‘Guns for Hire’
‘Cold Hearted Man’
‘Back In Black’
‘If You Want Blood (You’ve Got It)’
‘Evil Walks’
‘Hell Ain’t A Bad Place To Be’
‘Have A Drink On Me’
‘The Razor’s Edge’
‘Let There Be Rock’
‘War Machine’
‘Highway To Hell’


January 31, 2010 Posted by | Movies, New News, Video | , | 2 Comments

Minstrels, Poets and Vagabonds – Glasgow

Of all the bands in the Glasgow rock scene in the 80’s it is the band “Glasgow” that I remember the best seeing them often playing at the Cutty Sark in Dumbarton with their “tour bus” parked at the rear.

“Glasgow”, the name being based on the theory that if there is Boston, Chicago etc then why not “Glasgow”, started like most bands by basing their set on a series of traditional classic rock cover versions gradually adding some originals of a similar style which lead to a record deal in 1983 with Neat Records and following a 12″ single release (“Under The Lights) they released the 7” “Stranded” which featured this track as the B-Side

“In The Heat Of The Night” – Glasgow

High profile support slots followed with the likes of Roberto’s fave The Heep and Nazareth and by 1987 they were given the opportunnity to release the album “Zero Four One” (041 the Glasgow dial code of the time) from which this track is taken.

“We Will Rock” – Glasgow

The name “Glasgow” has now been adopted by a band from New Orleans see HERE

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January 30, 2010 Posted by | Books, Old Music | , | Leave a comment

Minstrels, Poets & Vagabonds – Bilnd Allez & Gun

Blind Allez (previously Alley) formed in the early 1980s by guitarist Jools Gizzi, singer Peter Scallan and bass player Cami Morlotti, they started rehearsing and writing while still looking for additional members to complete their line up, eventually Chris Bowes was brought in on guitar with Alan Thornton on drums.

The band started to play gigs for a while with this line up but for family commitment reasons Chris left and Ian Murray came in on guitar to complete the line up.

They played gigs all over central Scotland in places such as “The Venue” (Glasgow) “The Heathery bar” (Wishaw) “The Preservation Halls” (Edinburgh) and in May 1985 they secured a spot at the Kelvingrove Rock Festival playing along side the cream of the local rock scene such as Zero Zero, Abel Ganz, Glasgow and Lyon Rampant.

Sadly this was the last time Blind Allez were to play together for 21 years as both Peter Scallan and Ian Murray moved on to other projects.
Ian went on to form the band “Five Past Midnight” and Peter joined “Chasar” before going on to work on a couple of projects with heavy rock monsters “Samson”

This was of course not the end of the band, they went on to recruit Mark Rankin and David Aitken, they changed their name to “Phobia” and continued to play live and write new material.

Eventually a management contract was secured in 1986 and they signed to A&M Records in 1987 under their new name “GUN”………The rest is history.

But now the boys are back, back to basics and planning to start gigging on a regular basis so watch this space!

Jools Gizzi …Worked with “Texas”, co founder and main songwriter of  “El Presidente” (along with his brother Dante).

Peter Scallan …Worked with “Chasar” and “Samson” moved to work in Saudi
For a few years but is now back in Glasgow and back on
Vocals again.

Ian Murray …Never stopped playing, has worked with various local acts, still
Plays with his own rock covers band “Five Past Midnight”.

Cami Morlotti …Has also stayed active in the local music scene and has
Played with a number of outfits such as “Glass Houses”
And “Usual Suspects” he happily sessions with bands on a
Regular basis and has worked with such bands as “The

Alan Thornton After leaving “GUN” went on to session with “Slide”, Cliff
Moore and “Dr Chocolate” amongst others he also
Contributed to
El Presidente’s debut album appearing
On nine of the tracks

Info from:-



“In My Heart” – Blind Allez

……………………..and now here are GUN

Visit their website HERE

As we know from the above originally called Blind Allez then for a short time, ‘Phobia’, GUN were formed in 1987 by Giuliano Gizzi (guitar) and Cami Morlotti (bass), with Mark Rankin (vocals), Alan Thornton (drums) and David Aitken (guitar).

Signed in 1989 by A&M Records the band line-up changed after Alan, Cami and David parted company with them and new recruits Dante Gizzi, Scott Shields and Baby Stafford joined. In the studio, Jim McDermott (Kevin McDermott Orchestra, Simple Minds and The Silencers), provided drums on the albums ‘Taking on the World’ and ‘Gallus’).

Debut album Taking on the World was also released this year. Mark Rankin’s cousin Sharleen Spiteri, of fellow Scottish band Texas and ex drummer Alan Thornton contributed backing vocals to several songs on the album.

The single “Better Days” from the album made the top 40 in the UK. Gun toured the US and supported The Rolling Stones on their European Urban Jungle Tour of 1990. Tours with Bon Jovi and Def leppard followed shortly after.

“Better Days” – Gun

Alex Dickson replaced Baby Stafford before the release of their second album Gallus, of which the single “Steal Your Fire” was a minor hit. Spiteri and Thornton again contributed backing vocals to the album.

“Steal Your Fire” – Gun

Both Alex and Scott left before the release of Swagger, Giuliano taking over all guitar duties. Mark Kerr (brother of Simple Minds singer Jim Kerr) replaced Scott Shields on drums. Swagger was easily their most successful album, propelled by the success of their version of Word Up!, the single of which was a top 10 UK hit, charted well in many other territories and won an MTV award for best cover version.

The band took a break and returned three years later with yet another new drummer, Stuart Kerr (formerly of Texas), a keyboard player, Irvin Duguid, a new name (G.U.N. – the reason given at the time, was to distance the bands name from the Dunblane shooting incident and to show some sensitivety to those involved, as Mark Rankin explained in an interview for the website and a new album 0141 632 6326 produced by INXS keyboard player Andrew Farriss, which was characterised by a much lighter, poppier sound than the more rock-driven sound of their earlier works. However, the album managed to simultaneously alienate existing fans of the band and fail to gain a new audience, and sold poorly in comparison to Swagger.

The band split in 1997 and aside from a few one-off reunion gigs in 1998 (Paradise garage, Lisbon, Portugal) and 1999 (Scotland rocks for Kosovo charity event), had not been active as a unit before reforming, with Toby Jepson as guest vocalist, for a Rockradio charity gig in January 2008. Two new Gun CDs were released (The Collection and The River Sessions – a double live CD) during their hiatus, and all the previous individual members went on to other projects within the music industry. An official fan site  was set up, in agreement with the band, with previous and current members of the band participating in live web chats and contributing to the forums from time to time.

In January 2008 Joolz and Dante Gizzi played a set of GUN songs, with Toby Jepson of Little Angels guesting on vocals and Alan Thornton on drums at the ‘Garage’ in Glasgow, Scotland. The gig was organised by 96.3 Rock Radio in aid of the Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy charity.

In April 2008, GUN announced on Rockradio that they were to reform and confirmed that Jepson will join the band on a permanent basis, replacing Mark Rankin as vocalist, who gave his blessing to the reformation and new lineup. Thornton also returned to his original position as drummer until being replaced by Gordon McNeil in October 2008. They played several festival dates before launching their own headline tour. New material has also been recorded, with a release to coincide with the 20th anniversary of their first album, Taking on the world.

In May 2008 GUN played the Rockradio Manchester launch festival. This was followed by an appearance at Rockers, Midland Street, Glasgow, Scotland on the 11th of July 2008 as a warm up for their appearance on the main stage at the 2008 T in the Park music festival, the following day, Saturday 12 July. The band have also been back into the studio to record some new material and will embark on a headlining tour.

After playing a couple of warmup gigs in 2008 at Vivas, Scarbourgh and Tackeroo, Cannock, GUN played two ‘one night only’ concerts at Shepherds Bush empire, London and The Academy, Glasgow in December. The set list for both performances consisted of their debut album ‘Taking on the world’ in its entirety plus a couple of songs from their other albums. At the Glasgow gig, original members Jools and Dante Gizzi were reunited on stage with early GUN drummer, Scott Shields. Scott replacing Gordon McNeil for one song, Better days. Scott also played drums, along with Gordon, at the aftershow warm down at Rockers, Glasgow.

2009 would have seen GUN play the Castle rock festival in Caldicot, Wales and the Indie guitar festival, Oxfordshire but both events were cancelled due to the ongoing economic downturn. They are currently on tour and have previously played venues in Inverness, Aberdeen and Edinburgh in May. The Inverness gig saw the debut of new song ‘Let your hair down’ which the band then went on to play at both subsequent venues in Aberdeen and Edinburgh. York and Wolverhampton dates were completed in June. The band then played the Derrame Rock Festival in Asturias, Northern Spain on Saturday 11 July 2009. This was their first gig in Spain for more than ten years and was well received by the Asturian audience. In September, they also played the Two Days a Week Festival, Wiesen, Austria followed in October by a return to Spain with 5 dates in Valencia, Madrid, Gijon, Bilbao and Barcelona, respectively and three consecutive dates at Club pacific rock  in Paris, France on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th of the month. November sees the band play Lisbon, Portugal. The band then plays the Hard Rock Hell festival  Prestatyn, North Wales on Friday the 4th of December 2009. The Prestatyn Festival being preceded in November by an extensive UK tour.

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January 29, 2010 Posted by | Old Music, Video | , , | Leave a comment

My Generation


A fresh remix of The Who‘s “My Generation” is coming to raise money for Haitian earthquake relief.

The Black Eyed Peas‘ told that he was commissioned to remix the iconic 1965 rock anthem, which will air during the Super Bowl XLIV broadcast on Feb. 7 — where the Who is performing at halftime — and then go on sale via iTunes. “It’s the Who, their song, and then I altered the lyric to fit my generation now and then have Slash on it,” says. “It was awesome. I loved that song way before this even came up, and talking to Pete Townshend on the phone is like, ‘What?! I’m talking to Pete Townshend on the phone?!’ That was awesome, being able to just hear their advice and everything. Those guys are just awesome.”

The “My Generation” remix will be part of a big month for and company as the Peas head to the Grammy Awards, where they’re up for six trophies, including Album of the Year for “The E.N.D.” and Record of the Year for “I Gotta Feeling.” won’t hazard a guess on how many they’ll win, however; “I don’t want to jinx it,” he says with a laugh.

The group is also gearing up for the Feb. 14 launch of a world tour that will stretch into the spring of 2011. “We’re turning the whole arena into a club,” he says. “It’s like futuristic partying on stage — robots and androids and funky beats, crazy lights and lasers, crazy costumes, subwoofers, like just bass in yo’ face!…AEG’s doing this tour with us, and when they came to see the (rehearsal) they were like, ‘Wow, you guys got more stuff than Michael (Jackson), so that felt pretty good.” He says the set list will encompass everything, including earlier hits such as “Let’s Get Started,” “Where is the Love” and “Big Girls Don’t Cry.” says all of the shows will be recorded and show on his Dipdive Internet platform. He also hints that some new Peas music may surface during the course of the tour. “We’ve got some tricks up our sleeves for something as early as June,” he says, noting that it will be a recording but declining to specify further because “I just don’t want the group to get mad at me. I’d rather say it as a group.”

January 28, 2010 Posted by | New News, The Who, Video | , | Leave a comment

Traynor Ruffled

“Face For The Radio” – The View

You have a face for the radio,
But I know you’d like to see it in a show,
Claiming to be the next best everything,
Which way will you go?

You’re a little smarter than most of us,
You run so fast sometimes it’s hard to see you for dust,
Finding some time for you, it tortures me,
Which way will you go?

Wages on a Friday,
Spent on a Saturday,
Lend me a fiver,
Won’t do that again,
Oh your trust is not to strong.

Your arrogance in a bag,
Won’t spare you a fag,
Superstar wannabe,
Says it comes naturally,
Cemented in your own feeble way,

He watches trainspotting, fifteen times a week,
Thinking it’s making him oh so unique,
PC on summer nights and football in the rain,
Doesn’t matter how far he is,
He always has money for the train, 

Nothing against you, love in my heart,
You’re really a nice lad, I’ve known it from the start,
Your conscience in eager, to know where you lie,
Pushing your limits, give it up and remember you can cry.

Wages on a Friday,
Spent on a Saturday,
Lend me a tenner,
Won’t do that again,
Oh your trust is not to strong.

You’re arrogance in a bag,
Won’t spare you a fag,
Superstar wannabe,
Says it comes naturally,
In your own feeble way.

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January 28, 2010 Posted by | Footbal, Humour, Old Music | , , , | Leave a comment

The White Stripes

The White Stripes have announced details of their ever official live album.

Jack and Meg White are set to release the 16-song album on CD and vinyl on March 15. It will accompany the regular DVD release of the band’s Canadian tour documentary, ‘Under Great White Northern Lights’. The film, directed by Emmett Malloy will be released as a standard DVD on the same day.

Like the DVD, the CD release draws on material taken from The White Stripes‘ 2007 Canada tour.

The album’s tracklisting is as follows:

‘Let’s Shake Hands’
‘Black Math’
‘Little Ghost’
‘Blue Orchid’
‘The Union Forever’
‘Ball And Biscuit’
‘Icky Thump’
‘I’m Slowly Turning Into You’
‘300 MPH Torrential Outpour Blues’
‘We Are Going to Be Friends’
‘I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself’
‘Prickly Thorn, But Sweetly Worn’
‘Fell In Love With A Girl’
‘When I Hear My Name’
‘Seven Nation Army’

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January 27, 2010 Posted by | New News, Video | | 1 Comment

The Who – Super Bowl Update

The Who’s Pete Townshend, in an exclusive interview with Billboard, has revealed that the band’s upcoming Super Bowl halftime performance will feature a “compact medley” of their signature classic-rock anthems.

“We’re kinda doing a mashup of stuff,” the guitarist tells Billboard. “A bit of ‘Baba O’Riley,’ a bit of ‘Pinball Wizard,’ a bit of the close of ‘Tommy,’ a bit of ‘Who Are You,’ and a bit of ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again.’ It works — it’s quite a saga. A lot of the stuff that we do has that kind of celebratory vibe about it — we’ve always tried to make music that allows the audience to go a bit wild if they want to. Hopefully it will hit the spot.”

The annual Super Bowl half time concert has become one of rock’s highest profile gigs, with U2, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, Prince, the Rolling Stones and Paul McCartney each taking the stage in recent years. The medley format is not unusual for artists with such a deep catalogue – Springsteen and Prince took a similar approach.

Speculation about the set, conceived this year by the band’s Roger Daltrey along with Pete’s brother Simon Townshend, executive producer Ricky Kirschner and new director Hamish Hamilton, is always of huge interest to fans, and last year online sportsbook Bodog took bets on the set’s opening number.

If the past is any indicator, The Who’s halftime hits medley will give the band a big sales boost. Last year, Bruce Springsteen used his appearance to mark the release of “Working On A Dream,” which hit stores the week before the big game. The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 on the week culminating with Super Bowl Sunday (Feb. 1, 2009), and stayed at No. 2 the following week, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Billboard’s full preview of the Who’s Super Bowl performance, plus extended interviews with Towshend and Daltrey, will appear in the Jan. 30 issue of Billboard, and on starting Friday (Jan. 29).

Super Bowl XLIV, between the Indianapolis Colts and the New Orleans Saints, will be played Sunday, Feburary 7 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami.

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January 27, 2010 Posted by | New News, The Who, Video | , | Leave a comment

Joanne Shaw Taylor

I haven’t posted much “blues” recently so it gives me great pleasure to introduce you all to Joanne Shaw Taylor who has her debut album “White Sugar” on release and from what I have heard she is the genuine article….despite being, white, British and a woman!

Many people can play great guitar and many people are blessed with a great voice, however, the number blessed with both are few and far between.

“I have played with all sorts of blues musicians all over the world, I even made a film Deep Blues where I went to Mississippi and recorded with some legendary players such as R.L Burnside and Jesse-Mae Hemphill”.

“Last year I heard something I thought I would never hear… a British White Girl playing blues guitar so deep and passionately it made the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end!” (Dave Stewart/Eurythmics)

For White Sugar Joanne took a plane to Memphis where her label RUF had booked Jim Gaines studio. Jim had worked with some of Joanne´s idols like Albert Collins and Stevie Ray Vaughan. He brought in the experienced sessionmen Steve Potts (drums) and Dave Smith (bass).

“Working with these guys was totally easy. I knew of them because of Luther Allison and the Jonny Lang albums. They didn’t know the tracks until five minutes before we recorded them. I made them listen to the songs once and then play them. It was fantastic. They’ve got so much feeling and soul. They are amazing guys to work with.”

There are ten tracks on “White Sugar”, some written during the flight from the UK to Memphis and some over the last ten years that she has performed in her live performances.

Going Home
Just Another Word
Who Do You Want Me To Be?
Time Has Come
White Sugar
Kiss The Ground Goodbye
Heavy Heart
Watch ’em Burn
Blackest Day 

First up is “Going Home” which opens with a gut wrenching “Sea Sick Steve” like blues riff, the bass comes kicking in and then the drums crash in before you get the real guitar brilliance, For someone of 23 her vocal is all the more remarkable, her raspy smoky vocal belies her age and has all the power and grace of someone nearly twice her age. The track moves along brilliantly and then her solo kicks in and just stops you dead in your tracks.
“Going Home” – Joanne Shaw Taylor

“Bones” has the grit and feel of a catchy Buddy Guy standard mixed with Stevie Ray Vaughan. This track has some great guitar tones with a catchy riff that runs through the track.

“Time Has Come” opens with a down and dirty blues feel, her vocals then come in with her guitar which shows more of a bluesy feel than the previous track. The drums and bass drive right through the song making the impact of the guitar all the more special.

“White Sugar” is the title track from this album and is the only instrumental on the album and has a great jam session feel with the bass and drums getting moments to shine in the three musician setup.

“Kiss The Ground Goodbye” opens with a melody that is very catchy until she lets loose with an exceptionally good guitar solo which again really shows off what she can do with the guitar. Here is a solo take on the song.

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January 26, 2010 Posted by | Blues, New Music, Video | | 1 Comment

While My Guitar Gently Bleeps

“While My Guitar Gently Weeps” (Acoustic Demo) – George Harrison

While My Guitar Gently……………….breaks

“Perfectly Good Guitar” – John Hiatt

He threw one down from the top of the stairs
Beautiful women were standing everywhere
They all got wet when he smashed that thing
But off in the dark you could hear somebody sing

Oh it breaks my heart to see those stars
Smashing a perfectly good guitar
I don’t know who they think they are
Smashing a perfectly good guitar

It started back in 1963
His momma wouldn’t buy him that new red harmony
He settled for a sunburst with a crack
But he’s still trying to break his momma’s back

Oh it breaks my heart to see those stars
Smashing a perfectly good guitar
I don’t know who they think they are
Smashing a perfectly good guitar

He loved that guitar just like a girlfriend
But every good thing comes to an end
Now he just sits in his room all day
Whistling every note he ever played

There oughta be a law with no bail
Smash a guitar and you go to jail
With no chance for early parole
You don’t get out untill you get some soul

Oh it breaks my heart to see those stars
Smashing a perfectly good guitar
I don’t know who they think they are
Smashing a perfectly good guitar

Late at night the end of the road
He wished he still had the old guitar to hold
He’d rock it like a baby in his arms
Never let it come to any harm

Oh it breaks my heart to see those stars
Smashing a perfectly good guitar
I don’t know who they think they are
Smashing a perfectly good

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January 26, 2010 Posted by | Humour, Old Music, Video | , , , | 2 Comments

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