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Father’s Day meets The Old Grey Whistle Test

With it being Father’s Day here in the UK on Sunday I set of this evening bleary eyed to Braehead to do a bit of relevant shopping.

It was only when I set foot in HMV that the concept of time passing hit me straight between the eyes.

It seems like only yesterday I was buying my Dad albums such as “100 Great Church Organ Tunes” or later Shirley Bassey “The Stripper” yet there in front on me on the HMV Father’s Day special display was “Dad’s Rock” 3CD set, “The Old Grey Whistle Test 40th Special Edition” and “New Wave For Dad”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

In shock I settled for a book token from Waterstones and returned home and to cheer my self up I downloaded the aforesaid Old Grey Whistle Test CD, 60 tracks for under £10 many of them exclusive live recordings from the show.

So here is an Old Grey Whistle Test special.

From the album and for all cool Dad’s everywhere here is some live music from Tom Waits.

“Small Change” (Live In The Studio) – Tom Waits

To buy the CD click HERE

As a bonus and in celebration of Whispering Bob Harris’s recent OBE award here are some clips from the vaults.

…………….finally perhaps the most famous clip of all.

Coming soon the Old Grey Whistle Test through the ages.

June 17, 2011 Posted by | Blast from The Past, New Releases, Old Music, The Who, Video | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

New News – New Blondie Album Coming Soon

“Panic Of Girls” will be Blondie’s first album since 2003’s “The Curse Of Blondie” and features new single Mother plus hits-in-waiting like What I’ve Heard, Girlie Girlie and China Shoes.


The legendary Debbie Harry describes the long-awaited album as “spanning a lot of styles and sentiments…a very strong album full of the spirit of Blondie. I have a good feeling about it.”

The album was recorded between October–December 2009 in Woodstock, New York, and May 2010 in Hoboken, New Jersey, being the second album in the band’s history to be recorded outside of Manhattan, after 1980s Autoamerican which was recorded in Los Angeles. The band’s drummer, Clem Burke, also said that about 35 songs were recorded during the sessions for the album, with only 14 that are going to make the album.

He has also said that all band members have contributed to the release, with vocalist Debbie Harry writing most of the lyrics. Original Blondie keyboardist Jimmy Destri planned to contribute to the writing and recording of this album, but was ultimately not a part of it.

Two tracks from the album, “What I Heard” and “Girlie Girlie”, were included on a special release of the band’s 1978 album Parallel Lines that came free with the British newspaper The Mail on Sunday on December 5, 2010. Another song, “Mother”, was made available as a free download from the band’s website.

On March 17th, 2011 the album’s first single ‘Mother’ was played for the first time globally on BBC Radio 2. The single will be available for purchase on May 23rd, 2011.

The album was originally due for release in 2010, but difficulties with record companies delayed the release. In an interview in the British Telegraph newspaper on March 24, 2011, Debbie Harry revealed that the band will be releasing the album themselves (i.e. without a record company) as part of a special “fan pack” in conjunction with Future Publishing.

The pack includes the album along with a special 132-page magazine charting the making of the album, the band’s history and includes many archive photographs. The fan pack will be available in the UK in over 3000 non-traditional music retail outlets including Tesco, Asda, Waitrose, WH Smith and Sainsburys and will be released on June 1st, 2011. The album itself will be released soon after.

Track listing


No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. “D-Day”      
2. “What I Heard”   Matt Katz-Bohen, Laurel Katz-Bohen 3:19
3. “Mother”     3:12
4. “The End, the End”      
5. “Girlie Girlie”   Anthony Davis, Lloyd Daniels, Steve Golding 3:25
6. “Love Doesn’t Frighten Me”   Matt Katz-Bohen  
7. “Words in My Mouth”      
8. “Sunday Smile”   Zach Condon  
9. “Wipe Off My Sweat”      
10. “Le Bleu à l’âme”   Chris Stein, Gilles Riberolles  
11. “China Shoes”      
UK Fan Pack bonus tracks
No. Title Writer(s) Length
12. “Horizontal Twist”      
13. “Mirame”      

April 27, 2011 Posted by | New News, New Releases | | Leave a comment

Wednesday Words – Picture This

“All I want is a photo in my wallet.
A small remembrance of something more solid.
All I want is a picture of you.”

“Picture This” – Blondie

All I want is a room with a view.
A sight worth seeing, a vision of you.
All I want is a room with a view, oh…
I will give you my finest hour, the one I spent watching you shower.
I will give you my finest hour, oh, yeah.

All I want is a photo in my wallet.
A small remembrance of something more solid.
All I want is a picture of you.
Picture this – a day in December.
Picture this – freezing cold weather.
You got clouds on your lids and you’d be on the skids if it weren’t for your job at the garage.
If you could only,
Picture this – a sky full of thunder.
Picture this – my telephone number.
One and one is what I’m telling you, oh, yeah.
All I want is 20/20 vision.
A total portrait with no omissions.
All I want is a vision of you, oh…
If you can,
Picture this – a day in December.
Picture this – freezing cold weather.
You got clouds on your lids and you’d be on the skids if it weren’t for your job at the garage.
If you could only,
Picture this – a sky full of thunder.
Picture this – my telephone number.
One and one is what I’m telling you.
Get a pocket computer, try to do what ya used to do, yeah.

To buy the music of Blondie click HERE

April 28, 2010 Posted by | Blast from The Past, Fiona, Mrs D, Old Music | | Leave a comment

Sunday Girl

Sunday Girl” was a UK number-one single by Blondie for three weeks in May 1979. It was Blondie’s second UK number-one single after “Heart of Glass”; it was, however, never released as a single in the US.

The song was written by Chris Stein and was the fourth single to be taken from the album Parallel Lines in the UK and most other parts of the world. The French language version of the track was first released in the UK on the “Sunday Girl” 12″ single; in France and the Netherlands, it was the B-side of the 7″.

“Sunday Girl” (French Version) – Blondie

To buy the music of Blondie click HERE

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March 14, 2010 Posted by | Blast from The Past, Old Music, Video | , | 2 Comments

Christmas Eve Video Feast


Memory Lane here we come…………………

Finally something new from Blondie

December 24, 2009 Posted by | Christmas, Video | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Black Crowes Rock (Funk) Out

the black crowes

The Black Crowes released “Before The Frost” at the end of August.

before the frost

This eighth studio album from the Southern blues rockers, the follow-up to 2008’s ‘Warpaint’, is a double album with a difference – half of it is only available online. Recorded live in the studio in front of an invited audience of fans, the CD version of ‘Before The Frost’ includes a code allowingpurchasers to download a whole second album, ‘Until The Freeze’. Musically, the band are never going to reinvent the wheel, but the live setting breathes a raw immediacy into these new, classic-style rock tunes.

Before the Frost…, and its corresponding free album …Until The Freeze, were recorded over a series of five nights at Levon Helm Studios in Woodstock, NY. Although both are studio albums, all the new material was performed and recorded in front of an intimate audience of the band’s fans, making them a part of The Black Crowes musical history.

The innovative technique of inviting fans into the studio as part of the process during recording is a rare experience.

Before the Frost… features eleven new and previously unreleased Black Crowes songs including Good Morning Captain, I Ain’t Hiding, Been a Long Time (Waiting on Love), and other original songs that will serve to spotlight the bands ability to make emotional connections through their music. The free album …Until The Freeze is a nine-song collection featuring eight new original Black Crowes songs plus a cover version of the Stephen Stills classic So Many Times.

A limited edition vinyl release of Before The Frost…Until The Freeze, featuring all 20 tracks, will also be available on September 1, 2009.

Chris Robinson conceived the concept of Before the Frost…Until The Freeze.
“I think we fulfilled a musical commitment to continue on the golden road of artistic independence. Approaching 20 years into our careers, we still are ambitious enough to push ourselves to create something unique that we have never done before.”

The track which has perhaps received the most publicity is “I Ain’t Hiding” with it’s out and out funk/disco riff.

“I Ain’t Hiding” – The Black Crowes

Here are a couple of  earlier examples of the same “concept”

September 21, 2009 Posted by | New Music, Video | , , | Leave a comment

Cover Story – The Postmarks

On By The Numbers, a collection of cover songs and the newest release from indie-pop darlings The Postmarks, there’s a mood, a uniformity, that Francoise-Hardy-meets-John-Barry spin only the Miami-based group knows how to do best. Cover records have been done before, it’s true, but hardly with such unique direction. No mere collection of favorites or inspirations, the tracks on By The Numbers are united not only by their ability to meld to Tim Yehezkely’s breathy vocals and Christopher Moll and Jonathan Wilkins’ lush arrangements, but also by the fact that their titles consecutively climb from one to eleven – the twelfth song is cleverly left for the Pointer Sisters’ “Pinball Number Count,” made popular by Sesame Street – a calendar’s worth of material that traverses everything from the Cure (“Six Different Ways”) to the Jesus and Mary Chain (“Nine Million Rainy Days”) to the Ramones (“7-11”) to Antonio Carlos Jobim (“One Note Samba”).

This song is their version of Blondie’s “11:59” and is one of these covers that really adds nothing to the original……no one can really out pop Blondie.

“11:59” – The Postmarks [MP3]

October 8, 2008 Posted by | Cover Stories, New Music, Old Music | , | 1 Comment


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